Staff: KENDRA'S PICKS

KENDRA'S PICKSKendra likes mysteries, historical fiction and contemporary romance as well as puzzles and activity books.

APRIL 14, 2021: Kendra's pick this week is the "Read with Jenna" pick "Good Company" by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney.  This novel is an intricate tale of friendship, love and marriage.

MARCH 31, 2021: Kendra's pick this week is "Sail" which is written and beautifully illustrated by Dorien Brouwers.  This book is a gentle lesson in navigating your way through life.

MARCH 25, 2021:  Nothing does more for your day than a good laugh!  Get ready to be amused! Kendra's picks this week are two funny books, one for grown-ups: "Laughter Still Is the Best Medicine: More than 1,000 all-new laughs from Reader's Digest" and for kids: Laugh-Out-Loud: Try not to LOL, Jokes for Kids" by Rob Elliott.  

MARCH 18, 2021: Sharpen your pencil and sharpen your mind! Kendra's pick for this week is "417 more games, puzzles & trivia challenges specially designed to keep your brain young." by Nancy Linde.  

MARCH 11, 2021: Kendra's pick for this week is "The Windsor Knot" by SJ Bennet.  An intriguing murder occurs at Windsor Castle and the Queen is not happy with the direction the investigation has taken.  With the help of her assistants, she sets out to solve the crime herself.

MARCH 4, 2021: Kendra's pick for this week is "Happy Birthday to You" by Dr. Seuss. Although some of his titles have recently become controversial, his books were instrumental in teaching generations of children to read.

FEBRUARY 24, 2021: Kendra's pick this week is "Champ and Major: First Dogs" by Joy McCullough and illustrated by Sheyda Advabi Best.  In honor of rescue dogs everywhere, meet Champ and Major, the first rescue dogs to live in the White House.

FEBRUARY 17, 2021: Kendra's pick this week is "The Secrets of Love Story Bridge" by Phaedra Patrick - a warm romance for a wintry day.

FEBRUARY 10, 2021: Kendra's pick this week is "No Buddy Like a Book" by Allan Wolf and illustrated by Brianne Farley. As the flyleaf says: "Step aboard the Book Express. It is leaving the station. The only ticket needed is your own imagination." Gorgeous pictures and rhyming text make this book a great read aloud.

FEBRUARY 3, 2021: Kendra's pick this week is "A Thousand Ships" by Natalie Haynes, which is a retelling of the Trojan War told from the perspective of the women involved - deities included. 

JANUARY 27, 2021: Kendra's pick this week is  HIdden Adventures by Lara Hawthorne.  Explore various habitats from the bottom of the ocean to outer space.  With your magic lens you will be able to discover treasures and learn some historical facts.

A NEW YEAR!

JANUARY 20, 2021:  West End Girls, the new novel from Jenny Colgan is Kendra's pick this week.  It is a hilarious and heartwarming story of twin sisters who set out to London in hopes of leaving their mark on the world.  This book would be a great Valentine gift for romantic comedy fiction lovers.

JANUARY 13, 2021:

Kendra's first pick of the new year is the latest by Kevin Kwan, Sex and Vanity. Capri, New York, Asian culture, wealth, fashion, food, hidden love affair -- modern life, love and living!  

DECEMBER 30, 2020: Kendra's pick today is the announced new book by Marie Benedict, The Mystery of Mrs. Christie. Did you know that Agatha Christie he had gone missing for eleven days with a very murky explanation? This fictional biographical book which is also a mystery will delve into her disappearance.

DECEMBER 15, 2020: Kendra's pick today are some last minute UNIQUE gift ideas for the UNIQUE people on your list: Mystery Lover: The Best American Mystery Stories edited by C.J. Box, Puzzle Lover: The Nautical Puzzle Book by the National Maritime Museum, verlander Series Lover: Clanlands by Sam Heughan & Graham McTavish and Wisdom Lover: People Who Love to Eat Are Always the Best People and Other Wisdom by Julia Child.

