The entire focus of this memoir is the author’s experience of seventh grade. Brockmeier tells the story of his twelve-year old self in third person: He is Kevin, a kid “who cries too easily and laughs too easily” but “he is trying hard not to be him anymore, that kid.” What comes next is a chronicle of awareness, of awkward first kisses, and friends that turn enemies, and creativity squashed and encouraged and squashed again. Kevin is the kind of kid that knows awkwardness and loneliness and small victories while they are happening. His 12-year-old self is astute and awake enough to grasp exactly how harrowing growing up can be.

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ISBN: 9780804169899
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Published: Vintage - March 3rd, 2015

Visions and Revisions is the lyrical new work by author, ACT UP activist, and highly opinionated. It's somewhat like a memoir, but with reportage sprinkled throughout and less linear. This is an intimate and haunting look into how the AIDS epidemic has permeated the consciousness of a generation. The stories told here are beautiful elegies, dense angers, lonesome howls, and loving memories.

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ISBN: 9781616954413
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Published: Soho Press - April 7th, 2015

When the Lusitania sank near Ireland, it took 1,200 dead souls with it. The disaster pulled America into an already roiling World War I, shifting history's course in its wake. Dead Wake is masterfully crafted. Erik Larson’s pace and tone are akin to reading fiction. His lush backgrounds create the illusion of standing on the doomed deck or looking over Churchill's shoulder in Britain's secret intelligence building. He paints rich characters and, even knowing the outcome, keeps you in suspense until the bitter end.

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ISBN: 9780307408860
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - March 10th, 2015

For Anna Lyndsey, what begins as sensitivity to computer screens swiftly transforms into the unthinkable: a painful, burning reaction to all forms of light. Brilliantly, beautifully written, Lyndsey takes the reader on a maddening journey through her rare affliction of the skin, as she retreats to a fortress of darkness in her struggle to find a cure. Through creative tactics and unflinching resolve, she pushes forward, ever seeking the light at the end of the tunnel.
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ISBN: 9780385539609
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Published: Doubleday Books - March 3rd, 2015

McKinty lovers rejoice! Gun Street Girl, his fourth book in the Troubles Trilogy, is out and detective Sean Duffy is on the trail of disappeared missiles, suspicious American agents, and some decent tunes. Duffy has the fascinating perspective of a Catholic cop on an almost entirely Protestant police force in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. If you haven’t already read McKinty, rush in and get a copy of the first Sean Duffy novel, The Cold Cold Ground. My friend Larry blames me for introducing him and says “All I want to do now is sit around and read McKinty.”

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ISBN: 9781633880009
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Published: Seventh Street Books - March 3rd, 2015

Do we love because we love, or because we remember to love? Do we hate because we hate, or because we remember to hate? Part fairy tale, part Arthurian legend, part gorgeous love story, Kazuo Ishiguro gives us a novel that is deceptively simple on the surface, but unfolds with deeper and more complex depths of love, war, forgiveness, and so much more. A beautiful story, with sobering questions for our own here and now.
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ISBN: 9780307271037
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 3rd, 2015

At the end of the 19th century, young James leaves for Oxford and his sister Charlotte stays behind in their country home. Then James finds love unexpectedly—and disappears the next day. Charlotte sets out to find him and must contend with the persuasive and seemingly ageless gentlemen of the Aegolius Club. This dreamy tale pays tribute to epistolary novels like its predecessor Dracula and will appeal to fans of both historical fiction and vampires.

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ISBN: 9780812983432
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Published: Random House Trade - February 24th, 2015

If you are at all a fan of graphic novels, or memoirs, or really excellent and honest writing, you need to check out this book. Marjane recounts her life growing up in Iran during the Islamic revolution, while being insightful, funny and heartfelt. The art is simple but evocative, and flows naturally with her writing style. I cannot recommend it enough!  

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ISBN: 9780375714573
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Published: Pantheon Books - June 1st, 2004

Somewhere deep in the Amazon jungle, the story went, there was a city made of gold. The only problem was that no one knew where it was, and the surrounding region was filled with fierce tribes that killed outsiders on sight. This is the story of the people, some lucky, some tragically not so, who tried to find it.  

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ISBN: 9781400078455
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Published: Vintage Books USA - January 26th, 2010

As most of us remember, Salman Rushdie was sentenced to death by the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989 for writing The Satanic Verses, and was forced to live underground for nearly two decades. Here, at last, is his story of trying to live a “normal” life while in hiding. Brilliant writing, and one hell of a story.  

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ISBN: 9780812982602
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Published: Random House Trade - September 10th, 2013



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