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Simple Stories (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375705120
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Published: Vintage - April 9th, 2002

From a series of free standing stories, a landscape emerges depicting the complex layers of East German society in the early days of reunification. Fascinating historical anthropology, but wait: there's also an intriguing homicide that slowly emerges as clues are gradually revealed in barely connected stories. What a brilliant literary method! It can be challenging to follow the plethora of characters--I had to read it twice before I figured out several of the subtler connections--but greatly worthwhile. I've never read anything quite like this book!   -Wayne


Exhalation: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101947883
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Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019

I have next to no interest in science fiction, but I am interested in technology and literature. This brilliant short story collection supplies both in abundance as the author executes skillful storytelling on wildly creative premises in believable ways. -Steve M.


On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525562023
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Published: Penguin Press - June 4th, 2019

Billed as a novel, this letter from Little Dog to his Vietnamese mother, who can't read, is poetic, intimate, graphic, deep, and yes, gorgeous. -Steve M.


The Overstory: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393356687
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2019

Probably the best book you will ever read. If you like trees going into this novel, you'll love them coming out. If you love them going in, you'll worship them at the end.  -Steve M.


The Hamlet (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679736530
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Published: Vintage - October 29th, 1991

Faulkner is my favorite writer - and I'm English. I don't think any other writer has attempted the novelistic experiments he managed over forty years. Published in 1940, The Hamlet follows the exploits of the Snopes family, formerly poor outcasts now become the up-and-coming grasping class, especially in the character of the wonderfully named Flem Snopes.  The novel incorporates some of Faulkner's best stories - "Spotted Horses," "Lizards in Jamshyd's Courtyard," and "Barn Burning," but perhaps the highlight of the book is the extended chapter about young Ike Snopes's love of a cow, at once hilarious and moving, though I also admire the long chapter about Mink Snopes and his long night with the hound. -Roland G.


Independent People (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679767923
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Published: Vintage - January 14th, 1997

I've persuaded many people to read this outstanding Icelandic novel written by its only Nobel Prize winning author, called "one of the best books of the twentieth-century." No one has complained. Bjartur has finally saved enough money to buy a modest farm in the country, a place he optimistically calls Summerhouses. But if his homestead is modest, Bjartur isn't. Stubborn, strong-willed, independent, he takes on the world and the past and anything else to make his way. It's a novel that seems to be set in a timeless space, an epic, and it breaks your heart.  -Roland G.


The Cellist of Sarajevo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594483653
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 31st, 2009

Despite having a Croation mother  and knowing about the Balkan war in the '90's, it wasn't until I read a BOOK that I was moved to visit and explore one of my honelands. The Cellist of Saragevo by Steven Galloway-his historical fiction-depicts the story of 3 people who interact with the cellist from the Sarajevo Symphony. He put on his tuxedo, left the safety(?) of his flat, and played Albinoni's 'Adagio for  Strings" for 22 days at the site of a bombing which killed 22 people in a bread  line in the besieged city, despite shells and sniper's bullets exploding all around him. Learning to live with war, acting on one's principles, and believing in humanity are all a part of this mesmerizing story based on true events.  -Larry J.


Mink River Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780870715853
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Published: Oregon State University Press - October 1st, 2010

Immerse yourself in this Oregon town, the people with their quirky natures , the web of relationships, a bit of the fantastical. A totally enjoyable READ. -Hilary C.


The Hired Man Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802121929
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Published: Grove Press - October 14th, 2014

How does a community go on after a civil war has split family and friends? Forna slowly reviels the secrets of the past. Great story telling, fascinating story--- a great READ.  -Hilary C.


Homegoing Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101971062
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

"Homegoing", by Yaa Gyasi, fed my current fascination with social history and family genealogy with its tales of the lineage of two half-sisters from Ghana to the United States. Written as short stories that could stand on their own, "Homegoing" ties the two continents through the eyes of these generations of women and tells an overall story of resilience and courage.
 


