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In this slim, emotionally taut novel about Bride and Booker, Rain and Queen, Morrison explores childhood and the injustices done there, how one ascends from it or is shackled by it, how one parents accordingly, all the while surrounded by the dangers of the world, its violence, racism, abuse, and neglect, but also its shining love, its connectedness, its imperfect hope. With beautiful writing, assured storytelling, and layers of complexity, this is classic Toni Morrison. 

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Melinda
$19.96
ISBN: 9780307594174
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 21st, 2015

Yanagihara writes the interior epic to heartaching perfection, following four college roommates through three decades of relationships, careers, struggles, and triumphs. At the novel’s heart is Jude, their emotional epicenter, their eternal mystery, determined to keep hidden his past and its terrible effects on his every present. Written beautifully and meticulously, A Little Life quietly builds and connects, capturing the small things, effortlessly working its way into your heart, leaving you broken wide open by its stunning end. I love this book.

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Melinda
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385539258
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Published: Doubleday Books - March 10th, 2015

Early Warning is the second in a trilogy Jane Smiley is writing that starts with Some Luck and features the unforgettable Langdon family. Some Luck takes place on the Langdon’s Iowa farm during the early 20th century. Early Warning follows the Langdon children into adulthood from the post-World War II era to the mid-1980s. Frank, the oldest, tries to adjust to civilian life after being a sniper in Europe and North Africa during World War II. Joe is the only sibling to stay on the farm. Lillian embraces motherhood. Henry becomes a university professor, while quiet Claire struggles with a controlling husband. How will they deal with the turbulent Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, and the equal rights and gay rights movements after being raised on a quiet midwestern farm? Smiley conveys them growing into their very individual personalities, during these times of radical political and social change, with skill and empathy. After living so closely with these wonderfully real characters it’s painful to have to wait for her next book in the trilogy.

—Kara

$21.56
ISBN: 9780307700322
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 28th, 2015

Perfect for the Jane Austen fan, McCall Smith evokes the wit and style of Austen while telling a story very much in the 21st century and very much with his own humorous and gently biting commentary. This is the Emma that we know and love, recognizable but refreshingly new. If you can’t read Jane Austen again for the first time, then Alexander McCall Smith is your next best experience.

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Melinda
$25.95
ISBN: 9780804197953
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Published: Pantheon Books - April 7th, 2015

70-year-old widow Addie Moore knocks on the door of fellow septuagenarian Louis Waters and proposes that they spend their nights together, and so begins a charming adventure and a moving story that somehow captures the whole of life itself: love, courtship, companionship, marriage, family, sorrow, disappointment, death, and joy, quiet beautiful brazen youthful joy. This small bittersweet book is intimate in the way its characters tell each other their lives, and universal in the way their relationship unfolds.

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Melinda
$24.00
ISBN: 9781101875896
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 26th, 2015

Do you like science? Or historical figures, like Charles Babbage (father of the computer) or Ada Lovelace (mother of computer coding)? What if those same historical figures were reimagined as crime fighters in steampunk London? Then, friend, you would have found that truly magical thing you didn’t know you were looking for: The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage. Hilarious, witty, and imaginative: You can’t miss this!                                               

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Jax
$28.95
ISBN: 9780307908278
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Published: Pantheon Books - April 21st, 2015

Waitressing at a fancy restaurant where patrons are both noxious and moneyed, 20-something Marie lives out the complexities of modern womanhood. She spends her shifts planning her nights—mostly spent with an uncaring lover or mournfully fussing over her baby girl. Yet there is a self-awareness in her voice that begs you to consider life’s small complexities. This is a hurricane between two covers, but you’ll not regret being whirled away.

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Louise
$15.95
ISBN: 9780345807137
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Published: Anchor Books - June 9th, 2015

In Ian McEwan’s latest novel, a judge known for her intelligence and sensitivity is called upon to try the urgent case of a teenager who refuses for religious reasons the medical treatment that could save his life. The Children Act is a book about choices—and the way a single decision can ricochet into the world with startling, unpredictable consequences. One of our staff’s favorite books of 2014, The Children Act also received starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, and Publishers Weekly, who calls McEwan “among the best of Britain’s living novelists.”

$15.00
ISBN: 9781101872871
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Published: Anchor Books - April 28th, 2015

History is filled with forgotten women whose accomplishments have been overshadowed, or literally taken, by their male counterparts. Headstrong helps rectify this with its exploration of some of the breakthroughs these 52 women made. It is readable and surprising, and because it is divided into short sections on each of the scientists it features, it is easy to pick it up and put it down as you wish without getting lost. A great beginning to giving these women the credit they deserve!

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Flannery
$16.00
ISBN: 9780553446791
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Published: Broadway Books - April 7th, 2015

This is one of the most interesting books I’ve read this year. From our planet’s origins to the rise and fall of ancient civilizations to the invention of the mackintosh raincoat, author Cynthia Barnett explores every aspect of rain and how it has affected and shaped our world and our lives. Easy to read and utterly enjoyable. Read it and you’ll never look at rain the same way again. 

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Flannery
$25.00
ISBN: 9780804137096
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - April 21st, 2015

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