April 2012

Adele & Simon

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ISBN: 9780374380441
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - September 5th, 2006

I recently came across this picture book on our shelves. It is quite a find, with its early 20th century maps of Paris, detailed drawings, and charming ending. It is a book that is fun to read, to be read to, or just to spend time looking through.

Robin


Recalculating

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ISBN: 9780226925288
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Published: University of Chicago Press - March 13th, 2013

Charles Bernstein is on a mission to tear down and build back up everything we know, believe and love about poetry. His first collection in seven years uses translations, homages, and manifestoes to write a new poetry future. Witty and daring. Playful and brilliant. Recalculating will be in the discussion for all the major poetry awards this year.

Josh


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


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