Annie H. Staff Picks


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The Summer Before the War Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812993103
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Published: Random House - March 22nd, 2016

What an old-fashioned pleasure this book is! Both smart and absorbing, this is a story about ordinary people in a small English town on the eve of the WWI. The story sounds trite (a young woman arrives to teach at the local school, etc.), but Helen Simonson is such a good writer that I felt I was there with them and just wanted to keep reading and reading.

-- Annie

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In the Town All Year 'Round Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811864749
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 2008

This deceptively simple picture book is a pleasure to pore over. My 2-year-old and I look through and discuss this mostly wordless book over and over, finding new hidden stories each time. Combining exquisitely realistic details of daily life with a touch of whimsy, this book is real treasure for curious little people and their parents.

-- Annie

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The Invisible Bridge (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400034376
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Published: Vintage - January 25th, 2011

A beautifully written, old fashioned love story. The Invisible Bridge is, to begin with, the story of a young Hungarian architect student in Paris at the beginning of WWII. I was completely captivated and there are scenes that are still fresh in my memory several years later.

-- Annie