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With a poet's heart, Janis joined our bookstore family in 2006 and, as a mother of three and another of our writer/booksellers, she brings with her wealth of experience and knowledge of books. Our Head Book Buyer as of 2009, she has her finger on the pulse of what's new & hot coming down the pike!

The Orchardist (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780062188502
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Published: Harper, 8/2012

Wilderness (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781608199372
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Published: Bloomsbury USA, 9/2012
Weller’s debut novel, seven years in the making, is an extraordinary and memorable work of historical fiction. During the Civil War, Abel Trueman ends up on the wrong side of the Battle of the Wilderness and comes out emotionally scarred. Later in life, Abel and his dog set out on foot to cross the Olympic Mountains. This journey evolves into one of redemption, discovery and renewed hope through encounters with heart-strong characters along the way. Weller possesses incredible talent and I already look forward to his next book. ~ Janis

The Dog Stars (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780307959942
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Published: Knopf, 8/2012
With utterly unique, unforgettable prose, Heller writes a story of both the timelessness of human love and the potential for people to turn on each other with the intent of complete destruction. Main character Hig and his dog find themselves alone after a biological catastrophe takes 99% of the human race, including his wife and his family. After nine years of solitude, he takes to the road with the goal of finding a reason to keep going. I read this book through in an afternoon. Heller has gained a career-following fan. ~ Janis

ISBN-13: 9780307456199
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Published: Anchor, 9/2010
Trofimuk is a talent to watch. With his first novel, he delivers a main character who washes up on a beach off the Strait of Gibraltar and is committed to a mental institution in Seville. He believes he is Christopher Columbus, and his nurse, Consuela, becomes part of his tapestry—but is it in the process of weaving or fraying? Trofimuk asks us to consider this: What, exactly, makes a person stay in character? ~ Janis

ISBN-13: 9781594484810
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Published: Riverhead Books, 10/2010
I could not put down this account of literary obsession and the passion behind it that leads to theft. Bartlett examines and tracks down true-life book thief John Charles Gilkey, who is afflicted with an incurable attraction to possessing rare books—by any means or cost. ~ Janis

ISBN-13: 9780061733574
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 7/2009
I run a risk when writing about Pablo Neruda, because to me he is the poet master and I am admittedly smitten. What he writes, I devour. Full Woman, Fleshy Apple, Hot Moon abounds in adjectives and nouns as the title suggests. Throw in a dash of passion, angst, soul and intellect – classic Neruda. ~ Janis

The Female Brain (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780767920100
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Published: Harmony, 8/2007
Yes, there are differences between the sexes. In her book, neurolologist Brizendine explores the scientific chasms separating the female from the male. Brizendine examines the female life from birth, to maturation, to menopause, and then to death, with both a scientific and practical eye. As a female reader, I learned two things: one-my brain is more than I knew, and two-all the males in my life need to read this book. ~ Janis

The Hunger Games (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780439023528
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Published: Scholastic Press, 7/2010
Think of Cormac McCarthy's The Road and plunk that right in the middle of the teenage market. Hunger Games delivers without a doubt: a page-turning futuristic reality show with 16-year-old Katness Everdeen as the star. Representing her district, the poorest of the twelve districts of the new nation Panem in the annual Hunger Games, Katness is pitted in brutal trials against the other contestants. The winner of the game is the last contestant alive. Collins gives on-the-edge reading for the adventurous in this slightly chilling, brilliantly plotted and paced book. ~ JANIS

ISBN-13: 9780439023498
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Published: Scholastic Press, 9/2009
Collins does it again with the second installment in her Hunger Games trilogy. Main characters Katniss and Peeta return with evolving dimension as they encourage rebellion among the inhabitants of the Nation of Paneen. Fans won’t be disappointed as they follow these two in their preparations for the 75th Hunger Games. Then come the games themselves! I, for one, can’t wait for the next book. Ages 12+. ~ Janis

Homer & Langley (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780812975635
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 8/2010
In a book made to sit down and read without interruption, the great literary master E.L. Doctorow creates a novel around the real-life Collyer brothers, Homer and Langley, siblings loyal to each other who were infamously eccentric hermits born in the 1880s. The historical details of New York in a grand age lend authenticity to the inventive story of these fascinating characters. ~ Janis

