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Three to Read | Feb 24

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Bookstr’s Three to Read This Week 02/21/2020

Hello, book lovers and welcome back! If you’ve made yourself sick with discount Valentine’s chocolate, we’ve got just the remedy for you. Pick up one (or all) of our Three to Read picks for this week and forget about your far-from-romantic sugar crash.


Hot pick

What kind of girl

by Alyssa Sheinmel



Girl In Pieces meets Moxie in this unflinching exploration of the many forms of abuse society inflicts upon women, and the strength it takes to rise above it all to claim your worth.

The girls at North Bay Academy are taking sides. It all started when Mike Parker’s girlfriend showed up with a bruise on her face. Or, more specifically, when she walked into the principal’s office and said Mike hit her. But the students have questions. Why did she go to the principal and not the police? Why did she stay so long if he was hurting her? Obviously, if it’s true, Mike should be expelled. But is it true?

Some girls want to rally for his expulsion—and some want to rally around Mike. The only thing that the entire student body can agree on? Someone is lying. And the truth has to come out.


What Kind of Girl is a visceral look at the question we have long been aware of; what kind of girl stays with her boyfriend after he hits her? I can’t give you the protagonist’s name without spoiling the plot as we are introduced to her by a label, rather than her actual name. This novel is a heavy read but a very fulfilling one, and is particularly relevant in today’s climate of victim-blaming and shame. This book will have you thinking about it long after you turn the last page. Amber Smith, New York Times bestselling author says What Kind of Girl is “Both timely and timeless, a powerful exploration of abuse in its many forms, as well as the strength it takes to rise up and speak your truth.”

coffee shop read

Kidnapped on Safari

by Peter Riva



Kidnapped in Safari is the third book in the Mbuno & Pero series, pulling terror from headlines to create a gripping international thriller.

Expert safari guide Mbuno and wildlife television producer Pero Baltazar are filming on Lake Rudolf in Northern Kenya when they receive the news: Mbuno’s son, himself an expert guide, has been kidnapped while on safari in Tanzania. Tracing the kidnappers back to an illegal logging operation, Mbuno and Pero uncover a vast criminal network run by the Nigerian terrorist organization Boko Haram.

Relying on Mbuno’s legendary bush skills, the pair face dangers both inside and outside the terrorist camp. But kidnapping and deforestation are only the beginning of this group’s sinister aspirations. When Mbuno and Pero discover just how powerful and far-reaching the network is, they realize that rescuing Mbuno’s son could put the entire region at risk.


While this book is part of a wider series, it works well as a standalone novel and is a great companion to any coffee shop trip! There are some stunning depictions of the African landscape that will transport you from your subway car or local Starbucks to an African safari. The story is punchy and thrilling, with danger at every turn for the story’s protagonists.

The characters are well-described and genuine, engaging and enjoyable. You’ll be turning the page both for the quick-paced plot and to see the fate of your favorite characters. Lose yourself in this thrilling read now!

“Peter Riva delivers again with a timely procedural thriller that will keep you up well past your bedtime. Set in East Africa, where the modern world coexists (not always peacefully) with ancient ways and traditions, this story seamlessly blends wonderful detail with relentless pacing in a nonstop adventure that you just can’t put down.” —Jeff Crook, author of The Sleeping and the Dead.


dark horse

Angels of Stockholm

by Neil D. Desmond



This is Neil D. Desmond’s debut short story collection full of deeply enriching tales.

“Marina cut her small ration in half, sharing with the sick (possibly dying) young girl she had been trying to look after. The girl was too weak to leave the cramped, dirty sleeping quarters to work in the camp. Marina feared the girl would be sent to the gas chamber if the guards deemed her incapable of labor. Marina was beginning to think this might be worse than Auschwitz, where she and many other women and children had come from in the fall of 1944. She had hoped the transfer would have improved her chances of survival, but it appeared now there wasn’t much difference between one labor camp or another. Hope was in short supply, but not totally eradicated. Marina had heard rumors recently in the camp. Rumors the war was ending and the allies had won. Rumors of liberation. But she, like the other prisoners, had heard about liberators coming to save their lives before and it never seemed to happen.” – from the Angels of Stockholm.


The collection is well-crafted and paced, with each story grabbing your attention from the get-go. Covering a wide range of locations, you’ll be transported with each new piece. Travel the world from within one book! You can bring it with you and read one story at a time, or you can read it all in one fell swoop – each story is so engrossing you won’t want to put it down.

The title is based on a heartbreaking story from the time of holocaust, but the book covers so much more than that alone. From prostitutes in Pakistan to downtown New York City, the varied topics make it palatable for every type of reader in every kind of mood. Desmond has a deft hand at his craft of containing multitudes in each short story, and piecing them all together to create a cohesive and enjoyable read.

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