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The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid Cover Image
By Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062342454
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - October 24th, 2017

Charlie is lucky to be the son of an American diplomat, he gets to visit places all over the world with his father, but he has no friends and he is bored, so bored. 
The only thing he has found to resolve the ennui (Ennui: ahn-wee: A feeling of discontent resulting from lack of interest; boredom) is to make up and write stories about all the people he sees in the cafés and shops while his father is working in France. 
Everything changes when he discovered that his extra special engraved fountain pen has been stolen.

Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062402363
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - October 10th, 2017

This book has everything! Flight on boards that defy gravity, robots, dinosaurs, ladies from Victorian times Women pilots & pirates. 
A can't-put-down high-action tale across time and waves that will keep you at the edge of your seat. An Absolutely enthralling, thrilling adventure perfect for all!

The Heart's Invisible Furies Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524760786
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Published: Hogarth Press - August 22nd, 2017

A photograph, new friends and a new start. 
Opening in disgrace due to bitter circumstances, this coming to age story in 1950’s Ireland is as much a portrait of a changing society as it is a masterfully woven tale of acceptance and grace. 

One Thousand White Women (20th Anniversary Edition): The Journals of May Dodd: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250154705
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - August 1st, 2017

"It spite of efforts to convince the reader to the contrary, this book book is entirely a work of fiction" -Author's note

Inspired by an actual 1854 event, this is one of the best historical fiction novels I've ever read. Already read this title? Re-read it before reading his new title Vengeance of Mothers where Mary's story continues!

The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II Cover Image
By Svetlana Alexievich, Richard Pevear (Translator), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translator)
ISBN: 9780399588723
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Published: Random House - July 25th, 2017

The vignettes painstakingly documented on these pages reveal the hidden side of the prism of war.
At times memory, at times confessions, these true accounts finally permit us a view of the past that textbooks overlook to tell the tales of the battles within the war. 
Each story will leave you breathless and pondering

Hum If You Don't Know the Words Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399575068
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - July 11th, 2017

I finished this novel in a day. A beautiful woven story full of tenderness, suspense and quick-wit that will have you on the edge of tears one moment and dabbing them away from laughter the next. A refreshing bright and thoughtful debut.

The Readymade Thief Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735221833
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Published: Viking - August 1st, 2017

Lee is seventeen and ready to head to college when she takes the fall for her best friend. The simple act not only changes Lees path in life, it leads her into the world of of a S.A;. a group of misfits that throw lavish costume parties. As Lee discovers more about the group, she finds that she is more than an invited guest.

An absolutely addictive, can't-put-down high-speed debut.

I Hear Your Voice Cover Image
By Young-Ha Kim, Krys Lee (Translator)
ISBN: 9780544324473
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Published: Mariner Books - July 11th, 2017

A look at the forgotten, overlooked outcasts of South Korea; This tale of two orphans will pull you in with an extraordinary unexplainable magic trick, take you to places you may not want to go and remind you of the power of friendship. The wild ride will mesmerizes you then surprise you. Couldn't put this novel down. 

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ISBN: 9781250079572
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Published: Flatiron Books - July 11th, 2017

Daisy’s disappearance is big news in her small town and as each person that knew her shares their narrative of what they thought happened; what unfolds is a beautiful, raw and hopeful portrait of a town and its people searching for atonement amid the bitterness of loss. 
A hauntingly dark and powerful debut.

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ISBN: 9781616205225
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Published: Algonquin Books - July 11th, 2017

"That is part of the greatest danger to our souls, a pride that can come when we set ourselves apart to be servants, but then assume that our servanthood makes us better" (Page 167). 

This debut novel is as much a meditation on the ways of Amish & the past it is a reflection of today's world and possible future.

Mothers and Other Strangers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938849893
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Published: Prospect Park Books - May 2nd, 2017

This book grabs you at the opening lines and won't let you go. 
Elsie dreams of fire and doesn't fully understand how deep her mother's ties to a group called the Seekers was until her mother's death. The discovery of a bundle of photos & a priceless ring take Elsie from her home in Canada to Africa on a journey that leads her to the past she never knew she had.

A stunning, rich and heartfelt debut of suspense.

