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2015 Spring Supplement

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

Frog Music hits every bewitching note on key, a haunting immersion into 19th century San Francisco and the allure of an unsolved murder. Donoghue's writing is so vivid that you can feel the fumes of the scorching heat waves sweltering through Market Street and China Town as Blanche, a burlesque dancer, scrambles to find her son and bring justice to her dead friend. Raw, captivating, and thrilling.

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ISBN: 9780316324670
Availability: Backordered
Published: Back Bay Books - February 24th, 2015

Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson

Braggsville shocked, delighted, and hit me right where it hurt. D’aron, a white Southern teen, escapes his small town for the UC Berkeley campus and experiences culture shock at its finest. When his new-found friends discover his hometown’s Civil War reenactment, they propose a “performative intervention” for their final project: a mock lynching. That’s only the beginning of a bizarre, heart-breaking, cringe-inducing trip D’aron finds himself on. This quickly became one of my favorite titles.

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ISBN: 9780062302120
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: William Morrow - February 17th, 2015

A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip by Kevin Brockmeier

The entire focus of this memoir is the author’s experience of seventh grade. Brockmeier tells the story of his twelve-year old self in third person: He is Kevin, a kid “who cries too easily and laughs too easily” but “he is trying hard not to be him anymore, that kid.” What comes next is a chronicle of awareness, of awkward first kisses, and friends that turn enemies, and creativity squashed and encouraged and squashed again. Kevin is the kind of kid that knows awkwardness and loneliness and small victories while they are happening. His 12-year-old self is astute and awake enough to grasp exactly how harrowing growing up can be.

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ISBN: 9780804169899
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Vintage - March 3rd, 2015

Visions and Revisions by Dale Peck

Visions and Revisions is the lyrical new work by author, ACT UP activist, and highly opinionated. It's somewhat like a memoir, but with reportage sprinkled throughout and less linear. This is an intimate and haunting look into how the AIDS epidemic has permeated the consciousness of a generation. The stories told here are beautiful elegies, dense angers, lonesome howls, and loving memories.

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Children of the Stone by Sandy Tolan

Music is often at the heart of stories of peace triumphing over war. We easily accept the idea of music as the universal communicator, but rarely utilize it in real life as such. Sandy Tolan though gives us a true story, following Ramzi Hussein Aburedwan (the literal posterboy for Palestinian intifada) as he grows and grows up with music, maintaining his anti-occupation beliefs, but pursuing peace, collaboration, and hope through music.
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Unabrow: Misadventures of a Late Bloomer by Una LaMarche

Have you ever thought of something embarrassing you did as a child and cringe? If you’re like me—and Una LaMarche—you could fill an entire book with these humiliating moments. Fortunately for you, LaMarche has done just so in her new book, Unabrow. She pairs her 90’s R&B obsession quite nicely with all the advice you should have gotten from your strange older sister. Tuck this one next to Jenny Lawson on your bookshelf.

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ISBN: 9780142181447
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Plume - March 31st, 2015

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

Public shaming is old news, but in the internet age, it’s taken on a new life. In this fantastic book, Ronson examines the culture of shaming using various examples, and addressing the aftermath of shaming. Funny, engaging, and utterly fascinating, this book will make you think long and hard about shaming, and whether you should be doing it. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Plus, he’ll be speaking here on April 10th!

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ISBN: 9781594487132
Availability: Hard to Find - Believed to be Out of Stock Indefinitely
Published: Riverhead Books - March 31st, 2015

Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids edited by Meghan Daum

I’ve never wanted children, and I’m not alone, as these sixteen authors prove with their deeply personal, impassioned essays on their decision to remain child-free. Some of the many reasons to opt out of parenthood are explored in these smart, eloquent, and often funny essays. I hope this book gives skeptics a better understanding of chosen childlessness, and provides those of us who have made that choice with a greater sense of community.
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Dead Wake by Erik Larson

When the Lusitania sank near Ireland, it took 1,200 dead souls with it. The disaster pulled America into an already roiling World War I, shifting history's course in its wake. Dead Wake is masterfully crafted. Erik Larson’s pace and tone are akin to reading fiction. His lush backgrounds create the illusion of standing on the doomed deck or looking over Churchill's shoulder in Britain's secret intelligence building. He paints rich characters and, even knowing the outcome, keeps you in suspense until the bitter end.

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ISBN: 9780307408860
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Crown - March 10th, 2015

Girl in the Dark by Anna Lyndsey

For Anna Lyndsey, what begins as sensitivity to computer screens swiftly transforms into the unthinkable: a painful, burning reaction to all forms of light. Brilliantly, beautifully written, Lyndsey takes the reader on a maddening journey through her rare affliction of the skin, as she retreats to a fortress of darkness in her struggle to find a cure. Through creative tactics and unflinching resolve, she pushes forward, ever seeking the light at the end of the tunnel.
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