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Spring Reading, 2014

Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff

During WWII, Greenland’s Allied Forces base lost numerous planes to treacherous flying conditions. In this excellent book Zuckoff recounts a series of accidents, deftly weaving together the story of the dogged attempts to rescue men stranded in the brutal Arctic winter with the Coast Guard’s tenacious, obstacle ridden modern day pursuit of finding one of the lost planes. Well written, thoroughly researched, dryly funny, and completely captivating, I absolutely loved this book!

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Flannery
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$15.99
ISBN: 9780062133403
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 29th, 2014

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue writes like a chameleon. Everything she sets her pen to – fairy tales, historical fiction, and contemporary fiction – lives and breathes on the page with authenticity. Her latest is a historical murder mystery, based on a real case in San Francisco just after the gold rush. Frog Music features a dancer and a whore, a cross-dresser who meets an unfortunate end, and the city itself in all its glory and grime. I couldn’t and wouldn’t put it down.

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Kat
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$31.00
ISBN: 9780316324687
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 1st, 2014

A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip by Kevin Brockmeier

Kevin Brockmeier first caught my attention with Illumination, his beautiful novel that uses a dash of magical realism to trace the seam of empathy and visibility in a world where we so often fail to see one another. Illumination stands out in the way that it is expansive and far reaching. So, I was curious to see what Brockmeier would do with a memoir that is so focused and concise—a memoir whose entire focus is on one year: Brockmeier’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. So in the end, Brockmeier offers us in non-fiction what he does in fiction: universality. We share the feeling of frailty and of hope—of a life experienced in all its brave triumphs of faltering, humor, falling, landing, and holding on.
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S.M.C.
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$24.00
ISBN: 9780307908988
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Published: Pantheon Books - April 1st, 2014

Mary Coin by Marisa Silver

We've all seen the photo of the Migrant Mother, but this is the fictional account behind the photo. There are 3 characters that hold the story together--Mary the migrant mother, Vera Dare the photographer, and Walker Dodge who discovers a family mystery embedded in the photo. It begs the question: how much does a photo tell the truth, and how much do we read into it? I really liked this one!

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Clytia
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ISBN: 9780142180785
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Published: Plume - February 25th, 2014

The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer

Greer captures an inherent melancholy that slips his characters forever into my heart. Greta Wells is no exception; after the devastating loss of her twin brother in 1985 she undergoes a medical treatment that inadvertently sends her back in time. She experiences two different, potential versions of herself (1918 & 1945) providing an interesting look at what it means to be happy and drawing a striking parallel between the Lost Generation and the U.S. AIDS epidemic.
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Kimberly
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ISBN: 9780062213792
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Published: Ecco - April 15th, 2014

Collect Raindrops, Reissue by Nikki McClure

As a longtime Nikki McClure fan, I’m in constant awe of her complex paper cut prints, and several grace my walls; so I’m delighted that Collect Raindrops has been reissued. Divided by the seasons, each page features lovely, unique pieces of art which capture the essence of community and our collective human experience. If you haven’t yet discovered McClure’s work, prepare to fall in love, and if you’re already a fan, you’ll want this book!
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Flannery
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By Nikki McClure, Nikki McClure (Illustrator)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781419711671
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 18th, 2014

Facing the Wave by Gretel Ehrlich

Gretel Ehrlich, poet and award winning nature-writer, was stunned when she heard the news of Japan’s earthquake and Tsunami in 2011. Japan’s Tohoku’s coast, now ravished by the disaster, was where Ehrlich had lived years earlier while studying Japanese art and poetry. After hearing the news, Ehrlich was compelled to visit the devastated region and bear witness to the reality behind the headlines. In a poet’s deft and observing language, Ehrlich balances her own reaction with those of the survivors, blending poetry, scientific observation, and survivor’s testimony into one. Facing the Wave is a mosaic of observation and witnessing that speaks to the harrowing devastation of a region affected, but also to the intimate awe of a people holding hope and gaining ground after the wake of tragedy. This is a beautiful blend of refection and reporting that makes for a stunning read.

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S.M.C.
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ISBN: 9780307949271
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Published: Vintage - March 11th, 2014

Z by Therese Anne Fowler

One can only guess as to how many talented women remain forever anonymous due to the cruel nature of history. Zelda Fitzgerald, at least, is not one of those women, though she is often overshadowed by her husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald. This novel gives a new voice to the witty, troubled writer who was so much more than her husband’s muse. Z is a fun reimagined romp through the literary world of the Jazz Age.
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Blair
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ISBN: 9781250028662
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 4th, 2014

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid

I read this book in a single weekend, on a mini-vacation, and it was just perfect. Hamid writes absorbing, intelligent page-turners, and How to Get Filthy Rich is now my favorite of his novels. The story centers around a nameless man’s life, from his childhood in a slum to his wealthy adulthood. But no matter where he winds up in the world, his heart constantly tracks the beautiful girl he fell in love with as a young man.
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Kat
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ISBN: 9781594632334
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 4th, 2014

Flash Boys by Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis (The Big Short, Moneyball, The Blind Side) returns to the financial world with a new book that gives readers a ringside seat as the biggest story in years prepares to hit Wall Street. His past works on the financial industry are game-changing examinations of the most important financial issues of our time: expect the same from Flash Boys. Definitely one of the most-anticipated books of the season.

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ISBN: 9780393244663
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 31st, 2014

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