DECEMBER 9, 2020:   Kendra's pick today are for the New England sports lovers of all ages:  Bobby Orr and the Hand-Me-Down Skates by Bobby Orr and Kara Kootstra, illustrated by Jennifer Phelan; Six Rings: The Super Bowl History of the New England Patriots (So Far) by Jerry Thornton; F Is for Fenway: America's Oldest Major League Ballpark by Jerry Pallotta, illustrated by John S. Dykes; and The Big Three: Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and the Rebirth of the Boston Celtics by Michael Holley

DECEMBER 2, 2020:   Kendra's pick today is a suggestion for Dad:  A Man and His Car by Matt Hranek.  Add the 500 piece puzzle of the cover photo of the book (1964 Land Rover Series IIA) to make a great gift bundle!

NOVEMBER 25, 2020:   Kendra's picks for this week -- relax with a Christmas cozy!  A couple of suggestions . . . Christmas at the Island Hotel: A Novel (Paperback) By Jenny Colgan  and Comfort & Joy: A Fable (Paperback) By Kristin Hannah

NOVEMBER 18, 2020:  Kendra's picks for this week help us to celebrate Thanksgiving with the joy of Curious George and with a gentle reminder that there is more to Thanksgiving than a turkey and the trimmings,  "Happy Thanksgiving Curious George" by Cynthia Platt and Julie M. Bartynski and "Thanksgiving at the Tappletons" by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Maryann Cocca-Leffler.

NOVEMBER 11, 2020: Kendra's pick this week is the mystery within a murder mystery, Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz "featuring the famous literary detective Atticus Pund and Susan Ryeland, hero of the worldwide bestseller Magpie Murders".  Moonflower Murders is "brilliantly complex literary thriller with echoes of Agatha Christie."

NOVEMBER 4, 2020: Kendra's picks this week -- let's get cooking!  A couple of suggestions from favorite Food Network chefs: SuperGood Baking for Kids by Duff Goldman and Modern Comfort Food (A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook) by Ina Garten.

OCTOBER 28, 2020: Kendra's picks this week are great for a cool fall day. "A History of Chowder: Four Centuries of a New England Meal" by Robert S. Cox and Jacob Walker besides telling the history of Chowder also gives you some recipes. For the younger people (maybe aspiring chefs?) is the picture book, "Chowder Rules! The True Story of an EPIC Food Fight", written by Anna Crowley Redding and illustrated by Vita Lane which tells of the 1939 chowder cook-off between Cleveland Sleeper Jr.  of Maine and Harry Tully from Philadelphia cooking for New York. Would you put tomatoes in your chowder?

OCTOBER 21, 2020: Kendra's pick this week is the new legal thriller by John Grisham, "A Time for Mercy". Jake Brigance, the hero from "Time to Kill" is back to represent a 16 year old boy and save him from the death penalty. Grisham fans will not be disappointed by this great courtroom drama

OCTOBER 14, 2020: Kendra's picks this week are some fun Halloween books for the young ones in your life! 

OCTOBER 7, 2020: Kendra's picks this week are the new record books that adults and children enjoy pouring over. "Guinness World Records 2021" and Ripley's Believe It or Not Mind Blown! All True & New" 

SEPTEMBER 30, 2020:Kendra's pick this week is Montauk, a historical romance by Nicola Harrison. Set in 1938, Bea is spending "twelve weeks sequestered with other high-society wives at the Montauk Manor, a two-hundred year-old seaside hotel while her husband dallies in his 'extra curricular activities.'"

SEPTEMBER 23, 2020: Kendra's picks this week are new unincorn books for unicorn lovers in your life!
The Magical Unicorn Society: A Brief History of Unicorns (Hardcover) By Selwyn E. Phipps, Aitch (Illustrator), Oana Befort (Illustrator), Rae Ritchie (Illustrator), Zanna Goldhawk (Illustrator), Harry Goldhawk (Illustrator)

A Unicorn Named Sparkle and the Pumpkin Monster (Hardcover) by Amy Young

SEPTEMBER 16, 2020: Kendra's picks this week feature some classic and great "horse" stories for middle grade through teens.

