Valerie's Book Talk Picks

Want to read some of Valerie's favorite books? These are many of the ones she is discussing during her Girlboss talks. Add them to your cart below and choose either in-store pick up or shipping.


The Anomaly: A Novel Cover Image
By Hervé Le Tellier, Adriana Hunter (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781635421699
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Published: Other Press - November 23rd, 2021

A New York Times bestseller and a "Best Thriller of the Year"

Winner of the Goncourt Prize and now an international phenomenon, this dizzying, whip-smart novel blends crime, fantasy, sci-fi, and thriller as it plumbs the mysteries surrounding a Paris-New York flight.

Fresh Water for Flowers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609456764
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Published: Europa Editions - May 4th, 2021


A #1 international best-seller, Fresh Water for Flowers is an intimately told story about a woman who defiantly believes in happiness, despite it all.

Small Things Like These Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802158741
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - November 30th, 2021

"A hypnotic and electrifying Irish tale that transcends country, transcends time." --Lily King, New York Times bestselling author of Writers & Lovers

Small Things Like These is award-winning author Claire Keegan's landmark new novel, a tale of one man's courage and a remarkable portrait of love and family

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Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention--and How to Think Deeply Again Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593138519
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Published: Crown - January 25th, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Our ability to pay attention is collapsing. From the New York Times bestselling author of Chasing the Scream and Lost Connections comes a groundbreaking examination of why this is happening—and how to get our attention back.

Fellowship Point: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982131814
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Published: Scribner / Marysue Rucci Books - July 5th, 2022

The masterful story of a lifelong friendship between two very different women with shared histories and buried secrets, tested in the twilight of their lives, set across the arc of the 20th century.

Celebrated children’s book author Agnes Lee is determined to secure her legacy—to complete what she knows will be the final volume of her pseudonymously written Franklin Squar

Properties of Thirst Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416571261
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 2nd, 2022

Fifteen years after the publication of Evidence of Things Unseen, National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist Marianne Wiggins returns with a novel destined to be an American classic: a sweeping masterwork set during World War II about the meaning of family and the limitations of the American Dream.

Rockwell “Rocky” Rhodes has spent years fiercely protecting hi

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The Change: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063144040
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Published: William Morrow - May 3rd, 2022


"Miller triumphs...THE CHANGE is that rare treat: a suspenseful story with great pacing, memorable characters, and an engaging voice. Fantastic in every way, this fierce anthem against misogyny is a smash."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Damnation Spring Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982144418
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Published: Scribner - May 3rd, 2022


Named a Best Book of 2021 by Newsweek, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times

“A glorious book—an assured novel that’s gorgeously told.” —The New York Times Book Review
“An incredibly moving epic about an unforgettable fa

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Seven Games: A Human History Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324003779
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 25th, 2022

A group biography of seven enduring and beloved games, and the story of why—and how—we play them.

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The Guncle Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525542308
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 5th, 2022

A National Bestseller
An NPR Book of the Year
Finalist for the 2021 Goodreads Choice Awards
From the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus and The Editor comes a warm and deeply funny novel about a once-famous gay sitcom star whose unexpected family tragedy leaves him with his niece and nephew for the summer.

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Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385547345
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Published: Doubleday - April 5th, 2022

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK • A must-read debut! Meet Elizabeth Zott: a one-of-a-kind scientist in 1960s California whose career takes a detour when she becomes the unlikely star of a beloved TV cooking show in this novel that is “irresistible, satisfying and full of fuel.

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Marrying the Ketchups: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525658870
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Published: Knopf - April 26th, 2022

An irresistible comedy of manners about three generations of a Chicago restaurant family and the deep-fried, beer-battered, cream cheese-frosted love that feeds them all—from the best-selling author of Girls in White Dresses

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Shadows of Pecan Hollow: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063065345
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Published: William Morrow - February 8th, 2022

Recommended by The Washington Post!