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I picked this up thinking to escape the world I find myself living in, and while the French countryside and German villages are beautifully rendered, this was no easy escape. Werner’s struggles with being complicit in the madness and cruelty surrounding him ring painfully true, and Marie-Laure’s fight for survival is anything but restful. - Jax

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ISBN: 9781476746586
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 6th, 2014

What I love most about this haunting and beautiful fairytale from Ivey is the way she evokes the wilderness as her setting. Alaska, in all its harsh and terrible beautiful, is as much a character as the elderly couple struggling to survive and the young girl who appears seemingly by magic into their lives. I lost myself in this story, in the best possible way. - Jax

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ISBN: 9780316175661
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Published: Reagan Arthur Books - November 6th, 2012

Confession: reading To Kill a Mockingbird as an adult I was…not impressed. However, I adored this book. While Mockingbird lives safely in childhood, relying on heroes older & wiser, Watchman is harsher, calling present adults to account. This is a rawer book – more honest, with a greater message for those waiting for an Atticus today. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780062409867
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 3rd, 2016

Kundera is one of the great writers of the last half of the 20th century and this, in my opinion, is his masterpiece. His pitch-perfect evocation of the artistic and intellectual life in Czechoslovakia following the Prague Spring, and the story of his very human (i.e. flawed) quartet of main characters, will nourish your mind and break your heart. - Rico

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ISBN: 9780060932138
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 5th, 2005

Murakami has written many strange and wonderful books but this one is definitely my favorite. Starting with a strange phone call on an otherwise uneventful day, it pulls its main character into a surreal world in which all is not what it seems. Moving back and forth in history, and filled with compelling, startling turns, it comes together in brilliant and unexpected ways. - Rico

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ISBN: 9780679775430
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Published: Vintage Books USA - September 1998

When this book was published twenty years ago, the impact was so powerful we’re still feeling the reverberations today. The most flat-out brilliant book of the 1990s, by a mile, it offers amazing erudition, terrifically sympathetic characters, and a mind-bending structure. And footnotes—lots and lots of footnotes. It’s also the funniest book I’ve ever read. - Rico

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By David Foster Wallace, Tom Bissell (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780316306058
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 23rd, 2016

Plum anticipates the awesome life she imagines will materialize after her weight-loss surgery. Then her happenstance encounters with a strange woman lead her to Calliope House, where the daughter of a deceased diet mogul looking to make amends folds her into a subculture of radical feminists rallying against the diet-industrial complex. This book is truly exceptional. - Louise

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ISBN: 9780544704831
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Published: Mariner Books - May 24th, 2016

Packed far beyond capacity with 10,582 German evacuees, the Wilhelm Gustloff was torpedoed and sunk on January 30th, 1945. Born on a lifeboat as the ship succumbed to the Baltic, Paul Pokriefke pieces together the events that led up to the sinking and to tries to make sense of the event that has so heavily influenced his life. A seamless combination of fact and fiction. - Jade

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By Gunter Grass, Krishna Winston (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780156029704
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Published: Harvest Books - March 7th, 2011

I have a weakness when books are about the arts, so a novel about an opera singer? Fantastic. Also the main character, Lilliet, is a survivor. Whatever life throws at her, she figures out a way to move forward, no matter what it means for her. She dares you to judge her and, in the end, you have to respect her. The writing is beautiful and the story gripping. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780544925472
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Published: Mariner Books - November 1st, 2016

It is rare that a short story collection wins the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, but then this is a rare collection of short stories. Elegant, beautiful and heartbreaking, these are the stories of immigrant children trying to assimilate into Western culture, and falling in love, and being flawed. This is perfect prose. You will be in awe. - Jason

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ISBN: 9780395927205
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Published: Mariner Books - June 1999

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