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This book was given to me when I was dealing with my first really serious bought of depression, and it gave me a life raft. Told partly in tapes recorded by a teen girl who committed suicide and partly from the perspective of the boy listening to them, it might seem like a book about a girl who kills herself is the last thing you should give a severely depressed teen girl, but it’s ultimate message is that suicide isn’t an answer. It saved me, and it has saved others. --Flannery
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Th1rteen R3asons Why Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781595141880
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Published: Razorbill - June 14th, 2011

I think Miss Rumphius is a perfect children’s book. Based on a real woman, it tells the story of a lady who spends her youth adventuring, and her elder days scattering lupine seeds wherever she goes—making the world a more beautiful place. I love the message that something as small as scattering seeds can bring such joy to the world, and Cooney’s gorgeous illustrations bring me joy.
  --Flannery

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Miss Rumphius: Story and Pictures (Picture Puffin Books) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780140505399
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Published: Puffin Books - June 23rd, 2010

This is my favorite Roald Dahl book. For one, what child’s dream isn’t to be in a candy factory like that? Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is sweet and heartwarming, dark and funny. I tear up every time I read the part where Charlie finds the golden ticket. To me, this is pure literary magic.  --Flannery

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By Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780142410318
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Published: Puffin Books - August 16th, 2007

More than just a look at an amazing man’s life and accomplishments, this book traces the rise of modern surgery and the integral role he played in it. Dr. Mutter created or worked on so many practices still used today, and yet is better known for his collection of medical oddities (if at all). To be fair, it’s a pretty badass collection of weird stuff.  —Rachel

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ISBN: 9781592409259
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Published: Avery Publishing Group - September 8th, 2015

Anyone who’s been paying close attention to the presidential primary might feel anxious about our world’s future (I know I do). A lot of teens feel like they can’t possibly change anything. If you have a teen or middle schooler who could use some encouragement, this is a good book about the challenges we face in the world today, how kids can participate in solutions, and what kids have done to help.  –Flannery

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It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399176128
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Published: Philomel Books - September 15th, 2015

How refreshing to find a novel that is truly new and original. The story of Eva Thorvald, the famous and famously private chef, is told through a quirky, honest, endearing cast of characters who come into or sidle next to her life at different times. From their vantage points, we experience not only the particularity of her culinary prowess, but also a full sense of life in the Midwest. Joyfully crafted, funny and heartfelt, Stradal’s debut novel is a pleasure to read. Join us on September 6th at Lúpulo Craft Beer House, where we’ll discuss Kitchens of the Great Midwest, our Books & Brews community read. See page 18.  —Melinda

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ISBN: 9780143109419
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Published: Penguin Books - June 7th, 2016

Patricia Park may have borrowed some of the bones of Jane Eyre in this delightful homage, but this Jane is all her own, a Koreanish orphan of sorts living in Queens who becomes an au pair for a Brooklynite odd couple and their adopted Chinese daughter. Life ensues, enjoyably. Within this seemingly light coming-of-age novel, Park also packs in the human side of immigration, adoption, families of all kinds, and ways to live with otherness.  —Melinda

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ISBN: 9780143107941
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Published: Penguin Books - April 19th, 2016

This treasure-like collection displays exactly why Makkai has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories. Art, creativity, war, and ghosts are all woven together with quiet insight: a small-town reverend in a crisis of faith after the death of a circus elephant; a reality TV producer toying with contestants as her own romance withers. Like a patchwork quilt, each story is its own, yet with tones so complementary that the complete creation is a comfort and a wonder.  —Julia

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ISBN: 9780143109235
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Published: Penguin Books - June 7th, 2016

When two families do a cross-Atlantic house swap, they are both hoping for fun, relaxing vacations that will help repair their struggling relationships. That plan crashes and burns when New Yorker Oscar Harvey finds a body in the driveway of the Stokes’ Irish home. This fast, fun summer read took twists and turns that I never saw coming, with a unique and intriguing premise that I thoroughly enjoyed.  —Flannery

 

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ISBN: 9780143108436
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Published: Penguin Books - March 22nd, 2016

Throughout history, there have been a multitude of concrete concepts (light travels through the “ether”) and solid truths (the world is flat) that people have considered fact only to discover that the fundamental principles behind them were wrong and often absurd. In his latest work, Chuck Klosterman looks at a number of unconnected ideas in the modern world from the perspective of someone looking back. With his classic wit and humor, Klosterman will have you questioning everything with a smile.  —Aric

 

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ISBN: 9780399184123
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Published: Penguin Press - June 7th, 2016

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