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The Necklace Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501165047
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Published: Touchstone Books - July 4th, 2017

AVAIL. 7/4/17

It's Jazz-Era 1920s and Ambrose Quincy leaves May, the woman he loves, to take an extended trip to India. Upon his return, bringing May an exotic necklace, he is stunned to find that she's married to his brother. As she wears her gift their passion for each other is never far from view, and her reason for marrying is slowly revealed. The Necklace moves back and forth between the 1920s and the 21st century where Nell Quincy, estranged from her extended family, has been summoned to the run-down family mansion to act as executor to her great aunt's estate. Simmering family resentments boil over when it's revealed that a heretofore unknown and, as it turns out valuable, necklace has been left to Nell. Her efforts to determine the provenance of the necklace uncover unwelcome family secrets and, in the process, Nell discovers her own strong path forward.

- Cindy


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The Witchfinder's Sister Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399179143
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 25th, 2017

In 1645 Alice Hopkins, pregnant and newly widowed, returns in disgrace to her brother's house near London. They have been estranged since Alice, raised Protestant, married a Catholic. Now, dependent upon her brother's favor, she is appalled to realize that Matthew has begun a campaign to ferret out witches by exploiting the pettiness often found in small villages. Matthew's indiscriminate hunt gains power with every woman he convicts.  Alice is determined to stop him, and in doing so puts her own life in peril, for Matthew's monstrosity means that even his sister can be silenced. This debut novel illuminates the malevolence of a flawed and self-righteous man obsessed with women who flout society's expectations.  Matthew Hopkins was a real man who instigated numerous witch trials in England between 1645 and 1647. While the trials in Salem may be better known, an estimated 40,000-60,000 people, mostly women, were killed as witches in England. Fans of Geraldine Brooks and Sarah Dunant will welcome this well-researched and emotionally charged historical novel, told from the often invisible woman's perspective.

- Cindy


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Fen: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555977740
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 2nd, 2017

With a bold mixture of magical realism and unflinching frankness, Daisy Johnson guides readers into the brooding fenlands of England.  Fen: Stories takes the marshy fenland - wetlands fed by underground springs - and uses this setting to tie the stories together. The fen "is not the coast. It is land that dreams of being coast.” Similarly, her characters are not quite one thing, instead they dream of being - and may turn into - something else entirely. An anorexic young girl becomes an eel. A woman's memory is slowly stolen by her unusual child. The women in these stories drink and smoke and swear and have sex and make bad choices. "A story seemed to find its place here when it did not look away from what was coming. I’m not sure our literary words should be for soothing." This is an exceptional debut with original and haunting stories about women's desire, transformations, and regret.

- Cindy


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A Very Expensive Poison: The Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin's War with the West Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101973998
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Published: Vintage - January 24th, 2017

When Alexander Litvinenko fell gravely ill, doctors in London were stumped - but he was convinced he had been poisoned by orders of Vladimir Putin. As a former dissident in Russia, new British citizen and recent informant for Britain’s intelligence service, he knew that he had many enemies within the Russian government. Months after his gruesome death it was determined that he had been poisoned by Polonium - an extremely rare, lethal, and extraordinarily radioactive substance that could only have come from one source: Russia. What follows is a years-long investigation that covers continents and exposes almost unbelievable corruption, brutality and greed. Harding calmly yet inexorably exposes the frightening evidence of Russia’s criminal intentions and long-term plans for global dominance.

- Cindy


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Midnight at the Electric Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062393548
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Published: Harper Teen - June 13th, 2017

AVAIL. 6/13/17

Three young women who will never meet - but whose paths are intertwined in startling ways - are linked together over space and time by their indomitable spirit and desire for a better future.  Adri is one of a chosen few to help colonize Mars in 2065 after climate change has irreversibly damaged Earth. Catherine’s family farms in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl era and faces grim choices to survive. Lenore, an Englishwoman traumatized in World War I, decides to immigrate to America.  All three young women are affected by events outside their control, and must choose to start their lives anew and recreate themselves in ways they can barely imagine. Readers of all ages will be surprised by their connection and moved by the sincerity of their hope.

- Cindy


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ISBN: 9781632061423
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Published: Restless Books - March 14th, 2017

Temporary People is a tour de force of language and allegory. This collection of stories about euphemistically named “guest workers” in the United Arab Emirates shines a light on a largely invisible group. Foreign workers in the Gulf comprise over 80% of the population, yet have no rights as citizens. They toil in harsh conditions for decades at which point they are “retired” and immediately deported to a home country they may barely remember. Unnikrishnan himself is the child of Indian workers in the Gulf and writes from an understanding born of experience. His characters persevere in these surreal, heartbreaking, and sometimes humorous stories with anonymity and an understanding of their disposability.  Temporary People is the inaugural winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, founded to “discover urgent, culture-straddling writing from first-time, first-generation writers”. In Unnikrishnan they have found an exhilarating new voice.

- Cindy


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ISBN: 9781555977726
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 16th, 2017

AVAIL. 5/16/17

Broken River sneaks up and then knocks you down with a riveting plot and characters that seem alive on the page. Eleanor and Karl, along with their twelve-year old daughter Irina, move from New York City to a sleepy upstate town in order to escape Karl’s infidelities. Their new house was the scene of two grisly murders years earlier, and Irina secretly becomes obsessed with finding the surviving child from that tragedy. Her naïve search sets in motion irrevocable forces that will change her life forever. Hovering over everything is the Observer: an omniscient presence with a strange connection to the murders and a burgeoning awareness of the deceptions that are swirling over and through its reality. You’ll realize you’ve been holding your breath as this compelling psychological thriller moves toward its powerful conclusion.

- Cindy


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The Magician and the Spirits Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780803740181
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 22nd, 2017

MIDDLE GRADE - AVAIL. 8/22/17

Famous magician and escape artist Harry Houdini knew a thing or two about fooling crowds.  So, at the turn of the 20th century when people became obsessed with trying to communicate with the dead, he was more than a little skeptical. He began to question the claims of the spiritualists, mediums and psychics who were popular celebrities. From ghost photography to séances, from table rapping to levitation, Houdini used his special knowledge to uncover flimflammers, rogues and charlatans. Chock-full of vintage photographs and graphics, this real-life story is even more incredible than Houdini’s amazing illusions.

