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Hello Lighthouse

Hello Lighthouse

written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall

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Alma and How She Got Her Name

Alma and How She Got Her Name

written and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

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A Big Mooncake for Little Star

A Big Mooncake for Little Star

written and illustrated by Grace Lin

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Posted on: September 12, 2019

The Rough Patch

The Rough Patch

written and illustrated by Brian Lies

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Posted on: September 12, 2019

Thank You, Omu!

Thank You, Omu!

written and illustrated by Oge Mora

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Dig

Dig

by A. S. King

2020 WINNER!

Five teenagers’ disparate lives weave together, unveiling long-buried secrets within a complex shared history. King’s surrealistic narrative confronts themes of white privilege and its dark legacies.

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Posted on: February 13, 2020

The Beast Player

The Beast Player

by Nahoko Uehashi; translated by Cathy Hirano

2020 Honor Book

Orphaned Elin learns to use her ability to communicate with animals as she navigates through political unrest. The beauty and power of the natural world are at the heart of this captivating, nimb...

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Posted on: February 13, 2020

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me

by Mariko Tamaki; illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

2020 Honor Book

Freddy is enamored with the magnetic Laura Dean, but their on-again, off-again relationship is far from healthy. Through soft-hued illustrations and cinematic scope, this g...

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Posted on: February 13, 2020

Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir

Ordinary Hazards

by Nikki Grimes

2020 Honor Book

Grimes’ verse memoir traces her development through a tumultuous childhood as she finds her voice as a powerful storyteller. Themes of family, belonging, and identity combine to tell a story of faith and resilience....

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Posted on: February 13, 2020

Where the World Ends

Where the World Ends

by Geraldine McCaughrean

2020 Honor Book

In 1727, a group of men and boys from St. Kilda sail to a remote sea stack on a fowling trip, only to find themselves stranded. McCaughrean’s exceptional tale evokes the harsh beauty of its setting and the ...

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The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

by Ben Philippe

2020 WINNER!

Norris Kaplan, a Black French-Canadian teen, moves to Austin, Texas and tries to survive American high school life by notating his observations, most of which are based on clichés from U.S. movies and television shows...

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Posted on: March 3, 2020

The Candle and the Flame

The Candle and the Flame

by Nafiza Azad

2020 Finalist

Orphaned in an ongoing war between djinn and humans, Fatima undergoes a magical transformation that can save her family and beloved city of Noor. A devout Muslim, she lives harmoniously in this southeast Asian community amongst ...

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Posted on: March 3, 2020

Frankly in Love

Frankly in Love

by David Yoon

2020 Finalist

Frank Li is a Korean-American high school student torn between two lives. At school, he’s part of a diverse group of smart friends. At home, he tries to be a model son — working in his parents’ store...

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Posted on: March 3, 2020

Genesis Begins Again

Genesis Begins Again

by Alicia D. Williams

2020 Finalist

Genesis has a list of reasons to hate about herself, started by girls in a Detroit school she attends, and she keeps adding to it. Born dark-skinned in a family that values light-skin black people, Genesis craves to feel ...

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Posted on: March 3, 2020

There Will Come a Darkness

There Will Come a Darkness

by Katy Rose Pool

2020 Finalist

The Age of Darkness is upon us, so says a secret prophecy foretold generations ago by the Seven Prophets. Five lives — an exiled prince, a serial killer known as the Pale Hand, a terminally ill girl, a gambler on th...

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Free Lunch

Free Lunch

by Rex Ogle

2020 WINNER!

An honest and engrossing account of Ogle’s sixth-grade year and his family’s experience with poverty and its effect on their relationships. Ogle captures the voice and emotion of his sixth-grade self in this powe...

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Posted on: March 3, 2020

The Great Nijinsky: God of Dance

The Great Nijinsky - God of Dance

written and illustrated by Lynn Curlee

2020 Finalist

With striking portraits and bold prose, Curlee details the life of the prodigal dancer Vaslav Nijinsky, who, unencumbered by sexuality and gender norms, rapidly ascended to stardom before tragically succu...

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Posted on: March 3, 2020

A Light in the Darkness: Janusz Korczak, His Orphans, and the Holocaust

A Light in the Darkness

by Albert Marrin

2020 Finalist

A heart-wrenching look at the history of the Warsaw Ghetto, told by comparing the philosophies of Doctor Janusz Korczak, a pediatrician-turned-orphanage-director who championed children’s rights, and Adolf Hitler, a ...

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Posted on: March 3, 2020

A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II

A Thousand Sisters

by Elizabeth Wein

2020 Finalist

A thrilling, richly detailed account of the regiments of female Russian aviators who fought in World War II as pilots, mechanics, and navigators. Through extensive research, descriptive personal stories, and examples of overc...

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Posted on: March 3, 2020

Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of “The Children's Ship"

Torpedoed

by Deborah Heiligman

2020 Finalist

In 1940, the passenger ship City of Benares set sail from Britain, carrying 200 passengers, many of them children hoping to escape the ravages of war. Before they could reach safety, the ship was struck by a torpedo, and a...

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Du Iz Tak?

Du Iz Tak

by Carson Ellis

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Posted on: January 23, 2017

Freedom in Congo Square

Freedom in Congo Square

by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

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Posted on: January 23, 2017

Leave Me Alone

Leave Me Alone

by Vera Brosgol

2017 Honor Book

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Posted on: January 23, 2017

They All Saw a Cat

They All Saw a Cat

by Brendan Wenzel

2017 Honor Book

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Crown: An Ode to a Fresh Cut

Crown

by Derrick Barnes; illustrated by Gordon C. James

2018 Honor Book

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

A Different Pond

A Different Pond

by Bao Phi; illustrated by Thi Bui

2018 Honor Book

As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father's long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not re...

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Posted on: January 23, 2017

March: Book 3

March - Book 3

by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; illustrated by Nate Powell

2017 WINNER!

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Posted on: January 23, 2017

Asking For It

Asking For It

by Louise O'Neill

2017 Honor Book

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Posted on: January 23, 2017

Scythe

Scythe

by Neal Shusterman

2017 Honor Book

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

Hello, Universe

Hello, Universe

by Erin Entrada Kelly

2018 WINNER!

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

Crown: An Ode to a Fresh Cut

Crown

by Derrick Barnes; illustrated by Gordon C. James

2018 Honor Book

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

Long Way Down

Long Way Down

by Jason Reynolds

2018 Honor Book

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Loving

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Back

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Beloved

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Call Me American: A Memoir

Call Me American

by Abdi Nor Iftin

Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar. As a child, he learned English by listening to American pop artists like Michael Jackson and watching films starring action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger. When U.S. marines lan...

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Posted on: December 16, 2019

Normal People

Normal People

by Sally Rooney

At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He's popular and well-adjusted, star of the school football team, while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her job at...

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Posted on: November 19, 2019

Out of Darkness, Shining Light

Out of Darkness, Shining Light

by Petina Gappah

The captivating story of the loyal men and women who ensured explorer and missionary Dr. Livingstone's remains, papers, and maps could be returned home to England.

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Posted on: October 15, 2019

The Limits of the World

Limits of the World

by Jennifer Acker

Reviewed by Linda:Jennifer Acker of Amherst College is editor of the school's literary magazine The Common and organizer of LitFest, which brings distinguished writers to campus each spring. This elegantly written and thought-provoking no...

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Posted on: September 19, 2019

Five-Carat Soul

Five-Carat Soul

by James McBride

An antiques dealer discovers that a legendary toy commissioned by Civil War General Robert E. Lee now sits in the home of a black minister in Queens. Five strangers find themselves thrown together and face unexpected judgment. An American ...

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Posted on: August 9, 2019

There There

There There

by Tommy Orange

Reviewed by Janet:

This powerful novel begins as a series of loosely connected short stories, but turns into something so much more in this exploration of the plight of the urban Native American. Each of the characters follows their own path...

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Posted on: July 18, 2019

Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere

by Celeste Ng

Reviewed by Janet:

When things don’t go to plan in the planned community of Shaker Heights, Elena Richardson finds herself struggling to make sense of it all. The secrets she uncovers about her tenants Mia and Pearl threaten to disrupt her own...

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Posted on: June 24, 2019

The Friend

The Friend

by Sigrid Nunez

Reviewed by Linda:Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction, this novel is for and about writers, teachers of writing, and those who love fine writing. The narrator is a woman who loses her beloved literary mentor to suicide and finds h...

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Posted on: May 17, 2019

All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir

All You Can Ever Know

by Nicole Chung

Chung investigates the mysteries and complexities of her transracial adoption in this chronicle of unexpected family for anyone who has struggled to figure out where they belong.

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Posted on: April 12, 2019

The Mothers

The Mothers

by Brit Bennett

This dazzling debut novel tells a surprising story about young love, a big secret in a small community — and the things that ultimately haunt us most.

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Posted on: March 20, 2019

Asymmetry

Asymmetry

by Lisa Halliday

A first novel by an award-winning writer explores the imbalances that spark and sustain dramatic human relations, tracing the overlapping stories of a young American editor's relationship with a famous older writer, an unexpected New York ...

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Posted on: February 19, 2019

Small Fry

Small Fry

by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

A frank, smart and captivating memoir by the daughter of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Born on a farm and named in a field by her parents — artist Chrisann Brennan and Steve Jobs — Lisa Brennan-Jobs's childhood unfolded...

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Posted on: January 25, 2019

A Place for Us

A Place for Us

by Fatima Farheen Mirza

A Place for Us is a deeply moving and resonant story of love, identity, and belonging. As an Indian wedding gathers a family back together, parents Rafiq and Layla must reckon with the choices their children have made. There is Hadi...

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Posted on: December 21, 2018

The Locals

The Locals

by Jonathan Dee

Mark Firth is a home builder in Howland, Massachusetts in the early 2000s who, after being swindled by a finanical advisor, feels opportunity passing him by. In the paranoid days after 9/11, a New York money manager, Philip Hadi, moves his ...

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Posted on: November 9, 2018

They May Not Mean To, But They Do

They May Not Mean To, But They Do

by Cathleen Schine

Joy Bergman is not slipping into old age with the quiet grace her children, Molly and Daniel, would prefer. She won't take their advice, and she won't take an antidepressant. Her marriage to their father, Aaron, has lasted through health...

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Posted on: October 12, 2018

Moonglow

Moonglow

by Michael Chabon

A man bears witness to his grandfather's deathbed confessions, which reveal his family's long-buried history and his involvement in a mail-order novelty company, World War II, and the space program.

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Posted on: September 20, 2018

Sing, Unburied, Sing

Sing, Unburied, Sing

by Jesmyn Ward

Reviewed by Linda:

Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction, this novel follows three generations of an African American family in Mississippi over the course of a few days. Ward, a two-time winner of the NBA, writes powerfully of how p...

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Posted on: August 10, 2018

Future Home of the Living God

Future Home of the Living God

by Louise Erdrich

A tale set in a world of reversing evolution and a growing police state follows pregnant thirty-two-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, who investigates her biological family while awaiting the birth of a child who may emerge as a member of a ...

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Posted on: July 24, 2018

The Music Shop

The Music Shop

by Rachel Joyce

It's 1988. The CD has arrived. Sales of the shiny new disks are soaring on high streets in cities across the country. Meanwhile, down a dead-end street, Frank's music shop stands small and brightly lit, jam-packed with records of every kind...

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Posted on: June 22, 2018

Walking Lions

Waking Lions

by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

After neurosurgeon Eitan Green hits and kills an African migrant while driving on a deserted road late at night, the victim's wife tracks him down and confronts him, and her price for silence shatters his safe existence.

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Posted on: May 11, 2018

All Grown Up

All Grown Up

by Jami Attenberg

Hiding the truth about her unhappiness and struggles with anxiety from everyone including her family, best friend, and therapist, Andrea Bern joins her loved ones in a reevaluation of family strength in the wake of her newborn niece's hea...

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Posted on: April 18, 2018

When Breath Becomes Air

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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 a diag...

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Posted on: March 14, 2018

News of the World

News of the World

by Paulette Jiles

In the aftermath of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an elderly widower and itinerant news reader, is offered fifty dollars to bring an orphan girl, who was kidnapped and raised by Kiowa raiders, from Wichita Falls back to her ...

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Posted on: February 12, 2018

Home Fire

Home Fire

by Kamila Shamsie

From an internationally acclaimed novelist, the suspenseful and heartbreaking story of a family ripped apart by secrets and driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequences. Isma is free. After years of watching out for h...

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Posted on: December 20, 2017

The Locals

The Locals

by Jonathan Dee

Reviewed by Linda:

I once met a librarian from the Berkshires who told me that many of the new houses in his hometown have helicopter pads in the backyards. I thought of him as I devoured Jonathan Dee’s new novel about a small Berk...

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Posted on: December 26, 2017

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

by Jill Lepore

This cultural history of Wonder Woman traces the character's creation and enduring popularity, drawing on interviews and archival research to reveal the pivotal role of feminism in shaping her seven-decade story.

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Posted on: November 9, 2017

Pachinko

Pachinko

by Min Jin Lee

Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is sav...

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Posted on: November 10, 2017

Be Frank with Me

Be Frank with Me

by Julia Claiborne Johnson

Reclusive literary legend M. M. 'Mimi' Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style ponzi scheme, she's flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time ...

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Posted on: September 15, 2017

Strangers in Their Own Land

Strangers in Their Own Land

by Arlie Russell Hochschild

In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country – a stronghold of th...

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Posted on: August 11, 2017

Man at the Helm

Man at the Helm

by Nina Stibbe

When her charmed life is shattered by her father's abandonment, young Lizzie is forced to move to a gossipy, disapproving village where her sister and she resolve to find a new man for their dysfunctional mother.

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Posted on: July 14, 2017

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

Everyone Brave is Forgiven

by Chris Cleave

Shocking her blueblood political family by volunteering for the war effort in 1939 London, socialite Mary teaches evacuated and marginalized children and bonds with her employer, Tom, before their romance is challenged by a painful love tri...

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Posted on: May 15, 2017

The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between

The Return

by Hisham Matar

In 2012, after the overthrow of Qaddafi, the acclaimed novelist Hisham Matar journeyed to his native Libya after an absence of thirty years. When he was twelve, Matar and his family went into political exile. Eight years later Matar&rsq...

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Posted on: May 15, 2017

Lab Girl

Lab Girl

by Hope Jahren

This debut memoir by an award-winning paleobiologist traces her childhood in her father's laboratory, her longtime relationship with a brilliant but wounded colleague, and the remarkable discoveries they have made both in the lab and during ...

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Posted on: January 19, 2017

My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend

by Elena Ferrante

The story begins in the 1950s in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets, the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow — and as their paths ...

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Posted on: December 9, 2016

The Summer Before the War

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by Helen Simonson

Arriving in the village of Rye, England, in 1914, Beatrice Nash, a young woman of good family, becomes the first female teacher of Latin at the local school and falls in love with her sponsor's nephew.

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Posted on: November 16, 2016

The State We're In: Maine Stories

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by Ann Beattie

An award-winning short story master presents a collection of new, linked tales that impart the diverse perspectives of women orbiting around a disaffected teen who is staying with relatives while attending summer school.

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Posted on: October 17, 2016

The Marriage of Opposites

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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.

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Posted on: September 14, 2016

Nora Webster

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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 man...

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Posted on: August 12, 2016

The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House

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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.

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Posted on: July 15, 2016

Dimestore: A Memoir

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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

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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 fathe...

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Euphoria

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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.

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

A Strangeness in My Mind

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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 endurin...

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Posted on: March 17, 2016

Alice in Bed

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by Judith Hooper

Reviewed 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 as m...

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Posted on: February 17, 2016

Deep South

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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 folklor...

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Posted on: December 24, 2015

Delicious

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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 pl...

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Posted on: December 24, 2015

The Hilltop

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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.

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Posted on: November 13, 2015

Dear Life

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by Alice Munro

This collection of stories illuminates moments that shape a life, from a dream or a sexual act to simple twists of fate that turn a person out of his or her accustomed path and into another way of being. Set in the countryside and towns of L...

