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Crown: An Ode to a Fresh Cut

Crown

by Derrick Barnes; illustrated by Gordon C. James

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

A Different Pond

A Different Pond

by Bao Phi; illustrated by Thi Bui

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 recreation. Betwe...

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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 the conserva...

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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: April 14, 2017

Hag-seed

Hag-seed

by Margaret Atwood

Felix is at the top of his game as artistic director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he's staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional ...

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Posted on: March 16, 2017

The Excellent Lombards

The Excellent Lombards

by Jane Hamilton

From the internationally bestselling author of The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World, a heartfelt coming-of-age story that Karen Joy Fowler calls "a timeless classic book you will read and reread." Mary Frances "Frankie&qu...

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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 th...

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Posted on: December 9, 2016

The Summer Before the War

The Summer Before the War

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

The State We're In

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....read more...

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Posted on: October 17, 2016

The Marriage of Opposites

The Marriage of Opposites

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

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Posted on: September 14, 2016

Nora Webster

Nora Webster

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

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Posted on: August 12, 2016

The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House

The Residence

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

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Posted on: July 15, 2016

Dimestore: A Memoir

Dimestore

by Lee Smith

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

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Posted on: June 10, 2016

Three Strong Women

Three Strong Women

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

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Euphoria

Euphoria

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

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

A Strangeness in My Mind

A Strangeness in My Mind

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

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Posted on: March 17, 2016

Alice in Bed

Alice in Bed

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

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Posted on: February 17, 2016

Deep South

Deep South

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

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Posted on: December 24, 2015

Delicious

Delicious

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

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Posted on: December 24, 2015

The Hilltop

The Hilltop

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

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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 sup...

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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

The Residence

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

Hillbilly Elegy

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

Born on a Blue Day

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

Love, Loss, and What I Wore

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

The Sixth Extinction

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

The Nightingale

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

Fates and Furies

by Lauren Groff


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

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Posted on: May 25, 2016

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

The Job

by Steve Osborne

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

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Posted on: May 25, 2016

An Unmarked Grave

An Unmarked Grave

by Charles Todd

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

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Posted on: March 23, 2016

All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See

by Anthony Doerr


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

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Posted on: February 24, 2016

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Being Mortal

by Atul Gawande

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

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Posted on: February 17, 2016

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (DVD)

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

directed by John Madden


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

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Posted on: December 31, 2015

Mr. Holmes (DVD)

Mr. Holmes

directed by Bill Condon

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

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Posted on: November 25, 2015

Strangers in Good Company (DVD)

Strangers in Good Company

directed by Cynthia Scott

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

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Posted on: November 25, 2015

Counter Clockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility

Counter Clockwise

by Ellen J. Langer

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

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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

Packing for Mars

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

Black Prism

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

The Sparrow

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

A Wizard of Earthsea

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

Contact

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

The Warded Man

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

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Posted on: September 7, 2016

Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick

Selected Stories of Philip K Dick

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

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Posted on: August 4, 2016

Sorcerer to the Crown

Sorcerer to the Crown

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

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Posted on: July 15, 2016

Red Rising

Red Rising

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

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Posted on: June 10, 2016

Watership Down

Watership Down

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

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Foreigner

Foreigner

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

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Theft of Swords

Theft of Swords

by Michael J. Sullivani

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

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Posted on: March 17, 2016

Redshirts

Redshirts

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

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Posted on: December 4, 2015

Legends: Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy

Legends

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

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Posted on: December 4, 2015

Embassytown

Embassytown

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

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Posted on: 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&apo...

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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

The Residence

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...

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Posted on: January 19, 2017

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

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

The House on Mango Street

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

An Unquiet Mind

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

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Posted on: December 15, 2016

Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me

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

Quiet

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

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Posted on: August 12, 2016

On the Move: A Life

On the Move

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

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Posted on: July 15, 2016

Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir

Not My Father's Son

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

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Posted on: June 23, 2016

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

God's Hotel

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

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Giovanni's Room

Giovanni's Room

by James Baldwin

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

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

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

Black Elk Speaks

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

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Posted on: March 17, 2016

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Half the Sky

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

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Posted on: February 17, 2016

Say What You Will

Say What You Will

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

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Posted on: December 24, 2015

How to Be Black

How to Be Black

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

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Posted on: December 24, 2015

The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried

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

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Posted on: December 15, 2016

Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People

Blind Spot

by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald

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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: February 13, 2017

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

by Mark Haddon

Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.

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Posted on: January 19, 2017

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs

After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.

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Posted on: December 12, 2016

Ghosts

Ghosts

by Raina Telgemeier

Catrina and her family have moved to the coast of Northern California for the sake of her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis--and Cat is even less happy about the move when she is told that her new town is inhabited by ghosts,...

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Posted on: August 12, 2016

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by Sherman Alexie

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

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Posted on: July 12, 2016

Golden Boy

Golden Boy

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

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Posted on: June 23, 2016

The Selection

The Selection

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

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Speak

Speak

by Laurie Halse Anderson

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

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

The Magicians

The Magicians

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

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Posted on: March 17, 2016

Let's Get Lost

Let's Get Lost

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

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Posted on: February 17, 2016

A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time

by Madeleine L'Engle

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

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Posted on: December 4, 2015

The Lover's Dictionary

The Lover's Dictionary

by David Levithan

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

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Posted on: December 4, 2015

The Outsiders

The Outsiders

by S. E. Hinton

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

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Posted on: June 9, 2017

Jones Library ESL Program Receives Grant

ESL Photo - Nafie & Dimi - ©Daily Hampshire Gazette

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":

The special recognition aw...

