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Every month, Belletrist features a different book and a favorite independent bookstore, both chosen by Emma Roberts + Karah Preiss.

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March Book Pick

The Ghost Notebooks

by Ben Dolnick

A supernatural story of love, ghosts, and madness as a young couple, newly engaged, become caretakers of a historic museum.

When Nick Beron and Hannah Rampe decide to move from New York City to the tiny upstate town of Hibernia, they aren't exactly running away, but they need a change. Their careers have flatlined, the city is exhausting, and they've reached a relationship stalemate. Hannah takes a job as live-in director of the Wright Historic House, a museum dedicated to an obscure nineteenth-century philosopher, and she and Nick swiftly move into their new home. The town’s remoteness, the speed with which Hannah is offered the job, and the lack of museum visitors barely a blip in their consideration.

At first, life in this old, creaky house feels cozy—they speak in Masterpiece Theater accents and take bottles of wine to the swimming hole. But as summer turns to fall, Hannah begins to have trouble sleeping and she hears whispers in the night. One morning, Nick wakes up to find Hannah gone. In his frantic search for her, Nick will discover the hidden legacy of Wright House: a man driven wild with grief, and a spirit aching for home.

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Featured Bookstore of the Month:
Literati, Ann Arbor Michigan

Literati Bookstore is an independent bookstore in downtown Ann Arbor. They are located right in the heart of downtown, a few blocks from the University of Michigan's campus. They opened on March 31, 2013 in the hopes of adding and enhancing the vibrant downtown culture and arts scene. Literati aims to be a place where book lovers can go, talk, and interact with each other. They also host author readings, book clubs, poetry nights, and anything else we can think of. But most of all: they want to be a welcoming bookstore. A place to discover something new. A place to discover a new idea, place, or world. They also have a book coming out this March ‘Notes from a Public Typewriter’.

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