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Some Luck

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by Jane Smiley

An epic novel that spans thirty years in the lives of a farm family in Iowa, telling a parallel story of the changes taking place in America from 1920 through the early 1950s.

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My Afternoons with Margueritte (Le Tête en Friche) (streaming video)

My Afternoons with Margueritte

directed by Jean BeckerThis film stars Gerard Depardieu who plays Germain, a 45-year-old, illiterate handyman. Margueritte is a lovely 95-year-old lady who loves any good book to share with others. The two meet in the afternoons where Margueritte reads an...

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Posted on: July 7, 2020

Becoming Astrid (streaming video)

Becoming Astrid

directed by Pernille Fischer Christensen

This film follows the early life of the Swedish children author, Astrid Lindgren. She is considered to be the world’s third most-translated children’s author. She has written more than a 100 titl...

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Posted on: June 9, 2020

1985 (streaming video)

1985 - Directed by Yen Tan

directed by Yen Tan

This film is shot on black-and-white super 16mm film and centers on a pivotal time in America during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Adrian returns to Texas to celebrate Christmas and reconnect with his family. Unresolved issues forc...

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Posted on: May 21, 2020

A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove

by Fredrik Backman

In this bestselling and delightfully quirky debut novel from Sweden, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

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Posted on: May 21, 2020

Elephant Company

Elephant Company

by Vicki Croke

The remarkable story of James Howard "Billy" Williams, whose uncanny rapport with the world’s largest land animals transformed him from a carefree young man into the charismatic war hero known as Elephant Bill.

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Posted on: February 27, 2020

Call Me American: A Memoir

Call Me American

by Abdi Nor Iftin

Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar. As a child, he learned English by listening to American pop artists like Michael Jackson and watching films starring action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger. When U.S. marines lan...

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Posted on: January 27, 2020

The Improvisatore

The Improvisatore

by Hans Christian Andersen; translated by Frank Hugus

This semi-autobiographical novel, inspired by Andersen’s travels in Italy, was recently translated by Frank Hugus, Amherst resident and UMass Professor of German & Scandinavian Studies.

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Posted on: January 9, 2020

The Rosie Project

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by Graeme Simsion

Reviewed 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 contrary t...

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Posted on: November 25, 2019

The Battle for Christmas

The Battle for Christmas

by Stephen Nissenbaum

In 1659 the Massachusetts Bay General Court declared the celebration of Christmas to be a criminal offense. What the Puritans were trying to suppress was a holiday marked by boisterous invasions of the homes of the wealthy. As recentl...

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Posted on: October 28, 2019

The End of American Childhood

The End of American Childhood by Paula S. Fass

by Paula S. Fass

A sweeping look at the history of American childhood and parenting, from the nation's founding to the present day. Renowned historian Paula Fass shows how, since the beginning of the American republic, independence, self-definition, and in...

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Posted on: September 27, 2019

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation

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by Cokie Roberts

Cokie Roberts's number one New York Times bestseller, We Are Our Mothers' Daughters, examined the nature of women's roles throughout history and led USA Today to praise her as a "custodian of time-honored values." Her second best...

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Posted on: August 23, 2019

Sisters In Law

Sisters In Law

by Linda Hirshman

The relationship between Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg — Republican and Democrat, Christian and Jew, western rancher's daughter and Brooklyn girl — transcends party, religion, region, and culture. Strengt...

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Posted on: July 11, 2019

Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties

Coming of Age

by Madeleine May Kunin

Many readers are already familiar with Madeleine Kunin, the former three-term governor of Vermont, who served as the deputy secretary of education and ambassador to Switzerland under President Bill Clinton. The topic of this — her mo...

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Posted on: June 7, 2019

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Born a Crime

by Trevor Noah

Noah's path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, at the time such a union was punishable by five years in prison. As he struggl...

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Posted on: May 3, 2019

The Hidden Life of Trees

The Hidden Life of Trees

by Peter Wohlleben

A forester's fascinating stories, supported by the latest scientific research, reveal the extraordinary world of forests and illustrate how trees communicate and care for each other.

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Posted on: March 20, 2019

Just Mercy

Just Mercy

by Bryan Stevenson

The executive director of a social advocacy group for prisoners tells the story of Walter McMillian, a man condemned to death row for a murder he didn't commit — and explains why justice and mercy must go hand-in-hand.

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Posted on: March 8, 2019

American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West

American Wolf

by Nate Blakeslee

The enthralling story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her. Before men ruled the earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in North America, these majestic creatures were hu...

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Posted on: January 25, 2019

The Locals

The Locals

by Jonathan Dee

Reviewed by Linda:I once met a librarian from the Berkshires who told me that many of the new houses in his hometown have helicopter pads in the backyards. I thought of him as I devoured Jonathan Dee’s new novel about a small Berk...

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Posted on: December 21, 2018

Becoming

Becoming

by Michelle Obama

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America, she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive Whit...

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Posted on: December 13, 2018

RGB

RBG

directed and produced by Betsy West & Julie Cohen

At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the na...

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Posted on: October 25, 2018

The Library Book

The Library Book

by Susan Orlean

Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world, from their humble beginnings as a metro...

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Posted on: October 11, 2018

Revolution Song: A Story of Freedom

Revolution Song

by Russell Shorto

In his epic new book, Russell Shorto takes us back to the founding of the American nation, drawing on diaries, letters and autobiographies to flesh out six lives that cast the era in a fresh new light. They include an African man who free...

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Posted on: August 31, 2018

Let's Take the Long Way Home

EDITED - Lets Take the Long Way Home

by Gail Caldwell

In this moving memoir, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gail Caldwell reflects on her own coming-of-age in midlife, as she learns to open herself to the power and healing of sharing her life with a best friend.

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Posted on: May 4, 2018

The Hanging Judge

Hanging Judge by Michael Ponsor

by Michael Ponsor

When a drive-by shooting in Holyoke, Massachusetts, claims the lives of a Puerto Rican drug dealer and a hockey mom volunteering at an inner-city clinic, the police arrest a rival gang member. With no death penalty in Massachusetts, the U...

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Posted on: April 6, 2018

Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia

Ramp Hollow

by Steven Stoll

An original investigation into the rise of the Appalachian homestead explores the impact of coal mining, timber and other industries on victimizing and marginalizing the region, sharing insights into how Appalachia became wrongly associated...

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Posted on: February 27, 2018

The Stranger in the Woods

The Stranger in the Woods

by Michael Finkel

For readers of Jon Krakauer and The Lost City of Z, a remarkable tale of survival and solitude — the true story of a man who lived alone in a tent in the Maine woods, never talking to another person and surviving by stealing supplies from...

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Posted on: February 6, 2018

Moloka'i

Moloka'i

by Alan Brennert

Seven-year-old Rachel is forcibly removed from her family's 1890s Honolulu home when she contracts leprosy and is placed in a settlement, where she loses a series of new friends before new medical discoveries enable her to reenter the worl...

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Posted on: January 5, 2018

Saints for All Occasions

Saints for All Occasions

by J. Courtney Sullivan

A sweeping novel about two sisters — one the matriarch of a boisterous Irish Catholic family, the other a cloistered nun, hidden from the world — and the secret that drove them apart.

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Posted on: November 17, 2017

News of the World

News of the World

by Paulette Jiles

In the aftermath of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an elderly widower and itinerant news reader, is offered fifty dollars to bring an orphan girl, who was kidnapped and raised by Kiowa raiders, from Wichita Falls back to her ...

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Posted on: October 25, 2017

Mr. and Mrs. Prince

Mr. and Mrs. Prince

by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

This dual portrait of a pioneering African-American poet and her Revolutionary War veteran husband describes their groundbreaking court battle to retain their land in Vermont and Massachusetts when bigoted neighbors attempted t...

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Posted on: September 25, 2017

Austin and Mabel

Austin and Mabel

by Polly Longsworth

The romance between Mabel Loomis Todd and Austin Dickinson, the brother of the poet Emily Dickinson, is portrayed in a selection of letters.

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Posted on: July 12, 2017

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

by Jill Lepore

This cultural history of Wonder Woman traces the character's creation and enduring popularity, drawing on interviews and archival research to reveal the pivotal role of feminism in shaping her seven-decade story.

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Posted on: May 25, 2017

The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House

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by Kate Andersen Brower

America's first families are unknowable in many ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. Full of stories and details by turns dramatic, humorous, and hea...

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Posted on: March 16, 2017

Strangers in Their Own Land

Strangers in Their Own Land

by Arlie Russell Hochschild

In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country – a stronghold of the conserva...

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Posted on: January 19, 2017

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

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by J.D. Vance

Provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction i...

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Posted on: December 15, 2016

Born on a Blue Day

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by Daniel Tammet

An autistic savant with genius-level mathematical talents describes how he was shunned by his classmates in spite of his super-human capacity for math and language and offers insight into how he experiences the world.

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Posted on: December 5, 2016

Love, Loss, and What I Wore

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by Ilene Beckerman

In a volume originally intended just for friends, the author reflects on her fortunes and misfortunes through the clothes she has worn, clothes that have expressed her hopes and dreams — from her Brownie uniform to her first maternity dr...

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Posted on: January 19, 2017

The Sixth Extinction

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by Elizabeth Kolbert

Provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extin...

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Posted on: October 28, 2016

The Nightingale

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by Kristin Hannah

Reunited when the elder's husband is sent to fight in World War II, French sisters Vianne and Isabelle find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a world that changes in horrific ways.

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Posted on: September 6, 2016

Fates and Furies

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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

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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 cr...

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Posted on: May 25, 2016

An Unmarked Grave

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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 military – search...

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Posted on: March 23, 2016

All the Light We Cannot See

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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

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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 enhanc...

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Posted on: February 17, 2016

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (DVD)

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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)

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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, Holm...

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Posted on: November 25, 2015

Strangers in Good Company (DVD)

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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.

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Posted on: November 25, 2015

Counter Clockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility

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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, she ...

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Posted on: January 22, 2020

Foundryside

Foundryside

by Robert Jackson Bennett

Sancia Grado is a thief, and a damn good one. And her latest target, a heavily guarded warehouse on Tevanne’s docks, is nothing her unique abilities can’t handle. But unbeknownst to her, Sancia’s been...

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Posted on: December 6, 2019

The City of Brass

The City of Brass

by S. A. Chakraborty

A brilliantly imagined historical fantasy in which a young con artist in eighteenth century Cairo discovers she's the last descendant of a powerful family of djinn healers. With the help of an outcast immortal warrior and a rebellious ...

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Posted on: November 19, 2019

A Natural History of Dragons

A Natural History of Dragons

by Marie Brennan

Isabella, Lady Trent, known as the world's preeminent dragon naturalist, writes her memoir detailing how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of...

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Posted on: October 15, 2019

Green Rider

Green Rider

by Kristen Britain

After being expelled from school, spoilt Karigan G'ladheon meets a rider dying from an arrow wound who gives her a magic brooch and a message for his king. So begins a life of adventure which transforms Karigan into an exemplary heroine....

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Posted on: September 6, 2019

The Tethered Mage

The Tethered Mage

by Melissa Caruso

CONTROL THE MAGIC, CONTROL THE WORLD. In the Raverran Empire, magic is scarce and those born with power are strictly controlled — taken as children and conscripted into the Falcon Army. Zaira has lived her life on the streets to...

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Posted on: August 9, 2019

The Immortals

The Immortals

by Jordanna Max Brodsky

A high quality contemporary fantasy novel that will appeal to a wide range of readers from fans of American Gods to kids who grew up reading Percy Jackson. The Relentless One, the Bearer of the Bow, the Untamed... those are only a f...

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Posted on: July 18, 2019

Going Postal

Going Postal

by Terry Pratchett

Arch-swindler Moist Van Lipwig never believed his confidence crimes were hanging offenses — until he found himself with a noose tightly around his neck, dropping through a trapdoor, and falling into — a government job...

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Posted on: June 7, 2019

Existence

Existence

by David Brin

In a future world dominated by a neural-link web where people can tune into live events and revolutions can be instantly sparked, an active alien communication device is discovered in orbit around the Earth, triggering an international upheav...

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Posted on: May 17, 2019

Storm Front

Storm Front

by Jim Butcher

A modern-day mage and consultant to the police finds his stale life suddenly enlivened by the presence of a rival in the black arts.

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Posted on: March 27, 2019

The Year’s Best Science Fiction (32nd Annual Collection)

The Year's Best Science Fiction - 32nd Annual Collection

edited by Gardner Dozois

A selection of thirty-six of the best science fiction stories of the year from such authors as Nancy Kress, Cory Doctorow, Elizabeth Bear, Ian McDonald, Lauren Beukes, Michael Stanwick, Peter Watts, Alastair Reynolds, and Ken Liu.

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Posted on: February 19, 2019

The Belgariad (Volume 1)

The Belgariad Volume 1

by David Eddings

The Orb protecting the West from the evil god Torak has been stolen and must be reclaimed in this fast-paced and dramatic epic fantasy series. At the center of these banter-filled stories of good and evil, Gods and Kings, monsters and prop...

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Posted on: January 25, 2019

Wool

Wool

by Hugh Howey

In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. In a society full of regulations meant to protect the community, Sheriff Holston unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: he asks...

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Posted on: November 9, 2018

Age of Myth

Age of Myth

by Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan's trailblazing career began with the breakout success of his Riyria series: full-bodied, spellbinding fantasy adventures whose imaginative scope and sympathetic characters won a devoted readership and comparisons to fan...

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Posted on: October 12, 2018

The Light of Other Days

The Light of Other Days

by Arthur C. Clarke

A breakthrough in quantum physics allows all human beings to spy on each other and to look back into the past, but the human race may not be ready to handle all the ramifications of the scientific innovation.

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Posted on: September 13, 2018

River of Stars

River of Stars

by Guy Gavriel Kay

Ren Daiyan was just a boy when he took the lives of seven men while guarding an imperial magistrate of Kitai. That moment on a lonely road changed his life — in entirely unexpected ways, sending him into the forests of Kitai am...

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Posted on: August 10, 2018

The Handmaid’s Tale

Handmaid's Tale

by Margaret Atwood

Offred, a Handmaid, describes life in what was once the United States, now the Republic of Gilead, a shockingly repressive and intolerant monotheocracy, in this dystopian tour de force set in the near future.

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Posted on: July 24, 2018

Poison Study

Poison Study

by Maria V. Snyder

After she is given a reprieve from her death sentence, Yelena faces mounting disasters as rebels plot to seize Ixia, her life is once again threatened, and the chief of security is attempting to poison her.

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Posted on: June 8, 2018

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

by Robert A. Heinlein

A one-armed computer technician, a radical blonde bombshell, an aging academic, and a sentient all-knowing computer lead the lunar population in a revolution against Earth's colonial rule.

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Posted on: May 4, 2018

Ship of Magic

Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb

by Robin Hobb

Expecting to inherit her family's Liveship, Althea Vestrit now must defend this animate, intelligent treasure from both her scheming brother-in-law, who plans to use it as a slave ship, and a nation of ruthless pirates led by Captain Kennit.

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Posted on: April 6, 2018

Blue Remembered Earth

Blue Remembered Earth

by Alistair Reynolds

In a future where crime, war, and disease have been eradicated, Geoffrey Akinya must travel to the Moon in an attempt to protect his family's name and businesses from dangerous secrets his late grandmother left behind.

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Posted on: March 14, 2018

A Crown for Cold Silver

A Crown for Cold Silver

by Alex Marshall

Twenty years ago, feared general Cobalt Zosia led her five villainous captains and mercenary army into battle, wrestling monsters and toppling an empire. When there were no more titles to win and no more worlds to conquer, she retired and ...

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Posted on: February 12, 2018

The Birthday of the World

Birthday of the World

by Ursula K. Le Guin

A collection of stories that are filled with love, lust, sex, marriage, gender, and other annoying problems that people must deal with no matter where they reside in the universe.

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Posted on: January 19, 2018

The Dirty Streets of Heaven

Dirty Streets of Heaven

by Tad Williams

Bobby Dollar, an angel who has taken part in the long battle between Heaven and Hell, must figure out why there are suddenly an unprecedented number of souls missing from both sides and who summoned a Babylonian demon to kill him.

