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    This week's Book Picks from Lily Bartels at The Open Door Bookstore and Gift Gallery in Schenectady, NY.

List:
Come Fly the World: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am by Julia Cooke
We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker
The Last Kings of Shanghai by Jonathan Kaufman
The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World by Laura Imai Messina
The Midnight Libraryby Matt Haig
"The Hill We Climb" by Amanda Gorman

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      This week's Book Picks lists comes from Giovanni Boivin from The Bookloft in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. 

List:
Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells
Norse Mythology Volume 1 (Graphic Novel) by Neil Giaman and P. Craig Russell
Never Have I Ever by Isabel Yap
Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
Day Zero by C. Robert Cargill
Later by Stephen King
Galaxy and The Ground Within by Becky Chambers
The Burning: The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 by Tim Madigan

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  This week's Book Picks come to us from Joan Grenier of Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

List:
Transient Desires by Donna Leon
Floaters: Poems by Martin Espada
The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr.
The Lowering Days by Gregory Brown
The Removed by Brandon Hobson
The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee

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        This week's Book Picks come from Connie Brooks and Eve Macneill of Battenkill Books in Cambridge, NY.

List:
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse
Good Eggs by Rebecca Hardiman
Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad
The Boy Whose Head Was Filled With Stars: The Life of Edwin Hubble by Isabelle Marinov, illustrated by Deborah Marcero
The Wisdom of Trees: How Trees Work Together to Form a Natural Kingdom by Lita Judge
The Oak Papers by James Canton
The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

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  This week's Book Picks come from Mike Hare of Northshire Books in Saratoga Spring, New York and Manchester Center, Vermont.

List: Four Hundred Souls edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders
Exercised by Daniel E. Lieberman
Kill Switch by Adam Jentleson
Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
Creativity by John Cleese

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  Today's Book Picks come from Matt Tannenbaum from The Bookstore in Lenox, Massachusetts.

List:
Land by Simon Winchester
The Good American by Robert Kaplan
Sometimes You Have to Lie by Leslie Brody
Sergeant Salinger by Jerome Charyn
Super Host by Kate Russo
Better Luck Next Time by Julia Johnson

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This week's Book Picks come from Kira Wizner of Merritt Bookstore in Millbrook, New York.

List:

"Perestroika in Paris: A Novel" by Jane Smiley
"A Promised Land" by Barack Obama
"A Wealth of Pigeons: A Cartoon Collection" by Steve Martin and Harry Bliss
"Skunk and Badger" (Skunk and Badger 1) by Amy Timberlake
"Bag Man: The Wild Crimes, Audacious Cover-Up, and Spectacular Downfall of a Brazen Crook in the White House" by Rachel Maddow
"What Kind of Woman: Poems" by Kate Baer
"Interior Chinatown: A Novel" by Charles Yu | Winner of the National Book Award
"Homeland Elegies: A Novel" by Ayad Akhtar
"Cat Kid Comic Club: From the Creator of Dog Man" by Dav Pilkey

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Thomas Chulak and Joanne Trapanese from Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, NY join us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
For Adults
"Jack" by Marilynne Robinson
"Nobody Hitchhikes Anymore" by Ed Griffin-Nolan
"Whale Day and other Poems" by Billy Collins
"Together in a Sudden Strangeness: America's Poets Respond" to the Pandemic Edited by Alice Quinn

For Young Readers
"Loretta Little Looks Back" by Andrea Davis Pinkney, Illustrated by Brian Pinkney
"The Black Friend" by Frederick Joseph
"Class Act" by Jerry Craft
"When Stars Are Scattered" by Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed, Illustrated by Victoria Jamieson & Iman Geddy
"Counting Creatures" by Julia Donaldson, Illustrated by Sharon King-Chai

    This week's Book Picks come from Suzanna Hermans of Oblong Books in Millerton and Rhinebeck, New York.

List:

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole

The Disaster Tourist by Yun Ko-eun, translated by Lizzie Buehler

The Inugami Curse by Seishi Yokomizo, translated by Yumiko Yamakazi The Brother You Choose: Paul Coates and Eddie Conway Talk About Life, Politics, and The Revolution by Susie Day Becoming a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery, illustrated by Rebecca Green Julián at the Wedding by Jessica Love Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake, illustrated by Jon Klassen Black Heroes of the Wild West by James Otis Smith

This week's Book Picks come from Kira Wizner of Merritt Bookstore in Millbrook, New York.

List:
“His Truth is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope” by Jon Meacham and John Lewis
“Transcendent Kingdom” by Yaa Gysai
“What Are You Going Through” by Sigrid Nunez
“Hamnet” by Maggie O’Farrell
“Lying Life of Adults” by Elena Ferrante
“Big Friendship” by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman
“Three Keys” by Kelly Yang
“Experience and Education” by John Dewey
I Give It to You” by Valerie Martin
"Heroes Wear Masks: Elmo's Super Adventure"

  This week's Book Picks come from Kira Wizner of Merritt Bookstore in Millbrook, NY.

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List:

"A Burning" by Megha Majumdar
"The Blue Ticket" by Sophie Mackintosh
"Death in Her Hands" by Otessa Moshfegh
"I Am Not A Juvenile Delinquent" by Sharon Charde
"Sin Eater" by Megan Campisi
"Saturday" by Oge Mora
"Stamped" by Jason Reynolds + Ibram X. Kendi
"This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work" by Tiffany Jewell and Aurelia Durand
"How to Be an Anti Racist" by Ibram X. Kendi
"Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor" by Layla F Saad
"Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do" by Jennifer L Eberhardt
"Hollywood Park: A Memoir" by Mikel Jollett