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Chris has been a partner at the store for twenty-one years. She has a BA in History from Albion College and a BS in Education from Kent State. A mother of five grown sons, she used to hide in the laundry room to get time to read! Now she lives with her husband, Fred, and her two golden retrievers.

Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard Cover Image
ISBN: 9781604699005
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Published: Timber Press - February 4th, 2020

This book outlines what homeowners can do now to make their yards into conservation habitats. Primarily, shrink the size of your lawn, remove invasive species (honeysuckle), plant native plants, look out for native pollinators by planting for the bees, plant native plants under your trees (grass does not grow there anyway), do not spray with products using herbicides or insecticides, and fertilize less. Most native plants in our area have adapted to low nitrogen after the glacial age and most fertilizer is washed into our water ways creating algae blooms.  For more information, buy this book and look at previous issues of the Village of Indian Hill Bulletin (

Dearly: New Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063032491
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Published: Ecco - November 10th, 2020

While we know the author for her wonderful works of fiction, this little book is a gem. She addresses themes of love, the passage of time, the nature of nature and zombies. (This is Margaret Atwood after all.) I especially love her poem “Blizzard” and “Spider Signatures”. In Blizzard she imagines what it is like to be in her mother’s century old body, “There are no more adventures for her in the upper air…She’s dreaming…Maybe …making her way down one more white river or walking across the ice.” Pure music!

Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593230251
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Published: Random House - August 4th, 2020

Pulitzer prize winner for The Warmth of Other Suns, Ms. Wilkerson has created a masterful picture of an unseen phenomenon in America, that of the caste system. She examines the role of caste not only around the world, but in America. When speaking in India to a group of untouchables she was approached by an attendant that told her that she too was an “untouchable” in her country because she was black. Wilkerson was initially shocked, but then realized that she was right.  Through a deeply researched narrative, she explains how America has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including religion, bloodlines, stigma, and more. Beautifully written, original, and revealing, this book is an eye-opening story of people and history, and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary life in America today. 

Hamnet Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525657606
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Published: Knopf - July 21st, 2020

Maggie O’Farrell’s novel about Shakespeare’s son Hamnet was fabulous! I started it on Monday and was finished on Wednesday. Her writing is brilliant with an almost poetic cadence! Her characters rotate through the family saga presenting their points of view creating a story filled with life and touched by magic. She examines a marriage shattered by the death of a child that somehow moves towards healing and solace. A real tour de force! And “the husband” is a minor character, never even mentioned by name! Make sure you have a handkerchief nearby – I cried all through the last twenty pages. My favorite book for 2020!


The Exiles: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062356345
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Published: Custom House - August 25th, 2020

Kline, author of Orphan Trainand A Piece of the World, has created a powerful historical novel about the transfer and imprisonment of criminals from England to Australia during the early to mid-eighteen hundreds, along with a parallel story of an Aborigine girl taken from her people for the entertainment of the governor’s wife.  A gruesome, yet compelling story, this novel encompasses the resilience of the human spirit to survive and overcome adversity in one’s life. You find yourself rooting for the characters, hoping that they will make the right decisions and get through all of the hardships. Similar to some of Kline’s other historical novels – the author reveals a part of history based on facts that most of us are unaware of, keeping the reader intrigued. The first chapters introduce three protagonists – Hazel and Evangeline, convicts being transferred to Australia and Mathinna, a native child from Finder’s Island. Kline later focuses mainly on the convict ship character, Hazel. Kline’s impeccable research helped her create a powerful tale. This is a story that you won’t forget!

An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616208684
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 5th, 2019

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy, the living embodiment of the New South, are settling into the routine of their life together when Roy is sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. A compassionate, insightful look into the lives of people who are bound and separated by forces beyond their control. Ms. Jones is a fabulous writer who creates unforgettable characters! Great discussion about race, love, and the effects of society.

The Weight of Ink Cover Image
ISBN: 9781328915788
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Published: Mariner Books - May 1st, 2018

My favorite book of 2017!

Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735224315
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Published: Penguin Books - May 7th, 2019

As a former twenty-year resident of Cleveland Heights, I was immediately drawn to this book about Shaker Heights. You have to understand that the two towns are similar to Mariemont and Milford. The Van Sweringen’s (like the Emery’s) designed the city of Shaker Heights and they were my neighbors on Coleridge Road. They were delightful people who lost much of their fortune after the seventies.  The city was well designed, with winding roads, parks, schools, and the Shaker Rapid for transporting people to work in downtown Cleveland. The novel mimics the spirit of the town in creating a utopia for people to lead successful lives in a perfect environment. The Richardson family embodies this spirit by always playing by the rules, or do they? Enter Mia Warren, a single mother and photographer, with a mysterious past and a teenage daughter, Pearl.  Soon the families are intertwined and battle lines are drawn. Elena Richardson puts her family on a path of destruction, along with the lives of Mia and Pearl. Once again the author has created a story where the reader has to decide what really happens in the end.  This book releases September 12th! I give it five stars