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Posted on: December 8, 2017

A Fire Upon the Deep

A Fire Upon the Deep

by Vernor Vinge

A Fire Upon the Deep is the big, breakout book that fulfills the promise of Vinge's career to date: a gripping tale of galactic war told on a cosmic scale. Thousands of years hence, many races inhabit a universe where a mind's potential is ...

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Posted on: November 9, 2017

Acacia

Acacia

by David Anthony Durham

Leodan Akaran, the powerful ruler of an idyllic empire, hides the dark realities of their prosperity from his four children, until an assassin from the Mein — a race exiled to an ice-locked stronghold in the north &mda...

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Posted on: October 4, 2017

Proxima

Proxima

by Stephen Baxter

Mankind's future in this galaxy could be all but infinite. There are hundreds of billions of red dwarf stars, lasting trillions of years — and their planets can be habitable for humans. Such is the world of Proxima Centauri. And...

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Posted on: September 8, 2017

Half a King

Half a King

by Joe Abercrombie

Heir to the throne Yarvi, prompted by the murder of his father, embarks on a kingdom-transforming journey to regain the throne, even though having only one good hand means he cannot wield a weapon.

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Posted on: August 9, 2017

The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles

by Ray Bradbury

The tranquility of Mars is disrupted by the earthmen who have come to conquer space, colonize the planet, and escape a doomed Earth.

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Posted on: June 8, 2017

Mage's Blood

Mage's Blood

by David Hair

The first book in an epic fantasy quartet about the struggle for mastery in a world ruled by magic.

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Posted on: May 25, 2017

Welcome to the Monkey House

Welcome to the Monkey House

by Kurt Vonnegut

A collection of twenty-five short works written between 1950 and 1968 and originally printed in a wide range of publications including The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, and Ladies’ Home Journal.

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Posted on: April 6, 2017

The Night Circus

The Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern

A circus, titled Le Cirque des Reve, comes to town out of the blue and without warning. Within its tents, young magicians Celia and Marco compete to be the best, having done so since childhood. However, under the backdrop of their inten...

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Posted on: March 8, 2017

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

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by Mary Roach

The author of Stiff and Gulp explores the irresistibly strange universe of space travel and life without gravity.

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Posted on: February 13, 2017

The Black Prism

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by Brent Weeks

Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to liv...

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Posted on: January 5, 2017

The Sparrow

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by Mary Doria Russell

The sole survivor of a crew sent to explore a new planet, Jesuit priest Emilio Sandoz discovers an alien civilization that raises questions about the very essence of humanity – an encounter that leads Sandoz to a public inqu...

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Posted on: December 9, 2016

A Wizard of Earthsea

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by Ursula K. Le Guin

A boy grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleashed on the world as an apprentice to the Master Wizard.

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Posted on: September 7, 2016

Contact

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by Carl Sagan

Astrophysicist Dr. Rebecca Blake deciphers a message from outer space and finds that it contains directions for the construction of a complicated machine.

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Posted on: September 7, 2016

The Warded Man

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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 times:...

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Posted on: September 7, 2016

Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick

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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.

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Posted on: August 4, 2016

Sorcerer to the Crown

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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.

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Posted on: July 15, 2016

Red Rising

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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 infiltr...

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Posted on: June 10, 2016

Watership Down

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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 can...

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Foreigner

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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.

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Theft of Swords

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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

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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 act...

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Posted on: December 4, 2015

Legends: Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy

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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 and ...

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Posted on: December 4, 2015

Embassytown

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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 th...

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Posted on: November 13, 2015

The Name of the Wind

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by Patrick Rothfuss

The story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend. So begin...

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Goblin Emperor

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by Katherine Addison

The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an "...

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Posted on: January 22, 2020

Call Me American: A Memoir

Call Me American

by Abdi Nor Iftin

Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar. As a child, he learned English by listening to American pop artists like Michael Jackson and watching films starring action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger. When U.S. marines lan...

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Posted on: December 16, 2019

Americanah

Americanah

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi

A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected.

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Posted on: November 19, 2019

There There

There There

by Tommy Orange

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This powerful novel begins as a series of loosely connected short stories, but turns into something so much more in this exploration of the plight of the urban Native American. Each of the characters follows their own path...

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Posted on: October 18, 2019

If a Tree Falls: A Family’s Quest to Hear and Be Heard

If a Tree Falls

by Jennifer Rosner

This revelatory memoir explores family, silence, and what it means to be heard. When her daughters are born deaf, Rosner is stunned. Then she discovers a hidden history of deafness in her family, going back generations to the Jewish encl...

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Posted on: September 19, 2019

So You Want to Talk about Race

So You Want to Talk About Race

by Ijeoma Oluo

A current, constructive, and actionable exploration of today's racial landscape, offering straightforward clarity that readers of all races need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide.

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Posted on: July 18, 2019

Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances

Chasing Space

by Leland Melvin

A memoir by the former NASA astronaut and NFL wide receiver traces his personal journey from the gridiron to the stars, examining the intersecting roles of community, perseverance, and grace that create opportunities for success.

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Posted on: June 24, 2019

Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey

Have Dog Will Travel

by Stephen Kuusisto

A blind poet describes his relationship with his first guide dog and how it changed his life and gave him a newfound appreciation for travel and independence.

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Posted on: May 29, 2019

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of he...

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Posted on: April 12, 2019

The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life

The Far Away Brothers

by Lauren Markham

The deeply reported story of identical twin brothers who escape El Salvador's violence to build new lives in California — fighting to survive, to stay, and to belong. Growing up in rural El Salvador in the wake of the civil war,...

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Posted on: March 20, 2019

Make Trouble

Make Trouble

by Cecile Richards

From the president of Planned Parenthood, daughter of the late Governor Ann Richards, and featured speaker at the Women's March on Washington, comes a story about learning to lead and make change, based on a lifetime of fighting for wome...

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Posted on: February 19, 2019

When They Call You a Terrorist

When They Call You a Terrorist

by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele

A memoir by the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement explains the movement's position of love, humanity, and justice, challenging perspectives that have negatively labeled the movement's activists while ...

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Posted on: January 25, 2019

News of the World

News of the World

by Paulette Jiles

In the aftermath of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an elderly widower and itinerant news reader, is offered fifty dollars to bring an orphan girl, who was kidnapped and raised by Kiowa raiders, from Wichita Falls back to her ...

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Posted on: December 18, 2018

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

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by J.D. Vance

Provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction i...

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Posted on: November 17, 2018

I am Malala

I Am Malala

by Malala Yousafzai

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the u...

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Posted on: October 12, 2018

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Born a Crime

by Trevor Noah

Noah's path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, at the time such a union was punishable by five years in prison. As he struggl...

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Posted on: September 13, 2018

Homegoing

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by Yaa Gyasi

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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...

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Posted on: August 16, 2018

The Book of Joy

The Book of Joy

by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Two leading spiritual masters share their wisdom about living with joy even in the face of adversity, sharing personal stories and teachings about the science of profound happiness and the daily pr...

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Posted on: July 24, 2018

The Lovers: Afghanistan’s Romeo and Juliet

The Lovers

by Rod Nordland

An astonishingly powerful and profoundly moving story of a young couple willing to risk everything for love that puts a human face on the ongoing debate about women's rights in the Muslim world. Zakia and Ali were from different tribes, but...

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Posted on: June 22, 2018

This Is How It Always Is

This Is How It Always Is

by Laurie Frankel

When Rosie and Penn and their four boys welcome the newest member of their family, no one is surprised it's another baby boy. At least their large, loving, chaotic family knows what to expect. But Claude is not like his brothers. One day ...

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Posted on: May 11, 2018

The Windfall

Windfall

by Diksha Basu

Moving to a wealthy community after the lucrative sale of their website, Mr. And Mrs. Jha, formerly of East Delhi, struggle with cultural changes while their son, studying in America, pursues romance and wonders how his parents' new status w...

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Posted on: April 18, 2018

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

Strangers in Their Own Land

by Arlie Russell Hochschild 

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A renowned sociologist from Berkeley spends months getting to know conservatives in Louisiana bayou country. She wants to understand the feelings that drive their politics, the “deep story&a...

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Posted on: January 18, 2018

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

by Jill Lepore

A cultural history of Wonder Woman traces the character's creation and enduring popularity, drawing on interviews and archival research to reveal the pivotal role of feminism in shaping her seven-decade story. This book examines the life of ...

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Posted on: December 13, 2017

And the Mountains Echoed

And the Mountains Echoed

by Khaled Hosseini

Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and step-mother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters....

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Posted on: November 17, 2017

Their Eyes Were Watching God

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by Zora Neale Hurston

When Janie Starks returns to her rural Florida home, her small black community is overwhelmed with curiosity about her relationship with a younger man.

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Posted on: October 13, 2017

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

You're Never Weird on the Internet

by Felicia Day

From the online entertainment pioneer, actress, and "queen of the geeks" Felicia Day, comes a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to internet stardom, and embracing her weirdness to find her p...

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Posted on: September 13, 2017

Just Mercy

Just Mercy

by Bryan Stevenson

The executive director of a social advocacy group for prisoners tells the story of Walter McMillian, a man condemned to death row for a murder he didn't commit — and explains why justice and mercy must go hand-in-hand.

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Posted on: August 9, 2017

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: July 14, 2017

Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening

Switched On

by John Elder Robison

Shocked by the teenage violence she witnessed during the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, Erin Gruwell became a teacher at a high school rampant with hostility and racial intolerance. For many of these students - whose ranks included...

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Posted on: May 15, 2017

Freedom Writers Diary

Freedom Writers Diary

by the Freedom Writers with Erin Gruwell

Shocked by the teenage violence she witnessed during the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, Erin Gruwell became a teacher at a high school rampant with hostility and racial intolerance. For many of these students &am...

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Posted on: May 15, 2017

Mom & Me & Mom

Mom and Me and Mom

by Maya Angelou

The celebrated author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings shares the intimate story of her relationship with her mother, an officer in the Merchant Marines and a purveyor of a gambling business and rooming house, relating the events that pro...

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Posted on: April 6, 2017

All I Love and Know

All I Love and Know

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 twin ...

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Posted on: March 19, 2017

Strength in What Remains

Strength in What Remains

by Tracy Kidder

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder returns with the extraordinary true story of Deo, a young man who arrives in America from Burundi in search of a new life. After surviving a civil war and genocide, he ekes out a precarious exi...

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Posted on: January 19, 2017

The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House

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by Kate Andersen Brower

America's first families are unknowable in many ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. Full of stories and details by turns dramatic, humorous, and hea...

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Posted on: January 19, 2017

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

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by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the indigenous peoples was genocidal and imperialist, designed to crush the original inhabitants.

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Posted on: October 19, 2016

The House on Mango Street

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by Sandra Cisneros

For Esperanza, a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, life is an endless landscape of concrete and run-down tenements, and she tries to rise above the hopelessness.

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Posted on: October 19, 2016

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

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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.

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Posted on: December 15, 2016

Between the World and Me

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by Ta-Nehisi Coates

A profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a black father for his son, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present...

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Posted on: September 14, 2016

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

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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 reader...

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Posted on: August 12, 2016

On the Move: A Life

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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.

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Posted on: July 15, 2016

Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir

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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.

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Posted on: June 23, 2016

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

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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 a...

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Giovanni's Room

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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

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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 Wounded...

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Posted on: March 17, 2016

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

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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 ab...

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Posted on: February 17, 2016

Say What You Will

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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, an...

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Posted on: December 24, 2015

How to Be Black

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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.

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Posted on: December 24, 2015

The Things They Carried

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by Tim O'Brien

The 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 the...

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Posted on: November 25, 2015

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation

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by Cokie Roberts

Cokie Roberts's number one New York Times bestseller, We Are Our Mothers' Daughters, examined the nature of women's roles throughout history and led USA Today to praise her as a "custodian of time-honored values." Her second best...

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Blindsight

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directed by Lucy Walker

The gripping true-life adventure of six blind Tibetan teenagers on a climbing expedition up formidable Mount Everest.

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

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

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by Michelle Alexander

Law professor Alexander argues that the War on Drugs and policies that deny convicted felons equal access to employment, housing, education, and public benefits create a permanent under caste based largely on race. As the United State...

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Wonder

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R.J. Palacio

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and...

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Voices of Our Time

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by Studs Terkel

From the 1950s through 1997, Louis "Studs" Terkel, bestselling author of Hard Times, Working, The Great War, Coming of Age, and eight other books, hosted a daily one-hour show on WFMT Radio in Chicago. This nationally syndicated, ...

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Limbo

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by Alfred Lubrano

In Limbo, award-winning journalist Alfred Lubrano identifies and describes an overlooked cultural phenomenon: the internal conflict within individuals raised in blue-collar homes, now living white-collar lives.

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

The Fault in Our Stars

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by John Green

Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Moving Violations

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by John Hockenberry

A memoir that is both funny and furious from a nationally known radio and TV reporter who is paralyzed from the chest down.

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Posted on: December 15, 2016

White Like Me: Reflections on Race From a Privileged Son

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by Tim Wise

White Like Me is part memoir, part polemical essay collection. It is a personal examination of the way in which racial privilege shapes the daily lives of white Americans in every realm: employment, education, housing, criminal justice, and els...

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Posted on: December 15, 2016

Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People

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by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald

In this accessible and groundbreaking look at the science of prejudice, Banaji and Greenwald show that prejudice and unconscious biases toward others are a fundamental part of the human psyche.

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Posted on: May 4, 2018

Nimona

Nimona

by Noelle Stevenson

Lord Blackheart, a villain with a vendetta, and his sidekick, Nimona, an impulsive young shapeshifter, must prove to the kingdom that Sir Goldenloin and the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks th...

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Posted on: April 6, 2018

Hamilton and Peggy!

Hamilton and Peggy!

by L.M. Elliott

In the throes of the Revolutionary War, Peggy Schuyler finds herself a central figure amid Loyalists and Patriots, spies and traitors, friends and family. Among those friends, she develops a relationship with Alexander Hamilton, who becomes...

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Posted on: March 14, 2018

Ms. Marvel

Ms Marvel

by G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona

Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she's suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel ...

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Posted on: February 5, 2018

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women

#NotYourPrincess

edited by Lisa Charleyboy & Mary Beth Leatherdale

Whether looking back to a troubled past or welcoming a hopeful future, the powerful voices of Indigenous women across North America resound in this book. In the same style as the best-selling Dreaming i...

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Posted on: January 19, 2018

Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way Down

by John Green

It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a yo...

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Posted on: December 13, 2017

The Language of Thorns

The Language of Thorns

by Leigh Bardugo

Travel to Grishnaverse, a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestru...

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Posted on: October 13, 2017

Eliza and Her Monsters

Eliza and Her Monsters

by Francesca Zappia

Eighteen-year-old Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of Monstrous Sea, a wildly popular webcomic, but when a new boy at school tempts her to live a life offline, everything she's worked for begins to crumble.

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Posted on: September 15, 2017

Tell Me Something Real

Tell Me Something Real

by Calla Devlin

The three Babcock sisters must travel to a Mexican clinic across the border so their mother, ill with leukemia, can receive alternative treatments. The sisters' world is about to shatter under the weight of an incomprehensible betrayal &...

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Posted on: August 9, 2017

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: July 14, 2017

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Escape from Mr Lemoncello's Library

by Chris Grabenstein

Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, which was designed by his hero: the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello. When morning comes, he and his friends must solve puzzles in order to escape.

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Posted on: June 8, 2017

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of he...

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Posted on: May 15, 2017

History Is All You Left Me

History is All You Left Me

by Adam Silvera


Secrets are revealed as OCD-afflicted Griffin grieves for his first love, Theo, who died in a drowning accident.

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Posted on: April 6, 2017

The Passion of Dolssa

The Passion of Dolssa

by Julie Berry


Buried deep within the archives of a convent in medieval France is an untold story of love, loss, and wonder and the two girls at the heart of it all.

