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A master storyteller, both in the short story form and in her novels, Karen Joy Fowler writes with an eye that sees a bit more out of its corner and does not blink when confronted with truths, beautiful and wretched. Diverse in her interest and scope, her writing is curious, fluid, and haunting. Black Glass is a collection of her early short stories, published together for the first time, and they are a wonder.

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Melinda
$27.95
ISBN: 9780399175794
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Published: Marian Wood Books/Putnam - June 23rd, 2015

“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet…” With these two lines, Ng begins an emotional page-turner as the Lee family comes undone by the mysterious death of their beloved daughter. Each must struggle with their own truths and secrets, expectations and disappointments, in a world where race and gender issues play out in constant otherness. Heartbreaking and hopeful, beautifully written, this cinematic debut is a must-read.

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Melinda
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143127550
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Published: Penguin Books - May 12th, 2015

Drenched in literature, rich with contemplation, Tseng’s first novel is wryly observant, compulsively readable and dangerously passionate. Mayumi is a 41-year old small town librarian, married, a mother, and stuck in the mundane, when she falls inexplicably in love with a young man. What follows is a beautifully written meditative romp through the seasons of lust, obsession and love. As real as it is metaphorical, Tseng writes on many levels, making for a most complex and satisfying read.

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Melinda
$16.00
ISBN: 9781609452698
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Published: Europa Editions - May 26th, 2015

For eight years Clark Elliott suffered debilitating cognitive malfunction. He found treatment at the frontier of brain plasticity study. With the skill of a seasoned instructor Elliott explains the state and range of his condition, a socially disinhibited state of being comparable to mental illness in terms of invisibility and perception. Insightful and profound, Elliott’s struggle reclaiming himself offers a look into what makes us human and how we think about thinking.

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Dillon
$27.95
ISBN: 9780525426561
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Published: Viking - June 2nd, 2015

The author of Turn Right at Macchu Picchu embarks on another eccentric adventure, this time to chart a map to Atlantis. The result is a delightful mix of history and travel writing, from the texts of Plato to the mystic island of Malta. Like the quests of the many Atlantologists he encounters, Adams’s search is inspired as much by skepticism as it is by fantasy—calling to that age-old synthesis of empiricism and imagination.

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Julia
$27.95
ISBN: 9780525953708
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Published: Dutton - March 10th, 2015

I love a good disaster book (who doesn’t?), and now I can add Last Man Off to that list. Matt Lewis was a scientific observer on a small fishing boat that went down in the freezing Antarctic waters, and his tale is one of survival and the heroism of the ordinary person. It’s a fast read but a good one—once the ship goes down, you won’t want to stop reading. 

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Flannery
$17.00
ISBN: 9780147515346
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Published: Plume Books - May 12th, 2015

This much-awarded poet presents a fresh but familiarly electrifying collection that shines with wise humor and hard-hitting commentary—and beauty of syntax that unfailing turns a key in my heart. He is my poetry hero not only because he got his MFA and teaches at my alma mater, but because he is as brilliant as they come, gracefully weaving themes of identity and race; illusion and memory; pop culture, desire, and fear.

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Julia
$20.00
ISBN: 9780143126881
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Published: Penguin Books - March 31st, 2015

Craig Johnson is one of my absolute favorite mystery writers. His characters are realistic and lovable, and the Wyoming setting is as much a character as they are. His mysteries are always deftly plotted, and his sparse writing style is infused with dry humor. I’ve read every book in this series, and they just keep getting better, as evidenced with Dry Bones. I love these books!

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Flannery
$27.95
ISBN: 9780525426936
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Published: Viking - May 12th, 2015

Paddy Buckley, charming Irish undertaker, finds himself on the wrong side of a beautiful, elderly Dublin widow, two severe gang leaders (one dead) and, to sweeten it all, one very unfortunate crematorium mishap. Watching Buckley’s professionalism and decision-making deteriorate spectacularly over the course of his last four days is, at all times, a delight. Funny, uncomfortable, smart and engaging, this is a winning debut mystery novel from Jeremy Massey.

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Amber
$25.95
ISBN: 9781594633447
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 12th, 2015

The first of a popular British series now being brought to the United States. Fans of Ian Rankin or of chilly, rain-drenched mysteries will love this book. David Raker is still a bit shell-shocked from recent experiences when he’s pulled into a missing family case that takes him from small-town coastal England to Las Vegas. Be prepared for twists and turns you’ll never see coming. I enjoyed this and will definitely read its sequel!

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Flannery
$16.00
ISBN: 9780147516244
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Published: Plume Books - June 9th, 2015

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