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One of the Boys Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781501156168
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Published: Scribner Book Company - March 14th, 2017

After deserting their home state of Kansas because of a divorce, two unnamed boys and their father start a new life in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They all seem to have a good relationship and become accustomed to their new home. Their father, however, is slowly losing himself. Suffering through his emotional outbursts, anger, and newfound habits, the two boys must do all they can to survive, even as they are pitted against each other.

- Eli


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A List of Cages Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781484763803
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - January 10th, 2017

Julian is a high school freshman with a dark past. He is quiet, awkward, and shunned by his peers. Adam is a high school senior who is outgoing, and well liked by both his peers and teachers. Adam and Julian used to live together after a tragic situation, until Julian’s uncle tore the two apart. Now, Adam and Julian have been reunited in high school and the two reform their brother-like bond. Adam discovers a disturbing fact that Julian is hiding, and he must do whatever he can to save Julian’s life.

- Eli


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The Highway Kind: Tales of Fast Cars, Desperate Drivers, and Dark Roads: Original Stories by Michael Connelly, George Pelecanos, C. J. Box, Diana Gaba Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316394864
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Published: Mulholland Books - October 18th, 2016

In this collection of short crime stories, cars are the constant. Each story is fantastically written, and each of them has a personality of its own. From a man helping a child confront his abusive brother to two depression-era siblings recovering their dead uncle, to the story of a man trying to get revenge on his lawyer, they present to us an action-packed thrill ride sure to entertain car enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike. 

- Eli


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Exit West Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735212176
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

Saeed and Nadia are two law-abiding citizens caught in a state of anarchy within their city, after being overtaken by militants. Desperate to escape, the two avail themselves to a network of doors throughout the city made to whisk people away to a safer place. While traveling across the world through these doors, Saeed and Nadia experience things all too common for refugees: xenophobia, danger, and fear. Exit West is the story of a crisis that the world faces today, and one that puts the reader face to face with a frightening scenario not far from our reality.

- Eli


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Die Young with Me: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501142611
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Published: Touchstone Books - September 20th, 2016

If you’ve grown up in a small town, you can understand how boring daily life can be. This was all too true for Rob Rufus, until he discovered Punk Rock at his local record store. This revelation helped inspire him and his brother Nat, to start a Punk Rock band called Defiance of Authority.  After playing multiple local gigs, the band was invited to go on Warped Tour – a massive achievement and the opportunity to get national recognition. Unfortunately, Rob contracted a rare form of cancer, and his life got put on hold. Rob’s story is profoundly powerful, and Die Young with Me is a must read for anyone who has ever had cancer, or knows someone with the disease.

- Eli


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The Tourist Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316399425
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Published: Redhook - October 18th, 2016

Robert Dickinson seamlessly blends a mix of science fiction and mystery. The Tourist follows the story of Spens, a tour representative whose job is to supervise an excursion of clients on a trip to the mall in the 21st century. Due to advances in the future, citizens know what will happen to them. Using this information, tourism representatives will know everything that occurs on their excursions, including car accidents. However, what's not expected is the sudden disappearance of a client. The vanishing of this client proves to show Spens a world he's never seen before.

- Eli


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The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594205903
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Published: Penguin Press - June 14th, 2016

The conflict between Israel and Palestine is one of the most pressing topics of the 21st century, and in history as well. In The Way to the Spring, Ben Ehrenreich tells the story of numerous Palestinian citizens and the struggles they face with Israeli settlers, as well as confrontation with the overpowered Israeli Defense Force. Ehrenreich presents this information in a way that is sure to educate the reader and inspire others to advocate for the Palestinian people, much like he himself has done.

- Eli


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The Things They Carried Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780618706419
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Published: Mariner Books - October 13th, 2009

In this classic, Tim O’Brien presents a set of stories that shove the reader into both a soldier’s mind and a Vietnam battlefield. These stories tell of the atrocities that can overtake a soldier’s mind, and the horrors that are witnessed - a paranoid soldier who rips his own teeth out, a platoon of soldiers in the jungle who experience mind-boggling hallucinations, and a horrific battle on a field of human feces. Despite a work of fiction, The Things They Carried gives readers an idea of the physical and emotional strains that soldiers endured in Vietnam. 