ISBN-13: 9781416549017
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Published: Free Press, 1/2006
In this compelling memoir, first-time author Tammet gives us the unique opportunity to explore an extraordinary mind. He is a savant with synesthesia who was diagnosed with autism in his mid-twenties. Synesthesia is a rare condition in which a mind sees words and/or numbers as visual, emotional experience through colors and shapes. Tammet holds the world record for reciting Pi to 23,514 digits, and can learn any language within a week. Though he has an extraordinary mind, it is his spirit, resilience and determination that resonate. For example, although not able to "feel" emotions like most people, Tammet is able to compensate intellectually and is quite successful in making and keeping relationships. To read this book is to come away with a distinct admiration for its author as well as a widened sense of humanity. ~ Janis

ISBN-13: 9781451618068
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 2/2012
To open the cover of this memoir is to enter the intimate, admirable, mournfully beautiful life of the Weber family. Damon is the center of this family, a larger-than-life teenager who was born with a potentially fatal heart defect. He was also born with an unstoppable personality and the heart of a lion. His father, Doron, tells the family story in an accessible and open manner, one that makes you feel as though you are in the car with the family on the way to another operation, or sitting around the dinner table telling jokes, or clenching your fists as another kid makes your kid feel small, or rooting when Damon yet again rallies. This is a story that makes your heart stronger for reading it. ~ Janis

ISBN-13: 9780857420121
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Published: Seagull Books, 1/2012
South African novelist Vladislavic explores his ideas for stories over the past 20 years and why they eluded him. This is a brilliant exploration of one author’s mind—his principles, philosophy and personal history—in bringing the word to page. Each chapter has a gorgeous illustration at the beginning by Sunandini Banerjee. I couldn’t put it down! ~ Janis

Doc (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780812980004
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Published: Ballantine Books, 2/2012
Fans of historical fiction will not want to miss the latest from Russell (The Sparrow and Children of God.) Russell writes in her masterfully entertaining style as she lays out the story of John Henry Holliday—Doc Holliday—beginning on a Georgia plantation, where John Henry was born to a well-educated mother. We then follow our hero briefly through the Civil War and then to Texas, where he earns his D.D.S. and meets the literate, classic-quoting prostitute-turned-lifelong-companion Kate, and finally to Dodge City, Kansas. Doc is a gentleman and a professional gambler, a smooth talker and an alcoholic, generous to a fault and deathly ill with tuberculosis, which will end his life at the age of thirty-six. The Earp brothers make a strong showing as supporting characters in this true-to-life tale of western heritage and adventure. I wanted more after turning the last page. Ace-high! ~ Janis

ISBN-13: 9780062041289
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Published: Ecco, 2/2012
This novel, an odyssey of killing, blood and violence, is not only remarkably palatable, but decidedly delicious. DeWitt charms his readers with an1850s-era wild western tale of two brothers charged with the chilling task of murder. Fueled by alcohol and mixed with eccentric and rambunctious personalities, it is a delightful tale, and a must-read to the end. ~ Janis

Bed (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781451614220
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Published: Scribner, 8/2011
Bed: where 40-50% of our lives unfold… unless you are 25-year-old Mal Ede, disenchanted with life and how it locks individuals into predictable tracks. Then the bed becomes 100%. Mal is part philosopher, part hot-blooded teen, part railing son and brother. But he is full-on confident in his decision to drop out of typical life. He takes to his bed on his 25th birthday, never again to rise. Mal’s body grows to garish proportions, perhaps in line with the atrocities apparent in his personal relationships, primarily with his parents. Bed scores on many levels: kudos to Whitehouse for compassion, good storytelling, character development, and magnification of society and humanity. I anxiously await a second work from this author. ~ Janis

ISBN-13: 9780547576725
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9/2011
Torres is, in a word, mind-blowing. His innate literary talent is humbling. This novel, written in an entirely unique prose, can make you cringe while admiring it, can make you cheer and weep. Three brothers, born of a biracial couple, grow up in an environment with little restriction and few borders. This exposure and the resulting experiences contribute to the grown men they become, the men that Torres lays before us. ~ Janis

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