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Magic of Liars by Sarah Gailey

In Magic For Liars by Sarah Gailey, the reader is sucked into a world of magic and mystery. There has been an untimley death of an insturctor at The Osthorne Academy of Young Mages, detective Ivy Gamble is called to check things out. Ivy's estranged sister Tabitha is turns out to be the instructor of Theoretical Magic at the Academy. When the two are reuinted over the murder, Ivy is pulled into Tabitha's world of secrets, power, and mistrust. Can Ivy solve this crime, reconnect with her very different sister Tabitha, and still remain true to herself? This is a great read for anyone who enjoys themes of magic, sisterly bonds, mystery and crime. It's an addicting debut that will keep suggsting, "just one more chapter...". 






Pet-tecture by Phaidon Publishing

 Pet-Tecture is such a fun book! Inside are various images of pets, living, hanging out, and doing fun things inside of amazingly designed pet structures. Explore the lavish homes of dogs. Reimagine the basic design of a chicken coop. Witness cats lounging instructures that push physics to it's limit. This makes a great coffe-table book for artists and designers alike. I love to use it to find inspirations in shape, color, and form. 

Deanna's Book Store Staff Picks

Beach Read by Emily Henry


Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

They're polar opposites.

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they're living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer's block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She'll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he'll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.


A Taste of Sage by Yaffa S. Santos

This book is a tasty, delicious treat! When you mix delicious food and hate to love romance in a book, you instantly have me hooked. Lumi Santana is a chef with the gift of synesthesia, she can feel a person’s emotions just by tasting their cooking. She tries to open a restaurant and it fails, and takes a sous chef position at a French restaurant with Julien Dax. Julien is a celebrated chef who is known for his good looks but bad attitude. Lumi can’t stand Julien, but tastes his cooking because it looks so irresistible and she’s overcome with intense emotions and has her wondering if she wants more. If you are looking for something fun, tasty, and will test your senses, you will enjoy this book.







Nikki's Book Store Staff Picks

The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton

After her last remaining family member dies, Sara Jenkins goes home to The Hideaway, her grandmother Mags' ramshackle B&B in Sweet Bay, Alabama. She intends to quickly tie up loose ends then return to her busy life and thriving antique shop in New Orleans. Instead, she learns Mags has willed her The Hideaway and charged her with renovating it--but that's only the first surprise. A motley crew of elderly B&B residents, a handsome contractor, and a box in the attic containing clues to Mags' real life tie her to Sweet Bay in ways she doesn't expect. 

When a land developer with an eminent domain contract threatens to replace The Hideaway with a string of trendy condos, Sara is forced to make a choice--stay in Sweet Bay and fight for the house and people she's grown to love or leave again and return to her successful but now lonely-feeling life in New Orleans.








Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is on the most dangerous quest of his life. With the help of a satyr and a daughter of Athena, Percy must journey across the United States to catch a thief who has stolen the origninal weapon of mass destruction -- Zeus' master bolt. Along the way, he must face a host of mythological enemies determined to stop him. Most of all, he must come to terms with a father he has never known, and an Oracle that has warned him of betrayal by a friend.









A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Book One of the All Souls Trilogy. When historian Diana Bishop opens a bewitched alchemical manuscript in Oxford's Bodleian Library it represents an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordinary life. Though descended from a long line of witches, she is determined to remain untouched by her family's legacy. She banishes the manuscript to the stacks, but Diana finds it impossible to hold the world of magic at bay any longer.









Nannette's Book Store Staff Picks

New and Selected Poems, Volume One by Mary Oliver

In the midst of chaos, Mary Oliver's poetry speaks to the reminders we all need-- to see ourselves in the nature around us and appreciate our "one wild and precious life." Grab New and Selected Poems, or any of Oliver's work, to rest and reset in her powerful words.









The Power of Breathwork by Jennifer Patterson

What's with us from the beginning of our lives to the very end, yet something we tend to forget? Our breath! In The Power of Breathwork, Patterson presents the importance of the breath for our nervous systems and our emotions. She also provides breathwork practices ranging in beginner to advanced. Now more than ever we need the power of our breath.








Heartstopper: Volume 1 by Alice Oseman

Heartstopper is an adorable YA graphic novel about two boys falling in love despite being in different social circles. Follow along as drumer Charlie and rugby player Nick grow closer together.









Katlin's Book Store Staff Picks

WinterWood by Shea Ernshaw


Nora Walker is rumored to be a witch, but only rumors as she is afraid that the magic that's been at home in her family for so many generations might've skipped her all together. Despite this, she has a special connection to the Wicker Woods, the deepest part of the forest that even the locals who don't believe know not to go through. It's this special connection that helps her find the lost boy, Oliver Huntsmen. 

Robert Frost's poem "The woods" would've been a perfect intro to this story because it encapsulates it perfectly. The prose is absolutely beautiful and the story had me at the edge of my seat the entire time. I read this in only two hours! I fell in love with the Winter Woods and wanted to be a part of the Walker family by the end of the novel. Pick this up if you love magical forests that are lovely, dark, and deep, ones that keep you going miles before you sleep. 





