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Nicole

Three Things I Like: Rose (the wine, not the flower), pedicures and sleeping.  

Currently Reading: Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

Currently Listening To:  Mrs Fletcher by Tom Perrotta

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$27.95
ISBN: 9781524731823
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 27th, 2017

Konner

 

Three Things I Like: napping, writing, and macaroni & cheese

Currently Reading: The Flick by Annie Baker

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781559364584
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - September 30th, 2014

Katie

Three Things I Like: singing, cheese, and washing dishes

Currently Reading: The Nix by Nathan Hill

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780735212176
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

Exit West is a beautiful, bittersweet story about a couple and the development of their relationship as they are forced to flee their war-torn home. Mohsin Hamid introduces readers to two well-developed protagonists and achieves a powerful portrayal of the refugee experience in a way that few authors can.


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$27.95
ISBN: 9781524731823
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 27th, 2017

This book has everything you didn't know you needed: psychics, the Chicago mob, the CIA. I was hooked from the very first chapter, but as the story progressed, I found myself getting noticeably physically ANGRY at how GOOD this book is! This novel may seem to have a lot going on, but it ultimately boils down to a touching portrait of a family. I will enthusiastically recommend this book to everyone I know. Forever.


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$26.00
ISBN: 9781101985137
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Published: Dutton Books - February 7th, 2017

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780062391742
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Published: Harper Teen - June 7th, 2016

Don't let the cover of this book fool you. This is not just any other girly YA novel. The narrator is witty, absolutely hilarious. Loosely based on the story of Lady Jane Grey, who was queen of England for 9 days, this book is cleverly written and has it all: adventure, a smart and sassy protagonist, references to Monty Python, The Princess Bride, and Game of Thrones. My favorite book of 2016!


Portia

Three Things I Like: binge watching Netflix, comedy, and never ending bowls of pasta

Currently Reading: Gork, The Teenage Dragon by Gabe Hudson

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$24.95
ISBN: 9780375413964
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - July 11th, 2017

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781101985137
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Published: Dutton Books - February 7th, 2017

Elan Mastai has written the perfect time travel book.  Wait, scratch that.  He has written the perfect book.  What could become an overwhelmingly scientific account of time travel is instead a great book filled with laughter and crying and "oh god this is so good wait what's happening I CAN'T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN" feelings.  I read this book in 100 page increments, finding it physically painful to put down.  Definitely at the top of my list of best books I have read this year (even though it, sadly, doesn't come out until next year).  I can't wait until I can put this in customers' hands.  I guess I will just have to make do with my co-workers for now...


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$27.00
ISBN: 9780812998603
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Published: Random House - June 14th, 2016

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$19.99
ISBN: 9781250049551
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 6th, 2015

Rowell's take on the "Chosen One" magician story is a great one. Flipping between many unique points of view, Rowell creates some amazing dramatic irony that keeps you turning the pages. I was incredibly sad when this book ended. I wanted to spend way more time with these awesome characters in their beautifully crafted world.


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$26.99
ISBN: 9781250077004
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 22nd, 2015

Jenny Lawson has a beautiful and hilarious way of writing about the mental illness that she lives with.  Told in short, essay-like chapters, you will find yourself laughing at every page.  And, if you haven't yet, make sure to check our her first book, Let's Pretend This Never Happened.


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$45.00
ISBN: 9781101923924
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Random House Audio Publishing Group - January 12th, 2016

Beautifully blending reality and a fascinating look at purgatory and the dream world, Eleanor makes you think about the world beyond what we can see.  Gurley creates a fully realized other world that pulls you in and doesn't let go.  A beautiful piece of writing and quite a feat of creativity.


Kyle

Three Things I Like: The Bard, a well crafted beer, and short walks in the snow 

Currently Reading: The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve by Steven Greenblatt

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

Pure magic. Shakespeare, comic books, Star Trek, and the apocalypse all swirl together into one of my favorite books of the year. Mandel deftly weaves us through multiple characters in the past and present in this strangely real yet fantastically imaginative tale. And unlike many of its fellow world-ender novels, Mandel paints us a future full of hope and new beginnings. 


