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Sara Baume has written a remarkable debut novel. With lyrical yet exacting prose, she unfolds the inner thoughts and history of a downtrodden older man, the town misfit, as he finds meaningful relationship with One Eye, the scruffy dog he adopts. Both loners and outcasts, their poignant story is told through the course of a country year and its seasons, and as one might suspect, they do not play lightly with your heart.  —Melinda

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Spill Simmer Falter Wither Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544716193
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 8th, 2016

This book is a classic. A collection of short stories by the poet Gary Soto, it shows how small daily events in our lives can have a much larger meaning. Based on his own experiences as a child in the Central Valley, this is a quiet, insightful book that tells the stories of eleven Latino children growing up in Fresno. It’s a lovely book that any child can relate to.  —Flannery

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Baseball in April and Other Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780152025670
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Published: Harcourt Paperbacks - April 2000

For four hundred years to be Irish in Ireland was a crime. Its people, stubborn to a fault, did not take to fetters gently. Thomas Francis Meagher ached for a free Ireland though he spent most of his life in exile. Just in time for the centennial of the Easter Rising, Egan writes about Meagher with a fervor to match the man’s need for freedom. Meagher’s almost unbelievable life lit a fire in me. I couldn’t put it down.  —Ivy

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The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544272880
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 1st, 2016

A fascinating and unusual story of World War II, told through the perspective of…books. Desperate for diversion, and fighting an enemy who burned books publicly, American soldiers wanted to read. Publishers came together to produce cheap, portable paperbacks of bestselling and classic titles that fit the pockets of a soldier. The effect that those books had on the war and on an entire generation of soldiers cannot be overstated. I promise you’ve never read a history book like this before. —Kat

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When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544570405
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Published: Mariner Books - October 27th, 2015

Plum anticipates the awesome life she imagines will materialize after her weight-loss surgery. Then her happenstance encounters with a strange woman lead her to Calliope House, where the daughter of a deceased diet mogul looking to make amends folds her into a subculture of radical feminists rallying against the diet-industrial complex. This book is truly exceptional.

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Louise
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Dietland Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544373433
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - May 26th, 2015

When a WWII aircraft is found buried in the moors with the pilot inside, forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is called in and finds herself embroiled in another murder investigation. Revolving around a secretive aristocratic family and complicated by a film crew, this dryly funny book has an intriguing mystery and features the ever-endearing Ruth. I loved it!

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Flannery
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The Ghost Fields Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544577862
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Published: Mariner Books - October 6th, 2015

When Mark Zuckerberg gave $100 million to reform the Newark, NJ school system, it became a test case for what is possible in American schools. With assured writing, Russakoff follows this project and its major players, as well as the teachers and students affected by the tumult, using the Newark experiment to highlight the issues surrounding schools nationwide. A compelling read and an important book.

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Melinda
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The Prize: Who's in Charge of America's Schools? Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547840055
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 8th, 2015

Don your snorkel and swim alongside a half-dozen scientists as they search for octopuses in the coral reefs of Moorea, a small island just northeast of Tahiti in the South Pacific. In this latest addition to the Scientists in the Field series, author Sy Montgomery vividly describes the day-to-day work of this octopus team, from their vexing search for these very sneaky creatures to the personality tests they administer to each octopus they find. The chronicle of this snorkeling adventure is punctuated with details of the alien-like physiology of the octopus—with its brain wrapped around its throat and more than half its nerve cells in its arms—as well as the author’s very personal connection to Athena, an octopus who lived at the New England Aquarium in Boston. Captivating underwater photographs propel you to keep turning the pages in this marvel of a read-aloud for curious children and adults alike.  —Michelle

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The Octopus Scientists Cover Image
By Sy Montgomery, Keith Ellenbogen (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780544232709
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Published: Hmh Books for Young Readers - May 26th, 2015

Hurricane Katrina pounces on New Orleans in this vivid, harrowing nonfiction recounting of the worst storm in U.S. history.  —Tera

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Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544157774
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Published: Hmh Books for Young Readers - August 4th, 2015

Okparanta’s first short story collection, Happiness, Like Water, is a perfect example of the power of prose. Her stories shook me in places I thought myself durable beyond doubt. This new work centers around a young Nigerian woman unfortunately blossoming under the chaos of civil war; a fateful friendship with another displaced girl transforms into love, which must be hidden at all costs. If Udala Trees is written with the same clarity that has become Okparanta’s signature, a Lambda Award nomination will surely be hers.  --Louise

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Under the Udala Trees Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544003446
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 22nd, 2015

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