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Posted on: March 7, 2017

Spontaneous

Spontaneous

by Aaron Starmer


A darkly funny and spectacularly original exploration of friendship, goodbyes – and spontaneous combustion.

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Posted on: September 9, 2019

The Oxford English Dictionary: 'Nothing Else Comes Close'

Word-lover in OED

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 ...

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Posted on: October 17, 2018

A Valentine for the Jones Library!

Dear Public Library from Oprah Magazine

The November issue of Oprah Magazine includes a very sweet valentine to the Jones Library written by local author Catherine Newman. You can read "Dear Public Library" at www.oprahmag.com or here (PDF). Thank you, Catherine!

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Posted on: June 9, 2017

Jones Library ESL Program Receives Grant

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From the Amherst Bulletin (bottom of 'Around Amherst' section):

"The English as Second Language Center at the Jones Library recently received a $1,000 grant to help new immigrants achieve English literacy and proficiency.

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Posted on: June 9, 2017

Jones Library Recognized by Human Rights Commission

Human Rights Heroes Awards

We are honored to have been recognized by the Amherst Human Rights Commission.

Excerpted from their PRESS RELEASE entitled "Amherst Human Rights Commission announces Recipients of 13th Annual Human Rights Heroes Awards":

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Posted on: October 23, 2017

The History of the Town of Amherst (1731 - 1896)

The History of the Town of Amherst (1731 - 1896)

Compiled and published by Carpenter & Morehouse in 1896. Digitized by UMass Amherst Libraries. Hosted by Archive.org.

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Posted on: October 23, 2017

Guide to the Robert Frost Trail (PDF)

Guide to the Robert Frost Trail

Fourth edition. Created by the Amherst Conversation Department and the Amherst Area Trails Committee in 2004. Hosted by Amherstma.gov.

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Posted on: October 23, 2017

Historic Homes of Amherst

Historic Homes of Amherst

By Alice M. Walker. Published under the auspices of the Amherst Historical Society in 1905. Digitized by UMass Amherst Libraries. Hosted by Archive.org.

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Encyclopedia of Small Business (2017)

Encyclopedia of Small Business

This encyclopedia provides entrepreneurs with how-to information that they can apply to their own business. It features revised and expanded coverage to reflect the most current small business topics.

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Posted on: October 24, 2017

Small Business Sourcebook: The Entrepreneur's Resource (2017)

Small Business Sourcebook

This book is designed to facilitate the start-up, development, and growth of specific small businesses. Listings for general small business topics and relevant state and federal government agencies are also included.

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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...

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Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans (2017)

Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans

Provides comprehensive information on sources of education-related financial aid sponsored and administered by private organizations and companies.


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Posted on: May 15, 2017

The College Blue Book (2017)

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.

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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...

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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.


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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, ...

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Posted on: October 21, 2015

Encyclopedia of Business and Finance (2014)

Encyclopedia of Business and Finance

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Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations (2017)

Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations

This encyclopedia presents easy-to-understand information on more than 200 countries and dependencies from around the world. Entries discuss a variety of topics in detail, from banking and securities to climate, from government data to demographic statist...

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Posted on: May 10, 2017

The Gale Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Food Labels (2017)

The Gale Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Food Labels (2017)

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Posted on: May 12, 2017

Encyclopedia of Small Business (2017)

Encyclopedia of Small Business

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Posted on: May 10, 2017

The Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology (2016)

The Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology (2016)

This encyclopedia provides comprehensive coverage of the field of psychology – including notable people, theories and terms, landmark case studies and experiments, applications of psychology in advertising, medicine, and sports, and career information.

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The Gale Encyclopedia of Pregnancy and Childbirth (2017)

The Gale Encyclopedia of Pregnancy and Childbirth (2017)

This encyclopedia presents authoritative medical information related to pregnancy and childbirth – including common and rare diseases and medical conditions, immunizations and drugs, procedures, and developmental issues.

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Posted on: May 10, 2017

The Gale Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Food Labels (2017)

The Gale Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Food Labels (2017)

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Posted on: May 10, 2017

The Gale Encyclopedia of Dermatology (2017)

The Gale Encyclopedia of Dermatology (2017)

This encyclopedia provides in-depth coverage of various issues related to skin, hair, and nails – including dermatological diagnoses and procedures, treatment options, and medications.

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Posted on: May 10, 2017

The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders (2016)

The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders (2016)

This encyclopedia provides clear, complete information on genetic disorders – including conditions, tests, procedures, treatments, and therapies – in articles that are both comprehensive and easy to understand.

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Posted on: May 10, 2017

The Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology (2016)

The Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology (2016)

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Posted on: May 10, 2017

The Gale Encyclopedia of Children's Health: Infancy through Adolescence (2016)

The Gale Encyclopedia of Children's Health - Infancy through Adolescence (2016)

This encyclopedia provides in-depth coverage of pediatric diseases and disorders, along with issues related to physical, cognitive, and behavioral development.

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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...

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Posted on: September 25, 2015

The Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health (2015)

Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health

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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...

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Posted on: September 29, 2015

The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health (2013)

Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health

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Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations (2017)

Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations

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Posted on: May 15, 2017

The Great American Mosaic: An Exploration of Diversity in Primary Documents (2014)

The Great American Mosaic - An Exploration of Diversity in Primary Documents

This collection is a comprehensive source of documents that give voice to those who comprise the American mosaic, illustrating the experiences of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. Each volume focuses on a major racial/ethnic group: Africa...

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Proud Heritage: People, Issues, and Documents of the LGBT Experience (2015)

Proud Heritage - People, Issues, and Documents of the LGBT Experience

This three-volume reference traces the roots and development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights and issues in the United States from the pre-colonial period to the present day.

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Race and Racism in the United States: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic (2014)

Race and Racism in the United States - An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic

How is race defined and perceived in America today, and how do these definitions and perceptions compare to attitudes 100 years ago, or 200 years ago? This four-volume set addresses many topics related to race in the United States.

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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...

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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....

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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. Search the index

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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...

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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...

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Posted on: October 6, 2015

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (2013)

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture

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Posted on: October 6, 2015

The Age of Exploration (2013)

The Age of Exploration

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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. Search the index

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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. Search the index t...

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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...

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UXL Sustainable Living (2016)

UXL Sustainable Living (2016)

This encyclopedia helps students and general readers understand the economic, social, and environmental issues humans face today. It addresses sustainability challenges and opportunities – from air pollution to natural resources to zero waste.

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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. Search the index t...

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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...

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The Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health (2015)

Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health

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Posted on: May 10, 2017

The Gale Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Food Labels (2017)

The Gale Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Food Labels (2017)

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Posted on: May 10, 2017

The Gale Encyclopedia of Dermatology (2017)

The Gale Encyclopedia of Dermatology (2017)

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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...

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Posted on: September 29, 2015

The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health (2013)

Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health

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The Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests (2014)

Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests

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How to Be an Antiracist

How to Be an Antiracist

by Ibram X. Kendi

The opposite of “racist” isn’t “not racist.” A new approach to race, justice, and equality.

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Posted on: June 5, 2020

The Fire Next Time

The Fire Next Time

by James Baldwin

The classic that galvanized the country when it was first published in the early days of the civil rights movement.

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The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race

The Fire This Time

edited by Jesmyn Ward

A bestseller that continues Baldwin’s conversation with new essays and poems.

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Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

This winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction is an eloquent and heartbreaking memoir in the form of a letter to the author’s teenage son.

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Citizen: An American Lyric

Citizen

by Claudia Rankine

Award-winning poetry that addresses race and racism.

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Posted on: June 5, 2020

From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century

From Here to Equality

by William A. Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen

The most comprehensive case to date for economic reparations; co-author Darity is an Amherst native.

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Posted on: June 10, 2020

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

When They Call You a Terrorist

by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandel

The authors, leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement, have been called terrorists but in truth are women seeking justice for those victimized by the powerful.

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Posted on: June 10, 2020

They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement

They Can't Kill Us All

by Wesley Lowery

A deeply reported book about the quest for justice in the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray.

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

The New Jim Crow

by Michelle Alexander

A book by a legal scholar which opened the eyes of Americans to the broken state of the American legal system.

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When They Come for You: How Police & Government Are Trampling Our Liberties & How to Take Them Back

When They Come for You

by David Kirby

An argument that basic constitutional rights and equal protection under the law are being threatened.

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Posted on: June 10, 2020

The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crime, Racism, and Injustice in American Law Enforcement

The Black and the Blue

by Matthew Horace

An African-American police officer with 28 years of experience writes powerfully about the racism inside American police departments.

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Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

Stamped

by Jason Reynolds

A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism — and antiracism — in America. This is NOT a history book. This is a book about the here and now. A book to help us better understand why we are where we are. A b...

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Because They Marched: The People's Campaign for Voting Rights that Changed America

Because They Marched

by Russell Freedman

In the early 1960s, tired of reprisals for attempting to register to vote, Selma’s black community began to protest. The struggle received nationwide attention when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a voting rights march in Janu...

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We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide

We Are Not Yet Equal

by Carol Anderson

Carol Anderson’s White Rage took the world by storm, landing on the New York Times bestseller list and best book of the year lists from New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Chicago Review of Books. It launched her ...

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Just Mercy: A True Story of the Fight for Justice

Just Mercy

by Bryan Stevenson

In this young adult adaptation of the acclaimed bestseller Just Mercy, which the New York Times calls "as compelling as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so," Bryan Stevenson delves deep into the broken U.S. justice ...

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Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America

Black Enough

edited by Ibi Zoboi

A collection of short stories explore what it is like to be young and black, centering on the experiences of black teenagers and emphasizing that one person’s experiences, reality, and personal identity are different than some...

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All American Boys

All American Boys

by Jason Reynolds

In an unforgettable new novel from award-winning authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, two teens — one black, one white — grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their commu...

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The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of he...

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Dear Martin

Dear Martin

by Nic Stone

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning New York Times bestselling debut, a William C. Morris Award Finalist.Jus...

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Piecing Me Together

Piecing Me Together

by Renee Watson

Acclaimed author Renee Watson offers a powerful story about a girl striving for success in a world that too often seems like it’s trying to break her.Jade believes she must get out of her poor neighborhood if she’s ever ...

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Pet

Pet

by Akwaeke Emezi

The highly-anticipated, genre-defying new novel by award-winning author Akwaeke Emezi that explores themes of identity and justice. Pet is here to hunt a monster. Are you brave enough to look? There are no monsters anymore, or so the child...

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This Book is Anti-Racist

This Book is Anti-Racist

by Tiffany Jewell; illustrated by Aurélia Durand

This book is written for the young person who doesn’t know how to speak up to the racist adults in their life. For the 14 year old who sees injustice at school and isn’t able t...

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Ghost Boys

Ghost Boys

by Jewell Parker Rhodes

A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.Only the living can make the world better. Live and make it better....

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Genesis Begins Again

Genesis Begins Again

by Alicia Williams

This deeply sensitive and powerful debut novel tells the story of a thirteen-year-old who must overcome internalized racism and a verbally abusive family to finally learn to love herself.There are ninety-six things Genesis hates about he...

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New Kid

New Kid

by Jerry Craft

Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is ...

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Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming

by Jacqueline Woodson

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her ...

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One Crazy Summer (One Crazy Summer Series, Book 1)

One Crazy Summer

by Rita Garcia Williams

In this Newbery Honor novel, New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of three sisters who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 to meet the mother who abandoned them. "This vibrant and moving awa...

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Posted on: June 15, 2020

Ghost

Ghost

by Jason Reynolds

A National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature.Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school ...

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry

by Mildred D. Taylor

Winner of the Newbery Medal, this remarkably moving novel has impressed the hearts and minds of millions of readers.Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this is the story of one family’s struggle to maintain th...

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

by Christopher Paul Curtis

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of this Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree about a hilarious family on a road-trip at one of the most important times in America’s history. This special edition makes a perfect gift an...

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The Stars Beneath Our Feet

The Stars Beneath Our Feet

by David Barclay Moore

"The right story at the right time. . . . It’s not just a narrative; it’s an experience. It’s the novel we’ve been waiting for." —The New York TimesA New York Times Notable ...

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Blended

Blended

by Sharon Draper

Eleven-year-old Isabella’s blended family is more divided than ever in this "timely but genuine" (Publishers Weekly) story about divorce and racial identity from the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author o...

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A Good Kind of Trouble

A Good Kind of Trouble

by Lisa Moore Ramée

From debut author Lisa Moore Ramée comes this funny and bighearted debut middle grade novel about friendship, family, and standing up for what’s right, perfect for fans of of Angie Thomas’s The ...

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Harbor Me

Harbor Me

by Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s LiteratureA NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!Jacqueline Woodson’s first middle-grade novel since National Book Award winner Brown Girl Dreaming ce...

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Midnight without a Moon

Midnight Without a Moon

by Linda Williams Jackson

Washington Post 2017 KidsPost Summer Book Club selection!It’s Mississippi in the summer of 1955, and Rose Lee Carter can’t wait to move north. But for now, she’s living with her sharecropper grandpare...

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Posted on: June 15, 2020

Betty Before X

Betty Before X

by Ilyasah Shabazz & Renée Watson

A New York Public Library Best Children’s Book of 2018A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2018A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018In Detroit, 1945, eleven-year-old Betty’s h...

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Posted on: June 11, 2020

The Undefeated

The Undefeated

by Kwame Alexander; illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Winner of the 2020 Caldecott MedalA 2020 Newbery Honor BookWinner of the 2020 Coretta Scott King Illustrator AwardThe Newbery Award-winning author of The Crossover pens an ode to black American triumph and tr...

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Posted on: June 11, 2020

The Day You Begin

The Day You Begin

by Jacqueline Woodson; illustrated by Rafael López

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s LiteratureA #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belp...

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Posted on: June 11, 2020

Sugar Hill: Harlem’s Historic Neighborhood

Sugar Hill

by Carolel Boston Weatherford; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

An Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for Early Readers Honor BookTake a walk through Harlem’s Sugar Hill and meet all the amazing people who made this neighborhood legendary. With upbeat r...

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Posted on: June 11, 2020

I Have a Dream

I Have a Dream

by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; paintings by Kadir Nelson

From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s daughter, Dr. Bernice A. King: "My father’s dream continues to live on from generation to generation, and this beautiful and powerful illus...

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Posted on: June 11, 2020

Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America

Gordon Parks

by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by Jamey Christoph

Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Literary WorkGordon Parks is most famous for being the first black director in Hollywood. But before he made movies and wrote ...

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Posted on: June 11, 2020

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America

Hand in Hand

by Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney

Hand in Hand presents the stories of ten men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the modern day. The stories are accessible, fully-drawn narrative...

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Posted on: June 11, 2020

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

Little Leaders

by Vashti Harrison

Based on her popular Instagram posts, debut author/illustrator Vashti Harrison shares the stories of 40 bold African American women who shaped historyAmong these women, you’ll find heroes, role models, and everyday women who di...

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Posted on: September 16, 2020

Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All

Vanguard

by Martha S. Jones

According to conventional wisdom, American women’s campaign for the vote began with the Seneca Falls convention of 1848 and ended with the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. But this women’s movement wa...

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Posted on: September 11, 2020

Towers Falling

Towers Falling

by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Fifth grade student Dèja is starting the year at a new school in Brooklyn after her family moves into a shelter. Although the first day is filled with challenges, it is also filled with promise: a teacher who connects to ...

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Posted on: September 11, 2020

Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir

Memorial Drive

by Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey is a former U.S. Poet Laureate and a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. She earned her M.F.A. at UMass Amherst. Memorial Drive is her first book that is not poetry. This memoir was written because, in the aut...

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Posted on: August 28, 2020

One Crazy Summer (One Crazy Summer Series, Book 1)

One Crazy Summer

by Rita Garcia Williams

One Crazy Summer follows the three Gaither sisters as they travel from Brooklyn to Oakland in the summer of 1968, where they hope to get to know the mother who left them. Delphine, the oldest sister, takes on many roles in her famil...

