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The Trump Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know about Living Through What You Hoped Would Never Happen Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062686480
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Published: Dey Street Books - January 10th, 2017

RECOMMENDED BY DEB

This is a very readable book (even enjoyable, which says a lot given the subject matter) that gave me good information and great ideas for how to stay informed and take positive action. It's helping me transform my angst into action. Pick it up, use it, and we'll get through the next four years together.


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The Nix Cover Image
$18.98
ISBN: 9781101946619
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - August 30th, 2016

RECOMMENDED BY PAT

An ambitious first novel, The Nix embraces two generations, several eccentric characters and a plot that rolls back and forth in time. And he does it beautifully. Samuel, the main character, so flawed and yet so likable deals with his current life as a blocked writer teaching at a small college, but the main story is his past and the two women, one being his mother, who abandoned him at an early age. Hill writes with such compassion about these people, I found myself liking all of them, and his use of irony, humor and an in depth study of the fallacy of the American Dream is done with a skilled voice. It is one of the best books I've read this year.


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The Girl Before Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780425285046
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 24th, 2017

RECOMMENDED BY AMANDA

First attracted to this book because of its focus on architecture, I immediately was swept up into its dark love story. A troubled, nearing-middle-age woman, Jane, is desperate to start over after a heartbreaking miscarriage. Emma has lived through a traumatic break-in, and is looking for a new place to lay down roots. Both ladies' fates revolve around the apartment at One Folgate Street, a highly coveted living space that requires endless applications and personal revelations and commitments to become a tenant. A state of the art, brutalist smart house designed by the mysterious Edward Monkton, One Folgate becomes a character herself as the twisted fates of each of these ladies vis a vis its architect are played out. A psychological thriller not to be missed.


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And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer: A Novella Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501160486
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Published: Atria Books - November 1st, 2016

RECOMMENDED BY DEB

And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer and Longer is a sensitive, touching novella about a man, his son, and his son's son. The man is an inspiration to his grandson, something he never found the time to be for his son. Now, he is fading into dementia. And he knows it. With the help of his grandson, he finds a way to say good-bye to those he loves as his recall recedes. His son finds a way to forgive him. And his grandson finds a way to keep the memory of his grandmother, his grandfather's beloved since he was sixteen, alive. It is sad, but it is also sweet.


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The Trees Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781632862839
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - August 2nd, 2016

RECOMMENDED BY PAT

The story is unlike any I’ve ever read. Present day, on a rainy English evening, forests blow out of the ground in a fierce and violent eruption, covering England and Ireland and possibly the entire planet with enormous trees of all kinds, tearing through buildings and people and life as we know it. In hours all things tech or electric are gone. Our hero, Adrian, a depressed ex-school teacher, with major identity issues, is befriended by a woman and her teenaged son, and they leave their destroyed village to find her brother and Adrian’s wife who was in Ireland when the trees came. The journey is full of wonder and disappointment, violence and basic survival, and a growing awareness of another kind of nature, one far more connected and complicated then it seems on the surface. But the internal story is about the human condition, and all the choices we have when culture and order disappear. When all we have left to guide us is our conscience and our gut. When morality is blurred by survival. Shaw writes an exquisite exploration of these themes with no judgement or pretense, and I found it fascinating and believable. His writing is clean, descriptive, and has a wonderful rhythm to it.


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A Perfect Union of Contrary Things Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781495024429
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Published: Backbeat Books - October 2016

RECOMMENDED BY AMANDA

Having followed the career of Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan, I wondered what new things I would learn about him upon picking up his autobiography, A Perfect Union of Contrary Things. The answer: a lot! This as-told-to life story takes us from MJK’s modest midwestern upbringing, through his time as a successful pet store merchandiser, into his many musical and artistic forays, up to his most recent passion, winemaking. We learn how military life influenced his later work as a creative and about some of his family past, including his ancestry in Italian wine country. Some common threads emerge: no man is an island; we all need friendship and support; whatever you do, do it well; never, ever give up. With guest stars from the L.A. rock scene and Maynard’s projects, this is a fun, fast read for rock enthusiasts. Maynard’s 30-year friend, Rolling Stone contributor and co-author, Sarah Jensen, ties it all up for readers with a neat bow.