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Posted on: March 28, 2017

Jones Library Celebrates Thoreau Bicentennial Statewide Read

Thoreau Bicentennial

PRESS RELEASE

Amherst, MA – This spring, the Jones Library is participating in the Thoreau Bicentennial Statewide Read, a yearlong event that has events taking place in every city and town in Massachusetts through 2017. The Thoreau Bicentennial Statewide ...

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Posted on: July 6, 2016

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 yourself i...

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Posted on: February 27, 2017

Democracy: What is it and why is it worth fighting for?

American Flag

PRESS RELEASE

Amherst, MA – Many Americans are watching the decisions and actions by the current administration with concern. Please join us in the Woodbury Room of the Jones Library at 7:00 pm on Thursday, March 16, 2017 as Austin Sarat explores...

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Posted on: December 13, 2016

New Jones Library Trustee Appointed

From the Daily Hampshire Gazette article by Scott Merzbach (November 15, 2016):

An enthusiastic champion of the proposed project to expand and renovate the Jones Library will fill a vacancy on the trustees’ board.

Alex Lefebvre, of 52 North Prospect St., re...

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Posted on: December 5, 2016

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

On December 12th, 2016, a vacancy on the Jones Library Board of Trustees will be filled at a joint meeting of the five member Select Board and the remaining five voting members of library trustees. Interested candidates must submit a Letter of Interest to...

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Posted on: November 16, 2016

Jones Library trustee Michael Wolff dies at 89

Michael Wolff

Read Michael Wolff's obituary. Please note: there will be a public memorial celebrating his life on Sunday, February 19th, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. at the Jewish Community of Amherst, located at 742 Main Street.

From the Daily Hampshire Gazette article ...

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Posted on: November 16, 2016

B&N bookfair supporting the library on Dec 4th

Barnes and Noble Bookfair

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

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Posted on: September 14, 2016

UPDATED: Munson Library Closed Until Oct 3rd

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

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

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Posted on: July 22, 2016

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

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

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Posted on: September 1, 2016

Amity Street Sidewalk Closed Beginning Sept 6th

Sidewalk Closed Sign

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

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Posted on: June 28, 2016

Munson Library Open During Sidewalk Construction

Munson Sidewalk Construction

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

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

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Posted on: May 6, 2016

Amity Street Lot Closed for Construction

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

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

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Posted on: March 31, 2016

Garden Statement from the Jones Library Trustees

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

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Posted on: January 22, 2016

Significant Robert Frost Donation Given to the Jones Library

PRESS RELEASE

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

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Posted on: January 22, 2016

Introducing... Jones Library News

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

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Posted on: October 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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Posted on: May 12, 2017

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.

Free access with a Jones Library card

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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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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

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: May 15, 2017

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, ...

...read more...

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Posted on: October 21, 2015

Encyclopedia of Business and Finance (2014)

Encyclopedia of Business and Finance

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

...read more...

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Posted on: 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.

Free access with a Jones Library card

...read more...

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Posted on: May 15, 2017

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

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)

This encyclopedia provides information on food, nutrition, food labels, and associated legislation, organizations, and diseases and conditions.


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Posted on: May 12, 2017

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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...read more...

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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.

Fre...

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Posted on: May 10, 2017

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)

This encyclopedia provides information on food, nutrition, food labels, and associated legislation, organizations, and diseases and conditions.


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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)

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 infor...

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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

This encyclopedia covers various issues related to one’s aging body, how diseases affect it, and treatment options, including medications.


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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

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

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Posted on: May 15, 2017

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 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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Posted on: May 15, 2017

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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Posted on: May 15, 2017

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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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

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

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

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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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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Posted on: May 10, 2017

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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Posted on: September 25, 2015

The Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health (2015)

Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health

This encyclopedia covers various issues related to one’s aging body, how diseases affect it, and treatment options, including medications.


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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)

This encyclopedia provides information on food, nutrition, food labels, and associated legislation, organizations, and diseases and conditions.


Free access with a Jones Library card

Read online or download PDF articles Reference eBooks - Senior Health
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.

Free access with a Jones Library card

...read more...

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Posted on: September 25, 2015

The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine (2014)

Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

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

...read more...

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Posted on: September 29, 2015

The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health (2013)

Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health

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

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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: 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 a...

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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 t...

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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 drin...

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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 sc...

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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 ...

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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 Carol...

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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 naturalis...

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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 ...

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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 fa...

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Posted on: November 8, 2017

The Baker’s Secret

bakerssecret

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

sapiens

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 ch...

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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 prisoner of war, and she ...

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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 no...

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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 ha...

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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 ...

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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 family acro...

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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 Robin

A 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

moonglow

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 u...

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Posted on: June 14, 2017

Glory O'Brien's History of the Future

gloryobrien

by A.S. King

Review by Mia

Glory 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

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-on insights, &nbs...

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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

Valiant Gentlemen

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 historical fig...

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Posted on: March 1, 2017

Lilac Girls

Lilac Girls

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

Dog Medicine

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

The Wonder

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

Modern Lovers

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

The Assistants

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

Walk Through Walls

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 of human ...

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Posted on: January 18, 2017

Nora Webster

Nora Webster

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

Victoria

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

The Heart of a Lion

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

The Woman in Cabin 10

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

Dimestore

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

The Underground Railroad

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

All of Us and Everything

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 to their as...

