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Forgotten Country by Catherine Chung

Sisters Janie and Hannah confront xenophobia and culture shock when they move to the States as young girls, leading Hannah to later estrange herself from the family. When their father becomes terminally ill, Janie is charged with the task of bringing Hannah to Korea. The sisters' physical and emotional journey will teach them about the secrets that families keep from the rest of the world and from each other.

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Andrea
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ISBN: 9781594486524
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 5th, 2013

The Gilly Salt Sisters by Tiffany Baker

Tiffany Baker has done it again. I was first taken by her debut novel, The Little Giant of Aberdeen County, and loved Baker’s wholly original story-telling, and the life, humor, and heart that she built into her writing. In The Gilly Salt Sisters, Baker doesn’t disappoint. Telling the story of two sisters who inherit their parents’ salt-farm, Baker twists magic, spite, and tension with the sisters’ decision of whether to stay with the family business or not. There is superstition, suspected witchery, and suspense thrown into this surprisingly layered tale, making it a lush and vibrant read.

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S.M.C.
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ISBN: 9780446194235
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 14th, 2012

Heft by Lizz Moore

This book is an early contender for my favorite novel of 2012, and even though it’s only March, I doubt it will be strongly challenged. Debut author Liz Moore has written a piercing novel that is perfectly weighted with sadness and hope. Arthur Opp is a 500 lb former professor who hasn’t left his home in nearly 10 years, and has no plan to, until a student from long ago calls him, asking for help with her son. Magnificently heart-felt and beautifully written—don’t miss this one.

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Kat
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ISBN: 9780393081503
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 23rd, 2012

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

With a little help from the inimitable Shakespeare, Brown herein explores three very different sisters: Rosalind, Bianca, and Cordelia, who have nothing in common except a sense of failure. In a single shared voice that allows for a unique exploration of family life as a creature unto itself, Brown shows us how a person may at long last learn to like the people they have to love, and along the way, maybe even themselves as well.

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Erin
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ISBN: 9780425244142
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 7th, 2012

Witches on the Road Tonight by Sheri Holman

This was the one of my favorite reads of last year. Quirky, magical, and wholly compelling, Holman’s novel tells the story of a young boy growing up in Depression-era rural Virginia. Raised with the rumors of his mother’s mysterious ways, Eddie Alley’s life is forever changed when a car accident leads to an impromptu visit from a city writer and photographer. Eddie’s small town life, along with his future, is suddenly thrown, but not without consequences. Holman interweaves folklore and ghost stories and spins them into this multi-generational tale that talks to loyalty, betrayal, redemption and the way that we cannot run away from who we truly are. There is a mystery and a love that run the vein of this novel that sits with me still—I loved it!

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S.M.C.
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ISBN: 9780802145710
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Published: Grove Press - January 10th, 2012

You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon

I started reading this on a lunch break, and ten hours later it had become my new favorite short story collection. Fallon’s stories take place around an enormous military base in Texas named Ft. Hood, and delve intimately into the lives of the women left behind when their husbands ship off to Iraq. The book manages to be neither political nor voyeuristic, but showcases incredible storytelling and character work. I cannot recommend it enough —and the New York Times loved it too!

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Kat
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ISBN: 9780451234391
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 3rd, 2012

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Ivey brings new life and stunning emotion to the familiar fairy tale of the couple who discover that their snow child has turned into a real girl overnight. Set in 1920s Alaska, a breathtaking and unforgiving landscape, this debut novel is so well-written that I got chills (from the prose and from the snow). It’s about the joy of first love, the agony of loss, and the thrill of having your deepest wish come true.

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Andrea
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ISBN: 9780316175678
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Published: Reagan Arthur Books - February 1st, 2012

The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips

This staff favorite, by the acclaimed author of Prague, was chosen as a Best Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle, Library Journal, and many others. “The always-original Phillips has outdone himself in this clever literary romp. Successfully blending and bending genres, he positions himself as a character in a novel that skewers Shakespearean scholarship, the publishing industry, and his own life to rollicking effect.” —Booklist

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ISBN: 9780812977929
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 21st, 2012

The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfus

Re-enter the world of Kvothe, the Chandrian, Denna, the University…and become lost in all there still is in this world to discover. Four years since The Name of the Wind, fans will find Patrick Rothfuss delivers on his promise–with the trick of even more tantalizing hints of the story still to come. Now in paperback, there’s no reason not to explore the Kingkiller Chronicles—unless you can’t stand the mystery, still waiting for its conclusion.

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Jocelyn
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ISBN: 9780756407124
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Published: DAW - March 6th, 2012

Gods of Gotham by Lindsay Faye

Could I love this book more? It has so many of my favorite things. There's the engrossing historical background of New York City as it begrudgingly welcomes both waves of Irish immigration and it's first ever police force (a turbulent time to say the least). I got to root for a hero who is both moral and noble, yet is a man of the streets. And I loved the complex and thrilling plot with an excellent payoff at the end. I wish I hadn't read it yet, so I could read it for the first time.

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Nici
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ISBN: 9780399158377
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Published: Amy Einhorn Books - March 15th, 2012

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