Misty of Chincoteague (Paperback) By Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis (Illustrator)

Black Beauty (Puffin Classics) (Paperback) By Anna Sewell, Meg Rosoff (Introduction by)

Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum (Classic Seuss) (Hardcover) By Dr. Seuss, Andrew Joyner (Illustrator)

Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero (Paperback) By Patricia McCormick, Iacopo Bruno (Illustrator)

SEPTEMBER 9, 2020: Kendra recommends these brand new titles from these favorite authors.

Robert B. Parker's Fool's Paradise (A Jesse Stone Novel #19) (Hardcover) By Mike Lupica; Squeeze Me: A novel (Hardcover) By Carl Hiaasen; One by One (Hardcover) By Ruth Ware

 

SEPTEMBER 2, 2020: Kendra's pick:  New memoir from Scituate native Nick Flynn.

This Is the Night Our House Will Catch Fire: A Memoir (Hardcover) By Nick Flynn

AUGUST 26, 2020: Kendra says:  Everyone loves a good road trip!

Around the World in Eighty Days (Puffin Classics) (Paperback) By Jules Verne

The Getaway Girls: A hilarious feel good summer read (Paperback) By Dee MacDonald

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper (Paperback) By Phaedra Patrick

AUGUST 19, 2020: Kendra recommends books about books!

The Little Bookshop on the Seine (Paperback) By Rebecca Raisin

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek (Paperback) By Kim Michele Richardson

The Library Book (Paperback) By Susan Orlean

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (Paperback) By Chris Grabenstein

AUGUST 12, 2020: Kendra recommends seek and find books for hours of fun and learning. Readers can learn new concepts and fun facts as well as develop observation skills.

Where's Waldo (a favorite classic),

My Big Wimmelbook—A Day at the Zoo (My Big Wimmelbooks) (Board book)

Looky Looky. Things That Go

Hide & Seek Boston

AUGUST 5, 2020: Nothing like a good crossword puzzle on a lazy summer day.

Cross Word Puzzles for Clever Kids by Trip Payne

Easy-to-Please Crosswords by Randall J. Hartman

Sleepy Sunday Crosswords edited by Stanley Newman

Pajama Weekend Crosswords edited by Stanley Newman

Cross Word Puzzles for Clever Kids by Trip Payne

JULY 29, 2020: Some favorite historical fiction novels now in paperback.

The Only Woman in the Room (Paperback) By Marie Benedict

The Last Train to Key West (Paperback) By Chanel Cleeton

The Glass Ocean: A Novel (Paperback) By Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, Karen White

JULY 22, 2020: Classic murder mysteries.  

Rebecca (Paperback) By Daphne Du Maurier

The Selected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Collins Classics) (Paperback) By Edgar Allan Poe

The Hound of the Baskervilles (Puffin Classics) (Paperback) By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

And Then There Were None By Agatha Christie

JULY 14, 2020: Fun beach reads with a little romance!

It Started with a Secret (Paperback) By Jill Mansell

500 Miles from You: A Novel (Paperback) By Jenny Colgan

The Summer Deal: A Novel (Paperback) By Jill Shalvis

Good Company: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062876003
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Published: Ecco - April 6th, 2021

Sail Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316495486
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 9th, 2021

Laughter Still Is the Best Medicine: Our Most Hilarious Jokes, Gags, and Cartoons (Laughter Medicine) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781621451372
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Reader's Digest - January 2nd, 2014

Try Not to LOL (Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780062991898
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - March 23rd, 2021

417 More Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges Specially Designed to Keep Your Brain Young Cover Image
By Nancy Linde, Ph.D. Harvey, Philip D. (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780761187400
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - October 18th, 2016