- Cindy


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A Crown of Wishes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250085498
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 28th, 2017

YOUNG ADULT

Princess Guari is a fierce and calculating young warrior who will stop at nothing to take back her stolen kingdom of Bharata. Prince Vikram, cerebral and clever, is the reluctant and despised heir to the throne of Ujijain. They grudgingly join forces to undertake a dangerous journey to the Tournament of Wishes where each hopes that they will be victorious and win their deepest desire. They must use their combined strengths to outwit and outfight murderers, tricksters and magical obstacles. Guari is determined to be the sole winner, but slowly realizes Vikram is more capable - and interesting - than she first believed.  Can both achieve their wish, or must one of them be lost forever? A Crown of Wishes brings back the exotic and enchanted Indian-inspired worlds vividly imagined in Choksi's debut The Star Touched Queen. Fans of Victoria Aveyard and Kristen Britain will revel in this feisty new heroine.

 


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Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781612196015
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Published: Melville House Publishing - February 21st, 2017

Crispin delivers a blistering rebuke to contemporary feminism.  She lays down the gauntlet to those who wear t-shirts with catchy sayings and talk about being empowered, but who reject those who actively upend the comfortable status quo. The feminism she embraces is gritty, provocative, threatening, uncomfortable, unsafe, and difficult. With an excellent grasp of first- and second- generation feminists and feminist actions, she shows that they dared to work toward reshaping the entire patriarchal culture. "Finding new modes of existing means rejecting the rewards we've been promised for playing along." Read this manifesto. Challenge your thinking. Mind=blown.

- Cindy


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The Twenty Days of Turin Cover Image
By Giorgio De Maria, Ramon Glazov (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781631492297
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - February 7th, 2017

Decades ago a mysterious collective created a secret and ultimately dangerous library in Turin. This culminated in a terrifying 20 days when hundreds of people were randomly and horrifically murdered. After that, the library was supposedly destroyed--but was it? Ominous messages and suspicious activity seem to indicate that the same forces are regrouping. De Mario presciently describes a society where human connections are decreasing, where spilling personal information becomes addictive, and where "browsing the thoughts of others" brings voyeuristic pleasure as well as unknown risks. This is the dystopian foreshadowing of emotional and societal chaos when secrets become fetishes and personal interaction is discouraged.  Readers will recognize the contemporary social media landscape portrayed in this cautionary, relevant novel.

- Cindy


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The Garden of Small Beginnings Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399583582
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Published: Berkley Books - May 2nd, 2017

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…”  Lilian Girvan is a young widow going through the motions: mother of two, newly unemployed and navigating life’s daily aggravations. When she grudgingly signs up for a weekly gardening class she’s surprised to find support, wisdom and the possibility for a new relationship.  Lilian is a funny, sassy Everywoman who will make you laugh out loud, cry a little, and cheer as she takes tentative steps toward her own small beginnings of happiness. Abbi Waxman's debut novel will be enjoyed by fans of The School of Essential Ingredients and anyone who believes that happiness can be a choice regardless of what life brings.

- Cindy


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Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781632170576
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Published: Sasquatch Books - October 11th, 2016

Stunning illustrations and punchy writing make this book a delight on every page!  The authors, both graphic designers specializing in letterpress craft, highlight 27 disparate women who, in their own spheres, changed the world for the better. Based on the acclaimed Dead Feminist poster series, the authors explain how they chose their subjects and created each intricate design. You’ll learn surprising new information about well-known women and discover new heroines to admire as well. History truly comes alive in this book to treasure and revisit.

- Cindy


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What We Do Now: Standing Up for Your Values in Trump's America Cover Image
By Dennis Johnson (Editor), Valerie Merians (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781612196596
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Published: Melville House Publishing - January 3rd, 2017

The 2016 presidential election is in the books. How will the majority of people who did not vote for the incoming president move beyond the rhetoric of the campaign? This compilation of essays, a speedy response to that question, brings together activists, politicians, philosophers and literary figures to offer a wide range of passionate answers. With urgency, optimism, and thoughtful reflection, these writers and thinkers challenge readers to redouble efforts toward equality and compassion with principled action. As Gloria Steinem says, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”

- Cindy


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Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455574810
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Published: Twelve - November 15th, 2016

Abraham Zapruder never expected to film the most shocking twenty six seconds of modern presidential history: the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963. Now, his granddaughter traces what happened to that simple home movie in this fascinating account of overzealous journalists, unprepared government agencies, and a humble family trying to maintain a delicate balance between ethical action and ownership of an item that seemed to belong to the entire country. With access to previously unseen family documents and government files, Zapruder doggedly follows the provenance of the film while honestly examining her family's emotional, logistical and financial decisions. This book is an excellent companion to accounts of the assassination and its aftermath.

- Cindy


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Fields Where They Lay Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616957469
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Published: Soho Crime - October 25th, 2016

For Junior Bender, thief and “fixer” for crooks and other unsavory types, the days leading up to Christmas aren’t exactly filled with tidings of comfort and joy.  He’s reminded more than usual of his conflicted relationship with his girlfriend and daughter. And, more urgently, he’s been “recruited” by a Russian thug and mall owner to find out who’s behind the shoplifting epidemic at the mall - with failure not an option. Just as he begins investigating, a murder in the mall adds a puzzling new facet to an already convoluted case. Junior needs to figure out the shoplifting scheme, solve the murder, and get in the holiday mood by Christmas Eve. Hallinan’s cast of less-than-upright and highly entertaining characters make for a delightful and off-beat holiday read.

- Cindy


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The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455540006
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 3rd, 2017

"This is a very ancient place, a bewitchment place".  Battling poisonous snakes and deadly insects, rickety planes and never ending rains, Douglas Preston joins an exploratory team in an excruciating attempt to find evidence of an ancient civilization deep in the rain forest in the Honduran mountains. Using advanced aerial laser technology to first map the area a team of archaeologists, photographers, and adventurers are ecstatic when they find what seems to be Mosquitia, this mythical civilization from centuries past. The story doesn't end with this encounter, however. Ethical disagreements, political considerations, and a mysterious disease that affects almost half of the team add tension to an already thrilling real-life adventure. Preston, a writer for National Geographic and co-author of the acclaimed Pendergast series, captures the project and its consequences in exhilarating detail.

