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This Is How It Always Is Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250088550
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 24th, 2017

This big-hearted novel of family is full of lovable characters that feel like friends. Frankel deals with serious social issues and conflicts while keeping the tone light, striking an excellent balance between humor and empathy. I loved every page!

Highly recommended for book groups!


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Before the Wind Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307958983
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 19th, 2016

My new favorite Jim Lynch book! The boatbuilding family in this novel is imperfect and unpredictable, sometimes working together seamlessly, other times colliding and combustible, mystified by each other and their differences. Josh, the protagonist and middle child, is the last to leave the crumbling nest of the Teardown, while his siblings range around the world and his parents continue in more or less the same roles they have always filled. Lyrical passion for sailing is tempered by a realistic portrayal of the wandering dreamers who take up with it against all good judgment.


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ISBN: 9780544716193
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 8th, 2016

With a slow, deliberate pace and quiet tone, this debut novel is a captivating journey into the mind of a 57-year-old man whose lengthy solitude is broken only by his impulsive adoption of a wounded dog. In a small village on the coast of Ireland, these two lonely beings fall into orbit and provide solace and meaning for one another.


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ISBN: 9781612195148
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Published: Melville House Publishing - May 10th, 2016

This literary wormhole links mid-20th Century Venice Beach, CA; Renaissance Venice, Italy; and the Venetian Hotel in modern Las Vegas in an enchanting tangle of plot lines. When I got to the end, I turned back to the beginning and started again! 


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ISBN: 9781632863386
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - February 16th, 2016

A quiet, spare story of the enduring relationship between a taciturn taxidermist and his partner, set in the rural American south, this engrossing novel addresses fears of discovery and loss as well as sacrifices made in the name of love and companionship. A must-read for book clubs!


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The Atomic Weight of Love Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616204846
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 3rd, 2016

A group of strong, well-educated women gave up their own careers to follow their husbands to Los Alamos during World War II. Patriotism and blind faith conflicted with their desire to pursue their own dreams and be more than mothers and housewives. I devoured this one, and it is a great choice for book clubs.


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Girl Waits with Gun Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544409910
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 1st, 2015

Based on the true story of one of America's first female police officers, this rollicking period mystery is set in early 20th century New Jersey. When her buggy is run down by an automobile, the police do their best, but Constance Kopp takes matters into her own hands. It's a hoot!


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This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616202613
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Published: Algonquin Books - September 8th, 2015

This is a rollicking story full of lively characters, told in Evison's inimitable voice. Harriet Chance, at age 78, has lived a comfortable life since her husband died. When she finds out that he had booked an Alaskan cruise, she decides to go on an adventure, and her grown daughter tags along. FUN! 


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Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316386531
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Published: Lee Boudreaux Books - January 12th, 2016

Set in Seattle, this novel immerses the reader in an exploded view of the WTO protests. By Challenging assumptions and creating empathy for police, protesters, a delegate, and a homeless teenager, this gripping story shows the convergence of a vast range of perspectives within a few city blocks.


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My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501115066
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Published: Atria Books - June 16th, 2015

Precocious, feisty, almost 8-year-old Elsa only has one friend: her granny. Granny has instilled in Elsa a belief that she is different, and that this is a good thing. Granny would know. From midnight zoo break-ins to shooting neighbors with her paintball gun, Granny's hijinks constantly antagonize those around her. As the story unravels, Elsa is given a task that compels her to get to know her neighbors and learn that everyone has a history. Heartwarming and hilarious in equal measure. 


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ISBN: 9781940450711
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Published: McSweeney's - July 28th, 2015

Beautiful, frank, honest, and funny - this is Miriam Toews at her best. Just when the heaviness of the story becomes too much to bear, she'll make a wickedly funny observation and take a deep breath. This was one of my favorite books of 2014. 


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And Again Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501116100
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Published: Touchstone Books - January 12th, 2016

This thought provoking novel explores the desperation and hope that bring four patients into an experiemental medical procedure in which new bodies are grown from their own cloned cells. In their fresh new bodies, they find that moving back into their old lives is more difficult that expected and face a host of challenges.


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ISBN: 9780547939742
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - June 9th, 2015

This novel opened my eyes to the challenges of parenting a child who will never life independently. How can two parents with differing ideas work together to privide a good environment for the child? Vividly drawn characters and a familiar Seattle setting make this a compelling read, and it will make an excellent book club choice. 