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Posted on: November 30, 2016

The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living

by Louise Miller

Reviewed by Janet:

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

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Posted on: November 23, 2016

Break in Case of Emergency

Break in Case of Emergency

by Jessica Winter

Reviewed by Linda:

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

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Posted on: November 16, 2016

The Book of Speculation

The Book of Speculation

by Erika Swyler

Reviewed by Janet:

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

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Posted on: November 9, 2016

Charlotte

Charlotte

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

Homegoing

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

Putin Country

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

Before the Fall

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

The Girls

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

Eligible

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

Catastrophic Happiness

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

The Summer Before the War

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

Shelter

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

Life Without a Recipe

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

The Nest

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 entertaining novel...

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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

Spill Simmer Falter Wither

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

The Girl in the Red Coat

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

Best Boy

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

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

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

Vanessa and Her Sister

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

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

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

The Dogs of Littlefield

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 regulars at the...

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Posted on: June 29, 2016

When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air

by Paul Kalanithi

Reviewed by Janet:

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

The Little Red Chairs

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

Evening Spider

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

The Widow

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

A Mother's Reckoning

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 a mass mu...

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Posted on: May 18, 2016

American Housewife: Stories

American Housewife

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

Trace

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

The Night Watch

by Sarah Waters

Reviewed by Mia:

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

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Posted on: April 27, 2016

The Lake House

The Lak e House

by Kate Morton

Reviewed by Janet:

During a Midsummer’s Eve party in 1933, 18 month old Theo disappears from his nursery and is never found. Seventy years later, Detective Constable Sadie Sparrow, on leave from the London force, is visiting her grandfather i...

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Posted on: April 20, 2016

The Clasp

The Clasp

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 lives and two ...

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Posted on: April 13, 2016

Primates of Park Avenue

Primates of Park Avenue

by Wednesday Martin

Reviewed by Janet:

This engaging and humorous memoir looks at the mothers of the Upper East Side of New York City from an unusual perspective. The author brings her expertise in anthropology and primatology to this habitat, and analyzes ...

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Posted on: April 6, 2016

Alice in Bed

Alice in Bed

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, ...

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Posted on: March 30, 2016

My Name is Lucy Barton

My Name is Lucy Barton

by Elizabeth Strout

Reviewed by Janet:

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

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Posted on: March 23, 2016

Harriet Wolf's Seventh Book of Wonders

Harriet Wolf's Seventh Book of Wonders

by Julianna 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

The Japanese Lover

by Isabel Allende

Reviewed by Janet:

While working in the Lark House nursing home, Irina becomes intrigued by the mysterious letters and gifts that resident Alma Belasco receives, never imagining a secret love affair that began over 70 years ago. As Alma’s ...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me

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 devastatin...

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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

Fates and Furies

by Lauren Groff

Reviewed by Janet:

This is the story of Lotto and Mathilde over the course of their life together, from the lean years after college to later successes. Halfway through the book, the perspective shifts and disparate story threads come togeth...

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Posted on: February 17, 2016

Memories

Memories

by Lang Leav

Reviewed by Cyndi:

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

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Posted on: February 10, 2016

This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance

This is Your Life, Harriet Chance

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

The Girl in the Spider's Web

by David Lagercrantz

Reviewed by Janet:

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

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Posted on: January 27, 2016

Erratic Facts

Erratic Facts

by Kay Ryan

Reviewed by Cyndi:

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

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Posted on: January 20, 2016

Miss Emily

Miss Emily

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 through the eyes of the ho...

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Posted on: January 13, 2016

In a Dark, Dark Wood

In a Dark, Dark Wood

by Ruth Ware

Reviewed by Janet:

It’s been 10 years since Nora has seen Clare, her best friend from school. So it’s with great surprise that she is invited to attend Clare’s bachelorette celebration. Yet once there, secrets rankle in the secluded glass house...

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Posted on: January 6, 2016

Twain's End

Twain's End

by Lynn Cullen

Reviewed by Cyndi:

Set at the end of Mark Twain’s life, this novel features the fictionalized account of Twain’s relationship with his secretary, Isabel Lyon. Based loosely on Lyon’s diary and Twain’s writings, Twain’s End reimagines the last...

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Posted on: December 30, 2015

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

The Finest Hours

by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman

Reviewed by Linda:

This account of one of the most heroic rescues of all time will thrill readers who enjoyed The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger. In 1952, one of the worst nor'easters of the century hit New England...

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Posted on: December 23, 2015

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

Three Minutes in Poland

by Glenn Kurtz

Reviewed by Janet:

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

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Posted on: December 16, 2015

The Pursuit of Love & Love in a Cold Climate

The Pursuit of Love

by Nancy Mitford

Reviewed by Mia:

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

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Posted on: December 9, 2015

The Bishop's Wife

The Bishop's Wife

by Mette Ivie Harrison

Reviewed by Linda:

This intriguing novel takes the reader deep into the life of a Mormon family and especially its independent-minded wife and mother. Linda Wallheim struggles to fulfill her twin roles as homemaker and as unofficial c...

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Posted on: December 2, 2015

Balm

Balm

by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Reviewed by Janet:

Sadie, Madge, and Hemp find themselves in Chicago in the aftermath of the Civil War, each searching for something as they begin a new life. The emotional injuries suffered due to the war and its aftermath challenge...

