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The Mercies

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780316529259
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - February 11th, 2020

 

A beautifully written tale of a 1600s witch hunt and trial on a small Norwegian island. It is a nuanced look at the power of a female community, the toxicity of patriarchy, and the whirlwind of a village descending into madness, eating itself from the inside.This book will sweep you up in its whirlwind.

Meaghan


All Creatures Great and Small

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781250057839
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 6th, 2014

 

If you have never read a James Herriot story about his life as a country veterinarian in England, an authentic, uplifting happiness awaits you. I have been going back to them in the stress of pandemic paralysis. I read them before bedtime and always go to sleep with a smile on my face. Like eating the best bread ever, you think how can this simple fare make me feel so satisfied and happy? These are also perfect for reading with younger family members. This is book 1 of a 5 book series.

Molly


The Emissary

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By Yoko Tawada, Margaret Mitsutani (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811227629
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Published: New Directions - April 24th, 2018

 

The Emissary, one of the strangest and most inventive stories that I’ve read, follows a day in the lives of a Japanese grandfather and grandson after an unnamed environmental catastrophe. In this dystopian world, children are born frail and sickly while the elderly remain healthy and strong. Due to the pollution, most animals and plants have gone extinct, everyone changes sex at least once in their lives, and old holidays have been replaced with new ones like “Being Alive is Enough Day”. Translated from its original Japanese, this short novel pushes the boundary of both language and visions of the future.

Justin, Writer in Residence for Adults


Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors

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ISBN: 9780062839053
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 7th, 2019

In Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors, Sonali Dev creates a vibrant modern Pride and Prejudice retelling that manages to feel fresh. Trisha Raje is a prominent neurosurgeon and DJ Caine is a rising-star chef who quits his job and moves to California because his sister is sick. The two collide—explosively—throughout the novel, and the tension and slow burn will keep you reading and wondering what will happen even if you know how Pride and Prejudice ends. I flew through it, captured by the tension, the well-developed characters and families, and the many, many descriptions of DJ's cooking. Bonus: The sequel comes out at the end of May!

 

April

 


Between the Rocks and the Stars

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ISBN: 9780826522757
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Published: Vanderbilt University Press - April 15th, 2020

Daubert’s new book is a collection of wonders. Each short chapter details the extraordinarily complex web of connections all forms of life have evolved to sustain themselves and reproduce, each more incredible than the next.

 

Dale


The Regrets

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ISBN: 9780316516167
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - February 4th, 2020

The Regrets is the rom-com for those of us who hate rom-coms for being heartwarming and unrealistic. (Yes, there are ghosts in this book and still it's more realistic than your standard Meg Ryan fare.) Bonnaffons takes the set pieces of the New York romance and turns them into a prescient meditation on the nature of identity and the ways that romantic relationships can threaten one's sense of self. Also, and I can't stress this enough, there are ghosts.

 

Meaghan


Afterlife

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$25.95
ISBN: 9781643750255
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 7th, 2020

This beautifully written, uplifting novel is about the timely issue of immigration, and also about grief and uncertainty. It is a story told with kindness and hope. It is Julia Alvarez’s first book in fifteen years, and well worth the wait.

 

Robin


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