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Norse Mythology Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780393609097
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 7th, 2017

The tales of gods you may know – Odin, Thor, Loki – and gods and goddesses you may not yet know – Freya, Baldor, Tyr – are all gloriously told by master storyteller Neil Gaiman in an accessible, fun, sad, beautiful way.

Each story is roughly 10 pages or less, making this a quick read that can be devoured, or read more slowly if you prefer. This book is fascinating, entertaining and a great start to learning more about Norse gods and goddesses. Also a great book to read before diving into (or re-reading) Gaiman’s American Gods!

— Lindsey


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The Chilbury Ladies' Choir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781101906750
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - February 14th, 2017

Sometimes you just need a book like this. Sometimes you need to escape and lose yourself in the twists and turns of a clever novel set in another time and place. The British tale is told through letters and diary entries, and covers the first seven months of WWII in the charming village of Chilbury. A veritable soap opera of spies, intrigue, love affairs and the first bombs to fall on Britain, this is a book to cozy up with and let every other care just fall away, enjoy every entertaining moment!  

— Barb


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Stolen Beauty Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501131981
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Published: Atria Books - February 7th, 2017

A vivid work of historical fiction, bringing to life the stories of two real, strong, remarkable women. Adele Bloch-Bauer was a friend, rumored lover and important patron of Gustav Klimt, and vibrant 1900s Vienna sets a thrilling backdrop to her position in both society and the modern art movement blossoming in Austria. 

Decades later, her niece Maria Altmann will be forced to flee the same city, leaving a priceless portrait of her aunt (and one of Klimt's most important works) behind in the hands of Nazis.  Both women fight through heartbreaking struggles, but never give up on fighting for themselves or for each other. 

— Kelly


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All Our Wrong Todays Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781101985137
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Published: Dutton Books - February 7th, 2017

Imagine that the Future we dreamed up in the 1950’s came true. Flying cars, clothing that can change with the press of a button… that’s the world that Tom lives in. At least until he enters his father’s new invention: a time machine. Things go so wrong in the past that when he comes back, Tom is now in OUR 2016 instead of his and has to figure out a way to fix his mistake.

The slightly slow build-up is worth it for a couple great reveals and a fantastic second half. A coming-of-age story for a 30 something who floated through life and a wonderful love story, mixed with fun science fiction and  leaves you pondering “what would I do.”

— Lindsey


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A Separation Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780399576102
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 7th, 2017

Contemplative and mesmerizing, this novel somehow manages to be both quickly flowing and slowly burning.  At times, the narrator seems unsettlingly removed form the circumstances that have brought her to Greece to seek out her estranged husband, but she maintains a sharp sense of observation and imagination throughout.  Her many digressions infuse the story with insight, enriching her thoughts on intimacy, infidelity, the nature of relationships, and her crumbling marriage.  The smooth, seamless prose will enchant you, until you feel as though you are experiencing events firsthand.

— Kelly


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Night of Fire Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062499745
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Published: Harper - January 17th, 2017

If you're looking for something a bit cerebral, try this travel writer's sublime new work of fiction. He conjures up a smoldering fire in the basement of an apartment building which houses an eclectic group of tenants. In the haze and heat, each tenant's memories are examined and while some converge and others barely intersect, each is fascinating in its own right.

— Mary T


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Idaho Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812994049
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Published: Random House - January 3rd, 2017

Surpassing the descriptor of "dreamlike," Emily Ruskovich's Idaho feels more akin to the sensation of having recently woken from a nightmare. The reader is reminded of those brief moments in which one lies confused, awash in sweat, struggling to separate the events of the dream from reality. This disjointed narrative invites the reader to not only witness the rapid deterioration of the principal character’s mental state, but to viscerally experience it. The stark landscape of rural Idaho, coupled with prose that is both dark and poetic, lends a sense of true isolation to this "Western Gothic."