- cindy


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ISBN: 9780812995343
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Published: Random House - February 14th, 2017

What is the difference between the quick and the dead? Lincoln in the Bardo explores this with the precise and inventive wordcraft for which Saunders is renowned.  In February 1862 President Lincoln’s son Will died of typhoid fever, and Lincoln was seen going to the crypt to hold his dead son. This heartbreaking scene is imagined as a transformative event for the souls in the cemetery awaiting their next stage: those in the state between death and the afterlife that Tibetan Buddhists call the Bardo. While Lincoln visits, with grief so strong he unwittingly causes Will to fight transformation, a chorus of ghost voices rises up in defense of the natural order even as they themselves resist being extinguished forever. This novel is genre-bending, tragic yet gently humorous, morbid yet life-affirming. With his first novel after decades of award-winning short stories, Saunders cements his spot as one of our most brilliant fiction writers.

- cindy


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Eggshells Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781612195971
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Published: Melville House Publishing - March 14th, 2017

Vivian, accused of being a changeling when she was a child, now lives alone in a ramshackle house in Dublin. Each day she painstakingly travels the city streets searching for the magic portal that will take her to her true home. Odd and compulsive behaviors cause those around her to publicly judge her as eccentric and privately label her mad. But when Vivian advertises for a friend and meets Penelope, the two create a singular bond of recognition and respect. Just as fellow Dubliner Leopold Bloom wandered for a day, so does Vivian earnestly roam through the city, carefully documenting both its delights and dark corners with curiosity and deadpan humor. Vivian will break your heart with her honesty and simple desire to be accepted.

-Cindy


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Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear . . . and Why Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781612195636
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Published: Melville House Publishing - September 20th, 2016

Sady Doyle is outraged, and urgently argues that we should be too!  A trainwreck is a woman who spectacularly, publicly, epically fails. Doyle lays out her case that society's trainwreck narrative includes a "bad girl" who ultimately must suffer and endure some type of humiliation, creating a cautionary cultural tale for other women who might be tempted to be too outrageous, too passionate, too... much. Doyle holds up a mirror to show the voyeuristic quality almost everyone has toward women who misbehave. This book is intelligent, provocative, infuriating, and compelling - often at the same time. You'll finish it with a more nuanced way to look at those who have been labeled " a trainwreck".

- Cindy


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Boondoggle Cover Image
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ISBN: 9788283550061
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Published: 280 Steps - September 20th, 2016

Chasing insects in the swamps of Minnesota isn’t really a difficult job, but crack mosquito eradicator Mack Harrison can’t help wondering about all those murdered girls that keep showing up.  Mack might not be the most ambitious guy around, but he’s starting to think that he  should do something - even if not doing much of anything has worked pretty well so far.  With a healthy serving of noir humor and a side of existential musing, this is perfect for fans of Twin Peaks and Fargo. I can’t recommend this novel highly enough!

- Cindy


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ISBN: 9780812988901
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Published: Random House - August 16th, 2016

In The Last Days of Night, Moore has written historical fiction that is also a fast-moving legal thriller. It is the 1890s and George Westinghouse hires Paul Cravath, a young, untested lawyer, to determine who invented the first light bulb - his company, Thomas Edison's, or the brilliant and eccentric Nikola Tesla. This is a legal decision that promises professional vindication as well as financial victory. Cravath finds himself surrounded by outsized egos, industrial espionage, and a case that is almost too big to control. Moore, an Oscar-winning screenwriter, gives readers interesting characters with plenty of period detail as well as the pacing of an action movie.

- Cindy


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By Matias Celedon, Samuel Rutter (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781612195445
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Published: Melville House Publishing - August 30th, 2016

Office supplies become tools of witness for one worker inside The Subsidiary. When power is cut and darkness ensues, when doors to the outside are locked and the PA system directs employees to stay at their workstations, the narrator documents the harrowing events in the only way he can. Deceptively simple text and graphics - rendered in desk stamps - serve to illuminate the haunting and horrifying events that occur over the next few days. Whether an apocalyptic diary or traumatic hallucination, this novel will get under your skin and into your dreams.

- cindy


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The Underground Railroad Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385542364
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Published: Doubleday Books - August 2nd, 2016

Fugitive slaves Cora and Caesar are on the run from their sadistic slave master Randall and Ridgeway, a bounty hunter with a long memory. They move slowly north on the Underground Railroad which, in Whitehead’s imagination, is no symbolic trail but actual rails, trains, and conductors. Hiding for months at a time in unimaginable privation, concealed as free blacks for short periods of relative calm, capture for the pair is never more than a shadow away. Cora is the center of this spellbinding novel, and her fierce determination to be a free person in charge of her own destiny will move readers in profound ways.

- Cindy


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The Apostle Killer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781612195797
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Published: Melville House Publishing - September 20th, 2016

In this highly original, artful novel the Passion of Christ is a contemporary event.  Special investigator Gallio, based in Jerusalem, is convinced that the death and resurrection of Jesus was a carefully planned hoax. Now, years after the event, the 12 disciples are being gruesomely killed one by one.  Gallio needs these witnesses to solve the case and find Jesus- and, it becomes clear, to save himself as well.  Beard has created a daring mix of police procedural, biblical retelling and alt-history that will stay with you long after you finish reading.

- Cindy


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ISBN: 9781616203634
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 4th, 2016

Cruel Beautiful World transports readers to 1969 when the atmosphere of peace and love is being upended by the Viet Nam War and Kent State. That year 16 year old Lucy disappears into the Pennsylvania countryside with a much older, charismatic man, leaving her older sister Charlotte behind to pick up the pieces.  Charlotte, irrevocably changed by Lucy’s absence, feels compelled to discover the truth about her disappearance. This lush, compelling coming- of-age novel is a moving story about the complications of familial love and obligation.

- Cindy


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Seinfeldia: How a Show about Nothing Changed Everything Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476756103
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 5th, 2016

Seinfeld fans, time for an Elaine dance! Armstrong gives us the stories behind the show whose mantra was “no learning, no hugging”. How did a show “about nothing” become part of our cultural DNA?  Well, there were two comics in New York City, and they had a crazy neighbor, and yada yada - you’ll just have to read it yourself!

- Cindy


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Underground Airlines Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316261241
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Published: Mulholland Books - July 5th, 2016

Imagine present-day America where the Civil War was not fought and where slavery is legal in four states (“The Hard States”).  In that America Victor, a black man, works undercover for the U.S. Marshalls capturing escaped slaves. When he arrives in Indianapolis on a case, he realizes that his information is terribly wrong - and sets out to solve a mystery that he didn’t expect and which opens him up to scrutiny and danger. Winters has created a sobering alt-universe that presents the economic, social, and human ramifications of institutional racism in the form of a heart-stopping, heart-rending thriller.

