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2015 Spring Supplement

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris

When a floss-obsessed, emotionally wounded Brooklyn dentist who can’t get over his ex realizes he’s being impersonated on Facebook and Twitter by an obscure, dubious ancient religious sect, he starts to question pretty much everything. Once again, Joshua Ferris delivers a masterpiece with too much heart to be labeled as satire. Dark in all the right ways, funny, stinging, and smart; Ferris's quirky narrative is, at its core, O'Rourke's confused search for life's meaning—through avoiding gum disease, Google-dependence, and worshipping the Boston Red Sox.

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Julia
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ISBN: 9780316033992
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Published: Back Bay Books - March 10th, 2015

Life or Death by Michael Robotham

If you participated in our Winter Reading Program, you may have read one of Robotham’s books, The Suspect. If you did, and liked it, rest assured that his other books are just as good, including this one! If you haven’t read him, his books are taught psychological thrillers that will keep you on the edge of your seat till the last page. If that sounds like your kind of thing, check this out.

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Flannery
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ISBN: 9780316252058
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Published: Mulholland Books - March 10th, 2015

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

In this all-out satire, nothing is sacred, nothing is safe, and we are the better for it. This hilarious but inflammatory novel opens as our young black narrator stands before the Supreme Court, having reinstituted slavery and resegregated the school in his “deleted” hometown as a political act. Yes, it only escalates and alarms from there, but as it does, it challenges us to examine what makes us laugh and cringe, and to face what needs to be faced.
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Melinda
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ISBN: 9780374260507
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 3rd, 2015

The Last Two Seconds by Mary Jo Bang

Mary Jo Bang’s much anticipated collection of poems is smart and dark, sharp medicine we could all use in these times of geopolitical strife and environmental damage. As she writes in her poem “Worn,” “The form of the dream I just had / is a fact. A serious talk. An inner / outward.” This is how I read her poetry, chastened, hardened, amazed. With tense, evocative imagery, she pulls no punches, but alas we need to be punched.

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Melinda
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ISBN: 9781555977047
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 3rd, 2015

Thorn Jack: A Night and Nothing Novel by Katherine Harbour

Finn has just moved into a sleepy New England town to escape the haunting memories of her sister’s suicide. Rather than finding peace and quiet, she meets the menacingly beautiful Fata family, including the charming Jack. While she uncovers magical (and sinister) connections between them and her sister, she finds herself still drawn to him. Beautiful writing and chock full of literary quotes, with good pacing and action to keep the whole thing flowing.

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Jax
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ISBN: 9780062286734
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Published: Harper Voyager - March 10th, 2015

Can’t and Won’t: Stories by Lydia Davis

Davis has long been a unique voice in American letters and is finally receiving the wider acclaim and readership she deserves. Her latest collection features the kind of off-beat and thought-provoking work she’s known for—micro-stories, prose poems, dreams, language experiments and even a few good old fashioned short stories. All of it is crisp, intelligent, and imbued with her sly humor and wonderfully particular sensibility.

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Rico
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ISBN: 9781250062437
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Published: Picador - March 31st, 2015

The Quick by Lauren Owen

At the end of the 19th century, young James leaves for Oxford and his sister Charlotte stays behind in their country home. Then James finds love unexpectedly—and disappears the next day. Charlotte sets out to find him and must contend with the persuasive and seemingly ageless gentlemen of the Aegolius Club. This dreamy tale pays tribute to epistolary novels like its predecessor Dracula and will appeal to fans of both historical fiction and vampires.

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Andrea
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ISBN: 9780812983432
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 24th, 2015

Moody Bitches by Julie Holland

I don't know whether to be relieved that my experience of being female is normal or depressed about how much, um, annoyance is inevitable. Julie Holland unveils the hormonal chemistry behind our feelings and discusses many strategies for living well with our changes. She backs up her information and advice with over forty pages of notes and references. Best of all, she addresses sometimes uncomfortable material with a matter-of-fact writing style that I found very helpful.

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Cat
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ISBN: 9781594205804
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Published: Penguin Press - March 3rd, 2015

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