Liz Recommends

a picture of an older woman with short blonde hair and glassesAccording to her mother, Liz has been reading voraciously since the moment she figured out that those little squiggles on the page meant something. She is a lover of mainly fiction books, but will read all types of fiction- thrillers, women's fiction, mysteries, etc. She was the owner of The Learned Owl from 1983 until 2013, after having dozens of jobs in dozens of places all over the country. She can currently be found at the Hudson Visitor Center. 



The Power of One: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345410054
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 29th, 1996

“The Power of One has everything: suspense, the exotic, violence; mysticism, psychology and magic; schoolboy adventures, drama.”
–The New York Times

“Unabashedly uplifting . . . asserts forcefully what all of us would like to believe: that the individual, armed with the spirit of independence–‘the power of one’–can prevail.”

The Highest Tide: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781582346298
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - May 1st, 2006

One moonlit night, thirteen-year-old Miles O'Malley, a speed-reading, Rachel Carson-obsessed insomniac out looking for tidal specimens in Puget Sound, discovers a giant squid stranded on the beach. As the first person to see a giant squid alive, he finds himself hailed as a prophet.

Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385722438
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Published: Anchor - September 17th, 2002

A hilarious and moving story of one girl’s fight for freedom of expression, as well as a linguistic tour de force sure to delight word lovers everywhere

Gods in Alabama Cover Image
ISBN: 9780446694537
Availability: Backordered
Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 13th, 2006

For 10 years Arlene has kept her promises, and God has kept His end of the bargain. Until now. When an old schoolmate from Possett turns up at Arlene's door in Chicago asking questions about Jim Beverly, former quarterback and god of Possett High, Arlene's break with her former hometown is forced to an end.

13 Reasons Why Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451478290
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Published: Razorbill - March 7th, 2017


Featuring cover art from the Netflix original series executive produced by Selena Gomez!

“Eerie, beautiful, and devastating.” —Chicago Tribune

“A stealthy hit with staying power. . . . thriller-like pacing.” —The New York Times

Run with the Horsemen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140072747
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Published: Penguin Books - July 3rd, 1984

From the author of The Whisper of the River and Epiphany.

Because of Mr. Terupt Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375858246
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Published: Yearling - October 11th, 2011

Seven students are about to have their lives changed by one amazing teacher in this school story sequel filled with unique characters every reader can relate to.

Lottery Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425222201
Availability: Backordered
Published: Berkley - June 3rd, 2008

Money isn’t the same as treasure, and IQ isnt the same as smarts—An uplifting and joyous new novel hailed by Jacqueline Mitchard as “solid gold.”

The Help Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425232200
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Published: Berkley - April 5th, 2011

The #1 New York Times bestselling novel and basis for the Academy Award-winning film—a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t—nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

Water for Elephants: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781565125605
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 1st, 2007

Over 10,000,000 copies in print worldwide
#1 New York Times Bestseller
A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
A Newsday Favorite Book of 2006
A USA Today Bestseller
A Major Motion Picture starring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, and Christoph Waltz

Jacob Janowski’

Sarah's Key Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312370848
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 30th, 2008

Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345485601
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 13th, 2005

“A hilarious, endearing novel.”—Los Angeles Times

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ISBN: 9780143034520
Published: Penguin Books - January 25th, 2005

The Turtle Warrior is the story of the Lucas family, who live in a beautiful and remote part of Wisconsin inhabited by working-class European immigrants and the Ojibwe. By 1967 the Lucas farm has fallen into disrepair, thanks to the hard drinking of John Lucas, who brutalizes his wife and two sons.