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.

 

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The Book of Charlie: Wisdom from the Remarkable American Life of a 109-Year-Old Man By David Von Drehle Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781476773926
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 23rd, 2023

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.


Someone Else's Shoes: A Novel By Jojo Moyes Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781984879295
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - February 7th, 2023

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

“Very few authors have the power to make you laugh on one page and cry on the next. Moyes is one of them.” —The New York Times


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)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781609458386
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Published: Europa Editions - May 16th, 2023

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


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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You Are Here: A Novel By Karin Lin-Greenberg Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781640095434
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Published: Counterpoint - May 2nd, 2023

"Lin-Greenberg’s web of characters illustrate the complex lives of ordinary people." —Time


Love & Saffron: A Novel of Friendship, Food, and Love By Kim Fay Cover Image
By Kim Fay
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593419359
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 7th, 2023

The Instant National Bestseller and #1 Indie Next Pick
 
In the vein of the classic 84, Charing Cross Road, this witty and tender novel is a sensuous experience of food and a deep friendship between two very different women in 1960s America.


Two strangers. One recipe. A friendship for the ages.
 


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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

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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Fear Is Just a Word: A Missing Daughter, a Violent Cartel, and a Mother's Quest for Vengeance By Azam Ahmed Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593448410
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Published: Random House - September 26th, 2023

A riveting true story of a mother who fought back against the drug cartels in Mexico, pursuing her own brand of justice to avenge the kidnapping and murder of her daughter—from a global investigative correspondent for The New York Times


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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

AN INSTANT 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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Romantic Comedy (Reese's Book Club): A Novel By Curtis Sittenfeld Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590948
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Published: Random House - April 4th, 2023

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK • A comedy writer thinks she’s sworn off love, until a dreamy pop star flips the script on all her assumptions—a “smart, sophisticated, and fun” (Oprah Daily) novel from the author of Eligible, Rodham, and Prep.
 


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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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Day: A Novel By Michael Cunningham Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399591341
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Published: Random House - November 14th, 2023

NATIONAL BESTELLER • A “quietly stunning” (Ocean Vuong) exploration of love and loss, the struggles and limitations of family life—and how we all must learn to live together and apart—from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Hours
 


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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

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: A Novel 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 PICKFrom the beloved New York Times opinion writer and bestselling author of Late Migrations comes a "howling love letter to the world" (Ann Patchett): a luminous book that traces the passing o