- Eli


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Consequence: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781627795135
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - April 5th, 2016

Readers of war novels will definitely be captivated by this memoir. Eric Fair served in the Iraq war as a civilian contractor who interrogated various prisoners who were thought to have held important intelligence for the United States. This memoir focuses on the acts of interrogation that the United States used to retrieve intelligence, and how it affected Eric’s way of life in the years following the war. Fair reveals the truths of one of the most pressing issues of the twenty first century providing his own experiences, while telling his personal struggles of coming to terms with what he has done.

- Eli


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The Boys Cover Image
By Toni Sala, Mara Faye Lethem (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781931883498
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Published: Two Lines Press - November 10th, 2015

Over the past few years, Spain has faced both an economic crisis and a growing independence movement in the Catalan region. A Spanish native, Toni Sala is well aware of these issues that face the country. Using the situation, he blends in a fictional psychological thriller, creating a fantastic story. After two boys in the village of Vidreres die in a car wreck, a frightening truck driver, an old banker, an eccentric artist, and a heartbroken girl all become intertwined through the power of emotion. The Boys opened my eyes more to the current issues in Spain and entertained me at the same time.

- Eli


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

Ben Jones operates a trucking service through a remote road known as Route 117. On his route he services a wide variety of people, including a grouchy diner owner who chooses to keep it almost always closed, and a devout Christian man who spends his time carrying a giant wooden cross down Route 117. One day, Ben discovers an abandoned housing development, in which he finds a woman sitting in a house playing a cello. This encounter steers Ben into a conflict larger than he could ever imagine. Full of twists and turns, The Never-Open Desert Diner tells a fantastic story that will enthrall the masses.

- Eli


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If at Birth You Don't Succeed: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781627793643
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - March 8th, 2016

Zach Anner was born with cerebral palsy. Ever since he was in high school, he has held a passion for film and acting. After attending the University of Texas, his film career began to take off. Starring on various YouTube channels, and even holding his own television show on the Oprah Winfrey Network, Zach has made quite a name for himself. Besides being a television star, Zach also advocates for those with disabilities. One message he promotes is that those with disabilities are people too, and don’t need to be treated like second class citizens. If At Birth You Don’t Succeed is a heartwarming memoir sure to make everyone smile.

- Eli


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Perfectly Broken Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781611882186
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Published: Story Plant - March 8th, 2016

Grant, a former rock star, lives a relatively simple life. After the tragedy of 9/11, he moves to the Catskills of upstate New York with his wife and son. Perpetually haunted by memories of his father, Grant struggles with his mental health. Soon, Grant’s marriage is shattered by tragedy, and the entire family struggles to stay afloat. Perfectly Broken is a book full of tension that is sure to leave you on the edge of your seat.

- Eli


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A Hard and Heavy Thing Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781440591884
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Published: Gallery Books - January 2016

After 9/11, best friends Nick and Levi decide to join the army in a spurt of nationalism; however, what they experience is far from what they expected. After a horrible tragedy leaves Nick severely injured, he and Levi return home, with both physical and psychological wounds. Despite Levi's welcome from his community, he finds difficulty convalescing back into society. Hefti tells a story based from real life experience, which surely will ring familiar to those who have served our nation, appealing, in particular, to those interested in the treatment of American veterans.

- Eli


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Character, Driven Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765316332
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Published: Tor Teen - March 1st, 2016

Cliff Sparks is the average teenage boy; awkward, unnoticed, and looking for love. With these traits, Cliff’s life proves to be a challenge.  As a senior in high school, he has yet to “come of age” or in other words, lose his virginity. But, as soon as the new girl comes into town, Cliff makes it his goal to talk to her. Using elements of humor, Lubar perfectly tells the story of Cliff, including controversial topics like parental struggles, and mental health problems. Anyone who is a teenager, or a teen at heart, will love this captivating new novel. 

- Eli

 


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The Blue Line Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594206580
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Published: Penguin Press - January 26th, 2016

When Julia was five she discovered that she has the ability to see the futures of other people. Using this skill, she is able to discover shocking revelations that force her to try to prevent tragic events. The novel also focuses on Julia’s relationship with Theo, a fellow member of the Monteneros movement during the Argentinean dirty war of the 1970s. Betancourt describes all of the events in the text with incredible detail while drawing on her personal account of being involved in a similar historical altercation. This story is full of passion, adventure, tragedy, and ultimately will lead anyone to believe that love prevails over all obstacles.

