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Life Among Giants Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616203245
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Algonquin Books - August 20th, 2013

This is a great mystery that will lull you in. Roorbach is a skilled and lyrical writer. I was immediately hooked by the main character, Lizard, a young football star who spends little time actually thinking about sports. His relationship with the famous ballerina next door, his parents' murder, and his flaky sister, intoxicate his life and his work. Highly recommended!




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Nightbird Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385389587
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - March 10th, 2015

Much like the main character, Twig, this magical realism story is sweet and short. Twig has a big secret, and it's not just the secret ingredient in her mom's Pink Apple pie. The town of Sidwell is also plagued by a mysterious monster. A great middle grade, summer read!



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Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393239133
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 16th, 2015

WARNING: This book will make you want to quit your job! MacLaughlin describes how she tired of her desk job, and without experience responded to a craigslist job posting to be a contractor's/carpenter's assistant. This is an excellent blend of various styles of essays, and it's fun to read about the Boston area homes she has worked in. My favorite aspect is that MacLaughlin doesn't stress 'do what you love' so much as 'do what feels important'.



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