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Posted on: August 21, 2020

Brother Robert: Growing Up with Robert Johnson

Brother Robert by Annye C. Anderson - An intimate memoir by blues legend Robert Johnson’s stepsister

by Annye C. Anderson with Preston Lauterbach; foreword by Elijah Wald

We are excited to offer this new weekly feature and to share a wide array of books about Black lives in America. It seems appropriate to begin with a new book by a well-known Amherst res...

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Posted on: August 21, 2020

Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America

Gordon Parks

by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by Jamey Christoph

This picture book biography introduces readers to the life and work of multi-talented artist Gordon Parks. It traces Parks’ path to becoming one of the most important photographers of t...

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Posted on: August 21, 2020

March: Book 1, 2, and 3

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by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; illustrated by Nate Powell

The nation is mourning the death of a civil rights hero and “conscience of the Congress,” Representative John Lewis. Adults and young adults wanting to know more about Lewis and...

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Posted on: August 21, 2020

This Is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope

This Is Major

by Shayla Lawson

Writing in a fierce and humorous voice, Shayla Lawson provides a memoir in essays that is also a celebration of black women’s lives and culture. She knows the richness and resilience of black girl culture (its irony and rebellion...

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Posted on: August 21, 2020

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

Stamped

by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

In this 2020 YA remix of Ibram X. Kendi’s work (2016’s Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America), Jason Reynolds is quick to point out that this isn’t a...

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Posted on: August 21, 2020

Horace Pippin, American Modern

Horace Pippin

by Anne Monahan

Horace Pippin, sometimes described as an American Henri Rousseau, was a disabled veteran (WWI) without formal art training who began painting in his 40s and soon became famous in the art world. His works depict WWI, black families, Abraham ...

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Posted on: September 23, 2020

The World as It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House

World As It Is

by Ben Rhodes

Reviewed by Linda:An Amherst College alum, Ben Rhodes was twenty-nine when he went to work for the Obama presidential campaign. For the next decade, he worked as a speechwriter, national security advisor, and aide to the President, with whom ...

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Posted on: September 16, 2020

The Dutch House

Dutch House

by Ann Patchett

Reviewed by Linda:A stunning Pennsylvania mansion called the “Dutch House” is more than just the setting in this novel by beloved author Ann Patchett. It remains vivid in the minds of family and staff who have lived and ...

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Posted on: September 9, 2020

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

Bookish Life of Nina Hill

by Abbi Waxman

Reviewed by Janet:The perfect fun read for book lovers, trivia buffs, and fans of quirky novels! Nina Hill is quite content with her life – her job at an independent bookshop, her kick-butt trivia team, her cat Phil, and her perfec...

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Posted on: September 2, 2020

The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11

Only Plane in the Sky

by Garrett M. Graff

Reviewed by Linda:This book tells the story of 9/11 from the perspective of the people who lived it. Everyone is included, from those who escaped the towers and the Pentagon and the families of the survivors and of those who perished, t...

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Posted on: August 26, 2020

These Ghosts Are Family

These Ghosts Are Family

by Maisy Card

Reviewed by Janet:When his childhood friend is killed in a London dockside accident in 1970, Abel Paisley decides to assume Solomon’s identity, and permanently abandon his wife and family back in Jamaica. As Solomon, he begins a new...

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Posted on: August 19, 2020

Such a Fun Age

Such a Fun Age

by Kiley Reid

Reviewed by Linda:This spring title, a selection of Reese’s Book Club, was soaring in popularity with many holds when the coronavirus hit. I was lucky enough to score a copy of the audiobook through Libby/Overdrive. It is a fascinat...

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Posted on: August 12, 2020

Master Class

Master Class

by Christina Dalcher

Reviewed by Janet:From the author of Vox comes another gripping and haunting novel, set in a near future that will seem eerily possible. Imagine that education reform has created a tiered system of schools, where monthly testing determ...

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

Say Nothing

by Patrick Radden Keefe

Reviewed by Linda:This history of the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland is so gripping that, at times, it reads like a thriller. The author focuses on a devastating cold case from the 1970s, involving a widowed mother of ten ...

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Posted on: July 29, 2020

You Again

You Again by Debra Jo Immergut

by Debra Jo Immergut

Reviewed by Linda:Valley author Debra Jo Immergut follows up her Edgar-nominated novel The Captives with a page-turner that is also a meditation on life as an artist, on balancing family and finances with creating new work. Abby Willar...

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Posted on: July 22, 2020

House of Trelawney

House of Trelawney

by Hannah Rothschild

Reviewed by Janet:After 800 years, the fortunes of the Scott family have disintegrated, as has Trelawney Castle. Kitto, the future earl, spends his days in London as chairman of a bank. Jane, his wife, holds hearth and home together wi...

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Posted on: July 15, 2020

Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss

Late Migrations

by Margaret Renkl

Reviewed by Linda:Margaret Renkl, whose column appears weekly in the New York Times, has written a soaring collection of essays about the natural world outside her door in Nashville. She reveals surprises, beauty, and heartache in the liv...

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Posted on: July 8, 2020

Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators

Catch and Kill

by Ronan Farrow

Reviewed by Linda:I am in awe of Ronan Farrow for accomplishing what numerous other talented journalists tried and failed to do, to expose the dangerous predator Harvey Weinstein and the powerful interests that sought to protect him and oth...

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Posted on: July 1, 2020

The Music Book

The Music Book

by Karen Osborn

Reviewed by Linda:Local novelist Karen Osborn’s newest work looks back to the 1950s and the life of a gifted female musician at a time when few were allowed entry into the male world of professional classical musicians. Newly grad...

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Posted on: June 24, 2020

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations

Good Talk

by Mira Jacob

Reviewed by Linda:Thank you to the colleague who recommended this graphic novel and said it was a very fast read. I’d seen it on multiple best of 2019 lists, and it fully deserves those spots. Mira Jacob writes of being an American ...

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Posted on: June 17, 2020

On Beauty

On Beauty

by Wally Swist

Reviewed by Cyndi:Amherst author Wally Swist is a prolific writer who easily crosses genres, as is evident in his latest publication that incorporates four types of writing not often seen side-by-side. The preface provides a guide to the who...

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Posted on: June 10, 2020

The Yellow House

Yellow House

by Sarah M. Broom

Reviewed by Linda: Sarah Broom’s first book has made quite an impression, winning the 2019 National Book Award for Nonfiction and being named one of the New York Times’s 10 Best Books of the Year for 2019. The...

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Posted on: June 3, 2020

The Last Train to London

Last Train to London

by Meg Waite Clayton

Reviewed by Janet:While most Jews fleeing Hitler’s Nazi regime in the late 1930s had increasingly fewer places that would receive them, Jewish children fared a little better. The parallel stories in this novel – of ...

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Posted on: May 27, 2020

Hyper Education: Why Good Schools, Good Grades, and Good Behavior Are Not Enough

hyper education

by Pawan Dhingra

Reviewed by Linda:Pawan Dhingra, a sociologist at Amherst College, has written an up-close look at the education arms race of after-school learning, academic competitions, and the perceived failure of even our best schools to educate child...

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Posted on: May 20, 2020

Just Breathe

just breathe

by Cammie McGovern

Reviewed by Linda:This moving novel may remind readers of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, both for its realistic portrayal of teens up against serious medical challenges and for its very sympathetic characters. David, the ...

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Posted on: May 13, 2020

The Giver of Stars

Giver of Stars

by Jojo Moyes

Reviewed by Linda:Library lovers will rejoice in popular British novelist Moyes’s latest work. She has turned her focus across the Atlantic to the Appalachian Mountains during the Great Depression and introduces the pack horse libra...

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Posted on: May 6, 2020

Oona Out of Order

Oona Out of Order

by Margarita Montimore

Reviewed by Janet:Nineteen-year-old Oona is ready to celebrate her birthday on the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. Her life lies before her, as does a crucial decision. Yet after the clock strikes twelve, Oona finds h...

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Posted on: April 29, 2020

Battle Dress: Poems

Battle Dress

by Karen Skolfield

Reviewed by Cyndi:With beautiful language and imagery, Karen Skolfield engages with the best and worst of humanity through the lens of her unique experiences as a female U.S. Army veteran. Her way with language is particularly noticeable...

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Posted on: April 22, 2020

The 100% Solution: A Plan for Solving Climate Change

100 solution

by Solomon Goldstein-Rose

Reviewed by Linda:This very eye-opening book should be read by all concerned citizens, scientists, engineers, public officials, activists, donors, farmers, and educators. Written by a well-known local activist, it makes clear how ...

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Posted on: April 15, 2020

How to Love a Country: Poems

How to Love a Country

by Richard Blanco

Reviewed by Cyndi:This new volume from Richard Blanco, the Presidential Inaugural Poet for Barack Obama, wrestles with complex and challenging aspects of our nation. He tackles issues such as immigration, gender, race, and sexuality by gr...

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Posted on: April 8, 2020

These Fevered Days: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson

These Fevered Days

by Martha Ackmann

Reviewed by Cyndi:Even if you’re not a fan of Emily Dickinson, Martha Ackmann’s beautiful prose and vivid descriptions are certain to delight you. For Dickinson fans, These Fevered Days provides new insights into the l...

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Posted on: April 1, 2020

The Yellow Bird Sings

Yellow Bird Sings

by Jennifer Rosner

Reviewed by Linda:Jennifer Rosner, formerly of Leverett and now living on the other side of the river, is known to many in the community. It is very exciting to see the publication of her debut novel (and second adult book). The book is ...

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

The Floating Feldmans

Floating Feldmans

by Elyssa Friedland

Reviewed by Linda:Three generations of a family embark on a cruise to celebrate the imposing matriarch’s seventieth birthday. As it has been over a decade since they spent more than 24 hours under the same roof, togetherness d...

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Posted on: March 18, 2020

The Starless Sea

Starless Sea

by Erin Morgenstern

Reviewed by Janet:Calling all lovers of words, stories, tales, and books! From the author of The Night Circus comes this amazingly constructed book, which weaves the narrative of Zachary Ezra Rawlins with other stories and tales, creati...

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Posted on: March 11, 2020

The Turn of the Key

Turn of the Key

by Ruth Ware

Reviewed by Linda:Another delightfully creepy Gothic novel from Ruth Ware. Our narrator, who is keeping a big secret from us, is a young woman who moves from London to an isolated Scottish mansion to be a nanny to four girls, ranging in age fr...

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Posted on: March 4, 2020

A Ladder to the Sky

Ladder to the Sky

by John Boyne

Reviewed by Amy:Ambitious yet talent-less Maurice is deadly focused on getting published and being a famous author. He endears himself to one very famous writer, who shares a tip with Maurice: wherever there is a secret, you will find a good ...

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Posted on: February 26, 2020

Out of Darkness, Shining Light

Out of Darkness, Shining Light

by Petina Gappah

Reviewed by Linda:Out of the darkness of Africa in the late nineteenth century was brought a shining light, explorer and missionary David Livingstone, his body carried by the faithful members of his final expedition. The Scottish traveler ...

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Posted on: February 19, 2020

Five-Carat Soul

Five-Carat Soul

by James McBride

Reviewed by Linda:One of the pleasures of a book group is that it introduces you to books you would not otherwise have read. In this way, I discovered this collection of short stories by the National Book Award-winning author of The Good L...

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Posted on: February 12, 2020

Red at the Bone

Red at the Bone

by Jacqueline Woodson

Reviewed by Janet:Pivoting around the occasion of Melody’s coming-of-age ceremony, this novel takes us back and forth in time as it explores the history and community that have influenced the decisions, actions, and relation...

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Posted on: February 5, 2020

The Guest Book

Guest Book

by Sarah Blake

Reviewed by Linda:If you have ever known and loved a beautiful place, particularly one where extended family went together, you will sympathize with Evie Milton who is distraught at the idea of selling the family’s summer island in...

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Posted on: January 29, 2020

Olive, Again

Olive Again

by Elizabeth Strout

Reviewed by Janet:We return to Crosby, Maine and the outspoken Olive Kitteridge in this most recent book by Elizabeth Strout. Each chapter immerses us briefly – yet intensely - into Olive’s own narrative or the life ...

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Posted on: January 22, 2020

Once More We Saw Stars

Once More We Saw Stars

by Jayson Greene

Reviewed by Linda:This exquisitely written memoir takes readers into one of the saddest experiences imaginable, the loss of a young child. The author, a Brooklyn resident and writer, shares openly and honestly the story of the death of his...

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Posted on: January 15, 2020

A Door in the Earth

A Door in the Earth

by Amy Waldman

Reviewed by Janet:The author, a former New York Times reporter covering Afghanistan, immerses us in a small village in northern Afghanistan. Inspired by a book recounting another American’s work to build a women’s clinic,...

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Posted on: January 8, 2020

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II

Woman of No Importance

by Sonia Purnell

Reviewed by Linda:Open this book and meet a truly remarkable woman, one who was instrumental in liberating France from the Nazis. Virginia Hall was considered a most unlikely candidate to be a spy: a socialite from Baltimore who had a pros...

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Posted on: January 1, 2020

The Water Dancer

Water Dancer

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Reviewed by Janet:This Oprah’s Book Club pick takes us to Virginia, where the elevated white culture based on the tobacco crop is eroding as the fields produce less and less. Hiram, who Tasks on the Lockless plantation, cannot...

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Posted on: December 25, 2019

I Owe You One

I Owe You One

by Sophie Kinsella

Reviewed by Linda:I relished listening to this latest novel by Sophie Kinsella, the queen of Chick lit. Fixie Farr is devoted to her late father’s housewares shop and has a monumental crush on her childhood friend Ryan. Both br...

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Posted on: December 18, 2019

Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing

by Delia Owens

Reviewed by Janet:Just in case you haven’t read this one yet, add it to your list! This evocative novel creates a wonderful sense of place in the marshes of the North Carolina coast, where Kya lives as one with the nature that surr...

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Posted on: December 11, 2019

Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners

Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners

by Gretchen Anthony

Reviewed by Linda:This satire of those obnoxious newsy holidays letters is a fun read any time of the year. With a gentle touch, the author pokes fun at Violet Baumgartner, a formidable Midwestern matriarch who writes glowing family upd...

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Posted on: December 4, 2019

The Secrets We Kept

Secrets We Kept

by Lara Prescott

Reviewed by Janet:An engrossing tale of the Cold War, told as parallel stories from the East and from the West. Olga is Boris Pasternak’s mistress, and is sent to the Gulag by Stalin for not revealing the plot of Dr. Zhivago whil...

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Posted on: November 27, 2019

The Mother-in-Law

Mother in Law

by Sally Hepworth

Reviewed by Linda:I spent a recent long car trip happily listening to the audio version of this novel. A work of domestic suspense that rivals those of Liane Moriarty, this novel is also set in Australia (the audio reader has a charming a...

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Posted on: November 20, 2019

Searching for Sylvie Lee

Searching for Sylvie Lee

by Jean Kwok

Reviewed by Janet:Amy’s immigrant parents work very hard, and she gets temp office work when she can, but the family is struggling. When Grandma, who lives near Amsterdam with Ma’s cousin, is dying, only Sylvie, Amy&rsq...

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Posted on: November 14, 2019

Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss

Professor Chandra

by Rajeev Balasubramanyam

Reviewed by Linda:This entertaining spoof of academia features a distinguished professor of economics at Cambridge, who in the opening scene has the media camped outside his door waiting to see if he wins the Nobel Prize. He may b...

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Posted on: November 6, 2019

The Rosie Result

Rosie Result

by Graeme Simsion

Reviewed by Janet:Now back in Australia for the final book in this trilogy, Don and Rosie are adjusting to their jobs while their 11-year-old son Hudson adjusts to his new school. When the school calls about some issues that have arisen, ...

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Posted on: October 30, 2019

The Cactus

Cactus

by Sarah Haywood

Reviewed by Linda:This novel is for anyone who loved Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. A British woman in her mid-40s, Susan Green has no patience for messy emotions. Her life is completely orderly, with a one-bedroom flat, a job that d...

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Posted on: October 23, 2019

The Nickel Boys

Nickel Boys

by Colson Whitehead

Reviewed by Janet:This short novel takes us to the Jim Crow South in the 1960s, where Elwood, a hardworking and intelligent young man, has been raised by his grandmother. On the verge of finishing high school and heading to college, Elw...

