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Customer Reviews from the 2015 Summer Newsletter

I started reading this while on vacation last year and could not put it down. The main character, Bernadette, seems to have a perfect life—until she disappears, and then the real story comes out. I think it says some really hysterical, on-point things about modern-day parenthood and work, and the story is told in a very creative way (through pieced-together emails, anecdotes, and diary entries). —Anna Turner

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Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel By Maria Semple Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316204262
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 2nd, 2013

I recommend Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend as the perfect summer read. It is a fascinating novel about the childhood of two very intelligent and creative girls in a poor neighborhood in Naples before the Second World War. I loved watching their young friendship develop; their lives are fraught with extreme physicality and filled with emotional intensity. It’s beautifully written and I can’t wait to read the two sequels that chronicle the girls in their later years.  —Dina Hoffman

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My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609450786
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Published: Europa Editions - September 25th, 2012

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller is the funniest book I’ve ever read. Although the reality of war is laid bare, the book’s satirical voice is timeless and hysterical. I feel as connected to the story now as I did when I read it years ago. It is a book I can reread again and again.  —Manuel Prado

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Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition By Joseph Heller, Christopher Buckley (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Joseph Heller, Christopher Buckley (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781451626650
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2011

Graphic, gripping, and beautiful, Paolo Bacigalupi’s debut novel, The Windup Girl, is a bleak window into a world ravaged by bioterrism and political unrest. In post-apocalyptic Bangkok, a quagmire of interconnected people fight for survival within the many castes of society. With its strong focus on the contrast between science and spirituality, and its rich and diverse cast of characters, the novel provides a hopeful examination of the human condition that will entice you from start to finish.  —Eve Irwin