Posted on: July 12, 2016

The Tempest

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Posted on: June 3, 2016

Washington Square

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Posted on: March 16, 2016

Great Expectations

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Posted on: November 13, 2015

Madame Bovary

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Posted on: November 13, 2015

Beloved

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Mill on the Floss

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Pale Fire

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Bleak House

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Middlemarch

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Light in August

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Posted on: October 17, 2016

The Marriage of Opposites

The Marriage of Opposites

by Alice Hoffman
Dreaming of an exotic life in Paris while coming of age in a St. Thomas refugee community, young Rachel is forced to marry a widower before falling scandalously in love and becoming the mother of Impressionist master Camille Pissarro....read more...

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Posted on: September 14, 2016

Nora Webster

Nora Webster

by Colm Tóibín
Set in Wexford, Ireland, Colm Tóibín's superb seventh novel introduces the formidable, memorable, and deeply moving Nora Webster. Widowed at forty, with four children and not enough money, Nora has lost the love of her life, Maurice, the m......read more...

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Posted on: August 12, 2016

The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House

The Residence

by Kate Andersen Brower
An intimate account of White House life from the perspectives of the service staff from the Kennedys through the Obamas details their friendships, marriages, everyday activities, and elaborate state dinners....read more...

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Posted on: July 15, 2016

Dimestore: A Memoir

Dimestore

by Lee Smith

In her first work of nonfiction, an author recounts her early days in the small coal town of Grundy, Virginia — and beyond.

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Posted on: June 10, 2016

Three Strong Women

Three Strong Women

by Marie NDiaye; translated by John Fletcher
The U.S. release of a Prix Goncourt-winning novel follows the intertwined stories of three women who discover the power of saying no, including a French-born lawyer who must save a victim of her tyrannical fat......read more...

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Euphoria

Euphoria

by Lily King
Frustrated by his research efforts and depressed over the death of his brothers, Andre Banson runs into two fellow anthropologists, a married couple, in 1930s New Guinea and begins a tumultuous relationship with them....read more...

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

A Strangeness in My Mind

A Strangeness in My Mind

by Orhan Pamuk
Selling Turkish spirits on the street and dreaming of becoming rich in a rapidly developing Istanbul, street youth Melvut Karatas elopes with the wrong woman and builds a family over decades marked by a series of dead-end jobs and an endur......read more...

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Posted on: March 17, 2016

Alice in Bed

Alice in Bed

by Judith HooperReviewed by Linda:In Amherst author Judith Hooper’s fascinating work of historical fiction it wasn’t hysteria that kept the brilliant Alice James trapped in bed. Sister to the famous writer Henry and psychologist William, she suffered ......read more...

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Posted on: February 17, 2016

Deep South

Deep South

by Paul Theroux
One of the most acclaimed travel writers of our time turns his unflinching eye on an American South too often overlooked. Paul Theroux has spent fifty years crossing the globe, adventuring in the exotic, seeking the rich history and folkl......read more...

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Posted on: December 24, 2015

Delicious

Delicious

by Ruth Reichl
Working as a public relations hotline consultant for a once-prestigious culinary magazine, Billie Breslin unexpectedly enters a world of New York restaurateurs and artisanal purveyors while reading World War II letters exchanged between a ......read more...

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Posted on: December 24, 2015

The Hilltop

The Hilltop

by Assaf Gavron
Life in a West Bank settlement from one of Israel's most acclaimed young novelists, skewering the complex, often absurd reality of life in Israel, the West Bank settlers, and the nation's relationship to the United States....read more...

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Posted on: November 13, 2015

Dear Life

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Some Luck

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Posted on: September 6, 2016

Fates and Furies

Fates and Furies

by Lauren Groff

An exhilarating novel about marriage, creativity, art, and perception.

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Posted on: May 25, 2016

The Job: True Tales from the Life of a New York City Cop

The Job

by Steve Osborne
A retired NYPD lieutenant shares the most entertaining and engrossing true stories from his two decades on the beat, including when he mistook a dentist as an armed robbery suspect and a strange request made by the mother of a suspected ......read more...

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Posted on: May 25, 2016

An Unmarked Grave

An Unmarked Grave

by Charles Todd
When battlefield nurse Bess Crawford, while contending with wounded soldiers and influenza patients, stumbles upon the body of an officer and family friend who has been murdered, she – using her father's connections in the milit......read more...

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Posted on: March 23, 2016

All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See

by Anthony Doerr

A blind French girl on the run from the German occupation and a German orphan-turned-Resistance tracker struggle with their respective beliefs after meeting on the Brittany coast.

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Posted on: February 24, 2016

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Being Mortal

by Atul Gawande
Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Gawande asserts that medicine can comfort and enha......read more...

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Posted on: February 17, 2016

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (DVD)

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

directed by John Madden

When seven cash-strapped seniors decide to 'outsource' their retirement to a resort in far-off India, friendship and romance blossom in the most unexpected ways.

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Posted on: December 31, 2015

Mr. Holmes (DVD)

Mr. Holmes

directed by Bill Condon
In 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Ho......read more...

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Posted on: November 25, 2015

Strangers in Good Company (DVD)

Strangers in Good Company

directed by Cynthia Scott
Seven elderly women and their bus driver band together to survive when their bus breaks down in the Quebec countryside. As they draw closer, the women begin to share stories from their pasts....read more...

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Posted on: November 25, 2015

Counter Clockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility

Counter Clockwise

by Ellen J. Langer
If we could turn back the clock psychologically, could we also turn it back physically? For more than thirty years, award-winning social psychologist Ellen Langer has studied this provocative question, and now, in Counter Clockwise, sh......read more...

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Posted on: September 7, 2016

The Warded Man

The Warded Man

by Peter V. Brett
As darkness falls each night, the corelings rise, demons who well up from the ground like a hellish steam, and when young Arlen decides to brave the night roads and face the demons, he attempts something not dreamt of since ancient time......read more...

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Posted on: September 7, 2016

Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick

Selected Stories of Philip K Dick

With an introduction by Jonathan Lethem
This collection of stories by the master of science fiction includes "The Minority Report," about the creator of an innovative crime prevention system who himself falls victim to his own invention....read more...

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Posted on: August 4, 2016

Sorcerer to the Crown

Sorcerer to the Crown

by Zen Cho
While trying to discover why England's magical stocks are drying up, Zacharias Wythe, freed slave and Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers, meets an unusual woman whose power could alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain....read more...

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Posted on: July 15, 2016

Red Rising

Red Rising

by Pierce Brown
This tale set in a bleak future society torn by class divisions follows the experiences of secret revolutionary Darrow, who after witnessing his wife's execution by an oppressive government joins a revolutionary cell and attempts to infil......read more...

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Posted on: June 10, 2016

Watership Down

Watership Down

by Richard Adams
An allegorical tale of survival about a band of wild rabbits who leave their ancestral home to build a more humane society, Watership Down chronicles their adventures as they search for a safe place to establish a new warren where they c......read more...

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Foreigner

Foreigner

by C. J. Cherryh
Two hundred years after a group of humans had lost a war to the atevi, Bren Cameron, the only human allowed into the atevi society, realizes he must forge a bond between the two seemingly incompatible species....read more...

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Theft of Swords

Theft of Swords

by Michael J. Sullivani

Two thieves in the wrong place at the wrong time are on the run in this fast-paced adventure fantasy.

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Posted on: March 17, 2016

Redshirts

Redshirts

by John Scalzi
Enjoying his assignment with the xenobiology lab on board the prestigious Intrepid, ensign Andrew Dahl worries about casualties suffered by low-ranking officers during away missions before making a shocking discovery about the starship's a......read more...

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Posted on: December 4, 2015

Legends: Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy

Legends

edited by Robert Silverberg
A collection of original short novels by such acclaimed authors as Stephen King, Robert Jordan, Anne McCaffrey, Ursula K. Le Guin, Orson Scott Card, and Terry Goodkind returns each to his own special fantasy world for a new an......read more...

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Posted on: December 4, 2015

Embassytown

Embassytown

by China Miéville
Retaining a tenuous peace on a distant planet in the far future, humans and aliens work together through a mutually beneficial economic arrangement that is threatened by the arrival of a new group of humans that destabilizes the world's......read more...

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Posted on: November 13, 2015

The Name of the Wind

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Goblin Emperor

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Posted on: October 19, 2016

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

An Unquiet Mind

by Kay Redfield Jamison
The personal story of a manic depressive and a world-renowned authority on the subject describes the onset of the illness during her teenage years and her determined journey through the realm of available treatments....read more...

