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Exotic animal drama microhistories are my favorite subject, and this fits the bill perfectly. In her hunt for arowanas, a grotesque, ancient-looking fish that can command up to $150,000 for a single specimen, Voight finds herself searching through dark jungles, convention halls, and New York apartments. - Rachel

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The Dragon Behind the Glass: A True Story of Power, Obsession, and the World's Most Coveted Fish Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451678956
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 9th, 2017

In this harrowing autobiography, Ali boldly narrates the journey from her violent and impoverished upbringing in Somalia’s capital city, Mogadishu, to a career in Dutch politics. At times horrifying, her tale is especially poignant today, as refugees are so frequently being turned around at the threshold. - Jade

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780743289696
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Published: Free Press - April 2008

I’ve got a soft spot for stories about librarians fighting to save their libraries and this hits it for sure. One man builds a library to save centuries of Islamic manuscripts. A world famous Tuareg blues musician inspired by Al Qaeda may help to destroy them all. Can they be spirited away before the bonfire? - Dave

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The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476777412
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 4th, 2017

This book is what you get if you add fae magic to “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.” Millie is a delight, with all her dysfunction and her very real struggles with various disabilities. L.A. looms large as a character in its own right; the book is a kind of love/hate letter to the entertainment industry. I enjoyed the snark, loved the characters and was thrilled by the mystery. - Jax

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ISBN: 9781481429788
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Published: Saga Press - March 1st, 2016

This remains one of my favorite books. We meet Dolores Price at age 13 and stay with her until middle age. Along the way Dolores attempts various personas, deals with or avoids her various traumas, and tries to temper her wise-ass personality with her longing to be loved. Unpredictable, funny, and emotionally wrenching, She’s Come Undone is truly unforgettable. - Chorel

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ISBN: 9780671003753
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Published: Washington Square Press - December 1996

Ignore the gimmicky title - Ruth Ware's writing is only getting better. The Lying Game has the fun, suspenseful feel of The Woman in Cabin 10 and the true-to-life characters of Into the Woods, but with richer character development. Four best friends meet at Salten, a boarding school near the Reach, a tidal estuary - a perfect setting for sneaking out to drink and smoke, swimming under the stars, and perhaps even...murder. My heart was racing through to the end. - Sara

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ISBN: 9781501156007
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - July 25th, 2017

Darktown is a smart literary suspense novel set in the steamy summer of Atlanta, Georgia, 1948. The police department has just hired its first black officers, including partners Boggs and Smith - both educated, accomplished, and rendered powerless by a city and department that doesn't want them. When the death of a young black woman implicates wrongdoing in the force itself, the two rookies must navigate secrecies, double dealings, and crooked cops, as well as heightened racial tensions, to find justice in this cinematically rich summer read. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9781501133879
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Published: Atria Books - June 6th, 2017

The novel opens on a nameless boy and his grandmother, in an unspecified and wooded country, during a war that-- also unnamed-- resembles WWII. Lyrical, beautiful, and focused keenly how human connection struggles against the threat of mortality, this extraordinarily quiet work warmed me to my bones. Slowly paced, Durbin here writes a treatise on war, love and God which only just happens to contain a faun and a faerie puzzle. - a.c.

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ISBN: 9781481442237
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Published: Saga Press - June 13th, 2017

These are the stories of the comic book women whose storylines were hijacked, waylaid or destroyed by or in service to the men they love. I found myself drawn into each-and-every one of these, including one of the most fascinating looks at a Harley Quinn-esque character. Valente’s work is never for the faint of heart, but as always you will find it deeply moving and rewarding if you give it a try. - Jax

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The Refrigerator Monologues Cover Image
By Catherynne M. Valente, Annie Wu (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781481459341
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Published: Saga Press - June 6th, 2017

This debut from Kat Howard both charmed me and blew my mind. At its core it is the story of two sisters who find not only themselves when they go to an artist's retreat, but also what it means to be sisters. It is also a fairy tale told in the modern world. Howard writes beautifully and with such talent that I can't wait to see her next offering to the fantasy world. - Karena

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ISBN: 9781481451178
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Published: Saga Press - July 4th, 2017

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