Shelley's Picks

The Women in Black: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982134082
Availability: Backordered
Published: Scribner - February 11th, 2020

The women are named for the black dresses they wear while working an upscale Australian department store circa the 1950’s.  The story follows their lives over a busy Christmas season, both in the store and out.  If you’re a fan of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, this is the book for you.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062255662
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 3rd, 2014

I’m not a huge fan of fantasy, but this one grabbed me from the start.  This short and poignant fairy tale is narrated by an artist, who returns to his childhood home in Sussex, England for a funeral.  On a whim, he visits an old farm where he once played and is overwhelmed by memories of a magical event.

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062420718
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 12th, 2018

At her heaviest, Gay weighed 557 pounds.  She describes packing on the weight to deal with the shame of a childhood trauma — being gang-raped at the age of 12.  At its core, Hunger is a book about being fat (Gay’s choice of word) in a fat-shaming world and the assumptions others make.  It’s also an eye-opening examination of food, weight and self image.