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The Nemirovsky Question

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The Nemirovsky Question: The Life, Death, and Legacy of a Jewish Writer in Twentieth-Century France Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780300171969
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Published: Yale University Press - November 22nd, 2016

Since the discovery and success of her final novel Suite Française, Irène Némirovsky has had a resurgence in popularity and there is much interest in her life. Suleiman’s book skillfully traces Némirovsky’s rise as a writer of great talent and fame to her death in Auschwitz in 1942.  Nathan

 

Nathan


Ginny Moon

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$26.99
ISBN: 9780778330165
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Published: Park Row Books - May 2nd, 2017

13-year-old Ginny, autistic and newly adopted, is determined to reconnect with her birth mother, but she isn't able to make anyone understand why. So she plots her escape and goes off on her own to save the one person who depends on her.

Sarah


Blitzed

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Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich Cover Image
By Norman Ohler, Shaun Whiteside (Translator)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781328663795
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 7th, 2017

Astonishing, history-making jaw-dropper answers many curious questions about the 3rd Reich - for instance, how do you stop a blitzkrieg wherein the attacking army (including Rommel) doesn't sleep for 5 days straight and thinks itself invincible?

 

Gary


Lower Ed

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Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781620970607
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Published: New Press - February 28th, 2017

A sociologist looks at why so many turn to for-profit colleges that don't deliver -- but it's so much more interesting than that sounds, because it's really an insightful and well-written critique of pretty much all of modern life.

Sarah


Cruel Mercy

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780399185113
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Published: Blue Rider Press - February 7th, 2017

McAvoy is a gentle Scottish giant, out of place and time almost in the local Humberside police. With the love and support of two women, his Irish traveler wife, Roisin, and his stalwart boss, Trish Pharoah, he is a force of nature. Mark's baddies are serial killers, criminal gangs and men with vendettas. Readers of Ian Rankin, Denise Mina and Mark Billingham will enjoy this great series and new character.

 

Susannah


Democrazy

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Democrazy: A True Story of Weird Politics, Money, Madness, and Finger Food Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735210721
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Published: Blue Rider Press - March 28th, 2017

I admit, I picked up this book expecting to enjoy reading about the downfall of a Republican congressman. Instead I read a memoir about a young, energetic man who was happy and eager to shake up the deadlocked bureaucracy that was (and still is) Washington DC. Democrazy left me feeling disheartened, but also encouraged me to spend more time engaged with someone from the "Other side."

John


Six Wakes

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780316389686
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Published: Orbit - January 31st, 2017

Six crew members wake into regenerated bodies after being murdered on a generation ship heading to a new planet. Their memories and logs from the last twenty-five years have been wiped, but they know this: One of them is the killer - and whoever it is may not even know it. This murder mystery is the literary equivalent of that scene in Butch Cassidy where he and Sundance leap off a cliff, swearing the whole way. A heart-pounding sci fi thriller.

Rebecca


Terms & Conditions

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781770462748
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Published: Drawn & Quarterly - March 7th, 2017

Okay, so it's the complete text of the iTunes Terms & Conditions User Agreement. But also: It's a stunning visual history of comics art by a virtuoso artist. Every page is re-imagined from a page of classic or contemporary comics, paying faithful homage to the original artists' style. It's beautifully bonkers, and delightful game of "identify the artist."

Alexander


Tell Me How it Ends

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Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions Cover Image
By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781566894951
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017

Luiselli introduces us to one of the forgotten figures and tragic heroes of contemporary America: the child who risked everything to come here. Through stories about specific children and consideration of our immigration system, Luiselli sheds light on what most of us would choose to ignore and gives new meaning to the question: Why are we here?

Josh


We are Family

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By Patricia Hegarty, Ryan Wheatcroft (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781680100549
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Published: Tiger Tales - March 1st, 2017

Families come in many shapes and sizes and are created in lots of different ways.  This appealingly illustrated, all inclusive look at the daily life of ten diverse families fairly rollicks along in fun rhyming couplets.  Children will enjoy looking for the details in the pictures as well as the sentiments expressed.

Susannah


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