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Posted on: November 25, 2015

The Girl in the Dark

Girl in the Dark

by Anna Lyndsey

Reviewed by Roxanne:

This memoir traces the development of Anna's rare medical condition, which makes her intolerant of both florescent and natural light, and reveals how she combats the despair that fills her as she attempts to live her lif...

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Posted on: November 25, 2015

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

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

by Jonas Jonasson

Reviewed by Linda:

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

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Posted on: November 28, 2015

Kitchens of the Great Midwest

Kitchens of the Great Midwest

by J. Ryan Stradal

Reviewed by Janet:

Each chapter in this book brings a new food or ingredient into Eva Thorvald's life – and her once-in-a-generation palate. From a tragic and challenging childhood, Eva's spirit and resilience help her to thrive and succe...

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Posted on: November 28, 2015

The Rocks

The Rocks

by Peter Nichols

Reviewed by Linda:

A novel of two love stories set decades apart on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Mallorca. Much of the plot takes place at "the Rocks," a seaside resort for upscale British tourists. Lulu, the proprietor, ...

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Posted on: November 28, 2015

A Little Life

A Little Life

by Hanya Yanagihara

Reviewed by Janet:

For readers who want to immerse themselves in the lives of four friends and the ebbs and flows of their relationships over the course of 30 years, this novel follows the daily lives of Jude, Willem, JB, and Malcolm. Ju...

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Posted on: November 28, 2015

A History of Loneliness

A History of Loneliness

by John Boyne

Reviewed by Robin:

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

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Posted on: November 28, 2015

The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics

The Speechwriter

by Barton Swaim

Reviewed by Linda:

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

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Posted on: November 28, 2015

The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty

The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty

by Vendela Vida

Reviewed by Janet:

A trip to Morocco goes off track when her backpack is stolen from the hotel lobby. Without her identification or money, she is free to become anyone she chooses. When a chance encounter with a Hollywood actress provides a ...

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Posted on: April 6, 2015

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

A Girl Named Zippy

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

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Posted on: April 6, 2015

Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules

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

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Posted on: April 6, 2015

Attack of the Theater People

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

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Posted on: April 6, 2015

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

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

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Posted on: April 6, 2015

Everything Is Illuminated

Everything Is Illuminated

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

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Posted on: April 6, 2015

Freddy and Fredericka

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by Mark Helprin Mark Helprin’s legions of devoted readers cherish his timeless novels and short stories, which are uplifting in their conviction of the goodness and resilience of the human spirit. Freddy and Fredericka -- a brilliantly refashioned fairy t...

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Posted on: April 6, 2015

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

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

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Posted on: September 16, 2015

The Liberated Bride

The Liberated Bride

by A. B. Yehoshua

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

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Posted on: November 19, 2014

Bobcat, and Other Stories

Bobcat, and Other Stories

by Rebecca Lee Reviewed by Matt:

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

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Posted on: April 6, 2015

I Was Told There'd Be Cake

I Was Told There'd Be Cake

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

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Posted on: March 31, 2016

Us

Us

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

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Posted on: March 31, 2016

Shadows on the Hudson

Shadows on the Hudson

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

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Posted on: March 24, 2016

Hotel du Lac

Hotel du Lac

by Anita Brookner

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

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Family Poems for Every Day of the Week

Family Poems for Every Day of the Week

by Francisco Alarcón; illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez

A bilingual collection of poetry by the late Francisco X. Alarcón, acclaimed Chicano poet celebrating the days of the week and everyday childhood experiences.

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems

Breathe and Be

by Kate Coombs; illustrated by Anna Emilia Laitinen

This collection of poems paired with imagery of the natural world reminds readers about the importance of staying calm, soothing emotions, and appreciating the world around them.

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Halmoni and the Picnic

Halmoni and the Picnic

by Sook Nyul Choi; illustrated by Karen Milone

A Korean American girl's third grade class helps her newly arrived grandmother feel more comfortable with her new life in the United States.

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Through Georgia's Eyes

Through Georgias Eyes

by Rachel Rodriguez; illustrated by Julie Paschkis

This book explores the influence of nature and color on the American artist Georgia O'Keeffe and how she demonstrated these influences through her paintings.

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

The Gardener

The Gardener

by Sarah Stewart; pictures by David Small

When she comes to the city to stay with her Uncle Jim, a curmudgeonly baker, Lydia Grace Finch brings along a suitcase full of seeds that she uses to create a wonderful, secret rooftop garden that she hopes will tr...

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Book Uncle and Me

Book Uncle and Me

by Uma Krishnaswami; pictures by Julianna Swaney

When the mayor tries to shut down Book Uncle's free library on the street corner, Yasmin and her friends decide to take action, even though they are not old enough to vote in the upcoming local election.

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

A Different Pond

A Different Pond

by Bao Phi; illustrated by Thi Bui

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 recreation. Betwe...

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

The Girl who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies

by Joyce Sidman

Newbery-Honor winning author Joyce Sidman explores the extraordinary life and scientific discoveries of Maria Merian, who discovered the truth about metamorphosis and documented the science behind the mystery in this visual biography that f...

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

The Seventh Wish

The Seventh Wish

by Kate Messner

Unsure of how to get her family's attention, Charlie comes across the surprise of her life one day while ice-fishing... in the form of a floppy, scaly fish offering to grant her a wish in exchange for its freedom.

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

The House on Mango Street

The House on Mango Street

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: December 26, 2017

The Story of Ferdinand

The Story of Ferdinand

by Munro Leaf; illustrated by Robert Lawson

Ferdinand likes to sit quietly and smell the flowers, but one day he gets stung by a bee and his snorting and stomping convince everyone that he is the fiercest of bulls.

