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Does This Church Make Me Look Fat? by Rhoda Janzen

Janzen brings the same sparkling wit she displayed in Mennonite in a Little Black Dress to this memoir of love, survival, and Pentecostal conversion. As the new love in her life introduces her to his spiritual family and as she fights a rough battle against cancer, she delves into her own relationship with God and reaffirms her faith. Once again, I loved the way she points out the absurdities in life without being spiteful, mean, or bitter.
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ISBN: 9781455502882
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 2nd, 2012

All Gone by Alex Witchel

The beautiful narration of her mother’s slow descent into dementia, combined with the Witchel’s introspective examination of her family background, makes this memoir poignantly heartbreaking. It struck me all the harder for having dealt with similar issues within my own family, and unfortunately this type of absent presence is a kind of loss that is becoming more and more common. Witchel’s amazing ability to work through the pain and to find strength in holding on to what one can makes this an important and healing read.
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Nici
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ISBN: 9781594487910
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 27th, 2012

The Convert by Deborah Baker

Margaret Marcus, a young Jewish woman from New York City who converted to Islam
and moved to Pakistan, where she became Maryam Jameelah. Maryam's writings
became hugely influential in Muslim communities. Though clearly intelligent, her
fanatical rants are blood-chilling. Nominated for the National Book Award in
2011, and deservedly so. I couldn't put this one down.

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Kat
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ISBN: 9781555976279
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 4th, 2012

China in Ten Words by Yu Hua

For anyone interested in growing up in China under Mao Zedong, China's exploding
economy, or the trajectory of modern China, this is the book for you. Hua's ten
essays are each based on different words relevant to Chinese culture. Hua shares
personal stories as well as political ones, and his essays are as hilarious as
they are insightful. A great read!

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Katie
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$16.95
ISBN: 9780307739797
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Published: Anchor - August 21st, 2012

Giving Up the Ghost by Eric Nuzum

Nuzum's dark history will instantly draw you in, making you eager to discover how he finally did "give up" his ghost. His story may, at turns, overcome you with nostalgia, inspire fear, or elicit overwhelming longing. But by the end, you'll feel the unique satisfaction of finishing a beautiful book...and coming to the end of a fantastic journey.
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Laura
Giving Up the Ghost: A Story About Friendship, 80s Rock, a Lost Scrap of Paper, and What It Means to Be Haunted Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385342438
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - August 7th, 2012

Catherine the Great By Robert K. Massie

I’ve never been one to read weighty biographies, but after cracking this one, I’m a convert. It helps that this particular story reads like the most literary of novels. The pages whip past as you absorb Catherine’s childhood with her cold, ambitious mother, her marriage to the strangest of princes, her voracious and intelligent mind, and her adjustment to royal life and ascension to power. I’ve yet to meet a character like this in a novel.
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Kat
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ISBN: 9780345408778
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 18th, 2012

The Revenge of Geography by Robert D. Kaplan

It may seem strange in the Information Age to have a book devoted to the importance of geography, when the borderless digital world and instantaneous communication make it seem anything but. Robert Kaplan, however, is more than prepared to show you just how wrong that assumption is. Drawing upon great thinkers of the past, Kaplan shows how geography has shaped the course of human events, and predicts how it will continue to do so. Fascinating.
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ISBN: 9781400069835
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Published: Random House - September 11th, 2012

Boomerang by Michael Lewis

This is a sharp, engaging look at the effect of the 2008 financial collapse on some of the places hit the hardest, as well as some of those who fell victim (often of their own volition) to the cheap credit that was a prelude to the disaster. Lewis has a way of making complex issues understandable without detracting from the severity of the issue, and this riveting expose is no different.

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Flannery
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ISBN: 9780393343441
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 4th, 2012

I'm Your Man by Sylvie Simmons

Leonard Cohen is a complex, passionate, and highly influential artist who writes exquisitely beautiful music, among other things. This moving, exhaustively researched biography paints a vivid portrait of Cohen, touching on all aspects of his life, including his childhood, his many struggles and his deep love and respect for his craft and his fans. This insightful, nuanced, and fluidly written book will give even the most diehard fans a deeper understanding of their man.

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Flannery
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ISBN: 9780061994982
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Published: Ecco - September 18th, 2012

Every Love Story is a Ghost Story by D. T. Max

Accolades abound for this new biography of the late David Foster Wallace (Infinite Jest), whom many consider the literary voice of a generation. Kirkus Reviews calls it, “A thorough, understated account of the life of the pioneering author and how his addictions and fiction intersected. A stellar biography of a complicated subject: Max's portrait skillfully unites Wallace’s external and internal lives.”

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ISBN: 9780670025923
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Published: Viking - August 30th, 2012

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