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There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941040539
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Published: Tin House Books - February 14th, 2017

RECOMMENDED BY AMANDA

This debut poetry collection explores the current African American experience in America. Issues around exoticism, racism, and feminism pervade Parker's polished poems. The author weaves in pop culture icons, hip hop, jazz, personal history, and politics for an inspired look at the intersections of lust and rejection, oppression and resistance, mythology and history. Highly recommend!


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The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802124944
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Published: Grove Press - April 12th, 2016

RECOMMENDED BY PAT

I don't often read war novels. But I wanted to see why this first time novelist won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature this year. It is because he is a fantastic writer and he tells an amazing story. It is the end of the Viet Nam war and the Americans are pulling out taking only a select number of supporters with them. Our unlikely hero, is one of the lucky ones. Born of a Vietnamese mother and a European Catholic priest father, he is also a double agent, trained in warfare and torture by the CIA and yet reporting regularly to the communist regime. And he is trying to live in America. His first person monologue on war, on being Asian, on being Asian in America, and on Americans in general is so wise, so profound and so true, I found myself reading passages over again, just to fully understand his insights. And the story is great as well. Caught up in the delusions of the general he serves still in the bay area, and his own feelings about the superior nature of communism, he agrees to return to Viet Nam to try to retake his country. This is a story so full of human frailty and imperfection, that all humans can relate to it. It's not an easy read, but it is a great story by a writer who has much to say about the human condition.


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Security Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781616205621
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 7th, 2016

RECOMMENDED BY NATTY

This is quite possibly one of the most unique and fantastically disturbed novels I have ever read. Wohlsdorf's writing is like nothing I have come across before. Strong characters, nail biting suspense, murder, and a love story all in one, this novel is not for the faint of heart, but if you are looking for a dark thriller that will keep you in suspense, check out Security.


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Lust & Wonder: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780312342036
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 29th, 2016

RECOMMENDED BY AMANDA

Augusten Burroughs is back in the game with a book that might rival Running With Scissors and Dry as one of his best. Lust & Wonder explores Burroughs three of Burroughs’ long-term adult relationships, as his navigates his own sobriety, communication and the “dailiness” of being in a relationship, what it means to be faithful to yourself and a partner, and how we accept our partners most detrimental flaws and endearing traits. Though Burroughs describes homosexual relationships in particular, and what that looks like in New York City, this book will appeal to anyone who loves the sardonic humor of Burroughs’ previous work and anyone who has survived an LTR.


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The 100 Year Miracle Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250082220
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 24th, 2016

RECOMMENDED BY NATTY

I picked this one up on a whim, and after a few pages I was hooked. It is full of highly relatable characters who I immediately cared for. Add a scientific phenomenon, otherworldly events (that oddly don't seem out of place), and an honest view of pain in many forms, and find yourself submerged. Ream writes each character so well it is not at all hard to fall into their stories, and not come out for awhile.


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The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781492623441
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - January 19th, 2016

RECOMMENDED BY CONNIE

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is an endearing story that entwines place, people and purpose. When a visitor from Sweden arrives in a small Iowa community Broken Wheel goes on the mend. Books and a bookstore are the tonic that is needed to nourish hearts and souls too accustomed to feeling run down and cast away. Bivald uses books like a trellis that supports the townspeople as they stretch and grow. As each character climbs, the town becomes stronger.


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Larose Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062277022
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Published: Harper - May 10th, 2016

RECOMMENDED BY PAT

Tragedy was the center of Louise Erdrich's last novel and it is what begins this one, a horrific accident which throws the two families involved into unknown territories of heartbreak and revenge. How the main characters, of which there are many, deal with life after death is the core of this story and Louise, with her amazing insight into human motivation and nature brings us into these lives with an authentic and lyrical voice. This book is a joy to read. Ordinary events become luminous with her storytelling and because her characters are human first and Indian second, the rituals and history of her culture enlighten rather than distract. It is a wonderful read and a gracious ending. If you liked Round House, you will love LaRose.


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Most Wanted Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250010131
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 12th, 2016

RECOMMENDED BY SUSAN

Lisa Scottoline excels at giving readers real characters with real situations and she makes us think "what would I do in this situation?" Christine thought she would never be pregnant because her husband, Marcus, has no viable sperm. After months of agonizing over the many sperm donors available, they pick one and she is now two months pregnant. A time of joy, until she sees a TV news broadcast and realizes the man arrested as a serial killer looks just like their sperm Donor #3319. This is a very frustrating journey with tension increasing page by page as Christine gets more involved in the search to find out the truth. Amazing storytelling and the kind of book that once you start it, it stays in your mind constantly until you can finish it.