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Posted on: September 14, 2016

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking

Quiet

by Susan Cain
A former Wall Street attorney and business coach demonstrates how introverted people are misunderstood and undervalued in today's culture, charting the rise of "the extrovert ideal" while sharing anecdotal examples to counsel read......read more...

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Posted on: August 12, 2016

On the Move: A Life

On the Move

by Oliver Sacks
Recounts the author's life and career, sharing his experiences as a neurologist in the early 1960s, his obsession with motorcycles and speed, and finding a long-forgotten illness in the wards of a New York chronic hospital....read more...

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Posted on: July 15, 2016

Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir

Not My Father's Son

by Alan Cumming
In his unique and engaging voice, the acclaimed actor of stage and screen shares the emotional story of his complicated relationship with his father and the deeply buried family secrets that shaped his life and career....read more...

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Posted on: June 23, 2016

God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine

God's Hotel

by Victoria Sweet
This portrait of America's last surviving almshouse describes the author's long-time practice at Laguna Honda Hospital, explaining how its extraordinary patients and low-tech focus on "attentive medicine" transformed her views......read more...

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Giovanni's Room

Giovanni's Room

by James Baldwin

An American, separated from his fiancee, becomes involved in an intense relationship with a young Italian bartender while in Paris.

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux

Black Elk Speaks

by Black Elk and John G. Neihardt
Reveals the life of Lakota healer Nicholas Black Elk as he led his tribe's battle against white settlers who threatened their homes and buffalo herds, and describes the victories and tragedies at Little Bighorn and Wound......read more...

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Posted on: March 17, 2016

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Half the Sky

by Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn
A Pulitzer Prize-winning husband-and-wife team speaks out against the oppression of women in the developing world, sharing example stories about victims and survivors who are working to raise awareness, counter ......read more...

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Posted on: February 17, 2016

Say What You Will

Say What You Will

by Cammie McGovern
Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can't walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, ......read more...

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Posted on: December 24, 2015

How to Be Black

How to Be Black

by Baratunde Thurston
An editor at The Onion presents a tongue-in-cheek guide to being black that pokes fun at the so-called experts, purists, and racists who think they know what black people believe, do, stand for, and like....read more...

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Posted on: December 24, 2015

The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried

by Tim O'BrienThe Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O'Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at t......read more...

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Blindsight

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

The New Jim Crow

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Wonder

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Limbo

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Voices of Our Time

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Moving Violations

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Posted on: August 12, 2016

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by Sherman Alexie

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

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Posted on: July 12, 2016

Golden Boy

Golden Boy

by Abigail Tarttelin
Presenting themselves to the world as an effortlessly excellent family, successful criminal lawyer Karen, her Parliament candidate husband and her intelligent athlete son, Max, find their world crumbling in the wake of a friend's bet......read more...

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Posted on: June 23, 2016

The Selection

The Selection

by Kiera Cass
Sixteen-year-old America Singer is living in the caste-divided nation of Illâea, which formed after the war that destroyed the United States. America is chosen to compete in the Selection – a contest to see which girl can win the ......read more...

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Speak

Speak

by Laurie Halse Anderson

A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

The Magicians

The Magicians

by Lev Grossman
After graduating from a secret, exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, Quentin Coldwater finds that a fictional land from a series of childhood fantasy novels is real, but is more darker and dangerous than he could have imagined.......read more...

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Posted on: March 17, 2016

Let's Get Lost

Let's Get Lost

by Adi Alsaid
A love-seeking mechanic, a dramatic petty thief, a disappointed planner and a broken-hearted teen all find their lives transformed as each shares whirlwind adventures with a girl in an insanely red car....read more...

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Posted on: February 17, 2016

A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time

by Madeleine L'Engle

Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

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Posted on: December 4, 2015

The Lover's Dictionary

The Lover's Dictionary

by David Levithan

A modern love story told through a series of dictionary-style entries is a sequence of intimate windows into the large and small events that shape the course of a romantic relationship.

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Posted on: December 4, 2015

The Outsiders

The Outsiders

by S. E. Hinton

A revealing account of the tensions, fears, and frustrations of gang life from a teenage boy's point of view.

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Posted on: October 28, 2015

Ready Player One

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Bone Gap

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Posted on: November 16, 2016

B&N bookfair supporting the library on Dec 4th

Barnes and Noble Bookfair

If you shop at Barnes & Noble in Hadley on Sunday, December 4th, 2016, and you present this voucher at checkout, a percentage of your purchases will be donated to the Jones Library and branches!
Or, you can place an online order on that date, and enter t...Read more »

Posted on: November 16, 2016

Jones Library trustee Michael Wolff dies at 89

Michael Wolff

From the Daily Hampshire Gazette article by Scott Merzbach (November 15, 2016):
University of Massachusetts professor emeritus Michael Wolff, an elected trustee for the Jones Library, has died at the age of 89.“No one was a better advocate for the Jone...Read more »

Posted on: September 14, 2016

UPDATED: Munson Library Closed Until Oct 3rd

UPDATE: Due to continued work on the building, the Munson Memorial Library will be closed until Monday, October 3rd, at the earliest.

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The Munson Memorial Library in South Amherst will be closed until Monday, September 26th, due to the repair and...Read more »

Posted on: July 22, 2016

UPDATED: Library Trustee Vacancy to be filled by Joint Election with Select Board

The date for election of a Jones Library Trustee will now be at a joint meeting of the Select Board and the remaining members of the Jones Library Trustees on Sept 26, 2016 . A Letter of Interest must be received by 4 p.m. Wed., Sept. 21, 2016.
The perso...Read more »

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Posted on: September 1, 2016

Amity Street Sidewalk Closed Beginning Sept 6th

Sidewalk Closed Sign

Beginning on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016, the sidewalk in front of the Jones Library will be closed due to a construction project to improve the crosswalk, the sidewalk, and a section of Amity Street. The sidewalk, the adjacent parking spots, and the lib...Read more »

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Posted on: July 6, 2016

The Oxford English Dictionary: 'Nothing Else Comes Close'

Excerpt from the OED (word-twisting)

The Oxford English Dictionary.
It calls itself "the definitive record of the English Language," and rightly so. If you're a writer, a poet, or just a "word-lover" (first documented usage in 1857, says the OED), you might lose yourself...Read more »

Posted on: June 28, 2016

Munson Library Open During Sidewalk Construction

Munson Sidewalk Construction

The sidewalk leading to the Munson Memorial Library entrances will be replaced beginning June 28, 2016. The work is expected to take about 3 weeks.

The library will be open during the construction. However, library patrons will be asked to enter the li...Read more »

Posted on: May 6, 2016

Amity Street Lot Closed for Construction

Beginning on Monday, May 9th, 2016, work will begin to demolish and rebuild the Amity Street Parking Lot. The work includes complete demolition, repaving, lighting and electric, drainage, curbing, and sidewalks.

The entire parking lot and sidewalk on ...Read more »

Map of Alternative Parking Options
Posted on: March 31, 2016

Garden Statement from the Jones Library Trustees

Trustee President Austin Sarat, writing on behalf of the Jones Library Board of Trustees, addresses concerns about the library garden in the following statement:

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Posted on: January 22, 2016

Significant Robert Frost Donation Given to the Jones Library

PRESS RELEASE

The family of Warren R. Brown has generously donated an exciting new addition to the Robert Frost Collection housed in Special Collections at The Jones Library. These items highlight Frost’s connection to Brown, his good friend and a long...Read more »

Posted on: January 22, 2016

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We've just launched Jones Library News -- an email newsletter with announcements from our libraries about special events, services, collections, and more.

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Posted on: October 21, 2015

Encyclopedia of Business and Finance (2014)

Encyclopedia of Business and Finance

Designed for the nonspecialist, the Encyclopedia of Business and Finance is a 2-volume complete reference covering five general areas: finance and banking; accounting; marketing; management; and information systems. Drawing on practical professional exper......read more...

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Posted on: October 21, 2015

Business Plans Handbook (2014)

Business Plans Handbook

Actual business plans compiled by – and aimed at – entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses. Presents sample plans taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail, and service industries which serve as examples of how to approach, structure, ......read more...

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Posted on: October 21, 2015

Career Information Center (2014)

Career Information Center

Provides the most current information available on careers in the United States and Canada to people of all ages and all stages of career development. Each volume covers a career cluster and its common career pathways. Job profiles cover the following: jo......read more...