- Cindy


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ISBN: 9780765382672
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Published: Tor Teen - October 18th, 2016

If you’re under 18, you’re under attack from the very people who are supposed to keep you from harm. Adults in the small town of Creek’s Cause have been infected with a parasite and turned into inhuman creatures that drag children to unimaginable horrors for mysterious purposes. Chance Rain and his older brother Patrick - soon to be 18 - join a small group of children who attempt to save themselves before the teenagers in their ranks become infected. Hurwitz displays his considerable talent for suspense in this horrific yet surprisingly sensitive story. The non-stop action in The Rains will keep you turning pages until the very end!

- Cindy


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Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780871403131
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 27th, 2016

Writing about “the unobserved wickedness of human behavior”, Shirley Jackson’s early death cut short an astounding literary output. Known initially for her groundbreaking short story “The Lottery”, she struggled to be accepted as a serious writer when women were not thought of as such. Chafing against restrictions that woman experienced in the mid 20th century and fighting her own demons, Jackson’s complex life was the foundation for her psychologically intense short stories and novels. Interviews with Jackson’s children and contemporaries along with access to previously unpublished personal and family papers make this a compelling and defining story of a remarkable life. Admirers of Shirley Jackson will rush to reread her with fresh eyes, and those new to her work will be overjoyed to discover this literary giant.

- Cindy


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Mr. Splitfoot Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544526709
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - January 5th, 2016

Two women making a silent journey by foot across New York State propel this unusual novel toward an explosive ending. Ruth - mysteriously mute - appears to her pregnant niece Cora after years away and beckons her toward an unknown destination.  Dual narratives move between the past when Ruth and Nat, inseparable foster children, are used as scam artists and the present, when Ruth’s silent force pulls Cora with her. Ambitious plotting is effectively used in this novel that is part road trip, part Gothic, part ghost story.

- Cindy


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Reputations Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594633478
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 20th, 2016

“The important thing in our society is not what goes on, but who tells us what goes on.” So says Javier Mallarino, the most important political cartoonist in his country.  Feared and adored equally for his ruthless drawings interpreting current events, his self-regard is as large as his legend. But when a visitor from his past appears with a devastating accusation, he begins to examine his legacy and question his life’s work. This novel shines a light on the dark psychological corners of self-righteous indignation.

- Cindy


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ISBN: 9781612195384
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Published: Melville House Publishing - July 19th, 2016

This is not your father’s police procedural. Set in South Africa and moving between centuries, this gripping thriller contains elements of murder mysteries, historical fiction, and speculative fiction. The Monster’s Daughter questions whether individuals as well as an entire country can ever move foreward from a shared history based on false assumptions. Pretorius, with intimate knowledge of South African history and culture, has created a contemporary tale of corruption, loss, and the possibility of redemption.

- Cindy

 


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The Jesus Cow Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062289988
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 17th, 2016

Floundering farmer Harley Jackson keeps a low profile in his small mid-western town - that is, until a woman steals his heart, developers want his land, and one of his cows gives birth to a calf with the face of Jesus on its side. When hordes of pilgrims descend on his property he’s torn between keeping his quiet life and making some needed cash to help save his farm. Perry once again gives us a delightful story about the goofiness and goodness in small town America.

- Cindy


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The Vegetarian Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553448184
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Published: Hogarth Press - February 2nd, 2016

Yeong-hye has harrowing dreams that shock her into foregoing meat in a land where conformity - especially among women - is expected. Her passivity and yet unflinching resolve to control herself leads to cataclysmic consequences. Loss of everything does not sway her from her determination to be both less and more than she is. Told from the points of view of Yeong-hye, her husband, and her sister, this is an extraordinary story of one young woman’s rebellion and metamorphosis. 

- Cindy


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Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492631484
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - June 7th, 2016

Coney Island at the turn of the century is home to misfits, “Unusuals”, and con artists. When Kitty Hayward appears without a family or place to stay, she finds a home with the residents and visitors of Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet - a museum of odd artifacts and unusual wonders.  Soon she is caught up in the mystery of dying animals and people, and the politics of rich developers seeing the potential for Coney Island’s territory. Populated by vividly imagined and unique characters, this novel is quite simply a ripping good story!

- Cindy


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Razor Girl Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385349741
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 6th, 2016

Welcome back to southern Florida!  In a land of flimflam artists, illegal substances and scantily clad women, disgraced detective Andrew Yancy is just trying to get his job back. Merry Mansfield (Razor Girl), master of the car crash scam, insinuates herself into Yancey’s life with brazen confidence.  As it turns out, he needs her more than he could ever anticipate. Reality TV stars, redneck kidnappers, mobsters, and corrupt developers cross paths throughout this novel in hilarious non-stop action. Hiassen is at the top of his game with quirky characters, rapid-fire banter and Wodehouse-like plotting. You’ll want to read this uproarious novel in one sitting!

-Cindy


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The Whale: A Love Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399562334
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Published: Viking - June 14th, 2016

While struggling to finish a novel about a whale he is sure will be his magnum opus, and drowning in debt, Herman Melville recklessly moves his hapless family to the Berkshires to be close to Nathaniel Hawthorne, with whom he is infatuated. The historical evidence for the attraction between these men has always been a source of speculation, and Beauregard mines the evidence to imagine the emotional attachment and suppressed desire between the two. Intimate and yet highly charged, this novel perceptively portrays obsessive love and the heartbreak it can bring.

- Cindy


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Heaven's Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781137280091
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Published: St. Martin's Press - July 5th, 2016

Conceived by a man in debtor’s prison, planned by inexperienced government officials, and dug by the hands of farmers and day laborers, the Erie Canal was improbable from the start. Cutting through 363 miles of upstate New York wilderness, it offered remote towns exposure to previously unimaginable people and beliefs. The canal turned out to be an ideal conduit not only for commerce but also for the spread of religious and ideological fervor. Kelly deftly and enjoyably introduces us to zealots, charlatans, true believers and others who saw the waterway as a road to both riches and souls.  Enter this book and take your own rousing trip from Albany to Buffalo!