The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

Celine ran away to New Orleans to get away from her sins in Paris only to find that there was more darkness than she could ever imagine.

I am SO pumped for this book. Bring back vampires! Bring back dark and sultry demons and demonesses of the night that seduce you in the light of the moon. I read this book in a day and was sad every time I had to put it down. I cannot wait for the sequel, this was a fantastic story and I loved the delicious heat of New Orleans. I can't wait for the next volume to be released in June! 








Helen's Book Store Staff Picks

Furious Hours by Casey Cep (Murder, Fraud, and The Last Trial of Harper Lee)

Furious Hours


A fascinating read with exceptional writing.  It's hard to believe that this is Cep's first book.  The true story of the events preceding and the trial of an infamous Alabama preacher, Reverend Willie Maxwell, make for a real page-turner.  The fact that Harper Lee attended the trial, hoping to write her own account of this is icing.









Under Magnolia by Frances Mayes

Frances Mayes who thrilled readers with Under the Tuscan Sun writes a memoir of her childhood and coming of age in Fitzgerald, Georgia.  It is a deeply personal and sensory depiction of her life in the South that shaped her spirit and gave her the wings to leave and travel the world.  The portrait of her complicated family, especially her mother, Frankye, and maid, Willie Bell, were compelling to me and helped me relish the important, beautiful women in my younger life.  










Amanda's Book Store Staff Picks

Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore

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Oona Out of Order is a remarkably inventive novel that explores what it means to live a life fully in the moment, even if those moments are out of sequence. Just because life may be out of order, doesn’t mean it’s broken. It’s New Year’s Eve 1982, and Oona Lockhart has her whole life before her. At the stroke of midnight she will turn nineteen, and the year ahead promises to be one of consequence. Should she go to London to study economics, or remain at home in Brooklyn to pursue her passion for music and be with her boyfriend? As the countdown to the New Year begins, Oona faints and awakens thirty-two years in the future in her fifty-one-year-old body. Greeted by a friendly stranger in a beautiful house she’s told is her own, Oona learns that with each passing year she will leap to another age at random. And so begins Oona Out of Order...

This is one of my favorite books that I have read in a while. Going with Oona through the leaps is heartbreaking and heartening. 






The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides


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The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband—and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive.

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word. Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him....

Alex Michaelides has crafted a superb pyschological thriller that will leave you guessing until the very end.





Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas

Veronica Mars: An Original Mystery by Rob Thomas: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars Series #1) Cover Image From Rob Thomas, the creator of the television series and movie phenomenon Veronica Mars, comes the first book in a thrilling mystery series that picks up where the feature film left off.  Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She’s traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case. Now it’s spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is no simple missing person’s case; the house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica’s past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined. In Veronica Mars, Rob Thomas has created a groundbreaking female detective who’s part Phillip Marlowe, part Nancy Drew, and all snark. With its sharp plot and clever twists, The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line will keep you guessing until the very last page.






Mandolin's Book Store Staff Picks


I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga is the story of a young teen just trying to make it throught high school. Which is pretty difficult on it's own, but Jazz is also the son of Billy Dent, the world's most infamous serila killer. Jazz has to struggle with the things he's witnessed, the things he's helped his father do, while trying to maintain a healthey façade to keep hinself out of a foster home. However, things get even more challenging when bodies start showing up, mimicking his father's kills. Now, Jasper must try to prove to the world that killing doesn't run in the family, before even more people start to die.








Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

 Carry On by Rainbow Rowell is all about Simon, the Chosen One to save the entire magical world from the insidious Humdrum. However, Simon is the absolute worst chosen one in history. Everyone expectes him to be perfect at everything, including magic. But he is not perfect, at anything. Expecially magic. Now the Humdrum is attacking Simon's magical school, and stakes seem to be climbing higher. Not to mention the ghost of the privios school's head master came to Simon and said to find her murderer. Now Simon must solve this mystery and stop the Humdrum, with only two people to help him: his best friend, and his mortal enemy (who is also a vampier).








The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland


The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland is the start of somthing thrilling. In a world dominated by dragons, war is everywhere. Three SandWing princesses have turned their battle for the thrown into war across Pyrrhia. Thankfully, the NightWings, who have stayed out of the war so far, have a prophecy: The Dragonet Prophecy. Five dragons born on the brightest night, five dragons born to end the fight, darkness will rise to bring the light, the dragonets are coming...

However, these five dragonets don't feel prophecy worthy at all, and they certenly don't feel any sort of special, being trapped in a cave their whole life, waiting to stop the war. But they don't even know how to stop the war. Maybe it's time for them to leave their cave, and figure out how to stop the war themselves.











Yvonne's Book Store Staff Picks

Beach Music by Pat Conroy

Beach Music: A Novel Cover ImageA masterfully crafted tale of one family's story of life in South Carolina's low country. 






Grateful American: A Journey From Self to Service by Gary Sinese  

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The Veteran's advocate tells his story from actor (Lt. Dan in Forest Gump) to activist, founding the Gary Sinese Foundation to honor and help thousands of American veterans.