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Nowhere Girl Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250042859
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - March 1st, 2016

RECOMMENDED BY SUSAN

Cady and Savannah are twins and twins have a relationship that the rest of us will never really understand. They are in high school and the day that Savannah is late and makes Cady miss the bus, Cady knows immediately that something horrific has happened but no one will believe her until Savannah’s body is found. For years, Cady, an author, hears Savannah’s voice in her head and in her dreams, and it happens so often and intensely that Cady is consumed by it. Her marriage is falling apart, she is falling apart, her writing is dark and she is very unhappy person. Cady wants to understand the mind of serial killers and interviews a killer in prison. When the police reopen the cold case of the murder, Cady is right there, trying to help. As we learn more and more about Savannah and what was going on in her life at that time, the pieces start to come together. Except….. just when you think you know who the killer is, it goes off in another direction and you are wrong.


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One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780804169783
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Published: Vintage - February 3rd, 2015

RECOMMENDED BY AMANDA

This is a hilarious collection featuring Novak's trademark sardonic irony. A few of the stories really kill, including the love bot story, the John Grisham best-seller reimagining, and the story about the author's grandmother groupie. If you can, check this out in audio, wihich features many voices from The Office.


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The Age of Reinvention Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781476776347
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Published: Atria Books - December 2015

RECOMMENDED BY SUSAN

The reinvention happens when Arab Samir Tahar feels he is being discriminated against in the job market so he uses his best friend’s name and family history and says he is Jewish.  He rises high in the world of criminal law.  He is smug, smart and determined to be the best, richest, most envied man on the planet..  He isn’t a lovable person but he is fascinating.   It begins to fall apart when his childhood friend, Samuel, sees him on TV and sees how wealthy and powerful he is.  Samuel lives at poverty level in France.  He is extremely bitter about his own life, his wife’s long ago affair with Samir, and about Samir stealing his name and history.  Samuel, the failure, writes a bestselling novel and the truth starts to come out.   It doesn’t take long for Samir to start falling from the top of the heap.  Translated from the French, I started out thinking I would just read a few pages and then finish it ‘one of these days’.  Well, it hooks you right off the bat and I read it in two days.  Karine Tuil’s has a powerful command of language and it was a pleasure to read her words.


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Orphan X Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250067845
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Published: Minotaur Books - January 19th, 2016

RECOMMENDED BY SUSAN

WOW!  I love nothing more than a good thriller and this one is slam-dunk, nail on the head, fantastically brilliant!   From the first page, Evan is a man you like and he is extremely impressive at everything he does.  He has all the gadgets like a James Bond and the coolest penthouse ever.  And don’t think what he does will sound far-fetched - You will race to the end but it is so darn good that you want it to go on forever and I am excited that this is the first of a series, which means we get to see more of Evan Smoak.  I’ll make you a bet that Evan becomes bigger than a Jack Reacher has been, as far as fantastic characters in books.  It’s the kind of thriller you will read a 2nd time.  And it’s very human, including a sweet young boy who uses balloons in a clever way when he needs help.  Do not, I repeat – DO NOT miss this book.


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Corrupted Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250027931
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 27th, 2015

RECOMMENDED BY SUSAN

At 12, Jason is chubby, buck-toothed, and bullied every day by Ritchie. Philadelphia trial attorney Bennie Rosato tries to help Jason when he gets in trouble for fighting back. Thirteen years later, that same bully is dead, Jason appears to be the killer, and once again Bennie is called to help. As always, Scottoline’s dialogue is excellent, legal terms are made easy to understand, characters are richly drawn, trial scenes are vivid, and there are huge, well-hidden surprises. I enjoyed it immensely!


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The Never-Open Desert Diner Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781101906521
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - March 22nd, 2016

RECOMMENDED BY DEB

The Never-Open Desert Diner is a mystery peopled with characters who’ve lost themselves along a lonely road in the Utah desert. Ben, the character who ties them all together, is a truck driver who brings this cast of fugitives from the law, and life, everything from motorcycle spare parts to butter brickle ice cream. The desert itself is also a character, sometimes hauntingly beautiful and sometimes harsh, even deadly. In this intriguing debut novel, Author James Anderson engages his readers with poetic prose that paints a picture of both the beauty and desolation of the desert, and entertains them by revealing the stories of the unlikely neighbors along Utah highway 117.


