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The Light Years: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374294410
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 2nd, 2019

Fantastic debut memoir about coming of age in the 70’s counterculture by artist and designer Chris Rush. A journey of wild times, unbelievable detours and some of the most colorful characters you’ll ever hear of. Wonderfully trippy.

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385521314
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Published: Doubleday - February 26th, 2019

In this powerful, scrupulously reported book, investigative journalist Patrick Radden Keefe offers not just a forensic account of a brutal crime but a vivid portrait of the world in which it happened—Northern Ireland during the “Troubles.” The tragedy of an entire country is captured in the spellbinding narrative of a handful of characters, presented in lyrical and unforgettable detail. 

Honeybee Hotel: The Waldorf Astoria's Rooftop Garden and the Heart of NYC Cover Image
ISBN: 9781421426242
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Published: Johns Hopkins University Press - October 31st, 2018

A charming story of how nature checked into New York’s famed Waldorf Astoria and made the community a better place. The author weaves natural history, architectural history, gardening, bees and food into a thoughtful and engaging narrative.

Three Days and a Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681441771
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Published: MacLehose Press - October 9th, 2018

One of the best works of suspense I’ve read in recent memory. A preteen in a small provincial town accidentally kills a young neighbor boy in the woods near his home. Panicked, he conceals the body and to his relief—and ongoing shame—he is never suspected of any connection to the child's disappearance. To say anything beyond that is to give too much away, but let’s just say you won’t see the twists and turns coming and the end will leave you craving more from this amazing French author.

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Speak: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062391209
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Published: Ecco - May 3rd, 2016

Powerful, poignant, and deep, Speak’s unusual structure weaves together six narrative voices, including a Puritan girl leaving her former life behind to journey to America, AI pioneer and WWII code-breaker Alan Turing, and a slowly dying “babybot”, that together illuminate a link between the creation of artificial intelligence and the fundamental human yearning for connection.

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The Story of My Teeth Cover Image
ISBN: 9781566894098
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 15th, 2015

Those who have been following the young Mexican author’s writings will find this a departure from her almost avant-garde cosmopolitanism to a warmer and evocative style, much in the tradition of Borges' and Marquez' magical realism. But, the “magic" is in the characters and scenarios she creates and how “real" she can make the preposterous and outlandish seem. Unique, funny, a little off, but will definitely leave a lasting impression.

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Suite Francaise (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400096275
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Published: Vintage - April 10th, 2007

It’s no wonder Nemirovsky’s account of the German invasion of Paris and the aftermath seems so much more visceral and immediate than your typical WWII narrative; the author lived the events and wrote about them as they unfolded. But this isn’t so much a story of battles as it is about the people affected by circumstances outside of their control and the actions they take to survive, endure and love.

Saturday Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400076192
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Published: Anchor - April 11th, 2006

Completely compelling and beautifully written, SATURDAY is an its infinite look at a small chunk of time (in this case, one Saturday in the life of a London neurosurgeon) but much more personal in its rich and wide-ranging musings, including many about the world post 9/11, war, aging, fear, family, and work.

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You Remind Me of Me: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345441409
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 26th, 2005

Known more for his short story collections, Chaon’s criminally neglected first novel is a masterpiece of character development told through multiple points of view at different points in time. Under anyone else’s hands, the story might have been a confused mess, but the vignettes offered up by Chaon are skillfully woven together to reveal the connections of these disparate characters, relatable however flawed, who ultimately desire to do the right thing, mend broken bonds and not let the past dictate their destiny.