Fifty Year Sword

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ISBN: 9780307907721
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Published: Pantheon Books - October 16th, 2012

An ominous figure tells the story of his quest for a weapon, through the Valley of Salt, The Forest of Falling Notes, and The Mountain of Manyone Paths, to five orphans at a Halloween party in East Texas. A beautiful object and a brilliant novel, The Fifty Year Sword has the timelessness of a fairy tale while reveling in the sensuality of turning pages. More proof Danielewski is one of our greatest writers.

My Brilliant Friend

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By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
ISBN: 9781609450786
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Published: Europa Editions - September 25th, 2012

I am always attracted to the physical specimen that is a Europa edition. A smooth, square, French-flapped volume containing some of the best literary fiction being published today. My Brilliant Friend, perhaps because it is a translation, is composed of concise prose and chronicles a lifelong friendship between two women, Elena and Lila, growing up in post WWII Italy where women, particularly smart women, struggled under the repressive patriarchy. This story, the first of a trilogy, begins with a disappearance as do her other novels and ends with a bit of a cliffhanger leaving one eager for the next installment.

The Berlin Game

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ISBN: 9781402795145
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Published: Sterling - August 7th, 2012

Len Deighton (The Ipcress File) is the other cold war suspense master. This is the first of his Bernard Sampson trilogy, and it's as seedy and treacherous and wry and compelling as Le Carre's George Smiley Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy series. A welcome re-release of a classic trio.


We Have Always Lived in the Castle

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By Shirley Jackson, Jonathan Lethem (Introduction by), Thomas Ott (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780143039976
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Published: Penguin Books - October 31st, 2006

The perfect Halloweeny read- creepy tension builds up slowly to a devastating climax. Teenage Mary Katherine lives in a decrepit mansion with her sister and uncle: “The rest of my family is dead.” But then cousin Charles shows up to wreck her perfect home and destroy the family- at least, that’s what she says. But should we believe her?



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ISBN: 9781597803373
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Published: Night Shade Books - September 25th, 2012

Just about the time cartoonist Finn Darby's getting over his wife's death, an anthrax attack hits Atlanta; he soon realizes the dead are slowly coming back via the bodies of the living--including his wife. A weird and wonderful body snatchers tale for this Halloween.


In the Shadow of the Banyan Tree

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ISBN: 9781451657708
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 7th, 2012

A compelling autobiographical novel. Ratner is a member of the Cambodian royal family & was 7 years old when the Khmer Rouge drove her family from their home. Only she and her mother in her immediate family survived. Beautifully written, it is a testament to the love of her father, who was a poet first and prince second.

Jane J.

Beautiful Ruins

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ISBN: 9780061928123
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Published: Harper - June 12th, 2012

In 1962 the world was scandalized when Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton fell in love on the set of their epic movie Cleopatra in Rome.  Beautiful Ruins returns to this romantic time weaving their story with that of Pasquale, a young Italian, who falls in love with a dying American actress working on the film.  Is she truly dying, or merely pregnant?  Nearly fifty years pass until we find out the truth.




The Devil in Silver

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ISBN: 9781400069866
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - August 21st, 2012

Pepper gets dropped off at the New Hyde mental institution, not because he’s mentally ill, but because the plain-clothed cops who busted him didn’t want to deal with the paperwork of a formal booking. If he keeps his head down he’s out in 72 hours, but New Hyde has problems that drag Pepper down into its culture and close to insanity. Mental illness, power relations, race, sex, and the devil; this book goes beyond horror and social commentary to scratch at universal human truths, further proving that Victor Lavalle is the rightful heir to Kurt Vonnegut



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ISBN: 9780316126540
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Published: Poppy Books - October 9th, 2012

Bunheads’ striking cover pulled me into this book. Sophie Flack wrote this mesmerizing story from a first person view of the professional world of American Ballet having danced at the New York City Ballet for nine years. No one from the outside of this world has any idea the total commitment that is required to become a ballerina.  For any young person or adult it is an awe inspiring story of dedication.  As Hannah grows up in the school she begins to wonder if this is all she wants for her life.

Jane D


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