Sally Bradshaw

A recovering political strategist, Sally has dreamed of starting a bookstore since she was a little girl. No time like the present for this 25-year Tallahassee resident. Sally loves all literary fiction but particularly Southern fiction and mystery...and she loves curating our Florida section!

Acts of God by Ellen Gilchrist

No modern writer better describes the larger than life but everyday characters of the deep South than Gilchrist.  This book of short stories, her latest collection, pairs middle class protagonists with huge challenges, and they all rise to the occasion.  It’s reassuring and uplifting, clever, wise and tender – like all of her writing.

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

I couldn’t put down this Booker Prize winner from Atwood – a little different from some of her other novels.  It’s a mystery within a mystery about the death of a sister and the liaison of two lovers, one an author, set against the back-drop of World War II.  Just great story-telling.

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

I cried and laughed out loud reading Noah’s remarkable memoir.  Set against the backdrop of Apartheid, late-night TV star Noah, who was raised in South Africa, details his youth in a wonderful and moving homage to his mom.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

A middle-aged female concierge befriends an awkward young girl who lives in her apartment complex in Paris. Both hide their smarts from the world around them, but their shared loved of reading, art, and the power of learning provide a personal connection that is both heartbreaking and life-affirming.

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

A debut novel, this book stayed with me long after I first read it.  A young teenage girl loses her uncle, and closest friend, to a strange illness, about which her mother will not speak.  That illness, AIDS, leads to a discovery about her family and the importance of empathy and friendship that shapes her world view.  Named a top ten book of 2012 by the Wall Street Journal and on multiple best book lists for that year.

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