The Paris Wife and Loving Frank are hands down the most well-known books in our store in the "woman behind the men" genre.  Not only that, they are two of our best-selling titles...period.  The last statistics I saw stated that 80% of fiction readers are women.  Write a novel about a strong woman, and you are going to have a built in audience...and one that can make a huge difference in national sales of that novel.  It is no secret that most of our country's historical figures are white men.  Those men didn't stand alone.  There are so many unknown stories of the women who were silent partners in these men's lives, and it is wonderful to start to hear those stories.  Setting them in a fiction allows that information to reach a much more significant number of the population than nonfiction would allow.  Am I suggesting that fiction is better than nonfiction?  Absolutely not.  But if those stories can reach a broader audience, using a more popular context and get those discussions going, then I am all for it.  Here are some up and coming or recently released novels that we think are wonderful examples.  Enjoy!

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There is a slew of Fitzgerald history being published in the next few months in anticipation of the remake of The Great Gatsby due out in May.  This one comes out next week, and got a starred Kirkus Review (click here to read the review).  Now taking pre-orders.


From the author of Alice, I Have Been, comes another work of historical fiction.  This time, the story of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, a woman who married a legendary pilot, lost her child to kidnapping, and was disowned by her alma mater all before the age of 35.  Kirkus called it "a thoughtful examination of the forces which shaped the author of Gift from the Sea," and I never realized who that author really was.


Ada Blackjack: A True Story of Survival in the Arctic

This is the only nonfiction title on my list, but I wanted to include it for those of you who like to stick to the facts.  This is an old book, but one of my very favorites.  Through a number of trials and several false-starts, an Arctic exploring team take a woman along to do their cooking and cleaning.  If only they'd known she would be the only one to make it out alive, perhaps they would have paid her a bit more respect.

This one isn't really in the "woman behind the man" genre.  But the "woman who took the rap while the men got away with it" genre seemed a little hard to describe.  Meet the real Typhoid Mary, and her struggle not to let the same disease that was killing her clients, kill her dreams.  Kirkus gave it a starred review (click here to read), and said "A memorable biofiction that turns a malign figure of legend into a perplexing, compelling survivor."

Daniel Pink Luncheon Wednesday, March 20, 11:30am:

He'll be here Wednesday!  The Daniel Pink Luncheon at North Central Michigan College is nearly full.  Tickets are $30 and include lunch and your copy of To Sell is Human by Daniel Pink.

Reservations are required for this event.
Very Hungry Caterpillar Party!

Can you believe that The Very Hungry Caterpillar is 43?  Officially, VHC day is on March 20.  We are celebrating on March 30 from 10-11am.  Bring your little ones, ages 3 and up, and we'll celebrate with arts and crafts, snacks, and maybe even a caterpillar song or two.

Reservations are requested for this event.

Loved Olive Kitteridge?

Elizabeth Strout's new book, The Burgess Boys will be released on Tuesday, March 26, and we will have a limited number of signed first editions available.  Click here to view the Google preview and get a sneak peek into the book's first chapter.

Pre-orders start today!  Reserved your copy asap.

Hannah's Latest Picks:

The Last Unicorn by Peter C. Beagle

This is one of those books that I always meant to read. I love the movie, so I figured I should. But it's also one of those books that you don't see around very often, so I kept forgetting about it. Then we got a copy in the store and it had a recommendation from Patrick Rothfuss on the front saying, The Last Unicorn is the best book I have ever read. You need to read it. If you've already read it, you need to read it again." He was right. When I finished it, I wanted to go back and read it again. Possibly forever. This is a fairy tale where the characters are deeply and poignantly aware of their own archetypes, and their place within the story. The Last Unicorn is a beautifully-crafted novel that has the power to draw laughs and tears in equal measure. I cannot express to you how important it is that you read this book, kid or adult, whether you are into fantasy or not. If Beagle's masterpiece has fallen under our cultural radar, we are all the poorer for it.

Explorer: The Mystery Boxes edited by Kazu Kibuishi

It can be so tough to get reluctant readers to sit down and read a book. Trying too hard or pushing kids to read books that are too hard or don't interest them can have the opposite effect that you might have intended. Why not try a different angle? Studies have shown that children learn the same skills from reading a graphic novel that they can from an ordinary one. Graphic novels are generally quick to read, and they capture the readers attention and imagination with their imagery as well as teaching vital comprehension and critical reading skills. Series like Amulet and Bone have been getting lots of attention: but here's one you may not have heard about before. This is a collection of short graphic pieces, each written and illustrated by a different person, and edited by the creator of Amulet. Each story is vastly different, but each features a mysterious box, whose purpose or contents have a great effect on the story. The pieces range from riotously funny, to adventurous, to eerie. They take take place in the past, in space, in different worlds, or in ours. The boxes are everything from wooden crates hidden under floorboards, to mystic transportation, to enormous cube-shaped space ships. What ties these stories together, beyond the boxes that is, is that each is perfectly told and beautifully illustrated in each artist's own unique style. A must read for any kid, reluctant reader or not!

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