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$19.99
ISBN: 9780062080233
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Published: William Morrow & Company - February 5th, 2013

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780812983586
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Published: Random House Trade - June 12th, 2012

One of the most influential novel's I've ever read. The comic book aspect drew me in, but I the depth of the characters gave it the lasting impact. We are all searching for oursevles. We all have a secret identity. We are all trying to escape something. We all want to change the world. Chabon's characters struggle along with the rest of us with the medium of comic books as their backdrop. One of the most impressive feats is Chabon's ability to verbally paint for us what his characters are painting in their own fictional world within world. They say that readers of fiction have a greater ability to empathize with the people. You can't read this book without feeling empathy. You can't help but realize how much you and these people share in your own ways. "Forget about what you are escaping from. Reserve your anxiety for what you are escaping to."

 


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$16.00
ISBN: 9781250083258
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Published: Picador USA - March 1st, 2016

East of Eden: John Steinbeck Centennial Edition (1902-2002) Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780670033041
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Published: Viking Books - June 24th, 2003

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$27.95
ISBN: 9781101946619
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - August 30th, 2016

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781400079278
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Published: Vintage Books USA - January 3rd, 2006

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$27.95
ISBN: 9780393240801
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 12th, 2017

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780143111405
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Published: Penguin Books - September 12th, 2017

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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062645227
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Published: Harper - June 6th, 2017

But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking about the Present as If It Were the Past Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399184130
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Published: Blue Rider Press - April 25th, 2017

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780060883287
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers - February 1st, 2006

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By Joseph Heller, Christopher Buckley (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781451626650
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2011

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781250094735
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Published: Picador USA - August 2nd, 2016

Nathen

Three Things I Like: writing bad literature, reading good literature, and playing guitar when I can't tell the difference

Currently Reading: Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash

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$25.00
ISBN: 9781566894647
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Published: Coffee House Press - June 6th, 2017

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780062292070
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 14th, 2017

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By The New Yorker Magazine, Henry Finder (Editor), David Remnick (Introduction by)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780812983302
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Published: Modern Library - July 5th, 2016

Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780872866584
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Published: City Lights Books - July 14th, 2015

Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780525426783
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Published: Viking - May 10th, 2016

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$15.99
ISBN: 9781451673319
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 10th, 2012

Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780763668181
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 22nd, 2015

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$27.95
ISBN: 9780385539838
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Published: Doubleday Books - October 6th, 2015

A dystopian fantasy that completely deconstructs the history of the world in an incredibly intricate way while maintaining a striking cultural critique on our ideas of masculinity, money, blood, and love. With an almost Danielewski approach towards using the novel as an artpiece, Dodson has created an immensely stark world and has proved himself as one of the most imaginative writers that I've encountered in a very long time.


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By Brian Jacques, Gary Chalk (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780142302378
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Published: Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers - September 30th, 2002

This book is action packed. A page turner in which some beloved characters redeem themselves, some perish while evil characters ebb and flow in triumph and despair too. This has to be the most entertaining part of the book: the way that Jacques is able to deliver a story that is devastating, and yet in the end, hopeful. It is a strong testament to the fantasy novel, especially one made for kids of all ages. There are battles and strategy and adventure; everything needed to keep a kid entertained and looking for more to read.


Mark

Three things I like: nicking recipes from favourite restaurants, climbing over language barriers in faraway places, and spotting lookalikes

Currently reading: Warlock by Oakley Hall

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By Oakley Hall, Robert Stone (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590171615
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Published: New York Review of Books - November 21st, 2005

Elizabeth

 

Three things I like: cheese, tea, and The BBC 

Currently reading: My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143128090
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Published: Penguin Books - March 28th, 2017

*Whether you are a sommelier, a boxed-wine drinker, a rose fanatic, or just wondering what the heck the buzz is about, Bianca Bosker delivers with Cork Dork!

