Alie's IconAlie is the head book buyer at Brookline Booksmith. She loves mysteries (the psychologically more intense the better), great fiction (like Middlesex and Poisonwood Bible) and cookbooks. She is also obsessed with crossword puzzles.

With a well-read toddler to keep busy, Alie has begun to focus on children’s books, including board books like Gossie by Olivier Dunrea, and picture books like The Story of Ferdinand and llama llama mad at mama.

Alie recommends:

The Silent Wife (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780143123231
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Penguin Books, 6/2013

Yes, if you liked Gone Girl, this is a great follow-up, but here, there is a quiet, subtle rhythm flowing beneath the surface.  Told in alternating voices between "him" and "her," it's a fantastic peek into the minds of a couple as they head towards a terrible finale.

~ recommended October, 2013

Monkey & Robot (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781442429789
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, 1/2013

If you want your beginning reader to utterly crack up... this is the book. Simple but hysterical and even just a little bit poignant. For lovers of Mo Willems' awesome Elephant and Piggy books!

~ recommended April, 2013 

The Round House (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780062065247
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Harper, 10/2012

The Round House is narrated by a 13-year-old boy who is growing up on a reservation and trying to survive after his mother is brutally attacked.  This is the kind of book that makes you forget that you are reading: a truly astonishing work of literature.

~ recommended January, 2013

May We Be Forgiven (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780670025480
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Viking Adult, 9/2012
It's hard to explain May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes (one of my favorite authors ever) but let me just say it is incredibly outstanding!  If you like dark, wacky, black suburban humor, check this novel out.  You just never know what's going to happen next.

~ recommended October, 2012

A Hundred Flowers (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780312274818
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: St. Martin's Press, 8/2012

This was worth the wait!  A long time Tsukiyama fan, A Hundred Flowers brings out all the things I love about her writing.  Months after reading this, I still think about the characters and the beauty of the unfolding story. 

~ recommended August, 2012

ISBN-13: 9780811877824
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Chronicle Books, 3/2011

This book must have magic powers - the perfect bedtime book. Droopy little eyelids guaranteed!

~ recommended January, 2012