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ISBN: 9781492623113
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Published: Sourcebooks - February 2nd, 2016

Childhood memories and a trove of unsent letters fuel this emotional memoir about a mother who abandoned her family and the children who longed for her return. The author, now a mother herself, grapples with her own young daughter's questions, her mother's death, and the complex emotional life her mother never shared.


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ISBN: 9780545668347
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - April 28th, 2015

Captivating from the first page! Period details from 1930s Seattle form a rich backdrop for a timeless story of illicit love. Adults and teens alike will enjoy this historical novel. The characters of Love and Death add the perfect touch of magic and mystery, reminiscent of The Night Circus. 


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The Invention of Wings Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143121701
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Published: Penguin Books - May 5th, 2015

Early 19th century Charleston, SC, comes to life in this historical novel. Two compelling protagonists - one a slave, the other her reluctant young owner - come of age together, both trapped in their lives and longing for escape. This is an excellent choice for book groups with lots of great material for discussion. 


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A Man Called Ove Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476738024
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Published: Washington Square Press - May 5th, 2015

In Ove's ideal world, everyone would follow the rules, act with integrity at all times, and drive a Saab. Unfortunately, the rest of the world has other ideas. Hilarious, heart-wrenching, and a little absurd, this novel won me over on the first page. The short chapters make this the perfect book to keep in your bag for spare moments in the waiting room or on the bus. 


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Descent Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616204778
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Published: Algonquin Books - December 2015

Set in the wild landscape of the Colorado Rockies, this taut literary thriller follows a family through the emotional kaleidoscope of a college-bound girl's disappearance. Hope and despair are perfectly balanced with heart-pounding suspense and insightful prose.


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ISBN: 9781476746586
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 6th, 2014

I'm absolutely enchanted by this book. The imagery is so vivid, the characters so human, their circumstances so perfectly rendered - I wanted to wallow in the gorgeous prose and bathe in the words. 2014 is a great year for ficition so far, but since I read an advance copy last summer, this novel has ruined me for all other books.


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Published: Dial Press - July 21st, 2015

If I were someone who highlighted books, I would have marked several wonderful passages about books and libraries in the early chapters. This unorthodox coming-of-age tale follows a fragmented timeline and is populated by charming, eccentric characters whose voices stuck with me and made me laugh. 


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The Orenda Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345806451
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Published: Vintage - February 3rd, 2015

In this vividly imagined account of first contact between Jesuit priests and the Huron in the seventeenth century, Boyden depicts two distinct cultures on a collision course. His portrayal of the conflict feels even-handed and realistic, not glorifying either side. Rich with details about Huron customs, this suspenseful, thought-provoking novel brings history to life.


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The Lowland Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307278265
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Published: Vintage Books - June 17th, 2014

History's footprint seems larger than life in one context but fades rapidly in another as two brothers are separated by politics and distance. The unforseen consequences of rebellions both personal and political affect the lives of three generations in this gripping family saga set in Calcutta and Rhode Island. Haunted by the decisions of her youth and driven by regret, a woman must decide if happiness is more important than tradition and family. 


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Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451655117
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 26th, 2015

The author's passion for food shines through in her personal and fun style, and all of the recipes sound delicious. I love the introductions to the recipes, which lean heavily on what's on hand or in season. This isn't just a book about food, though; her marriage and internal life carry equal weight with the development of the titular Seattle pizzeria.


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The Weirdness Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781612193151
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Published: Melville House Publishing - March 4th, 2014

Barely holding onto his job as a deli sandwich-slinger, drinking too much, and worrying about making the rent, Billy Ridgeway is a loveable loser. One morning, he peers through the haze of a hangover to find a well-dressed stranger in his apartment, launching him into some serious Weirdness. In spite of himself, Billy grows a little on his wild ride. 


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The Universe Versus Alex Woods Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316246590
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Published: Redhook - January 14th, 2014

I devoured this book! I loved taking this journey with Alex, with all of its wacky twists and turns and philosophical meanderings. I chuckled all the way through. Though it has serious moments and themes, the overall tone is lighthearted. As a Kurt Vonnegut fan, I was skeptical of an author who would use his books as a plot device, but it works here and does justice to Vonnegut's ideas.


