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 Thursday Murder Club: A Novel (A Thursday Murder Club Mystery #1) By Richard Osman Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984880987
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Published: Penguin Books - August 3rd, 2021

A New York Times bestseller | Soon to be a major motion picture from Steven Spielberg at Amblin Entertainment

“Witty, endearing and greatly entertaining.” —Wall Street Journal
 


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The Postcard By Anne Berest, Tina Kover (Translator) Cover Image
By Anne Berest, Tina Kover (Translator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9798889660354
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Published: Europa Editions - May 7th, 2024

A BEST BOOK OF 2023
TIME MagazineNPRLibrary JournalThe Globe and MailLilithForward MagazineToronto StarThe New Yorker


"A testament to the power of imagination and an investigation of empathy."--Vogue


The Second Ending: A Novel By Michelle Hoffman Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593599136
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 30th, 2023

A former prodigy who refuses to believe her best years are behind her and a young virtuoso searching for his passion both get an unlikely shot at their dreams in this sparkling debut about second chances, unexpected joys, and the miraculous power of music.


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The Berry Pickers: A Novel By Amanda Peters Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781646221950
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Published: Catapult - October 31st, 2023

NATIONAL BESTSELLER
2023 Barnes & Noble Discover Prize Winner
Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

A four-year-old Mi’kmaq girl goes missing from the blueberry fields of Maine, sparking a mystery that will haunt the survivors, unravel a family, and remain unsolved for nearly fifty years


A City on Mars: Can we settle space, should we settle space, and have we really thought this through? By Kelly Weinersmith, Zach Weinersmith Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781984881724
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Published: Penguin Press - November 7th, 2023

* THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Scientific American’s #1 Book for 2023 * A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice * A Times Best Science and Environment Book of 2023 * A Tor.com Best Book of 2023 *


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The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store: A Novel By James McBride Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593422946
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 8th, 2023

THE RUNAWAY NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY NPR/FRESH AIR, WASHINGTON POST, THE NEW YORKER, AND TIME MAGAZINE

ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2023


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The Connellys of County Down: A Novel By Tracey Lange Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250865373
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Published: Celadon Books - August 1st, 2023

From Tracey Lange, the New York Times bestselling author of We Are the Brennans, comes The Connellys of County Down: a story about fierce family loyalty, good intentions gone awry, and the consequences of improbable love.


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A Fever in the Heartland: The Ku Klux Klan's Plot to Take Over America, and the Woman Who Stopped Them By Timothy Egan Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780735225268
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Published: Viking - April 4th, 2023

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A Washington Post Notable Work of Nonfiction • An NPR Best Book of the Year A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year •  A Chicago Review of Books Best Book of the Year A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year • A Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist


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Colton Gentry's Third Act: A Novel By Jeff Zentner Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781538756652
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 30th, 2024

Recommended by The TODAY Show, this "story of love, healing, and second chances ” (Emily Henry) from an award-winning author follows a down on his luck country musician who, in the throes of grief after a shocking loss, moves back home and rekindles a relationship with his high school sweetheart.

Colton Gentry is riding high.


All the Colors of the Dark By Chris Whitaker Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593798874
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Published: Crown - June 25th, 2024

From the New York Times bestselling author of We Begin at the End comes a soaring thriller and an epic love story that spans decades.

"Impeccably crafted, deeply emotional, entirely shattering. I was captivated from page one." ―Bonnie Garmus, New York Times bestselling author of Lessons in Chemistry


The Comfort of Crows: A Backyard Year By Margaret Renkl Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781954118461
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - October 24th, 2023

THE PERFECT GIFT FOR NATURE LOVERS, BIRDERS, AND GARDENERS, WITH ORIGINAL COLOR ART THROUGHOUT * USA TODAY BESTSELLER * NATIONAL BESTSELLER * AMAZON EDITOR'S PICK * INDIE NEXT PICK


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The Frozen River: A Novel By Ariel Lawhon Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780385546874
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Published: Doubleday - December 5th, 2023

GMA BOOK CLUB PICK • AN NPR BOOK OF THE YEAR • From the New York Times bestselling author of I Was Anastasia and Code Name Hélène comes a gripping historical mystery inspired by the life and diary of Martha Ballard, a renowned 18th-century midwife who defied the legal system and wrote herself into American histor


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Family Family: A Novel By Laurie Frankel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250236807
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - January 23rd, 2024

​“Not all stories of adoption are stories of pain and regret. Not even most of them. Why don’t we ever get that movie?”

