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Reading this novel is truly a visceral experience. The story is about (of course) loss—of a parent, of a cultural identity, of innocence, of love—but even though it focuses on such palpable grief, you are never left hopeless. Each vignette of our narrator Thandi’s life is so raw and so real that I initially assumed it was a memoir! This debut is surely just the beginning of Clemmons’ literary stardom. - Kelly

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ISBN: 9780735221734
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Published: Penguin Books - June 5th, 2018

Waxman returns with a delightful, witty story of people simply trying to make it through another chaotic day of family life. Frances walks in on her neighbor Anne in the midst of a deceitful act, and the entire neighborhood is thrown for a loop as Anne’s family comes unraveled. Allegiances are formed, gossip abounds, and Frances begins to learn that not everything is black and white. A fun, rollicking read threaded with drama (and some familiar characters), Other People’s Houses is full of charm, laughs and insight. - Sara

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ISBN: 9780399587924
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Published: Berkley Books - April 3rd, 2018

A letter written in 1939 and found 50 years later is the inspiration for The Lost Letter. It’s a modern-day mystery mixed with historical fiction. Katie’s father is in a nursing home; when she takes his stamp collection to be evaluated, it turns out there is a story bigger than the value of this rare stamp. This sets her off to Germany find out the rest of the story. I love a love story mixed with a mystery and I found this one to be a compelling read. - Clytia                               

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ISBN: 9780399185687
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 12th, 2018

I found a refracted reflection of myself in the lives of the four 20-something musicians at the center of Aja Gabel’s debut novel, The Ensemble. The alienation, hedonism, love, loss, and beautiful music in their lives is depicted with such ferocity that Gabel’s romantic yet sardonic prose began to whirl around in my head during the day’s quiet moments. If you liked Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere or Nell Zink’s Nicotine, you will like The Ensemble. - Gabe

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ISBN: 9780735214767
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 15th, 2018

Set in the steamy, seemingly dangerous landscape of Florida, Lauren Groff’s new stories play on the boundaries of humanity and wildness, the contradictions within human nature, and the conflicts faced by women in the assumed roles of motherhood and marriage. They are dark, exploratory, and as always with Lauren Groff, a thing of literary beauty. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9781594634512
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 5th, 2018

Quite simply, this is a most lovely book. One that will quietly soothe the broken parts of your heart. From 1950 to 1996, from a British working-class town to Italy and back, this is about finding reasons to start living again when everything seems to have been lost. About rediscovering the joys in your past and the hope that there is more to come. Keep this one close and in your heart. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780735218727
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 15th, 2018

Trevor has long been one of my favorite short story writers. Like Thomas Hardy or Alice Munro, two writers he was often compared to, he could convey an entire life—its triumphs and sorrows—in a few deft sentences. When he died in 2016, the world lost one of its great artists. The stories collected here are the last he ever wrote. Each one makes clear the open-hearted, almost painful, compassion he felt for his characters. If you’ve yet to discover Trevor for yourself, this is a great place to start. - Rico

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ISBN: 9780525558101
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Published: Viking - May 15th, 2018

I think I raved to everyone who would listen about how much I loved this book. Lockwood is hilarious, yet her words are thoughtful and heartfelt as she describes her ‘walking warning label’ of a mother and her priest father who has a habit of dropping his collar (and pants) at the door. Families aren’t perfect and Lockwood’s is no different. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780399573262
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 1st, 2018

Inside the Arician forests of Ancient Rome, a freed slave holds a sword and a tree branch. His title is Rex Nemorensis, the King of the Wood, and as long as he holds that branch, he remains so. This tale is just one of many others recounted by Sir William Frasier in his seminal work, The Golden Bough, which is a must-read for all those curious about the oddities of ancient culture. - Aric

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By James Frazer, George W. Stocking (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780140189315
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Published: Penguin Books - January 1st, 1998

Historians often portray Europe and the Middle East as adversarial, but Brotton highlights another story. After much of Europe turned its back on England, Queen Elizabeth sought new allies and opportunities and found them among the Ottomans. In illuminating this influential relationship, Brotton broadens our history in a welcome antidote to creeping islamophobia. - Ian

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ISBN: 9780143110620
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Published: Penguin Books - September 5th, 2017

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