— Emily


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Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781400069880
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Published: Random House - November 22nd, 2016

Well written, very readable story of one of histories most impactful women. Victoria ascended the throne as a 5ft tall girl of 18 and spent her life learning to govern with compassion and intelligence. She married the love of her life (unusual for a queen), had 9 children and virtually populated the ruling houses of Europe with her descendants.

Most fascinating is the story of Victoria, the woman, and how she handled her duties as monarch while also living the separate life of a human being. Fascinating insight - maybe being a Queen is harder than we think. Loved it!

— Gail


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The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781455540006
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 3rd, 2017

It makes me feel good that there are still completely unexplored regions of the world that contain the ruins of ancient, incredible cities. Join the team of intrepid explorers as they as they uncover the mythical lost city, braving venomous snakes, crippling disease, biting insects, and jaguars. This is real life Indiana Jones.

— Andrew


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Days Without End Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525427360
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Published: Viking - January 24th, 2017

I can’t stop thinking about this book, and am reminded yet again how reading changes your life by opening your heart and mind. Narrated in first person by Thomas McNulty who lost his family in the Irish Potato Famine, then comes to the United States at 17 with nothing. His story about fighting in the Indian wars and the Civil war is violent, harrowing and heartbreaking, however he has some happiness by making a family of sorts with his brother in arms and an orphaned Sioux girl. I wept at the transcendent beauty and humanity in this magnificent work.

— Julie


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Selection Day Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501150838
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Published: Scribner Book Company - January 3rd, 2017

This is a coming-of-age story unlike any other about two brothers equally good at India's national pastime, Cricket, but disproportionally passionate about it. Each brother must face their domineering, success-obsessed father as they struggle to define themselves or let the world dictate who they are to become.

Selection Day is a heartbreaking but ultimately poignant look into contemporary Indian sports and, arguably, India as a whole. Adiga successfully weaves together cultural archetypes and blends them with unforgettable characters that make his second novel a modern day classic.

— Jess


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The Antiques Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501138973
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Published: Scribner Book Company - January 10th, 2017

Funny, charming, fast-paced - fans of This is Where I Leave You, this book is for you as a must read! Set with another family full of dysfunctional members, I couldn’t help laughing out loud at times. Just when I thought it wouldn’t be more absurd, I turned the page. What a pleasure to take a break from my everyday pressures and tumble along with this family’s journey—ever hopeful to figure it out.  Enjoy!

— Lori


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History of Wolves Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780802125873
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - January 3rd, 2017

This book defies classification. It’s not purely a psychological thriller, but it’s psychologically thrilling throughout. Yes, it’s literary, but I would not describe it as ”literary fiction.” And while it’s about Linda’s coming-of-age, it’s unlike any coming-of-age novel I’ve ever read. Boiling with tension from the first page, this one is a must-read.

— Brian


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Leopard at the Door Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399158254
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 3rd, 2017

Immediately engaging, this is the powerful story of 18-year-old Rachel returning to her father's farm in 1952 Kenya, where things have changed dramatically: the tension of the Mau Mau uprising, native friends being driven off of their land, a forbidden relationship, an intolerant woman influencing her father. Reading this book almost felt like watching a really good movie. I love being transported to another time and culture, and this book did just that!

— Barb


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The Terranauts Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062349408
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Published: Ecco Press - October 25th, 2016

T.C. Boyle has vividly and minutely imagined an Ecosphere where four men and four women have been selected to live for two years as preparation for life on another planet. The Terranauts combines science, survival and sex.

The motivations, jealousies and resentments of the three narrators are probed and dissected for the reader; and Boyle, as always, creates a story which is intriguing from start to finish. Not just for sci-fi readers as there are great bits about commercialism and marketing for today's society.  

— Mary T


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Moonglow Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062225559
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Published: Harper - November 22nd, 2016

I don't know how much is true and how much is made up, but it doesn't matter because it's simply great storytelling.  Michael Chabon's grandfather is a larger than life kind of guy with an intelligence, a curiosity and a temperament that leads him into one tragicomic adventure after another. There are many juicy bits, and Chabon's turns of phrase are a joy to chew even if you can't swallow the whole thing!

