Champagne and Maple Leaves

Have your heard the swooshy noises of PPB Readers' outgoing emails zipping around town at alarming rates?? That's us, me and Jenny, Paula and Cathy and JenH. We've been reading like crazy all summer finding the greatest books to recommend to you on September 24 for our Champagne & Maple Leaves Book Recommendation Party. If I'm guessing, between the five of us, we probably read 15 books a week, and I am not kidding. Don't worry - we won't talk about all of them, we will recommend only our most beloved. These quarterly reviews are among my faveity things to plan and offer to you. So here's a quickie look at some of the books we will share next month.

Space is limited for this free event, so please RSVP by calling the store (630-765-7455), or emailing us at read@prairiepathbooks.com

from Sandy

from Sandy

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara: What if your college best friends were still your closest friends in middle age, but after years of friendship, you realize one friend seemed to carry a terrible burden and it takes all this time for everyone to even begin to understand? This is truly a life-changing story and everyone I know who has read it is stunned and moved and changed by it. You will be too. 

Britt-Marie Was Here by Frederik Backman: Meet a Brit-curmudgeon who we can't love at first encounter, but then irresistibly charms us with her stalwart and steady qualities. Britt-Marie is looking for purpose after marriage difficulties and is determined to at last get a job after years taking care of a thankless mate. She finds a job in a bleak community and she is just what they need. You will love it.

from Jenny

from Jenny

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth: The reader is taken on an amazing and edifying journey of the important role grit has in determining one’s success, demystifying long-held beliefs that IQ and talent are fixed. Rather she shows the potential in all people to become grittier in order to live happier and more successful lives. 

The Girls by Emma Cline: In fascinating detail, the author re-imagines the Manson cult of California in the 1960’s and the young people who fell prey to it. A coming-of-age story told through the eyes of an older woman recounting her fixation and experiences with the cult the summer she was just 14. A page-turner and thought provoking book that you will definitely want to talk about. 

from Jennifer

from Jennifer

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer: History, culture, and the race to save ancient manuscripts from invading jihadists. Librarians to the rescue! 

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler: Lush descriptions of New York City and sensual food experiences fill this novel set in the modern restaurant industry. 

Dear Fang, With Love by Rufi Thorpe: Despite heavy themes, this novel maintains lightness and humor as a largely absent father attempts to reconnect with his daughter.

from Paula

from Paula

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware: This mystery features a boat at sea, a possible murder and a what seems to be an unreliable narrator. Fans of Agatha Christie, check it out. 

Love the House You’re In by Paige Rien: Instead of dwelling on how much you don’t like your house, use the helpful instruction of this book to turn your house into a home you love.

from Cathy

from Cathy

The Invoice by Jonas Karlsonz: This book reminded me of the movie, “Defending Your Life” with Albert Brooks. A young man is charged an exorbitant amount for his happy life. A quirky little book, that makes you appreciate what you have. Uplifting, yes! 

My Mrs. Brown by William Norwich: Mrs. Brown has lived a simple life, until she decides she must own a designer dress. How does she afford it and why does she desire it? All of us, no matter our station in life, want to live well and feel beautiful.