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The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook: Sweetness in Seattle Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062183743
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 23rd, 2012

Triple Coconut Cream Pie, Serious Biscuits, Toasted Hazelnut Whole Wheat Scones with Maple Glaze, Grandma Douglas's Schnecken... Clear, concise recipes and mouthwatering photographs bring all of your Dahlia Bakery favorites home. YUM!


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This Is Portland: The City You've Heard You Should Like Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781621060246
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Published: Microcosm Publishing - May 2013

Everything you need to know about the throbbing heart of all things hipster, conveniently and concisely presented in one place! There's no need to read it from the beginning - just turn to a random page and learn about one of the many things that make Portland "the best city ever."


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The Circle Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345807298
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Published: Vintage Books - April 22nd, 2014

There were no real surprises in this book's plot, and yet I felt compelled to race through it anyway. It's an eerily transparent book about transparency, technology, and privacy in the age of the internet, and it keeps surfacing in my head months after reading it.


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The Illusion of Separateness Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062248459
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 29th, 2014

I can't remember the last time I read a book that was so aptly titled. This gorgeous little book is a mediation on what it means to be human and the small acts that can change the trajectory of a life. The sparsely worded, poetic images are like little nuggets of zen. I kept going back to lines and saying to myself, "Wow, I wish I'd thought to say it that way."


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Love Water Memory Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451684841
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Published: Gallery Books - January 14th, 2014

Approachable, engaging, and thought-provoking, this novel lived up to all of my expectations. Nuanced characters and qa perfectly rendered Seattle setting make this highly discussable book a joy to read.


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Songs of Willow Frost Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345522030
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 11th, 2014

This Seattle story highlights the challenges of the immigrant experience, the social climate of the depression, and the limited opportunities available to women in the 1930s. The urgency of childhood, the heart-wrenching decisions that parents must make, and the trials of poverty give this novel a solid emotional footing.


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In the City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061995200
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 16th, 2013

This lighthearted yet thorough look at cycling in Amsterdam strikes the perfect balance between cultural history and memoir. The author's enthusiasm for his topic shines as he explores his new home's relationship with the bicycle, from 1890s high-wheelers bumping over cobblestones, through the Nazi occupation, and into the modern day. Wonderful! 


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Red Moon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455501656
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 14th, 2014

Werewolves not your usual cup of tea? Me neither - read this book anyway! It's a modern political thriller with a thoughtful premise and detailed, believable storytelling. Lycans and humans have lived in an uneasy peace for centuries when a terrorist attack threatens the balance. I loved every minute of it! 


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The Heavy: A Mother, a Daughter, a Diet Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345541345
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 15th, 2013

This book changed the way I think about the childhood obesity epidemic. I saw glimpses of myself in the judgmental acquaintances and well-meaning friends that made this mother-daughter story more difficult. I would love to see this book adopted as a community read, if only to start a real conversation about this pervasive issue. While I don't agee with all of the author's conclusions, I found her story thought-provoking and accessible.


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A Very Minor Prophet Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780983304982
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Published: Hawthorne Books - April 3rd, 2012

Original, irreverent, quirky, sometimes sweet, possibly blasphemous, and often funny, this novel took me by surprise with its friendly voice and intriguing, charmingly flawed characters. Portland comes alive in all its glorious weirdness, as seen from the point of view of a motley band of cyclists, freaks, and zinesters. A great choice for fans of Tom Robbins, Hunter S. Thompson, Corwin Ericson, and Christopher Moore.


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The Round House Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062065254
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 24th, 2013

This gripping, emotionally taut novel explores tricky issues of Native American sovereignty and legal jurisdiction through the eyes of a teenaged boy. His mother has escaped her would-be murderer, yet refuses to reveal his identity or name the place of the crime even knowing that one small lie would put the perpetrator behind bars and keep her family safe. Erdrich demonstrates that as humans, we can find common ground in the intrinsic desire for security and justice.


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Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400082773
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Published: Broadway Books - August 10th, 2004

Originally published in 1995, this introspective memoir explores Obama's quest for identity and the meaning of community. Put the pundits aside and read this insightful, thought-provoking, and uniquely American story. 