The Windsor Knot: A Novel (Her Majesty the Queen Investigates #1) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063050006
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Published: William Morrow - March 9th, 2021

Happy Birthday to You! (Classic Seuss) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780394800769
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers -

Champ and Major: First Dogs Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593407141
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Published: Dial Books - January 19th, 2021

The Secrets of Love Story Bridge Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780778389439
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Published: Park Row - February 9th, 2021

No Buddy Like a Book Cover Image
By Allan Wolf, Brianne Farley (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536203073
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Published: Candlewick - February 9th, 2021

A Thousand Ships: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063065390
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Published: Harper - January 26th, 2021

Hidden Adventures Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780755502103
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Published: Red Shed - January 26th, 2021

West End Girls: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062869623
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 5th, 2021

Sex and Vanity: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385546270
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Published: Doubleday - June 30th, 2020

Mystery of Mrs. Christie Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781492682721
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - December 29th, 2020

The Best American Mystery Stories 2020 (The Best American Series ®) Cover Image
By C. J. Box (Editor), Otto Penzler (Editor)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781328636102
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Published: Mariner Books - November 3rd, 2020

The Nautical Puzzle Book Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781529322811
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Published: Quercus - December 8th, 2020

Clanlands: Whisky, Warfare, and a Scottish Adventure Like No Other Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781529342000
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Published: Quercus - November 3rd, 2020

People Who Love to Eat Are Always the Best People: And Other Wisdom Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780525658795
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Published: Knopf - November 17th, 2020

Bobby Orr and the Hand-me-down Skates Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735265325
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Published: Tundra Books - September 22nd, 2020

F Is for Fenway: America's Oldest Major League Ballpark (Sleeping Bear Alphabets) Cover Image
By Jerry Pallotta, John S. Dykes (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781585367887
Availability: Backordered
Published: Sleeping Bear Press - February 2nd, 2012

Six Rings: The Super Bowl History of the New England Patriots Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781629378626
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Published: Triumph Books - November 10th, 2020

The Big Three: Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and the Rebirth of the Boston Celtics Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316489942
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Published: Hachette Books - December 1st, 2020

A Man & His Car: Iconic Cars and Stories from the Men Who Love Them Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781579658922
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Published: Artisan - October 13th, 2020

1964 Land Rover Series IIA 500-Piece Puzzle Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781648290442
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Published: Artisan - October 13th, 2020

Christmas at the Island Hotel: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062911285
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 20th, 2020

Comfort & Joy: A Fable Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984800848
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 6th, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving, Curious George tabbed board book Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780547131061
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 20th, 2010

Thanksgiving at the Tappletons' Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062363978
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Published: HarperCollins - September 15th, 2015

Moonflower Murders: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062955456
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Published: Harper - November 10th, 2020

Super Good Baking for Kids Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780062349811
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Published: HarperCollins - September 29th, 2020

Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780804187060
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 6th, 2020

Chowder Rules!: The True Story of an Epic Food Fight Cover Image
By Anna Crowley Redding, Vita Lane (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781944762827
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Published: Islandport Press - October 13th, 2020

A History of Chowder: Four Centuries of a New England Meal (American Palate) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781609492595
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Published: History Press - April 1st, 2011

A Time for Mercy (Jake Brigance #3) Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780385545969
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Published: Doubleday - October 13th, 2020

Room on the Broom Push-Pull-Slide Cover Image
By Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780593110409
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Published: Dial Books - August 25th, 2020

Little Blue Truck's Halloween Cover Image
By Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780544772533
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - July 5th, 2016

2000 Stickers Super Scary Activity Book: 36 Spooktacular Activities! Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9781680528664
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Published: Parragon - June 16th, 2020

Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Mind Blown (ANNUAL #17) Cover Image
By Ripley's Believe It Or Not! (Compiled by)
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ISBN: 9781609913397
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Published: Ripley Publishing - September 29th, 2020

Guinness World Records 2021 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781913484002
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Published: Guinness World Records - October 6th, 2020