Barbara's Recommendations

Barbara is the owner of Riverstone Books
Barbara is the owner of Riverstone Books

Barbara founded Riverstone Books in 2017 to fill the need for an independent bookstore in the North Hills which would help our neighbors find books that inspire, inform, delight, amuse, comfort and enlighten them. Previously she owned Undercover Books in St. Croix for 6 years. Prior to finding her true vocation as a bookseller, Barbara had a 30+ year career with Alcoa. Her goals for 2021 are to bring back in person events safely and adopt a store dog.

Recommendations: 

The Thursday Murder Club: A Novel (A Thursday Murder Club Mystery #1) Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781984880963
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - September 22nd, 2020

“Witty, endearing and greatly entertaining.” —Wall Street Journal
 
“Don’t trust anyone, including the four septuagenarian sleuths in Osman’s own laugh-out-loud whodunit.” —Parade

Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves
A female cop with her first big case


Olive, Mabel & Me: Life and Adventures with Two Very Good Dogs Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781682686645
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Published: Countryman Press - December 1st, 2020

The story of Olive and Mabel, Labrador retrievers who rose to internet fame as the subjects of Andrew Cotter's BBC sports parodies.


The Searcher: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735224650
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Published: Viking - October 6th, 2020

Best Book of 2020
New York Times |NPR | New York Post

"This hushed suspense tale about thwarted dreams of escape may be her best one yet . . . Its own kind of masterpiece." --Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post


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Master and Commander (Aubrey/Maturin Novels #1) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393307054
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 17th, 1990

This is a sample Riverstone Staff book review. Barbara loves the whole series but this is her favorite. Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, “and what is the use of a book,” thought Alice “without pictures or conversations?”


American Spy: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812988284
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 17th, 2020

American Spy updates the espionage thriller with blazing originality.”—Entertainment Weekly
“There has never been anything like it.”—Marlon James, GQ
“So much fun . . . Like the best of John le Carré, it’s extremely tough to put down.”—NPR


Little Disasters: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501172229
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - August 18th, 2020

“Taut, clever, compelling, and guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.” —Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water

From the bestselling author of Anatomy of a Scandal—soon to be a Netflix series—a new thought-provoking novel exploring the complexity of motherh


The Marriage of Opposites Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781451693607
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 7th, 2016

“A luminous, Marquez-esque tale” (O, The Oprah Magazine) from the New York Times bestselling author of The Museum of Extraordinary Things: a forbidden love story set on a tropical island about the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro—the Father of Impressionism.

Growing up on idyllic St.


The Dry: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250105622
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 2nd, 2018

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE FROM IFC FILMS STARRING ERIC BANA
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“A breathless page-turner, driven by the many revelations Ms. Harper dreams up…You’ll love [her] sleight of hand…A secret on every page.” —The New York Times


Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780393354324
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 7th, 2017

Why did Eurasians conquer, displace, or decimate Native Americans, Australians, and Africans, instead of the reverse? In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H.


The Road from Coorain: A Woman's Exquisitely Clear-Sighted Memoir of Growing Up Australian (Vintage Departures) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679724360
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Published: Vintage - August 11th, 1990

In a memoir that pierces and delights us, Jill Ker Conway tells the story of her astonishing journey into adulthood—a journey that would ultimately span immense distances and encompass worlds, ideas, and ways of life that seem a century apart.


Behind the Scenes at the Museum: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312150600
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Picador - November 12th, 1999

A deeply moving family story of happiness and heartbreak, Behind the Scenes at the Museum is bestselling author Kate Atkinson's award-winning literary debut.

National Bestseller

Winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year


Wolf Hall: A Novel (Wolf Hall Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780312429980
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Published: Picador - August 31st, 2010

WINNER OF THE 2009 MAN BOOKER PRIZE
WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR FICTION
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


Rules of Civility: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143121169
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Published: Penguin Books - June 26th, 2012

From the New York Times-bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow and the forthcoming The Lincoln Highway, a “sharply stylish” (Boston Globe) book about a young woman in post-Depression era New York who suddenly finds herself thrust into high society—now with over one million readers worldwide


Banker (A Dick Francis Novel) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780425237755
Availability: Backordered
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - November 2nd, 2010

An investment banker arranges the purchase of a champion racehorse and gets caught up in murder in this New York Times bestseller that's “fraught with violence, conspiracy and, of course, horses” (The Boston Globe).


Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316204262
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 2nd, 2013

A misanthropic matriarch leaves her eccentric family in crisis when she mysteriously disappears in this "whip-smart and divinely funny" novel that inspired the movie starring Cate Blanchett (New York Times).


The Rosie Project: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781476729091
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 3rd, 2014

The international bestselling romantic comedy “bursting with warmth, emotional depth, and…humor,” (Entertainment Weekly) featuring the oddly charming, socially challenged genetics professor, Don, as he seeks true love.

The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s ti


Foundation Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780553382570
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Published: Del Rey - April 29th, 2008

The first novel in Isaac Asimov’s classic science-fiction masterpiece, the Foundation series

SOON TO BE AN APPLE TV+ SERIES • Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read


Dune Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780441013593
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Published: Ace - August 2nd, 2005

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Timothée Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, and Charlotte Rampling.


Resurrection Men (A Rebus Novel #13) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316099219
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 13th, 2010

Inspector John Rebus has messed up badly this time, so badly that he's been sent to a kind of reform school for damaged cops. While there among the last-chancers known as "resurrection men," he joins a covert mission to gain evidence of a drug heist orchestrated by three of his classmates. But the group has been assigned an unsolved murder that may have resulted from Rebus's own mistake.


We Begin at the End Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250759665
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - March 2nd, 2021

An Instant New York Times Bestseller

“A vibrant, engrossing, unputdownable thriller that packs a serious emotional punch. One of those rare books that surprise you along the way and then linger in your mind long after you have finished it.”
—Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Four Winds


Old Baggage: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062895448
Availability: Special Order
Published: Harper Perennial - April 16th, 2019

#1 UK Bestseller

“A thoughtful, funny, companionable novel…executed with verve.”—London Times

The author of the acclaimed Crooked Heart returns with a comic, charming, and surprisingly timely portrait of a once pioneering suffragette trying to find her new passion in post-WWI era London.