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Posted on: October 16, 2019

Lost Children Archive

Lost Children Archive

by Valeria Luiselli

Reviewed by Linda:This brilliant novel can be difficult to read because it explores two painful topics: the tragedy at the US-Mexico border as it affects children and the break-up of a blended family from New York City with two very bri...

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Posted on: October 9, 2019

The Lager Queen of Minnesota

Lager Queen of Minnesota

by J. Ryan Stradal

Reviewed by Janet:Edith has worked hard all her life, in part because her sister Ruth inherited the family farm while Edith got nothing. However, when the pies Edith bakes at the nursing home are named the third best in the state of Minn...

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Posted on: October 2, 2019

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous

by Ocean Vuong

Reviewed by Linda:A faculty member in the UMass MFA Program and recently named a 2019 MacArthur Fellow, Ocean Vuong earned comparisons to Emily Dickinson with his first book, a collection of poetry. For his second, he turned to autobiographi...

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Posted on: September 25, 2019

City of Girls

City of Girls

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Reviewed by Janet:It all begins in 1940, when Vivian Morris flunks out of Vassar. Her wealthy parents send her to New York City to live with her Aunt Peg, owner of a neighborhood theater in Midtown. Vivian immerses herself in this unco...

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Posted on: September 18, 2019

No Visible Bruises: What We Don't Know about Domestic Violence Can Kill Us

No Visible Bruises

by Rachel Louise Snyder

Reviewed by Linda:Finally, a book that does for domestic violence what Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow did for racism in the criminal justice system, i.e., shine a bright light on it. A powerful and insightful book, ...

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Posted on: September 11, 2019

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters

Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters

by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Reviewed by Janet:Obeying their mother’s dying wish, sisters Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirina have set aside their daily lives to undertake a journey to India, following through with the opportunities of service and remembrance so...

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Posted on: September 4, 2019

The Mothers

The Mothers

by Brit Bennett

Reviewed by Linda:Welcome to Upper Room Chapel, an African American church in Southern California. The elderly women of that congregation act as a Greek chorus throughout this gripping first novel. They cast their eyes—sometimes l...

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Posted on: August 28, 2019

The Flight Portfolio

Flight Portfolio

by Julie Orringer

Reviewed by Janet:Immerse yourself in 1940 Marseille, where Varian Fry has come to do the work of the Emergency Rescue Committee by helping threatened artists and writers escape the grasp of Vichy France and the Nazis. Accustomed to keepi...

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Posted on: August 21, 2019

Hearth and Soul: A History of the Jones Library at One Hundred

Hearth and Soul

by Bruce Watson

Reviewed by Linda:To celebrate our centennial, the Jones Library decided to commission a history of the library. Not an academic, dry tome, but a short, entertaining book by an author who frequently writes for Smithsonian and who for years ...

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Posted on: August 14, 2019

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

by Kim Michele Richardson

Reviewed by Janet:Cussy loves her job as a librarian for the Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, bringing books via mule to the folks in the hollers. Many patrons eagerly await her visits, yet some people are suspicious of this g...

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Posted on: August 7, 2019

The Limits of the World

Limits of the World

by Jennifer Acker

Reviewed by Linda:Jennifer Acker of Amherst College is editor of the school’s literary magazine The Common and organizer of LitFest, which brings distinguished writers to campus each spring. This elegantly written and thought-pr...

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Posted on: July 31, 2019

The Farm

The Farm

by Joanne Ramos

Reviewed by Janet:Golden Oaks is a lovely retreat nestled in the Hudson Valley, offering every luxury to its residents – organic food, personal trainers, massages – who go through a thorough application and vetting proce...

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Posted on: July 24, 2019

The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers

World According to Fannie Davis

by Bridgett M. Davis

Reviewed by Linda:As some of you know, I love to read accounts of inspiring mothers. This book was an outstanding example of this genre. Fannie Davis ran a Numbers racket in the city of Detroit for decades. The granddaughter of slaves,...

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Posted on: July 17, 2019

The Library of Lost and Found

Library of Lost and Found

by Phaedra Patrick

Reviewed by Janet:After caring for her ailing parents for 15 years, Martha is accustomed to being helpful. Her house is crammed with projects and favors she has undertaken to do for others, including friends and patrons from the library ...

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Posted on: July 10, 2019

The Overstory

Overstory

by Richard Powers

Reviewed by Linda:This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, although perhaps overly long, is a profound and insightful look at our understanding of trees. Joining The Secret Lives of Trees and other recent works, it causes the reader to re-evalu...

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Posted on: July 3, 2019

The Huntress

The Huntress

by Kate Quinn

Reviewed by Janet:After World War II, Ian Graham dedicated his life to tracking down Nazis who have been able to escape the consequences of their wartime deeds. A particular target is The Huntress, who was responsible for killing his brother....

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Posted on: June 26, 2019

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life after Warming

Uninhabitable Earth

by David Wallace-Wells

Reviewed by Linda:I’ve been waiting for a book to be published that will rouse Americans to confront the issue of climate change (as Uncle Tom’s Cabin did for slavery). This may be that book. The author, a journal...

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Posted on: June 19, 2019

Lost and Wanted

Lost and Wanted

by Nell Freudenberger

Reviewed by Janet:Nell teaches physics at MIT, and her best friend from college was working in Hollywood when she hears of Charlie’s death. Grieving the loss of her friend and regretting the distance between them (both physi...

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Posted on: June 12, 2019

The Friend

The Friend

by Sigrid Nunez

Reviewed by Linda:Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction, this novel is for and about writers, teachers of writing, and those who love fine writing. The narrator is a woman who loses her beloved literary mentor to suicide and finds h...

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Posted on: June 5, 2019

The Lost Girls of Paris

Lost Girls of Paris

by Pam Jenoff

Reviewed by Janet:Running late for work in 1946, Grace literally stumbles over a suitcase in Grand Central Station, and finds some photos of women in uniform. Wanting to return them – and the suitcase – to the rightful own...

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Posted on: May 29, 2019

Small Fry: A Memoir

Small Fry

by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Reviewed by Linda:Named one of the New York Times’s ten best books of 2018, this memoir by the eldest daughter of Steve Jobs is a powerful and painful account of her childhood. The founder of Apple was a master manipulator as...

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Posted on: May 22, 2019

Chronicles of a Radical Hag

Chronicles of a Radical Hag

by Lorna Landvik

Reviewed by Janet:After columnist Haze Evans suffers a massive stroke, Susan McGrath, the editor of the local paper, decides to re-run some of her old columns in the interim. As selections from 50 years’ worth of work is republis...

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Posted on: May 15, 2019

Unsheltered

Unsheltered

by Barbara Kingsolver

Reviewed by Linda:Find an audiobook (on CD, a Playaway, or a digital download through Libby/Overdrive) and hear the author doing an exquisite reading of her latest novel. She addresses crucial themes from today like how the gypsy life...

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Posted on: May 8, 2019

The River

River

by Peter Heller

Reviewed by Janet:Fishing. Wild blueberries. Northern lights. Canoeing. Camping. Whitewater rapids. Missing person. Forest fire. Wilderness survival. College friends Wynn and Jack plan a relaxed canoe trip in northern Canada, but things don...

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Posted on: May 1, 2019

Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

by Kevin Kwan

Reviewed by Linda:It’s always more rewarding when you can read the book before seeing the movie. And it is always fun to read a book that mocks the ultra-rich wherever in the world they might live. This novel imagines a young Americ...

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Posted on: April 24, 2019

The Water Cure

Water Cure

by Sophie Mackintosh

Reviewed by Janet:Grace, Lia, and Sky have grown up on an island, protected by their parents and their rituals from the greatest contamination from outside – men. Over the years, other women have sought refuge there from the ...

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Posted on: April 17, 2019

My Ex-Life

My Ex Life

by Stephen McCauley

Reviewed by Linda:I’m sad to have finished listening to this novel and to be leaving the company of its quirky, funny characters. David and Julie were married briefly years ago and parted mostly amicably when David realized he...

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Posted on: April 10, 2019

Once Upon a River

Once Upon a River

by Diane Setterfield

Reviewed by Janet:In an inn by the river, a seeming miracle occurs on the winter solstice, which creates a stir in the lives of a number of local residents. As tributaries flow into a greater river, each of their stories contributes to...

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Posted on: April 3, 2019

Nine Perfect Strangers

Nine Perfect Strangers

by Liane Moriarty

Reviewed by Linda:Reading novelist Moriarty is like having a funny best friend in Australia. In her latest romp, she describes what happens when nine people meet at a remote health resort, all hoping to bring about major changes in their ...

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Posted on: March 27, 2019

The Weight of Ink

Weight of Ink

by Rachel Kadish 

Reviewed by Cyndi:Kadish seamlessly weaves together the lives of two remarkable women – one from the 17th century and one from the 21st – in a sophisticated story. Ester Velasquez is a 17th century Jewish woma...

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Posted on: March 20, 2019

The Paragon Hotel

Paragon Hotel

by Lyndsay Faye

Reviewed by Janet:Fleeing from the New York Mafia during Prohibition, Alice James arrives in Portland with a fresh bullet wound and suitcase full of money. Brought to the Paragon Hotel by the Pullman porter for medical care on the down low,...

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Posted on: March 13, 2019

The Travelling Cat Chronicles

Travelling Cat Chronicles

by Hiro Arikawa

Reviewed by Linda:A bestseller in Japan and now in the United States, this novel is narrated by Nana, a once stray cat with a resourceful outlook on life. Satoru, Nana’s owner, takes him on a road trip to visit three of his deares...

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Posted on: March 6, 2019

Night of Miracles

Night of Miracles

by Elizabeth Berg

Reviewed by Janet:In this heartwarming and bittersweet novel, we return to Mason, Missouri and the characters we met in The Story of Arthur Truluv. Lucille has a new assistant for her baking classes (Iris) and new neighbors in the house n...

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Posted on: February 27, 2019

The Female Persuasion

Female Persuasion

by Meg Wolitzer

Reviewed by Linda:This highly reviewed novel explores the new wave of feminism in the United States. College student Greer Kadetsky is enraged when the administration declines to punish the male student who has sexually harassed her and man...

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Posted on: February 20, 2019

If They Come for Us: Poems

If They Come for Us

by Fatimah Asghar

Reviewed by CyndiA powerful and important read, this book provides us with poems that are vulnerable, compassionate, and bear both anguish and joy. Asghar, as a young Pakistani Muslim woman in contemporary America, shares her unique under...

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Posted on: February 13, 2019

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Transcription

by Kate Atkinson

Reviewed by Janet:Juliet’s job at the BBC producing children’s programming is much less exciting than working for MI5 during the war. When she spots someone on the street from her wartime operation and he denies knowing...

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Posted on: February 6, 2019

They May Not Mean To, But They Do

They May Not Mean To, But They Do

by Cathleen Schine

Reviewed by Linda:The Contemporary Book Club recently enjoyed discussing this book, whose author is sometimes compared to Jane Austen. The Bergman clan of New York City is confronting the aging of its two senior members. With compassion ...

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Posted on: January 30, 2019

The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

7 and a half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

by Stuart Turton

Reviewed by Janet:Reading this book was like being caught in a mash-up of the classic board game Clue, an Agatha Christie mystery, and the 2014 movie “The Edge of Tomorrow”. Aiden Bishop finds himself at a classic Engli...

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Posted on: January 23, 2019

Meet Me at the Museum

Meet Me at the Museum

by Anne Youngson

Reviewed by CyndiThis epistolary novel brings together two people with very different lives that form a deep friendship that begins with their shared fascination with the Tollund Man. Through their letters, and growing friendship, they are...

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Posted on: January 16, 2019

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

Dopesick

by Beth Macy

Reviewed by Linda:If you would like to understand how the opioid crisis that is gripping America came about, then this is the book for you. Journalist Beth Macy had an insider’s view of the epidemic’s arrival in her communi...

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Posted on: January 9, 2019

Never Stop Walking

Never Stop Walking

by Christina Rickardsson

Reviewed by Lynne:A heartrending story of survival told from the point of view of a homeless child in a Brazilian favela. It begins with a recounting of shocking poverty, hunger, and unfathomable violence, followed by a jarring cul...

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Posted on: January 2, 2019

Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet's Journey

Have Dog, Will Travel

by Stephen Kuusisto

Reviewed by Linda:If you are fascinated by the dog/human relationship, then you will want to add this powerful true story to your reading list. The author grew up in a family that was ashamed of his poor vision, and so he spent decades ...

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Posted on: December 26, 2018

Washington Black

Washington Black

by Esi Edugyan

Reviewed by Janet:When the new master arrived after the old master’s death, the slaves on Faith Plantation didn’t know what to expect. For 11-year-old Washington Black, becoming the protégé of the ma...

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Posted on: December 19, 2018

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

Death of Mrs. Westaway

by Ruth Ware

Reviewed by Linda:Ruth Ware is being called a modern-day Agatha Christie. The menacing tone and many plot twists in her psychological suspense will keep you up late to find out what really happened. Harriet (“Hal”) is a yo...

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Posted on: December 12, 2018

The Garden Party

Garden Party

by Grace Dane Mazur

Reviewed by Janet:Celia Cohen is in her Brookline garden, preparing for her son’s wedding rehearsal dinner, contemplating this merging of families. The Cohens are academics, activists, and artists, while the Barlows are lawyer...

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Posted on: December 5, 2018

Force of Nature

Force of Nature

by Jane Harper

Reviewed by Linda:Five female coworkers walk into the Australian bushland on a corporate leadership retreat. Days later four emerge from the isolated wilderness battered and bruised. Agent Aaron Falk has a special reason for wanting to find ...

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Posted on: November 28, 2018

Number One Chinese Restaurant

Number One Chinese Restaurant

by Lillian Li

Reviewed by Janet:When Jimmie Han inherited the Beijing Duck House from his father, he inherited his father’s vision of a Chinese restaurant in the United States, as well as the staff, the menu, and the décor. Yet as Jimm...

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Posted on: November 21, 2018

The Incomplete Book of Running

Incomplete Book of Running

by Peter Sagal

Reviewed by Linda:This oddly engaging book is recommended for runners and people looking for inspiration to start running and for fans of NPR’s beloved quiz show "Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!" which is hosted by...

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Posted on: November 14, 2018

Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen

Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen

by Sarah Bird

Reviewed by Janet:From slave to Buffalo Soldier, this novel sweeps the reader along on an adventure of determination and survival, from the last year of the Civil War to the late 1860s. After her master’s plantation is burned by Gen...

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Posted on: November 7, 2018

Circe

Circe

by Madeline Miller

Reviewed by Linda:Circe, the sorceress of ancient Greek mythology, appeared in tales about the Minotaur, Daedalus and Icarus, and Odysseus, but at last she is at the center of her own tale. This spellbinding novel will keep readers rapt ...

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Posted on: October 31, 2018

Memento Park

Memento Park

by Mark Sarvas

Reviewed by Janet:A B-list Hollywood actor, Matt is amazed to learn that a painting owned by his Hungarian relatives before the Nazis invaded Budapest could be restituted to him, if the courts approve the case. This process shakes up his rel...

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Posted on: October 24, 2018

The Shakespeare Requirement

Shakespeare Requirement

by Julie Schumacher

Reviewed by Linda:Good news for all who love wicked satires of academia: Jason Fitger, the hapless English professor at Payne University (last seen in the uproariously funny Dear Committee Members) is back! Now he is Chair of the Englis...

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Posted on: October 17, 2018

Vox

Vox

by Christina Dalcher

Reviewed by Janet:Imagine you are allowed to speak only 100 words each day – a wrist counter keeps track. And something bad happens when this number is exceeded. In this futuristic United States, women have lost the right to ...

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Posted on: October 10, 2018

The Wreckage of Eden

Wreckage of Eden

by Norman Lock

Reviewed by Linda:This eloquently written novel depicts the breakdown of the social fabric of antebellum America, as observed by an army chaplain who served in the Mexican War and the Mormon Rebellion. Robert Winters (a fictitious character)...

