Paperback Fiction from the 2015 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2015 Summer Newsletter.

 

“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet…” With these two lines, Ng begins an emotional page-turner as the Lee family comes undone by the mysterious death of their beloved daughter. Each must struggle with their own truths and secrets, expectations and disappointments, in a world where race and gender issues play out in constant otherness. Heartbreaking and hopeful, beautifully written, this cinematic debut is a must-read.

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Melinda
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$16.00
ISBN: 9780143127550
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Published: Penguin Books - May 12th, 2015

I work in Bookshop’s Receiving Department, and whenever a copy of this book arrives I take a few moments to mull it over before tucking it away to be shelved. Euphoria is simply an excellent novel filled with emotions both raw and refined. I keep getting swept back to that small island where our three anthropologists meet, where the Tam society that renowned Nell Stone studies awakens in her all the desires that women were/are denied. If you’re looking for an intelligent summer fling, pick this up.

Reviewed by: 
Louise
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$16.00
ISBN: 9780802123701
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Published: Grove Press - April 14th, 2015

In every story, there is a hero and a villain. But what happens to the story when the villain has compassion and the hero is a brat? Local author Lisa Jensen spins the story of the beloved Peter Pan on its head, focusing instead on the man whom everyone loves to hate, Captain Hook. Full of lush descriptions, wonderful fun elements and swashbuckling fun, this one will have you believing in the redemptive power of love.

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Jax
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$15.99
ISBN: 9781250067791
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 5th, 2015

We Are Called to Rise says so much about the good in humanity; it is a story of redemption and unexpected love. Set in Las Vegas, we are given an intimate view of those living in the city instead of the traditional story of the light and show. We are introduced to an immigrant boy whose family is struggling to assimilate. A middle-aged housewife coping with an imploding marriage and a troubled son. A social worker who struggles with the darker shadows of the city, and a wounded soldier recovering from an injury he can’t remember getting. These characters seem separate and disparate from one another, but McBride interlaces their stories and by the time their stories connect to reveal a whole, acts of tragedy and deep bravery are already unfolding. This is one of those novels that seems a quick read, where the story catapults you forward, but by the end, the spectrum of the range of what we are capable of, in every sense of that word, is what actually remains.

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S.M.C.
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$16.00
ISBN: 9781476738970
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 28th, 2015

How does Donna Tartt keep creating protagonists with whom I identify so deeply, even though I’ve [probably] never stolen a famous painting and then become a drug-addicted furniture swindler? Each sentence is so multifaceted and drenched in feeling that it demands to be dissected, and your heart will be scraped raw by the end. Am I exaggerating? Now that this Pulitzer Prize winner is in paperback, there's no better time to discover The Goldfinch for yourself.

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Andrea
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The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780316055444
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 7th, 2015

Collecting the five novels featuring St. Aubyn’s autobiographical protagonist into a single volume, The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels is one of the most anticipated books of 2015. Savagely exposing the insular world of British wealth and class in which St. Aubyn was raised, the writing is smart, insightful and gorgeous. In Lost for Words, St. Aubyn unleashes his acid wit on a motley group of “celebrities” chosen to judge a major literary prize (read The Booker Prize), exploring the personal motivations—ranging from the selfish to the misguided to the outright delusional—that determine the “best” novel of the year.                                

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Rico
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The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels: Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, Mother's Milk, and at Last Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781250069603
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Published: Picador USA - May 5th, 2015

Looking for a great escape that will stimulate your imagination, accelerate your pulse, and leave you utterly amazed? Trust me, you want to pick up The Bees. This unique novel is the story of Flora 717: a bee, in a hive, who isn’t quite like the other drones and can’t quite toe the party line. Paull’s story takes very true-to-life bee biology and behavior as its starting point and builds a fictionalized culture on top of it that is cruel and beautiful—both alien and familiar. Flora 717 will steal your heart.

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Nici
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$15.99
ISBN: 9780062331175
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Published: Ecco - May 12th, 2015

I picked this book up on a whim, read it cover-to-cover in only a couple sittings, and wow! I still think about it to this day, except instead of remembering it as a book, I have vivid memories of having lived the life of Ash Thompson who left behind her husband and life on the farm to fight in the Civil War. Neverhome is the espresso shot of books: come and gone in flash with a lingering buzz that lasts for hours (or in this case, months) on end.

—Andrés

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780316370165
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 19th, 2015

Drenched in literature, rich with contemplation, Tseng’s first novel is wryly observant, compulsively readable and dangerously passionate. Mayumi is a 41-year old small town librarian, married, a mother, and stuck in the mundane, when she falls inexplicably in love with a young man. What follows is a beautifully written meditative romp through the seasons of lust, obsession and love. As real as it is metaphorical, Tseng writes on many levels, making for a most complex and satisfying read.

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Melinda
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$16.00
ISBN: 9781609452698
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Published: Europa Editions - May 26th, 2015

Waitressing at a fancy restaurant where patrons are both noxious and moneyed, 20-something Marie lives out the complexities of modern womanhood. She spends her shifts planning her nights—mostly spent with an uncaring lover or mournfully fussing over her baby girl. Yet there is a self-awareness in her voice that begs you to consider life’s small complexities. This is a hurricane between two covers, but you’ll not regret being whirled away.

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Louise
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$15.95
ISBN: 9780345807137
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Published: Anchor Books - June 9th, 2015

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