April 2015

THE ABSOLUTIST

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The Absolutist: A Novel by the Author of The Heart's Invisible Furies Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781590515525
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Published: Other Press - July 10th, 2012

It is 1919, nine months after the end of WWI. Tristan Sadler is traveling from London by train to meet the sister of his dead comrade. He bears her letters to her brother and a secret he will carry throughout his life.

Robin


SEABISCUIT

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ISBN: 9780449005613
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 26th, 2002

I don't particularly care about horses or horse racing, but this book had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. Every race had my heart pounding as I turned the pages, and there were definitely moments when I teared up. A brilliant tale of the underdog from the author of UNBROKEN .

Rebecca


PEACEFUL NEIGHBOR

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ISBN: 9780664260477
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Published: Westminster John Knox Press - March 13th, 2015

We don't always think of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood as a politically driven show, but Fred Rogers used his voice in both the Land of Make Believe and in the real world to promote a progressive approach to race, gender, inequality, and, above all else, peace.

Sarah


HAUSFRAU

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ISBN: 9780812997538
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Published: Random House - March 17th, 2015

Though it may seem based in a tired plot, (bored housewife has affairs), Hausfrau is a crackling and original work. Essbaum's sharpness, originality, and vitality of imagery exploded the quiet (even quietly desperate) and mundane moments of the protagonist’s perpetual wallow, scattering the shrapnel of all too familiar images to distant corners of intellectual and emotional exploration.

Josh


SWEETLAND

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ISBN: 9780871407900
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Published: Liveright - January 19th, 2015

This isn't a charming and idyllic story of island life. But Michael Crummey's tale of a rustic island community in Newfoundland, and it's equally rustic characters, will pull you in. The island's residents are grappling with the decision to take a government settlement and leave. The aging but still capable Sweetland is the only person who stubbornly refuses to move. Decades long secrets emerge in a town so small you wouldn't think secrets could be kept at all. I always enjoy reading Crummey, who I think of as the Garcia Marquez of Canada.

Heather


AN EXAGGERATED MURDER

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ISBN: 9781612194271
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Published: Melville House - March 3rd, 2015

The great lie of detective fiction is that the world makes sense: there are no coincidences; criminal motives are simple and decipherable; every clue is a step along the path to resolution. Sherlock Holmes is no match for the real world but fortunately, Trike Augustine is, at least most of the time. Some crimes are just too stupid, even for Trike, and this might be one of them. This is a hilariously weird and philosophical detective novel by Porter Square Books’ own debut novelist—a talented new voice, whose next offering I’m already looking forward to reading!

Alexander


EVERY DAY IS MOTHER’S DAY

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ISBN: 9780312668037
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Published: Picador - August 31st, 2010

Long before Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel wrote her excellent black comedy Every Day is Mother's Day and its sequel, Vacant Possession , which unleash the horrific Muriel Axon upon the world. The two time Booker Prize winner succeeds in delivering a creepy and satirical domestic saga that is precise, frightening and entertaining, and we can see exactly how well she cut her narrative teeth.

Susannah


BONES AND ALL

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ISBN: 9781250046505
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 10th, 2015

Maren Yearly doesn't just break hearts she devours them. This "cannibals in love" tale interlaces a compelling story with whip smart commentary on feminism, consumption, and "meat culture." Completely engrossing and unique, with a protagonist who manages to remain achingly sympathetic in spite of her diet, this book is like literary Stephen King; for readers who like their coming of age stories with a healthy side of people eating.

Mackenzie


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