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The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616203153
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - May 7th, 2013

The voice, plot, characters, and emotional range of this novel kept me vascillating between wanting to devour it in one sitting and savoring it over many days. It's an incredible exploration of the cathartic powers of grief, love, and healing - but it's also scattered with enough zany moments and quircky characters to keep it fun. Evison's best yet! 


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The Orchardist Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062188519
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 5th, 2013

Coplin has captured a time when solitude was more common and more accepted as a way of life, and the rhythms of the seasons played a greater role. Subtle characters communicate through gesture more than dialogue, delivering a quiet intensity in this remarkable debut novel. I was completely transported. 


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Beautiful Ruins Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061928178
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 2nd, 2013

One of the marks of great writing is the ability to draw me into a subject that otherwise would not interest me (in this case, Hollywood and its inhabitants).  I enjoyed each of the characters and points of view equally, and the expertly entwined plot lines provided just the right amount of suspense and resolution. The landscape was so well drawn, I was left dreaming about running away to Italy.  I look forward to reading more of this author's books.


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Truth Like the Sun Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307949349
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Published: Vintage Books - January 22nd, 2013

This novel is a thoroughly enjoyable look at life in Seattle in 1962 and 2001, the booms and busts, with entrepreneurs and developers selling their outsized ideas to the worlds, from the Space Needle to the Gates Foundation. Likeable characters balance precariously between the excitement and trepidation of have the world's focus in 1962, and in 2001, a Pulitzer-hungry journalist tries to unearth a 40-year old scandal.


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Alif the Unseen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802121226
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Published: Grove Press - April 2nd, 2013

Grounded in the modern Middle East but bridging virtual reality, history, and mythology, this well-paced novel brings together a thought-provoking array of characters, each with a powerful moral compass that points in a slightly different direction. The suspenseful plot combines the diverse patterns of Haroun And The Sea Of Stories,Reamde , Un Lun Dun, and Jitterbug Perfume in a satisfying, original balance. 


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Leon and Louise Cover Image
By Alex Capus, John Brownjohn (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781908323132
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Published: Haus Pub. - October 30th, 2012

Summer 1918. The First World War is drawing to a close when Leon Le Gall, a French teenager from Cherbourg who has dropped out of school and left home, falls in love with Louise Janvier. Both are severely wounded by German artillery fire, are separated, and believe each other to be dead.


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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812983456
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Published: Random House Trade - March 26th, 2013

I read this charming book over the course of several work days, and I looked forward to my breaks so that I could spend time with Harold and his journey, soaking up the sharp observations of hectic modern life and enjoying the tight-lipped characters who rarely say what they really think. Harold's life has its share of sadness, but ultimately it is a life-affirming tale told in a whimsical style. 


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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060885618
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Published: Ecco Press - November 27th, 2012

This was a satisfying read with a strong voice that was thoughtful, incisive, emotional, and unexpectedly funny. I could hear the Texans' voices and visualize the characters all the way through. The soldiers' tenuous mental states clashed with their ingrained discipline to create an anything-can-happen tension. The use of space and typography to represent buzzwords washing over Billy's mind worked perfectly. Sudden streams of consciousness at the intersection of politics and football reminded me of Hunter S Thopmson's 1970s political writings. 


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We the Animals Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547844190
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Published: Mariner Books - September 11th, 2012

The first person plural voice works brilliantly in this stunning debut novel, giving life to three brothers who are often left to their own devices and are rarely shielded from their parents' difficulties. The spare style leaves much to the reader's imagination, as if the author trusts us to fill in the blanks. Outstanding!


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The Night Circus Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307744432
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Published: Anchor Books - July 3rd, 2012

I fell in love with the mysterious and magical world of of The Night Circus. When I finished the book, I just sat on the couch and stared at the cover, holding it in both hands, unwilling to let go, wanting the story to continue. Throughout the book I felt wide-eyed, dazzled, transported by vivid imagery to a world where anything is possible and not everything is as it seems.


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Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812979114
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Published: Random House Trade - August 9th, 2011

Two solitary women, both wary of letting anyone too close, formed a bond at the dog park that turned into a unique, lasting friendship. This cathartic paean to a profound relationship explores the bond between two fiercely self-reliant women who traveled similar emotional roads before they met, then created a path all their own.


