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Fall Reading, 2015

Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig

In his final novel, Ivan Doig seemingly reaches back and spins a yarn of his own life. His protagonist, the 11-year old Donal Cameron, must leave his grandmother and his Montana home for distant relatives in Wisconsin, and on the Greyhound, the dog bus, his youthful adventure begins. A master storyteller of the American West, Doig gracefully captures the character and heart of the many who people its open landscapes – he will be dearly missed.  Melinda

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ISBN: 9781594632020
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 18th, 2015

Deep Down Dark by Hector Tobar

Someone once told me that, to truly understand human behavior, I need only watch the classic jury movie “Twelve Angry Men.” Now, I tell those same people that all they have to do is read Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle That Set Them Free. Told with exclusive access to the miners who were trapped for 69 days deep underground, UCSC graduate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hector Tobar, vividly and brilliantly describes the backgrounds, faith and motivations that allowed these men to survive. It’s no wonder that author Ann Patchett chose it as the inaugural selection of the NPR book club. —Casey

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ISBN: 9781250074850
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Published: Picador - September 1st, 2015

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg

After a fire destroys not only her home, but her entire family and her young lover, June Reid describes the scene: “there were no survivors.” Not her family; not herself. This quiet, beautiful novel examines the darkness of individual human loss in order to arrive at something honest and redemptive. Incredibly empathetic writing: I almost felt the creak of each narrator's bones as I lived through their part in the tale. —a.c.
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ISBN: 9781476798172
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - September 1st, 2015

The Fish Ladder by Katharine Norbury

The Fish Ladder is a graceful combination of memoir, nature writing and philosophic travel adventure. As a way to cope with the grief of her miscarriage, Norbury and her daughter Evie embark on a quest to walk the rivermouths of Great Britain back to their sources. Infused with stillness, literature and a love of surroundings, this also becomes a journey to trace her own life back to its origins, to her birth parents and the reason for her adoption—a thoughtful meditation on family and self.  —Melinda

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ISBN: 9781620409954
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - August 11th, 2015

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

Eileen is a singular read, dark, funny and full of oft-queasy truths. Eileen is quiet, awkward and lonely. As Christmas approaches, she is desperate to leave her alcoholic father, her dismal home life and her mind-numbing job at a boys’ correctional facility. Enter her glamorous “new friend” Rebecca and suddenly Eileen is set on a path towards inevitable change, a suspenseful ride to the end. Atmospheric, cinematic, and deliciously uncomfortably heartwarmingly strange.  —Melinda

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ISBN: 9781594206627
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Published: Penguin Press - August 18th, 2015

Purity by Jonathan Franzen

If there was still any doubt that Franzen is the best living American novelist, this book crushes it. In addition to the wide array of deeply drawn characters, unsurpassed erudition, and astounding prose that we’ve come to expect from him, Purity offers something else: a drum-tight, globe-spanning plot. I laughed, I squirmed, and I gasped, but mostly I stayed up into the wee hours greedily turning pages.  --Rico

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ISBN: 9780374239213
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 1st, 2015

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie

A beautiful, mystical creature meets a rational-thinking human man, and their children—who are legion—awaken suddenly to seemingly magical powers. This is the (very basic) outline of Rushdie’s latest novel, a rhapsodic and thrillingly old-fashioned story that steals from the heart of many different genres. Like so many of Rushdie’s novels, it’s a book person’s book, the kind that reminds you how lucky you are to be able to read it.  --Kat

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ISBN: 9780812998917
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Published: Random House - September 8th, 2015

Wind/Pinball: Two Novels by Haruki Murakami

Featuring the first two short novels he ever published, Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973, along with a new introduction in which he describes his early writing days, this book crackles with the off-beat sensibility and mysteriously intriguing storytelling that has made Murakami an international sensation. While these two works stand on their own, part of the fun is recognizing early treatments of scenes and obsessions that show up in later works. If you love wonderful (and compact) literary fiction, this is for you. If you’re a Murakami fan, this is mandatory.  --Rico

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By Haruki Murakami, Ted Goossen (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780385352123
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Published: Knopf - August 4th, 2015

Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart

From the author of Wicked Plants and The Drunken Botanist comes the fictionalized story of how the first female sheriff’s deputy got the job. This clever book has it all—action, eccentric characters, a historical setting, carrier pigeons, and more. This is Amy Stewart’s first work of fiction, and it’s infused with her drily-witty sense of humor and warm storytelling. I adored the Kopp sisters, and hope to read of their further adventures.  --Flannery

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ISBN: 9780544409910
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 1st, 2015

The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante

Between glowing reviews everywhere and multiple articles in The New Yorker and virtually every European newspaper speculating about her true identity (she writes under a pen name and does zero publicity), the last twelve months have been Ferrante’s year—deservedly so. This, the fourth and final book in her excellent Neapolitan series, completes the saga of bookish Elena and strong-willed Lila, childhood friends who’ve spent their lives navigating friendship, womanhood, and family in the violent world of working-class Naples, Italy.  --Rico

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By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781609452865
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Published: Europa Editions - September 1st, 2015

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