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Go Set a Watchman

Posted By Annie Butterworth Jones, The Bookshelf, Thursday, July 23, 2015
I finished Go Set a Watchman this weekend and... I loved it. It's not a perfect book, not by a long shot, but I do think it's an important one, particularly for the South. Atticus isn't perfect; instead, he's nuanced and complicated, like a lot of Southerners (and humans!) I know. My full review is up on our store's blog, but I also wanted to share how wonderful it has been to have so many fantastic literary conversations in the shop, at the register, as people are buying this book. Books make hot button issues a little safer to discuss, and I have had some of the best conversations with my customers over the past week, all thanks to Harper Lee and Go Set a Watchman. As a young, new bookstore owner, I have been pleasantly surprised and comforted at the power books still hold. 
Anyway, just two cents from this bookseller in southern Georgia. 


Annie Butterworth Jones
Co-Owner + Managing Partner
The Bookshelf
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Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford

Posted By Zora de Bodisco, Monday, April 20, 2015
If you enjoyed The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger you'll likely find Stephanie Clifford's debut "Everybody Rise" a treat.  Evelyn Beegan attempts to game her way up the social ladder only to find she's the one who's been gamed all along.  A fast, fun read. Due out 8/15/2015

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Circling the Sun

Posted By Sarah Goddin, Monday, April 6, 2015

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain 7/28/15

Paula McLain does an exceptional job of capturing Beryl Markham and her singular life, as well as painting a vivid portrait of Kenya and a host of other noteworthy characters, including Karen Blixen, Dennys Finch-Hatton and the two British princes, Harry and David. I've been a fan of Beryl Markham's since reading her memoir, West With the Night, in the '80s, and have also read whatever I could about her. This is a beautifully written, authentic novel of the acclaimed horse trainer, pioneer aviator, and gifted writer, about whom Hemingway famously wrote ”She can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves as writers . . . It is really a bloody wonderful book.”

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A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

Posted By Sarah Goddin, Monday, April 6, 2015

In this companion novel to Atkinson's bestseller Life After Life she tells the story of Ursula's brother Teddy, the favorite of his mother, his sisters - and, I have to believe, most readers. Teddy's story is no less moving than Ursula's, skipping backward and forward in time from his dotage to his childhood and times in-between. The heart of the story is WWII and Teddy's years as an RAF pilot, making forays deep into German territory, an experience that will color the rest of his long life. A wonderful novel that totally immerses you in a different world and at the same time makes you question many things about your own world.

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Stay: A Novel

Posted By Nancy McFarlane, Friday, March 6, 2015

Stay: A Novel 
Victor Gischler 

On Sale Date: June 2, 2015 
9781250041517, 1250041511 

David Sparrow seems to be an unassuming stay-at-home dad on indefinite leave from his pencil pushing job with the army. David’s wife Amy is the newly appointed deputy district attorney for Manhattan. When Amy inherits a major case, prosecuting crime lord Dante Payne everything changes. Dante kills Amy’s prime witness and then goes after Amy herself. In order to protect his family David reverts to his previous secret and hidden persona – a highly trained special operative with a deadly skill set. David Sparrow is the new Jack Bauer providing non-stop action for 24 hours or for however long it takes you to read this over the top suburban thriller. 

Nancy McFarlane Fiction Addiction

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Hammer Head:The Making of a Carpenter

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, February 3, 2015

This recommendation comes from a friend of mine who happens to be a big reader AND a woman in the carpentry and contracting business. So when a copy of Hammer Head came my way, I pretty much forced it into her hands. Here's what she said about it:

I enjoyed it. An easy read, I thought she did a good job of describing the attraction to the trades and how once the feeling grabs on, it doesn't let go. At least for those of us drawn into this. She also captured why we cannot walk away when times are tough, work is slow and benefits are lacking. Many moments brought me back to the days I didn't know the difference between a tack hammer and a framer, but also the satisfaction of teaching the basics to that young person whose eyes light up the first time they miter a joint that fits perfectly. And she gave the reader, or at least this one, the whole feeling of worth that there is in taking old to new, creating something usable from a stack of boards, and the involvement of all the senses. The feel of the board in your hands, the different smells of various woods, the process of going from tree to bookcase. She did it well enough to give that to someone who has never held a hammer, I think. Anyway, I would recommend it as a story with good insight into taking chances and winning. --Deb Schafer


By Nina Maclaughlin
(W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393239133, 240pp.)
Publication Date: March 2015


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