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Bitter in the Mouth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812981322
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Published: Random House Trade - August 9th, 2011

The reader grows along with Linda, the synesthetic protagonist, learning how to sort out the flavors from their corresponding words as this novel progresses. Themes of abandonment, alienation within the family, and fear of discovery provide a strong bond between Linda and her favorite uncle, but an equal strength surfaces in the relationship with her best friend and the power of the written word. Attention to detail in word selection and emotional nuance made this an astonishingly good read. 


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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439170915
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Published: Scribner Book Company - August 9th, 2011

This beautifully written, powerful book on the history of cancer relates humanity’s surprisingly long quest to conquer the disease. Heartbreaking and inspiring, it traces the earliest known records of cancer written on Egyptian papyri to the modern day advent of chemotherapy while recounting the author's own experiences as a cancer physician. Good science books are hard to come by, great ones even more so. This is a book that should not be missed. 


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Memory Wall: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439182840
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Published: Scribner Book Company - July 5th, 2011

From the author of "The Shell Collector" comes an imaginative and diverse group of short stories, all exploring aspects of memory. With settings that range across four continents, these tales show our common fragility and quest for connection. Winner of a 2011 Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Award!


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The Widower's Tale Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307456106
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Published: Anchor Books - July 12th, 2011

Even the minor characters in this novel felt authentic and intriguing, fleshing out the story and environment. I could picture the small-town New England setting, where houses that have stood for generations get modernist additions as the suburbs encroach and fleets of immigrant laborers are dispatched to care for their expansive lawns. Above all, I loved Percy's voice, his slightly anachronistic vocabulary and manner, and his endearing refusal to play by anyone else's rules. 


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The Last of His Kind: The Life and Adventures of Bradford Washburn, America's Boldest Mountaineer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061560958
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 15th, 2010

Gone are the days of blank spots on the map. When Bradford Washburn set out into the Alaskan wilderness, the areas that he explored were just that: vast uncharted regions of glaciers and snow-capped peaks. Not just a climber, Washburn is still regarded as one of the world's greatest mountain photographers; his photos are still used by climbers for route-finding. This is a must-read for any moutaineering enthusiast! 


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Burma: Rivers of Flavor Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781579654139
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Published: Artisan Publishers - September 25th, 2012

Unlike many cuisines, Burmese food does not require a hoard of expensive spices - most recipes include a few pantry staples (outlined in the "Burma Basics" chapter) added to fresh ingredients, and many can be concocted in 30 minutes. The clearly written, approachable recipes aren't intimidating, and they're interesting enough to expand the flavor horizons of an experienced cook. The Mandalay Carrot Salad is delicious! 


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The Lonely Polygamist Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393339710
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 29th, 2011

Golden Richards is the father of 28 children and husband to 4 wives, and his life has begun to unravel as he works ever harder to maintain his sprawling family and keep his business afloat. Ultimately a story about the complexities, pressures, and joys of family, this novel is alternately heartrending and hilarious.


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Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802145314
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Published: Grove Press - May 10th, 2011

Thirty years in the making, this novel of the Vietnam combat experience is gritty, intense, and captivating from the first page.  The riveting narrative takes the reader up and down the chain of command, creating empathy with nearly every character.  Marlantes deftly demonstrates the ripple effect that small decisions can have, often to the detriment of those they were meant to help. 


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What It Is Like to Go to War Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802145925
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Published: Grove Press - September 11th, 2012

This is no slapdash follow-up to a bestseller; it is a thoughtful, nuanced treatise written by an eloquent, passionate author well versed in his topic. This is not a partisan political book (I honestly have no idea what party Marlantes might align himself with, if any), but a call to action for all of us to think about they way we treat our soldiers, why we send them off to war, and how they are reintegrated after their terms of service end. Like any great book, it provided me with a window on an unfamiliar world and a greater understanding of my fellow man. 


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Picking Bones from Ash Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555975760
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 1st, 2011

This intriguing mother/daughter tale spans a broad emotional range, providing insight into cultural boundaries through believable characters and just the right level of narrative tension. Enjoy a journey through Japan, to Paris, and to San Francisco in the capable hands of this debut novelist.


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Indian Cooking Unfolded Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780761165217
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Published: Workman Publishing - July 30th, 2013

The Nutty Broccoli with Mustard on page 257 is my new favorite way to cook broccoli! This book is an accessible introduction to Indian cuisine that only requires ingredients found in an average American grocery store.


