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While Murakami’s new novel reads like a dream or a whispered ghost story, it is also one of the most real-to-life coming-of-age stories I’ve ever read. Thirty-something Tsukuru Tazaki has a pilgrimage to make—both real and into his past—and for all the familiarity of his youth, it becomes a land more foreign than he could ever imagine. Carefully placed, fueled by thoughtfulness and simplicity, this is a beautiful meditation—at once mysterious, devastating and incredibly moving.  —Melinda

By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780804170123
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Published: Vintage - May 5th, 2015

While ultimately about the timeless battle between two otherworldly forces, The Bone Clocks roots itself deeply in the fullness of its characters and each moment’s here and now.  Spanning centuries, the story expertly weaves together a tapestry that is both an epic adventure and a critique on our all-too-real moment in time. This is classic Mitchell: Unfettered intelligence, a broadness of curiosity, and writing so clean the sentences glide forward and then stand still, demanding to be admired.  —Melinda

 

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ISBN: 9780812976823
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Published: Random House Trade - June 16th, 2015

A New York lawyer immigrates to Dubai to work for the tremendously rich family of a college friend. As the “family officer” in this bizarre desert wonderland, our narrator navigates the strange conflicts signature to modern life. Is his addiction to Googling and Facebooking and Wikiing any more obsessive than all of ours? Is his attachment to his Pasha massage chair so wrong? The Dog is fantastically funny with deep heart. Comically philosophical, smart and minimally sarcastic, it solidifies O’Neill’s place among the literary elite.  —Julia

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ISBN: 9780307472946
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Published: Vintage - June 9th, 2015

This novel follows the adventures, lovers and mistakes of two sisters—ambitious, fickle Iris, and mature, practical Eva—through 1940s Hollywood, wealthy and working-class suburbs of New York, and Germany at the end of World War II. Bloom’s unpretentious, effortless writing is quick-paced yet profoundly moving, magical yet matter-of-fact.  —Julia

$16.00
ISBN: 9780812978940
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Published: Random House Trade - July 7th, 2015

A novel written in the form of letters of recommendation? Sounds like a literary stunt, but Schumacher absolutely nails it. While maintaining her formal conceit she perfectly blends satire and real human emotion, offering a sharp (and hilarious) commentary on modern academia through one professor's tired pen and fading sanity. If you’ve ever needed a letter of recommendation or written one, you'll laugh and you’ll cry. I unreservedly recommend Ms. Schumacher for your reading pleasure.  —Rico

$14.95
ISBN: 9780345807335
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Published: Anchor Books - June 23rd, 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. His lush backgrounds create the illusion of standing on the doomed deck or looking over Churchill's shoulder. He paints rich characters and keeps you in suspense until the bitter end.
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Ivy
$22.40
ISBN: 9780307408860
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - March 10th, 2015

This is one of the most terrifying books I have ever read. Meticulously investigated and documented, Wright exposes the history of L. Ron Hubbard and the early days of Scientology up through the activity of modern day church. I found it endlessly fascinating, even as it horrified me - but don’t let the horror put you off. I honestly cannot recommend this highly enough.

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Flannery
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307745309
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Published: Vintage Books - November 5th, 2013

Sappho is the only extant female poet of classical Greece. However, most of her poems only remain in fragmentary form, with translators often filling the holes with their own words. Which is what makes this translation so important, having left Sappho's fragments as fragments, and we finally have access to the powerful beauty of this singular poet.
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Jocelyn
By Sappho, Anne Carson (Translator), Anne Carson (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780375724510
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Published: Vintage - August 12th, 2003

Darkly funny Kent Russell examines men and masculinity from some extremely unusual angles: a self-immunizer who regularly injects himself with snake venom; a massive gathering of the clown makeup-painted music fans who call themselves Juggalos; and firstly, and lastly, his own father. Each vignette was strange, thought-provoking, and a pleasure to read.
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Andrea
$24.95
ISBN: 9780385352307
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 10th, 2015

I really enjoy Cold War fiction and period piece spy films, so I was thrilled to come across this real-life story of the man who inspired the title character of Le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Kim Philby worked in British intelligence but was a double agent for the KGB. This is the story of how his duplicitous career came into being and was finally unmasked.

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Andrea
By Ben Macintyre, John Le Carre (Afterword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804136655
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Published: Broadway Books - May 12th, 2015

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