May 2015

HAMMER HEAD

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Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393239133
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 16th, 2015

WARNING: This book will make you want to quit your job! MacLaughlin describes how she tired of her desk job, and without experience responded to a craigslist job posting to be a contractor's/carpenter's assistant. This is an excellent blend of various styles of essays, and it's fun to read about the Boston area homes she has worked in. My favorite aspect is that MacLaughlin doesn't stress 'do what you love' so much as 'do what feels important'.

Heather


THE FIRST FIFTEEN LIVES OF HARRY AUGUST

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ISBN: 9780316399623
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Published: Redhook - October 21st, 2014

With a premise in the great tradition of Groundhog Day, North has created a unique species of humans who live in eternal loops—returning to their moment of birth after each death, the entire world seemingly reset, all their failures and accomplishments erased, but with memories intact. They live lives free of consequence, free to follow new paths, new ambitions, new loves each time. Until one among them does the unthinkable, and finds a way to change the world permanently.

Alexander


THE FOLDED CLOCK

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The Folded Clock: A Diary Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385538985
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Published: Doubleday Books - April 7th, 2015

Through smart, funny, irreverent, and thoughtful diary entries, Julavits turns the mundane into mini meditations on self, art, family, and the passing of time (and occasionally reality TV and Maine yard sale politics). I was constantly thinking yes, exactly that or laughing out loud while reading.

Katie


A PLEASURE AND A CALLING

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ISBN: 9781250060631
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Published: Picador - January 6th, 2015

This is a skillfully unfurled story; a taut psychological thriller with an increasing sense of menace featuring a noseyparker, a spy, a “connoisseur” of people’s private lives who is possibly the creepiest character you’ve ever met. Don’t just lock your doors, change the locks too!

Susannah


THE FORCE OF WHAT’S POSSIBLE

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The Force of Whatas Possible: Writers on Accessibility & the Avant-Garde Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781937658274
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Published: Nightboat Books - December 1st, 2014

This anthology collects the answers, explorations, philosophies, poetic wanderings, prosaic wonderings of some of our best writers in prose and poetry as they grapple with the idea of the avant-garde in contemporary literature. A must have for any reader looking to stay on the cutting edge of today’s writing, while peering over the edge at whatever the future of literature might hold.

Josh


WITTGENSTEIN’S MISTRESS

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By David Markson, Steven Moore (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9781564782113
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press - May 1st, 1988

Narrated by the last woman alive, and reflecting her ten years of isolation, WM is a novel of scraps and associations. All narrator Kate has left by which to remember humanity are the books and paintings she collects and interprets in these pages. What do they make (and make up for)? For a patient reader (who does not need plot), there's wonderful humor in Markson's play with Wittgenstein's linguistics and in the leveling of all cultural artifacts in Kate's hands.

Jamie


THE FIRES OF AUTUMN

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By Irene Nemirovsky, Sandra Smith (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781101872277
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Published: Vintage - March 17th, 2015

The Fires of Autumn is one of bestselling author Irène Némirovsky’s later works; first published in France in 1957, many years after her death at Auschwitz. In this novel she tells the story of idealistic young Bernard Jacquelain, who fought in World War I only to return home to Paris a changed man. Estranged from those around him, and desperate to achieve success, he moves into a world of excess and corruption.

Nathan


THIS IS THE STORY OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE

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ISBN: 9780062236685
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 7th, 2014

An incisive collection of essays from the acclaimed author of Bel Canto. Seemingly disparate pieces come together in a nuanced exploration of the reading, writing, and empathetic life. Read for inspiration, reflection, and Patchett's luminous prose.

Rebecca


THE NARROW EDGE

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The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780300185195
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Published: Yale University Press - April 28th, 2015

Deborah Cramer has literally traveled the length of the globe following the odyssey of the red knot, a medium size shorebird that amazingly annually migrates from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego and back. While prodigiously researched, Cramer gives us a very personal, closeup look at the fragility of our increasingly threatened coastal ecosystem.

Dale


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