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Posted on: October 3, 2018

There There

There There

by Tommy Orange

Reviewed by Janet:This powerful novel begins as a series of loosely connected short stories, but turns into something so much more in this exploration of the plight of the urban Native American. Each of the characters follows their own path...

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Posted on: September 26, 2018

Warlight

Warlight

by Michael Ondaatje

Reviewed by Linda:Fans of the author’s novel The English Patient and of the Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante will welcome this coming-of-age mystery. At the close of World War II, 14-year-old Nathaniel and his olde...

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Posted on: September 19, 2018

Fruit of the Drunken Tree

Fruit of the Drunken Tree

by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Reviewed by Janet:Seven year old Chula and her older sister live safely in a gated community in Bogotá, Colombia during Pablo Escobar’s reign of terror. Petrona, the family’s young housemaid, who has...

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Posted on: September 12, 2018

Waking Lions

Waking Lions

by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen 

Reviewed by Linda:This New York Times Notable Book by Israeli novelist Gundar-Goshen is a riveting moral thriller. A neurosurgeon living with his wife and young children in southern Israel finds his life changes in an inst...

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Posted on: September 5, 2018

How Hard Can It Be?

How Hard Can It Be

by Allison Pearson 

Enjoy this week’s special double review!

Reviewed by Linda:Sisters, if you are in the "Sandwich Generation" and need a hearty laugh, check out this hilarious and very smart novel about a London woman with two...

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Posted on: August 29, 2018

Dear Mrs. Bird

Dear Mrs Bird

by A. J. Pearce

Reviewed by Janet:Emmeline Lake aspires to be a Lady War Correspondent, so when she spots a job advertisement placed by the publishers of the London Evening Chronicle, it seems meant to be. However, the dream job actually consists of typing...

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Posted on: August 22, 2018

Persons Unknown

Persons Unknown

by Susie Steiner

Reviewed by Linda:A British cop, five months pregnant, fights against the racism of the justice system and she seeks to absolve her teenage son of murder charges. The second in a series (but it can be read as a stand alone), it has dark hu...

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Posted on: August 15, 2018

The Missing Guests of the Magic Grove Hotel

Missing Guests of the Magic Grove Hotel

by David Casarett 

Reviewed by Janet:Armchair travelers will enjoy northern Thailand as they immerse themselves in this unique mystery series, of which this is book two. Nurse ethicist Ladarat Patalung oversees ethical care for the patients at her...

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Posted on: August 8, 2018

Tangerine

Tangerine

by Christine Mangan

Reviewed by Linda:Film rights have already been sold for this debut novel. Smart, stylish, and oh-so-creepy, it begs for a master like Alfred Hitchcock to produce it. In the novel, two young women--former college roommates--meet up in T...

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Posted on: August 1, 2018

Other People’s Houses

Other Peoples Houses

by Abbi Waxman

Reviewed by Janet:When Frances walks into her neighbor’s house after driving the carpool to school, she discovers Anne enjoying the company of someone not her husband. She backs out of the house discretely, but events have been set...

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Posted on: July 25, 2018

Factfulness: 10 Reasons We're Wrong About the World, And Why Things Are Better Than You Think

Factfulness

by Hans Rosling, with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund 

Reviewed by Matt:Doctor, educator, and TED Talker Hans Rosling explains why — when it comes to long-term global trends — people everywhere hold views that ar...

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Posted on: July 18, 2018

Educated: A Memoir

Educated

by Tara Westover

Reviewed by Linda:The author of this remarkable book was raised by survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, where she and her six siblings prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling food. Born at home, Tara had no birth certificate; n...

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Posted on: July 11, 2018

The Great Alone

Great Alone

by Kristin Hannah

Reviewed by Janet:When Ernt Allbright, who has been scarred physically and psychologically by his time in Vietnam, learns he has inherited land in Alaska, he sees it as a place to begin again. Cora and Leni, his wife and daughter, soon c...

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Posted on: July 4, 2018

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death

I Am

by Maggie O’Farrell

Reviewed by Linda:A highly regarded British novelist offers a beautifully written memoir told entirely in seventeen near-death experiences stemming from a dangerous childhood illness, accidents, an encounter with a disturbed ...

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Posted on: June 27, 2018

I’ll Be Your Blue Sky

Ill Be Your Blue Sky

by Marisa de los Santos

Reviewed by Janet:During her wedding weekend, Clare bumps into an elderly woman named Edith several times on the grounds of the resort.  And just when it’s needed, Edith offers some profound advice.  Week...

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Posted on: June 20, 2018

Less

Less

by Andrew Sean Greer

Reviewed by Linda:Less introduces us to the endearingly awkward eponymous hero of this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Arthur Less is about to turn fifty and his love life and work life are both in shambles. In desperation, the strugglin...

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Posted on: June 13, 2018

The House of Broken Angels

House of Broken Angels

by Luis Alberto Urrea

Reviewed by Janet:From this Pulitzer Prize finalist comes an engrossing and intricately told story of family, love, loss, and reconciliation, set over the course of two days. When his mother dies just days before his 70th birthday, Bi...

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Posted on: June 6, 2018

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Prairie Fires

by Caroline Fraser

Reviewed by Linda:Generations of Americans have grown up reading the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder with their unforgettable stories of her pioneer childhood. This fascinating biography is the first true account of the author’s...

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Posted on: May 30, 2018

The Flight Attendant

The Flight Attendant

by Chris Bohjalian 

Reviewed by Janet:Always up for adventure (and a drink or two … or three), flight attendant Cassie Bowden wakes up one morning after a flight to Dubai and finds last night’s lover dead beside her. Unsure of...

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Sing, Unburied, Sing

Sing, Unburied, Sing

by Jesmyn Ward

Reviewed by Linda:Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction, this novel follows three generations of an African American family in Mississippi over the course of a few days. Ward, a two-time winner of the NBA, writes powerfully of how p...

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Posted on: May 16, 2018

The Indigo Girl

Indigo Girl

by Natasha Boyd

Reviewed by Janet:When her ambitious father returns to the Caribbean in 1739 to further his career, 16 year old Eliza Lucas is left in charge of their South Carolina plantations. In the face of great debt left by her father, Eliza attempts ...

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Posted on: May 9, 2018

Saving Charlotte: A Mother and the Power of Intuition

Saving Charlotte

by Pia de Jong

Reviewed by Linda:Some people love adventure tales by mountaineers who scale the world’s highest peaks, but I savor memoirs by parents who overcome or persevere through great difficulties in the lives of their children. This volum...

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Posted on: May 2, 2018

Mrs.

Mrs

by Caitlin Macy

Reviewed by Janet:The privileged families whose youngsters attend St. Timothy’s preschool in Manhattan seem to have it all. Yet Philippa Lye’s envied life is precariously balanced, despite her investment banker husband&...

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Posted on: April 25, 2018

When the English Fall

When the English Fall

by David Williams

Reviewed by Linda:A very fast read, this novel will stay with you long after you close the book. An Amish farmer records the satisfying details of his daily life with his wife and 2 children and their close-knit community. But all that i...

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Posted on: April 18, 2018

Something Like Happy

Something  Like Happy

by Eva Woods

Reviewed by Janet:While visiting her mother in hospital, Annie finds herself being swept out of her unhappy life and along with the irresistible force that is Polly. A colorful, irrepressible patient with a brain tumor, Polly has chosen to ma...

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Posted on: April 11, 2018

Thanks Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years

Thanks, Obama

by David Litt 

Reviewed by Linda:A sometimes very funny, sometimes bittersweet memoir by Obama’s youngest speechwriter and the president’s go-to writer for comedy.

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Posted on: April 4, 2018

Into the Water

Into the Water

by Paula Hawkins

Reviewed by Janet:From the author of The Girl on the Train comes another thriller, this time set in a small riverside English town. So far this year, two women have drowned in the Beckford Pool, which has a dark history of similar tragedy....

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Posted on: March 28, 2018

Home Fire

Home Fire

by Kamila Shamsie

Reviewed by Linda:This widely praised novel (which was on the long list for the Man Booker Prize) begins as a mesmerizing tale about a British family of Pakistani descent, and ends as a heart-thudding drama. The author, who received an MF...

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Posted on: March 21, 2018

The Music Shop

The Music Shop

by Rachel Joyce

Reviewed by Janet:Frank always seems to know exactly which record his customers need to hear. (Yes, vinyl records – not those awful cassette tapes or newfangled shiny CDs.) Yet when Ilse comes into his shop, fixes his pencil sharp...

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Posted on: March 14, 2018

To the New Owners: A Martha’s Vineyard Memoir

To the New Owners

by Madeleine Blais

Reviewed by Linda:Are you fortunate to have a place that means everything to you, that is central to your extended family’s identity, a place that you think about to restore yourself? For Madeleine Blais, who will be honored at...

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Posted on: March 7, 2018

The Alice Network

Alice Network

by Kate Quinn

Reviewed by Janet:Worried about the fate of her French cousin Rose in the wake of World War II, Charlie leaves her mother in London and heads to France with some unlikely companions to chase down an elusive lead. Eve, with her shadowy contact...

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Posted on: February 28, 2018

Pachinko

Pachinko

by Min Jin Lee

Reviewed by Linda:A recent favorite of the library’s Contemporary Book Club, this novel was just selected as one of the New York Times Book Review’s Ten Best Books of 2017. The author takes us into a world little known to...

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Posted on: February 21, 2018

The Woman in the Window

Woman in the Window

by A. J. Finn

Reviewed by Janet:Anna is agoraphobic, and confined to her home on a residential street in New York City. She spends her time watching classic movies, playing chess online, counselling other agoraphobics, and watching her neighbors. And drink...

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Posted on: February 14, 2018

Be Frank with Me

Be Frank with Me

by Julia Claiborne Johnson

Reviewed by Linda:Alice Whitley, publishing assistant, receives a most unusual assignment from her boss: Go and join a reclusive literary legend in her Bel Air mansion and ensure she gets her first novel in decades written on sch...

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Posted on: February 7, 2018

Radio Free Vermont

Radio Free Vermont

by Bill McKibben

Reviewed by Janet:This "fable of resistance" will make you laugh out loud as you thoroughly enjoy the exploits and reflections of Vern Barclay, who finds himself inspiring a group of Vermont patriots to consider an independent Ve...

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Posted on: January 31, 2018

Who Is Rich? A Novel

Who Is Rich?

by Matthew Klam

Reviewed by Linda:This academic satire was just named one of the New York Times Book Review’s best 100 books of 2017. The novel is a funny and disturbing look at the life of a once-sort-of famous cartoonist (named Rich) during a w...

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Posted on: January 24, 2018

Caroline: Little House, Revisited

Caroline

by Sarah Miller

Reviewed by Janet:For those who loved the Little House on the Prairie series as children, this is a perfect opportunity to revisit the Ingalls family as they leave Wisconsin and head for Indian Territory. Told from the perspective of Caroli...

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Posted on: January 17, 2018

Seven Days of Us

Seven Days of Us

by Francesca Hornak 

Reviewed by Linda:The Birch Family parents--devoted mother Emma and father Andrew, a scathing restaurant reviewer--spend Christmas with their 2 adult daughters on their dilapidated estate in the British countryside. But this i...

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Posted on: January 10, 2018

The Essex Serpent

Essex Serpent

by Sarah Perry

Reviewed by Janet:This novel immerses the reader in 1893, where on the Essex coast, fear of a great sea creature has fisherman and townspeople suspicious and superstitious. News of this curiosity reaches London, and brings amateur naturalist...

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Posted on: January 3, 2018

The Girl with Seven Names: Escape from North Korea

Girl With Seven Names

by Hyeonseo Lee

Reviewed by Linda:A riveting tale of courage and a fascinating look at daily life in the world’s most secretive country. The author was only seventeen when she crossed into China, where she lived for over a decade in fear of being...

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Posted on: December 27, 2017

The Little French Bistro

Little French Bistro

by Nina George

Reviewed by Janet:After 41 years in a boring, loveless marriage, Marianne wants out.  Led to the coast of Brittany by a hand painted ceramic tile, she finds work in a bistro, starts to learn French, and meets the cast of characters ...

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Posted on: December 20, 2017

The Locals

The Locals

by Jonathan Dee

Reviewed by Linda:I once met a librarian from the Berkshires who told me that many of the new houses in his hometown have helicopter pads in the backyards. I thought of him as I devoured Jonathan Dee’s new novel about a small Berk...

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Posted on: December 13, 2017

Beartown

Beartown

by Fredrik Backman

Reviewed by Janet:The people of Beartown live and breathe hockey. And this year, their junior league has a chance of winning the championship and putting Beartown back on the map. Yet the events at a post-semi-finals party ripple out to ...

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Posted on: December 6, 2017

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

Strangers in Their Own Land

by Arlie Russell Hochschild 

Reviewed by Linda:A renowned sociologist from Berkeley spends months getting to know conservatives in Louisiana bayou country. She wants to understand the feelings that drive their politics, the “deep story&a...

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Posted on: November 29, 2017

Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere

by Celeste Ng

Reviewed by Janet:When things don’t go to plan in the planned community of Shaker Heights, Elena Richardson finds herself struggling to make sense of it all. The secrets she uncovers about her tenants Mia and Pearl threaten to disru...

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Posted on: November 22, 2017

Magpie Murders

Magpie Murders

by Anthony Horowitz

Reviewed by Linda:A fiendishly clever whodunit, perfect for an inter-generational car trip! Susan, an editor for a British publisher, eagerly reads the final manuscript from the firm’s bestselling mystery writer who died short...

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Posted on: November 15, 2017

Lucky Boy

Lucky Boy

by Shanthi Sekaran

Reviewed by Janet:Soli is a young Mexican woman who finds her way across the border to her cousin in northern California in search of a better life. Kavya is the chef at a UC-Berkeley sorority who realizes that her desire for a child fal...

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Posted on: November 8, 2017

The Baker’s Secret

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by Stephen P. Kiernan

Reviewed by Janet:Emmanuelle finds herself baking a dozen baguettes for the officers’ mess every day, by the order of the German Kommandant of the occupying forces in her village. Her secret is that she stretches this daily ...

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Posted on: November 1, 2017

Man at the Helm

Man at the Helm

by Nina Stibbe

Reviewed by Linda:This charming and bittersweet novel is narrated by 10-year-old Lizzie, whose family is in perilous straits. Following her parents’ divorce in the 1970s, Lizzie, along with her beloved older sister, nervous younger...

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Posted on: October 25, 2017

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

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by Yuval Noah Harari

Reviewed by Linda:This gripping history of human beings begins 70,000 years ago by asking why we sapiens are the only species of human--there were at least six that scientists know of so far--still in existence. The author continues to...

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Posted on: October 18, 2017

Class Mom

Class Mom

by Laurie Gelman

Reviewed by Janet:Jen Dixon brings her own personal style to being class mom for her son’s kindergarten class. She takes no - um - guff from anyone, and her in-your-face approach to getting parents to volunteer for snacks and cha...

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Posted on: October 11, 2017

Say What You Will

Say What You Will

by Cammie McGovern

Reviewed by Linda:A young adult novel by Amherst’s Cammie McGovern. If you like novels by John Green, you will be hooked on this moving tale of two teens, each facing a serious disability. Brilliant, book-loving Amy was born wi...

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Posted on: October 4, 2017

The Nightingale

The Nightingale

by Kristin Hannah

Reviewed by Janet:I don’t know how I missed this one when it first came out! This wonderful novel is an evocative and bittersweet story of two sisters in occupied France during World War II. Vianne’s husband is a priso...

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Posted on: September 27, 2017

The Leavers

Leavers

by Lisa Ko

Reviewed by Linda:When Deming Guo is 11, his mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, disappears without a trace. The boy is eventually adopted by a pair of white professors in upstate New York, who rename him Daniel Wilkinson. This timely nov...

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Posted on: September 20, 2017

Anything is Possible

Anything is Possible

by Elizabeth Strout

Reviewed by Janet:For those who enjoyed Strout’s My Name Is Lucy Barton, this collection of short stories takes us back to Lucy’s hometown in Illinois, and the people who knew her there. Characters in these interconn...

