Mary's Book List
About Mary: Mary OMalley is a Ridiculously Enthusiastic Bookseller. An avid reader all her life, she rediscovered her passion for all things literary as a Bookseller for Anderson's Bookshop at their LaGrange location. She has been known to mildly stalk her favorite authors through social media, and reads across a large range of genres. When not reading, she and her husband are tending to their little suburban homestead with two cats, two dogs, two fish, and soon-to-arrive four chickens. She and her husband live outside Chicago and have three children and one adorable grandson. You can find Mary on FB, Insta and Twitter at Blurb Your Enthusiasm. You won’t meet Mary in the shop, as she lives in a different state (details) but you’ll be seeing and hearing a lot from her on our social media pages and we are proud to welcome her to the Skylark team as our Roving Virtual Bookseller At Large.
A reclusive author is forced to write a second book and her editor sends his assistant to help. But instead of helping with the writing, the assistant is forced to watch the child no one knew existed. A witty, charming, and beautifully written novel that readers are sure to love.
A 1930's Divorce Farm in Reno. Sharp and witty dialog and a unique story combine to make this book a must-read.
Did you know that Hemingway's third wife was the only woman on the beach of Normandy on DDay? The author of The Paris Wife shines a light on another of Hemingway's wives and her accomplishments outside of Hemingway's shadow.
Marie Benedict shines a spotlight on women that have been cast into the shadows of history. This time she tells the story of the silver screen star who developed and patented the technology that became the cell phone, but got no credit for her invention. Hedy Lamar was much more than the movies.
Cosmo Magazine was not always the Cosmo most of us know. When it was a struggling magazine for housewives, Helen Gurly Brown who had no experience whatsoever, took it over and shook things up. Although half the staff walked out, Helen had a vision for publishing a magazine that women really wanted to read, and she created the Cosmo that we all know and love today.
Family, friendship, secrets and lies - The Second Home is the perfect book for lovers of great fiction. There is a lot to unpack in this novel, making it an awesome book club choice and the author will Zoom with your book club!
Thriller lovers will go nuts for the whiplash-worthy thriller from the author of My Lovely Wife. Samantha Downing is the queen of the never-saw-it-coming ending.
This french author packs an enormous amount of story into just a few pages. When a man finds a woman's pocketbook in the trash bin, he sets off to track down the owner.
An autistic woman and her college boyfriend reconnect years later. This charming and touching novel is a hug for your heart.
Inspired by the author's time working as Carrie Fisher's assistant, A Star is Bored is laugh out loud funny and unexpectedly touching and you will be thinking of the characters long after you've finished the book.
A writer has finally sold his book and is asked to come in to meet his editor. When the door to the conference room opens and Jackie O enters the room, his life will never be the same.
Set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, a woman is trying to forget her brutal upbringing by a sadistic man who kidnapped her mother. When he escapes from prison, she is the only one who can track him. This heart pounding and sometimes graphic thriller is not for the faint of heart.
Emma Straub is a master of the parent-adult child relationship. This hilarious and perfectly accurate portrayal of the parent-child and sibling relationships is pure magic.
A memoir/love letter to being a grandmother, Nanaville is the absolute perfect book for anyone who is or is about to become a grandmother.
This cringing and creepy thriller is what it would be like if Psycho and Mommy Dearest had a book baby.
Fans of Jane Austen or those who just want to live in a simpler world for a while will love this sweet and charming novel.
Helicopter parents gone wild mix with school-aged drama and some teacher gossip to give a hilarious, over-the-top look at school misbehavior.
The heir apparent to the White Nationalist throne went to a liberal college and ended up changing his views. This true story of David Duke's godson and his journey from racist to anti-racist is a must read.
A Black nanny is out at the local upscale grocery store with the white child she watches. Another shopper views them as suspicious and reports them to security. Author Kiley Reid has masterfully tied her characters, story, and social messaging into a riveting novel.
A good, old-fashioned ghost story! The Sun Down Motel is perfect for fans of Stephen King!
This epic story of two slaves who have a forbidden love is a masterpiece of literature. Everyone is going to be talking about this book in 2021.
This gem of a book is a gorgeous meditation on nature, relationships, and what it's like to grow up looking different from others. This is a perfect gift book for the nature lover.
This collection of true stories from The Moth podcasts and live shows is inspiring and uplifting. The perfect gift book for any reader of any age.