Eliza's Picks

Eliza loves books. She grew up getting in trouble for reading when she was supposed to be sleeping, eating, and playing soccer. She always has a separate bag for books when traveling, which means less legroom in cars traveling across the country, and has accepted that ditching clothes to allow extra room in suitcases for books is a necessary sacrifice. Her favorite stories are ones that inform, entertain, and that you can’t stop thinking about long after the last page has been turned.

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Ella Enchanted Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780064407052
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Published: HarperCollins - May 2nd, 2017

A fairy curses Ella when she is born to always be obedient, and when her father marries again, her stepmother takes advantage of her curse. Independent and smart, she rebels against her family and with a little help from elves, gnomes, a fairy godmother, and a kind prince, she charts her own path.


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The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393242713
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 7th, 2017

That nature is good for you seems like a given: who doesn't love walking in the woods or watching the waves pummel the beach? Williams found that she missed the mountains of Colorado when she moved to Washington D.C., realized that it also affected her mood, and set out to find out why. She does a fantastic job combining the science behind why we love nature and how our brains and bodies respond to it and the ways different societies and countries approach it.


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Shine! Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316262781
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 25th, 2017

One of my favorite new kid's books! It is a cute story with a great message about being yourself and learning to be happy and appreciate the things around you.


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The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399185045
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Published: Avery Publishing Group - September 20th, 2016

Charming and full of wisdom!


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Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780375708152
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Published: Vintage Books - October 2nd, 2012

This is not a book for the faint of heart: It will take a long time to finish reading it! Tons of incredible details fill the pages and at times it might seem daunting, but the repercussions of WWI, the amazing history of Nepal and the adventurous spirit of the men who climbed, mapped, and explored all come together to form a truly wonderful and rewarding read. 


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One Day Cover Image
$18.50
ISBN: 9780307946713
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Published: Vintage Books - May 24th, 2011

After attending the same university for 4 years, Em and Dex finally become friends the morning after their graduation. Every year on that day we get a chance to look in on their lives and their friendship with each other. Creative, funny, exasperating, and heartbreaking, this is a great book about near misses, third chances, and finally growing up.


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Girl at War Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812986396
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Published: Random House Trade - March 22nd, 2016

This first novel perfectly captures the voice of a young girl living during the Yugoslavian Genocide. Sharp, haunting, and clear, it is an immensely readable book.


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Modern Romance Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143109259
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Published: Penguin Books - June 14th, 2016

This book is awesome. He makes sociology completely accessible, and he does is hilariously.


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Night Animals Cover Image
By Gianna Marino, Gianna Marino (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780451469540
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - July 14th, 2015

Silly and goofy with fun illustrations, this is a great book for kids who are afraid of the dark or camping outside!


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The Bear and the Piano Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544674547
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Published: Clarion Books - April 5th, 2016

A little bear discovers a piano in the woods and begins to play it. His talent will lead him to the Big City and beyond, but home still beckons. Amazing illustrations and a great message about finding fame and where you belong!


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