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Jennifer Kortfelt is enjoying a second career as a knitter and weaver after spending 25 years in the library/information technology field. She is an avid reader since childhood and cannot imagine anything more wonderful than a job where she is surrounded by books. She handles accounting tasks for the bookstore.




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Cold People By Tom Rob Smith Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982198404
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Published: Scribner - February 7th, 2023

The instructions to the world are clearly stated: move to Antarctica within thirty days or be eliminated. The logistics are unfathomable. For those who go, the immediate priority is, of course, survival. Then what? Mash up a world of cultures and governance structures. What sort of society emerges and how is it shaped by the environment? What does the future look like? What do you strive for? This book is fascinating and frustrating. Yes, there’s a conclusion. But I have so many questions. This book, this story, is going to stay with me for a long time.  -Jennifer

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The Foxglove King (The Nightshade Crown #1) By Hannah Whitten Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316434997
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Published: Orbit - March 7th, 2023

Lore, born in the catacombs with power she is only beginning to understand and control. 
Poison drinkers, death channeler, Kings and Courtiers.... Palace intrigue, the fate of their world, and so much more. Loved it!!  -Jennifer

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Sam: A Novel By Allegra Goodman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593447819
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Published: The Dial Press - January 3rd, 2023

We meet Sam at age seven and witness her growth from child to college-age adolescent. She's active, impatient, and driven. Her words, dreams, and challenges reminded me of what it’s like to be young and not know what is next nor how to get there. Engrossing and beautifully written. You won't regret spending time with Sam.  -Jennifer

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Miss Eliza's English Kitchen: A Novel of Victorian Cookery and Friendship By Annabel Abbs Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063066465
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - November 16th, 2021

If you like to cook, or eat, this book will have you heading straight to the kitchen. The poetic descriptions of the dishes made my mouth water. And if you prefer listening to your books, this one is beautifully, almost sensuously, performed.  - Jennifer

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The Ten Thousand Doors of January By Alix E. Harrow Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316421973
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Published: Redhook - May 12th, 2020

January lives in a big house on the shores of Lake Champlain with her guardian, a collector of antiquities, while her father is away for months at a time seeking treasures to add to the guardian’s collection. January is left mostly to her own devices and discovers a room where mysterious presents appear as if by magic. The discovery of a book containing stories of other worlds leads January on adventures that are both exciting and dangerous. The audio version of this book had me enthralled and making opportunities to listen so I could find out what happened next.

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The Bookshop on the Shore: A Novel By Jenny Colgan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062850188
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 25th, 2019

Zoe and her son escape the noise, overcrowding and expense of London when on a whim she takes a job as a nanny for a family in Scotland. There is much mystery surrounding the family members and the crumbling castle they inhabit on the banks on the Loch Ness. Zoe’s second job managing a mobile bookshop becomes challenging when the shop owner suddenly becomes ill. I listened to the audio version of this book and really enjoyed the gorgeous accents and the excellent narration. I was especially charmed by the character Patrick and his interesting manner of speech. Lovely escapist story for the beach, a rainy day, or any time really.

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Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites: A Cookbook By Deb Perelman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101874813
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Published: Knopf - October 24th, 2017

I love this cookbook. I'm reading it like a book of short stories. The little essays describing how she came to develop the recipes draw me into her cooking mindset. The recipes themselves are quite approachable, and the ones I've already made came out beautifully. I especially appreciate that she provides alternate methods for ingredient prep and doesn't assume, for instance, that everyone owns a food processor.

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Come Sundown: A Novel By Nora Roberts Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250123091
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Published: St. Martin's Paperbacks - March 26th, 2019

The dilemma I have with a new Nora Roberts novel is whether to enjoy it in small bites or devour it. Once Come Sundown's heart-wrenching story got me in its grips, there was no question of taking my time. I couldn’t go to sleep without knowing how it ended. 

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