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ISBN-13: 9780812994995
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House, 10/2014


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.

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


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.

The Woman Upstairs (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780307743763
Availability: In Stock at Warehouse – Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage, 3/2014


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.

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


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.

Beautiful You (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780385538039
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Published: Doubleday, 10/2014


Beautiful You, the sexy new satire by shock-master Chuck Palahniuk, is not for the faint of heart. This is not your grandmother's book, or a gift you'd buy your mother, perhaps, but you can certainly enjoy it in the privacy of your own bed. The book is graphic, let's be honest. Palahniuk is commenting on the mass commodification of the sexual pleasure industry, and in particular how sex, especially, and also fashion and media are "sold" to women. The book's protagonist, Penny Harrigan, is a normal working woman whose relationship with antagonist and dotcom-mogul-turned-sex-toy-barron, C. Linus Maxwell, forever changes her body, mind, and life. Maxwell approaches his sex toy empire with the obsession of a scientist and his research with the reckless abandon of a Casanova. Many dark secrets lie within this book and its plot, with a heavy dose of irony, cultural commentary, and fast-paced storytelling that makes Palahniuk the leader of The Cult that he is. Readers will probably either love this book or hate it, but they won't forget it anytime soon. The ideas and the images remain, even after the vibration wears off. Give it a shot. I dare you.

ISBN-13: 9780393240238
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 9/2014


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!

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


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.

The Snow Queen (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780374266325
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 5/2014


Cunningham is a master of digging deeply into the may layers of creative angst. In all four of these characters, he shows us the delight, despair, illusion and clarity of the creative process. Whether it is dealing with art, fashion, or dying, his writing is profound, thoughtful and beautiful.

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


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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