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Posted on: December 26, 2017

Now

Now

by Antoinette Portis

Follow a little girl as she takes you on a tour through all of her favorite things, from the holes she digs to the hugs she gives.

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Posted on: December 26, 2017

A Full Moon Is Rising: Poems

A Full Moon Is Rising

by Marilyn Singer; pictures by Julia Cairns

A collection of poems about the full moon, with introductory pages containing lunar facts and a map pinpointing the locations in which the poems are set.

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Posted on: December 26, 2017

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

Out of Wonder

by Kwame Alexander, with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth; illustrated by Ekua Holmes

A collection of twenty poems written in tribute to well-known poets from around the world.

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Posted on: December 26, 2017

The World Is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid

The World Is Not a Rectangle

by Jeanette Winter

This introduction to the life and achievements of famed architect Zaha Hadid describes how as a child in Baghdad she dreamed of designing her own cities before pursuing an education and launching her famed studio. A picture book portrait...

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Posted on: December 26, 2017

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos

by Monica Brown; illustrated by John Parra

Chronicles Frida's life — from her childhood to her rise as one of the world's most influential painters — capturing the beauty and strength of Frida's creative spirit, which carried her throug...

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Posted on: December 26, 2017

Ada’s Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World's First Computer Programmer

Ada's Ideas

by Fiona Robinson

This picture book introduces Ada Lovelace, the daughter of poet Lord Byron and mathematician Anna Isabella Milbanke, describing how she blended her parents' educational approaches and forged a friendship with inventor Charles Babbage befo...

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Posted on: December 26, 2017

An Egg is Quiet

An Egg Is Quiet

by Dianna Aston ; illustrated by Sylvia Long

This introduction to eggs in nature details the variety of their sizes, shapes, and colors, and includes such examples as the eggs of birds, frogs, snakes, ostriches, and dinosuars.

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Posted on: December 26, 2017

Juana and Lucas

Juana and Lucas

by Juana Medina

A spunky young girl from Colombia loves playing with her canine best friend and resists boring school activities, especially learning English, until her family tells her that a special trip is planned to an English-speaking place.

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Posted on: September 30, 2015

Miss Rumphius

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by Barbara Cooney

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

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

Little Bear

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by Else Holmelund Minarik; illustrated by Maurice Sendak

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

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

The Secret Lives of Princesses

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by Philippe Lechermeier; illustrated by Rébecca Dautremer

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

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Posted on: September 30, 2015

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole

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by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Jon Klassen

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

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Posted on: September 30, 2015

The Mighty Miss Malone

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by Christopher Paul Curtis

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

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Posted on: September 30, 2015

P.S. Be Eleven

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by Rita Williams-Garcia

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

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

The Snowy Day

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by Ezra Jack Keats

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

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Posted on: September 30, 2015

The Wind in the Willows

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by Kenneth Grahame; paintings by Mary Jane Begin

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

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Posted on: September 30, 2015

Little House on the Prairie

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by Laura Ingalls Wilder; illustrated by Garth Williams

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

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Posted on: May 12, 2016

Seedfolks

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by Paul Fleischman

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

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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: 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 drin...

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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 Carol...

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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: 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 ration to...

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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 prisoner of war, and she ...

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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: May 4, 2017

A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

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 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, encourage...

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Posted on: December 7, 2016

The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living

by Louise Miller

Reviewed by Janet:

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

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Posted on: September 6, 2016

Everyone Brave is Forgiven

Everyone Brave is Forgiven

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

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

American Housewife: Stories

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

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

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

Three Minutes in Poland

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

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

The Truth According to Us

The Truth According to Us

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

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

At the Water's Edge

At the Water's Edge

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

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

Station Eleven

Station Eleven

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

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

Lotería

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

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project

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

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

The Circle

The Circle

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

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

Red Rising

Red Rising

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

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

Delicious!

Delicious!

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

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

The Night Circus

The Night Circus

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

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

Bel Canto

Bel Canto

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

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

Baking Cakes in Kigali

Baking Cakes in Kigali

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

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

A Year Full of Stories

A Year Full of Stories

by Angela McAllister; illustrated by Christopher Corr

This treasury of 52 stories collects together a rich resource of myths, fairy tales, and legends from around the world, with a story for every week of the year.

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

The Lighthouse Family - The Storm

The Lighthouse Family - The Storm

by Cynthia Rylant; illustrated by Preston McDaniels

Pandora the cat becomes a lighthouse keeper and saves the life of Seabold the dog, and together the two of them create a family with three young mice rescued from the sea.

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Wild Wings

Wild Wings

by Gail Lewis; illustrated by Yuta Onoda

Callum becomes friends with Iona, a practically feral classmate who has discovered an osprey, thought to be gone from Scotland, on Callum's family farm. They eventually share the secret with others, including Jeneba...

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Toad Weather

Toad Weather

by Sandra Markle; illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez

On a rainy day, Ally's mom asks her to come outside where, amidst the oil slicks, dripping awnings, and splashing cars, they find a toad migration taking place.

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

A Seed is Sleepy

A Seed is Sleepy

by Dianna Hutts Aston; illustrated by Sylvia Long

An informative and beautiful introduction to seeds.

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

One Word From Sophia

One Word From Sophia

by Jim Averbeck; illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail

All Sophie wants for her birthday is a pet giraffe, but as she tries to convince different members of her rather complicated family to support her cause, each tells her she is using too many words until she fi...