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ISBN: 9781616957827
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Published: Soho Teen - June 13th, 2017

Marnie knows she doesn't fit in; she and her brother have been raised by there eccentric grandmother ever since their mother disappeared; and she has taken up reading tea leaves after reading a book found buried on a bookshelf. Soon everyone wants a reading, but when Marnie starts reading signs outside teacups, she finds herself in the middle of solving her town's biggest missing person case. 
A smart, thoughtful tale of suspense... with tea!

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385534246
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Published: Doubleday Books - April 18th, 2017

A riveting, unimaginable & utterly astonishing look into Native American history that will hold you in suspense till the last page. 
What Grunn reveals thanks to his research of primary and unpublished materials is the sinister web of plots that lead to the mysterious and brutal deaths of the Osage by the hands of those that were there to protect their wealth.

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ISBN: 9780345527868
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 11th, 2017

A unbelievably raw and heartbreaking tale of undying hope & love, this fast-paced travel mystery will have you on the edge of your seat shortly after the opening pages.

Edgar and Lucy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250096982
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 7th, 2017

The unlikely tale of love that unfolds within these pages will start out a soft whisper only to spin you around till you find yourself  somewhere shadowy and peculiar. This story captures the imagination and will leave you breathless. 

Emotional, intimate and richly detailed, I found myself seeking out a bottle of Chanel No. 5 just so I could better imagine Edgar's world. 

Dead Letters Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399588853
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Published: Random House - February 21st, 2017

A Beautifully crafted, Simply brilliant & mesmerizing debut of suspense. At first, wasn't sure I wanted to read a twin story. To my surprise, I couldn't stop thinking about Ava & Zelda as the story unfolded; the twists and turns kept me guessing and rethinking what I thought I knew about Zelda and Ava. The attention to detail is amazing, the story of a puzzle within clues is cunning & crafted perfectly upon the page, will you catch on to the hide-and- seek Zelda puts on? It's all there in the letters...

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ISBN: 9780802126399
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Published: Grove Press - February 7th, 2017

  An eloquent and detailed collection of aspirations and dreams tells of those torn between two worlds, the country and family left behind in trade for a distant place of hope and desires fulfilled. Each chapter is an experience of memory suffused with subtle moments that will leave you breathless.

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ISBN: 9780062643056
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Published: Ecco Press - October 10th, 2017

I'll be honest: in all my years of selling books, I had never read anything by Joyce Carol Oates. As I sit here in my sublime book-hangover, I can't believe I waited this long to find my way to reading what Oates has given to the literary world. I'm not sure I can write a review worthy enough to express how this raw and striking tale of two families is told. 
An exquisite portrait of one most provocative topics of our time told with unexpected and deep intimacy.

Stolen Beauty Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501131981
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Published: Atria Books - February 7th, 2017

Albanese detailed prose transports you between the 1900 Vienna art world where everything is beautiful, dazzling and forty years later when Maria (Adele's niece) and her family are forced from their Austrian home by the Nazis. 

One of the best and will researched historical fiction reads I've read in a long time this family story of love, survival and sacrifice will have transfixed from the first chapter. 

A List of Cages Cover Image
ISBN: 9781484763803
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - January 10th, 2017

Adam & Julian are friends made brothers. Adam is a senior just trying to finish High School, Julian is the quiet freshman kid who likes to keep to himself, write stories, stays out of trouble & spends his lunch hour in a secret room in the school theater.
As the school counselor helps Julian to work thorough the loss of his parents, there is more than meets the eye.
When the truth of Julian's living situation is revealed, both of their lives are put on the line. This raw, heartbreaking story is one that beautifully speaks to the true meaning of friendship, brotherhood & family; You will need time to let this amazing debut sink in, and will linger long after the story is over.

A Gentleman in Moscow Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670026197
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Published: Viking - September 6th, 2016

Once you meet Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt you won't forget him; He has "been know to fence with a quill" believing that "All poetry is a call to action" and he claims to have returned to Russia because he missed the climate. 
The way in which the Count's story of confinement is beautifully woven and influenced by the ever- changing Russia that unfolds beyond the doors will transport you to a different time and place and draw you in. 
Intelligent and rich in detail; a story you will want to linger over and revisit. I am so glad that the author took his own advice and took the leap to write this novel --"For what matters in life is not whether we receive a round of applause; what matters is whether we have the courage to venture forth despite the uncertainty of acclaim." Brava & Encore to the author.

