Our Auntie Notes Editor Holly has been here (on and off) since 2003. She leads the Auntie's AM Book Group, one of her favorite things! She reads:

  • biographies, esspecially of long-distance swimmers and mountaineers
  • fantasy novels
  • and anything having to do with MRSA or the plague
    • but nothing where the dog dies

In 2013, inspired by the book Julie & Julia, she set out to read one book from every country in the world in 365 days. She's still doing it. Please check out her blog at 365 bookworm. Note: The opinions and views here and on the blog are her own and do not represent the views of Auntie's ownership, management, or the other staff.

Recently Holly has begun highlighting delightful Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs), and why you might want to fish out one or two special books from the enormous sea of titles flooding the shelves this year. 

Henry Hikes to Fitchburg (A Henry Book) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780618737499
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 30th, 2006

A New York Times Bestselling picture book inspired by the life of Henry David Thoreau! 

"A masterpiece."—Daniel Pinkwater, NPR Weekend Edition​

Inspired by a passage from Walden, this story follows two friends who have very different approaches to life.

The Lemon Jell-O Syndrome Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609531416
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Unbridled Books - May 16th, 2017

Sometimes Bone King cannot go through doors. He has no physical impairment, but at times his brain and muscles simply can't recall how to walk him through them. Perhaps it has something to do with his being distracted thinking about grammar and etymology all the time, or maybe it's anxiety that his wife is having an affair with the yardman.

Flash of Fear: A Power of Lightning Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781733064606
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
(Please note: This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Kaering LLC - May 9th, 2019

Flash of Fear 
by Asa Maria Bradley

Book 1 in the new Power of Lightning Trilogy is here!

Lightning gave her powers, but she paid a steep price.

Forensic artist Molly Nyland survived a freak lightning strike as a child that marked her skin with Lichtenberg figures and gave her the ability to tell when what people describe doesn’t match what they actually witnessed. This truth she can never share, because if her abilities are exposed, the criminals she has helped put away could go free.

Assigned to a brutal murder case, she is shocked to discover that her new partner is Desmond Rankin, the detective she briefly hooked up with five years ago. And to her dismay, the sexual tension between them still sparks hot and heavy.  If you are already a fan of Christine Feehan or JR Ward, add Bradley to your list.

Beneath the Tamarind Tree: A Story of Courage, Family, and the Lost Schoolgirls of Boko Haram Cover Image
Hard to find. Call for price and availability.
ISBN: 9780062686671
Availability: Special Order
Published: Dey Street Books - July 9th, 2019

“It is no accident that the places in the world where we see the most instability are those in which the rights of women and girls are denied.