A Darker Shade of Magic Collector's Edition: A Novel (Shades of Magic #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765399113
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Published: Tor Books - October 31st, 2017

 An imaginative, magical universe that uses wit to play on our expectations of “black magic” and “magician”.  The rich backstories of Schwab's characters unravel as they leap from world to world, tantalizing the reader with a partially rendered picture that fills in as the plot darkens. Schwab’s heroine, Delilah Bard, has little to lose except the red blood in her veins, which leaks out at an alarming rate as she cuts her way through entangled plotlines. She'd have no business getting caught up in them,  if not for Kell, whose frown and nefarious-looking blackened eyeball play counterpoint to Delilah’s sparkling Cheshire Cat grin. Schwab takes  Delilah from her graying world to new adventures. By the end, however, it feels as if Delilah’s dragging Kell by the sleeve of his enigmatic overcoat.


A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143110439
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Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2019

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles is a gorgeous, lyrical novel that will pull you in from the first page. Told from the perspective of the former noble, now "non-person" Count Rostov, the story spans the history of Russia from the Revolution to the rise of Kruschev, weaving the personal, political, and the poetic into a mystery of loss and redemption. One of the best books I've read in years.


A Land More Kind Than Home: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062088239
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 22nd, 2013

Set in a small town in North Carolina, Cash's first novel is the story of misplaced faith and the way singular events have a way of unraveling our lives. Jess Hall's little brother Stump sees something he was not supposed to see, and what seems like an event that could have disappeared into the boys' heads as another adventure in adolescence, quickly propels Jess into adulthood in a heartbreaking way he never saw coming. A dark story with memorable, full-hearted characters.


A Severed Head Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780140020038
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Published: Penguin Books - November 18th, 1976

In this satirical romp of a story, British novelist, Iris Murdock, employs her glorious gift of prose to dig below the surface of romantic love and skewer the illusions that lead people into marriage, love affairs  and a virulent form of snake oil psychoanalysis. Her characters, hilariously draped in British reserve, commit outrageous acts and continuously keep you guessing. Murdoch's insight and mastery of language is second to none. She's worth rereading many times. 


The Art of Hearing Heartbeats: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781590514634
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Published: Other Press - January 31st, 2012

O.K.,  so call me a romantic. Sometimes I need a break from gritty realism. This is a sweet, unexpected lovestory that transports you and gets to the heart of love.


Autoboyography Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481481694
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 28th, 2018

Mormon Bishop’s son Sebastian is discovering his sexual orientation as our narrator Tanner and fellow teen falls for him in a big way; this love story is beautifully told and doesn’t demonize the Mormon faith, but it also doesn’t shy away from the difficulties of being gay within that framework. Relationships are realistic, interesting, and characters show development. A sweet and solid addition to the LGBTQ canon of young adult literature featuring a bisexual main character – it’s swoonworthy, even!


Black Swan Green: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812974010
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 27th, 2007

Mitchell is better known for Cloud Atlas, an ambitious and far-reaching novel, but for my money, this follow-up novel is the real gem. Set in the space of a year (1982, the year of the Falklands war) in a small town in Worcestershire, England, it again features a teenager trying to make sense of the world he finds himself in. Jason is a stammerer (as is Mitchell himself) trying to hide the fact from his schoolchums - he'd rather look stupid and say that 9 times 11 is 100 than struggle to say "ninety-nine" - and his story is written with compassion, humor, and deep insight.


Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary 'Jacky' Faber, Ship's Boy (Bloody Jack Adventures #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780152050856
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - June 10th, 2010

A young adult novel with a heroine who defines her own path in life, defies expectation, and takes the world by storm. Don’t let the title scare off the young readers in your life as there is actually very little blood. Meyer tells an adventure story on a turn-of-the- century battle ship, where a ship’s “boy” finds a place where she can show  leadership and survival skills she learned living as an orphan in a kids gang on the hard streets of London. Jackie’s precocious spirit steers her though one blustery gale after another, whether it be a dangerous mid-shipman on her own crew or a pirate captain. An adventure that will keep you captivated till the end of the book.