Bianca Bosker co-founded The Huffington Post’s tech section and served as the site’s Executive Tech Editor until 2014 when she handed herself over to the life of wine.
Cork Dork is that story: all at once a hilarious memoir, an instructional guide to drinking wine, and a window into the history, science, and philosophy of living for taste.
With writing that is both informative and laugh-out-loud hilarious, Cork Dork makes wine accessible. It shows you how to be present in the experience. To savor each sip, letting it play over your senses and your memories. And for civilians like me, it makes you want to participate:

While learning the proper routine of blind-tasting, I attempted to “blind” taste the GoT red blend.
While reading about the neuroscience of smell, I tried to better appreciate my pineapple coconut smoothie.
And while sitting in a very quiet cafe, I laughed out loud at the image of corks flying and exploding bottles of red wine.

READ. THIS. BOOK. 


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$26.00
ISBN: 9780735212176
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

This book left me breathless, heartbroken, and hopeful. Exit West is one of those rare titles that quietly speaks truth in the face of chaos and crisis. By bringing the refugee crisis to our own doorstep with magical realism, Hamid's narrative demands empathy for people whose struggles are otherwise filtered through political agenda. Nadia and Saeed help us to understand what it means to be forced into change despite overwhelming adversity, to be loyal to a past that is all but lost, and to finally find a new home in hope and love. Mohsin Hamid has given us a lens into the hard reality of our time while suggesting that with some humility, tenderness, and revision, we might just arrive to a new future battered but in tact and looking forward.


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$26.00
ISBN: 9780670025350
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Published: Viking - March 7th, 2017

The One-Eyed Man is provocative and exasperating. 
Ron Currie has presented readers with a unique insight on the human condition. Is our narrator painfully honest or unreliable to a fault? After the death of his wife and a moment of enlightenment, K. has found the ability (or so we are lead to believe) to see without bias and speak without filter. Grief and pain are irrelevant. But by "liberating" himself, K. may have doomed those around him. Is it better to drown in delusion or to be ripped apart by awareness? 
In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king of his own mind until the blind revolt.
Incredibly well done.


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$26.00
ISBN: 9781101985137
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Published: Dutton Books - February 7th, 2017

Pardon the temporal drag, but I believe that's future me declaring this my favorite book of 2017.
I am so grateful for the few months I have to digest this novel so I can present it to customers without dissolving into squeals and feels (Because if you review the audio of me reading the last 50 pages of this book, I very loudly experience the full range of human emotion)! 


Where this book is science fiction, it is smart and quirky, as fresh as a lemon tart and just as delicious. When it starts getting too complicated, our narrator reminds us that he doesn't really get it either.
But WAIT, this book is more than time travel. It is the consequences of our actions, the hope for a better tomorrow, the strength to be our best selves, the guilt we endure, and the love we live for. 
Plus it's REALLY fun, and is going to make an amazing film some day. 5 stars, plus a little gold star sticker on the side.


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$25.00
ISBN: 9781101875940
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 24th, 2016

Savory and delicious--with a hint of cocaine and a strong note of self-discovery (and maybe a tinge of regret).

The kind of book that keeps you up until 2am screaming THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. My favorite book of the year so far.

--Liz


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$15.99
ISBN: 9780062255662
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Published: William Morrow & Company - June 3rd, 2014

Ocean at the End of the Lane was the most gripping novel on my 2015 list, occupying my time on two flights to and from Orange County. Complicated and heart-wrenching, it had me squirming in my seat. I found myself horrified and in awe of this young boy whose innocence allows him to recognize a danger that no "grown-up" can while leaving him feeling incapable of confronting its authority. Sitting on that plane, I felt both enlightened and powerless.

This book knows what it means to be a child.


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$25.99
ISBN: 9780062326270
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Published: Harper - January 26th, 2016

   


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$15.99
ISBN: 9780062282712
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 5th, 2014

   


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$9.99
ISBN: 9780440221661
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Published: Dell Publishing Company - August 30th, 2005

   


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$22.95
ISBN: 9781594486296
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2014

Heather

 

Three Things I Like: red meat, Nintendo, and my bed

Currently Reading:  Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

 

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Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679728757
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Published: Vintage Books USA - May 5th, 1992

Terrifying.  McCarthy didn't just change the novel of the American West, he changed the novel period.  The only way this book could be more frightening is if it were written in blood.

