Carrie's Recommendations

Carrie is a "fortysomething " mom to three teenagers and one perfect dog.
Carrie is a "fortysomething " mom to three teenagers and one perfect dog.

I am a "fortysomething " mom to three teenagers and one perfect dog  -(moms favorite!)- who is fortunate enough to say I have been working at Riverstone Books since the very beginning. My favorite things to do outside of Riverstone (other than read, of course) are traveling (Disney World and Gettysburg are among the favorites) and kayaking. My favorite genre is historic fiction because,  with a good book, I can travel the world and thru time without ever leaving the house. I love to feel as if I am a witness to history! But, in a close second, I cannot resist a "dark and twisty " psychological thriller that will keep me on the edge of my comfy chair.  I love working in an independent bookstore, but I would rather "talk books" with customers all day than do anything else.


The Lost Apothecary By Sarah Penner Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778311010
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Published: Park Row - March 2nd, 2021


Named Most Anticipated of 2021 by Newsweek, Good Housekeeping, Hello magazine,, Bustle, Popsugar, Betches, Sweet July, and GoodReads

March 2021 Indie Next Pick and #1 LibraryReads Pick

The Four Winds: A Novel By Kristin Hannah Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250178602
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 2nd, 2021

"The Bestselling Hardcover Novel of the Year."--Publishers Weekly

Hour of the Witch: A Novel By Chris Bohjalian Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385542432
Published: Doubleday - May 4th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the acclaimed author of The Flight Attendant: “Historical fiction at its best….

The Midnight Library: A GMA Book Club Pick (A Novel) By Matt Haig Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525559474
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Published: Viking - September 29th, 2020

The #1 New York Times bestselling WORLDWIDE phenomenon

Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction | A Good Morning America Book Club Pick | Independent (London) Ten Best Books of the Year

"A feel-good book guaranteed to lift your spirits."—The Washington Post

The Exiles: A Novel By Christina Baker Kline Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062356345
Availability: Backordered
Published: Mariner Books - August 25th, 2020



Yellow Wife: A Novel By Sadeqa Johnson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982149109
Published: Simon & Schuster - January 12th, 2021

A Best Book of 2021 by NPR and Christian Science Monitor

“A fully immersive, intricately crafted story inspired by the pages of history. In Pheby, Sadeqa Johnson has created a woman whose struggle to survive and to protect the ones she loves will have readers turning the pages as fast as their fingers can fly.

The Wife Upstairs: A Novel By Rachel Hawkins Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250245496
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 5th, 2021

Instant New York Times and USA Today Bestseller

"Compulsively readable...a gothic thriller laced with arsenic." ––EW

The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel By Margaret Atwood Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385490818
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor - March 16th, 1998

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An instant classic and eerily prescient cultural phenomenon, from “the patron saint of feminist dystopian fiction” (The New York Times). Now an award-winning Hulu series starring Elizabeth Moss.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter By Seth Grahame-Smith Cover Image
ISBN: 9780446563079
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 19th, 2011

Indiana. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother's bedside. She's been stricken with something the old-timers call "Milk Sickness."

"My baby boy..." she whispers before dying.

The Witching Hour: A Novel (Lives of Mayfair Witches #1) By Anne Rice Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345384461
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 22nd, 1993

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the beloved author of the Vampire Chronicles, the first installation of her spellbinding Mayfair Chronicles—the inspiration for the hit television series!

“Extraordinary . . . Anne Rice offers more than just a story; she creates myth.”—The Washington Post Book World

Something in the Water: A Novel By Catherine Steadman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524797676
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 9th, 2019

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK • “A psychological thriller that captivated me from page one. What unfolds makes for a wild, page-turning ride! It’s the perfect beach read!”—Reese Witherspoon

The Betrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots: Elizabeth I and Her Greatest Rival By Kate Williams Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781643130002
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Pegasus Books - November 13th, 2018

From the New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Queen Victoria, a new history of Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I that reveals how the most important relationship of their life—their friendship—changed them forever. 

