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Rules of Civility

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780143121169
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Published: Penguin Books - June 26th, 2012

An excellent quick read for the last days of summer. The initial Gatsby feeling gives way to a story featuring compelling, straight shooting women. Surprises await and you'll even like the scoundrels. Great for book groups. Major bonus is the introductory chapters of Towles' splendid new book, A Gentleman In Moscow, tucked in at the end.

 

Molly


Kintu

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By Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Aaron Bady (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781945492013
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Published: Transit Books - May 16th, 2017

A multi-generational family saga, an origin story for a nation, an examination of the complexities of personal identity, and a reckoning with the weight of the past; Makumbi’s debut novel (and smash bestseller in Uganda) of a cursed clan is historical fiction at its best.

Josh


The Weight of Ink

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ISBN: 9780544866461
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - June 6th, 2017

A British academic is invited to examine a cache of letters found in a boarded-up closet in a 17th century house outside London. The novel alternates between the lives of London Jews of the 1600s whose lives are reflected in the letters, and the contemporary academics who are trying to piece together their stories. Enlightenment philosophy, London's plague and Great Fire, and 17th-century Jewish messianism are all artfully woven into this compelling work of historical fiction.


The Dragon With a Chocolate Heart

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ISBN: 9781681193434
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - May 30th, 2017

When Aventurine is trapped in a puny human body by an enchanted cup of hot chocolate, she knows she must do all it takes to regain her true dragon form. But what will she do about her weakness for chocolate...and the humans that make it? A completely charming adventure and a feisty heroine.


I Love You, Michael Collins

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ISBN: 9780374303853
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - June 20th, 2017

Mamie starts writing to Michael Collins, the astronaut who's going to stay behind when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the moon, for a school assignment, but she keeps writing to him throughout the summer of 1969, as everyone seems to be leaving her behind.


Seveneves

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ISBN: 9780062334510
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 17th, 2016

Seveneves is so much more than science fiction set in space. It feels preparatory, as Stephenson tends to spend a lot time on the technicalities of orbital mechanics, but Stephenson also makes it clear what would really matter in such a catastrophic situation. Political and philosophical existentialism with a great narrative. It is compellingly readable  (in the way you would think a story about the moon blowing up and humanity ending would be).


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