-Heather- 


Karrie

Three Things I Like: scuba diving, Indian food, and Moroccan Riads

Currently reading: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780670026197
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Published: Viking - September 6th, 2016

I love Russian novels -- give me Tolstoy or Dostoevsky and I'll be entertained for days. It's hard to adapt/capture the feelings evoked by these classic Russian novels in the 21st centure, let alone by the hand of an American author.  Towles came damn close, through this tale of a count sentenced to life in the Metropol Hotel, which is across from the Kremlin in Moscow.  Recounting days spent and lives lived in this swanky hotel, this book offers a great escape. Highly recommend!


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$26.00
ISBN: 9780770436407
Availability: Special Order
Published: Hogarth - May 7th, 2013

I usually struggle with plots that move back and forth through space and time, but this book flowed unlike any I've ever read.  It is beautifully written and very moving.  You'll also learn a lot about Chechnya.

-Karrie- 


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$16.00
ISBN: 9780804171472
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Published: Vintage - April 14th, 2015

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780307455925
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Published: Anchor Books - March 4th, 2014

Suzy T

 
Three Things I Like: animals, traveling, and golf 
 
Currently reading: The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
 
 
 
 
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$15.00
ISBN: 9780307955913
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Published: Hogarth Press - March 12th, 2013

The watch was one of my favorite fiction reads last year.  The story describes a sentinel event for the characters during the Afghan war.  Each chapter tells the same event from a different characters point of view.  My heart raced and pounded as if I were present.

-Suzy- 


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Classics Book Group

Classics Book Group meets to discuss their October pick Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.

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Event date: 
Monday, October 23, 2017 - 7:00pm
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$13.00
ISBN: 9780385474542
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Published: Anchor Books - September 1st, 1994

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Old. St Pat's Book Group

Old St. Pat's Book Group meets to dicuss their October selection, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi .

Event date: 
Monday, October 23, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Book Cellar
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
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$16.00
ISBN: 9781101971062
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

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French Book Club

The French Book Club meets to discuss their October pick, TBA. 

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 7:00pm
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Never Too Old: A YA Book Club for Adults

The Never Too Old: A YA Book Club for Adults meets to discuss their selection for October, Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley.

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Event date: 
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 7:30pm
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$16.00
ISBN: 9780385343497
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Published: Bantam - January 19th, 2010

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**OFFSITE** John Feinstein at the Ridgemoor Country Club

John Feinstein presents his new book The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup at the Ridgemoor Country Club.

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Admission includes a book and access to the cash bar!

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Can't make it to the event? You can still get a signed copy! Pick it up at the store or have it shipped to you after the event. Click HERE to order. Make sure you put any signing requests in the comments box.

 

About John Feinstein:

John Feinstein is the author of many books, including the two best-selling sports books of all time: “A Season on The Brink,” and “A Good Walk Spoiled,” both No. 1 New York Times bestsellers. He has also written several mysteries written for kids. Many others have been New  In addition to his books, John also works for The Washington Post, The Golf Channel, Golf Digest, Sirius XM, CBS Sports Radio and Comcast Sportsnet. He has been inducted into The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame; The National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame; The U.S. Basketball Writer’s Hall of Fame and the Greater D.C. Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. He is a graduate of Duke University and lives in Potomac, Maryland with his wife Christine and has three children: Danny, Brigid and Jane.

 

About The First Major:

Coming into 2016, the Americans had lost an astounding six out of the last seven Ryder Cup matches, and tensions were running high for the showdown that took place in October, 2016 in Hazeltine, Minnesota, just days after American legend Arnold Palmer had died. What resulted was one of the most raucous and heated three days in the Cup's long history. Award-winning author John Feinstein takes readers behind the scenes, providing an inside view of the dramatic stories as they unfolded: veteran Phil Mickelson's two-year roller-coaster as he upended the American preparation process and helped assemble a superb team; superstar Rory McIlroy becoming the clear-cut emotional leader of the European team, and his reasons for wanting to beat the US team so badly this time around; the raucous matches between McIlroy and American Patrick Reed - resulting in both incredible golf, and several moments that threatened to come to blows; the return of Tiger Woods not as a player but an assistant captain, and his obsession with helping the US win - which was never the case when he was playing. Feinstein provides his unique take on the Ryder Cup, which has clearly become golf's most intense and emotional event...it's 'first Major.'

