Harper Collins

Braggsville shocked, delighted, and hit me right where it hurt. D’aron, a white Southern teen, escapes his small town for the UC Berkeley campus and experiences culture shock at its finest. When his new-found friends discover his hometown’s Civil War reenactment, they propose a “performative intervention” for their final project: a mock lynching. That’s only the beginning of a bizarre, heart-breaking, cringe-inducing trip D’aron finds himself on. This quickly became one of my favorite titles.

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Rachel
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ISBN: 9780062302120
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Published: William Morrow & Company - February 17th, 2015

Cannibalism is either a terrifying social taboo or an accepted way of life—depending, of course, on who you ask. Michael Rockefeller learned about it the hard way, working his way through the New Guinea jungle in search of primitive art created by tribes with beliefs he’d never encountered before. His ultimate disappearance was officially ruled a drowning, even though headhunting and cannibalism thrived in the area. Hoffman’s book is a thrilling adventure that crosses cultural and political boundaries, and keeps you on the edge of your seat.
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Rachel
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ISBN: 9780062116161
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Published: William Morrow & Company - March 10th, 2015

Rene Denfeld’s first novel is a stunning and captivating read. Set in a high security prison, our main protagonist, a death row inmate, states that prison is a place of enchantment. And he convinces us that it is: There is a mythic beauty to the prison’s stone walls, to the sounds of a hundred keys turning at once to lock the gates; there is an epic pull in the collective dreaming of men who must reach into their memories and imaginations to remember movement and love from an unconstrained time. Told mostly from the perspective of this poet turned prisoner, we are also introduced to the jail’s faithless priest and a woman, known only as “the lady” who is there to exonerate the condemned men.  When the lady discovers the truth of one prisoner’s past, we are asked to look at the potential for violence that lives in each of us, and more so, to discover the beauty and humanity that exists even in the darkest shadows. This is a beautifully written book that begs for conversation; readers will find themselves walking the line of trying to separate that which makes us flinch, with that that makes us imagine and empathetically open.

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S.M.C.
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ISBN: 9780062285515
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 24th, 2015

Nici introducted me to Elizabeth Haynes some time back, and I’ve loved her smart, edgy mysteries ever since. In Behind Closed Doors, the most recent of her new series, the tough, dedicated DCI Louisa Smith is pulled into an old case when a missing person resurfaces. A former police analyst, Haynes integrates police reports and areas of investigation in interesting ways, giving the police procedural a fresh feel. I can’t wait for the next book!

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Flannery
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ISBN: 9780062276117
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - March 31st, 2015

This novel is one heck of a read—fast paced, fluid, impossible to put down. Set during the six riot-filled days following the Rodney King trial, Gattis lays out racial tensions, gang violence, and broken systems in the extreme by exploring the interconnected stories of people swept up in the lawlessness, vengeance and betrayal of the moment. All Involved is as smart as it is thrilling, as socially important as it is purely enjoyable.

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Melinda
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ISBN: 9780062378798
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Published: Ecco Press - April 7th, 2015

Finn has just moved into a sleepy New England town to escape the haunting memories of her sister’s suicide. Rather than finding peace and quiet, she meets the menacingly beautiful Fata family, including the charming Jack. While she uncovers magical (and sinister) connections between them and her sister, she finds herself still drawn to him. Beautiful writing and chock full of literary quotes, with good pacing and action to keep the whole thing flowing.

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Jax
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ISBN: 9780062286734
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Published: Voyager - March 10th, 2015

One of the best introductory cookbooks I've seen--totally engaging, excellent instructions, teaches skills to build on, and, most importantly, packed with delicious recipes! The head chef at Chez Panisse knocked this one out of the park.  

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S.B.
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ISBN: 9780062270306
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 21st, 2014

This has to be one of my favorite true animal stories. It’s a Disney movie waiting to happen. It would be fun to read out loud on a car trip, but there’s no wrong way to enjoy this timeless story of friendship.  

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Clytia
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ISBN: 9780060929510
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 26th, 1998

Lost Girls may be about unsolved murders, but it isn’t just any true crime book. It’s also an excellent example of great investigative journalism, as Kolker makes the story behind the crimes and their unsolved nature unsettling, moving, and infuriating. I couldn’t put it down.  

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Flannery
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ISBN: 9780062183651
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 6th, 2014

There is something about this British memoir that would not let me put it down—there is grit, honesty, and laugh-out-loud wit—I think it’s the wit that makes this book stay dear.  Andy Miller had always been a book lover, until life got busy and while he found himself talking about literature with the same enthusiasm, he realized that in his recent years he had actually only read one book all the way through.  And so, at the turn of his 40th birthday, he made a deal with himself that he would read 50 books, actually read them, give them time, and discussion, and thought, and when he did, Andy had an entirely new filter in which he viewed his life. This book is Andy's inspirational and very funny account of his expedition through literature: classic, cult, and everything in between. Beginning with a copy of Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita that he happens to find one day in a bookstore, he embarks on a literary odyssey. From Middlemarch to Anna Karenina to A Confederacy of Dunces, this is a heartfelt, humorous, and honest examination of what it means to be a reader, and the soul-searching that comes when we take in others narratives in order to examine our own.

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S.M.C.
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ISBN: 9780061446184
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Published: Harper Perennial - December 9th, 2014

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