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Posted on: October 21, 2015

The College Blue Book (2014)

The College Blue Book

Guide to thousands of 2-year and 4-year schools in the U.S. and Canada. Covers the expected listings and detailed descriptions, degree programs offered, scholarships, and occupational education programs.Free access with a Jones Library card...read more...

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Posted on: October 21, 2015

Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans (2014)

Scholarships, Fellowships, and Loans

Provides comprehensive information on sources of education-related financial aid sponsored and administered by private organizations and companies. Covers a variety of programs in all educational areas, including area and ethnic studies, business, compute......read more...

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Posted on: October 21, 2015

Career and Technical Education (2014)

Career and Technical Education

Explores the issues surrounding career and technical education.

Free access with a Jones Library card

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Posted on: October 21, 2015

Business Plans Handbook (2014)

Business Plans Handbook

Actual business plans compiled by – and aimed at – entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses. Presents sample plans taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail, and service industries which serve as examples of how to a......read more...

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Posted on: October 21, 2015

Encyclopedia of Business and Finance (2014)

Encyclopedia of Business and Finance

Designed for the nonspecialist, the Encyclopedia of Business and Finance is a 2-volume complete reference covering five general areas: finance and banking; accounting; marketing; management; and information systems. Drawing on practical professional exper......read more...

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Posted on: September 25, 2015

The Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health (2015)

Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health

This encyclopedia covers various issues related to one's aging body, how diseases affect it, and treatment options – including medications. Also includes topics specific to the aging population.Free access with a Jones Library card...read more...

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Posted on: September 25, 2015

The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine (2014)

Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

This encyclopedia covers all aspects of the subject including therapies, conditions/diseases, herbs/plants, and people. Identifies numerous types of alternative medicine being practiced today, including reflexology, acupressure, acupuncture, chelation the......read more...

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Posted on: September 25, 2015

The Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests (2014)

Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests

This encyclopedia provides coverage of numerous surgical procedures, medical tests, and related topics – such as anesthetics, common lab test and procedures, medications, and postoperative care. Entries for medical tests and surgical procedures include: d......read more...

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Posted on: September 29, 2015

The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health (2013)

Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health

This encyclopedia provides detailed information on mental disorders and conditions. It also features entries for prescription, alternative, and over-the-counter drugs, as well as various therapies.

Free access with a Jones Library card

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Posted on: October 6, 2015

The Age of Exploration (2013)

The Age of Exploration

This volume in Lucent's World History series tells the story of the Age of Exploration, beginning with the efforts of Prince Henry the Navigator of Portugal in the 15th century, and covering major discoveries and expeditions through the late 17th century.......read more...

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Posted on: October 6, 2015

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (2013)

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture

This encyclopedia includes more than 3,000 signed essays, written or reviewed by subject experts. Entries cover topics and people in major areas of popular culture: film, music, print culture, social life, sports, television and radio, and art and perform......read more...

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Posted on: October 6, 2015

Women Civil Rights Leaders (2013)

Women Civil Rights Leaders

The Lucent Library of Black History places important topics in context so that readers will understand the connection between black history and the sweep of America's story. This volume covers African American women civil rights workers.

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Posted on: October 6, 2015

Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America (2014)

The Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America

This encyclopedia includes 23 new ethnic groups and contains 152 revised ethnic entries on specific minority groups in the United States, with an emphasis on culture (religions, holidays, customs, language) in addition to information on historical backgro......read more...

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Posted on: October 6, 2015

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia (2003)

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia

A completely revised and updated version of the original work published in Germany in 1960, this edition incorporates recent developments in the animal world as noted by prominent advisors and contributors from the scientific community.

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Posted on: October 6, 2015

Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America (2014)

The Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America

This encyclopedia includes 23 new ethnic groups and contains 152 revised ethnic entries on specific minority groups in the United States, with an emphasis on culture (religions, holidays, customs, language) in addition to information on historical backgro......read more...

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Posted on: October 6, 2015

Women Civil Rights Leaders (2013)

Women Civil Rights Leaders

The Lucent Library of Black History places important topics in context so that readers will understand the connection between black history and the sweep of America's story. This volume covers African American women civil rights workers.

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Posted on: October 6, 2015

Achieving Sustainability (2014)

Achieving Sustainability

This book is aimed at readers who are not experts in the field and the material is relevant to courses in natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. It presents and analyzes the underpinnings of the multi-disciplinary concept of sustainability......read more...

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Posted on: October 6, 2015

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (2013)

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture

This encyclopedia includes more than 3,000 signed essays, written or reviewed by subject experts. Entries cover topics and people in major areas of popular culture: film, music, print culture, social life, sports, television and radio, and art and perform......read more...

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Posted on: October 6, 2015

The Age of Exploration (2013)

The Age of Exploration

This volume in Lucent's World History series tells the story of the Age of Exploration, beginning with the efforts of Prince Henry the Navigator of Portugal in the 15th century, and covering major discoveries and expeditions through the late 17th century.......read more...

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Posted on: October 6, 2015

Achieving Sustainability (2014)

Achieving Sustainability

This book is aimed at readers who are not experts in the field and the material is relevant to courses in natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. It presents and analyzes the underpinnings of the multi-disciplinary concept of sustainability......read more...

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Posted on: October 6, 2015

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia (2003)

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia

A completely revised and updated version of the original work published in Germany in 1960, this edition incorporates recent developments in the animal world as noted by prominent advisors and contributors from the scientific community.

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Posted on: November 30, 2016

The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living

by Louise Miller

Reviewed by Janet:

When a Baked Alaska disaster forces pastry chef Olivia Rawlings to flee Boston, she never images that refuge with her best friend in rural Vermont would lead her to the Sugar Maple Inn and a new job.  Drawn into ...

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Posted on: November 23, 2016

Break in Case of Emergency

Break in Case of Emergency

by Jessica Winter

Reviewed by Linda:

Jump in to this entertaining satirical novel along with Jen, a likeable New Yorker in her early 30s, her delightfully goofy husband Jim, and her two beloved best friends. Jen has a poorly defined job at a philanthropy fo...

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Posted on: November 16, 2016

The Book of Speculation

The Book of Speculation

by Erika Swyler

Reviewed by Janet:

On the verge of losing both his home (perched on a cliff) and his job as a reference librarian (budget cuts), Simon’s life is shaken even further when he receives an old circus log book that mentions the name of his grandm...

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Posted on: November 9, 2016

Charlotte

Charlotte

by David FoenkinosReviewed by Linda:This award-winning French novel, composed as a prose poem, tells the heartbreaking life story of the brilliant artist Charlotte Salomon, who was killed by the Nazis at age 26. Salomon must, from a young age, overcom...Read more...

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Posted on: November 2, 2016

Homegoing

Homegoing

by Yaa GyasiReviewed by Janet:Half-sisters Effia and Esi were born in different villages in 18th century Ghana, and they never know each other. Alternating chapters trace the generations of Effia’s descendants in Ghana and Esi’s in the United States,...Read more...

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Posted on: October 26, 2016

Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia

Putin Country

by Anne GarrelsReviewed by Linda:Vladimir Putin has become a topic in the U.S. presidential election. Anne Garrels, longtime NPR foreign correspondent, believes that Americans have little understanding of why the Russian people are so loyal to him, de...Read more...

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Posted on: October 19, 2016

Before the Fall

Before the Fall

by Noah HawleyReviewed by Janet:Eighteen minutes after taking off from Martha’s Vineyard, a private plane headed for New York City crashes into the ocean. While a team of experts try to figure out what caused the crash, the survivors try to put the p...Read more...

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Posted on: October 12, 2016

The Girls

The Girls

by Emma ClineReviewed by Linda:In this rich and insightful novel, Emma Cline has re-created the infamous Charles Manson cult as seen through the eyes of a young teenage girl. Evie, who is soon to be shipped off to boarding school by her distracted par...Read more...

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Posted on: October 5, 2016

Eligible

Eligible

by Curtis SittenfeldReviewed by Janet:After her father’s heart attack, Liz Bennet comes home to Cincinnati to help out her parents, and meets Fitzwilliam Darcy, a neurosurgeon, at a barbecue hosted by the Lucases. Liz’s older sister, Jane, meets Chip...Read more...

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Posted on: September 28, 2016

Catastrophic Happiness

Catastrophic Happiness

by Catherine NewmanReviewed by Linda:Wow, can Amherst resident Catherine Newman write! She elevates her tales of parenting two children into an art form. Required reading for new parents and for any parent wanting to recall that exhausting, messy, ex...Read more...