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Over and Under the Pond

Over and Under the Pond

by Kate Messner; art by Christopher Silas Neal

This book celebrates the forms of life that live above and under a pond, including turtles, red-winged blackbirds, blue herons, minnows, frogs, and catfish.

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Pancakes for Supper

Pancakes for Supper

by Anne Isaacs; illustrated by Mark Teague

In the backwoods of New England, a young girl cleverly fends off the threats of wild animals by trading her clothes for her safety.

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Every Color Soup

Every Color Soup

by Jorey Hurley

This book describes how to make a colorful, delicious vegetable soup — and includes a recipe.

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Luna Loves Library Day

Luna Loves Library Day

by Joseph Coelho; illustrated by Fiona Lumbers

Luna loves library day: that's the day she spends with her dad. Exploring the shelves they find magic, mystery, and even start to mend their own history. An inspiring story from one of the UK's greatest up-and...

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Posted on: December 27, 2017

Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters

Muddy - The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters

by Michael James Mahin; illustrated by Evan Turk

Presents the life of blues legend Muddy Waters, describing how he persisted with his interest in music despite a lack of encouragement from his family and record producers, leading him to Chicago where he wa...

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Posted on: December 27, 2017

Red Knit Cap Girl

Red Knit Cap Girl

by Naoko Stoop

With the help of their forest friends and the advice of wise Mr. Owl, Red Knit Cap Girl and White Bunny, who are on a quest to find a way to talk to the Moon, learn that they need only to wait and listen quietly to make their wish come true....

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Posted on: December 27, 2017

The Bad Seed

The Bad Seed

by Jory John; illustrations by Pete Oswald

The bad seed changes his mind about being bad and decides that he wants to be happy.

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Posted on: December 27, 2017

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place

by Maryrose Wood

The Mysterious Howling (Book 1): Fifteen-year-old Miss Penelope Lumley, a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, is hired as governess to three young children who have been raised by wolves and must teach them to...

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Posted on: December 27, 2017

Detective Gordon: The First Case

Detective Gordon - The First Case

by Ulf Nilsson; illustrated by Gitte Spee

When Vladimir the squirrel's stockpile of nuts disappears, the portly Detective Gordon deputizes his young, enthusiastic friend Buffy the mouse to help him discover the identity of the thieves.

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Posted on: December 27, 2017

East

East

by Edith Pattou

A young woman journeys to a distant castle on the back of a great white bear who is the victim of a cruel enchantment.

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Posted on: December 27, 2017

A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love

A Hat for Mrs. Goldman - A Story About Knitting and Love

by Michelle Edwards; illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Sophia knits a special hat for her elderly neighbor and knitting teacher, Mrs. Goldman.

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Posted on: December 27, 2017

Pup and Bear

Pup and Bear

by Kate Banks; illustrated by Naoko Stoop

A stranded wolf cub is rescued and raised by a loving polar bear, and years later when he is grown into a wolf and on his own, he comes upon a lost polar bear cub, and the cycle begins again.

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Posted on: December 27, 2017

The Complete Brambly Hedge

The Complete Brambly Hedge

by Jill Barklem

The mice of Brambly Hedge have been delighting adults and children alike for more than thirty years. All eight of the classic picture books are brought together in this volume.

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Posted on: December 27, 2017

The Tomten

The Tomten

adapted by Astrid Lindgren from a poem by Viktor Rydberg; illustrated by Harald Wiberg

The story of a Swedish troll who protects farm animals from a hungry fox.

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

Raisel's Riddle

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by Erica Silverman; illustrated by Susan Gaber

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

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

The Seven Silly Eaters

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by Mary Ann Hoberman; illustrated by Marla Frazee

Seven fussy eaters find a way to surprise their mother.

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

It's a Book

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by Lane Smith

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

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

When I Was Small

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by Sara O'Leary; illustrated by Julie Morstad

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

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

A Visitor for Bear

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by Bonny Becker; illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

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

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

Adventures of Frog and Toad

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by Arnold Lobel

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

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

Mr. Putter & Tabby Take the Train

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by Cynthia Rylant; illustrated by Arthur Howard

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

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

Centerburg Tales

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by Robert McCloskey

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

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

Pippi Longstocking

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by Astrid Lindgren

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

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

Catkin

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by Antonia Barber; illustrated by P.J. Lynch

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

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Vanessa and Her Sister

Vanessa and Her Sister

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

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Posted on: March 23, 2016

Harriet Wolf's Seventh Book of Wonders

Harriet Wolf's Seventh Book of Wonders

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

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Posted on: March 17, 2016

Alice in Bed

Alice in Bed

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

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me

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

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

One Plus One

One Plus One

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

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

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

The New Jim Crow

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

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

The Invention of Wings

The Invention of Wings

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

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

All I Know and Love

All I Know and Love

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

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Posted on: December 31, 2014

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

The Sixth Extinction

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

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Posted on: July 23, 2014

All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See

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

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Posted on: November 12, 2014

Dear Committee Members

Dear Committee Members

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

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Posted on: July 9, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

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

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Stories of Your Life and Others

Stories of Your Life and Others

by Ted Chiang

Reviewed by Matt:

This collection contains some of the most interesting and intelligent science fiction stories I've ever read. But what sets them apart is that several also pack a genuine emotional punch. (Republished in 2016 with an...

