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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.

The History of Love (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780393328622
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 5/2006


College-bound Lucinda is found dead in her car in the Bitter River in Acker’s Gap, West Virginia, in Appalachia—where poverty and hopelessness reside among people who still manage to care about each other. Readers met tough Bell Elkins, Prosecuting Attorney, and Sheriff Nick Fogelsong, in Keller’s first book, A Killing in the Hills.  In Bitter River we learn even more about the depth of Bell’s feelings for the people of Acker’s Gap. Keller depicts the atmosphere in this small town perfectly and it is as if one is wearing 3-D glasses because you can picture the people so easily based on Keller’s superb writing skills. Appalachia plays as large a role in this mystery as the characters do and Keller obviously has a great fondness for the area.

ISBN-13: 9780812979329
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2/2013


Everyone should read this prize-winning narrative non-fiction about the inter-connected lives of several families in a slum in India. It will give you a radically different view of globalization and the rise of India than what you may have read in the newspaper.

Wave (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780345804310
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Published: Vintage, 12/2013


Although this is one of the saddest books I have ever read, it also provides a powerful and uplifting story of loss and healing. Don't let the difficult subject matter put you off from reading it. It's a profound read.

ISBN-13: 9781616202460
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 10/2013


Anton and Cecil Cats at Sea by Lisa and Valerie Martin, is about two cat brothers lost at sea. As they try to find each other a prophecy becomes their only hope. A hair raising adventure this is a great book for animal lovers and people who love adventures alike!

ISBN-13: 9781492603832
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark, 8/2014


A well-written tale of Harvard students whose lives are torn apart by the impending Great War. The war forces best friends and family members to declare their loyalties to their countries, which gives rise to increasing prejudice and hate, culminating in a battle to place a WWI Memorial plaque at Harvard honoring German students.

ISBN-13: 9780316204262
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Published: Back Bay Books, 4/2013


Anxiety and art are two of the main themes in this searingly funny story of a mother and daughter with equally strong wills and conflicting personalities. Told through e-mails, interviews, memos, flashbacks and point-of-view narratives, this story feels very immediate, and given the title, we know that someone is going to disappear, so every interaction feels like yet another clue in a building mystery.  Author Maria Semple, TV writer for Mad About You, Ellen and Arrested Development, shows her snark--and also her heart--and you will hope with all of yours that wherever Bernadette went, hopefully, she will find herself.

Mambo in Chinatown (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781594632006
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Published: Riverhead Hardcover, 6/2014


Mambo in Chinatown is a great summer read. It's the sotry of a young American-born Chinese woman struggling to create her own identity. I really like the way the author uses culture to craft the world of the main character Charlie Wong. It's a little bit of an ugly duckling fairytale, but Charlie's journey from noodleshop to ballroom keep it feeling fun and modern.

The Secret of Magic (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780399157721
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Published: Putnam Adult, 1/2014


Coming home to Alabama, a young black veteran named Joe Howard calls his father in Mississippi. Somewhere between that phone call and Alabama, Joe Howard's beaten body washes up on a riverbank in Alabama. What follows is a riveting tale about finding justice when the status quo won't allow it. Set in the 1940s South, we follow Regina Robichard, an attorney for Thurgood Marshall, as she wades through a case twisted by the complex relationships of a segregated town. I enjoyed this book and the layers I had to explore to understand the people who live within it.

ISBN-13: 9780307962904
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Published: Knopf, 4/2014


Astonish Me is a forbidden glimpse into the world of ballet. Joan will neer be the prima ballerina, but her actions place her in the middle of two great ballet stars. Her story is nothing like the aesthetic perfection of dance itself, however there is something poetic in the interwoven characters and the dances they create through the affairs of their desires. The story of Joan will draw you in and have you contemplating the subtle differences that exist between talent and passion.

ISBN-13: 9781451681758
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Published: Scribner, 4/2013


Beautiful, charming, heartbreaking, and extremely well-written. This book was highly recommended to me by a customer, and I pass on that recommendation to you.

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