— Mary T


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Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780307464897
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - October 25th, 2016

A terrific addition to your cookbook collection, and one of Ina Garten’s best. This will appeal to cooks of every level. Cooking for Jeffrey has an array of recipes from casual, everyday meals to elegant dinners for special occasions. Along the way, Garten, known as the ‘Barefoot Contessa,’ shares sweet thoughts about cooking for her husband of nearly 50-years. Don’t miss the recipes for Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken and Filet Mignon with Mustard & Mushrooms!

— Meg


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Swing Time Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594203985
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Published: Penguin Press - November 15th, 2016

Zadie Smith's newest novel brings two young girls together through circumstance and their mutual love of dance, fostered by the musicals and music videos they grow up watching. Covering decades of their diverging lives, the novel jumps from London to West Africa to New York, all while exploring ideas of cultural appropriation, freedom and belonging. Throughout all these years, the complicated bonds of the girls' childhood friendship is present. Smith's characters are flawed and real, and her writing has a resonating humanity.

— Kelly


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Difficult Women Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780802125392
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Published: Grove Press - January 3rd, 2017

In her remarkable and insightful new collection of short stories, Roxane Gay makes it clear that being a "difficult" woman carries no shame. Her characters are painted as complicated, strong, beautiful, flawed and very, very real. Hauntingly raw and powerfully written, the stories range from realistic to fantastic, but are all unfailingly rooted in a relatable humanity. An engineer tries to find her place in foreign and frigid Upper Michigan. A woman made of glass struggles with her husband's careful version of love. A mother is separated from her son after a new civil war divides America.  These women struggle with pain, forgiveness, grief, love, and acceptance, and they have stayed with me long after I finished reading.

— Kelly


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Do Not Say We Have Nothing Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393609882
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 11th, 2016

Every once in a while a book comes along that earns the description of luminous – this is such a book. Ms. Thien, whose language is lush and seductive, has the most exquisite ability to tell a story. This book reminds us of the transformative power of words.

— Roxanne


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The Magnolia Story Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780718079185
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Published: Thomas Nelson - October 18th, 2016

No, it’s not about home renovation. It is somewhat about entrepreneurism and the thrill and agony of it. But at its heart, this book is about following your calling, and even more so, about marriage. Chip and Joanna Gaines, the affable couple who host the hit HGTV series, “Fixer Upper,” have the kind of blessed marriage that makes each of them a stronger, more fully realized individual.

For Jo, that means quitting a secure job at her father’s tire store to become a wildly successful interior designer—despite having no formal training. For Chip, that means building on his early successes as a small business owner who has a dream that needs his wife’s considerable talents to come true. Along the way, they pick each other up during the many lean, challenging times—and then, when a TV producer discovers Joanna on a design blog, the rest, as they say, is history.

— Meg


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The Secret History of Twin Peaks Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250075581
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 18th, 2016

Twin Peaks fans rejoice! With the show returning to TV in 2017, this book is the perfect bridge between the old series and the new one. Written by one of the shows creators, The Secret History of Twin Peaks is all new information. A necessity for all Twin Peaks fans.

— Andrew


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Classic German Baking: The Very Best Recipes for Traditional Favorites, from Pfeffernusse to Streuselkuchen Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781607748250
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 18th, 2016

From simple butter cookies to a redcurrant meringue torte, this cookbook is a wonderful resource for traditional German baking recipes. Covering breads, cookies, cakes, strudels, savories and Christmas favorites, you won't soon run out of delicious options to try. A beautiful and comprehensive look at the importance of baking in German culture.

— Kelly


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The Wrong Side of Goodbye Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316225946
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Published: Little Brown and Company - November 1st, 2016

I never get tired of being totally absorbed by page one! Michael Connelly is a master, and The Wrong Side of Goodbye is one of his very best. Great characters, smart writing, clever mystery, and pure perfection for any reader.

