Vanguard Spotlight Book of the Month: November 2017

Monthly Reads from ASU-Beebe Students, Faculty and Staff.

ASU-Beebe Employee Favorites

Each month Abington Library will feature a favorite book from a faculty, staff member, or student. They will give a brief synopsis of their chosen book.

Featured ASU-Beebe Staff Member: Sarah Beadle

About Sarah

Sarah Beadle is an Employment Specialist in the Human Resources Department at ASU-Beebe.

About the Book

Review of “The Store” by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo

I’ve always loved James Patterson’s books.  I mainly like to read series, because I find myself invested in the characters, but this time I decided to change things up and read a stand-alone novel.  “The Store” is about a couple, Jacob and Megan Brandeis, who are writers from New York City that suddenly find themselves almost out of a career as the future of writing and publishing is almost extinct.  Their last hope is for The Store – a mega successful online retailer – to publish their latest book.  This rejection is the last straw for the couple and they decide to go undercover to expose The Store for their sneaky, manipulating ways of watching consumers (think big brother meets Amazon) and anticipating the needs and desires they didn’t even know they had.  Jacob and Megan, along with their teenage children Lindsey and Alex, up and move to Newburg, Nebraska after very easily obtaining jobs with The Store’s fulfillment center.  Soon, they find themselves interweaved into the creepy, corporate culture while writing the book.  Megan and the children seem to be brainwashed which makes Jacob want to finish the book even more.  They, along with new found friends of The Store, try to start an intervention on him but he is finally able to escape and goes on the run back to New York to have his old publisher read the book and expose the Store for what it really is.  I won’t give away the ending, but this book really made me think that it may not be too far-fetched for our future to end up similar to “The Store” in some way or another.  If you are looking for a fast paced, suspenseful, and great read, I highly recommend this book.

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