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Posted on: September 21, 2016

The Summer Before the War

The Summer Before the War

by Helen SimonsonReviewed by Janet:From the author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand comes a novel set in the early days of World War I. After the death of her father, Beatrice Nash finds a post as a Latin teacher in Rye on the coast of England. An in...Read more...

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Posted on: September 14, 2016

Shelter

Shelter

by Jung YunReviewed by Linda:This powerful novel, by Valley author Jung Yun, exposes the dark secrets hidden by an outwardly successful Korean American family living in a Massachusetts college town. The novel tells the story of Kyung Cho, a young husb...Read more...

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Posted on: September 7, 2016

Life Without a Recipe

Life Without a Recipe

by Diana Abu-JaberReviewed by Janet:In this memoir, novelist Diana Abu-Jaber, author of Crescent and Birds of Paradise, looks at her life as a celebration of journeying without a map, of finding one’s own way through life in a way that may not meet th...Read more...

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Posted on: August 31, 2016

The Nest

The Nest

by Cynthia D'Aprix SweeneyReviewed by Linda:The adult children in the dysfunctional Plumb family have long looked forward to the date when they will finally receive the monies in their joint trust fund. Each of the four siblings in this entertaining n...Read more...

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Posted on: August 24, 2016

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

by Chris CleaveReviewed by Janet:The author of Little Bee brings World War II London to life in his newest novel inspired by his grandparents’ love letters. Mary North is assigned to be a teacher after she volunteers at the War Office, which is how s...Read more...

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Posted on: August 17, 2016

Spill Simmer Falter Wither

Spill Simmer Falter Wither

by Sara BaumeReviewed by Linda:Language lovers, this novel will thrill you to the core with its sentences that taste and devour the gorgeous wildness of Ireland. The book takes us on a journey around that land in the company of two outcasts, one human...Read more...

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Posted on: August 10, 2016

The Girl in the Red Coat

The Girl in the Red Coat

by Kate Hamer
reviewed by JanetBeth finds herself living every parent’s nightmare – her 8 year old daughter Carmel disappears while they are visiting an outdoor festival. Their separate stories are told in alternating sections as they try to hold on t...Read more...

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Posted on: August 3, 2016

Best Boy

Best Boy

by Eli GottliebReviewed by Linda:If you enjoyed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, then you will welcome this moving, eloquent novel about Todd Aaron, an autistic man of 50 who lives in a progressive institution. Sensitively told from T...Read more...

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Posted on: July 27, 2016

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

by Helen Oyeyemi
Reviewed by JanetFrom the author of Boy, Snow, Bird comes a collection of vaguely interconnected short stories, all of which have in common the theme of keys, literal and metaphorical. As doors, secrets, books, and boxes are unlocked,...Read more...

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Posted on: July 20, 2016

Vanessa and Her Sister

Vanessa and Her Sister

by Priya ParmarReviewed by Linda:I was mesmerized by this novel about the Bloomsbury Group, which is told from the perspective of the artist Vanessa Bell, sister of Virginia Woolf. In 1905 in the London neighborhood of Bloomsbury, Vanessa and her thre...Read more...

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Posted on: July 13, 2016

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

by Phaedra Patrick
Reviewed by JanetIt’s the anniversary of his wife’s death, and Arthur Pepper diverges from his strict daily schedule to finally clear out her closet. Wedged in the toe of a boot, he finds an expensive piece of jewelry – a charm brac...Read more...

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Posted on: July 6, 2016

The Dogs of Littlefield

The Dogs of Littlefield

by Suzanne BerneReviewed by Linda:In this comedy of manners, a bitter divide forms between dog owners and dog-less residents in a Massachusetts college town that sounds very similar to our own. Someone is poisoning the town's dogs, and the regulars at...Read more...

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Posted on: June 29, 2016

When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air

by Paul Kalanithi
Reviewed by Janet:Paul Kalanithi was a promising young neurosurgeon on the verge of completing his residency. A talented doctor, he sought to connect with his patients as individuals, not merely problems to be fixed in surgery. Yet...Read more...

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Posted on: June 22, 2016

Horrorstör

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by Grady HendrixReviewed by Linda:This spoof of a horror tale takes place at the Ohio branch of an "Orsk" furniture store that greatly resembles a certain Scandinavian chain. The book is designed as a catalog with each chapter named after pi...Read more...

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Posted on: June 15, 2016

The Little Red Chairs

The Little Red Chairs

by Edna O’Brien
reviewed by JanetOne dark night, a self-proclaimed healer and therapist named Vlad arrives in a small Irish town. The townspeople begin to welcome him into their community, but their idyllic village is turned upside down when his true ...Read more...

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Posted on: June 8, 2016

The Evening Spider

Evening Spider

by Emily ArsenaultReviewed by Linda:Emily Arsenault, a Pioneer Valley resident, skillfully combines psychological suspense and true crime in her latest novel. A young mother named Frances is taken from her home and family, and confined to the Northamp...Read more...

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Posted on: June 1, 2016

The Widow

The Widow

by Fiona Barton
reviewed by JanetJean Taylor is plagued by the press after her husband is hit and killed by a bus, not because of his death, but rather because of the crime for which Glen was under investigation. Alternating between the aftermath of h...Read more...

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Posted on: May 25, 2016

A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy

A Mother's Reckoning

by Sue KleboldReviewed by Linda:The mother of Dylan Klebold--one of two perpetrators of the Columbine High School massacre--the author has spent the past fifteen years recalling every detail of her child’s life trying to comprehend how he became a mas...Read more...

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Posted on: May 18, 2016

American Housewife: Stories

American Housewife

by Helen Ellis
reviewed by JanetThese delightful short stories will definitely make you smile – and maybe even laugh out loud. From a war conducted via email about a co-op’s shared hallway to the unusual requirements for joining a book club, these sto...Read more...

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Posted on: May 11, 2016

Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape

Trace

by Lauret SavoyReviewed by Linda:Mount Holyoke professor Lauret Savoy, a scholar of environmental studies and geology and a woman of mixed heritage, writes lyrically of the American landscape and its troubled past. Which inhabitants of the land are re...Read more...

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Posted on: May 4, 2016

The Night Watch

The Night Watch

by Sarah Waters
Reviewed by Mia:Sarah Waters excels at revisiting iconic moments in British history and presenting these eras through unique viewpoints. In The Night Watch, she tells her story of London during WWII backwards, weaving together the lives...Read more...

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Posted on: April 27, 2016

The Lake House

The Lak e House

by Kate Morton
Reviewed by Janet:During a Midsummer’s Eve party in 1933, 18 month old Theo disappears from his nursery and is never found. Seventy years later, Detective Constable Sadie Sparrow, on leave from the London force, is visiting her grandfat...Read more...

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Posted on: April 20, 2016

The Clasp

The Clasp

by Sloane CrosleyReviewed by Linda:A debut novel from the author of I Was Told There'd Be Cake. Crosley writes entertainingly about 3 sophisticated twenty-somethings who are old college buddies. All are dissatisfied with their work and love lives and ...Read more...

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Posted on: April 13, 2016

Primates of Park Avenue

Primates of Park Avenue

by Wednesday Martin
Reviewed by Janet:This engaging and humorous memoir looks at the mothers of the Upper East Side of New York City from an unusual perspective. The author brings her expertise in anthropology and primatology to this habitat, and anal...Read more...

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Posted on: April 6, 2016

Alice in Bed

Alice in Bed

by Judith HooperReviewed by Linda:In Amherst author Judith Hooper’s fascinating work of historical fiction, it wasn’t hysteria that kept brilliant Alice James trapped in bed. Sister to the famous writer Henry and psychologist William, she suffered as ...Read more...

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Posted on: March 30, 2016

My Name is Lucy Barton

My Name is Lucy Barton

by Elizabeth Strout
Reviewed by Janet:Readers have been eagerly awaiting this new title from Pulitzer Prize winning author Elizabeth Strout, and here it is! During an extended hospital stay, Lucy Barton awakes to find her mother in the bedside chair....Read more...

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Posted on: March 23, 2016

Harriet Wolf's Seventh Book of Wonders

Harriet Wolf's Seventh Book of Wonders

by Julianna BaggottReviewed by Linda:Congratulations to Julianna Baggott of Amherst on her latest bestselling novel. Named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and widely praised by reviewers, the novel introduces us to three generations of women...Read more...

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Posted on: March 16, 2016

The Japanese Lover

The Japanese Lover

by Isabel Allende
Reviewed by Janet:While working in the Lark House nursing home, Irina becomes intrigued by the mysterious letters and gifts that resident Alma Belasco receives, never imagining a secret love affair that began over 70 years ago. As Al...Read more...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi CoatesReviewed by Linda:The latest winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction, "Between the World and Me" takes the form of a father's passionate letter to his son about racism in America. Although a short book, the devast...Read more...