— Roxanne


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Patisserie at Home Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9780062445315
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Published: Harper Design - November 8th, 2016

Patisserie at Home is a beautifully illustrated road map for all thing pastry. Much more than recipes, the goal of this book is to understand, learn and master the components that can be assembled into elegant and tasty treats. The attention given to each basic element will give any home baker the confidence to put their new knowledge to delicious use!

— Kelly


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Regarding Cocktails Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780714872810
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Published: Phaidon Press - October 31st, 2016

Forget Mr. Boston Official Bartender's Guide - a few decades later Sasha Petraske has published a book that shares a vision, for the modern era. This is a charming, informative and personal book featuring tips beyond how to make a good cocktail. Regarding Cocktails focuses on the idea that bars are now more than a "shot and a beer" - they are the new 5 star restaurants! Pick up a copy to enjoy that same experience in your own home.

— Jan B


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The Emotionary: A Dictionary of Words That Don't Exist for Feelings That Do Cover Image
By Eden Sher, Julia Wertz (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781595148384
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Published: Razorbill - October 18th, 2016

An adorably illustrated book to help you express all of your modern emotions! The words created are smart and funny, and the reasons for their need are easily recognizable and relatable. From "inattextive" to "conflightenment", you'll put your new vocabulary to good use!

— Kelly


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The North Water Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781627795944
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - March 15th, 2016

Long listed for the Booker Prize, this is not one for the faint of heart. Whaling in the Arctic during the 1800's required verve and robustness; but with a murderer aboard ship, tension among the crew is taken to a whole new level. This is Moby Dick on steroids, and Mr. Drax, harpooner, is so evil he could make Captain Ahab cry.

— Mary T


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Danielle Walker's Against All Grain Celebrations: A Year of Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes for Every Occasion Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781607749424
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 27th, 2016

A year of holidays and special occasions; gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo recipes to help you and your family celebrate! A great way to make sure delicious food traditions can be a part of special days, even when faced with dietary needs and restrictions.
 

— Kelly


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Four Reincarnations: Poems Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781571314901
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Published: Milkweed Editions - October 4th, 2016

The late 25-year-old poet wrote this utterly original collection of poems over the course of his battle with cancer. He was a brave, genius composer of words. I was very moved, sometimes piercingly so. Max Ritvo was a truly beautiful soul and it shines through on every page.

— Kerry


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Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062363596
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Published: William Morrow & Company - September 6th, 2016

While Jim Crow laws were still in existence in our country, a group of brilliant African-American women were making profound contributions at NASA. I was so inspired by their quiet strength and dignity in the face of monumental sexism and racism. I can’t help but wonder how advanced the world would be if everyone was allowed to contribute to its progress. Can’t wait for the movie!

— Julie


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Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780316357913
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 25th, 2016

What a fascinating read this was, with maybe just a little bit TMI; but still, don't you ever wonder how those Victorian women always looks so poised? From what I read, it's best not to stand down wind from them. Wedding night jitters? You bet when you see what they used for birth control! A scandalously honest book.....YIKES! (p.s. your curiosity will get the best of you....).

— Jan B


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Cuba!: Recipes and Stories from the Cuban Kitchen Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781607749868
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 20th, 2016

A very cool cookbook with an authentic Cuban vibe. The authors sought to discover the cuisine of real Cuban kitchens, and have captured the warmth, enthusiasm and resourcefulness of the Cuban people they met. Recipes for squid ink empanadas and steamed Cuban beef buns will make your mouth water.

— Kelly


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Al Capone: His Life, Legacy, and Legend Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385537155
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Published: Nan A. Talese - October 25th, 2016

Who knew I would want to read every word possible about Al Capone? Deirdre Bair has written a fascinating biography that debunks myths, adds color to Al Capone the family man (yes - he was that too!) and tells the story of "gangstering" as invented by Capone (so sophisticated that it was a Harvard Business School case study!).
 
I loved hearing Deirdre discuss what got her interested in Capone and how she went about doing the extensive research that resulted in this first class biography! 