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The Story of Beautiful Girl Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780446574457
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 13th, 2012

I tore through this novel, picking it up at every spare moment, but the issues it brought to mind stuck with me long after I put it down. From the moment a widow decides to care for a stranger's child in 1968 to that child's adulthood and discovery of her past, the diverse cast of characters display the shift in America's attitude toward people with disabilities over a 40-year period. This will make an excellent book club pick!


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The Chronology of Water: A Memoir Cover Image
By Lidia Yuknavitch, Chelsea Cain (Introduction by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780979018831
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Published: Hawthorne Books - April 12th, 2011

A roller coaster ride from lucid to raving and back, this is a memoir of immediacy, immersing the reader in a world of emotional turbulence. From a childhood of abuse and neglect, through addiction and depression, to a sudden realization that she is capable of creating a loving family and forgiving her parents, the author's bold voice never wavers. 


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Flotsametrics and the Floating World: How One Man's Obsession with Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061558429
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 22nd, 2010

Ebbesmeyer's research is fueled by infectious curiosity and a love of science that makes this a fascinating, insightful, and accessible book. It's surprising to read a book about all the man-made stuff that's floating around in the oceans without a heavy-handed environmentalist message. Even in the final chapter, the author is not holier-than-thou; he just urges us to be thoughtful about the plastic items we use.


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West of Here Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616200824
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Published: Algonquin Books - January 31st, 2012

A yarn-spinner extraordinaire brings us a novel rich in detail and teeming with life. Two parallel stories converge in a small town across a century, populated by characters that are familiar but unique. Evison has an uncanny ability to bring his characters to life with just a few sentences. 


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Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307279187
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Published: Vintage Books - March 29th, 2011

Can a human outrun an antelope? Why would anyone run 100 miles through Death Valley in July? McDougall explores the limits of human endurance with humor and insight on his quest to uncover the secrets of the Tarahumora or "running people" of Northern Mexico. At the crossroads of science and philosophy, he finds some surprising answers. 


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Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061804106
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 8th, 2011

Funny, informative , and easy to read. I loved the stories about the Chinese driver's license exam and the overall feel for the sometimes harrowing experience of driving in a country relatively new to car ownership. The three distinct sections come together to show the changing cultural landscape of China. 


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River House: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780982569139
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Published: Tin House Books - October 2010

I could see the landscape of Central Oregon through the prose, and after reading this book I want to go out there and see it for myself. The author's style evokes her connection to the land but makes no bones about the harsh life of farming in winter and the difficulties that arise from the encroaching population and its demands on the land.


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Rustic Fruit Desserts: Crumbles, Buckles, Cobblers, Pandowdies, and More Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9781580089760
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Published: Ten Speed Press - April 2009

I love so many things about this book... It includes a chart of baking pan equivalents and a glossary of dessert types (pandowdies, buckles, slumps, etc). The recipes are given seasonally, so it will make a great companion to the gardener or farmers' market shopper. Each recipe has the total baking time and number of servings listed clearly at the top, and offers storage guidelines for each dish as well. I was so excited by the rhubarb recipes that I went out and bought 3 pounds at the farmers' market to try them all! The Rhubarb Buckle with Ginger Crumb was so tasty I made it twice in less than a week. It's equally good as a coffee cake at breakfast or a dessert. The candied ginger in the topping complemented the tartness of the rhubarb wonderfully. Mimi's German Apple Cake is a great last-minute dessert; it only takes about 15 minutes to put together and has a delicious combination of crumbly cake and juicy apples. 


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Working on the Edge: Surviving in the World's Most Dangerous Profession: King Crab Fishing on Alaska's High Seas Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780312089245
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Published: St. Martins Press-3pl - March 15th, 1993

I recommend this book to anyone traveling to Alaska or going deep-sea fishing. These riveting adventure tales will definitely make you appreciate paying top dollar for crab legs!


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The Secret of Lost Things Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780307277336
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Published: Anchor Books - March 11th, 2008

I laughed in recognition of the eccentric bookstore staff and patrons. Hay's characters are vivid and unique, each heading in his or her own direction. I was torn between the urge to finish the book in one sitting and the desire to prolong and savor it. Haunting loneliness and the excitement of new friendships and experiences are well balanced in this vibrant story of self-discovery.


