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Want our personal recommendations? Here are our Staff Picks! All staff picks are 15% off, but these are our favorites this month.
Dylan’s pick for August is Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson. His review:
When editorial assistant Alice is hired to keep a reclusive author on track for her latest project, she never expects that the author’s 9-year-old son will end up being the most intriguing part of the job. Frank dresses only in 1930’s garb, is more intelligent than most, and is reclusive in his own right, due to misunderstood eccentricities. It is Frank’s arsenal of quirks that make the story as addicting as it is.
Gabriella’s staff pick for August is The Elizas by Sara Shepard. Her review:
You might know the author from Pretty Little Liars, but there’s nothing pretty about what Eliza Fontaine endures in this psychological thriller. Die-hard thriller readers will likely see some of the twists coming, but this may be a good introduction to the genre before readers move on to more intense plots. That’s not to say that this book is not also gripping–I couldn’t stop turning pages, and even at the end, you may not be wholly sure of what is real and what is not.
Ready for more? Come to the store and check out our Staff Picks shelf!
If you’re reading along with WCMY, here’s our book for discussion in August!
National Book Award Finalist—Fiction
In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.
In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.
In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.
Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.
Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember—strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become—in the eyes of the law—a kidnapper himself.