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The Mezzanine,

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ISBN: 9780802144904
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Published: Grove Press - July 13th, 2010

In this acclaimed novel, a businessman’s daily escalator ride prompts an impressive meditation on modernity and the life of the mind.  Baker’s elegant opusculum describes the texture of the late twentieth century with wonder, linking everyday experiences in intimate and unexpected ways.  The narrator, a neurotic young professional with a passion for earplugs (and a woman known only as ‘L’)  is as witty as he is endearing.  Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, The Mezzanine examines routine with rare tenderness.  You will never look at life, love, or Jiffy Pop the same way.
Kim


The Patrick Melrose Novels

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ISBN: 9780312429966
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Published: Picador USA - January 31st, 2012

Brideshead meets Sade, with a touch of Lord Henry Wotton, a bit of a Brit snob Trainspotting and even, within a carapace of disdain, heart.  This quartet of short novels starts quietly, like a razor through silk, with 5-year-old Patrick an almost peripheral figure throwing into highlight his helplessly appalling aristo family.  Things go deliciously, decadently downhill from there.  Superb prose in service of an elegant black comedy bildungsroman.
Gary


All Our Worldly Goods

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ISBN: 9780307743299
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Published: Vintage - September 6th, 2011

Published in 1947 five years after the author’s death, All Our Worldly Goods, tells the story of life in a provincial French town in the years 1910 to 1940.  A gripping story of romance, intrigue, and war, this novel captures the insularity of a small world filled with an intriguing cast of characters. Beautifully written, All Our Worldly Goods, embodies Nemirovky’s acute observations in her brilliant nuanced way.

Nathan


How It All Began

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ISBN: 9780670023448
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Published: Viking Books - January 5th, 2012

Penelope Lively is one of my favorite authors, starting with her Booker Prize winner, Moon Tiger to The Photograph and her latest How It All Began. The Photograph begins when an old picture is discovered moving the story backwards in time.  Just the opposite happens in How It All Began. A random mugging sends Charlotte to live with her daughter and son-in-law which begins a ripple effect with her family and friends.  Lively’s wry humor and well crafted stories always delight her readers.
Jane D


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

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By Frank Cottrell Boyce, Joe Berger (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763659578
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 13th, 2012

Even if you're not familiar with the original story - this all-new Chitty adventure will have you rolling on the floor in fits of laughter. Seriously, it's hilarious! There's something here for everyone--adventure, mystery, intrigue, humor, and a darn good family read. And really, don't worry if you haven't read the original or seen the movie, this new adventure works completely on its own. Boyce's Chitty is the first of a projected trilogy.
Carter


Faithful Place

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ISBN: 9780143119494
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Published: Penguin Books - June 28th, 2011

Frank Mackey is a detective with the Dublin Undercover Squad and when a new clue is discovered in the case of his girlfriend who went missing 20 years earlier Frank reluctantly returns to his old neighborhood.  Although the landscape has changed slightly, all of the same families (including his) are still there with their rivalries, anger, and grudges still intact. If you are a reader who likes books by Dennis Lehane or Kate Atkinson, you will enjoy this one as well.
Anne


The Sisters Brothers

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ISBN: 9780062041289
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Published: Ecco Press - February 14th, 2012

A Western in the style of Cormac McCarthy and David Milch, a Western that makes you forget you're reading a Western. You'll find yourself laughing, grimacing, enraptured. Some passages were rough to read, as those days were to live --but deWitt's writing is that good, his characters that alluring, that I absolutely had to see the brothers through their journey's end. One of the best books I've read since McCann's Let the Great World Spin.
Jennifer


Wonder

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ISBN: 9780375869020
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2012

A truly wonderful book about an ordinary boy called Auggie with an extraordinary face.  Both heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measure, we marvel at Auggie's bravery and applaud his family and friends as he struggles through the mine field that is middle school. Wonder is one of the best books of 2012 and has cross-over appeal for "older" readers too.

Susannah


No Crystal Stair

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ISBN: 9780761361695
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Published: Carolrhoda Books - January 1st, 2012

“Whether you’re black as a crow or white as snow, if you don’t know and ain’t got no dough, you’re not gonna go.” - Lewis Michaux
Part historical fiction, part biography, No Crystal Stair is a reading experience like no other. I found myself inspired, moved, comforted, and even enraged by - and for - this man's story--he was such an influential figure. Michaux's Bookstore, as it was affectionately known, was the heart of the civil rights movement in Harlem for a good part of the 20th Century. It was here where Malcolm X gave many of his speeches. Award-winning author, and relative of Mr. Michaux, Vaunda Nelson brings this inspiring story to a whole new generation.
Carter


Amsterdam Stories

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By Nescio, Joseph O'Neill (Introduction by), Damion Searls (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781590174920
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Published: New York Review of Books - March 20th, 2012

My favorite book of the year so far, this collection of short stories is beautiful, wise, and artistic. Reading it was like watching Casablanca, the lines and moments that should be cliche are powerful. Following a circle of artists, writers and thinkers, Nescio’s work explores and celebrates the world as an ever evolving font of creative potential.
Josh


THE GOOD FATHER

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ISBN: 9780385535533
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Published: Doubleday - March 20th, 2012

Dr. Paul Allen watches the news in shock as his son Daniel is accused of assassinating a political candidate at a rally. This is an intensely moving story of a good father and his agonizing search to discover how and why his 20 year old son could become a killer. While describing Daniel’s life to this point, Hawley includes fascinating accounts of Lee Harvey Oswald, Sirhan Sirhan, and Gaby Giffords’ assailant, Jared Lee Loughner. The story resounds with Paul’s love for his son, and the guilt and bewilderment he now feels. It is every parent’s nightmare which makes this an emotional thriller to the very last page.
Megan


Above

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ISBN: 9780545296700
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - April 1st, 2012

Above is smart and brutal and utterly, devastatingly beautiful. I was completely blown away by everything that this book has to offer: characters, plot, writing, world-building, etc. Describing the premise makes it sound a little crazy - and I suppose it is. But seriously, this is one of the most unique and best-written novels I've read in a long time. That I've read period. And for you non-sci-fi / fantasy readers, ignore those bee wings on the cover. Yes, the story is fantastical, but in Bobet's hands it reads as entirely possible. Maybe it is. All I know is that I honestly love these characters and I still hurt for them. Consider me a BIG fan of this debut novelist.


Around the World with Mouk

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By Marc Boutavant (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780811869263
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Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - November 1st, 2009

Yay! A multi-culti Richard Scarry! Marc Boutavant has all the brightly-colored Japanese-style illustrations your kid will love instantly, packed with cultural references to surprise and delight. However: don't be fooled by the stickers; despite having very little text, this book is so chock-full of details it may take the patience of an older kid to fully appreciate.

Jill


History of a Pleasure Seeker

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ISBN: 9780307599476
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Published: Knopf - February 7th, 2012

Richard Mason (The Drowning People) brings to life Amsterdam 1907 in this sensual story about a young man, lowly born, but with high aspirations.  Devastatingly handsome Piet Barol goes to work as a tutor for a wealthy Dutch family and his presence touches each member of the family in a different – and at times shocking - way.  Rich in period detail, this novel is beautifully written and a must for all fiction lovers.

 

Nathan


Shatter

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ISBN: 9780316187428
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Published: Mulholland Books - January 26th, 2012

A suspenseful tale of psychological mind control by a twisted but brilliant individual who exerts power over his victims via cell phone.  The fourth in Rowbotham's Joe O'Laughlin series, here we see Joe reunited with his retired police buddy and trying to cope with his Parkinson's disease.  A complex, many layered read for fans of the genre.

Susannah


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