July 2012

The Illusion of Separateness

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ISBN: 9780062112248
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Published: HarperTorch - June 11th, 2013

A stunning story that will grip you from the opening scene. The writing flows like poetry, and each word is meant to be savored. The characters are connected through time by one man's single thoughtful act during WW2. The atmosphere is beautiful, peaceful, and rough, and leaves the reader reeling in the quiet mystery and drama of how actions do resonate through time. A book to be read twice and to be given to friends.

Megan


Yes, Chef

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780385342605
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Published: Random House - June 26th, 2012

Samuelsson's memoir is so much more than a book for "foodies". His unique background (an Ethiopian being raised by white parents in Sweden) sensitizes him to the blending of cultures. His approach is to use flavors to accomplish this. Yes, Chef deals with the culinary world as well as the concept of origins and home and family. It is a very engaging, fast-paced memoir that makes you want to go to Red Rooster immediately and leaves you with great affection for Marcus Samuelsson. Delicious!


Carol


The Nun

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ISBN: 9781609450625
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Published: Europa Editions - December 27th, 2011

The Nun belongs with Italophiles and historical fiction readers. Agata, in love and confined to a nunnery in the 19th century, struggles with her vocation and desire for worldly engagement while politics and social changes stream around her. Hornby includes colorful detail about convent life, Italian religious celebrations and the social customs of the time. What makes the book is Agata's complexity. Sometimes she finds contentment in ritual and a preordained life; other times, she works hard to find a way out. You'll have to read the book to find out her ultimate fate!


Marie


Things That Are

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ISBN: 9781571313348
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Published: Milkweed Editions - June 19th, 2012

I haven’t seen such imagination and magical use of language in nature writing since I first read Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. Spend some time with Amy Leach and your perception of the world will inevitably be altered.


Dale


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

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By William Joyce, William Joyce (Illustrator), Joe Bluhm (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781442457027
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 19th, 2012

When Mr. Lessmore’s home is upended, he wanders the wide world until “a happy bit of happenstance” sends him in the right direction.  A powerful celebration of books and storytelling, this adaptation of the Academy Award winning film is a great choice for children of all ages.  Even the youngest readers will delight in the gorgeous illustrations—they’re so detailed you can see dust motes floating in the sun beams of Lessmore’s library.

Kim


Tiger Lily

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ISBN: 9780062003256
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Published: Harper Teen - July 3rd, 2012

A retelling of Peter Pan, but from the perspective of bold, noncomformist Tiger Lily. Tiger Lily belongs to one of the many groups of people living on the island of Neverland. She has always heard that Peter Pan and the Lost Boys are dangerous, but when she and Peter Pan cross paths, the two begin a relationship that runs deeper than friendship. This book casts Barrie's original story in a whole new light.

Jory


Outer Dark

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ISBN: 9780679728733
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Published: Vintage - June 29th, 1993

Poleaxed by Blood Meridian?  Outer Dark is from McCarthy's earlier Appalachian cycle (Suttree: the truly shocking Child of God), and there is already the strange integrity of animalistic primitives, prose you can roll around in and a near-mystic, received evil menacing everything.  Possibly the closest of his works to approach Meridian.


Gary


Long Time Coming

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ISBN: 9780385343619
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Published: Bantam - March 2nd, 2010

An intelligent, exciting dual mystery, alternately unraveling in Belgium and Ireland, in World War 2 and 1976, ultimately meshing together in the denouement.  Goddard is a most satisfying analog to Eric Ambler, Le Carre, Joseph Kanon.

Gary


Train Dreams

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ISBN: 9781250007650
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Published: Picador USA - May 22nd, 2012

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, this novella is a brilliant portrait of the American character in all its complexities and contradictions. Though the story only tells the tiny slice of American life as experienced by Robert Grainier, the language and images of that story paint a beautiful, compelling, and universal picture.


Josh


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