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Paperback Fiction from the 2011 Summer Newsletter

<img src="/files/santacruz/BSC_Newsletter_Cover_lores_5-11_0.jpg" align="right" height="100" hspace="5" vspace="5" width="77" />Staff recommendations from our <a href="http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/2011-summer-newsletter">2011 Summer Newsletter</a> <br clear="all" />

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

If there were ever a story about the American dream, this is it. But not perhaps the dream you expect; this is a story of immigration, sweatshops, and desperate poverty, and of one girl’s struggle to rise into a better life using the only asset she has: her miraculous, untrammeled intelligence. I started reading this book in the middle of a move, and I burned through it in two days—it’s really that good!
Reviewed by: 
Kat
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$17.00
ISBN: 9781594485152
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - May 3rd, 2011

Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

The title is a dead giveaway that this isn’t a happy-ending kind of book. It is, however, the kind of book that proves that sad doesn’t mean bad. In a frightening future where books and the written word are now obsolete, Lenny still loves them. He also wants to live forever. Funny and insightful, this is a heartbreaking look at the importance of emotion and the ties that bind us.
Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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$17.00
ISBN: 9780812977868
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 3rd, 2011

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Southern whites’ guilt for not expressing gratitude to the black maids who raised them threatens to become a familiar refrain. But don’t tell Kathryn Stockett, because her first novel is a nuanced variation on the theme that strikes every note with authenticity. In a page-turner that brings new resonance to the moral issues involved, she spins a story of social awakening as seen from both sides of the American racial divide. —The Washington Post
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$17.00
ISBN: 9780425232200
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Berkley - April 5th, 2011

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

This whip-smart book skips through time, style, and tone with ease, as a dazzling array of complex characters struggle with who they’ve become, and with the violently changed world they find themselves in. Egan’s writing is subtle but has some pointed things to say about life, change, and humanity in general. Funny, melancholy, and captivating, this is a fresh, vibrant story that thrums with the energy of a finely tuned bass. I loved it.
Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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$16.95
ISBN: 9780307477477
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor - March 22nd, 2011

A Fierce Radiance by Lauren Belfer

This book has it all: love, intrigue, espionage, and a bit of history holding it all together. Taking us back to a time when a scraped knee could lead to death, Life photojournalist Claire Shipley is assigned to report on the development of penicillin, a drug that could save the war. If you like historical fiction with a strong female lead, I highly recommend this one.
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Clytia
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$16.99
ISBN: 9780061252525
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - March 29th, 2011

Room by Emma Donoghue

When you hear the premise of Room, you may cringe. It’s a dark one. The book centers around a 5-year-old and his mother, who have been imprisoned in a man’s backyard for years. But the voice of Jack, the playful, smart protagonist, lifts the story out of darkness and puts it on par with novels like The Lovely Bones. It’s a staggeringly good read, the sort of book you can fall into for hours and hours.
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Kat
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$16.99
ISBN: 9780316098328
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - May 18th, 2011

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

In this page-turner, Bender paints a picture of a contemporary suburban family with an odd twist. At a very young age, the daughter discovers a hidden talent that is both a blessing and a curse: She can taste the emotion of the cook in any food she eats. Although fantastical, this tale of family and coming of age poses very real struggles with love and accepting who you are.
Reviewed by: 
Brittany
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$16.95
ISBN: 9780385720960
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Anchor - April 19th, 2011

The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall

Gordon Richards has four wives, 28 children, three houses, a failing business, and a potential mistress, which is a lot for any guy to handle. His world is chaotic, but in the hands of Brady Udall, you can’t help but want to linger there for awhile, to take in the sweeping landscape, the strange fundamentalists, and the secret broken hearts. It’s hilarious and strange, and at times devastatingly familiar. Don’t skip this gem of a novel!
Reviewed by: 
Kat
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$15.95
ISBN: 9780393339710
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 9th, 2011

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