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
6601 W Gunnison St.
Chicago, IL 60706
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$28.95
ISBN: 9780385541091
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Published: Doubleday Books - October 24th, 2017

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**OFFSITE** She Writes Press at the Budlong Woods Library

Join us at the Budlong Woods Library as the She Writes Press presents "Bright Heroines in Dark Times, Mystery and Suspense."

 

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About J.L. Doucette: J.L. Doucette returned to Rhode Island after living many years in Wyoming. She earned a doctorate in counseling psychology from Boston University and has a private practice in Providence. She is at work on her second novel, On a Quiet Street, also featuring Dr. Pepper Hunt.

About Last Seen: When a traumatized reporter goes missing in the Wyoming wilderness, the therapist who knows her secrets is drawn into the investigation--and she comes face-to-face with terrifying answers regarding her own difficult past.

 

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About Jennifer Dwight: Jennifer Dwight worked as a litigation paralegal, trainer, and writer for 33 years in the San Francisco area while rearing her children as a single mother. During that time she wrote and published numerous articles, a sixty-segment fiction serial, short stories, and three nonfiction books, and presented seminars, speeches, and training programs in the legal community. She now concentrates on writing fiction and lives with her family in Northern California.

About The Tolling of Mercedes BellWhen she becomes entangled with a charismatic lawyer at her work, recently widowed Mercedes Bell unwittingly drinks a noxious cocktail of deception, desire, legal intrigue, and grief--but when she realizes that her life and her daughter's safety hang in the balance, she is jolted into action.

 

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About Amy S. Peele: Amy Peele was born and raised in the Chicago area, where she graduated from South Chicago School of Nursing. She discovered her passion for organ donation and transplantation when she started as a transplant coordinator at University of Chicago, and has since enjoyed a thirty-five-year career in transplantation in both Illinois and California. Peele has lived and worked in the San Francisco area since 1985 and has been writing creatively for over fifteen years. In addition to killing people in her murder mysteries, she enjoys meditating, yoga, swimming, and pursuing her spirituality by studying the teachings of Deepak Chopra.

About Cut: A well-respected transplant nurse and her best friend meet the corrupt world of organ transplants in a wild rollercoaster ride through lifestyles of the rich and famous.

 

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About J.L. Newton: J. L. Newton is Professor Emerita at a land grant university. She is at work on another mystery and lives in California where she tends her garden and cooks for family and friends. 

About Oink: Emily Addams, foodie professor of women's studies at Arbor State--a land grant university in Northern California--finds herself an unlikely suspect in the poisoning of a man she barely knows: Professor Peter Elliott of Plant Biology, the hotshot developer of a new genetically modified corn.How did her cornbread end up in his hand as he lay in the smelly muck of a pig's pen? As Emily and her colleagues try to identify who and what has poisoned Peter, they also struggle to keep a new and corporate-minded administration from defunding the women's and ethnic studies programs. In the process of solving the mystery, Emily and her network deepen their ties to each other--and uncover some of the dark secrets of a university whose traditionally communal values are being polluted by a wave of profit-fueled ideals.Oink comes with recipes.

 

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About Kate Jessica Raphael: Kate Raphael is a San Francisco Bay Area writer, feminist and queer activist and radio journalist, who makes her living as a law firm word processor. She lived in Palestine for eighteen months as a member of the International Women's Peace Service, documenting human rights abuses and accompanying Palestinians as they attempted to live normal lives under occupation. At the end of her time in Palestine, she was imprisoned for over a month by the Israeli authorities and eventually deported. In 2011, she won a residency at Hedgebrook. She produces the weekly radio show, Women's Magazine, on KPFA/Pacifica, which is heard throughout Northern and Central California. Her writing from Palestine has been included in the anthology Peace Under Fire (Verso), Reclaiming Quarterly, Left Turn, and websites including miftah and palestinemonitor.