Another Brooklyn Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062359988
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Published: Amistad Press - August 9th, 2016

"A beautiful portrait of longing, memory, friendship and betrayal that is as raw and sharp as it is true and tender. The rhythm of writing mirrors Brooklyn in a way that will have you finishing the pages before you are ready to let August and her story go.

A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, Book One) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553535907
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - September 20th, 2016

I finishished this in a day. I could not put this Victorian tale of magic, tricks & monsters down. As London & England's future hangs in the balance, Henretta must learn who her true friends are & face the truth of her past to overcome the ancient forces that wish only to destroy everything & everyone in their way. 

Barkskins Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743288781
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 14th, 2016

A dazzlingly detailed & dramatic ecological fiction that is vibrant, complex & raw. Proulx crafts a family saga around two families that is a stunning, fierce tale of the past that is also a look into the future.

Mothering Sunday: A Romance Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101971727
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Published: Vintage - January 10th, 2017

The most beautiful, deep & affecting work I've read this year.  Simply put? Sublime.

Vango: Between Sky and Earth Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763687816
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 12th, 2016

A fast-paced, beautifully woven crime, mystery & historical fiction novel that had me hooked from the first page. 


Septimania Cover Image
ISBN: 9781468312485
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Published: Overlook Press - April 5th, 2016

Spring 1978; Cambridge, England. Malory, an organist has a one-time, intoxicationg and life-changing encounter with Louiza who just earned her PhD and tells Malory i=u before she disappears. 

When We Collided Cover Image
ISBN: 9781619638457
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - April 5th, 2016

Brilliantly crafted, heartbreaking beautiful & honest, I have never read something that took on the details of grief, love & mental illness with so much thoughtfulness, understanding & hope. 

Simply Stunning.

The Wild Robot Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316381994
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 5th, 2016

A new and imaginative lost-on-an-island adventure (with Robots!) from one of my favorite authors. This is a wonderful read aloud book! 

Relief Map Cover Image
ISBN: 9781941040225
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Published: Tin House Books - March 28th, 2016

A small town with big secrets story that is full of suspense & tension that has kept me reading. What a debut! 

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553447439
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - March 1st, 2016

An engaging, heartbreakingly raw, eye-opening investigation of the epidemic of eviction in America.  Before reading this book, I had no idea that "Eviction can unravel the fabric of a community" or that eviction causes more loss than just a place to call home. Desmond's groundbreaking research will re-define what you think of poverty; the struggles the families he followed will remind you that we are all one paycheck or (even small) event away from finding a similar path before us.

The Face: A Time Code Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632060525
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Published: Restless Books - March 1st, 2016

Wow. This short memoir by one of my favorite authors reflects on  so much more than what she sees in the mirror. The questions that this lyrical meditation brings up makes you see the world differently.

Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids Cover Image
By Meghan Daum (Editor), Meghan Daum (Introduction by), Meghan Daum
ISBN: 9781250081643
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Published: Picador USA - April 5th, 2016

If you are sick of the question "When are you going to have kids?" This book is for you. The sixteen essays found within will remind you that you are not alone & sometimes the dcision not to have kids wasn't your choice

In Other Words Cover Image
By Jhumpa Lahiri, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
ISBN: 9781101875551
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - February 9th, 2016

In an attempt to master Italian, Lahiri moves her family to Rome. "The effort of making the language mine, of possessing it, has a strong resemblance to a creative process." How daring, courageous & bold!  Lahiri's attempt to master another language is perfection. 

Girl Through Glass Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062326270
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Published: Harper - January 26th, 2016

This raw & true-to-life, behind the satin & ribbions story will shock you as much as the beauty & grace will mesmeize you. This debut story is brilliantly crafted & simply exquisite. Wilson mira's cult-like, obsessive world is unlike any other author I've read. 


The Improbability of Love Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101872574
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Published: Vintage - September 6th, 2016

Full of suspense & intigue, this art world novel had me hooked at the prologue. If you've ever hoped to find a priceless object at your loval second-hand store, this novel is for you. Wow.I couldn't put this down. 

