Kelly’s Reviews

EMILY ALONE by Stuart O’Nan

The sequel to, WISH YOU WERE HERE, Stuart O’Nan’s critically acclaimed novel about a socially disastrous family vacation at a lake cabin, EMILY ALONE is a beautiful and meticulous portrait of the daily life of an older woman in Pittsburgh, PA. Rather than give in to fear when life changes force her to resume driving and take on additional responsibilities, she rises to the occasion.
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ISBN: 9780143120490
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Published: Penguin Books - December 27th, 2011

A bittersweet tale of love and longing from the bestselling author of Last Night at the Lobster.

O'Nan's newest novel, City of Secrets, is now available from Viking.

THE CHAPERONE by Laura Moriarty (Publication date June 2012)

The latest from Lawrence resident and best-selling novelist Laura Moriarty, THE CHAPERONE, takes readers into the diverse worlds of two women on the cusp of finding their authentic selves. One is 15-year-old, soon-to-be stage and silent film star, Louise Brooks, who is making her first trip to New York. The other is Cora, her proper, well-bred Kansas chaperone. The clash of lives and press of secrets throughout creates a truly compelling read. The best of Moriarty’s novels yet! Recommended by Kelly.
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ISBN: 9781594631436
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 4th, 2013

Soon to be a feature film from the creators of Downton Abbey starring Elizabeth McGovern, The Chaperone is a New York Times-bestselling novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in the 1920s and the summer that would change them both.


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ISBN: 9780802778161
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Published: Walker & Company - May 22nd, 2012

While composing what would become his most enduring and popular book, E. B. White obeyed that oft-repeated maxim: "Write what you know." Helpless pigs, silly geese, clever spiders, greedy rats-White knew all of these characters in the barns and stables where he spent his favorite hours as a child and adult.

MARRIAGE RULES by Harriet Lerner (Publication date January 2012)

Whether you’re married or in a committed partnership, MARRIAGE RULES by nationally renowned psychologist and Lawrence resident Harriet Lerner is an invaluable guide to helping you over the rough patches. We all know that negotiating the intricacies of a relationship takes humor and wisdom, both of which readers will find plenty of in this easy-to-read book. It’s a gem! Recommended by Kelly.
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ISBN: 9781592407453
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Published: Avery Publishing Group - December 31st, 2012

Coupling up is complicated--Dr. Harriet Lerner's marriage rules are not.

This marriage book provides couple's therapy in a unique format perfect for today's world. The renowned author of The Dance of Anger gives readers more than one hundred rules that cover all the hot spots in long-term relationships.

JOURNEY OF THE UNIVERSE by Brian Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker

This book answers the need of those for whom traditional Christianity alone is no longer adequate to encompass their sense of the cosmos and the meaning of the human within in. In lucid prose, the authors help readers locate themselves within the larger family of things throughout "deep" geologic time. They tell a big, sacred story for those who find themselves without one. Recommended by Kelly
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ISBN: 9780300171907
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Published: Yale University Press - June 28th, 2011

Today we know what no previous generation knew: the history of the universe and of the unfolding of life on Earth. Through the astonishing combined achievements of natural scientists worldwide, we now have a detailed account of how galaxies and stars, planets and living organisms, human beings and human consciousness came to be. And yet . . .


Throughout his career as a nature writer and anthropologist Childs has had many up-close encounters with iconic animals of the American West. Each portrait, from mountain lion to deer mouse, reveals an openness to surprise and a willingness to think across species barriers. I couldn’t put this book down. Recommended by Kelly.
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ISBN: 9780316066471
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Published: Back Bay Books - March 1st, 2009

THE ANIMAL DIALOGUES tells of Craig Childs' own chilling experiences among the grizzlies of the Arctic, sharks off the coast of British Columbia and in the turquoise waters of Central America, jaguars in the bush of northern Mexico, mountain lions, elk, Bighorn Sheep, and others.

INSECTOPEDIA by Hugh Raffles

This isn’t dry science. In a series of essays, Raffles sheds light on the intricate wonders and, occasionally, horrors of our smaller comrades’ lives. An anthropologist by trade, he takes his own intense interest and folds it into an exploration of the intersection of worlds. A fascinating read. Recommended by Kelly.
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ISBN: 9781400096961
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Published: Vintage - March 22nd, 2011

A New York Times Notable Book

A stunningly original exploration of the ties that bind us to the beautiful, ancient, astoundingly accomplished, largely unknown, and unfathomably different species with whom we share the world.

SLEEPING MURDER by Agatha Christie

If you’re hungering for a tried-and-true, reliable British mystery, you can’t beat Agatha Christie’s Sleeping Murder. Though she falls in love with a house for herself and her new husband, Gwenda begins to get the odd feeling that a door ought to be in a place where there isn’t one.
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ISBN: 9780062073723
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 1st, 2011

In Agatha Christie’s classic, Sleeping Murder, the indomitable Miss Marple turns ghost hunter and uncovers shocking evidence of a perfect crime.


Elisabeth Tova Bailey’s short memoir The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is remarkable. Confined to her bed by a long-undiagnosed illness, she finds she has energy for little but observing a woodland snail a friend brings her in a pot of wild violets.
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ISBN: 9781565126060
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - August 24th, 2010

In a work that beautifully demonstrates the rewards of closely observing nature, Elisabeth Bailey shares an inspiring and intimate story of her uncommon encounter with a Neohelix albolabris--a common woodland snail.


The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson made me laugh in embarrassing ways, at inappropriate times--I couldn’t help myself--because I took it everywhere until I finished it. Winner of Britain’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction, the book is an exploration of all it means to be Jewish, largely from the perspective of someone who isn’t but desperately wants to be.
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ISBN: 9781608196111
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - October 12th, 2010

Julian Treslove, a professionally unspectacular and disappointed BBC worker, and Sam Finkler, a popular Jewish philosopher, writer and television personality, are old school friends.