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Posted on: December 31, 2014

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

The Sixth Extinction

by Elizabeth Kolbert

Reviewed by Linda:

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

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Posted on: November 19, 2014

Bobcat, and Other Stories

Bobcat, and Other Stories

by Rebecca Lee Matt's Review:

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

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

True Grit

True Grit

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

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

Tenth of December

Tenth of December

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

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

Little Bee

Little Bee

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

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

Mountains Beyond Mountains

Mountains Beyond Mountains

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

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Posted on: September 17, 2015

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again

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

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Posted on: September 17, 2015

In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood

by Truman Capote

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

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Posted on: September 17, 2015

Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas

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

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Posted on: September 17, 2015

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

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

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Posted on: September 17, 2015

The Southern Reach Trilogy

Annihilation

by Jeff VanderMeer Matt's Review:

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

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We Are The Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

We Are the Ship

by Kadir Nelson

Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947.

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Get a Hit, Mo!

Get a Hit, Mo!

by David A. Adler; illustrated by Sam Ricks

Mo Jackson is excited for his baseball game, but Coach Marie tells him he is batting last and playing right field, again. Will Mo ever get a hit?

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Linnea in Monet's Garden

Linnea in Monet's Garden

by Christina Björk; drawings by Lena Anderson

A little girl visits the home and garden of Claude Monet at Giverny, France, and learns about the artist's paintings and his life.

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Botanicum

Botanicum

by Kathy Willis; illustrated by Katie Scott

This book showcases dozens of full-color plants from around the world in a gallery format, complemented by identification information and brief descriptions.

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Sticker Girl

Sticker Girl

by Janet Tashjian; illustrated by Inga Wilmink

Martina's always struggled to carve out her place at school, but she finds tremendous excitement in a treasure all her own: a sticker collection that comes to life!

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

In a Blue Room

In a Blue Room

by Jim Averbeck; illustrated by Trica Tusa

Alice wants everything in her bedroom to be blue before she falls asleep.

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Quiet!

Quiet

by Kate Alizadeh

A child experiences all the sounds in her house throughout the day.

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Posted on: December 14, 2017

Snow

Snow

by Uri Shulevitz

Reviewed by Mia: Among all of the picture books about winter this remains my favorite when anticipating the first snowfall of the year. Radio reports and grown-ups all over the city predict that there will not be snow, but one hopeful kids...

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Posted on: December 14, 2017

Her Right Foot

Her Right Foot

by Dave Eggers; art by Shawn Harris

Reviewed by Mia: A unique book examining the often-overlooked detail of the Statue of Liberty’s posture — that she is posed mid-stride — delves into both history and art. This uplifting illu...

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Posted on: December 14, 2017

The Forest Feast for Kids

Forest Feast for Kids

by Erin Gleeson

Reviewed by Mia: This beautifully illustrated and photographed cookbook is a great way to empower kids in the kitchen—most recipes are more about assembling ingredients than complicated cooking, making it easy for even those chefs...

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Posted on: December 14, 2017

Elizabeth Started All the Trouble

Elizabeth Started All the Trouble

by Doreen Rappaport; illustrated by Matt Faulkner

Reviewed by Mia: Do you need a quick and lighthearted history of the movement for women to have equal rights in America but don’t know where to start? This picture book celebrates Elizabeth Cady S...

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Posted on: December 14, 2017

The Tapper Twins Go to War (with Each Other)

Tapper Twins Go to War

by Geoff Rodkey

Reviewed by Mia: This fictional oral history, presented through emails, texts, illustrations, and dubious firsthand accounts tells the story of an epic prank war between the precocious Tapper Twins. What starts as an embarrassing incident a...

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Posted on: December 14, 2017

When the Sea Turned to Silver

When the Sea Turned to Silver

by Grace Lin

Reviewed by Mia: Pinmei must travel from her secluded mountain village through a frozen landscape to face an authoritarian emperor who has kidnapped her grandmother. Can Pinmei find the Luminous Stone that Lights the Night and trade it for her...

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Posted on: December 14, 2017

The Left-Handed Fate

Left-Handed Fate

by Kate Milford; illustrated by Eliza Wheeler

Reviewed by Mia: This swashbuckling adventure on the high seas features a cast of brave kids racing against a mysterious sinister organization to find the parts for a magical engine, rumored to power the most f...

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

Fangbone! Third-Grade Barbarian

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by Michael Rex

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

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

All the World

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by Liz Garton Scanlon; illustrated by Marla Frazee

Pictures and rhyming text celebrate a family's day spent going to the beach, shopping at the market, eating at a restaurant and spending the evening with the rest of the extended family.

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

Outside Over There

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by Maurice Sendak

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

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

The Red Tree

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by Shaun Tan

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

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

What the World Eats

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by Faith D'Aluisio; photographed by Peter Menzel

A photographic collection exploring what the world eats featuring portraits of twenty-five families from twenty-one countries surrounded by a week's worth of food.

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh

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

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

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

Greenglass House

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by Kate Milford; illustrated by Jaime Zollars

At Greenglass House, a smuggler's inn, twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers' adopted son, plans to spend his winter holidays relaxing but soon guests are arriving with strange stories about the house sending Mi...

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

I Survived. Hurricane Katrina, 2005

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by Lauren Tarshis; illustrated by Scott Dawson

Eleven-year-old Barry Hunter and his family attempt to ride out Hurricane Katrina at home in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans when his little sister gets ill, but when the levees break, Barry gets swept awa...

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Posted on: February 1, 2017

Hooray for the Golly Sisters!

