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Light Years

ISBN: 9780679740735
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Published: Vintage - January 31st, 1995

An impressionistic novel with incredible visual detail--of the qualities that compose an intimately-known body, the accumulated objects and meals that make a home, the transitions of light that mark seasons and then decades. In lieu of a substantial plot, Salter delivers lists of evocative observations and sparse but perfect dialogue. From the 1950s through 70s, New York City to then-rural Westchester.


A History of Loneliness

ISBN: 9780374171339
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - February 3rd, 2015

In the priesthood Ordan Yates seeks a refuge from the world. This story of sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church of Ireland, told through Father Ordan’s naïve and unworldly eyes, is also about the stories we tell ourselves, in order to make peace with our lives.


Get in Trouble

ISBN: 9780804179683
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Published: Random House - February 3rd, 2015

Another stellar collection from one of the most gifted short story writers working today. With a unique talent for finding the new and alien within familiar tropes, Link finds an empty hotel room in the middle of a superhero convention; unrequited love in an automated Boyfriend; rural ghost stories at a birthday party on an orphaned starship. Both whimsical and haunting, these are stories of the monumental loneliness in every life, and the problems we create in our striving for connection.



ISBN: 9780316081054
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Published: Orbit - May 2010

A political thriller, but with zombies! Feed takes place 20 years after the zombie apocalypse in a world that has changed forever, but hasn't ended. Georgia and Shaun Mason are bloggers that start out simply reporting on a presidential campaign and end up neck-deep in conspiracies and attempts on their lives. Features excellent world building, interesting characters, and a take on the zombie genre that's refreshingly different.


Sissinghurst: Vita Sackville West and the Creation of a Garden

ISBN: 9781250060051
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Published: St. Martin's Press - November 4th, 2014

Borrowing generously from Sackville-West’s own writings, Sarah Raven gives us a detailed look at the creation of the famous garden in Kent. Though bear in mind southeastern England is not Massachusetts, you’ll still want to keep a notebook handy to jot down all the plants you’ll want to add to your own garden.A perfect antidote for our horrible winter.


The War That Saved My Life

ISBN: 9780803740815
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Published: Dial Books - January 8th, 2015

This is a most remarkable story, and though a middle grade book I would recommend to any reader. World War II historical fiction, it tells of two children sent from London to the countryside to spend the duration of the war with a single woman living on the outskirts of town. Sound predicable? With Bradley’s storytelling of great nuance, it is anything but.



Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of Room 11

By N. Griffin, Kate Hindley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763661458
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - February 10th, 2015

What a fun book. The hamster is missing from the classroom so Smashie and her friend start investigating. Griffin’s depiction of Room 11, and her use of  humor and complicated vocabulary layer the story beautifully. Parents will love reading this to their kids.


Death Coming Up the Hill

ISBN: 9780544302150
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Published: Harcourt Brace and Company - October 7th, 2014

Ashe has plans for 1968--in particular, going to college so he doesn't get drafted and sent to Vietnam. I'm not a fan of novels-in-verse, but this time it works: the book is written in a series of haikus, and the number of syllables in each chapter represents the number of casualties each month.


Thirteenth Child

ISBN: 9780545033459
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - May 2010

Eff is a thirteenth child, destined to bring bad luck to her family, while her twin brother Lan will bring fortune and fame--after all, he is the seventh son of a seventh son. When her magician father moves the family to the frontier (perilously close to the magical border separating settlers from the wild beasts of the west), Eff will discover that she can make her own fortune. A inventive and magical twist on the Wild West, perfect for people who loved Little House on the Prairie, but who would have liked some dragons.



By Marcykate Connolly, Skottie Young (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062272713
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Published: HarperCollins - February 10th, 2015

If Shannon Hale and the Brothers Grimm had collaborated on writing Frankenstein, the result might look something like Monstrous. Kymera is a girl brought back from the dead. She wakes up with a body patched together with pieces from various animals, no memory of her life before she died, and a singular purpose given to her by her father: she must rescue the girls of the kingdom of Bryre, who are victims of a mysterious illness and a tyrannical wizard. But as Kymera begins her quest for justice, she begins to uncover dark secrets about her own past. A perfect read for young readers making the switch from middle grade to YA, or for adult readers looking for a little more magic.


White is for Witching

ISBN: 9781594633072
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 4th, 2014

The line between the supernatural and the imagined becomes increasingly unclear in this surreal, Gothic coming of age story that grapples with mental illness, identity, loss, and institutional racism. Gorgeous poetic prose and an overwhelmingly eerie, haunting atmosphere sucked me in and made this book stick with me long after I finished reading.


The Mountain Poems of Stonehouse

By Stonehouse, Qinggong, Red Pine (Translator)
ISBN: 9781556594557
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - May 27th, 2014

For enthusiasts of Han Shan (Cold Mountain) and other medieval Chinese poets (in translation), Stonehouse speaks to the same aesthetic and has great power within the simplicity. A great discovery, thanks to Red Pine.


Turn of Mind

ISBN: 9780802145901
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Published: Grove Press - March 27th, 2012

When Jennifer’s best friend Amanda is found dead with four of her fingers removed by someone who clearly understands surgery, Jennifer, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hands, is an obvious suspect. But even Jennifer doesn’t know if she committed the crime because, at age 64, her memories are being consumed by Alzheimer’s. Part murder mystery, part portrayal of the pleasures and pitfalls of lifelong relationships between women, and part window into the condition Jennifer describes as “the death of the mind”, Turn of Mind is a fascinating portrait of the importance of memory in our lives.

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A Darker Shade of Magic

ISBN: 9780765376459
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Published: Tor Books - February 24th, 2015

There are three Londons: Grey London, bereft of magic and ruled by a mad king; Red London, where life and magic are revered; and White London, cutthroat and ruled by murderers. Once there was Black London--but no one speaks of that city now. Officially, Kell is an interworld ambassador. Unofficially, he's a smuggler, carrying trinkets between worlds, until he's tricked into carrying something he shouldn't. Now on the run, Kell must stay alive long enough to discover the truth of the object he carries...and whether Black London may still exist.


Signs Preceding the End of the World

By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
ISBN: 9781908276421
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Published: And Other Stories - March 10th, 2015

If you start highlighting what stuns you about Yuri Herrara’s debut novel in English, Signs Preceding the End of the World, every page will be mottled with fluorescent lines. Herrera writes in prose that feels like you are standing on both sides of the uncanny valley while something beautiful happens below and above you, creating a delectable unease, cut through with the simple joy of precise and surprising images. Herrara will draw the obvious comparisons to Roberto Bolano, but Signs Preceding the End of World should also find a should also find a home next to Jesse Ball and Italo Calvino.





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