- Roxanne


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The German Girl Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781501121142
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Published: Atria Books - October 18th, 2016

For fans of Nightingale and All the Light You Cannot See.  This is a novel based on the true story of the ocean liner St. Louis that left Hitler’s Germany full of Jewish refugees certain they had paid their way to freedom in the U.S.  They were to disembark in Havana for a period of time before being allowed to exercise their visas to the U.S., but, politics of the time being what they were, the government of Cuba refused the ship entry into Havana. In the end, only a fraction of the 900 odd passengers were allowed off the ship.

12-year-old Hannah Rosenthal and her pregnant mother then began their "temporary" life in Havana as they waited for her father to reunite with them.  The story follows three generations of the "Rosen" family as they live with the generational consequences of hate and cruelty.  Beautifully told story that I could not put down. 

— Gail


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Faithful Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781476799209
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 1st, 2016

On an icy winter night, two teenagers are in a car accident. One ends up unable to move or talk, the other – Shelby – feels so guilty she falls into a deep depression. Shelby’s rollercoaster pather to redemption involves heartbreak, dogs, theft, unopened fortune cookies, advice from friends, advice from strangers, loss, hope and love in all its forms. Inspirational, heart-wrenching and exquisite! I loved this book and all of the characters in it. 

— Lindsey


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And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer: A Novella Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501160486
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Published: Atria Books - November 1st, 2016

I loved this incredibly touching story! Backman describes a grandfather's struggle with memory loss ...often, at times, confusing to his son and grandson. One of my favorite quotes in describing his grandson Noah - "....when a boy is just big enough to know how the world works but still young enough to refuse to accept it."  Great for all ages.

— Barb


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$26.00
ISBN: 9780544734098
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 4th, 2016

This fun and adventurous debut novel absolutely lived up to the hype.  Charles Wang feels betrayed by the America he thought he'd conquered when he loses everything after the collapse of his cosmetics empire.  Uprooting his kids and wife from their (repossessed) home in LA, he sets off on an epic road trip towards reclaiming what he believes is his family's ancestral lands in China.  The rest of his family, however, remain skeptical.  Full of clever insights into wealth, art, family and ambition, not to mention several twists and turns, this book was fresh and hilarious!

- Kelly


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City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780544104655
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 18th, 2016

Fascinating, in-depth history of how layer after layer of immigrants built New York City into the vibrant multi-cultural center it is today.  Starting with the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam, this book lays out the story of these people; their struggles along with their accomplishments and contributions.  It is surely an American story and those of us who love the background narrative of U.S. History will love this book.  I know I did.

- Gail


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The Bitch Is Back: Older, Wiser, and (Getting) Happier Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062389510
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Published: William Morrow & Company - September 27th, 2016

Everybody thinks they have a good marriage, though there are always ups and downs. Reading the escapades in these short stories, you'll either think you are very blessed or cursed. Be aware, that this book is very eye-opening!

- Jan B


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Scandinavian Gatherings: From Afternoon Fika to Midsummer Feast: 70 Simple Recipes & Crafts for Everyday Celebrations Cover Image
By Melissa Bahen, Paul Lowe (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781632170682
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Published: Sasquatch Books - September 27th, 2016

This ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE book will give you all the recipes and craft projects you need to make a delicious new dish for breakfast or host the most charming party you could possibly imagine.  Though perfect for the holiday season, this book also has fantastic ideas for summer and everyday occasions.  Every page of Scandinavian Gatherings is filled with something rustic and sweet you will want to try immediately!

- Kelly


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The Girl from Venice Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781439140239
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 18th, 2016

Another outstanding literary thriller from Smith, with deeply drawn portraits of two brothers during the last agonizing moments of WWII. Set in a small fishing village in Venice where allegiances are murkier than the lagoon, a dead girl that is hauled into a fishing boat becomes a prized catch. Cenzo, the fisherman, is a classic Smith character, and the plot twists are engaging. A must-read for Smith fans, and a great intro for anyone who hasn't tried him yet.

