Susan's Picks

Susan and her husband moved from Minneapolis to their old log cabin where they live full time, creating custom beaded belts. As an avid reader and Redbery customer for several years, Susan came on staff and is delighted to find kindred spirits among co-workers and Redbery customers. “The big city has nothing on Redbery’s thoughtful selection and warm space”, she claims. “Besides, we all know there’s nothing better than a good book”.   

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The Underground Railroad (National Book Award Winner) (Oprah's Book Club) Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385542364
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Published: Doubleday Books - August 2nd, 2016

As uncomfortable as it is to revisit our nation’s deplorable slave past, The Underground Railroad puts a harsh light on the circumstances, but shines a warm, determined light on those who struggled to escape, as well as on the truly brave people who risked everything to help them. Beautiful and compelling, Colson Whitehead’s railroad suggests that we all could work to build something to help our fellow man.  -- Susan, November 2016, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin


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Nutshell Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780385542074
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Published: Nan A. Talese - September 13th, 2016

What an outrageous and riotous premise for a novel. The unborn son of cuckolded father floats in utero as he witnesses his self-centered mother and louse of an uncle carrying on their woozy affair and plotting the demise of unsuspecting dad. McEwan’s exquisite writing gives the story just the right touch of wry elegance. It’s just the best.  -- Susan, November 2016, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin


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Moonglow Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062225559
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Published: Harper - November 22nd, 2016

Fact or fiction, who cares? All I know is that I really would’ve liked to have met Chabon’s grandparents and mother who live large in his latest book, Moonglow. Painful memories of war, grandfather’s obsession with rockets and space travel, grandmother’s mental fragility and beauty, and his tentative but resolute unraveling of the past with his mother. Moonglow takes each of these lives and makes them rich, funny and, well, plausible. Suspend all disbelief and jump on. You’re in for quite a ride.  -- Susan, November 2016, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin


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Barkskins Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780743288781
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 14th, 2016

Meticulously researched and written with stunning fierceness, Barkskins is an important commentary on the annihilation of indigenous people and greed for the world’s forests spanning 300 years. Starting with the first paragraph, Proulx’s writing will knock you out.  -- Susan, November 2016, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin


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Heroes of the Frontier Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780451493804
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - July 26th, 2016

Feel like making a happy escape? Then join one disgraced mom fleeing suburban life, two kids and a rotting RV on this touching and funny road trip into the wilds of Alaska. The children are truly the heroes of this story, and for once we’re left feeling uplifted at the end of their adventure.  -- Susan, November 2016, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin


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Homegoing Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781101947135
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 7th, 2016

Conflict, conquest and capture have shaped nearly all world cultures since the beginning of time. Set in 18th-century Ghana, this book tells the story of two half sisters and their descendants. One is married off to an Englishman and lives in relative comfort, while the other is sold into the slave trade and shipped to America. Please don’t be put off, it’s a rich epic that reminds us that while there’s deep injustice in the world, there’s also love and great strength.  -- Susan, November 2016, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin


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Wintering Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781101946466
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 7th, 2016

Peter Geye creates stories in which remote, natural surroundings shape the characters, events and outcomes in unadorned, sometimes unforgiving, but always human ways.
  
In his new book, Wintering, it begins and ends in Gunflint, a small wilderness village on the banks of the Burnt Wood River in northernmost Minnesota. A community so off to itself and tied to the past that the secrets of the book's 100 years feel locked in glacial ice.
  
Elderly and impaired Harry Eide disappears, setting off a search which takes his son, Gus, back to recollections of a similar winter in 1963, when his father fled to the woods taking 18 year old Gus with him to experience what his dad falsely touted as a reenactment of the ancient voyageurs. As they drove deeper into the unknown, Harry's past is brought into plain view, a reckoning that changes everything forever.
  
The story moves from past to present as Gus relates memories of that winter to Berit Lovig, his father's devoted lover and the woman who should have been his father's wife. Together, Gus and Berit knit their recollections together showing us Gunflint's history, the Eide's thorny bramble of a family tree, and we meet vicious Charlie Aas, Harry's lifelong enemy. As father and son negotiate their rocky trail, we witness Berit's devotion in waiting 30 years for Harry, a man truly lost to the woods, and to winter.
  