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Posted on: March 2, 2016

The Witches: Salem, 1692

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by Stacy Schiff
Reviewed by Mia:If you have ever lived in Massachusetts or studied early American history, the story of the paranoia that swept through Salem in 1692 is hardly new. Rather than pointing to psychological causes that may have influenced ...Read more...

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Posted on: February 24, 2016

Fates and Furies

Fates and Furies

by Lauren Groff
Reviewed by Janet:This is the story of Lotto and Mathilde over the course of their life together, from the lean years after college to later successes. Halfway through the book, the perspective shifts and disparate story threads come t...Read more...

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Posted on: February 17, 2016

Memories

Memories

by Lang Leav
Reviewed by Cyndi:Lang Leav combines the best poems from her two previous publications in new ways alongside her latest work to create her most evocative book to date. Leav’s poems embody rather than express the complex emotions and experi...Read more...

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Posted on: February 10, 2016

This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance

This is Your Life, Harriet Chance

by Jonathan EvisonReviewed by Linda:Harriet Chance, age 78 and recently widowed, embarks on an Alaskan cruise that she was surprised to learn had been booked by her husband. On board, amid the overwhelming buffets and with views of stunning glaciers, ...Read more...

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Posted on: February 3, 2016

The Girl in the Spider's Web

The Girl in the Spider's Web

by David Lagercrantz
Reviewed by Janet:For those who enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Lisbeth Salander’s story continues here as Stieg Larsson’s trilogy is carried on by a new author. Journalist Mikael Blomquist stumbles upon a new story about......read more...

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Posted on: January 27, 2016

Erratic Facts

Erratic Facts

by Kay Ryan
Reviewed by Cyndi:Kay Ryan’s latest book of poetry, Erratic Facts, is a real gem: small in size, multi-faceted, and a rarity to be treasured. Her poems are small and narrow, but that is a clever visual deceit as the reader can quickly devou......read more...

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Posted on: January 20, 2016

Miss Emily

Miss Emily

by Nuala O'ConnorReviewed by Linda:Just when we think we are familiar with Emily Dickinson and her family, along comes Irish writer O'Connor with a refreshingly new perspective. In this eloquent historical novel, Emily is viewed through the eyes of th......read more...

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Posted on: January 13, 2016

In a Dark, Dark Wood

In a Dark, Dark Wood

by Ruth Ware
Reviewed by Janet:It’s been 10 years since Nora has seen Clare, her best friend from school. So it’s with great surprise that she is invited to attend Clare’s bachelorette celebration. Yet once there, secrets rankle in the secluded glas......read more...

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Posted on: January 6, 2016

Twain's End

Twain's End

by Lynn Cullen
Reviewed by Cyndi:Set at the end of Mark Twain’s life, this novel features the fictionalized account of Twain’s relationship with his secretary, Isabel Lyon. Based loosely on Lyon’s diary and Twain’s writings, Twain’s End reimagines the ......read more...

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Posted on: December 30, 2015

The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue

The Finest Hours

by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman Reviewed by Linda:This account of one of the most heroic rescues of all time will thrill readers who enjoyed The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger. In 1952, one of the worst nor'easters of the century hit New En......read more...

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Posted on: December 23, 2015

Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film

Three Minutes in Poland

by Glenn Kurtz
Reviewed by Janet:In 1938, David Kurtz filmed parts of his trip to Europe for a family film. In 2009, his grandson Glenn found the old film and became intrigued by the segment on a Jewish community in rural Poland. This memoir traces t......read more...

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Posted on: December 16, 2015

The Pursuit of Love & Love in a Cold Climate

The Pursuit of Love

by Nancy Mitford
Reviewed by Mia:Nancy Mitford’s writing career took off in the 1920s and 30s as she satirized the English country society of her youth. These two witty novels based on her own eccentric, interesting, controversial family depict the Ra......read more...

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Posted on: December 9, 2015

The Bishop's Wife

The Bishop's Wife

by Mette Ivie HarrisonReviewed by Linda:This intriguing novel takes the reader deep into the life of a Mormon family and especially its independent-minded wife and mother. Linda Wallheim struggles to fulfill her twin roles as homemaker and as unoffici......read more...

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Posted on: December 2, 2015

Balm

Balm

by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Reviewed by Janet:Sadie, Madge, and Hemp find themselves in Chicago in the aftermath of the Civil War, each searching for something as they begin a new life. The emotional injuries suffered due to the war and its aftermath chal......read more...

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Posted on: November 25, 2015

The Girl in the Dark

Girl in the Dark

by Anna Lyndsey
Reviewed by Roxanne:This memoir traces the development of Anna's rare medical condition, which makes her intolerant of both florescent and natural light, and reveals how she combats the despair that fills her as she attempts to live he......read more...

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Posted on: November 25, 2015

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared

The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

by Jonas JonassonReviewed by Linda:This humorous tale, an international bestseller originally published in Sweden, revolves around the escapades of one Allan Karlsson, a centenarian who chose to escape from a nursing home and spend his birthday on the......read more...

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Posted on: November 28, 2015

Kitchens of the Great Midwest

Kitchens of the Great Midwest

by J. Ryan Stradal
Reviewed by Janet:Each chapter in this book brings a new food or ingredient into Eva Thorvald's life – and her once-in-a-generation palate. From a tragic and challenging childhood, Eva's spirit and resilience help her to thrive and s......read more...

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Posted on: November 28, 2015

The Rocks

The Rocks

by Peter NicholsReviewed by Linda:A novel of two love stories set decades apart on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Mallorca. Much of the plot takes place at "the Rocks," a seaside resort for upscale British tourists. Lulu, the propriet......read more...

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Posted on: November 28, 2015

A Little Life

A Little Life

by Hanya Yanagihara
Reviewed by Janet:For readers who want to immerse themselves in the lives of four friends and the ebbs and flows of their relationships over the course of 30 years, this novel follows the daily lives of Jude, Willem, JB, and Malcolm......read more...

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Posted on: November 28, 2015

A History of Loneliness

A History of Loneliness

by John Boyne
Reviewed by Robin:Odran Yates, a Catholic priest in Ireland, is the narrator of this fictional story about his forty years in the Catholic church. Odran is satisfied with his priestly duties at a boys' school, but when the Catholic Church......read more...

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Posted on: November 28, 2015

The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics

The Speechwriter

by Barton SwaimReviewed by Linda:English language lovers will devour this true story of an unlikely spin doctor: a newly minted PhD with a family to support and no academic job prospects who goes to work for his state's governor. Here he hopes to use ......read more...

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Posted on: November 28, 2015

The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty

The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty

by Vendela Vida
Reviewed by Janet:A trip to Morocco goes off track when her backpack is stolen from the hotel lobby. Without her identification or money, she is free to become anyone she chooses. When a chance encounter with a Hollywood actress provide......read more...

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Posted on: March 31, 2016

Us

Us

by David Nicholls
The highly anticipated new novel from David Nicholls, author of the mega-bestselling fiction sensation One Day, which follows one man's efforts to salvage his marriage — and repair his troubled relationship with his teenaged son — durin......read more...

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Posted on: March 31, 2016

Shadows on the Hudson

Shadows on the Hudson

by Isaac Bashevis Singer
Boris Makaver, a wealthy Jewish businessman living in New York City after the Holocaust, endures the tribulations of his daughter, Anna, as she makes many unfortunate decisions in her love life....read more...

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Posted on: March 24, 2016

Hotel du Lac

Hotel du Lac

by Anita Brookner

Recounts the holiday of Edith Hope, meek, unmarried, and thirty-nine, who, on the mend from a disastrous love affair, becomes intimately involved with her fellow guests at the Swiss Hotel du Lac.

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Posted on: April 6, 2015

Freddy and Fredericka

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by Mark Helprin

Mark Helprin’s legions of devoted readers cherish his timeless novels and short stories, which are uplifting in their conviction of the goodness and resilience of the human spirit. Freddy and Fredericka -- a brilliantly refashioned fair......read more...

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Posted on: April 6, 2015

Everything Is Illuminated

Everything Is Illuminated

by Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan is a Jewish college student searching Europe for the one person he believes can explain his roots. Alex, a lover of all things American and unsurpassed butcher of the English language, is his lovable Ukrainian guide. On......read more...

