Indie Bookseller Picks: 5 Books I Love to Read and Recommend

Karen Bellovich
June 30 2020
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Anderson’s Bookshops is a six-generation family-run neighborhood independent business with locations in Chicago’s western suburbs. Anderson’s also features a toy shop and school book fair division. 

I have always loved reading. I have always loved the way a book feels in my hands: the weight of it; the paper between my fingers; the words on the page that will slowly reveal the story to me. Choosing to make that story last as long as possible and letting the story take me to another place, educate me, and lift me up. It’s no wonder I became a bookseller working at an independent bookstore. I have enjoyed every day spent at the store, talking books with my amazing coworkers, and sharing my love of books with every wonderful customer. Now, I would love to share a list of some of my favorite books with you.  

The Clockmaker's Daughter
by Kate Morton

A girl with no name. A house with a past. An artists sketchbook. A forgotten photograph. A secret whispered. A love that lasts forever. Beautiful words and images make up a story that effortlessly flows between the past and the present. Timeless. I fell in love with it, as I always do with Kate Mortons stories. 

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The Clockmaker's Daughter
Kate Morton

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Ellie and the Harpmaker
by Hazel Prior

Ellie, a lonely housewife, and Dan, a craftsman who builds Celtic harps, meet one day. When Dan learns that Ellie has always wanted to play the harp, he gives her one and offers her lessons. Soon a friendship blossoms between them. Will it grow into something more? A sweet, intriguing story.  

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Ellie and the Harpmaker
Hazel Prior

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Finding Dorothy
by Elizabeth Letts

In 1938 Hollywood, Maud Gage Baum, widow of L. Frank Baum, watches over the filming of her husband’s beloved story THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ. Moving between Mauds past and her present we get a full picture of this fascinating woman and her life. A delightful story.  

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Finding Dorothy
Elizabeth Letts

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This Tender Land
by William Kent Krueger

Four children on the run take a journey down the Mississippi River during the summer of 1932. This powerful tale tells of the journey that tests them in ways they never thought possible and changes them forever. It’s filled with words of wisdom. This story broke my heart and then healed it. Extraordinary.  

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This Tender Land
William Kent Krueger

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The Lost Letters of William Woolf
by Helen Cullen

While working in the Dead Letters Depot, William Woolf discovers a letter addressed to My Great Love and signed with only one name: Winter. Frustrated with his marriage to Clare, William decides this letter crossed his desk for a reason and decides to find Winter. This is a story of love and courage. Reading it made me want to write letters again.  

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The Lost Letters of William Woolf
Helen Cullen

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