- Cindy


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The Kingdom Cover Image
By Fuminori Nakamura, Kalau Almony (Translator)
$23.95
ISBN: 9781616955922
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Published: Soho Crime - July 12th, 2016

An ominous moon shines over this newest release from a master of noir fiction.  Yurika - unattached to anyone or anything- poses as a prostitute to acquire and sell compromising pictures of prominent men in Tokyo. When she runs afoul of two shadowy organizations buying her photos, she enters into a deadly dance with each in order to save her own life. Readers are drawn into desperate terrain from the very first page. As with his other award-winning novels, Nakamura presents compelling characters that endure in defiance of their essential bleak existence.

- Cindy


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The Nest Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062414212
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Published: Ecco Press - March 22nd, 2016

Family dysfunction has never been so entertaining! “The Nest”- a shared trust fund for the four erratic Plumb siblings- vanishes when it is used as a settlement for the victim of Leo’s (the oldest and most reckless) horrific drug- and alcohol-fueled car accident. The others counted on The Nest to pay off massive debts accrued due to unrealistic over-reliance on the expected windfall. With an astonishingly rich cast of main and supporting characters, this debut novel perceptively examines family dynamics with an affectionate and ultimately optimistic lens.

- Cindy


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What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594634635
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 8th, 2016

These captivating short stories are locked together with keys: to diaries, mysterious gardens, rooms, prisons, and hearts. With dark humor, magical realism, and profound observations, Oyeyemi creates compelling characters and absorbing plots.

- Cindy


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Paper: Paging Through History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393239614
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 10th, 2016

As it turns out, the development of paper throughout centuries and around the world makes for a terrific history lesson. Ubiquitous, yes - boring, no! From early Egyptian scribes to contemporary artists, Kurlansky shows, via the evolution of paper production, how society demands the technology it needs.  Lovers of the written word will find this clear and entertaining chronicle a fascinating read.

- Cindy


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Screamin' Jay Hawkins' All-Time Greatest Hits Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781627795357
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Published: Metropolitan Books - May 3rd, 2016

Jay Hawkins wasn’t called “Screamin’” for nothing. Outlandishly dressed and carried onstage in a casket, his operatic screams and moans during his only hit (the classic “I Put A Spell on You”) tapped into rock and roll’s early energy.  This equally energetic and freewheeling historical fiction follows the arc of his life: an African-American adopted by a Native American family, conservatory student, WWII veteran, boxer, and finally, performer with one hit to sustain him. Hawkins, to the concern of other black musicians, seemed to embrace the caricature of white America’s fears of black men. Hawkins didn’t experience respect when he was alive, but his classic song has been recorded countless times since his death. Binelli, a reporter for Rolling Stone, is the perfect medium to conjure this larger than life, supremely fascinating, and ultimately tragic individual.

- Cindy


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The Star-Touched Queen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250085474
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - April 26th, 2016

YOUNG ADULT

Fantasy fans looking for a fierce, ambitious female narrator need look no further. Princess Maya, scorned in her own kingdom due to a dark horoscope, is rescued from certain death by a hastily arranged marriage to the mysterious Amar, King of Naraka. On their fantastical journey to his kingdom Maya realizes that Naraka is a nebulous land that maintains balance between the Otherworld and humans. Before she can truly become Queen, she must navigate the dangers and lies that threaten not only Naraka and her growing feelings for Aman but her childhood land as well. Chokshi’s exciting debut novel draws on her Indian and Filipino heritage to weave an exotic and unique fantasy world that is intricately plotted and lushly described.

- Cindy


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The Bitchy Waiter: Tales, Tips & Trials from a Life in Food Service Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781454917243
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Published: Sterling - April 5th, 2016

"I'd be happy to stop what I'm doing and take a picture of you with your food."  " Your (screaming) child is so adorable!"  Do you want to know what your server is really thinking behind that bright smile? Wonder no more, because Darron Cardosa, a.k.a. The Bitchy Waiter, just can’t wait to give you the hilarious details. Cardosa, a career waiter, has written The Bitchy Waiter blog since 2008 and has appeared on TV and in cabarets spreading the gospel of overworked and underpaid servers everywhere. From his list of things never to say (Will you taste this first?), to clues as to what they really mean (When they say the plate is hot, it's hot!), you'll nod  (and cringe) with recognition. Profane and side-splittingly funny, this book ensures you'll never look at your servers the same again!

- Cindy


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Zero K Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501135392
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 3rd, 2016

Can death be cheated? Should it be? With language as sharply honed as a knife, DeLillo raises existential questions that are closely tied to the modern world we live in - a world of technologies that we can barely keep up with.  Jeffrey Lockhart, son of billionaire Ross, is brought to a secret compound far from civilization to witness his stepmother’s death. Primarily funded by Ross, and years in development, this is where people come to experience death as a precisely controlled event and to have their bodies preserved so that they may someday be revived. Jeff is alternately appalled and fascinated by the surreal environment in which he finds himself. DeLillo’s characters expose themselves so intimately that it seems almost voyeuristic. They debate modern technology and ancient ritual, father and son, man and woman, isolation and community, life and death. DeLillo, turning 80 this year, has written an unpredictable and thought-provoking novel that isn’t about death, but rather on the fine line between living and dying.

- Cindy


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King Maybe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616954321
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Published: Soho Crime - April 12th, 2016

Welcome back Junior Bender! The smoothest, classiest, fastest talking (and funniest) burglar is back in action. In this fifth book in the series he’s crossed a Hollywood studio executive who happens to dabble in violence and revenge. In order to save his own hide, Junior must commit a series of burglaries that range in difficulty from insane to impossible. In the midst of this he's also trying to keep his estranged daughter from being scammed, placate his ex-wife, and repair his relationship with his girlfriend who may or may not be a murderer. Full of memorable, wisecracking characters, this caper novel is a wild, laugh-out-loud, breathtaking ride.

- Cindy


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Feeling Sorry for Celia Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312287368
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 10th, 2002

Elizabeth is a reluctant pen-pal with Christina, another teenager from a nearby school.  Elizabeth has a rich, funny internal life (she gets imaginary memos from places like The Cold Hard Truth Association) along with a complicated external life. Her parents are divorced. Her mother mainly communicates through post-it notes, and her father shows up only periodically. More worrying is that her best friend Celia disappears for days at a time. Elizabeth slowly reveals her hopes and fears in her letters and is surprised at how well Christina comes to knows her. When Celia runs off and joins a circus, and when adults don’t seem worried, Elizabeth, bolstered by Christina’s long-distance advice, takes matters into her own hands. You’ll quickly love funny, recognizable, plucky Elizabeth.

