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This book had so much to make me happy: awesome world building, great female lead, neat and novel magic, and intriguing supporting characters. A fresh and wonderful fantasy set in an American West that is both comfortingly familiar and fantastically foreign, this novel is a promising start to Gilman's new series.  -Nici

 

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$26.99
ISBN: 9781481429689
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Published: Saga Press - October 6th, 2015

At 700+ pages, Annie Proulx has quite possibly written her magnum opus, a commanding novel of North American history, its legacy of logging, struggle, and self-invention, the resulting deforestation and its ecological repercussions. Barkskins begins with two Frenchmen immigrating to Canada at the end of the 17th century and follows their families through the next three centuries. Written with Proulx’s unique turn of phrase and paced in easily digestible novellas, this is quite the satisfying epic.  —Melinda

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$32.00
ISBN: 9780743288781
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 14th, 2016

The author of the masterpieces White Noise and Underworld returns to form with a haunting novel about what it means to die in the age of ultrasophisticated biology and cryogenics. Like a wonderfully intelligent and benevolent alien being, DeLillo brings an outsider’s perspective to modern life, helping us understand and define who we are. As always, his prose is laser sharp, filled with powerful juxtapositions and observations, and he leavens the heaviest of subjects with wry humor.  —Rico

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$21.60
ISBN: 9781501135392
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 3rd, 2016

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, from the best-selling author of Little Bee, is storytelling at its finest. Ranging from the decimated streets of London after the Nazi Blitz to the island of Malta under siege, it introduces us to characters who bring humanity to the chaotic landscape of war. A book that will make you laugh as much as cry, Everyone Brave Is Forgiven illuminates the fascinating stories of everyday people living in extraordinary times.  —Casey

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$21.59
ISBN: 9781501124372
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 3rd, 2016

John Irving’s newest novel explores fate, memory, faith, and the endurance of love between siblings. Juan Diego, a 14-year-old boy who has a gift for language, and his sister Lupe were born in a city dump in Mexico. Lupe has a vocal chord problem that leaves her unintelligible to most but not to Juan Diego, who understands her perfectly. Lupe is also a mind reader. She can see into people’s thoughts, their past, and also at times predict the future. Juan Diego leaves Mexico as a young teenager and becomes a famous novelist and professor in the States. Lupe does not come with him. Avenue of Mysteries is the story of their separation and of the magical worlds and bonds that tie them together, and is filled with humor and heart.   —S.M.C.

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781451664171
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 7th, 2016

Abigail Thomas writes memoirs for all of us. In short essays, vignettes, thought pieces, and considerations, she threads together a life and a way of living that is at once universal and familiar. Through clear, dynamic writing, she invites you into a conversation, and you experience her lifelong friendships, her family, her dogs, her loves and fears, just as you begin to explore your own. Funny, thoughtful, frank, and true; this is a work of art in deliciously plain clothes.  —Melinda

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ISBN: 9781476785066
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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 19th, 2016

Siddhartha Mukherjee (The Emperor of All Maladies) is a scientist driven to understand the unknown, and an author who strives to share his discoveries with the common person. Here, however, he is also pulled by his personal and family history, and intertwines those stories of recurrent mental illness with the history of the study of genetics and the knowledge we have accumulated about the human gene, that biological equivalent of fate. A personable, fascinating, important book.   —Jocelyn

 

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ISBN: 9781476733500
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 17th, 2016

Well known for predicting sports games and tasting yummy, octopuses (never octopi!) have firmly situated themselves in our culture. Sy Montgomery’s book explores another side of these remarkable creatures—their consciousness, memory, and emotions. While scientists have already begun establishing the intelligence of octopuses, the author pushes further, developing friendships with these creatures. Wonderful for any animal lover, it confirms what many of us already know, that all animals—including octopuses—express and feel love.  — Rachel

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ISBN: 9781451697728
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Published: Atria Books - April 5th, 2016

Revisit the epic landscape of the Oregon Trail without having to worry about dysentery (digital or otherwise). Spurred on by his memories and his insatiable desire for adventure, Rinker Buck tackles the still-marked trail with his brother, a dog, and three cranky mules. First-hand experiences paired with historical facts make this book perfect to take along on your own cross-country road trip.  —Rachel

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ISBN: 9781451659177
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 7th, 2016

Rien Fertel’s delectable writing style invokes all the senses in The One True Barbecue, his love letter to the art of whole hog barbecue. Exploring everything from the origins of this style of barbecue to the current revival of the nearly lost craftsmanship it involves, The One True Barbecue will make everyone’s stomach growl. The first few pages sent me back to my first barbecue: pork crackling in the thick Maryland humidity, surrounded by family and strangers alike. And isn’t that what barbecue is all about?  —Rachel

 

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The One True Barbecue: Fire, Smoke, and the Pitmasters Who Cook the Whole Hog Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476793979
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Published: Touchstone Books - May 10th, 2016

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