 - Jamie


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Commonwealth Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062491794
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Published: Harper - September 13th, 2016

Can fiction be compelling and odd and so right-on, all in one book? Commonwealth is that novel. Readers who were drawn to the pace of Bel Canto and State of Wonder will find this novel to be more recognizable to many aspects of their own lives. If you were a fan of Run or Patron Saint of Liars… this is a book for you.

Covering a 50-year span in the lives of a blended (by divorce) family of six siblings, exquisite character studies combine with an underlying tragedy to become an undeniably convincing read. Human interaction and growth are masterfully painted with words – and we all gain with Patchett’s artistry!!!

 

- Barb


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Today Will Be Different Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316403436
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 4th, 2016

Eleanor Flood pleads with her bad habits, “Today will be different”! And, for better or worse, it is! Author Semple has a magical touch in fleshing out her eccentric characters, creating heroes and villains that you root for and laugh with – not to be missed!

- Sharon


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Small Great Things Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780345544957
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 11th, 2016

Jodi Picoult always grabs you on the very first page and pulls you through her novels at a fierce pace.  She takes topics that can be sensitive to talk and write about and tackles them in a way that makes you stop and think deeply about everyday actions and their consequences.         

This book is no different.  When a newborn baby of a young, white supremacist couple goes into cardiac arrest with an African American nurse nearby (who has been instructed previously by the hospital not to handle the baby), everyone’s actions are scrutinized.  Or are they?   

— Lori


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News of the World Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780062409201
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 4th, 2016

One of the “nicest” books I’ve read - YET plenty of action!!  Texas-Civil War reconstruction.  You get that “Old West feel” without feeling like you’re reading a Western.  Funny, right? I love the Army Captain and the girls he’s returning to family after years held captive by an Indian tribe.  I love the way he tells the small towns along their journey the news of the world!  I actually loved EVERYTHING about this book!

- Lori


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The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781616206420
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Published: Algonquin Books - September 6th, 2016

Dear Gastropod, how have I underestimated your grace and elegance so long? Bed-bound by a strange illness, reliant on caregivers and friends, Bailey finds company in the form of a small garden snail brought in from the woods on a violet plant. A miraculous journey through science, evolution, and human thought, this novel is a meditative look at all creatures. Read and perhaps consider, like the humble snail, a slower journey.

-Jaclyn


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By Gaslight Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374160531
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 4th, 2016

Don’t be intimidated by the size of this book – the plot moves along at a brisk pace, the twists are fantastic, and the snappy dialogue is outshined only by Price’s polished prose. As atmospherically seductive as mysteries come, By Gaslight alternates between the foggy cobblestone streets of Victorian London and the scorched battlefields of the American Civil War. Without giving too much away, the story is about a murdered woman in London, the thief who once loved her, and the detective who thinks the woman’s murder is connected to the elusive criminal he’s been obsessively hunting for 20 years.

- Brian


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Taste & Technique: Recipes to Elevate Your Home Cooking Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781607748991
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 13th, 2016

A stunningly gorgeous cookbook that seeks to build technique while keeping cooking pleasurable.  Thoughtful, without being intimidating, you'll immediately want to tackle a number of these recipes- especially the soufflé! From sauces to desserts, the only problem will be figuring out what to try first! - Kelly


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Poole's: Recipes and Stories from a Modern Diner Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781607746874
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 20th, 2016

Diners are an iconic part of the American food experience, and this book captures the best of that nostalgia while remaining modern and fresh.  Based in Raleigh, NC, the diner's recipes include updated Southern favorites ranging from Buttermilk Fried Chicken to Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie.

- Kelly


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The Wonder Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316393874
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Published: Little Brown and Company - September 20th, 2016

Emma Donoghue writes her words so deliberately – and it’s SO clear with this book! The slower pace in the beginning matches the setting, Ireland before electricity etc. As you learn the story of a young girl supposedly surviving on no food and very little water, you can’t help but wonder about every character, their motives, and how this will end. Just lovely!

– Lori