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The Invention of Everything Else Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780547085777
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Published: Mariner Books - March 2009

Among this novel's eccentricities you'll find attempts at time travel, a nosy chambermaid, an aging Nikola Tesla, and convalescing pigeons. I found it quirky and thoroughly enjoyable.


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Pure & Simple: Homemade Indian Vegetarian Cuisine Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781566568814
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Published: Interlink Books - February 2015

Bright, mouth-watering photos of each recipe make this book a joy to use, and - even better - my first few attempts have resulted in delicious food that looks just like the pictures! A glossary of ingredients (with photos) and a section on techniques (referenced within the recipes) demystify Indian home-style cooking. 


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A Peculiar Grace Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780802143662
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Published: Grove Press - June 2008

Complex, imperfect characters find solace in each other as family secrets are revealed and relationships are tested. Trust and friendship overcome loss and regret. The characters are unique and authentic, lurking in my mind long after I finished the book. Sad but not depressing--I didn't want it to end! 


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Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781416553656
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Published: Scribner Book Company - September 2nd, 2008

This funny, heartwarming tale outlines Martin's personal and comic evolution from his first job at Knotts Berry Farm all the way to Saturday Night Live You'll finally find out where all that silliness came from!


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The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143117353
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Published: Penguin Books - April 27th, 2010

Profusely illustrated with maps and diagrams of all sorts, this book kept me chuckling and shaking my head, turning the book sideways to read strange footnotes and study charts. Twelve year old prodigy T.S. Spivet's unique worldview brought me hours of delight, from his home on the Coppertop Ranch to his adventures in the larger world. Beautifully odd and intriguing, some plot elements were left dangling, leaving me in a state of wonder and pleasant confusion similar to the feeling I get from ...moreProfusely illustrated with maps and diagrams of all sorts, this book kept me chuckling and shaking my head, turning the book sideways to read strange footnotes and study charts. Twelve year old prodigy T.S. Spivet's unique worldview brought me hours of delight, from his home on the Coppertop Ranch to his adventures in the larger world. Beautifully odd and intriguing, some plot elements were left dangling, leaving me in a state of wonder and pleasant confusion similar to the feeling I get from Murakami's fiction (though the style is not at all similar)- sometimes you just have to accept the weirdness and move along.


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Eat, Memory: Great Writers at the Table: A Collection of Essays from the New York Times Cover Image
By Amanda Hesser (Editor)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393337464
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 2009

This will make a great gift for your foodie friend who doesn't need another kitchen gadget. I'm smitten with this well-edited little book of food stories. Each story is followed by a recipe (or two or three) that fills out the narrative. Julia Child's "The Sauce & the Fury" is brilliant and lively, and "Orange Crush," a tale of Tang and longing by Yiyun Li, is not to be missed. The latter half of the anthology gets serious, putting aside the humor and leaning towards melancholy, but the stories are effective and round out the theme of food and emotion. 


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Chicago Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061452581
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 29th, 2009

I was gripped from the first paragraph by this compelling, intricate portrait of a group of Egyptians living in Chicago. The author gives insight into the varied and personal range of Muslim belief and practice, and reflects on the far-reaching effects of corrupt governments. Political and personal, this book often feels more like a series of intertwined short stories than a novel.


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The Bastard of Istanbul Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143112716
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Published: Penguin Books - February 2008

Through the eyes of two young women, (one Turkish, one Armenian-American) Shafak explores some of the most vexing questions of our time. Are we responsible for the atrocities committed by our ancestors? What actions can the current generation take to heal the wounds of the past? Despite the deep themes, it's an enjoyable book full of energetic, fun characters.


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Venice Is a Fish: A Sensual Guide Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9781592405022
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Published: Avery Publishing Group - November 3rd, 2009

Lighthearted and luminous, this portrait of the author's home city brought all of my senses to life. Scarpa had me fantasizing about crumbling masonry and travel by gondola, but at the same time gave caveats about the city's treacherous beauty. 


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We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals That Changed Their Lives Forever Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781602860957
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Published: Weinstein Books - September 2009

In a charming voice, the author tells his family's story of trial by fire and resilience with boundless optimism and a self-deprecating wit. From the seed of an idea to the zoo's opening day, this book is full of funny anecdotes, including animal escapes, zoo license applications, and less-than-stable finances.