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by Betsy Byars; illustrated by Sue Truesdell

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

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Posted on: May 12, 2016

Who Would Win: Lion Vs. Tiger

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by Jerry Pallotta; illustrated by Rob Bolster

Reviewed by Mia: This series pits fearsome creatures against each other, cleverly introducing science facts and zoology while asking kids to guess which animal is going to come out on top. Who is the real king ...

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Posted on: May 12, 2016

Rhyming Dust Bunnies

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by Jan Thomas

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

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Posted on: May 12, 2016

Three Times Lucky

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by Sheila Turnage

Reviewed by Mia: A plucky heroine with a hilarious gift for storytelling and a real sense of place in a small Southern town make this mystery just the right combination of funny and suspenseful.

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Pieces of Why

Pieces of Why

by K. L. Going

Twelve-year-old Tia lives in a white slum in New Orleans with her mother, and her whole world revolves around singing in the gospel choir with her best friend, Keisha. But when practice is interrupted by a shooting outside the church, and a ...

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Lost and Found

Lost and Found

by Shaun Tan

These three stories explore how we lose and find what matters most to us, as a girl finds a bright spot in a dark world, a boy leads a strange, lost being home, and a group of peaceful creatures loses its home to cruel invaders.

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

The Night Gardener

The Night Gardener

by Jonathan Auxier

Irish orphans Molly, 14, and Kip, 10, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and the secrets of the cursed hous...

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Posted on: December 14, 2017

Beauty Queens

Beauty Queens

by Libba Bray

Reviewed by Mia: If you’re looking to escape the doldrums of winter look no further than this rollicking story of thirteen beauty pageant contestants whose plane crashes on a tropical island. Can they survive disgusting nature thing...

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Posted on: December 14, 2017

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

by Jason Reynolds

Reviewed by Mia: In this thoughtful reworking of Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale, smart and strong Hermione Winter is sexually assaulted at cheerleading camp. Her journey through the aftermath of the event as she seeks j...

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Posted on: December 14, 2017

Long Way Down

Long Way Down

by Jason Reynolds

Reviewed by Mia: This novel in verse takes place in a single elevator ride. As Will contemplates avenging his brother’s murder he is joined on each floor by the ghost of a person in his life who has been the victim of gun violen...

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Posted on: November 24, 2015

Macbeth: a play by William Shakespeare

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adapted and illustrated by Gareth Hinds

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

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Posted on: November 24, 2015

Revolution

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by Jennifer Donnelly

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

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Posted on: November 24, 2015

When I Was the Greatest

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by Jason Reynolds

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

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Posted on: November 24, 2015

Pretty Monsters

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by Kelly Link

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

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Posted on: November 23, 2015

Feed

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by M.T. Anderson

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

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Posted on: November 24, 2015

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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by Laini Taylor

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

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Posted on: November 24, 2015

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

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by Steve Sheinkin

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

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Posted on: November 24, 2015

The Knife of Never Letting Go

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by Patrick Ness

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

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Posted on: May 12, 2016

Revolver

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by Marcus Sedgwick

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

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Posted on: May 12, 2016

Please Ignore Vera Dietz

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by A. S. King

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

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Posted on: May 12, 2016

Fat Kid Rules the World

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by K. L. Going

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

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Posted on: June 8, 2017

Say What You Will

Say What You Will

by Cammie McGovern

Reviewed by Shauna:

Cammie is a trustworthy author who offers YA readers a beautifully written, incredibly honest, and emotionally poignant novel about how we can all feel lost until we find someone who loves us because of our faults, not...

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Posted on: June 8, 2017

Carry On

Carry On

by Rainbow Rowell

Reviewed by Shauna:

Rowell’s main protagonist Simon Snow is the worst “chosen one” ever. Half the time Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half he starts something on fire. His mentor ...

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Posted on: June 8, 2017

Eleanor and Park

Eleanor and Park

by Rainbow Rowell

Reviewed by Shauna:

Eleanor has red hair and the wrong clothes. Park knows she’ll love a song before he even plays it for her. He laughs at all her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. Set over the course of one school y...

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Posted on: June 8, 2017

A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls

by Patrick Ness; inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd

Reviewed by Shauna:

Completing a story of love and loss once begun by Dowd, Ness tells the tale of a monster that shows up after midnight. As they do. But the monster isn’t what the main protagonist Con...

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Posted on: June 8, 2017

The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book

by Neil Gaiman

Reviewed by Shauna:

Toddler Nobody Owens wanders into a graveyard after the murder of his entire family. The supernatural residents of the graveyard agree to raise him as one of their own, yet he is a normal boy. Or, he would be normal if he ...

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Posted on: June 8, 2017

The Passion of Dolssa

The Passion of Dolssa

by Julie Berry

Reviewed by Shauna:

Set in the year 1241, in Provensa, France — a land reeling from a crusade waged by the Catholic Church against heretics — Dolssa is a young gentlewoman with uncanny spiritual gifts on the run from an ob...

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Posted on: June 8, 2017

History Is All You Left Me

History is All You Left Me

by Adam Silvera

Reviewed by Shauna:

Silvera is able to capture the authentic teen voice in a believable way with his protagonist Griffin, which will leave the reader feeling a full range of emotions as they travel through the world of teenage death, safe se...

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Posted on: June 8, 2017

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by Sherman Alexie

Reviewed by Shauna:

Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future in his own hands, Junior leaves his school on the reservation to attend an all-white far...

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