- Cindy


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Numero Zero Cover Image
By Umberto Eco, Richard Dixon (Translator)
$24.00
ISBN: 9780544635081
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - November 3rd, 2015

Eco returns to familiar themes of deception and conspiracy in this fast-moving story about government corruption and media manipulation. Colonna, a hack writer, is invited to join a motley group funded by a mysterious high powered backer that is creating mock newspapers exposing past corruption. To what use these “zeros” will be used is never revealed, but he is soon drawn into a deadly web of clues that lead from Mussolini to the Vatican to the modern Italian government. Those who enjoy conspiracy theories and skewering the powerful will read this book with delight.

- Cindy


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Tender Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316344326
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Published: Lee Boudreaux Books - February 16th, 2016

This absorbing novel about young obsession and unrequited love will surprise readers with unexpected twists and angles. While at Trinity College in Dublin Catherine, unconfident and repressed, becomes friends with James, outgoing and carefree. Their friendship takes a darker turn when James shares a deep secret and Catherine’s feelings become ever more intense, with devastating consequences. McKeon moves us to consider the close relationship between passion and madness.

- Cindy


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Welcome to Night Vale Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062351425
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 20th, 2015

Weirdly fascinating, wonderfully absurd, and wildly imaginative - Fink & Cranor take us to Night Vale, a desert city where time and objects don’t exactly do what they should and where people don’t seem exactly to be what you’d expect.  When a mysterious man leaves notes around town saying “King City”, and when Josh (who happens to be a teenage shape-shifter) disappears, his mother Diane and local pawnbroker Jackie set out to find King City. Not surprisingly, the trip is almost impossibly challenging and bizarre.  If Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter combined talents with Rod Serling and Kurt Vonnegut, they might have created Night Vale.

- Cindy


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Fates and Furies Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594634475
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 15th, 2015

Does the one person who knows you best actually know you at all? This question runs through Groff’s intimate novel about marriage and partnership. Lotto and Mathilde, precocious college students, marry only a few weeks after meeting. To their friends, their union seems like the pairing of two demigods with unlimited potential before them. Yet years of missed opportunities change their relationship even after success finally arrives. Uncovering secrets in layers, this novel manifests concealed motivations in many areas: life, art, sex, power, and revenge.

- Cindy


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The Global War on Morris Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476772240
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 10th, 2015

Political satire doesn’t get any more immediate than this entertaining novel. Morris Feldstein, hen-pecked husband and obedient pharmaceutical salesman, has one rule in life: Make No Waves.  One fateful day he breaks his rule, setting in motion a farcical and dangerous series of events that connect him to seductive women, Muslim terrorists, and secret government agents. How did Morris get in this bizarre predicament? How can he convince the counter-terrorist squad - and, critically, his wife - that he really is just mild mannered Morris? Author Steve Israel is a real-life Congressman from Long Island who obviously relishes in the inanities and Catch-22-like actions of the government. Reading this novel is like reading the current news, only funnier!

- Cindy


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The Martian Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780553418026
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Published: Broadway Books - October 28th, 2014

Watney is optimistic, smart, and resourceful - and it’s a darn good thing, because he happens to be an astronaut stranded alone on Mars.  Believing he is dead, the rest of his crew escapes the planet’s surface and heads back to Earth. Watney must use his knowledge and ingenuity to survive until he can contact NASA and they create a plan to rescue him - which, if all goes well and it probably won’t, would be four years out. Watney’s essential good humor, resilience, and “can-do” attitude serve him well while he waits and hopes, as he so eloquently puts it, not to die.  You’ll be chuckling and holding your breath at the same time!

- Cindy


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Margaret the First Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781936787357
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Published: Catapult - March 15th, 2016

Dutton reinvigorates the genre of historical fiction through dreamlike narration and unexpected prose structure in order to evoke Margaret of Newcastle’s 17th century life.  Margaret the First was a highly unconventional woman torn between society’s expectations of gender and class and her need for creative and intellectual stimulation.  Childless, exiled from England with her husband, lonely and unfulfilled, she participated in scientific lectures, published plays and prose, and dressed outrageously - even sometimes, as at an elaborate social event, went topless.  This surprisingly relevant imagining of the life of Margaret Cavendish belongs next to Virginia Woolf’s A Room Of One’s Own and Charlotte Perkins-Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper as important reflections on women’s inner life.

- Cindy


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How about Never--Is Never Good for You?: My Life in Cartoons Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781250062420
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Published: Picador USA - October 6th, 2015

Bob Mankoff is the wise-cracking cartoon editor of the New Yorker.  How does he pick the cartoons for each issue? What does that cartoon mean anyway? And- most importantly - how can I win the weekly caption contest?  These questions and more - in addition to a highly engaging and copiously illustrated memoir of his childhood and career ladder to his current position - are answered in this entertaining book.  A great read for anyone who loves the New Yorker and its cartoons!

- Cindy


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The Witches: Salem, 1692 Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780316200608
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 27th, 2015

Darkness, illness, accidents, and unfamiliar phenomena - what else could account for these, if not witchcraft?  At a time when the specter of Hell was a daily reminder in the Puritan life, it was easy to believe that all unfortunate events were caused by something - or someone - evil.  Thorough yet elegant, Schiff’s  writing from the point of view of the villagers, especially the adolescent girls, immerses the reader in late 17th century New England. Hysteria, ignorance, revenge, righteousness, suppressed emotions - all converge into horrifying injustices. You’ll never think about the Salem witch trials the same after reading this fascinating history.

- Cindy


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The Gun Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781616955908
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Published: Soho Crime - January 5th, 2016

Alienation and obsession are dissected in this unsettling, spare novel.  Nishikawa, a listless college student, happens upon a dead man during a nighttime walk. He inexplicably picks up the pistol lying by the body and brings it to his apartment. From this precipitous moment, the weapon becomes an obsession. He finds his tedious reality taking on new meaning through the possibilities of an object which was designed to kill, and yet must conceal his fetish from his classmates, lovers, and - most seriously - the police, who suspect that he has the gun.  Nishikawa is acutely aware that he is moving closer to using the gun for its intended purpose.  This award-winning noir novel, translated from Japanese, is an unflinching and dark story of one man’s expanding consciousness - and threat.

