2015 Spring Supplement

Abigail Thomas writes the best kind of memoir, one that is telling, both of her life and of ours. 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. Funny, thoughtful, frank, true—a work of art. Memoir is sometimes about the story, and sometimes about the form, the way it illuminates and satisfies. Lucky for us, this is both.
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Melinda
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What Comes Next and How to Like It: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476785059
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Published: Scribner Book Company - March 24th, 2015

Cannibalism is either a terrifying social taboo or an accepted way of life—depending, of course, on who you ask. Michael Rockefeller learned about it the hard way, working his way through the New Guinea jungle in search of primitive art created by tribes with beliefs he’d never encountered before. His ultimate disappearance was officially ruled a drowning, even though headhunting and cannibalism thrived in the area. Hoffman’s book is a thrilling adventure that crosses cultural and political boundaries, and keeps you on the edge of your seat.
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Rachel
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Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062116161
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Published: William Morrow & Company - March 10th, 2015

How would you feel if your friend of 15 years turned out to be a con man and a murderer? Walter Kirn knows. This is the true story of Kirn’s friendship with a man who pretended to be a Rockefeller until his arrest for murder and the subsequent trial. This is true crime at its best—personal and shocking, it seems like it must be fiction, yet isn’t. I couldn’t put this down.
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Flannery
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Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631490224
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - March 30th, 2015

Pakistani novelist Mohsin Hamid offers a collection of succinct portraits and cultural observations on living in New York City, London and Lahore, Pakistan, since 9/11. Even as he details the hyperbolic paranoia, horror and culture shock of his (and our) media- saturated life in the time of terrorism and Internet 2.0, Hamid can't resist the absurd humor of our globalized freneticism.
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Vernon
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Discontent and Its Civilizations: Dispatches from Lahore, New York, and London Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594633652
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 24th, 2015

Rene Denfeld’s first novel is a stunning and captivating read. Set in a high security prison, our main protagonist, a death row inmate, states that prison is a place of enchantment. And he convinces us that it is: There is a mythic beauty to the prison’s stone walls, to the sounds of a hundred keys turning at once to lock the gates; there is an epic pull in the collective dreaming of men who must reach into their memories and imaginations to remember movement and love from an unconstrained time. Told mostly from the perspective of this poet turned prisoner, we are also introduced to the jail’s faithless priest and a woman, known only as “the lady” who is there to exonerate the condemned men.  When the lady discovers the truth of one prisoner’s past, we are asked to look at the potential for violence that lives in each of us, and more so, to discover the beauty and humanity that exists even in the darkest shadows. This is a beautifully written book that begs for conversation; readers will find themselves walking the line of trying to separate that which makes us flinch, with that that makes us imagine and empathetically open.

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S.M.C.
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The Enchanted (P.S.) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062285515
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 24th, 2015

Nici introducted me to Elizabeth Haynes some time back, and I’ve loved her smart, edgy mysteries ever since. In Behind Closed Doors, the most recent of her new series, the tough, dedicated DCI Louisa Smith is pulled into an old case when a missing person resurfaces. A former police analyst, Haynes integrates police reports and areas of investigation in interesting ways, giving the police procedural a fresh feel. I can’t wait for the next book!

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Flannery
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Behind Closed Doors (Briarstone) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062276117
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - March 31st, 2015

A cynical society, where terrorism is almost as banal as the political marketing machines that address it—were it not for the few who still believe they can make a difference, hiding desperate passion and machinations equally behind official masks. Set in a near- future cosmopolitan world, Persona focuses less on technology than on the social and political developments we point towards, sneaking up and lingering with its threat—and its hope.

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Jocelyn
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Persona (Persona Sequence) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481425124
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Published: Saga Press - March 10th, 2015

I absolutely loved this fast paced, steampunk adventure! Jax is a Clakker, a clockwork robot with a soul, albeit one that is bound to serve humans. He is sent on a mission that may free all of his kind, but how can you rebel against your very nature? Luscious, excellent world-building, political intrigue and memorable characters combine to make a really fun book that still thoughtfully questions the the nature of free will.
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Jax
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The Mechanical (Alchemy Wars #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316248006
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Published: Orbit - March 10th, 2015

This novel is one heck of a read—fast paced, fluid, impossible to put down. Set during the six riot-filled days following the Rodney King trial, Gattis lays out racial tensions, gang violence, and broken systems in the extreme by exploring the interconnected stories of people swept up in the lawlessness, vengeance and betrayal of the moment. All Involved is as smart as it is thrilling, as socially important as it is purely enjoyable.

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Melinda
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All Involved Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062378798
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Published: Ecco Press - April 7th, 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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Dave
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Gun Street Girl: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781633880009
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Published: Seventh Street Books - March 3rd, 2015

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