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Posted on: April 6, 2015

I Was Told There'd Be Cake

I Was Told There'd Be Cake

by Sloane Crosley

A debut compilation of literary essays offers a revealing and humorous look at human fallibility and the vagaries of modern urban life as the author details the despoiling of an exhibit at the Natural History Museum, the provocation o......read more...

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Posted on: April 6, 2015

Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress: Tales of Growing Up Groovy and Clueless

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by Susan Jane Gilman

A collection of true stories by everyday women follows such remembrances as coming of age as an unfashionable white girl in an all-Puerto Rican neighborhood, experiencing embarrassment in front of a rock star, and receiving horribl......read more...

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Posted on: September 16, 2015

The Liberated Bride

The Liberated Bride

by A. B. Yehoshua

As Yohanan Rivlin, a professor at Haifa University, embarks on research into recent Algerian history with the help of a student, a young Arab bride from a Galilee village, he becomes obsessed with his son's failed marriage.

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Posted on: April 6, 2015

A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana

A Girl Named Zippy

by Haven Kimmel

Named "Zippy" for the way she would bolt around her home, Kimmel's witty memoir takes readers back to a time when small-town America was caught in the amber of the innocent post-war period, where people helped their neighbors,......read more...

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Posted on: April 6, 2015

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

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by David Sedaris

In a collection of whimsical essays by the author of Me Talk Pretty One Day, the Rooster gets married at an uproarious wedding, an estrangement occurs over a rubber vs. plastic debate, and the author gets the upper hand during a slumbe......read more...

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Posted on: April 6, 2015

Attack of the Theater People

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by Marc Acito

In the zany sequel to How I Paid for College, aspiring actor Edward Zanni, kicked out of drama school, heads for 1980s New York, lands a job as a "party motivator," and becomes caught up in an insider trading scam with Chad, a h......read more...

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Posted on: April 6, 2015

Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules

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edited and introduced by David Sedaris

A collection of favorite contemporary and classical short fiction works, selected by the author of Barrel Fever and Me Talk Pretty One Day, includes pieces by such writers as Alice Munro, Tobias Wolff, and Joyce C......read more...

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Posted on: November 19, 2014

Bobcat, and Other Stories

Bobcat, and Other Stories

by Rebecca Lee

Reviewed by Matt:Sharply-observed short stories about heartbreak, dinner parties, plagiarism, and other topics. They pack a punch, they're funny, and they're full of incredible sentences. ...read more...

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Posted on: May 12, 2016

The story of Diva and Flea

The Story of Diva and Flea

by Mo Willems; illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi
Clare's Review:Local author Mo Willems and local illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi team up for this beginner chapter book about a cat named Flea and a dog named Diva. Set in Paris, the story follows their friend......read more...

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Posted on: May 12, 2016

Last stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street

words by Matt de la Peña; pictures by Christian Robinson

Clare's Review:
The 2016 winner of the prestigious Newbery Award, this picture book is a colorful and diverse feast for the ears, eyes, and soul.

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Posted on: May 12, 2016

Seedfolks

Seedfolks

by Paul Fleischman
Clare's Review:This short and poignant middle-grade read depicts the stories of inner-city community members as they transform an abandoned parking lot into a garden. This book will reignite your faith in the good of humanity....read more...

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Posted on: September 30, 2015

Miss Rumphius

Miss Rumphius

by Barbara Cooney

As a child Great-aunt Alice Rumphius resolved that when she grew up she would go to faraway places, live by the sea in her old age, and do something to make the world more beautiful – and she does all those things, the last being the ......read more...

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Posted on: September 30, 2015

P.S. Be Eleven

P.S. Be Eleven

by Rita Williams-Garcia

Eleven-year-old Brooklyn girl Delphine feels overwhelmed with worries and responsibilities. She's just started sixth grade and is self-conscious about being the tallest girl in the class, and nervous about her first school dance......read more...

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Posted on: September 30, 2015

The Mighty Miss Malone

The Mighty Miss Malone

by Christopher Paul Curtis

With love and determination befitting the "world's greatest family," twelve-year-old Deza Malone, her older brother Jimmie, and their parents endure tough times in Gary, Indiana, and later Flint, Michigan, during th......read more...

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Posted on: September 30, 2015

Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie

by Laura Ingalls Wilder; illustrated by Garth Williams

The Ingalls family packs up their covered wagon and travels from the big woods of Wisconsin to a new home in Kansas Territory, where wide open land stretches as far as the eye can see. On the prair......read more...

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Posted on: September 30, 2015

The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

by Kenneth Grahame; paintings by Mary Jane Begin

The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside – Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger.

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Posted on: September 30, 2015

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Jon Klassen

Sam and Dave are sure they will discover something exciting if they just keep digging their hole.

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

The Secret Lives of Princesses

The Secret Lives of the Princesses

by Philippe Lechermeier; illustrated by Rébecca Dautremer

Exposes the hidden lives of such lesser-known figures as Princess Molly Coddle, Princess Miss Hap, and Princess Anne Phibian, revealing where they live, what they whisper about, and what sorts o......read more...

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

Little Bear

Little Bear

by Else Holmelund Minarik; illustrated by Maurice Sendak

Little Bear's four adventures include taking a trip to the moon and having a birthday party.

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

The Snowy Day

The Snowy Day

by Ezra Jack Keats

The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.

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Posted on: September 30, 2015

Elephant and Piggie books

We Are in a Book

by Mo Willems

Best friends Elephant and Piggie have all kinds of adventures.

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Posted on: November 23, 2015

The Magicians

The Magicians

by Lev Grossman
After graduating from a secret, exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, Quentin Coldwater finds that a fictional land from a series of childhood fantasy novels is real, but is darker and more dangerous than he could have imagined.......read more...

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Posted on: November 23, 2015

Blood Red Road

Blood Red Road

by Moira Young
In a distant future, eighteen-year-old Lugh is kidnapped, and while his twin sister Saba and nine-year-old Emmi are trailing him across bleak Sandsea they are captured, too, and taken to brutal Hopetown, where Saba is forced to be a cage f......read more...

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Posted on: November 23, 2015

The Scorpio Races

The Scorpio Races

by Maggie Stiefvater
Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish......read more...

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Posted on: November 23, 2015

The Selection

The Selection

by Kiera Cass
Sixteen-year-old America Singer is living in the caste-divided nation of Illéa, which formed after the war that destroyed the United States. America is chosen to compete in the Selection – a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Il......read more...

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Posted on: November 23, 2015

Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone

by Leigh Bardugo
Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can d......read more...

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Posted on: November 23, 2015

Paper Covers Rock

Paper Covers Rock

by Jenny Hubbard
Fabricating a web of lies with his best friend in order to cover up his perceived responsibility for a classmate's accidental drowning, 16-year-old Alex hides in the library and records the events of the fateful day in his journal until ......read more...

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Posted on: November 23, 2015

Grave Mercy

Grave Mercy

by Robin LaFevers
Escaping a brutal arranged marriage into the sanctuary of a convent of assassin nuns who serve ancient gods, 17-year-old Ismae learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts and a violent destiny that requires her to ......read more...

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Posted on: November 23, 2015

Ask the Passengers

Ask the Passengers

by A.S. King
Astrid Jones copes with her small town's gossip and narrow-mindedness by staring at the sky and imagining that she's sending love to the passengers in the airplanes flying high over her backyard. Maybe they'll know what to do with it. Maybe ......read more...

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Posted on: November 23, 2015

Two Boys Kissing

Two Boys Kissing

by David Levithan
A chorus of men who died of AIDS observes and yearns to help a cross-section of today's gay teens who navigate new love, long-term relationships, coming out, self-acceptance, and more in a society that has changed in many ways....read more...

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Posted on: November 23, 2015

Every Day

Every Day

by David Levithan
Every morning A wakes in a different person's body, in a different person's life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon....read more...

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Posted on: November 23, 2015

The Darkest Part of the Forest

The Darkest Part of the Forest

by Holly Black
In the town of Fairfold, where humans and fae exist side by side, a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives awakes after generations of sleep in a glass coffin in the woods, causing Hazel to be swept up in new love, shift ......read more...

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Posted on: November 23, 2015

Briar Rose

Briar Rose

by Jane Yolen

A retelling of the Sleeping Beauty tale finds Briar Rose living in forests patrolled by the German army during World War II in a dark tale of the Holocaust.