Peter Geye fans will love this book, and others will get a terrific introduction to a fine writer. I can tell you you're never going to look at winter the same way, ever again.
 
-- Susan's Picks, May 2016, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin


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Our Souls at Night Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781101875896
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 26th, 2015

Two very different books, but ones that share a similar thread are Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf and Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  They both center around life change and the loss of self that can come with being uprooted or finding oneself adrift.  The characters discover a restorative closeness and comfortable intimacy through another person that brings them back to who they once were.  Possibly better than they were before.  -- Susan's Picks, February 2016, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin


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Americanah Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307455925
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Published: Anchor Books - March 4th, 2014

Two very different books, but ones that share a similar thread are Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf and Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  They both center around life change and the loss of self that can come with being uprooted or finding oneself adrift.  The characters discover a restorative closeness and comfortable intimacy through another person that brings them back to who they once were.  Possibly better than they were before.  -- Susan's Picks, February 2016, Cable, Wisconsin


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Where'd You Go, Bernadette Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316204262
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 2nd, 2013

Feeling a little crabby? Not for long.This is a comic caper about a wonderfully eccentric, vitriolic, MacArthur-winning former architect and the plucky teenage daughter determined to find her when she goes missing. -- Susan's staff pick, January 2016, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin


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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780767919371
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Published: Broadway Books - September 25th, 2007

This book is hilarious, especially if you're a child of the 50's. Bryson brings back the culture of the day; clothes, candy, cars, school days, vacations, crushes, and getting grounded to make you feel like a kid again.  -- Susan's staff pick, January 2016, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin


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Flashman Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780452259614
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Published: Plume Books - August 1984

Lout, womanizer, self-professed coward and boozer, Harry Flashman finds himself embroiled in historic events, and declared a hero. First in a series of historically accurate, viciously funny, insightful adventures.  -- Kevin's (Susan's husband) staff pick, January 2016, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin


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Painted Horses Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802123817
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Published: Grove Press - June 9th, 2015

In his debut novel, Painted Horses, Malcolm Brooks writes a fine story of a young, female archeologist sent to Montana to record an ancient past soon doomed to flooding by a major dam project. Set in 1950’s at a time of change and prosperity, this vanishing way of life clashes with the new, all in the name of progress. The characters and events are a metaphor for a time that will never come again despite desperate efforts to keep it alive.  

Brooks brings a new perspective to the idea of a vanishing past though his indelible descriptions of tough minded individualists seeking safety from their personal histories in a landscape that can swallow them, or save them. Horses form a core of the story, and I don’t think I’ve read another book that describes their rightful place with as much heart.     

Malcolm Brooks’s passion for the West comes through on every page. That was the best part. It takes you there.


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The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780316055444
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 7th, 2015

-- Susan's Staff Picks, Favorite Books 2014, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin


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Let Him Go Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571311030
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 2nd, 2014

George and Magaret Blackledge are well into their sixties and living in the Badlands of South Dakota.  Married for over 40 years, they've lived ordinary lives.  George is a retired sheriff, they've raised a family and run Margaret's family farm.  They've also suffered the pain of losing an adult son whose wife then leaves and remarries another man within the span of a year, taking their only grandchild with them.

This book is about love and loss from the perspective of a couple who've been together for decades, two decent people who are united in an intimacy that includes and transcends romance.  We meet other characters who, in their support of Margaret and George, put their own lives in danger and give the book an even stronger moral core.

Watson's characters are as tough, worn and real as the landscape.  There's sentimentality and deep feeling, but it's spare and honest.  Let Him Go is not a big book, but a powerful one.  I loved it.  -- Susan, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin


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All the Light We Cannot See Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781476746586
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 6th, 2014

-- Susan's Staff Picks, Favorite Books 2014, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin


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Crossing to Safety Cover Image
By Wallace Stegner, Terry Tempest Williams (Introduction by), T. H. Watkins (Afterword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780375759314
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Published: Modern Library - April 9th, 2002

-- Susan's Staff Picks, Favorite Books 2014, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin


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The Son Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062120403
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Published: Ecco Press - January 28th, 2014

-- Susan's Staff Picks, Favorite Books 2014, Redbery Books, Cable, Wisconsin