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$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780399166501
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Putnam Juvenile, 1/2015

RECOMMENDED BY CONNIE

Twist some mid January hours into a page turning read! Debut author Maggie Hall has the ticket for you to take off from boredom and enter a world where travel happens at a moment's notice, where every decision about whom to trust can make you feel very lost, and knowing who your family is is dangerous business.

The Conspiracy of Us is a whirlwind adventures of clues, secrets and grabs for power.

Avery doesn't know much about her father or his family and her mom keeps her moving from place to place. Who is Avery? And who can she turn to for answers? Maybe the answers are too deadly to know. Get ready for twists and turns with this debut novel from a local author who has traveled the world.



Redeployment (Hardcover)

$26.95
ISBN-13: 9781594204999
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Published: Penguin Press HC, The, 3/2014

RECOMMENDED BY PHIL

I have read a number of books, fiction and non-fiction, with a theme having to do with war. Nothing I have read captures the damage done to and by individual combatants like this book. Written by Phil Klay, a Marine officer, Iraq war veteran, Redeployment is fiction - short stories. However, each story written from the perspective of a returning Iraq war veteran captures the individual psychological impact of war There seems to be nothing fiction about these stories. There is nothing partisan or necessarily anti-war. They simply ask the reader to be aware of the human cost of war, to think long and hard before using military force as the first option in resolving international conflict. I think Phil Klay is a brilliant young writer. His stories are gripping and disturbing, but well worth reading.



$16.95
ISBN-13: 9780767919418
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Published: Anchor, 6/2014

RECOMMENDED BY JOE

In 1927, my father was ten years old, and I wasn't even a dream in his sleep. He was reading about Sacco and Vanzetti, Babe Ruth, Charles Lindbergh, the great flood on the Mississippi River, flagpole sitting, and a hundred other things going on that summer. I was totally entranced by 1927, and Bryson, whom I think of as a modern day Robert Benchley, captured me completely with this lively history. I finished it at the end of January and it stayed with me all year.



$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781616204518
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 12/2014

RECOMMENDED BY SUSAN

I walked into A.J. Fikry’s life at Island Books and it was heaven. Quirky, endearing, and even grumpy characters perfectly illustrate the joy and power of connecting with people over books. Lives change and lives are enriched by books, and this basically simple story about a bookstore owner and a publisher’s representative is anything but simple. With laughter and tears, with love and friendship, the characters are amazingly alive on the pages. To quote the author ‘Every word is the right word and exactly where it should be’. Zevin’s novel was an immense pleasure to read. I applaud Algonquin Books for finding this wonderful story and giving it to the rest of us to treasure.



$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780374280604
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 10/2014

RECOMMENDED BY PHIL

This true story is that of 33 miners trapped 2000 feet below the surface, the result of an explosion that completely cut them off from the world above. For me, it was terrifying even to imagine their situation let alone to have to live through it. These were everyday, average people whose story became famous as the world watched their rescue unfolding. Tobar gives voices to the individuals who were trapped, their families and those committed to their extraordinary rescue. We know they survive, but how that remarkable achievement was realized and what all involved had to endure makes this a book you won't put down. I did not anyway.



$28.00
ISBN-13: 9780812994995
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Published: Random House, 10/2014

RECOMMENDED BY AMANDA

The debut book of Girls director, producer, and writer Lena Dunham, Not That Kind of Girl is the type of chronicle well-suited for today's modern young woman trying to make her way in the world. Dunham's candor about sex, jobs, beauty and even her own mental illness disregards any stigma about talking about taboo subjects, and her witty, sardonic storytelling will keep readers turning the pages even if they can't totally relate to her tales. I'd recommend this book especially to Gen-Y and Gen-Xers and also to old school feminists interested in the plights of young women today. The book's design is a throw back to Helen Gurley Brown's Sex and the Single Girl and illustrations by Joana Avillez make this book a fun little package for the holidays.



The Woman Upstairs (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780307743763
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Published: Vintage, 3/2014

RECOMMENDED BY KARIN

Nora Eldridge, a gifted kindergarten teacher, describes herself as “the woman upstairs.” She perceives herself to be the last to be invited to a dinner party or the person overlooked at a party. Her dreams of being an artist and having a family lie buried. This perception changes dramatically when Reza, a charismatic little boy enters her classroom. Through her relationship with Reza and his parents, Nora enters a glamorous, unpredictable world where she is revered and challenged, and she experiences both exhilaration and terror. The author describes her conflict with such subtlety and grace, I read the novel in one sitting and immediately wanted friends to read it so that we could discuss it.



