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 successfully serve book lovers in our new location In Squirrel Hill and and train our puppy so he can someday be a a store dog.

Recommendations: 

The Man Who Died Twice: A Thursday Murder Club Mystery Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781984880994
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pamela Dorman Books - September 28th, 2021

An instant New York Times bestseller!

The second gripping novel in the New York Times bestselling Thursday Murder Club series, soon to be a major motion picture from Steven Spielberg at Amblin Entertainment


The Man Who Died Twice: A Thursday Murder Club Mystery Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781984880994
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pamela Dorman Books - September 28th, 2021

An instant New York Times bestseller!

The second gripping novel in the New York Times bestselling Thursday Murder Club series, soon to be a major motion picture from Steven Spielberg at Amblin Entertainment


Olive, Mabel & Me: Life and Adventures with Two Very Good Dogs Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781682686645
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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 Witch Elm: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735224643
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - July 30th, 2019

Named a New York Times Notable Book of 2018 and a Best Book of 2018 by NPR, The New York Times Book Review, Amazon, The Boston Globe, LitHub, Vulture, Slate, Elle, Vox, and Electric Literature

“Tana French’s best and most intricately nuanced novel yet.” —The New York Times


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Master and Commander (Aubrey/Maturin Novels #1) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393307054
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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?”


Little Disasters: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501172229
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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
$16.00
ISBN: 9781451693607
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 7th, 2017

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize • New York Times Bestseller • Over Two Million Copies Sold

“One of the most significant projects embarked upon by any intellectual of our generation” (Gregg Easterbrook, New York Times), Guns, Germs, and Steel presents a groundbreaking, unified narrative of human history.


The Road from Coorain: A Woman's Exquisitely Clear-Sighted Memoir of Growing Up Australian (Vintage Departures) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780679724360
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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.


Case Histories: A Novel (Jackson Brodie #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316010702
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - October 17th, 2005

The first book in Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie Mysteries series, called "The best mystery of the decade" by Stephen King, finds private investigator Jackson Brodie following three seemingly unconnected family mysteries in Edinburg.

Case one: A little girl goes missing in the night.


Wolf Hall: A Novel (Wolf Hall Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780312429980
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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


A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143110439
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2019

From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility and the forthcoming novel The Lincoln Highway, a story about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel—a beautifully transporting novel. 

The mega-bestseller with more than 2 million readers, soon to be a major television series


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).


Banker (A Dick Francis Novel) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780425237755
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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).


The Rosie Project: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781476729091
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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 itR


Foundation Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780553382570
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Del Rey - April 29th, 2008

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

THE EPIC SAGA THAT INSPIRED THE APPLE TV+ SERIES FOUNDATION, NOW STREAMING • Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

 


Dune Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780441013593
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ace - August 2nd, 2005

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Chang Chen, Charlotte Rampling, and Javier Bardem.


Resurrection Men (A Rebus Novel #13) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316099219
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - March 2nd, 2021

Winner of the Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel from the Crime Writers’ Association (UK)
Winner for Best International Crime Fiction from Australian Crime Writers Association
An Instant New York Times Bestseller


Old Baggage: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
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ISBN: 9780062895448
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.