Tales of Accidental Genius: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062408976
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 10th, 2015

Another wonderful, lush, simple, thought provoking collection from one of my favorite authors

"She belived it was a gift to never truly know the self. We are not who we think we are, nor how others see us...." 

Loved this. A perfect collection to discover Van Booy for the first time! 

The Japanese Lover Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501116971
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Published: Atria Books - November 3rd, 2015

"Alma continued with her silkscreening, as she had done for sixty years, although she no longer sought artistic inspiration in her work, but simply to avoid dying of boredom before her time."  This novel is a simply exquisite, beautifully crafterd, epic love story that will charm you! 

The Keepers: The Box and the Dragonfly Cover Image
By Ted Sanders, Iacopo Bruno (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062275837
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Published: HarperCollins - February 2nd, 2016

A magical box, a dragonfly pendant and an ancient and very secret society. I read over 100 pages before I knew it. This is the first book that gave me the same feeling as reading the first Harry Potter book so long ago. Pure Magic!


Bats of the Republic: An Illuminated Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385539838
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Published: Doubleday Books - October 6th, 2015

This truly weird & wonderful two-story read is unlike anything I've ever read. 

A novel that is set in 1843 Chicago & three hundred years later in the dystopian city-state of The Texas Republic, this love story/mystery will keep you reading. creative, wacky & weird; a book that is gorgeous in both story & art...with Bats!  

The Rest of Us Just Live Here Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062403162
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Published: Harper Teen - October 6th, 2015

Truly an amazing read. Definitely a conversation starter as this senior year/final summer together with friends touches on so many important topics with good humor. A gem of a book, that I know I'll be thinking about often.

Through the Window Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345805508
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Published: Vintage Books - November 20th, 2012

I love Julian Barnes's work. Thanks to this group of essays I discovered Penelope Fitzgerald and her  novel The Blue Flower and Keri Hulme's The Bone People. (and the connection to both) This book is one for book lovers!  

The Road Not Taken: Finding America in the Poem Everyone Loves and Almost Everyone Gets Wrong Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143109570
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Published: Penguin Books - August 16th, 2016

Wow; what a read! I, like so many others Love this poem but even I was surprised to learn that there was more to the poet and his most most famous poem. You think you know this poem? Think again- Amazing!! 

Fortune Smiles: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812997477
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Published: Random House - August 18th, 2015

The stories found within all have a small connection that is fun to catch. These stories are thought provoking, edgy & beautifully written. 

Orbiting Jupiter Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544462229
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Published: Clarion Books - October 6th, 2015

Breathtakingly beautiful & raw. This story of two friends made brothers is a gem of a read. I finished this in a day and I am still thinking about the story. 

The Book of Unknown Americans Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385350846
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 3rd, 2014

"Back then, all we wanted was the simplest things" This first line grabbed me and took me on an unforgettable journey;one with an amazing, unexpected end.

Love, family, hope & dreams all collide in this powerful novel.  


Magonia Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062320520
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Published: HarperCollins - April 28th, 2015

Absolutely captivating. 

This unique fantasy had me from the first chapter and before I know it I had finished over one-hundred pages of this can't-put-down novel. 

Aza Ray's story is full of great humor, friendship, love and hope. 

Burning Down George Orwell's House Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616954949
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Published: Soho Press - May 5th, 2015

“Pouring a glass of whisky felt less like the right thing to do and more like the only thing to do (124).


In this fast-paced detour of a novel, Ray embraces the dream adventure to discover what it would be like to live on an island with no one around on a completely different level; moving to the island where the locals knew Orwell as Mr. Blair; where the locals don’t really want Ray there to sort himself out and there is a very distinct possibility that a werewolf roams the island.

The rich, piquant descriptions of the scotch will have you running off to research so you can enjoy a wee dram of your own. The humor and Ray’s misadventures on Jura will keep you reading.

Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476762098
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 3rd, 2015

"If you feel broken, or know someone who does... we've all been lied to but its no one's fault.." This is the page heading that this book fell open to when I first opened this Amazing book. This is the book I wish I had had years ago and should be part of Everyones sex education.  This book won't just change your sex life, it will change your whole life forever. 

Special P.S. to the author: Thanks & Wow. 


Girl in the Moonlight Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062358325
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 12th, 2015

A bitter-sweet story of friendship, family, love & obsession. Sharp & Beautiful. 