- Eli


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Last Night in Montreal Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101911952
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Published: Vintage - August 4th, 2015

Readers of Station Eleven should check out this earlier novel by Mandel. In Last Night in Montreal, Lilia was abducted by her father many years ago and never saw her mother or brother again. Unaware of these circumstances, she traversed the United States with her father. As an adult, Lilia travels by herself, going from city to city finding a lover in each one, and eventually deserting them. They all seem to accept her leaving until she meets Eli, an art museum employee in New York City. But, this time when Lilia takes off, Eli follows her to Montreal where the secrets of his lover come undone before his very eyes.

- Eli


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The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God & Other Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594633249
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 13th, 2015

Etgar Keret’s storytelling powers are truly amazing; I found myself laughing, pondering life, and even feeling confused. His stories vary in topics, such as a child taking the responsibility of a piggy bank a little too seriously, an abusive girlfriend terrorizing her boyfriend, and a family miracle that turns out to be not quite a miracle after all. Keret saves the best for last, where the reader meets a man who provides shelter for those who have killed themselves, inside of a mysterious afterlife.

- Eli


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The Dog Stars Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307950475
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Published: Vintage Books - May 7th, 2013

Hig is one of the few survivors of the super flu that has wiped out much of humanity. He lives in an old airport, with his trusty 1956 Cessna airplane, Jasper; his dog and Bangley, a fellow survivalist. They live on the resources given to them, with little difficulty. One day, however, while Hig is flying, he receives a radio transmission from a nearby control tower, sparking his everlasting quest for knowledge to know who spoke with him that day. The Dog Stars is a spectacular craft of literature.

- Eli


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A Week at the Airport Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307739674
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Published: Vintage International - September 21st, 2010

Have you ever wanted to describe the feeling of being in an airport late at night, alone in the baggage claim, with the distant smells of jet fuel prominent? Or what about the feeling of staying in an airport hotel with the incredibly soft pillows that you’re forced to stay in when there is a mistake with your flight? Botton does a wonderful job of describing these normally unnoticed and indescribable feelings, while staying at London Heathrow airport in the U.K. He manages to fit a very interesting description of these hidden allures of an airport in such a small package, which I adore. 

- Eli


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Wolf by Wolf Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316405126
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 20th, 2015

What if the Axis powers won World War II? Wolf by Wolf follows the story of Yael, a Jewish death camp escapee with the ability to skin shift, and make herself look completely different. The one thing she wants the most is to avenge those who died to let her get to where she is. And the only way to do that is to kill the Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler. When she finds out about the Axis tour, a cross continent motorcycle race, she decides to join, and make use of her skin shifting powers. Wolf by Wolf kept me on the edge of my seat, and is perfect for a history lover!

- Eli


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Angry Optimist: The Life and Times of Jon Stewart Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250080479
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - July 21st, 2015

Jon Stewart, or Jon Leibowitz, is hailed as one of the funniest people on television. His anti-extremism within both political parties, empathy for others, and amazing wit have helped him gain much attention from people all around the world. Listing life events from his soccer career at William and Mary College to the end of his job as the host of The Daily Show, Lisa Rogak does a fantastic job of describing his odd wonderful life.

- Eli


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Gold Fame Citrus Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594634239
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 29th, 2015

In the not so distant future, much of the Western United States has fallen into ruin due to drought. Luz and Ray are two lovers who choose to remain on the land, surviving on anything they can find. An odd child crosses paths with the two, however, and everything changes. With realistic settings and powerful language, Watkins brings something to the table for everyone. An absolute must read for anyone feeling adventurous.

- Eli


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The Girl from the Garden Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062388384
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Published: Ecco Press - August 18th, 2015

The Girl from the Garden tells the story of a Jewish family in twentieth-century Iran with a focus on Asher Malcouti, the leader of the family. Asher is extremely wealthy, with his wealth only growing stronger. The one thing he wants is a son to whom he can leave his wealth; however, he is unable to conceive a son. Asher will go to extraordinary lengths in order to get what he wants, even if it means to sacrifice the wants of others along the way. The Girl from the Garden by Parnaz Foroutan is a heart-wrenching tale, with an ending sure to leave you speechless.

- Eli