- Cindy


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Hemingway in Love: His Own Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250077486
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 20th, 2015

It’s well known that Ernest Hemingway had outsized appetites: for adventure, food, drink, and women. Yet by his own admission these appetites led to losing the great love of his life: his first wife, Hadley. Regarding Hadley, Hemingway says that she will always be the “true part of any woman I write about”. Hotchner is one of the great chroniclers of Hemingway’s life. This slim memoir will give Hemingway fans more personal details when, old and unwell, he looks back on his younger self in his early days of success and excess.

- Cindy


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Go Set a Watchman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062409850
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Published: Harper - July 14th, 2015

Read this as a first novel, and you will notice the budding skill with which Lee describes southern social conventions in the Deep South in the 1960s. You will feel the adult Jean Louise’s (Scout) anger as she faces the entrenched bigotry of her hometown and, more sickeningly, of her beloved father Atticus. Or, read this as a controversial literary event and compare it to Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird. In either case you will want to think about the implications of the tensions in both of Lee’s novels and reflect on what she really wants her readers to understand about race. 

Cindy


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The Beautiful Bureaucrat Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781627793766
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - August 11th, 2015

Part Twilight Zone, part Kafka: this is a spare, imaginative novel that you will read in one sitting. Josephine is newly employed inputting numbers into a system only known as The Database. Toiling in a mysterious, windowless building, her office walls are marked with strange scratches and handprints and the files on her desk seem to remain the same size no matter how long she works.  Her boss is faceless and the other rarely seen, nameless workers seem to know too much about her.  When her attempts to find out the nature of her work are parried, when her new husband intermittently disappears and when she begins to notice haunting figures following her and peering in her windows, Josephine’s anxiety peaks and she is compelled to investigate the true business of the institution. This sinister, sad novel raises allegorical questions about life, death, and how much control we have over each.

- Cindy


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The Swans of Fifth Avenue Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780345528698
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Published: Delacorte Press - January 26th, 2016

Are you interested in the lifestyles of the rich and famous?  Arrange your hair and makeup, darlings, and get ready to dish about the dirty little secrets in 1950s high society. Truman Capote collected “swans’- rich and glamorous women who floated through life pampered and indulged. This fictionalized account of the meteoric rise and very public fall of Truman Capote, entwined with his deep friendship for Babe Paley and his ultimate betrayal of her and the rest of the swans, will slake your thirst for gossipy, breezy, scandalous details.  Take off your wrap, pour a highball and enjoy!

- Cindy


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The Secret Chord Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780670025770
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Published: Viking - October 6th, 2015

The Old Testament contains tantalizing references to a prophet called Nathan.  Geraldine Brooks brings this mysterious figure to life as the confidante to and narrator of King David’s life. From David’s beginning as an unknown, fearless rebel fighter through his rise to ruling the kingdom of Israel, the people, places and politics of ancient times are brought to life. David is a complex, compelling character who jumps off the page, and Nathan is his conscience and conduit to their God. Brooks once again proves herself a master of meticulously researched and vividly imagined historical fiction.

- Cindy


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The Secret History of Wonder Woman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804173407
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Published: Vintage - July 7th, 2015

Even if you’ve never read a comic, you’ll be absorbed by the remarkable history of the first - and still most famous - female super hero. Created prior to WWII by William Marston, an unconventional man with an unconventional relationship to women, the comic was non-so-subtle propaganda for women’s equality. Marston was an entrepreneur, inventor, early advocate of women’s rights, and inveterate huckster.  Super Woman’s story lines paralleled the battle for women’s rights that was occurring both in society and in Marston’s personal life.  Marston’s polyamorous marriage did not entirely live up to the equality he espoused, and the story of his life - and the women in it - make for a new understanding of this comic feminist icon.

- Cindy


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Naked at Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist's Adventures in the Clothing-Optional World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802123510
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Published: Grove Press - June 2nd, 2015

Nude hiking in the Alps? Grocery shopping au natural? Mark Haskell Smith takes participatory journalism to a new level when he sets out to find out why people are attracted to the “non-textile” lifestyle. This is a lively history of non-sexual nudism from ancient Greece to modern resorts in the US and the world.  Greatly amusing, highly informative, sometimes cringe-worthy- you might just be enticed to try a “Nakation” yourself!

- Cindy


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The Book of Speculation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250054807
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Published: St. Martin's Press - June 23rd, 2015

The duality of the destructive and healing properties of water flows over the characters in this captivating novel, both cleansing and destroying lives across generations.  Simon Watson’s life is literally and figuratively falling apart.  His house on the edge of the ocean is a wreck, he lost his job, and he’s uncovering dark secrets about his long dead parents.  When a mysterious bookseller sends him a traveling carnival log from the 1700’s, he begins to piece together the puzzle that is his family legacy. His mother, grandmother and great-grandmother - themselves carnival acts - drowned themselves on the same day, generations apart. That same day, only weeks away, causes Simon to fear that his increasingly disturbed sister will be next.  Mermaids, mute boys, magic, fortunetellers and curses weave a colorful saga of desire and deceit that spans hundreds of years.

- Cindy


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Station Eleven Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

This book brought me to my knees.  20 years after a pandemic reduces global civilization to conditions not seen since the Dark Ages, a traveling band of Shakespearean actors and musicians wander the Midwest, performing for the few small settlements in the territory.  “Survival is insufficient”, written on the side of one of their wagons, is just enough to keep them moving.  When a strange and dangerous prophet emerges, the fragile existence of the troupe is shattered. Rumors of a far off settlement guarding a “museum of civilization” beckon to them as a chance at safety. This novel is an elegy for our times.  At the conclusion you will both love and ache for the world around us.

- Cindy


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Euphoria Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802123701
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Published: Grove Press - April 14th, 2015

Obsessions and competition build to a dangerous climax that threatens everyone in this unforgettable novel. This is a story of three young, ambitious anthropologists in New Guinea in the 1930s.  An emotional triangle emerges from their different needs: sensual, intellectual, and survival. Nell - celebrated for her groundbreaking theories - and Fen - brilliant but volatile - are recently married. They join up with Bankson, lonely and conflicted about his work. Loosely based on the early life of Margaret Mead, the writing is passionate and intelligent, lush and evocative. Moving and heartbreaking, you will want to finish this finely crafted novel in one sitting.

