2017

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Heather
Another Brooklyn Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062359995
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Published: Amistad Press - May 30th, 2017

A powerful storyteller, Woodson shows how teenage girls August, Angela, Sylvia, and Gigi bond with each other as they journey through their adolescence, each missing something within their own families that she needs.  Woodson navigates life on the edge of poverty where the characters witness much suffering and loss—the mother who does not come home, the addicted veteran, the prostitutes. The narrator August finds hope and strength.


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Heather
In the Midst of Winter Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501178139
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Published: Atria Books - October 31st, 2017

The lives of three characters become intertwined when Richard Bowmaster hits the rear end of a Lexus driven by Evelyn Orteja, an illegal immigrant from Guatemala.  Lucia Maraz, Richard's tenant from Chile, helps him solve the problem.  As a result, each character awakens to live more fully, moving past political turmoil, trauma and failed marriage.  As immigration and human trafficking are key issues today, Allende shows us the human cost.


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Heather
Hum If You Don't Know the Words Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399575068
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - July 11th, 2017

Two characters who normally would never meet because of apartheid in South Africa come together. Robin is grieving the loss of her parents who were murdered during the Soweto uprisings. Beauty, whose own daughter Nomas is missing during the uprisings, becomes Robin's caregiver. Beauty's love for Robin helps ease the pain. Robin helps Beauty with her loss. Robin knows that if Beauty finds Nomsa, she will lose her caregiver. Her decision could have evastating consequences.

 


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Heather
The Red-Haired Woman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451494429
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - August 22nd, 2017

A master storyteller, Pamuk's new book captivates readers with the story of a young man apprenticed to Mahmut, a well digger in the outskirts of Istanbul.  Pamuk weaves Western myth (Oedipus) and Easter myth (Sohrab and Rustum) into the story as the young man searches for a father figure.  Turkey is a crossorads of cultures.  The red haired woman is mysterious and has a profound influence on the boy's life.


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Heather
L'Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804188388
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - November 7th, 2017

With self-deprecating humor, world renowned chef and writer David Lebovitz writes about his experience of moving to Paris where he decides to buy an apartment to renovate for his home as an expat.  Lebovitz weaves together the process of establishing his identity in a culture different process of establishing his identity in a culture difference from what he knows.  He struggles to master the technical French vocabulary for hardware, tubs, and sinks.  He connects the transformation of his residence with the process of baking and cooking.  Witty delightful read.


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Phil
Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374142742
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Published: Farrar Straus and Giroux - September 5th, 2017

Among writers, John McPhee is in a class all his own. Lucky for aspiring writers, McPhee is teaching a masterclass in writing creative nonfiction in this collection of craft essays originally published in The New Yorker. If you want to learn from the master, read this book. (Then read all his other books.)


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Phil
The Green Hand and Other Stories Cover Image
By Nicole Claveloux, Donald Nicholson Smith (Translator), Daniel Clowes (Introduction by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781681371078
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Published: New York Review Comics - November 28th, 2017

Claveloux's boldly imagined comics open up electrifying dreamworlds of unparalleled strangeness and beauty.The New York Review of Comics reissue of her stories is a hallucinatory experience, perfect for fans of David Lynch, Robert Crumb, french surrealism, acid trips, or Heavy Metal (magazine).


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Katie M
Future Home of the Living God Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062694058
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Published: Harper - November 14th, 2017

In Future Home of the Living God, Cedar Snowmaker attempts to return to her Ojibwa family as a pregnant woman. But these are not ordinary times: evolution has become devolution; dragonflies the size of small dogs flit amongst the trees, some sort of large-tooth cat kills a neighbor’s lab, and pregnant women wonder what shape life will take within their wombs. There are echoes of the horrors endured by native communities as it becomes mandatory for all pregnant women to be institutionalized. Fear permeates these pages, but so does bravery and hope. Are species, homo sapiens included, really moving backwards? Or, is moving backwards going to offer a new way of going forward? Erdrich attempts to reclaim a sort of hope hidden in this reversal. Cedar, who has been raised by white parents, who is Catholic, who continues to write articles on the Immaculate Conception as the world falls apart around her, faces these horrors, and in a way owns them, ultimately attempting to claim a new beginning for herself, her baby, and her people. 


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Kristen
Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Healing for Men: Remedies and Recipes for Circulation Support, Heart Health, Vitality, Prostate Health, Anxiety Relief, Lon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781612124773
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Published: Storey Publishing - June 13th, 2017

It's pretty hard to find herbalism books that focus on men's health, and this new title from Vermont's own Rosemary Gladstar is brilliant.  Like all of Rosemary's books, this is a pleasure to read, but is also packed with information.  The recipes are both effective and, more often than not, delicious.  The layout is appealing, and the photos are gorgeous.  I can't recommend this book enough for both men curious about herbalism and for anyone concerned about the health of a man in their life.


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Rebecca
An Unkindness of Ghosts Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781617755880
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Published: Akashic Books - October 3rd, 2017

If you are trying to decide whether to read An Unkindness of Ghosts, look at the cover.  Would you like to get to know the woman pictured there? She is not going to entertain you, and if her look is too intense, better stay away. But she will speak truth to you, a difficult, messy truth. This book is more than ambitious; it is the debut of the year. The author is absolutely certain of every step, every risk. It's strange, raw, a little mad, harshly sane.

Aster lives on a generational spaceship en route to a promised new planetary home. The decks of the Matilda are segregated in every way, with each deck virtually sealed off from the others, with its own dialect, customs, and knowledge; the upper decks are populated by the wealthy and pale, and each deck lower becomes progressively poorer and populated by darker-skinned people. Aster, a denizen of Q deck, is the assistant to the ship's surgeon, which gives her much more freedom than most to move between decks, while her deckmates are slaves in the great fields that feed the entire ship. When Aster discovers clues to her mother's suicide, her quest to understand what happened leads her to realizations that will  alter the course of history. With parallels to today's world by turns uncomfortable, illuminating, painful, and hopeful, Aster's tale is full of metaphor and meaning.


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