Conviction Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316528504
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Published: Mulholland Books - June 18th, 2019

Looking for a fast paced thriller that will pin you to your favorite reading spot from beginning to end? Then pick up "Conviction" by Denise Mina. It has all the perfect ingredients: the pitfalls and advantages of social media, ghost stories, a quick run through Venice, and even a gruesome underwater video.  Trust me, you won’t come back to the surface until the last page.


Dear Evan Hansen: THE NOVEL Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316420235
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Published: Poppy - October 9th, 2018

Okay, so this is teen angsty – but it’s compelling and poignant, oddly humorous, and is completely un-putdownable; in a way, it’s like an accident: you just can’t look away. Evan Hansen purports to have been friends with an acquaintance – Connor Murphy, who has committed suicide – a bizarre mix-up sends an odd situation on a new trajectory - one that gets Evan in deeper and deeper as he befriends Connor's grieving family, and he attempts to get the girl he’s been ogling - who happens to be the Connor’s sister. The book was written following the smash Broadway musical, and it’s most definitely read-worthy despite its novelization of that show: sweet, important, relatable.


Diary of a Murderer: And Other Stories Cover Image
By Young-ha Kim, Krys Lee (Translated by)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781328545428
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Published: Mariner Books - April 16th, 2019

If the idea of a serial killer with memory loss is intriguing - this may be the book for you! A fun, at times bizarre, collection of short stories, Young-Ha Kim's book does not disappoint.


Dracul Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735219359
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - October 1st, 2019

Although Dracul is bound to appeal to fans of Dracula it will also fascinate admirers of horror, gothic, and historically set novels.  The book uses Bram Stoker’s journal and the diary entries and letters of his siblings to tell the story of Stoker’s childhood.  It exposes the reader to the events that lead to the creation of Dracula.  Dracul expertly creates the dark mood of a gothic tale, while moving the story to a thrilling climax.  I recommend this shadowy, frightening tale.


Exhalation: Stories Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781101947883
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Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019

I have next to no interest in science fiction, but I am interested in technology and literature. This brilliant short story collection supplies both in abundance as the author executes skillful storytelling on wildly creative premises in believable ways.


Far from the Madding Crowd Cover Image
By Thomas Hardy, Rosemarie Morgan (Introduction by), Rosemarie Morgan (Notes by), Shannon Russell (Introduction by)
$10.00
ISBN: 9780141439655
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Published: Penguin Classics - April 29th, 2003

Oh, that stubborn, independent Bathsheba Everdene! With  a following of three suitors, she manages one of the largest estates in the area but her willfullness, decisions and their consequences threaten the community as lust, murder and mayhem ensue. Looking for love in all the wrong places....makes a really good story. 


Farewell Navigator: Stories Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781890447496
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Published: Open City Books - May 1st, 2008

Great collection of short stories by one of my new favorite writers. I just read her work recently and she is just the right amount of twisted!


Half Wild: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062444400
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Published: Ecco - May 9th, 2017

I'm a sucker for a collection of intertwining short stories. MacArthur's collection takes place in the Vermont wilderness, and in the words of the blurb, span the lives of "adolescent girls, aging hippies, hardscrabble farmers, disconnected women, and solitary men" over a forty year period. I just fell into this book both crying and laughing the whole way through. Read if you want to feel that deep, pit of the stomach, "life is fleeting but lovely" feeling.


The Hired Man Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802121929
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Published: Grove Press - October 14th, 2014

How does a community go on after a civil war has split family and friends? Forna slowly reveals the secrets of the past. Great story telling, fascinating story--- a great read.


Home Fire: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735217690
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 4th, 2018

A retelling of the Antigone story set in the modern day but with a twist - the action centers around a Muslim family and its political beliefs or lack of belief. The son Parvaiz, loyal to the memory of his radical father, goes to Raqqa to join the ISIS, but is sickened by the violence he sees. His sisters disagree over what to do. Told from various points of view, it a very affecting story, whose final scene is gripping. Shamsie studied fiction writing at the University of Massachusetts, although she is a Londoner.