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Posted on: September 6, 2016

Everyone Brave is Forgiven

Everyone Brave is Forgiven

by Chris CleaveReviewed by Janet:The author of Little Bee brings World War II London to life in his newest novel inspired by his grandparents’ love letters. Mary North is assigned to be a teacher after she volunteers at the War Office, which is how sh...Read more...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

American Housewife: Stories

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by Helen EllisReviewed by Janet:These delightful short stories will definitely make you smile – and maybe even laugh out loud. From a war conducted via email about a co-op’s shared hallway to the unusual requirements for joining a book club, these sto......read more...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film

Three Minutes in Poland

by Glenn KurtzReviewed by Janet:In 1938, David Kurtz filmed parts of his trip to Europe for a family film. In 2009, his grandson Glenn found the old film and became intrigued by the segment on a Jewish community in rural Poland. This memoir traces the......read more...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

The Truth According to Us

The Truth According to Us

by Annie BarrowsReviewed by Janet:Layla Beck is a writer for the Federal Writers' Project and paying lodger with the Romeyn family in Macedonia, West Virginia in the summer of 1938. Charged with writing the town's history, Layla finds herself drawn in......read more...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

At the Water's Edge

At the Water's Edge

by Sara GruenReviewed by Janet:It's 1945, and Maddie has come to the Scottish Highlands from America with her husband and his friend, who are determined to prove the existence of the Loch Ness Monster. Far from upper crust Philadelphia, Maddie must co......read more...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

Station Eleven

Station Eleven

by Emily St. John MandelReviewed by Janet:The onstage death of actor Arthur Leander provides the opening act for a worldwide pandemic that brings about the collapse of civilization. As the novel traces the lives of a handful of people connected with A......read more...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

Lotería

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by Mario Alberto ZambranoReviewed by Janet:Lotería is a Mexican game a little like Bingo, where 54 different cards are used, and riddles are used to refer to the images on them. Through memories of events associated with these cards, eleven year old L......read more...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project

by Graeme SimsionReviewed by Janet:Don Tillman is a socially challenged professor who decides it is time to marry. Being a researcher, he decides to use a specially designed questionnaire for the Wife Project, as he calls it. However, things go contra......read more...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

The Circle

The Circle

by Dave EggersReviewed by Linda:A disturbing and gripping look at a future that is coming at us faster and faster. In his latest novel, the ever-creative Dave Eggers brings us inside a powerful Internet company called The Circle, and shows what a fasc......read more...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

Red Rising

Red Rising

by Pierce Brown Reviewed by Janet:Darrow works underground, mining the helium-3 that will make the surface of Mars habitable for colonists from earth. In an oppressive society that color-codes its population, the Reds are at the bottom, yet are convin......read more...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

Delicious!

Delicious!

by Ruth Reichl Reviewed by Janet:Billie Breslin moves to New York City to take a job at Delicious!, a food magazine. Yet everything changes when the magazine abruptly closes, and Billie is kept on to answer phones and letters. A discovery in the archi......read more...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

The Night Circus

The Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern Reviewed by Janet:Get ready to enter the magical world of the Night Circus, an incredible traveling show that appears without warning, enchants visitors with its amazing illusions, and then moves on. Two of the illusionists of the ......read more...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

Bel Canto

Bel Canto

by Ann PatchettReviewed by Janet:An elegant dinner party in South America has a tragic end when rebel terrorists overtake the house and hold hostages, including a famed opera singer. During the lengthy hostage situation, unexpected relationships and b......read more...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

Baking Cakes in Kigali

Baking Cakes in Kigali

by Gaile ParkinReviewed by Janet:A heartwarming story with a wonderful main character. Angel Tungaraza bakes cakes for special occasions. She has a gift, not only for baking, but of bringing people together and bringing hope into their lives. The sett......read more...

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

It's a Book

It's a Book

by Lane Smith

A donkey with a laptop computer and a gorilla with a printed book discuss the merits of their preferred formats.

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

When I Was Small

When I Was Small

by Sara O'Leary; illustrated by Julie Morstad

Henry's mother tells him a story about when she was small.

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

A Visitor for Bear

A Visitor for Bear

by Bonny Becker; illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

Bear's efforts to keep out visitors to his house are undermined by a very persistent mouse.

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

Adventures of Frog and Toad

Adventures of Frog and Toad

by Arnold Lobel

Tales recounting the adventures of two best friends – Frog and Toad.

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

Mr. Putter & Tabby Take the Train

Mr Putty and Tabby Take the Train

by Cynthia Rylant; illustrated by Arthur Howard

After a small setback, Mr. Putter and his favorite companions enjoy the best train ride of their lives.

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

Centerburg Tales

Centerburg Tales

by Robert McCloskey

Further adventures of Homer Price, including those in which a juke box sets the whole town singing against its will and in which a mad scientist develops weeds that overrun the town.

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

Pippi Longstocking

Pippi Longstocking

by Astrid Lindgren

Escapades of a lucky little girl who lives with a horse and a monkey – but without any parents – at the edge of a Swedish village.

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

The Seven Silly Eaters

The Seven Silly Eaters

by Mary Ann Hoberman; illustrated by Marla Frazee

Seven fussy eaters find a way to surprise their mother.

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

Catkin

Catkin

by Antonia Barber; illustrated by P.J. Lynch

When a tiny, magical cat carelessly allows a young girl to be captured by the Little People, he must confront her captors and solve three cunning riddles in order to rescue her.

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

Raisel's Riddle

Raisel's Riddle

by Erica Silverman; illustrated by Susan Gaber

A Jewish version of the Cinderella story, in which a poor but educated young women captivates her "Prince Charming" – a rabbi's son – at a Purim ball.

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Vanessa and Her Sister

Vanessa and Her Sister

by Priya ParmarLinda's Review:I was mesmerized by this novel about the Bloomsbury Group, which is told from the perspective of the artist Vanessa Bell, sister of Virginia Woolf. In 1905 in the London neighborhood of Bloomsbury, Vanessa and her three s......read more...

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Posted on: March 23, 2016

Harriet Wolf's Seventh Book of Wonders

Harriet Wolf's Seventh Book of Wonders

by Julianna BaggottReviewed by Linda:Congratulations to Julianna Baggott of Amherst on her latest bestselling novel. Named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and widely praised by reviewers, the novel introduces us to three generations of women......read more...

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Posted on: March 17, 2016

Alice in Bed

Alice in Bed

by Judith HooperReviewed by Linda:In Amherst author Judith Hooper’s fascinating work of historical fiction it wasn’t hysteria that kept the brilliant Alice James trapped in bed. Sister to the famous writer Henry and psychologist William, she suffered ......read more...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi CoatesReviewed by Linda:The latest winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction, "Between the World and Me" takes the form of a father's passionate letter to his son about racism in America. Although a short book, the devast......read more...

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

One Plus One

One Plus One

by Jojo Moyes
Reviewed by JanetJess is a single mother, working two jobs to try to keep her family together. Nicky is a Goth 15 year old, being bullied by neighborhood toughs. Tanzie is a 10 year old math prodigy who's been offered a spot in a swanky s......read more...

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

The New Jim Crow

by Michelle AlexanderReviewed by LindaA devastating analysis of how we have come to have the majority of young black men in our major American cities locked behind bars or labeled felons for life for drug crimes that are largely ignored when committed......read more...

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

The Invention of Wings

The Invention of Wings

by Sue Monk Kidd
Reviewed by JanetSarah Grimké is not like other girls her age in 1803 Charleston, South Carolina. So when she is given her own personal slave girl, Hetty, for her 11th birthday, the institution of slavery becomes even more personal. He......read more...

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

All I Know and Love

All I Know and Love

by Judith Frank
For years, Matthew Greene and Daniel Rosen have enjoyed a quiet domestic life together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Opposites in many ways, they have grown together and made their relationship work. But when they learn that Daniel's twi......read more...

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Posted on: December 31, 2014

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

The Sixth Extinction

by Elizabeth KolbertReviewed by LindaA New Yorker staff writer, Elizabeth Kolbert knows how to grab and hold our attention in this account of evolution as it is being altered by humankind. Throughout earth's history there have been five major mass ext......read more...

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Posted on: July 23, 2014

All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See

by Anthony Doerr
Reviewed by JanetMarie-Laure is a blind girl in Paris, whose father is the master locksmith at the Museum of Natural History. As the German invasion and occupation approaches, they flee to a great-uncle in St. Malo. Werner Pfennig live......read more...

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Posted on: November 12, 2014

Dear Committee Members

Dear Committee Members

by Julie Schumacher
Reviewed by JanetA fun look at academia – told entirely through letters – from a member of the English Department at a small Midwestern college. His own writing career on the rocks, his personal life in tatters, and the campus build......read more...

