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Dead Letters Cover Image
$27.00
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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The Refugees Cover Image
$25.00
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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A Book of American Martyrs Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062643049
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Published: Ecco Press - February 7th, 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.


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Stolen Beauty Cover Image
$26.00
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. 


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A List of Cages Cover Image
$17.99
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.


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A Gentleman in Moscow Cover Image
$27.00
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.


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Another Brooklyn Cover Image
$22.99
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.


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A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, Book One) Cover Image
$17.99
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. 


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Barkskins Cover Image
$32.00
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.


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Mothering Sunday: A Romance Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101947524
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 19th, 2016

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


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Vango: Between Sky and Earth Cover Image
$9.99
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. 

Stunning.


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Septimania Cover Image
$27.95
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. 


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When We Collided Cover Image
$17.99
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.


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The Wild Robot Cover Image
$16.99
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! 


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Relief Map Cover Image
$15.95
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! 


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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Cover Image
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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.


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The Face: A Time Code Cover Image
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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.


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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
$16.00
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


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In Other Words Cover Image
By Jhumpa Lahiri, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
$26.95
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. 


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Girl Through Glass Cover Image
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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. 

 


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The Improbability of Love Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101874141
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - November 3rd, 2015

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. 


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Tales of Accidental Genius: Stories Cover Image
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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! 


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The Japanese Lover Cover Image
$28.00
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! 


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The Keepers: The Box and the Dragonfly Cover Image
By Ted Sanders, Iacopo Bruno (Illustrator)
$7.99
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!

 


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Bats of the Republic: An Illuminated Novel Cover Image
$27.95
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!  


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The Rest of Us Just Live Here Cover Image
$17.99
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.


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Through the Window Cover Image
$15.95
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!  


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The Road Not Taken: Finding America in the Poem Everyone Loves and Almost Everyone Gets Wrong Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594205835
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Published: Penguin Press - August 18th, 2015

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!! 


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Fortune Smiles: Stories Cover Image
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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. 


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Orbiting Jupiter Cover Image
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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. 


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The Book of Unknown Americans Cover Image
$24.95
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.  

 


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Magonia Cover Image
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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. 


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War of the Encyclopaedists Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781476775425
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 19th, 2015

This story takes you places that you don't want to go at a thrill-ride pace, onl to discover that you may not want to leave. 

What are you going to believe as the truth ? The story the narrator tells us or the re-telling of the events on the group's wikipedia page? 

A smart, quick-witted story of friendship & war told with great humor and detail. A rare collaboration debut novel hat I never thought I would pick up, turned into a story I could not put down!


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Burning Down George Orwell's House Cover Image
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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.


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Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life Cover Image
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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. 

 


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Girl in the Moonlight Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062358325
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 12th, 2015

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


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Get in Trouble: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
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. 


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About Grief: Insights, Setbacks, Grace Notes, Taboos Cover Image
$22.95
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. 


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The Book of Speculation Cover Image
$26.99
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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The First Bad Man Cover Image
$25.00
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.

 


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Magic for Beginners Cover Image
By Kelly Link, Shelley Jackson (Illustrator)
$16.00
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. 


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The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781843915362
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Published: Hesperus Press - February 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.  


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The Rabbit Back Literature Society Cover Image
$25.99
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?


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Honeydew: Stories Cover Image
$25.00
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".  


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Against the Country Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781400062690
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Published: Random House - January 6th, 2015

I'll be the first to admit,this novel isn't for everyone. A book of sharp vignettes about growing up in rural Virginia that "Attacks our National Myth". Told with gothic humor, you might not always agree with what Metcalf has to say. Metcalf pushes the envelope to give the reader a more authentic view of growing up surrounded by the failed, flawed and cast-off. 


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The Illusion of Separateness Cover Image
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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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The Book of Strange New Things Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780553418842
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Published: Hogarth - October 28th, 2014

This new novel is in sharp contrast to The Crimson Petal & the White. 

Peter & his wife Bea are both of the USIC faith. Soon after the novel opens, Peter reluctantly leaves Bea behind on a mission to another galaxy & planet to convert the inhabitants found there.

Upon his arrival, Peter discovers that the natives have already been convertend & have renamed the Bible The Book of Strange New Things. 

His misson already completed by others, Peter becomes more and more immersed in the new culure instead of returning home; even as missives from Bea start to become more and more alarming.

At first glance, I didn't think that Faber would catch me with this plot. I'm glad I gave this a chance because this haunting novel isn't just about another world, it is a thoughtful observation of faith, love, distance and endurance.  


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Conversion Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399167775
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Published: Putnam Publishing Group - July 1st, 2014

I really enjoyed this dual-narrative read that was inspired by the Le Roy, New York mystery illness of 2012 outbreak.
The fascinating juxtaposition of the modern outbreak and the 1692 Salem witch trials makes you wonder if what really happened in Salem may have been an outbreak of Conversion Disorder.


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The Eternal Wonder Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781480439702
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Published: Open Road Media E-Riginal - 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".

 


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Matched Cover Image
$9.99
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!

 


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A Guide to Being Born Cover Image
$16.00
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.

 


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The Golden Gate Cover Image
$15.95
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.


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The Shadow of the Wind Cover Image
$17.00
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.


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The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out Cover Image
$25.00
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. 

 


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I Knew You'd Be Lovely Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780307886033
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Published: Broadway Books - July 5th, 2011

The author’s debut, this is an amazing short story collection. If you like Jhumpa Lahiri (The Namesake, Interpreter of Maladies) this one should be on your list to read.


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Vampires in the Lemon Grove: And Other Stories Cover Image
$16.00
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.


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The Blood of Flowers Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780316065771
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 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.


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The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060012359
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Published: HarperTrophy - 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.  

 


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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060853976
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - 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...


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Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel Cover Image
$16.00
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. 


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Days in the History of Silence Cover Image
By Merethe Lindstrom, Anne Bruce (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590515952
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Published: Other Press (NY) - August 27th, 2013

The layers of silence, both past and present are beautifully crafted and woven within the story of Eva and Simon; whereas from the outside it looks as though they have a comfortable life together and everything is perfect.

 


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The Last Policeman Cover Image
$14.95
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.  


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Annie's Ghosts Cover Image
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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** 


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The Panopticon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385347952
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Published: Hogarth Press - April 22nd, 2014

Meet Anais, a fifteen year-old foster care kid that knows "I'm an experiment, I always have been." She has no memory of what happened, covered in blood, and sitting in the back of a police car; She's heading to a place for counter-culture outlaws...Panopticon.  This debut novel was a refreshing, amazing, out-of-the-box read. 


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Wither Cover Image
$10.99
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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A Northern Light Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780152053109
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Published: Harcourt Paperbacks - September 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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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translator)
$25.95
ISBN: 9780385352109
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - August 12th, 2014

Distractedly beautiful. Murakami crafts a story that will mesmerize you, make you think, see the world in a different light and make you love the others in your own life more. I don't know how he does it, but he has done it again.                  


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We Are Not Ourselves Cover Image
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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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Dear Thief Cover Image
$15.99
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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Paris Red Cover Image
$24.95
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: 9780307952493
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - September 16th, 2014

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.  


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Boo Cover Image
$14.95
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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$27.00
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.