Get in Trouble: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812986495
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Published: Random House Trade - February 9th, 2016

I LOVED this book. My favorite story was the first one, The Summer People.  Kelly Link's prose is amazing. I savored every phrase while also racing through the pages. 

About Grief: Insights, Setbacks, Grace Notes, Taboos Cover Image
ISBN: 9781566638586
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Published: Ivan R. Dee Publisher - September 16th, 2010

Hands down, this is the BEST book about grief. 
I can't say enough about this book. I can't give it enough stars. 
I have hand-sold this to so many friends, neighbors, customers, family members. 
I revisit this book whenever I'm having a difficult day with grief, or helping support others. 

I hope that someday, I can meet the authors of this book to thank them in person. 

The Book of Speculation Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250054807
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Published: St. Martin's Press - June 23rd, 2015

A young librarian. The delivery of a very old book and the discovery of ties to carnival life. If you are a fan of The Night Circus or Geek Love, this one is for you! Quirky, fun, weird and wonderful.

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ISBN: 9781439172568
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Published: Scribner Book Company - January 13th, 2015

"Then I realized that we all think we might be terrible people. But we only reveal this before we ask someone to love us." 


In this first novel, Miranda July takes us by the heart and hand at race car speed to places you may never want to visit but you don't want to miss.


Magic for Beginners Cover Image
By Kelly Link, Shelley Jackson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780812986518
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Published: Random House Trade - July 1st, 2014

Intoxicating, unforgettable, magic. Link's writing is so unique and clever after you finish just one of her stories, you will know you discovered short story writing at its bets, but you still won't know just how she crafts such amazing vignettes. 

The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781843915362
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Published: Hesperus Press - February 1st, 2015

"A Beautifully tragic and thought provoking tale that perfectly reflects the elegance and style of Murakami and the skill and ploting of Julian Barnes." -Good Reads...I couldn't say it better.  

A new favorite of mine.  

The Rabbit Back Literature Society Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250061928
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - January 20th, 2015

The perfect book for book lovers; Are you ready for The Game?

Honeydew: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316297226
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Published: Little Brown and Company - January 6th, 2015

I love how pearlman takes a slice of life in her short stories and shines a light on one small moment to reflect on the true "Predicaments of being human".  

The Illusion of Separateness Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062248459
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 29th, 2014

"In a sense we are all prisoners of some memory, or fear, or disappointment-we are all defined by something we can't change."

After reading this beautifully crafted novel, you'll want to re-read it and set out to commit random acts of kindness of your own. This novel; inspired by true events, reminds us that we are all connected...everyday.


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ISBN: 9781480439702
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Published: Open Road Media - October 22nd, 2013

The manuscript for this novel; Pearl's last book, was found after 40 years. It is one of the best books I've read in a very long time. The story of Rann was truly mesmerizing and gave me a "Book hangover".


Matched Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142419779
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Published: Speak - September 20th, 2011

Cassia lives in a society where you are matched by officials. Will Cassia stay with the person she is matched with or follow her heart? Couldn't put this book down!


A Guide to Being Born Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594632686
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 6th, 2014

This is a perfect summer read! Ausubel's fantastical style reminds me of Karen Russell; however, this is a unique collection of stories; a journey through the sages of life and the transformations that transpire.


The Golden Gate Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679734574
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Published: Vintage - June 18th, 1991

A beautiful, bittersweet love story that is full of wit and written in poem form. Amazing... simply amazing.

The Shadow of the Wind Cover Image
By Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lucia Graves (Translator)
ISBN: 9780143034902
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Published: Penguin Books - January 25th, 2005

Welcome to the Cemetery of Forgetten Books; where "According to tradition, the first time someone visits this place, he must choose a book, whichever he wants, and adopt it, making sure that it will never disappear..." One of my all-time favorite books about the magic of books.

The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out Cover Image
ISBN: 9781583335277
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Published: Avery Publishing Group - March 4th, 2014

I'm not vegan, but this cookbook was a great find.

I loved the Summertime Cherry-Basil Bruschetta, the Apple Pie Oatmeal is a new breakfast favorite and the Green Monster soothie? Yum. 