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Posted on: September 13, 2017

The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman

Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman

by Denis Thériault

Reviewed by Linda:The eponymous hero lives quietly in Montreal, his only hobby secretly steaming open selected envelopes and reading the letters inside. But everything changes when he discovers a letter containing a single hai...

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Posted on: September 6, 2017

The Mother’s Promise

The Mother's Promise

by Sally Hepworth 

Reviewed by Robin:An emotional tale of a single mom with a 15 year old daughter who suffers from social anxiety disorder and those who want to help but whose own lives have their fair share of life’s struggles. Nonethe...

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Posted on: August 30, 2017

Hillbilly Elegy

Hillbilly Elegy

by J.D. Vance 

Reviewed by Janet:With family roots in the hollers of Kentucky and a law degree from Yale, J.D. Vance has achieved much. In this memoir, he describes a culture in crisis – that of white, working class Americans. Through hi...

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Posted on: August 23, 2017

Swing Time

Swing Time

by Zadie Smith

Reviewed by Linda:Acclaimed novelist Zadie Smith writes movingly of two brown girls in Britain who whose friendship centers around their love of dance. One of the girls has great talent. Both face heartache in their home lives. As they each ...

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Posted on: August 16, 2017

Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo

by George Saunders

 Reviewed by Matt:This strange and unexpectedly moving novel follows President Lincoln’s 11-year-old son Willie beyond his death from typhoid fever into an intermediate realm full of restless souls in a Georgetown ceme...

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Posted on: August 9, 2017

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant

by Gail Honeyman

Reviewed by Janet:Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine, thank you very much. She is quite settled and safe in her routine, keeping herself to herself, moving from work to home and back, with 2 bottles of vodka on the weekend. Yet her carefu...

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Posted on: August 2, 2017

Lab Girl

Lab Girl

by Hope Jahren

Reviewed by Linda:No less an authority than the New York Times described this book as doing for botany what Oliver Sacks did for neurology and Stephen Jay Gould for paleontology. If the goal was making her subject matter fascinating for non-...

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Posted on: July 26, 2017

The Devil and Webster

The Devil and Webster

by Jean Hanff Korelitz 

Reviewed by Robin: Set on a college campus in the Amherst area with lots of local color, this story told with irreverent wit and suspense takes on issues of class, privilege, activism and the dilemmas faced by both...

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Posted on: July 19, 2017

History of Wolves

History of Wolves

by Emily Fridlund

Reviewed by Janet:Life in rural Minnesota can be tough, especially if you are a teenager who doesn’t fit in anywhere. After a favorite teacher is fired and she is even more isolated, Linda spends her summer babysitting for the f...

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Posted on: July 12, 2017

The Past

The Past

by Tessa Hadley

Reviewed by Linda:Four adult siblings and their partners and children spend a long vacation together at the soon-to-be-sold family cottage in the English countryside. As the adults—each richly portrayed—wrestle with past...

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Posted on: July 5, 2017

The Garden of Small Beginnings

Garden of Small Beginnings

by Abbi Waxman

Reviewed by RobinA young book illustrator with two small children is trying to manage her life and that of her daughters after her husband’s sudden death. Although she hasn’t been doing a very good job of it, a new work a...

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Posted on: June 28, 2017

Moonglow

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by Michael Chabon

Reviewed by Janet:In this faux memoir, the narrator’s grandfather is dying of cancer and during his last weeks, shares stories of his life that his grandson had never heard. From World War II to the Challenger space shuttle, fro...

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Posted on: June 21, 2017

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

Reviewed by Linda:This YA crossover is drawing lots of attention for its riveting portrayal of the shooting death of an unarmed black teen. The novel is narrated by 16-year-old Starr Carter, who is an expert at navigating two worlds: the ur...

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Posted on: June 14, 2017

Glory O'Brien's History of the Future

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by A.S. King

Review by MiaGlory O’Brien is on the cusp of graduating from high school, and doesn’t know where her life is going next.  When she and her best friend drink the remains of a mummified bat on a dare, they begin to s...

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Posted on: June 7, 2017

The Sellout

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by Paul Beatty

Reviewed by Janet:This winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize is a satirical look at race and racial identity in the United States. Raised in isolation by his professor father, the narrator finds himself the subject of many a psychological stud...

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Posted on: May 31, 2017

The Excellent Lombards

The Excellent Lombards

by Jane Hamilton 

Reviewed by Linda:A novel about a high-spirited girl growing up on an idyllic Wisconsin apple orchard, which is owned jointly by her father and his cousin. As a child, Frankie assumes that she and her brother will inherit this be...

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Posted on: May 24, 2017

Today Will Be Different

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by Maria Semple

Reviewed by Janet:Eleanor Flood vows to herself that today will be different – she will be present, play a game with her son, take pride in her appearance, radiate calm, and be her best self. Yet throughout the day, events arise t...

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Posted on: May 17, 2017

Economism: Bad Economics and the Rise of Inequality

Economism

by James Kwak

Reviewed by Linda:In this important book, James Kwak of Amherst refutes the prevailing economic view that the high levels of economic inequality in the United States are unavoidable. He shows how modern economic theory has been twisted into a...

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Posted on: May 10, 2017

The Girl Before

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by JP Delaney

Reviewed by Janet:There are about 200 contractual conditions to agree to before the house at One Folgate Street can be rented.  Plus a long questionnaire.   And an interview with the architect. Through the suspenseful parall...

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Posted on: May 3, 2017

A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

by Amor Towles

Reviewed by Linda:An utterly charming and moving tale of a Russian count, one Alexander Ilyich Rostov, who is called before a Bolshevik tribunal in 1922 for having written an incendiary poem, and is sentenced to house arrest at the Metropol,...

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Posted on: April 26, 2017

Commonwealth

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by Ann Patchett

Reviewed by Janet:A chance encounter at a christening party forever changes the lives of two families in this new book by Ann Patchett.   As the lives of these six children and four parents are reconfigured, they explore the meanin...

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Posted on: April 19, 2017

Barkskins

Barkskins

by Annie Proulx

Reviewed by Linda:Sometimes a novel captures a historical tragedy more powerfully than does a work of history. In this instance, the author - winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award - writes a heart-breaking tale of th...

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Posted on: April 12, 2017

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir

by Jennifer Ryan

Reviewed by Janet:When the vicar decides to close the church choir since all the men have gone to war, the women of Chilbury go rogue and form their own women-only community choir. These assorted women find the support, encouragement, and ...

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Posted on: April 5, 2017

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

by Kathleen Rooney

Reviewed by Amy:A woman in her mid-80’s leaves her New York City apartment on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, and begins walking the streets, stopping at her favorite restaurants and bars, and reminisces, with spot-o...

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Posted on: March 29, 2017

News of the World

News of the World

by Paulette Jiles

Reviewed by Janet:Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd spends his days traveling post-Civil War northern Texas, performing readings from newspapers to citizens hungry for news of the world. He finds himself agreeing to return 10 year old Johanna, ...

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Posted on: March 22, 2017

Just Another Jihadi Jane

Just Another Jihadi Jane

by Tabish Khair

Reviewed by Linda:This gripping novel explains far more clearly than any news story why young Islamic immigrants in the West might choose to give up their freedoms and turn to Isis for a sense of belonging. Thoughtful Jamilla and rebellious...

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Posted on: March 15, 2017

Sweetbitter

Sweetbitter

by Stephanie Danler

Reviewed by Janet:In search of the rest of her life, Tess has fled to New York City and finds work as a backwaiter at a famous restaurant.  We are immersed in the richly described foodie world of wine, seafood, and tomatoes, al...

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Posted on: March 8, 2017

Valiant Gentlemen

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by Sabina Murray

Reviewed by Linda:Congratulations to local author Sabina Murray, whose newest novel was chosen as one of the New York Times Book Review’s Best Books of 2016! Utterly engrossing, the book follows the lives of three remarkable hist...

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Posted on: March 1, 2017

Lilac Girls

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by Martha Hall Kelly

Reviewed by Janet:The daily life of Caroline, a New York socialite, would seem totally removed from that of Kasia, a Polish teenager, or Herta, on the verge of becoming a doctor in Nazi Germany.  Eventually brought together by...

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Posted on: February 22, 2017

Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me from Myself

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by Julie Barton

Reviewed by Linda:A moving tale of how a soulful golden retriever helped to rescue a young woman from a severe depression.   At age 22, the author collapsed in her NYC apartment when mental illness brought on by unacknowledged chil...

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Posted on: February 15, 2017

The Wonder

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by Emma Donoghue

Reviewed by Janet:Having served as a nurse under Florence Nightingale, Lib Wright is taken aback when her current assignment doesn’t require her advanced skills. She has been brought to Ireland to merely observe an 11 year old gi...

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Posted on: February 8, 2017

Modern Lovers

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by Emma Straub

Reviewed by Linda:This entertaining domestic drama follows two families in Brooklyn during a year of surprising developments for the parents, Elizabeth & Andrew and Zoe & Jane. They have lived as neighbors since the break-up of their...

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Posted on: February 1, 2017

The Assistants

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by Camille Perri

Reviewed by Janet:Behind every powerful media tycoon is the executive assistant who makes things happen.  When an expense report mix-up presents Tina Fontana with the means to pay off her student loan debt in one fell swoop with n...

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Posted on: January 25, 2017

Walk Through Walls: A Memoir

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by Marina Abramovic

Reviewed by Mia:Marina Abramovic’s early life as the daughter of Yugoslavian communist war heroes sets the tone for a memoir filled with sardonic wit and driven by a work ethic that at times seems to push her beyond the limits...

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Posted on: January 18, 2017

Nora Webster

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by Colm Tóibín

Reviewed by Linda:A quiet novel of an ordinary life, which nonetheless keeps the reader spellbound. Nora Webster, an Irish mother of 4 children and young adults, learns to live anew after the death of her beloved husban...

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Posted on: January 11, 2017

Victoria

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by Daisy Goodwin

Reviewed by Janet:From the creator of the upcoming PBS presentation of Victoria comes a novel of the same name, tracing the young queen’s ascension to the throne and her reign before her marriage.  As this young, shelter...

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Posted on: January 4, 2017

The Heart of a Lion: A Lone Cat's Walk across America

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by William Stolzenburg

Reviewed by Linda:When a large mountain lion was killed on a Connecticut highway in 2011, Americans were startled. When DNA analysis revealed that the 3-year old male had walked thousands of miles from its birthplace in South Dakota ...

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Posted on: December 28, 2016

The Woman in Cabin 10

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by Ruth Ware

Reviewed by Janet:Before dinner the first night at sea on an exclusive luxury cruise, Lo Blacklock, a travel writer, borrows some mascara from the woman in the cabin next door.  Later that night, Lo is awakened from an alcohol-enhance...

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Posted on: December 21, 2016

Dimestore: A Writer's Life

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by Lee Smith

Reviewed by Linda:Novelist Lee Smith knows how to tell a story. In this deeply moving memoir of her Appalachian childhood and subsequent departure from all that was familiar, she describes a lost world that we are all richer for knowing. As a ...

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Posted on: December 14, 2016

The Underground Railroad

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by Colson Whitehead

Reviewed by Janet:When Cora flees a Georgia cotton plantation with a fellow slave, she discovers that the Underground Railroad is an actual railroad.  Every station brings her to a new world along the route to the elusive freed...

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Posted on: December 7, 2016

All of Us and Everything

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by Bridget Asher

Reviewed by Linda:The three Rockwell sisters grew up doubting their mother’s claim that their father was absent from their lives because he was a spy, whose very presence might endanger them. Spoiler:  It was true, and t...

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Posted on: November 30, 2016

The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living

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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

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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 ...

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Posted on: November 9, 2016

Charlotte

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by David Foenkinos

Reviewed 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, overcome a ...

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Posted on: November 2, 2016

Homegoing

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by Yaa Gyasi

Reviewed 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...

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Posted on: October 26, 2016

Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia

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by Anne Garrels

Reviewed 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, despit...

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Posted on: October 19, 2016

Before the Fall

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by Noah Hawley

Reviewed 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 ...

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Posted on: October 12, 2016

The Girls

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by Emma Cline

Reviewed 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 parents...

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Posted on: October 5, 2016

Eligible

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by Curtis Sittenfeld

Reviewed 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, J...

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Posted on: September 28, 2016

Catastrophic Happiness

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by Catherine Newman

Reviewed 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, exhilar...

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Posted on: September 21, 2016

The Summer Before the War

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by Helen Simonson

Reviewed 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. A...

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Posted on: September 14, 2016

Shelter

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by Jung Yun

Reviewed 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 husband ...

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Posted on: September 7, 2016

Life Without a Recipe

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by Diana Abu-Jaber

Reviewed 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 m...

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Posted on: August 31, 2016

The Nest

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by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Reviewed 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 entertai...

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Posted on: August 24, 2016

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

Everyone Brave is Forgiven

by Chris Cleave

Reviewed 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 ...

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Posted on: August 17, 2016

Spill Simmer Falter Wither

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by Sara Baume

Reviewed 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 and...

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Posted on: August 10, 2016

The Girl in the Red Coat

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by Kate Hamer

Reviewed by Janet:Beth 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 ...

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Posted on: August 3, 2016

Best Boy

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by Eli Gottlieb

Reviewed 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 Todd&...

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Posted on: July 27, 2016

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

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by Helen Oyeyemi

Reviewed by Janet:From 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, the...

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Posted on: July 20, 2016

Vanessa and Her Sister

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by Priya Parmar

Reviewed 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 three si...

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Posted on: July 13, 2016

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

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by Phaedra Patrick

Reviewed by Janet:It’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 jewelr...

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Posted on: July 6, 2016

The Dogs of Littlefield

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by Suzanne Berne

Reviewed 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 regul...

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Posted on: June 29, 2016

When Breath Becomes Air

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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 a diag...

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Posted on: June 22, 2016

Horrorstör

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by Grady Hendrix

Reviewed 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 pieces...

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Posted on: June 15, 2016

The Little Red Chairs

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by Edna O’Brien

Reviewed by Janet:One 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...

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Posted on: June 8, 2016

The Evening Spider

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by Emily Arsenault

Reviewed 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 Northampton ...

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Posted on: June 1, 2016

The Widow

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by Fiona Barton

Reviewed by Janet:Jean 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 his d...

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Posted on: May 25, 2016

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

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by Sue Klebold

Reviewed 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...

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Posted on: May 18, 2016

American Housewife: Stories

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by Helen Ellis

Reviewed 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...

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Posted on: May 11, 2016

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

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by Lauret Savoy

Reviewed 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 rememb...

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Posted on: May 4, 2016

The Night Watch

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by Sarah Waters

Reviewed by MiaSarah 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 of s...

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Posted on: April 27, 2016

The Lake House

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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 gra...

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Posted on: April 20, 2016

The Clasp

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by Sloane Crosley

Reviewed 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 live...

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Posted on: April 13, 2016

Primates of Park Avenue

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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 analyzes ...

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Posted on: April 6, 2016

Alice in Bed

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by Judith Hooper

Reviewed 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, s...

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Posted on: March 30, 2016

My Name is Lucy Barton

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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. After...

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Posted on: March 23, 2016

Harriet Wolf's Seventh Book of Wonders

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by Julianna Baggott

Reviewed 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, fr...

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Posted on: March 16, 2016

The Japanese Lover

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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 Alma&am...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

Between the World and Me

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by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Reviewed 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 devastating ...

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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 the v...

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Posted on: February 24, 2016

Fates and Furies

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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 togeth...

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Posted on: February 17, 2016

Memories

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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 ...

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Posted on: February 10, 2016

This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance

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by Jonathan Evison

Reviewed 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, she ...

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Posted on: February 3, 2016

The Girl in the Spider's Web

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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 ...

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Posted on: January 27, 2016

Erratic Facts

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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...

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Posted on: January 20, 2016

Miss Emily

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by Nuala O’Connor

Reviewed 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 throug...

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Posted on: January 13, 2016

In a Dark, Dark Wood

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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 rank...

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Posted on: January 6, 2016

Twain's End

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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 w...

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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

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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 N...

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Posted on: December 23, 2015

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

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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 the jou...

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