Tricia's Picks

Tricia is Phoenix Books Rutland's store manager and minority owner with her husband, Tom. She is a longtime community leader in Rutland, serving in a variety of roles focused on improving community life, from Rutland coordinator for Everybody Wins!, a reading and mentoring program, to serving on the boards of the Paramount Theatre and the Rutland Free Library.  Tricia's volunteer work has also supported organizations ranging from the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link, RAFFL, to the Red Cross.  She also worked at Rutland Regional Medical Center for 17 years in finance and human resources. Tricia lives in Rutland with her husband Tom and their two cats.

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Magpie Murders Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062645227
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Published: Harper - June 6th, 2017

This book offers a mystery novel within a mystery – two for the price of one.  One is set in the 1950s in a small English village.  The book’s editor in contemporary times becomes involved in a mystery surrounding the author.  There are many clever references to the masters of the mysteries – Conan Doyle, Christie, Wodehouse and others.  A gem for mystery lovers!


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Forty Autumns: A Family's Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062410313
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 4th, 2016

The true story of a teenage girl who escapes to West Berlin and pays a steep price as she is separated from her family for more than 40 years.  We follow her and her family from 1945 to 2013.  A page-turning narrative of courage and resilience starting in Soviet-controlled East Germany and continuing through the fall of the wall.


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$17.00
ISBN: 9781101883082
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 28th, 2017

Three women.  World War II.  One from Poland, one from Germany, and one from Manhattan who works at the French Embassy. Much of the story is set in Ravensbruck at the only women’s-only concentration camp.  Heartbreaking, yet life affirming, the book is based on actual people and events.  For fans of The Nightingale and All the Light We Cannot See.   A story of loss, survival, and bravery.


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A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780425255735
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Published: Dutton Caliber - May 6th, 2014

Adam Makos gives us the true story of two fighter pilots in WWII – one German and the other American. They are fighting on opposite sides of the war but have an encounter in the air that changes their lives forever. Brimming with courage, integrity, and true humanity – this story is one of a kind!


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The Versions of Us Cover Image
$30.16
ISBN: 9780544634244
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - May 3rd, 2016

If you liked the movie Sliding Doors, you’ll love this book. What a difference a few seconds can make in our futures. Fall off your bike and accept assistance from someone – or not. Three different versions of Eva’s life unfold based on that one decision. Interesting characters and beautiful writing. I loved this book!


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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143125471
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Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2014

This true story about nine working-class boys who row their hearts out at the 1936 Berlin Olympics is page-turning at its best.  From the Depression to Adolf Hitler, each boy's personal journey to triumph comes alive. Reminiscent of Seabiscuit and Unbroken, hope, courage and persistence conquer all.


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Our Souls at Night Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781101875896
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 26th, 2015

Elderly widowed neighbors in small town Holt, Colorado become comrades against loneliness despite wagging tongues.  In his final book Kent Haruf has written a perfect gem.  The writing, the characters and his incredibly spare and beautiful prose are still with me.


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$16.00
ISBN: 9780307950475
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Published: Vintage Books - May 7th, 2013

This post-apocalyptic story highlights the love between a man and his dog as he struggles to survive after losing everything.  Funny, heartbreaking and full of hope, this book is thought-provoking and a truly unique take on survival in the wild and modern frontier.