Vampires in the Lemon Grove: And Other Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307947475
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Published: Vintage Books - January 14th, 2014

Russell's imaginative, textured, funny & quirky stort story world makes this the perfect twisted & fun read for summer.

The Blood of Flowers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316065771
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 1st, 2008

If you liked the Kite Runner, you'll love this debut novel.

How far will the main character go to have a chance to weave a priceless rug?

This love story inspired by a true experience will stay with you.

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060012359
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Published: HarperCollins - August 12th, 2008

The best, laugh-out-loud funny re-telling of the pied piper story ever; with an amazing cat & rats that both can talk!

A book where you learn that EEEEKKK! Is not a word.  


Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060853976
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Published: William Morrow & Company - August 7th, 2007

A book where you find out that the demon doesn't always want to be good. And then, well, the part where they both have to bring the end of time to the world...

Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416586296
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Published: Scribner Book Company - September 7th, 2010

Little House On the Prairie for grown-ups!

Jeannette's grandmother is back with a poweful tale to tell in this true-to-life novel. 

The Last Policeman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594746741
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Published: Quirk Books - June 11th, 2013

The earth has just six months till asteroid 20011GV1 will distroy everything. What would you do? For detective palace, he can't help but do his job.

The 1st book in a 3 book seriesl I just finished World of Trouble (#3 in the series) out in June. 

A pre-apocolyptic series I never though I would read turned into three books I could Not put down.  

Annie's Ghosts Cover Image
ISBN: 9781401310196
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Published: Hyperion - Acquired Assets - May 11th, 2010

"Secrets, I've discovered, have a way of working themselves free of their keepers."  

One of my favorite true & local mysteries.

Steve remembers his mom always saying that she was an only child, but that changes with a single phone call in April of 1995.

** Chosen as the 2013-2014 Great Michigan Read book** 

Wither Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442409064
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - December 6th, 2011

Thanks to the wonders of genetic engineering, Rhine lives in a society where males die at 25 years old & females only live to age 20.  Due to the time limits, girls are kidnapped and sold as brides to have children. Rhine ends up in a world of 'Wealth and privilege" but what happens when what she really wants is Freedom?

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ISBN: 9780152053109
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Published: Harcourt Paperbacks - September 1st, 2004

this is one of my favorite historical fiction novels for young adults.

New York state-1906, 16 year-old Mattie wants badly to attend college to become a writer. While working at the inn to earn money for college, a guest named Grace Brown asks her to burn a stack of secret letters. Shortly after the request, Grace's body is found in the nearby lake; might the letters hold the key to her murder? 


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ISBN: 9781476756677
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 2nd, 2015

This is a debut novel that I'm still thinking about. A bitter-sweet story of how the determination to reach the American Dream can blind to what is truly important. 

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ISBN: 9780062415844
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Published: Ecco Press - April 7th, 2015

Beautiful, thoughtful, dark & sharp, this letter to a best friend, Nina (aka Butterfly) written by the unnamed narrator will absorb you, then stay with you!

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ISBN: 9780393244465
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 20th, 2015

Paris 1862. Artists & Cafes. Once Edouard Manet meets Victorine, and unconventional love blooms and the portrait we know as Olympia comes to life to change the art world forever. A lovely, fun read. 

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ISBN: 9780804171366
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Published: Vintage - May 12th, 2015

This is the perfect read for the outcasts, nerds & others that just don't fit in. Quirky and full of good humor, this novel speaks to the issues of bullying, violence and forgiveness unlike any other book I've read.  

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ISBN: 9780061854149
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Published: Avon Books - September 8th, 2009

One of the best epic love stories I've read in a long time. 

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ISBN: 9781101982334
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Published: Marian Wood Books/Putnam - February 16th, 2016

"For the first minute or two, I do nothing but luxuriate in the smell of the study. It is my favorite smell in the world, a noble smell..." (page 17) Wow. The way Grushin writes is dazzling, her descriptions mesmerize, the memory of her prose is unforgettable and rich. 
Before I had even reached half-way through this book, I went looking for her other two books.

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ISBN: 9780307952509
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Published: Broadway Books - July 14th, 2015

An amazing, eye-opening look at an "unknown" Afghanistan. Nordberg uncovers what is behind a custom that has an unspoken understanding & magic that has been a Hidden Resistance not just in Afghanistan.