When Seth accidentally records an unknown singer in a park, his friend Carter sends it out over the Internet, claiming it’s a long lost 1920s blues recording by a musician called Charlie Shaw. When an old collector contacts them to say that their fake record and their fake bluesman are actually real, the two young white men, accompanied by Carter’s troubled sister Leonie, spiral down into the heart of the nation’s darkness, encountering a suppressed history of greed, envy, revenge, and exploitation. - Rico

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ISBN: 9780451493699
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 14th, 2017

This is too strange and wonderful for a brief review, and still include all the reasons you’ll want it. Like love, guns, and constellations. Like conflicts with murderers, thieves, fishermen, principals, and environmentalists. Like love stories between lovers, and a girl and her father. Like past stories filled with clocks and women and bullets. Like growing forward, and growing up. A modern fairy tale you’ll want to read while on an adventure—or dreaming of one. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780812989885
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Published: Dial Press - March 28th, 2017

Bare, intense, and incredibly beautiful reading. Arimah has a kind of raw and obvious literary talent that seems almost unfair in the world of publishing. These concise and powerful short stories cut deeply without lingering too long over one image, over one characterization... a quiet and harsh exploration of violence, each story flashed like a photograph in the mind, using powerful words touched upon only briefly to vivid effect. Hard to read; worth every word. - a.c.

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ISBN: 9780735211025
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 4th, 2017

As refreshing as a glass of sweet tea, this novel deftly reimagines the familiar American Dream story in a contemporary Southern town where an extended African-American family grapples with their own unrealized potential. Debut author Stephanie Powell Watts beautifully captures classic themes from The Great Gatsby and spins them into an updated tale that is both poignant and earnest. An absolutely timely read. - Kelly

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ISBN: 9780062472984
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Published: Ecco Press - April 4th, 2017

This is a story about the pursuit for belonging, the strength of women, and the ability of love to transcend culture, distance, and tragedy—and somehow the ancient tea trees of the Yunnan province become the secret keepers and the story tellers. Lisa See shows us a virtually unknown Chinese village and the more known American lifestyle and makes us acknowledge that our sameness overwhelms our differences, and that our most basic need as humans is to be known. - Jenny

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ISBN: 9781501154829
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Published: Scribner Book Company - March 21st, 2017

Hamid delivers a haunting parable for our times, a prescient novel that follows the budding relationship of Nadia and Saeed, two young people who must leave an unnamed city imploding with violence and unrest. Both a modern love story and a surreal migration tale, Exit West holds up a mirror and magnifies the ways we are all affected by the loss of home in a world increasingly shifting; as Hamid writes, we are all migrants through time. It is a powerful and lovely prospect. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9780735212176
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

I was drawn to this novel by its premise…a little boy who repeats a tale of such confusion and chaos that those around him are unsure of whether to suspect abuse or an early diagnosis of childhood schizophrenia.  Yet as the novel continues, we understand that the boy is in fact remembering—trying desperately to understand his present day life, with the life that he had before.  Interweaving actual documentation of reincarnation by children who seem to be able to report data and substantiated facts of the life they lived before, Guskin weaves together a wonderful tale that is at once a murder-mystery, a depiction of love and loss, and an active questioning of the clarity between past and present. The topics that are touched in this novel are fodder for Bookgroups, and while this is a page-turner, it is also a literary debut that brings to front the scope of just how much we do not know. - S.M.C.

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ISBN: 9781250118714
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Published: Flatiron Books - February 7th, 2017

At seventeen, in medieval England, Sarah makes the ultimate commitment as a woman of God: she is voluntarily enclosed in a cell for the rest of her life, the door nailed shut, to pray and be kept pure for Christ. Yet memories haunt her—the childbirth-related deaths of her mother and younger sister, the bones of the cell’s previous anchoress buried under her—and her grip on reality loosens. Slowly we discover that the reasons for her denunciation of earthly world are more complex than a desire to be close to God. - Julia

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ISBN: 9781250094674
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Published: Picador USA - June 14th, 2016

Louise Erdrich first published this title as The Antelope Wife in 1998, but on a road trip she was hit with an understanding that she had to go back to the novel, and rewrite it: one of her protagonists was demanding a different perspective. The result is this new shape-shift of a novel, published in 2016, and now titled Antelope Woman. Weaving in and out between present day and history, as well as the urban city versus the remote reservation, Erdrich tells the story of Klaus Shawano who abducts Sweetheart Calico, an Ojibwe woman who is as alluring as she is mysterious. As the story continues, we see how this one act is actually a culmination of history in the making, as unbeknownst to Klaus, his family as long been intertwined with that of Sweetheart’s. Erdrich writes in her foreword to this rewritten novel that Sweetheart is her “wise wildness”—and oh how the novel captures that. A completely mesmerizing tale of the collision between love and obsession, mothers and daughters, white and indigenous, past and present, magic and reality, and humor and tragedy, bookgroups will be stunned by how one seemingly haphazard act reveals itself to be a beautiful tale of interconnection and history. - S.M.C.

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ISBN: 9780062375285
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 29th, 2016

“You were warned.” The words uttered to stoic timber baron Pemberton before he’s introduced to seductive, brilliant Serena invoke no apprehension. He immediately brings her home as his business partner and wife. Both feel they’ve met their match—until Serena’s ambition and thirst for power obliterate more than just their forests’ hardwoods. Spellbinding and atmospheric, this novel pulls us into the 1930s North Carolina logging industry and into a blinding love that questions where devotion ends and obsession begins. - Julia

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ISBN: 9780061470844
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Published: Ecco Press - September 29th, 2009



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