Meet Kimberly: Queen Anne resident, QABC Super Fan, and our newest bookseller.
During the summer in her coastal New England hometown, 13-year-old Lucy Everheart discovers how to survive profound change through the love of her neighbors and friends, her clever wit, and a new passion for exploring the biology of great white sharks. Rich, tender, and fascinating this my new favorite book!
In this relatable story, 12-year-old Jude learns how to reconcile her feelings of simultaneous happiness and sadness as a result of moving from her home town in Syria to her new home in the Cincinnati. It is a story of kindness, prejudice, and the triumph of believing in yourself. Lovely and inspiring.
My face hurts every time I reread this book! If I am not grinning or giggling I am guffawing. David's vulnerability and love for his family abound in equal measure to his humor in this collection of personal essays revolving around health, family and mortality. Once again David Sedaris has written a book that has me coming back for more.
What a fun read! Norris is a self-described Black French Canadian teenager who moves from Canada to its polar opposite: Austin, Texas. Norris's lightning-quick wit and acerbic cynicism had me laughing through every chapter while he navigates the classic stereotypes and humiliations of high school. Through his journey, he discovers the profound truth of who he is and who his new classmates are ... possibly friends.
I am deeply moved by this lovely, sensitive, reverent middle grade novel! If you have a tweenager in your life, I consider The Moon Within a must-read. All of the feelings of being awkward, self-conscious, and conflicted during puberty are elegantly uncovered as the adolescent characters ask themselves, “How do I see myself?” and “How do I want to be seen and acknowledged by my friends, family, and community?” The heartfelt intentionality of the parents to genuinely see and honor the two main adolescent characters is inspiring– as are the youths as they find the courage to stand in their truth and stand up for one another.
My experience reading this memoir is reminiscent of a fantastic visit with my closest of friends: heartwarming, comforting, funny, uplifting, motivational. Lori Gottlieb’s journey of personal discovery along her path of becoming a therapist is at turns vulnerable, self-effacing, and humorous. Her stories illuminate how we naturally evolve and grow emotionally alongside those to whom we actively and deeply listen.
This is one of my top two favorite books to celebrate a graduation or to encourage you to take that next big step. Leslie Odom J.R. offers usable guidance, encouragement, and inspiration for teens and adults who feel they are on the cusp of something big. Postive, empowering and motivating; I felt like Leslie was my own personal cheerleader reminding me of the positive steps I have already taken and what I already know to spur me on to my goal.
This is one of my two favorite books to give as a graduation present, or for anyone ready to "take the next step". Balancing between cheerful pragmatism and soulful spirituality, Gilbert inspires us to uncover the "strange jewels" that are hidden within each of us: pursue a dream long deferred, or simply allow more passion and mindfulness into our everyday life. Big Magic illuminates the of wonder and joy of creativity.