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What if there were an army of indie booksellers enthusiastically reading and reviewing practically every new book coming out in the next year, and what if the books they were the most excited about, the books they couldn't wait to push into their customers' hands with a breathless "You've GOT to read this!" (virtually or otherwise), the ones with all the nine- and ten-star ratings were carefully curated and collected in a handy list? Well, all we can say is...KEEP READING!

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The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke by Andrew LawlerAs a bookseller on Roanoke Island, I have seen and/or carry possibly every book written on The Lost Colony so I approached this book with some wariness--and then, despite thinking I knew everything there was to know, couldn't put it down!

Lawler does an astounding job trying to get to the bottom of every single theory ever attached to America's oldest history mystery. The last two decades of digs and research have uncovered new discoveries and he goes to ground on these most current theories as well as every theory proposed since 1587. His research and willingness to explore each rabbit hole--farther than anyone I've ever read--is incredible and exhaustive.

I already know this is going to be my number one non-fiction/history pick for summer 2018.

The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke by Andrew Lawler ($29.95*, Doubleday Books), recommended by Downtown Books, Manteo, NC.