Valerie's December 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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Fellowship Point: A Novel By Alice Elliott Dark Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982131821
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Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - May 9th, 2023

“A magnificent storytelling feat” (The Boston Globe) story of lifelong friendship between two very different “superbly depicted” (The Wall Street Journal) women with shared histories, divisive loyalties, hidden sorrows, and eighty years of summers on a pristine point of land on the coast of Maine, set across the arc of the 20th century.

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Properties of Thirst By Marianne Wiggins Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416571278
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 30th, 2023

A National Bestseller
A New Yorker Best Book of 2022

Fifteen years after the publication of Evidence of Things Unseen, National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist Marianne Wiggins returns with a “big, bold book” (USA TODAY) destined to be an American classic: a sweeping masterwork set during World War II about the meaning of family

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The Blackhouse: A Novel By Carole Johnstone Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982199678
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Published: Scribner - January 3rd, 2023

From the author of the “dark and devious...beautifully written” (Stephen King) Mirrorland comes an “atmospheric, thrilling, and utterly captivating” (Booklist) gothic tale set on a remote Scottish island where the locals are hiding a deadly secret.

Maggie Mackay has been haunted her entire life.

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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
ISBN: 9781476773926
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 23rd, 2023

One of our nation’s most prominent writers finds the truth about how to live a long and happy life in the centenarian next door.

When a veteran Washington journalist moved to Kansas, he met a new neighbor who was more than a century old. Little did he know that he was beginning a long friendship—and a profound lesson in the meaning of life.

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The Half Moon: A Novel By Mary Beth Keane Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982172602
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Published: Scribner - May 2nd, 2023

“An insightful, riveting study of marriage.” —People

From the bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes, a masterful and “absorbing” (The New York Times) novel about a couple in a small town navigating the complexities of marriage, family, and longing.

Malcolm Gephardt, handsome and gregarious longtime bartender at the Half

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Hang the Moon: A Novel By Jeannette Walls Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501117299
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Published: Scribner - March 28th, 2023

“A rollicking tale.” —The Washington Post *“Propulsive.” —Associated Press * “Wild, smart, energetic.” —Los Angeles Times * “Brilliant and effervescent.” —NPR

From the #1 bestselling author of The Glass Castle, the instant New York Times bestseller a “rip-roaring, action

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In Memoriam: A novel By Alice Winn Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593534564
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Published: Knopf - March 7th, 2023

GMA BUZZ PICK • INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLER AND AWARD WINNER • A haunting, virtuosic debut novel about two young men who fall in love during World War I • “Will live in your mind long after you’ve closed the final pages.” —Maggie O’Farrell, best-selling author of Hamnet and The Marriage Portrait

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


“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

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The People's Hospital: Hope and Peril in American Medicine By M.D. Ricardo Nuila Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501198045
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Published: Scribner - March 14th, 2023

“Nuila’s storytelling gifts place him alongside colleagues like Atul Gawande.” —Los Angeles Times

This “compelling mixture of health care policy and gripping stories from the frontlines of medicine” (The Guardian) explores the question: where does an uninsured person go when turned away by hospitals, clinics, and doctors?

The Thursday Murder Club: A Novel (A Thursday Murder Club Mystery #1) By Richard Osman Cover Image
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 Hundred Loves of Juliet: A Novel By Evelyn Skye Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593499245
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Published: Del Rey - August 1st, 2023

A woman discovers that she is part of a legendary love story that spans lives, years, and continents in this modern-day reimagining of Romeo and Juliet.

“Cleverly imagines the epilogue Romeo and Juliet didn’t get to have, and how curses can be blessings in disguise.”—JODI PICOULT

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This Time Tomorrow: A Novel By Emma Straub Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525539018
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 16th, 2023


“The pages brim with tenderness and an appreciation for what we had and who we were. I could not have loved it more."—Ann Patchett

“One of the most moving and intelligent time travel novels I have ever read. Nostalgic, wise, funny, and filled with love."—Gabrielle Zevin

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The Postcard By Anne Berest, Tina Kover (Translator) Cover Image
By Anne Berest, Tina Kover (Translator)
ISBN: 9781609458386
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Published: Europa Editions - May 16th, 2023

Winner of the Choix Goncourt Prize, Anne Berest's The Postcard is a vivid portrait of twentieth-century Parisian intellectual and artistic life, an enthralling investigation into family secrets, and poignant tale of a Jewish family devastated by the Holocaust and partly restored through the power of storytelling.

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Lady Tan's Circle of Women: A Novel By Lisa See Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982117085
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Published: Scribner - June 6th, 2023


The latest historical novel from New York Times bestselling author Lisa See, inspired by the true story of a woman physician from 15th-century China—perfect for fans of See’s classic Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and The Island of Sea Women.

According to Confucius, “an educat

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Waco: David Koresh, the Branch Davidians, and A Legacy of Rage By Jeff Guinn Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982186104
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 24th, 2023

“Impressively researched and written with storytelling verve” (The Wall Street Journal), this is the definitive account of the disastrous siege at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, featuring never-before-seen documents, photographs, and interviews, from former investigative reporter Jeff Guinn, bestselling author of Manson and The Road to Jo

Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World By Henry Grabar Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984881137
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Published: Penguin Press - May 9th, 2023

Consistently entertaining and often downright funny.” The New Yorker

“Wry and revelatory.” The New York Times

The Second Ending: A Novel By Michelle Hoffman Cover Image
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.

You Are Here: A Novel By Karin Lin-Greenberg Cover Image
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