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I first started in the book business in 1986 at a small bookstore in Lewiston, Idaho called The Book & Game Company. Yes, you guessed it, half the store was books and half was games. I worked there for three years before my family moved to Spokane. After a short hiatus the call of the bookstore and owner Chris O'Harra brought me back into the fold in 1990, and I've been at Aunties ever since. I love a good mystery or thriller, kids’ books, fiction, and occasionally like a good biography. I also really love to listen to audio books, and enjoy reading and choosing books for my grandchildren. You know the old saying, "So many books, so little time." That about sums up by life.

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ISBN: 9780553382525
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Published: Bantam - February 3rd, 2004

I love Laurie R. King's books, especially her earlier ones. I was surprised to realize I had missed this one and was enthralled from the start. Vietnam veteran Allen Carmichael has been helping abused children escape their abusers for years. He's ready to retire, but his last case draws him back in a terrifying manner. The story, told in flashbacks to Allen's war days, is compelling and raw. It tells of how a man, tormented by his past, tries to make amends and restore balance in his life. But will this last case destroy him?

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ISBN: 9781476746586
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 6th, 2014

A beautifully written story about WWII. The lives of two young people from very different backgrounts intersect in a city on the coast of France that is about to be destroyed by the Germans. Author Anthony Doerr weaves a story that goes back in time between both main characters. The reader gets a real sense of the thoughts and feelings of the characters, and what it's like to live during that time period. I can't praise this book enough.

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ISBN: 9781250012579
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 26th, 2013

This young adult novel deals with some pretty heavy issues, but the author does it in a way that is entertaining, innocent, fun, and weird all at the same time. Teenage misfits Eleanor and Park become friends by accident, and as their relationship grows we are reminded of how both wonderful and terrible life can be for teenagers. This is a great story about young love and the innocence of youth.

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ISBN: 9780143121701
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Published: Penguin Books - May 5th, 2015

Inspired by Sarah Grimke, a real life abolitionist, Sue Monk Kidd tells the story of two strong and determined women whose lives are entwined when Handful, a young black slave, is given to Sarah for her eleventh birthday. Set in Charleston in the early eighteen hundreds, this story details the everyday life of a rich southern family and the slaves they own. Both Sarah and Handful have strong opinions and questions about why women have to follow the path men create for them. Each searching for their freedom amid an intolerant society, we feel their struggles and admire their moments of courage.