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The Hearts of Horses Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780547085753
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Published: Mariner Books - December 2008

Join Martha Lessen in 1917 Oregon as she sets out looking for work as a horsebreaker and a place to call home. A charming pastoral novel free of sex and violence but full of memorable characters and (or course) horses.


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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345505347
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 6th, 2009

The burgeoning jazz scene in Seattle's International District in the 1940s comes to life through the eyes of Henry Lee, a Chinese-American boy caught in the turmoil of increasing anti-Japanese sentiment at school, at home, and in the neighborhood. Bullied by his all-white schoolmates and shunned as a traitor by his Chinese peers, Henry finds friendship in unlikely paces and confronts the identity that his parents want for him. Forty-odd years later, Henry's wife has recently died, and he longs to bridge the communication gap with his college-age son. His story is pieced together beautifully through his perspectives as a son in the 1940s and a father in the 1980s.


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Agaat Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780982503096
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Published: Tin House Books - April 27th, 2010

I'm astounded by the precise language and slow, quiet intensity of this novel. The story of Milla and Agaat's complex relationship unfolds in Milla's three distinct voices over a lifetime spent on a rural South African farm. Through dated journal entries, short bursts of stream-of-consciousness, and second person narrative, Milla's tale provides a compelling portrait of a nation at war with its own ideals. 


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Valeria's Last Stand Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781608192090
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - April 27th, 2010

I enjoyed the vivid characters, many of whom are not given proper names (the potter, the mayor, the deputy, etc.). The feel of the story is somewhere between a fable and a slapstick comedy. You see the impending conflict and can't help but groan and laugh. The enjoyment comes from the way the conflict plays out. However, Valeria's desire to change her habits and the difficult choices thrust upon the potter build depth and interest.


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Sea of Poppies Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780312428594
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Published: Picador USA - September 29th, 2009

This novel drew me in with language I could wallow in. The seafaring slang and Indian colloquialisms create a setting that disorients and intrigues at the same time. As soon as I'd finished this book I was ready to dive right into the next installment of the Ibis Trilogy. 


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Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780385522045
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - December 1st, 2009

Through the lens of a youth soccer team, "Outcasts United" offers glimpses of refugee life in the U.S. and the conflicts that brought these asylum-seekers to Clarkston, GA. Included are immigrants' stories as well as insight into the attitudes of long-time residents, many of whom resist and resent the changing demographics of their small southern town. No in-depth knowledge of soccer is necessary to enjoy this book.


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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316013697
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Published: Little, Brown Young Readers - April 2009

Beautifully written, charming and hilarious, Junior's story will suck you right in. It's an extraordinary tale of a kid who defies convention and perseveres when the odds stack up against him. This book will resonate with anyone who's ever felt like an outsider. Great cartoons too!


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War Dances Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802144898
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Published: Grove Press - August 3rd, 2010

The poems inserted between these stories are perfect breaks, preventing me from carrying one tale's plot and characters into the next without disrupting the flow of the book. As usual, Alexie pulls out the guts of the story and examines the entrails for truth.


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At the Kitchen Table: The Craft of Cooking at Home Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781570617348
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Published: Sasquatch Books - September 20th, 2011

Atkinson has captured the essence of the family meal, with a definition of family that includes those we choose to call family as well as those we were born with. He pays homage to the women who expanded the palates of American home cooks in the 20th century (Fisher, Child, Jeffrey, etc.) and includes a decadent, buttery fudge marble pound cake recipe that knocked my socks off! 


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My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781607742678
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Published: Ten Speed Press - April 8th, 2014

I look forward to cooking more from this beautiful book.  The French Onion Soup came out perfect: rich, hearty, and flavorful.  The Butternut Squash Crumble tasted like Thanksgiving (the nexus of stuffing, sweet potatoes, and gravy on my plate), and my dinner guests raved about it!


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You Know When the Men Are Gone Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780451234391
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 3rd, 2012

This collection of linked short stories looks in on the unique community and experience of family life on an army base. A few of the stories are set overseas, but they deal primarily with the soldiers' relationships with those they've left behind and the often troublesome transition back to civilian life. The majority of the stories probe the inherent difficulties of having an absent spouse, with joys and sorrows that feel equally potent and honest.