India Allwood grew up wanting to be an actor. Armed with a stack of index cards (for research/line memorization/make-shift confetti), she goes from awkward sixteen-year-old to Broadway ingenue to TV superhero.


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Nightwatching: A Novel By Tracy Sierra Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593654767
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - February 6th, 2024

Unputdownable · Psychological Suspense · Horror · Tense · Gripping

A FALLON BOOK CLUB PICK

“Pulse-pounding locked-room suspense.” —Elle

Nightwatching is like nothing I've read before. I wolfed it down in two sittings; it's amazing.”—Lisa Jewell


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The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder By David Grann Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385534260
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Published: Doubleday - April 18th, 2023

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Killers of the Flower Moon, a page-turning story of shipwreck, survival, and savagery, culminating in a court martial that reveals a shocking truth.


Listen for the Lie: A Novel By Amy Tintera Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250880314
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Published: Celadon Books - March 5th, 2024

New York Times Bestseller
A Good Morning America Book Club Pick

"A world-class whodunit."
—Stephen King

“An extremely successful high-wire act, balancing between dark comedy and darker thrills.”
—Alex Michaelides, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Laugh-out-loud funny, thrilling and twisty...”


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The Women: A Novel By Kristin Hannah Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781250178633
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 6th, 2024

A #1 bestseller on The New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times!

From the celebrated author of The Nightingale and The Four Winds comes Kristin Hannah's The Women—at once an intimate portrait of coming of age in a dangerous time and an epic tale of a nation divided.


The Hazelbourne Ladies Motorcycle and Flying Club: A Novel By Helen Simonson Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781984801319
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Published: The Dial Press - May 7th, 2024

“Historical fiction of the highest order . . . an absolute joy of a book, warm and romantic, and with so much to say about the lives of women in the years following World War I.”—Ann Napolitano, bestselling author of Hello Beautiful


The Demon of Unrest: A Saga of Hubris, Heartbreak, and Heroism at the Dawn of the Civil War By Erik Larson Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780385348744
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Published: Crown - April 30th, 2024

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Splendid and the Vile brings to life the pivotal five months between the election of Abraham Lincoln and the start of the Civil War—a simmering crisis that finally tore a deeply divided nation in two.


The Book of Charlie: Wisdom from the Remarkable American Life of a 109-Year-Old Man By David Von Drehle Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781476773933
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 21st, 2024

One of our nation’s most prominent writers discovers the truth about how to live a long and happy life from the centenarian next door in this “original and highly readable account of a splendid American life” (The Wall Street Journal).

When a veteran Washington journalist moved to Kansas, he met a new neighbor who was more than a century old.


The Accidental Medium By Tracy Whitwell Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781529087529
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Published: Pan - April 9th, 2024

The Accidental Medium is the first book in a hilarious series from Tracy Whitwell featuring Tanz, the accidental medium who, with the help of the dead, is about to become an unwilling crime-solver.


The Night in Question By Susan Fletcher Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781454952558
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Published: Union Square & Co. - April 2nd, 2024

A lyrical and emotionally engaging novel infused with mystery and wisdom about love, friendship, and the power of forgiveness.


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Mercury: A Novel By Amy Jo Burns Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781250908568
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Celadon Books - January 2nd, 2024

A roofing family’s bonds of loyalty are tested when they uncover a long-hidden secret at the heart of their blue-collar town—from Amy Jo Burns, author of the critically acclaimed novel Shiner