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A Man Called Ove Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781476738024
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Published: Washington Square Press - May 5th, 2015

RECOMMENDED BY DEB

This book reminds us that life can be sweet, even when we've lost what is most dear to us. If not at the beginning, you will love Ove at the end of this book. In fact, you'll be sorry to reach the end of A Man Called Ove.


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One Today Cover Image
By Richard Blanco, Dav Pilkey (Illustrator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780316371445
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 3rd, 2015

RECOMMENDED BY AMANDA

Richard Blanco made history as the first immigrant, Latino, and openly gay person and the youngest person to deliver the inauguration poem when he did so for President Barack Obama’s second inaugural in January 2013. His poem for that day, ONE TODAY, has been transformed into a lovely picture book for the whole family thanks to Captain Underpants creator Dav Pilkey’s endearing and whimsical imagery. From dawn to dusk and coast to coast, the book follows the everyday lives of Americans as they go to work, to school, and to the market. Blanco’s narrative poems celebrates the working class, the teachers, and mothers who help children achieve their dreams daily. “All of us vital as the one light we move through/the same light on blackboards with lessons for the day:/ equations to solve, history to question, or atoms imagined,/the “I have a dream” we keep dreaming.” With so much loss in the world, it’s nice to see a book with a little hope for the holidays!


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Between the World and Me Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 14th, 2015

RECOMMENDED BY AMANDA

Coates is one of the brightest stars in social journalism today. This letter to his 15-year old son was prompted by the recent violence against young African American men that prompted his son to say "I gotta get out of here" and prompted the writer to contextualize the experience against his own and centuries of African American exploitation in our country. His focus is on the body, the destruction and conquest and pillaging of the black body from slavery to present day. Highly recommended for anyone interested in learning more about our ethnic history or seeking solutions to the grave problems confronting us.


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The Cartel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781101874998
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 23rd, 2015

RECOMMENDED BY JOE

Winslow gets is spot-on in this violent novel of the Mexican drug War. A stand-alone sequel to The Power of the Dog, with characters you love to hate and hate to love. (You just know they're going to die badly!). This book will make my top 5 this year, if not #1.


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The Water Knife Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780385352871
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 26th, 2015

RECOMMENDED BY CHLOE

This is the kind of book that hits close to home.  Set in a climate distraught future, Water Knife creates a vivid image of what could come. The tale of a drought-stricken Southwest is told through the eyes of three very different characters:  a journalist who has thrown caution to the wind, the henchman of a powerful woman, and a refugee struggling to survive in Arizona.  I constantly find myself referring to this book because of its relevance to current events.  A great read!


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Aquarium Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780802123527
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - March 3rd, 2015

RECOMMENDED BY PAT

This writer is known for his dark, harsh stories.  But in this new novel, he finds a way to show the darkness, and still leave us with a glimmer of light.  The story is told through twelve year old Caitlin, a precocious girl living in Seattle with her blue collar mother.  After school every day, Caitlin waits at the aquarium for her mother to get off work.  One day an older man befriends her and this opens up a huge spiral of dark secrets, terrifying consequences, and extremely sad stories that throw Caitlin's life into total chaos. Vann creates an enormous amount of tension and does it with detailed imagery and stark, beautiful prose.  I had no idea how he was going to end this passion play, but he did it with precision and believability.  It was a great read


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Night at the Fiestas: Stories Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393352214
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 7th, 2016

RECOMMENDED BY PAT

It is very rare that a young writer makes her literary debut with a collection of short stories, but Ms. Quade has won me over with her amazing eloquence of the human condition.  These stories, most taking place in the Southwest and specifically central and Northern New Mexico, deal with the layered complexities of youth, betrayal, disillusionment, and the frailties of the human heart.  Mixed in beautifully are the subtleties of our rich Hispanic culture, so specific to this area.  A small town girl's fantasies about Fiesta, the bloody Good Friday ritual of a man confused by his entire existence, the sting of economic disparity between the rich and those who serve them, and the heartbreaking allegiance to family, no matter what the consequences, are a few of the themes running through this thought provoking collection.  Her ability to see beyond the surface and dig deeply into both character and action left me wanting more, as if any of these stories could become whole novels.  Look forward to seeing what this gifted writer does next.