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Paperback Fiction Recommendations, Summer 2015

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

“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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ISBN: 9780143127550
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Published: Penguin Books - May 12th, 2015

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

While Murakami’s new novel reads like a dream or a whispered ghost story, it is also one of the most real-to-life coming-of-age stories I’ve ever read. Thirty-something Tsukuru Tazaki has a pilgrimage to make—both real and into his past—and for all the familiarity of his youth, it becomes a land more foreign than he could ever imagine. Carefully placed, fueled by thoughtfulness and simplicity, this is a beautiful meditation—at once mysterious, devastating and incredibly moving.  —Melinda

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By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780804170123
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Published: Vintage - May 5th, 2015

Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

I loved this mashup of historical fiction, classic fairy tale and romance! The story weaves between many different time periods and the stories of several different women. Each story layers beautifully, from Charlotte-Rose’s story of politics and intrigue in the French court, to Margherita’s story of fantastical magic. This book left me feeling renewed and rejuvenated, with a deeper appreciation of the power each of us holds within ourselves. Enjoy!  —Jax

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ISBN: 9781250070845
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 19th, 2015

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine

Genevieve Valentine’s re-told fairytale is crafted in the best of ways: not only rediscovering the story in a new setting, but in so doing uncovering the darker truths of the tale. In terrifying, heart-breaking, and triumphant measures, Valentine takes us through labyrinths of grey captivity and the bright glow of the underground dance halls of Prohibition-era New York—where everything is both forbidden and promised, and the only way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the night.  —Jocelyn


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ISBN: 9781476739090
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Published: Washington Square Press - June 30th, 2015

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

While ultimately about the timeless battle between two otherworldly forces, The Bone Clocks roots itself deeply in the fullness of its characters and each moment’s here and now.  Spanning centuries, the story expertly weaves together a tapestry that is both an epic adventure and a critique on our all-too-real moment in time. This is classic Mitchell: Unfettered intelligence, a broadness of curiosity, and writing so clean the sentences glide forward and then stand still, demanding to be admired.  —Melinda


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ISBN: 9780812976823
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 16th, 2015

The Dog by Joseph O'Neill

A New York lawyer immigrates to Dubai to work for the tremendously rich family of a college friend. As the “family officer” in this bizarre desert wonderland, our narrator navigates the strange conflicts signature to modern life. Is his addiction to Googling and Facebooking and Wikiing any more obsessive than all of ours? Is his attachment to his Pasha massage chair so wrong? The Dog is fantastically funny with deep heart. Comically philosophical, smart and minimally sarcastic, it solidifies O’Neill’s place among the literary elite.  —Julia

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ISBN: 9780307472946
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Published: Vintage - June 9th, 2015

Spoiled Brats by Simon Rich

Simon Rich has struck gold in his newest collection, lampooning overbearing moms, millennials, and hipper-than-thou slackers—all lacking direction and humility. I laughed out loud reading the harrowing life of a hamster stuck in a 1st-grade classroom. It’s twisted with sour one-liners and written like he was telling you these stories at a cocktail party in an abandoned warehouse in Williamsburg. Great for fans of B.J. Novak and David Sedaris.  —Louise

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ISBN: 9780316368650
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 26th, 2015

Lucky Us by Amy Bloom

This novel follows the adventures, lovers and mistakes of two sisters—ambitious, fickle Iris, and mature, practical Eva—through 1940s Hollywood, wealthy and working-class suburbs of New York, and Germany at the end of World War II. Bloom’s unpretentious, effortless writing is quick-paced yet profoundly moving, magical yet matter-of-fact.  —Julia

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ISBN: 9780812978940
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - July 7th, 2015

Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher

A novel written in the form of letters of recommendation? Sounds like a literary stunt, but Schumacher absolutely nails it. While maintaining her formal conceit she perfectly blends satire and real human emotion, offering a sharp (and hilarious) commentary on modern academia through one professor's tired pen and fading sanity. If you’ve ever needed a letter of recommendation or written one, you'll laugh and you’ll cry. I unreservedly recommend Ms. Schumacher for your reading pleasure.  —Rico

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ISBN: 9780345807335
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Published: Anchor - June 23rd, 2015

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

I ran a book discussion group for fifteen years. When the members voted for their favorite book over that stretch, this was the winner. Set in India, it’s one of those amazing novels that is both about specific, deeply rendered human beings, and about an entire nation and culture. Think Dickens, think Tolstoy. It’s that good. I don’t cry at the end of books; I did at the end of this one.

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ISBN: 9781400030651
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Published: Vintage - November 30th, 2001


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