Uncommon Type

Let it be known that I am a big Tom Hanks fan. Like HUGE. You’ve Got Mail is my favorite movie, and Hanks is my favorite actor. So when I learned that he had a book of short stories coming out, I just had to get my hands on it. And guess what? America’s dad can […]

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Friendship in a Foreign Land

“Maybe if you only understand half of what a person says, you can more readily read the sincerity of their gestures. Maybe language is much less important than I think it is, and therefore much less frightening.” When Margaret Brickshaw and her husband arrive in Jordan, Cassie Hugo thinks she might have finally found a […]

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Submerged Secrets

In a small, English town runs a river with a dark past. When Nel Abbott jumps to her death in the river, she leaves behind her teenage daughter. Nel’s sister, Jules, comes to take care of her, returning to a town she was desperate to run away from. But this isn’t the first person to […]

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Call of the Wild

Do you ever think about getting away from the world? Ever contemplate taking a break and relaxing out in the woods by yourself for while? Well, one guy decided to do just that…for 27 years. The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel is the true story of the hermit Christopher Knight. In 1986, 20-year-old Knight […]

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We lived our little drama

Lately, I’ve been in the mood for short stories, so I found it the perfect time to pick up Eveningland, the latest from Michael Knight. I haven’t read his work before, but Knight is known for his ability to weave an engaging novella. Sure enough, his new book is a perfect example of beautiful southern storytelling. […]

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Take a Literary Road Trip

One of my favorite areas of the Lemuria store is the Southern fiction section. Nestled in a corner of the fiction room behind a bust of Eudora Welty, this part of the store is one I love to explore. From Rick Bass to Alice Walker, and everyone in between, the shelves are filled with some […]

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For Lovers of the Fantastical

Leigh Bardugo is one of my favorite authors in the Young Adult genre, and her Grisha trilogy takes the cake as THE fantasy series that I just can’t get enough of.   The first book in the Grisha trilogy is Shadow and Bone, which introduces you to Bardugo’s dark and beautifully-developed world. The country of Ravka, […]

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Be More Present

Are you constantly on the move? Do you wish you could feel more connected to the people around you? Do you feel like you have settled for “busy”? Well, Shauna Niequist knows how you feel. Her new Christian non-fiction book, Present Over Perfect, dives right into the idea that a busy life doesn’t necessarily mean a […]

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Another Brooklyn

Jacqueline Woodson won the 2014 National Book Award for her young adult novel Brown Girl Dreaming and has been a finalist for several others. Since Woodson’s new novel for adults Another Brooklyn was recently long-listed for the 2016 National Book Award, I thought I’d share with you just what this book is about and why you need to pick it […]

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“For the ones who dream of stranger worlds”

In V. E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic, there is more than one London. In fact, there are four: magic-less and ordinary Grey London; vibrant and thriving Red London; cold and cruel White London; and mysterious and powerful Black London, each with its own society and level of magic. The various worlds have been sealed off […]

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