About Murder Under the Bridge: When Rania--the only female Palestinian police detective in the northern West Bank, as well as a young mother in a rural community where many believe women should not have such a dangerous career--discovers the body of a foreign woman on the edge of her village, no one seems to want her look too deeply into what's happened. But she finds an ally in Chloe--a gay, Jewish-American peace worker with a camera and a big attitude--and together, with the help of an annoying Israeli policeman, they work to solve the murder. As they do, secrets about war crimes and Israel's thriving sex trafficking trade begin to surface--and Rania finds everything she holds dear in jeopardy.

About Murder Under the Fig Tree: Hamas has taken power in Palestine, and the Israeli government is rounding up threats. When Palestinian policewoman Rania Bakara finds herself thrown in prison, though she has never been part of Hamas, her friend Chloe flies in from San Francisco to get her out. Chloe begs an Israeli policeman named Benny for help--and Benny offers Rania a way out: investigate the death of a young man in a village near her own. The young man's neighbors believe the Israeli army killed him; Benny believes his death might not have been so honorable. Initially, Rania refuses; she has no interest in helping the Israelis. But she is released anyway, and returns home to find herself without a job and suspected of being a traitor. Searching for redemption, she launches an investigation into the young man's death that draws her into a Palestinian gay scene she never knew existed. 

 

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About Michelle Cox: Michelle Cox holds a B.A. in English literature from Mundelein College, Chicago, and is the author of the award-winning A Girl Like You, the first in the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series. She is known for her wildly popular blog, "How to Get Your Book Published in 7,000 Easy Steps -A Practical Guide" as well as her charming "Novel Notes of Local Lore" - a blog dedicated to Chicago's forgotten residents. Michelle lives with her husband and three children in the Chicago suburbs.

About A Girl Like You: Henrietta Von Harmon works as a 26 girl at a corner bar on Chicago's northwest side. It's 1935, but things still aren't looking up since the big crash and her father's subsequent suicide, leaving Henrietta to care for her antagonistic mother and younger siblings. Henrietta is eventually persuaded to take a job as a taxi dancer at a local dance hall--and just when she's beginning to enjoy herself, the floor matron turns up dead. When aloof Inspector Clive Howard appears on the scene, Henrietta agrees to go undercover for him--and is plunged into Chicago's grittier underworld. Meanwhile, she's still busy playing mother hen to her younger siblings, as well as to pesky neighborhood boy Stanley, who believes himself in love with her and keeps popping up in the most unlikely places, determined to keep Henrietta safe--even from the Inspector, if need be. Despite his efforts, however, and his penchant for messing up the Inspector's investigation, the lovely Henrietta and the impenetrable Inspector find themselves drawn to each other in most unsuitable ways.

About A Ring of Truth: Newly engaged, Clive and Henrietta now begin the difficult task of meeting each other's family. "Difficult" because Clive has neglected to tell Henrietta that he is in fact the heir to the Howard estate and fortune, and Henrietta has just discovered that her mother has been hiding secrets about her past as well. When Clive brings Henrietta to the family estate to meet his parents, they are less than enthused about his impoverished intended. Left alone in this extravagant new world when Clive returns to the city, Henrietta finds herself more at home with the servants than his family, much to the disapproval of Mrs. Howard and soon gets caught up in the disappearance of an elderly servant's ring, not realizing that in doing so she has become part of a bigger, darker plot.

 

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About Nadine Kenney Johnstone: Nadine Kenney Johnstone teaches English at Loyola University and received her MFA from Columbia College in Chicago. Her work has been featured in Chicago magazine,The Moth, PANK, and various anthologies, including The Magic of Memoir. She presents at writing conferences internationally and lives near Chicago with her family.

About Of This Much I'm Sure: After an IVF procedure leads to near-fatal internal bleeding, one woman must ask herself if the journey to create life is worth risking her own.

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