Hannah's Picks

                                        

Hannah's PicksHannah is a Prescottonian who dabbled in city life for several years. She is somewhere over the age of 25. You might recognize her from her unbridled theatric performances on Prescott's small stages. She enjoys books.

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Play It As It Lays: A Novel (FSG Classics) By Joan Didion, David Thomson (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Joan Didion, David Thomson (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780374529949
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 15th, 2005

It’s Hollywood in the 1960’s and Maria, a well-known, albeit unemployed, actress is on the verge of another nervous breakdown. Written as an internal monologue, we follow Maria as she searches for meaning and does her best to play the cards she’s been dealt. Add this sad-girl modern classic to your reading list.


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Three Women By Lisa Taddeo Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781451642308
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 7th, 2020

Nonfiction that reads like fiction. Taddeo spent eight years immersing herself in the lives of three very different women, exploring their heartbreaks and their desires. This book made me feel seen--like I wasn't alone.


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Transformations By Anne Sexton Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780618083435
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Published: Ecco - February 15th, 2001

A nihilist’s collection of re-spun fairy-tale poetry.  Sexton’s grim take on the classic stories is wonderfully cynical and singular. Her dark and thoughtful prose have significant meaning when you consider her suicide three years following its publication.


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Enough Rope: A Book of Light Verse (Vintage Classics) By Dorothy Parker Cover Image
$11.00
ISBN: 9780593466353
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Published: Vintage - January 25th, 2022

If you’ve never read the work of the beloved 1920’s critic and writer Dorothy Parker, ladies, you are in for a treat. This little collection is perfect for the cynic in need of a good laugh. It’s like reading verse written by your best girlfriend--a little heartfelt, a lot of sass. 


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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death (Vintage International) By Jean-Dominique Bauby Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780375701214
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Published: Vintage - June 23rd, 1998

Written with the blink of an eye and told with a whole heart, Bauby’s story gives voice to the conscious observers of the world. Inevitably sad and altogether hopeful, this book will give you a new lease on life.


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The Seas By Samantha Hunt Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781947793569
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Published: Tin House Books - July 16th, 2019

This deep and dazzling novel transports you to a small fishing town on the rocky northern coast, and into the magical mind of our young narrator who believes herself to be a mermaid. Dealing with themes of loss, first love, alcoholism, PTSD, etymology, and isolation, Samantha Hunt's unique poetic voice sparkles like the sea in this tragic coming-of-age story. The perfect quick read for a dark and stormy night, only you'll be sad when it's over. 


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Thornhedge By T. Kingfisher Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250244093
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Published: Tor Books - August 15th, 2023

The tale of Sleeping Beauty and fairy folklore meet in this charming new story from T. Kingfisher. You'll devour this book as quickly as a toad devours a fly, which makes it perfect for reading out loud with someone you love. Thornhedge is a fairy tale at its finest -- there's a princess, a changeling, a knight, and a curse, but nothing is as simple as it seems, "...nothing with fairies is ever simple."


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The Ocean at the End of the Lane By Neil Gaiman Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780062459367
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - November 26th, 2019

Another perfect stand-alone fantasy from Gaiman--the story is a nostalgic look back at a man's childhood, but with Gaiman's usual elements of danger and magic (where evil can change its form and a duck pond is an ocean). My personal favorite from the author.


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Howl's Moving Castle (World of Howl #1) By Diana Wynne Jones Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780061478789
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Published: Greenwillow Books - April 22nd, 2008

This fantasy adventure is a beautifully told, cute and cozy read for all ages. Published in 1986, it was the inspiration behind the Studio Ghibli movie of the same name. Both book and movie complement each other perfectly--the novel expands the story and Miyazaki's images bring each page to life.


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Freaky Green Eyes By Joyce Carol Oates Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780064473484
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Published: HarperTeen - February 15th, 2005

For fans of YA murder mysteries, here is a forgotten treasure from the Queen of the thriller, Joyce Carol Oats.

Franky is a normal teenager struggling to find her identity--not easy when you have a celebrity sports newscaster for a father--but when her parents separate and her mom disappears, her life gets a whole lot more complicated.


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Paper Girls Volume 1 By Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang (By (artist)), Matthew Wilson (By (artist)), Jared K. Fletcher (By (artist)) Cover Image
By Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang (By (artist)), Matthew Wilson (By (artist)), Jared K. Fletcher (By (artist))
$9.99
ISBN: 9781632156747
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Published: Image Comics - April 5th, 2016

For fans of the 80's and coming-of-age adventures. Stranger Things but with a girl gang. 


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The House in the Pines: Reese's Book Club (A Novel) By Ana Reyes Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593186732
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Published: Dutton - December 5th, 2023

Slow-paced for a thriller, but it sneaks up on you. Maya, our protagonist, has some issues with substances, which makes for a spotty-memory mystery, unraveled as she retraces the trauma from her past. I lost sleep over needing to know how it ended.


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Raven Black: Book One of the Shetland Island Mysteries By Ann Cleeves Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780312359676
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Published: Minotaur Books - June 24th, 2008

As the weather turns colder, this chilling and thrilling murder mystery will call you to your reading nook. Set in the frozen Shetland Islands, a city detective works to make sense of the small-town drama of an isolated community. An absolute page-turner -- you'll die to know how it ends.


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Cat's Cradle: A Novel By Kurt Vonnegut Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385333481
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - September 8th, 1998

Science fiction, religious satire, and Vonnegut's signature dark, candid comedy come together to tell a story of humanity's downfall. The sudden and dramatic ending will leave you spinning. A story for the open-minded reader from one of the best American writers. 


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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel By Lisa See Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812968064
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 21st, 2006

Beautiful and haunting historical fiction set in 19th century China, about two girls and their very different journeys into adulthood. 


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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood By Trevor Noah Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399588198
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Published: One World - February 12th, 2019

You might have watched him on The Daily Show or listened to his new podcast, but behind his on-air persona is a wealth of wild stories from his youth in South Africa during the final years of apartheid. Trevor Noah's cleverness and wit stand out in this award-winning, poignant memoir.


The only guide book you'll need on your story-telling journey. Whether you're writing a novel, movie, TV series, or a non-fiction epic--Cron helps you get to the heart of your story so that your audience will stay engaged from beginning to end. 


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Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear By Elizabeth Gilbert Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781594634727
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 27th, 2016

If you're a writer or an aspiring artist of any sort, Gilbert's non-fiction book on creative living is an inspiration. Maybe you're feeling stuck on a project, out of ideas, or wanting to reunite with your creative self, this book will alleviate any anxieties you might have and push you to keep going.


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Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up) By Marie Kondo Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781607749721
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Published: Ten Speed Press - January 5th, 2016

If you've got an organizational project on the horizon this little how-to book will make you rethink your entire strategy. Complete with pictures, and all the same advice (albeit abbreviated) from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. If you need someone to hold your hand through the mess, Kondo's got you covered.