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Bless you, Jennifer Wright, for fulfilling my micro-history cravings with plague sociology. The conversational tone makes even the worst symptoms seem manageable (unless you're assumed a witch.) With detailed facts and snarky humor, Get Well Soon makes me grateful to be living with access to antibiotics, yet warily anticipating the future of plagues. - Rachel

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ISBN: 9781627797467
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - February 7th, 2017

I enjoyed all of the many little nods to other works from the Cthulhu Mythos in this story. For those of you familiar with the mythos, it’s like coming home to familiar ground. Emrys treats the mythos with respect and fondness, and has certainly invested her time in crafting a compelling story from a perspective I never expected to sympathize with so utterly. This is my favorite book thus far this year. - Ian

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ISBN: 9780765390905
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Published: St. Martins Press-3pl - April 4th, 2017

Jacqueline Carey excels at creating lush worlds close to our own and this one is not to be missed. In this retelling of The Tempest, Miranda is left in the dark as to her father’s plans and even her own origins, but that won’t stop her from searching out the truth while also exploring her feelings for Caliban, her father’s ensorceled servant. Escaping to their island and immersing myself in this fantastical world was a major delight. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9780765386793
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Published: Tor Books - February 14th, 2017

I was drawn to this novel by its premise…a little boy who repeats a tale of such confusion and chaos that those around him are unsure of whether to suspect abuse or an early diagnosis of childhood schizophrenia.  Yet as the novel continues, we understand that the boy is in fact remembering—trying desperately to understand his present day life, with the life that he had before.  Interweaving actual documentation of reincarnation by children who seem to be able to report data and substantiated facts of the life they lived before, Guskin weaves together a wonderful tale that is at once a murder-mystery, a depiction of love and loss, and an active questioning of the clarity between past and present. The topics that are touched in this novel are fodder for Bookgroups, and while this is a page-turner, it is also a literary debut that brings to front the scope of just how much we do not know. - S.M.C.

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ISBN: 9781250118714
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Published: Flatiron Books - February 7th, 2017

I finally picked this book up at the behest of our former Commander-in-Chief, who claimed he read it as a way to escape. While certainly this is an immersive book, it is also one that challenges you, forces you to think and learn every moment you are reading it. As a work in translation it is phenomenal, with the translator’s notes prodding you into yet deeper understanding. It’s intensely smart, fascinating and completely blew my mind. So while I definitely appreciated the recommendation, I think this is a little more than “escapist” reading. - Jax

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By Cixin Liu, Ken Liu (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780765382030
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Published: Tor Books - January 12th, 2016

At seventeen, in medieval England, Sarah makes the ultimate commitment as a woman of God: she is voluntarily enclosed in a cell for the rest of her life, the door nailed shut, to pray and be kept pure for Christ. Yet memories haunt her—the childbirth-related deaths of her mother and younger sister, the bones of the cell’s previous anchoress buried under her—and her grip on reality loosens. Slowly we discover that the reasons for her denunciation of earthly world are more complex than a desire to be close to God. - Julia

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ISBN: 9781250094674
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Published: Picador USA - June 14th, 2016

Jeff Change writes with clear and fluid prose simply but rigorously sourced facts to excavate and historically contextualize an important sample of the issues of race in our culture today – from political correctness to #BlackLivesMatter, Donald Trump to Beyonce. I walked into this book thinking I already knew what it had to teach me. I’m thankful to say I write here humbled, but much better educated and touched by this slim volume. - Jocelyn

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Published: Picador USA - September 13th, 2016

When a high school crush inadvertently ignites Rebecca Schuman’s love for all things German, she follows her passion and doesn’t recoil when things get weird. From illegal basement bars in East Germany to pursuing a graduate degree in German --and having to explain why-- Schuman is hilarious. Quirky and quick-witted, she dishes on Kafka, kissing, and everything in between. - Jade

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ISBN: 9781250077578
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Published: Flatiron Books - February 7th, 2017

This is a gut-wrenching, heart-opening memoir. As Glennon recovers from multiple addictions, and deals with her husband’s infidelity, she goes on a deep spiritual journey, and in so doing rediscovers herself and a new relationship with god. She is a living example of how to be a Christian, a mother, AND a feminist. Uplifting, and impossible to put down, my wife and I both read this book in three days. - Jason

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ISBN: 9781250075727
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 6th, 2016

In these pages, nature writer and activist Terry Tempest Williams intimately and gracefully shares her reflections on our national parks, piecing together personal memoir, history, social critique, and beautiful black and white photos. Take your time reading this book, as you may have to put it down to go take a road trip, picking it up again only when you're ready for another journey. - N.D.

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ISBN: 9780374280093
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - May 31st, 2016

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