- Cindy


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This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616202613
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Published: Algonquin Books - September 8th, 2015

The aptly named widow Harriet Chance takes an unexpected and out-of-character cruise to Alaska, on which she discovers that her marriage of almost 60 years was not what she thought. Joined by her troubled daughter, and haunted (literally) by her dead husband, Harriet begins to question everything she knew about her life. Moving back and forth through time, presenting the events of her life as if it were a 50’s television show, the author peels away the layers of Harriet’s life to expose the dreams, decisions, and missed chances that brought her to this point. In turns funny and poignant, this novel is an empathetic look at those opportunities that slip through our fingers during the course of a lifetime.

- Cindy


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Thank You, Goodnight Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781476791777
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Published: Touchstone Books - June 2nd, 2015

Pride goeth before a fall, and in Teddy Tremble’s case his fall was witnessed by millions. The former leader of a famous rock band, he now is merely a working stiff, bored with his life and consumed with remorse for his part in their demise. He hatches an improbable plan to reconnect with his band mates and make a new album. Can he keep his ego in check long enough to make a comeback? Can he make amends for the damage he did to his friends’ careers? This funny and thoughtful story of middle-age regret will keep you turning pages until the satisfying end. 

- Cindy


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Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781616201753
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 19th, 2015

This entertaining account of charming con man Leo Koretz takes us from his early days in Prohibition-era Chicago selling fake mortgages to his decades selling shares in non-existent Panamanian oil fields.  Using the same scheme as Ponzi only to greater gain, he swindles millions of dollars from wealthy businessmen and family.  After being exposed, he flees to Nova Scotia and takes on a new persona as Lou Keyte.  Living as flamboyantly as he did in Chicago, he can’t help but eventually be tracked down.  This real-life tale of extravagance, greed, and deception will be enjoyed by anyone who likes to read about brash scoundrels and their victims who forget “If something is too good to be true, it probably is.”

- Cindy


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Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594747359
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Published: Quirk Books - February 24th, 2015

It’s a good thing that Emma still controls fire, that Bronwyn is still extraordinarily strong, and that Hugh nurtures the bees that live in his stomach.  Out of all the children that we met in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, however, it’s most fortunate that Jacob can still sense and kill deadly wights and hollowgasts. With their island destroyed, and headmistress Miss Peregrine locked in the body of a bird, the children must undertake a dangerous journey via time loops to London in order to find those who can free her.  Jacob’s budding relationship with Emma gives him strength to accept his growing peculiar powers.

- Cindy


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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

Ervin’s first novel is both slyly humorous and deeply thought provoking. Ray Welter is a wildly successful Chicago advertising executive- but he’s disgusted by his complicities in commercialism and alert to the Orwellian overtones in the world around him. Reaching rock bottom through too much whiskey and a failed marriage, he escapes to a remote island off the coast of Scotland. There he rents the house where George Orwell wrote 1984, hoping that isolation and immersion in Orwell’s writings will provide him the truth that he seeks. Taking up residence in an eccentric - and sometimes dangerous - community just may redeem him.

- Cindy


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The Harder They Come Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062349378
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Published: Ecco Press - March 31st, 2015

Sten Stenson, Vietnam vet and retired school principal, cannot escape his history of violence even as his only son Adam loses touch with reality.  Adam is increasingly and alarmingly unstable. He becomes involved with Sara, a much older woman who is an advocate of anarchy and does not recognize the U.S. government. Their joint disregard for law and order leads to a horrifying conclusion.  Based on a true story, Boyle has written yet another insightful novel that will leave you pondering America’s fascination with both power and rebellion.

- Cindy


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Manhattan Mayhem: New Crime Stories from Mystery Writers of America Cover Image
By Mary Higgins Clark (Editor), Lee Child (Contribution by), Jeffery Deaver (Contribution by)
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ISBN: 9781594747618
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Published: Quirk Books - June 2nd, 2015

Mysteries and Manhattan: two of my favorites! Join seventeen award-winning mystery writers as they each “visit" a neighborhood in Manhattan and bring you a delightful short mystery set there. Mary Higgins Clark goes to Union Square, Ben H. Winters wanders over to Chelsea, and Angela Zeeman tackles Wall Street. Humorous, noir, and in between – anyone who enjoys mysteries will enjoy keeping this book by the bedside and puzzling over a new mystery in Manhattan every night!

- Cindy
 


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

Caitlin is twelve, and while her single mother works long hours on the Seattle docks, she spends much time alone. She visits the aquarium every day after school to wait for her mother and to observe the fish she grows to identify with. The appearance there of an older man who befriends her sets off a series of staggering events that force Caitlin to question everything she understands about family, trust, love and forgiveness. Vann writes spare yet lyrical prose that underscores Caitlin’s resiliency and strength. In this extraordinarily powerful novel, “What do we owe for what has come before us?” is answered with shocking consequences.

- Cindy


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A Kim Jong-il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250054265
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Published: Flatiron Books - February 3rd, 2015

Dear Leader Kim Jong-Il is so obsessed with cinema that he might have, in another life, been a movie director.  But if you are the heir apparent to a ruthless dictatorship like North Korea you can instead create a “theater state,” scripting every move of the largest crew in the world - your own people.  Kim orders the kidnapping of a famous South Korean actress and her director husband in order to make North Korean film making more professional. The couple witness appalling violence, poverty, and constant propaganda while at the same time, indeed, creating a credible North Korean film industry.  The true story of this couple’s years in North Korea, making films and planning their daring escape at the same time, is as captivating as any movie thriller. Readers of The Orphan Master’s Son will find this an enlightening read providing context to that novel.

- Cindy


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ISBN: 9780316176538
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Published: Little Brown and Company - May 5th, 2015

“A man is a god in ruins. When men are innocent, life shall be longer, and shall pass into the immortal, as gently as we awake from dreams.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson). In this companion novel to Life After Life, Kate Atkinson again examines her theme of infinite chances. She turns her attention on Teddy, the adored brother of Ursula. We meet Teddy as an adult - RAF bomber pilot and family man- as he comes to terms with an increasingly modern era he did not expect to live to see.  By giving Teddy the opportunity to survive his harrowing WWII experience, Atkinson invites us to consider what makes a meaningful life and how we use the second chances we are given.

- Cindy