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Posted on: July 9, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

by John GreenReviewed by LindaOK, I admit it. This book was a triple-hanky read for me. A young-adult novel that was just made into a film, the book introduces us to three teens living their fullest lives despite cancer diagnoses. Heart-breaking but n......read more...

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Posted on: September 17, 2015

Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas

by David Mitchell

Recounts the connected stories of people from the past and the distant future, from a nineteenth-century notary and an investigative journalist in the 1970s to a young man who searches for meaning in a post-apocalayptic world....read more...

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Posted on: September 17, 2015

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

by Junot Díaz

Living with an old-world mother and rebellious sister, an urban New Jersey misfit dreams of becoming the next J. R. R. Tolkien and believes that a long-standing family curse is thwarting his efforts to find love and happiness....read more...

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Posted on: September 17, 2015

The Southern Reach Trilogy

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by Jeff VanderMeer

Matt's Review:
This trilogy about the Southern Reach – the government agency charged with containing and exploring the mysterious Area X – will alter your brain. Bizarre and amazing. (The first book is Annihilation.)...read more...

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Posted on: November 19, 2014

Bobcat, and Other Stories

Bobcat, and Other Stories

by Rebecca Lee

Matt's Review:Sharply-observed short stories about heartbreak, dinner parties, plagiarism, and other topics. They pack a punch, they're funny, and they're full of incredible sentences. ...read more...

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Posted on: December 31, 2014

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

The Sixth Extinction

by Elizabeth KolbertReviewed by Linda:A New Yorker staff writer, Elizabeth Kolbert knows how to grab and hold our attention in this account of evolution as it is being altered by humankind. Throughout earth's history there have been five major mass exti......read more...

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Posted on: September 17, 2015

In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

by Truman Capote

An account of the senseless murder of a Kansas farm family and the search for the killers.

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Posted on: September 17, 2015

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again

by David Foster Wallace

In this exuberantly praised book – a collection of seven pieces on subjects ranging from television to tennis, from the Illinois State Fair to the films of David Lynch, from postmodern literary theory to the supposed fun of trav......read more...

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

Little Bee

Little Bee

by Chris Cleave

A haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers – one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London.

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

Tenth of December

Tenth of December

by George Saunders

A collection of stories includes "Home," a wryly whimsical account of a soldier's return from war; "Victory Lap," a tale about an inventive abduction attempt; and the title story, in which a suicidal cancer patien......read more...

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

Mountains Beyond Mountains

Mountains Beyond Mountains

by Tracy Kidder

Traces the efforts of Harvard-educated Dr. Paul Farmer to transform healthcare on a global scale, documenting his visits to some of the world's most impoverished regions and the unconventional methods that enabled him to improve and sav......read more...

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

True Grit

True Grit

by Charles Portis

Mattie Ross is just fourteen years of age when a coward going by the name of Tom Chaney shoots her father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robs him of his life, his horse, and $150 in cash money. Mattie leaves home to avenge her fath......read more...

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Posted on: May 12, 2016

Who Would Win: Lion Vs. Tiger

Who Would Win - Lion Vs Tiger

by Jerry Pallotta; illustrated by Rob Bolster
Mia's Review:This series pits fearsome creatures against each other, cleverly introducing science facts and zoology while asking kids to guess which animal is going to come out on top. Who is the real king ......read more...

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Posted on: May 12, 2016

Rhyming Dust Bunnies

Rhyming Dust Bunnies

by Jan Thomas

Mia's Review:
This book is a quirky introduction to rhyming sounds for readers getting ready for the more complicated rhythms of Dr. Seuss. Beware the broom!

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Posted on: May 12, 2016

Three Times Lucky

Three Times Lucky

by Sheila Turnage
Mia's Review:A plucky heroine with a hilarious gift for storytelling and a real sense of place in a small Southern town make this mystery just the right combination of funny and suspenseful....read more...

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

Greenglass House

Greenglass House

by Kate Milford; illustrated by Jaime Zollars
At Greenglass House, a smuggler's inn, twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers' adopted son, plans to spend his winter holidays relaxing but soon guests are arriving with strange stories about the house sending ......read more...

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

What the World Eats

What the World Eats

by Faith D'Aluisio; photographed by Peter Menzel
A photographic collection exploring what the world eats featuring portraits of twenty-five families from twenty-one countries surrounded by a week's worth of food....read more...

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh

by Robert C. O'Brien; illustrated by Zena Bernstein

Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived.

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

Fangbone! Third-Grade Barbarian

Fangbone!

by Michael Rex
Eastwood Elementary's new student is nothing like the other kids in 3G. Fangbone is a barbarian warrior from another world! And he's been charged with the task of keeping a deadly weapon from Skullbania's vilest villain, Venomous Drool. Ca......read more...

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

All the World

All the World

by Liz Garton Scanlon; illustrated by Marla Frazee
Pictures and rhyming text celebrate a family's day spent going to the beach, shopping at the market, eating at a restaurant and spending the evening with the rest of the extended family....read more...

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

I Survived. Hurricane Katrina, 2005

I Survived. Hurricane Katrina, 2005

by Lauren Tarshis; illustrated by Scott Dawson
Eleven-year-old Barry Hunter and his family attempt to ride out Hurricane Katrina at home in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans when his little sister gets ill, but when the levees break, Barry gets swept a......read more...

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

Hooray for the Golly Sisters!

Hooray for the Golly Sisters!

by Betsy Byars; illustrated by Sue Truesdell

In continued adventures, May-May and Rose take their traveling road show to more audiences.

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

The Red Tree

The Red Tree

by Shaun Tan

Awakening one day to a dark and somber mood, a little girl faces a day where everything goes very badly, and seeks hope amid her sadness.

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

Outside Over There

Outside Over There

by Maurice Sendak

With Papa off to sea and Mama despondent, Ida must go outside over there to rescue her baby sister from goblins who steal her to be a goblin's bride.

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Posted on: May 12, 2016

Revolver

Revolver

by Marcus Sedgwick
Mia's Review:This intense, carefully constructed thriller takes place in the frozen wilderness of the Yukon territory. Sig is being held hostage in a remote cabin by a stranger who claims that Sig’s father cheated him out of a share ......read more...

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Posted on: May 12, 2016

Please Ignore Vera Dietz

Please Ignore Vera Dietz

by A. S. King
Mia's Review:You may pick this one up because of the mystery, the heartbreaking love story of best friend betrayal, or the wonderful weirdness of a talking pagoda that narrates part of the story. But stick around for some wisdom from Ken ......read more...

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Posted on: May 12, 2016

Fat Kid Rules the World

Fat Kid Rules the World

by K. L. Going
Mia's Review:When high school drop-out guitar legend Kurt stops suicidal Troy from stepping in front of a subway car (and invites him to start a band) more than one life may be saved. A tribute to friendship, punk rock, and the landmarks......read more...

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Posted on: November 23, 2015

Feed

Feed

by M.T. Anderson

In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.

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Posted on: November 24, 2015

Pretty Monsters

Pretty Monsters

by Kelly Link

Weirdly wonderful and a touch macabre, the nine short stories take readers into worlds with elements of reality but also supply a fantastic twist.

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Posted on: November 24, 2015

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights

The Port Chicago 50

by Steve Sheinkin
Presents an account of the 1944 civil rights protest involving hundreds of African-American Navy servicemen who were unjustly charged with mutiny for refusing to work in unsafe conditions after the deadly Port Chicago explosion....read more...

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Posted on: November 24, 2015

Revolution

Revolution

by Jennifer Donnelly
An angry, grieving seventeen-year-old musician facing expulsion from her prestigious Brooklyn private school travels to Paris to complete a school assignment and uncovers a diary written during the French revolution by a young actres......read more...

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Posted on: November 24, 2015

The Knife of Never Letting Go

The Knife of Never Letting Go

by Patrick Ness
Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony's true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World....read more...

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Posted on: November 24, 2015

When I Was the Greatest

When I Was the Greatest

by Jason Reynolds
Avoiding the violence that has given his neighborhood a bad name, urban youth Ali spends busy days attending school, boxing and helping his family while looking out for a troublesome friend and a Tourette's-afflicted brother only to be ......read more...

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Posted on: November 24, 2015

Macbeth: a play by William Shakespeare

Macbeth

adapted and illustrated by Gareth Hinds
Macbeth, a general in the king's army, is returning from battle when he comes upon three witches who tell him that one day he'll be king. At first Macbeth dismisses their predictions, but an evil seed takes root in......read more...

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Posted on: November 24, 2015

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

by Laini Taylor
Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters – the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known....read more...

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