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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

Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

One of new rom-com focus titles for the season. Funny, voice-y and charming, these new romances speak to millennial readers, post YA readers, and any one who wants her romances witty and contemporary.This is about the daughter of a famous singer, dealing with her less-than-glamorous life. She's a fat woman of color with a chronic illness--but she's got a lot of drive and a plan to get her life on track. Part of it involves getting a little help from her building's buff, tattooed, artistic handyman.

This romantic comedy features two main characters that depict illnesses and actually cope with them in a healthy way which i absolutely loved! 








The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

Be careful who you let in. Soon after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones returns home from work to find the letter she’s been waiting for her entire life. She rips it open with one driving thought: I am finally going to know who I am. She soon learns not only the identity of her birth parents, but also that she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood, worth millions. Everything in Libby’s life is about to change. But what she can’t possibly know is that others have been waiting for this day as well—and she is on a collision course to meet them. Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a baby crying. When they arrived, they found a healthy ten-month-old happily cooing in her crib in the bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen lay three dead bodies, all dressed in black, next to a hastily scrawled note. And the four other children reported to live at Cheyne Walk were gone.



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

Strange Planet by Nathan W. Pyle

This hilarious little book of illustrations brings me so much joy. In Strange Planet, Pyle shows humans as aliens, doing the things we consider normal but are pretty weird through a different perspective. For instance, when the aliens are discussing one having a tan, they call it star damage and fawn over its beauty. Strange Planet is a perfect gift for a friend or yourself when you need a smile.






Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

I will never not recommend a John Green novel, but Turtles All the Way Down is definitely my favorite. I recently reread it, and the story of Aza is just as powerful and wonderful as I remembered it. Aza is a sixteen year old girl dealing with the normal high school drama, compounded with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and a murder mystery. Everyone needs to experience the love and hope in this novel.









In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado

In Her Body and Other Parties, Machado proved her talent with language and describing the indescribable. With In the Dream House, Machado is back at it again, but this time naming her own traumas. You have never read a memoir quite like this one. With headings like Dream House as Time Travel and Dream House as Stoner Comedy, Machado lets us into houses of abuse, growth, family, and friendship with her chilling storytelling to guide the way.









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)

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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

The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West

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Lindy West is back with a sharp and funny cultural critique on the patriarchy, mysogny, and the #metoo movement. West is known for her memoir Shrill, which is now a HULU series. The Witches Are Coming is an intriguing read.





The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne is a fun and quick romance read. Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman are rivals and experts at playing games to get the upper hand. Bitter rivals, polar opposites and both assistants to the CEOS at a Publishing house, the battle of wills comes to a head when they are both up for the same promotion. 










Mandolin's Book Store Staff Picks

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus is a murder mystery of whodoneit with four high schoolers being the main suspects. While in detention, the school outcast, Simon, dies from an allirgic reaction, and it is suspected to be foul play. The four other people in the room all have secrets that Simon was planing to post online, but would any of them turn to murder to keep the secrets hidden?









Wings of Fire: Escaping Peril by Tui T. Sutherland

Wings of Fire: Escaping Peril by Tui T. Sutherland is the 8th book in the Wings of Fire serise. Follow Peril, a dragon born with scales that burn as hot as fire, as she tries to show everyone that she is not still loyal to the evil Queen Scarlet. However, this seems like an impossible task when you can set your room mate on fire just by rolling over in your sleep. Added onto the fact that dragons never seem to forget her past mistakes. Then, when the dragon Peril loves the most is in danger, Peril goes on a quest to put a stop to Queen Scarlet once and for all.









How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather puts anyone in their worst nightmare... being the enemy of everyone in your new town. And it isn't even Sam's fault. Although, her ancester, Cotton Mather, wasn't exactly popular in Salem a couple centuries ago. On top of all this, Sam finds out a ghost has been following her, wanting to force her out of the house she just oved into. And the icing of the cake, a curse on all the ancestors of the Witch Trials is causing them to die every 100 years, and this century is almost up. Just your regular new girl probles, right?











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.