Sarah B's Picks

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Listen for the Lie: A Novel By Amy Tintera Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250880314
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Published: Celadon Books - March 5th, 2024

You're gonna love Lucy Chase, the maybe(?) murderer in this twisty, action-packed psychological thriller. And you're gonna love to hate her small hometown and the small ideas held by its residents. Add in a too-smooth true crime podcaster and the sparks fly, along with the fists and some knives. This darkly funny page-turner never slows from beginning to end, as the tension escalates throughout, and once you've raced through to that last page, you'll find yourself missing Lucy's fiery, funny personality as though you are missing a friend.

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Brave the Wild River: The Untold Story of Two Women Who Mapped the Botany of the Grand Canyon By Melissa L. Sevigny Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393868234
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 23rd, 2023

Superb! This inspiring tale of adventure delves into nature, social norms, and America's race to conquer the wilderness, while telling the true story of the first women to run the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon...Which didn't occur until 1938!
The nature, history, and geology put this in the league of The Emerald Mile. The cultural sexism and barriers to women in science is reminiscent of Lessons in Chemistry. 

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The Light Through the Leaves By Glendy Vanderah Cover Image
ISBN: 9781542026208
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Published: Lake Union Publishing - April 1st, 2021

This book blew me away when I read it, and now, several years later, it remains the best book I've ever read. These complicated characters live on in my imagination and their stories and actions crop up often in my thoughts as our current world challenges us with difficult scenarios like the ones Vanderah creates in her prose. The overarching theme of admiration for nature and the way it acts as a salve for broken souls is endearing and provides a gentle groundedness to the book's tough themes. 

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I Cheerfully Refuse By Leif Enger Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802162939
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Published: Grove Press - April 2nd, 2024

Leif Enger's folksy storytelling style invites the reader into this tale as he creates a near-future world that is at once both difficult to fathom and all too familiar. The story abounds with nefarious characters, misdeeds and non-stop adventure, while being completely grounded in the natural world of Lake Superior. Filled with the simple pleasures of music and humor, this hopeful tale will grab readers by the heart and live pleasantly in their memories. Reminiscent of Station Eleven.

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Anita de Monte Laughs Last: Reese's Book Club Pick (A Novel) By Xochitl Gonzalez Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250786210
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Published: Flatiron Books - March 5th, 2024

This book is a masterpiece! It absolutely overflows with energy and passion! The characters and their circumstances are so deftly depicted that the book feels like a true story, other than the utterly fantastic forays into the supernatural.  Anita de Monte, you live on in the minds of readers. (We'll be on the lookout for any mice you might leave us. wink wink)

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Interesting Facts about Space: A Novel By Emily Austin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781668014233
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Published: Atria Books - January 30th, 2024

What a joy to read! This book manages to be witty and laugh-out-loud funny while also telling a tale of personal anguish and inner turmoil. Enid is a gem of a person who readers can't help but fall in love with.

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The Exceptions: Nancy Hopkins and the Fight for Women in Science By Kate Zernike Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982131845
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Published: Scribner - February 27th, 2024

Part biography, part cultural reckoning, part academic misbehavior exposé, this book is the utterly compelling story of the brilliant scientist women of MIT who, after years of mistreatment and under pay, fought back against the patriarchal system and changed the world of academia for women. This story feels like Lessons in Chemistry come to life. Unfortunately, all of these misdeeds are all too true.