$24.95
ISBN-13: 9780393240238
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 10/2014

RECOMMENDED BY AMANDA

I love, love, LOVE this book! I ripped through it on one long day traveling, and it became one of my favorite books of this fall season. Caitlin Doughty is funny as hell, smart as all-get-out, and the most honest death worker you might ever meet. Written over the course of her term working at a crematorium in LA then going to mortician’s school, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes will cause you to rethink your ideas and deeply entrenched attitudes about death and what we do with the body post-mortem. Herein lies hilarious stories about cremation, social studies of death across cultures worldwide, and Doughty’s own hard-fought nuggets of wisdom gained while working on the job in the completely unglamorous world of the funeral industry. This book will not disappoint you, not one bit, so read it!



$18.00
ISBN-13: 9780143126683
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Published: Penguin Books, 5/2014

RECOMMENDED BY ELAINE

Good characters, a twisty plot slowly pulls you in and keeps you until the last page. This has been a best seller in Europe, and for good reason.



$30.00
ISBN-13: 9780316055437
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Published: Little, Brown and Company, 10/2013

RECOMMENDED BY AMANDA

Donna Tartt absolutely draws you into the tragic world of our protagonist, Theo Decker, via a string of tragic, surprising, and darkly redemptive acts and accomplices that will leave you stunned in the beginning and stunned at the end. Theo and his best friend Boris remind us that the best intentions can have a dark underbelly and the purest of hearts can have a dark core. Truth, love, beauty, all the virtues of life we hold so dear are up for examination, in line at the guillotine and, in the end, redeemed, though not without the near constant tragedies of death, despair, addiction, and struggle. It’s no wonder this book has won so many prizes and sold so many copies: Tartt’s first book in 10 years, she weaves a deft story with the moral dimensions of a prism, all the microtales shining light upon one another until the brilliant gold piece of art that we follow throughout the 770 pages—The Goldfinch—is illuminated.






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Susan Washburn, January 27, 7pm
My Horse, My Self

Rebecca Scherm, January 30, 7pm
Unbecoming, new debut fiction

Juliana Coles, February 1, 3pm
Visual Journaling

Nancy Hollander, February 3, 7pm
Guantanamo Diary, with Teresa Duncan
ABQ Academy Little Theater
6400 Wyoming Blvd NE

Lawrence Welsh, February 7, 5pm
Begging for Vultures, poetry

Valentin Sandoval, February 8, 3pm
South Sun Rises, new poetry

 

Mark Fleisher, February 14, 3pm
Moments of Time, new poetry

James Penner, February 15, 3pm
Timothy Leary: The Harvard Years

Catherine Dowling, February 17, 7pm
Radical Awareness, an engaged life

Philip Connors, February 19, 7pm
All the Wrong Places, a memoir

Hester Bass, February 21, 10:30 am
Seeds of Freedom, civil rights for kids

Michael Shermer, February 21, 1:30pm
The Moral Arc, with the NM Coalition for 
Excellence in Science & Math Education
Unitarian Church, 3701 Carlisle NE

James McGrath Morris, Feb. 22, 3pm
Eye on the Struggle, on Ethel Payne,
the first lady of the black press

Gabrielle Zevin, February 25, 7pm
The Storied Life of AJ Fikry

Jocelyn Buckley, February 26, 7pm
Submerged in the Prophetic

Kim Gordon, March 1, 7pm
Girl in a Band, new memoir
UNM SUB Ballrooms B&C
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Lisa See, March 10, 7pm
China Dolls, new fiction in paperback

 

Hannah Nordhaus, March 12, 7pm
American Ghost, a true-life ghost story
in conversation with Sharon Niederman

Michael Finklestein, March 26, 7pm
Slow Medicine, on healing

Kirstin Valdez Quade, March 25, 7pm
Night at the Fiestas, new fiction of the SW 

William DeBuys, April 1, 7pm
The Last Unicorn, on rare species

 

Logan Phillips, April 4, 3pm
Sonoran Strange, new poetry

Stuart Woods, April 16, 7pm
Hot Pursuit, new Stone Barrington

Alexander McCall Smith, April 17, 7pm
Emma, A Modern Retelling