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Staff Picks

Let the Tornado Come

ISBN-13: 9781476734866
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 6/2014

Chin details a troubled youth that led to agonizing panic attacks as an adult. She learns to manage fears of dying, highways --just being alone-- with psychological therapy and a love of horses. Beautifully-written and inspiring.


Letters of Note

ISBN-13: 9781452134253
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Published: Chronicle Books, 5/2014

A collection of letters that reveal  unknown passions, relationships, and ideas that are so poignant  and amazing  you won’t be able to stop turning the pages for more.


Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish

ISBN-13: 9780465036714
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Published: Basic Books (AZ), 4/2014

Even if you've never touched a sewing machine, you'll be planning a trip to the fabric store by the time you finish this history of American clothing. Dress isn't just a matter of fashion here: it's politics, domestic science, economics, and a barometer of women's roles in an evolving world.


Love and Fury

ISBN-13: 9780807044711
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Published: Beacon Press, 6/2014

Local poet Richard Hoffman brings us another heartfelt and poignant memoir  written  with  candor and compassion examining familial bonds, especially those between father and son.


The Eyre Affair

ISBN-13: 9780142001806
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Published: Penguin Books, 2/2003

1985. Great Britain. Time travel is routine, the Crimean War has lasted over a century, and it is quite literally possible to get lost in a good book. When literary  detective Thursday Next gets the challenge of her career. A witty romp through time travel, cloning, England, and much of the Western canon.


Chronicle of a Death Foretold

ISBN-13: 9781400034710
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Published: Vintage, 10/2003

Garcia Marquez's recent death inspired me to go back and read what I had long remembered as my favorite of his novels.  It is just as delightful upon rereading - a novella that begins the morning of Santiago Nasar’s titular "Death", and then backs up and recounts the chain of events that has led up to it, inevitably.  Rich and imaginative Marquez narrative at its finest.


Dead Lions

Dead Lions (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781616953676
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Published: Soho Crime, 4/2014

Brilliant espionage entertainment from the same nasty little island whence came Le Carre, Deighton, Ambler and Amis pere & fils.


The Heir Apparent

ISBN-13: 9781400062553
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Published: Random House, 12/2013

Given unprecedented access to the royal archives at Windsor Castle, author Jane Ridley paints a fascinating and nuanced picture of King Edward VII, also known as Bertie. Beginning with his early life strictly controlled by his parents, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, through his marriage, fatherhood, relationships with other women and then ascension to the throne in 1901, Edward VII is seen to be a far more intriguing, complex and gifted man than history has previous portrayed him.



Lexicon (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780143125426
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Published: Penguin Books, 5/2014

Kidnapped from the airport and told that he is in grave danger, Wil finds himself on the run from the mysterious and menacing "poets," while teenager Emily escapes homelessness with an invitation to a prestigious and exclusive school that teaches much more than your average subjects. The two parallel stories eventually converge as Barry reveals more and more pieces of the puzzle in an action-packed thriller with the power of words and language at its center.


We Are Called to Rise

ISBN-13: 9781476738963
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 6/2014

A wounded soldier dealing with PTSD, the 5th grade son of an immigrant family struggling to get by and a broken-hearted mother are connected to each other only after an unthinkable incident.   Set in "real" Las Vegas (not the Vegas of casinos and nightlife), McBride’s skillful narrative turns a tragic story into a hopeful and uplifting one.   This penetrating psychological portrayal will linger with you long after you finish reading.


Revolution Baby

Revolution Baby (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781609451981
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Published: Europa Editions, 5/2014

Revolution Baby is the fictionalized memoir of a son of  Communist Jews hidden in WW2-occupied France. Julek’s childhood is peripatetic even before the war. He is sent to live with friends and to schools and camps because his mother puts her activist role first. But when war breaks out he can’t live openly anymore. He takes on the identity of a school friend and hides. Narrated in simple first person style, we see the war through the everyday life of a child. It’s a lovely and moving story you won’t forget.


The Lady and Her Monsters

ISBN-13: 9780062025838
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Published: William Morrow & Company, 10/2013

The narrative of Mary Shelley’s fascinating life interwoven with stories of history’s real-life Doctor Frankensteins. Perfect for history nerds and book buffs alike.



ISBN-13: 9781451655094
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 5/2014

I have spent the loveliest two weeks reading Molly Wizenberg’s memoirs – Delancey featured here, and the equally good A Homemade Life. Both are as much cookbooks as memoirs, with a recipe tied to every family story and memory. These  will charm  readers and cooks alike.


Song of the Shank

Song of the Shank (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781555976804
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Published: Graywolf Press, 6/2014

This is a monumental work, less a story of a particular person living in a particular time, and more a field of experience that flows around and through our baffling, corrupt, dangerous, and racist world. But for all the sorrow and death, all the war and poverty, all the crime and injustice, Allen reminds us our world is also a world of music, where, maybe every century or so, fate and genetics align to give us a someone like Blind Tom,  who can channel all the potential power, passion, and joy of music, into a song on his piano. Song of the Shank is a masterpiece.


The Most Dangerous Book

ISBN-13: 9781594203367
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Published: Penguin Press HC, The, 6/2014

The story of the transformation of Ulysses by James Joyce from contraband to classic is absolutely fascinating. Vice squads. Book piracy. Smuggling. Courtroom drama. Heroes of art and expression. Villains of prudishness and fear. More than just a book about a book, Birmingham’s work explores all aspects of culture and highlights just how close we were to a world in which literature was controlled by the fearful instead of driven by the brave.   


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