Elizabeth and Mary were cousins and queens, but eventually it became impossible for them to live togeth

Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen: A Novel (Six Tudor Queens) By Alison Weir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101966501
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 2nd, 2017

Bestselling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir takes on what no fiction writer has done before: creating a dramatic six-book series in which each novel covers one of King Henry VIII’s wives. In this captivating opening volume, Weir brings to life the tumultuous tale of Katherine of Aragon, Henry’s first, devoted, and “true” queen.

Jefferson's Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America By Catherine Kerrison Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101886267
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 29th, 2019

The remarkable untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s three daughters—two white and free, one black and enslaved—and the divergent paths they forged in a newly independent America

One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd (One Thousand White Women Series #1) By Jim Fergus Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312199432
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 15th, 1999

Based on an actual historical event but told through fictional diaries, this is the story of May Dodd—a remarkable woman who, in 1875, travels through the American West to marry the chief of the Cheyenne Nation.

Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge By Erica Armstrong Dunbar Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501126413
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Published: 37 Ink - January 9th, 2018

A startling and eye-opening look into America’s First Family, Never Caught is the powerful story about a daring woman of “extraordinary grit” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

When George Washington was elected president, he reluctantly left behind his beloved Mount Vernon to serve in Philadelphia, the temporary seat of the nation’s capital.

Homegoing By Yaa Gyasi Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101971062
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE'S JOHN LEONARD PRIZE • WINNER OF THE PEN / HEMINGWAY AWARD FOR DEBUT FICTION • Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle.

Baby Teeth: A Novel By Zoje Stage Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250170767
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - July 16th, 2019

One of Entertainment Weekly’s Must-Read Books for July | People Magazine's Book of the Week | One of Bustle's "Fifteen Books With Chilling Protagonists That Will Keep You Guessing" | One of PopSugar's "25 Must-Read Books That Will Make July Fly By!" | One of the "Biggest Thrillers of the Summer"SheReads | A Barnes and Noble Blog Best T

Irena's Children: A True Story of Courage By Tilar J. Mazzeo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476778518
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Published: Gallery Books - June 6th, 2017

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow Clicquot comes an extraordinary and gripping account of Irena Sendler—the “female Oskar Schindler”—who took staggering risks to save 2,500 children from death and deportation in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II.

In 1942, one young social worker, Irena Sendler, was granted access to t

Lilac Girls: A Novel (Woolsey-Ferriday) By Martha Hall Kelly Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101883082
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 28th, 2017

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • One million copies sold! Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this remarkable debut novel reveals the power of unsung women to change history in their quest for love, freedom, and second chances.

The White Queen: A Novel (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels) By Philippa Gregory Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416563693
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Published: Washington Square Press - April 6th, 2010

The inspiration for the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries The White Queen, #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings to life the extraordinary story of Elizabeth Woodville, a woman who rises from obscurity to become Queen of England, and changes the course of history forever.

Elizabeth Woodville is a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition.

The Night Olivia Fell By Christina McDonald Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501184000
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Published: Gallery Books - February 5th, 2019

In the vein of Big Little Lies and Reconstructing Amelia comes an emotionally charged domestic suspense novel about a mother unraveling the truth behind how her daughter became brain dead. And pregnant.

A search for the truth.

Just Between Us: A Novel By Rebecca Drake Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250167200
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - January 9th, 2018

"Twisty and compelling [...] a terrific read." — Associated Press

"Compulsively readable... Just Between Us winds its roller-coaster plot around our tendency to see exactly what we are looking for—while our little lies take on dangerous lives of their own." — O, The Oprah Magazine

Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children's Home Society By Judy Christie, Lisa Wingate Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593156704
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 2nd, 2021

The compelling, poignant true stories of victims of a notorious adoption scandal—some of whom learned the truth from Lisa Wingate’s bestselling novel Before We Were Yours and were reunited with birth family members as a result of its wide reach

America's First Daughter: A Novel By Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062347268
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 1st, 2016