April 2014 – Inkwood Books Staff Picks

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Recommended by STEFANI:
“A gripping, dark story about a woman who awaits execution for the murder of two men. Bleak, intriguing and beautiful, this page-turner should definitely be added to your beach read/book club pick list!”
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Recommended by ERIN:
“This is not the Wizard of Oz that you remember. Oz has been corrupted! The land has been ravaged and destroyed, people are being killed and turned into slaves and Dorothy is behind it all. Amy Gumm, the other girl from Kansas, has been whisked into Oz and it is with her that the hope of Oz’s survival lies.  With a nice blend of the familiar story that we all know and love and new and exciting twists the novel will keep you enthralled to the last page and still make you want more! Just remember Wicked is Good and Good is Wicked… Sincerely, The Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.”
Every Day is for the Thief by Teju Cole
Recommended by AMANDA:
“Originally published in Nigeria in 2007, Cole’s (likely) autobiographical novel follows an unnamed narrator as he visits his hometown of Lagos after living in New York City for a number of years. As he reconnects with family, friends, and old lovers, he begins to reconcile how he’s changed from the Lagosian he was to the foreigner he’s become. In this beautiful and meditative treatement on returning home, Cole evokes Nigerian life with a wonderful mixture of intimate nostalgia and a tourist’s wonder, finding that his home hasn’t changed–but he has.”
Here I Am: The Story of Tim Hetherington, War Photographer by Alan Huffman
Recommended by AMANDA:
“Possibly to my parents’ chagrin, I’ve always had an intense fascintation with dangerous places and conflicts, and the men and women who risk their lives to share them with the world. Tim Hetherington was one such man. A immensely talented and singular photojournalist, he managed not only to record some of today’s most dangerous conflicts, but he did so in such a way as to put a human face to these faraway wars. Here I Am chronicles his time in Liberia, his celebrated work with the soldiers of Afghanistan (as well as his involvement with Sebastian Junger and the documentary Restrepo) and the months leading up to his tragic death in Libya in 2011. Huffman, like Hetherington did before him, has taken a larger-than-life figure and contained him within one concise, emotional and inspiring portrait.”
Hi, Koo! by Jon Muth
Recommended by STEFANI:
“26 haikus about the changing of the seasons. Perfect for kids of all ages! Magical, fun, and beautifully illustrated, Muth has created yet another must-have classic. I love his books!”
The Last Wild by Piers Torday
Recommended by AMANDA:
  “Twelve-year-old Kester Jaynes lives in a world devoid of animals except for a small (and hidden) band of survivors known as the Last Wild. Kester cannot speak with other people, but when he’s recruited to help the Last Wild he discovers he has the ability to converse with animals–as well as the power to save them. I thought Torday did a wonderful job in creating an imaginative- but very real, and scary- atmosphere. Kester is a great character, and his connection with the animals has a wonderful, old-timey throwback feel to stories I used to read as a kid. The pace didn’t slacken once, and I think kids will be swept away by the mix of fantasy and reality; plus, of course, the great message of caring for our ‘wild’.”
Little Poems for Tiny Ears by Lin Oliver
Recommended by STEFANI:
“In honor of National Poetry Month, this sweet and humorous little book is the perfect gift for new parents or grandparents. Each cute poem is accompanied by wonderful illustrations. A great addition to any little one’s library.”
The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz
Recommended by ERIN:
“’Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the Lily Throne, and Aelwyn Myrddn, bastard daughter of the Mage of England, grew up together. But who will rule, and who will serve?’ The Ring and the Crown is a historical fantasy where in an alternate history timeline the world is dominated by the Franco-British Empire and it controls the world’s only source of magic. This story is told from multiple points-of-view and the book switches quickly from one point of view to another. However, it works really well and each perspective offers something unique and interesting. The only thing you must remember is: Trust no one!”
The Rules: The Way of The Cycling Disciple by The Velominati
Recommended by AMANDA:
“For those of you uninitiated with The Velominati, they are the self-appointed Keepers of the Cog; the pen-men and upholders of the cycling rules of etiquette. If you are on The Path to “la vie velominatus” then this book needs to be with you at all times, as it contains all the necessary rules of road cycling. For snobs and newbies alike, this humorous, insightful, and all-around awesome Cycling Bible is a must-have.”
The School for Good and Evil: A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani
Recommended by ERIN:
“What happens after ‘Happily Ever After’? Now living out her ‘Happily Ever After’, Sophie is questioning her choice and wonders if she should have chose a different ending… In A World Without Princes her wish is granted. Sophie and Agatha are back at school once more but everything has changed. Princes are no longer needed and Princesses can be anything they want with to. However, this has led to a division of boys versus girls and they are the brink of war because of it. The world of The School of Good and Evil is fairy tales not only re-imaged but reinvented! This novel will enthrall you and leave you completely bewitched!”
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Recommended by STEFANI:  
“A grouchy bookstore owner -who has his justifications for being such a curmudgeon -has his life transformed by a special someone, who helps him learn to love, laugh, and really live again. If you love books and bookstores, you MUST read this!”

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