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The Hidden Girl and Other Stories by Ken Liu

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Phil
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By Ken Liu
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982134037
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - February 25th, 2020

The vastness of Ken Liu's imagination is staggering and only outstripped by his ability to infuse science fiction with such intelligence, compassion, and heart. A powerful collection of tales from a writer with a rare gift.


The Overstory by Richard Powers

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ISBN: 9780393356687
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2019

Enlightening. A book deserving of all of the accolades and prizes (Pulitzer 2019) it has received. As humans, we share 25% of our genes with trees, and yet as we have evolved, we know so little of the biosystems that trees possess in order to survive, thrive and support other life. Powers' knowledge of the intricacy of forest life makes us see our relationship to the planet in a new way.


Lost Children Archive by Valerie Luiselli

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Heather
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ISBN: 9780525436461
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Published: Vintage - February 4th, 2020

Riveting! Creative! Luselli captures the dark side of the American dream when a family of four heads west on a road trip in search of Geronimo's ghosts and two lost sisters, undocumented children seeking asylum in the United States. The ten year old boy and five year old girl join the search in the desert. The author refers to Children's Crusades, Orphan Trains as well as trans from Central America to remind us of our shared humanity.


Ice Cream Man and Other Stories by Sam Pink

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ISBN: 9781593765934
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Published: Soft Skull Press - March 3rd, 2020

Underclass wage-workers ricochet through Pink's dark, minimalist stories, negotiating vicissitudes depressing and bleak, depicted in a cascade of sharp, tight one-liners, absurdly humorous and crushing but with Pink's poetic charm and grace. Here is your new cult-favorite author, the voice of the new writing underground.


The Nickel Boys

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Heather
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ISBN: 9780385537070
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Published: Doubleday - July 16th, 2019

Colin Whitehead is a powerful storyteller whose narrative is based on a true story. For 111 years, the Florida Reform School silently mistreated its young men until archaeologists from the University of Southern Florida unearthed unmarked graves of some of its residents. Two boys Elwood Curtis and Turner hope to earn enough points to be released from the torturous conditions. Elwood, inspired by the words of Martin Luther King Jr. "Love your enemies", hopes for the best. Decades later Turner pays tribute to Elwood's idealism.


Apeirogon by Colum McCann

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ISBN: 9781400069606
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Published: Random House - February 25th, 2020

A masterpiece! Two fathers, Bassam (Palestinian) and Rami (Israeli) share unending grief as a result of their daughters' deaths- ten year old Abir shot by an 18 year old Israeli trooper and 14 year old Smadar killed by three Palestinian suicide bombers in Jerusalem. Within the 1001 short chapters, some one sentence long, McCann provides readers with an amazing story of humanity-of what is possible if we can see each other with kindness and hope. This book is a compelling read-full of history, philosophy, music, art and archaeology.


Find Waldo in Essex!

Where’s Waldo? In Essex, of course! The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting local businesses throughout our community this July. Find Waldo in Essex is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses and the Shop Local movement in our community.

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Enter the Aardvark by Jessica Anthony

When you try to describe Enter the Aardvark, you have a whole lot of things that really don't belong together. A dudebro congressman fixated on the Reagan era. A reclusive Victorian taxidermist. A missing sorta-but-not-really boyfriend. And a stuffed aardvark who's seen it all. Nothing about this novel should work, and yet, in fewer than 200 pages, Jessica Anthony pulls it off. Much like its titular animal, Enter the Aardvark is simultaneously odd, funny, heartbreaking, and beautiful.

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ISBN: 9780316536158
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - March 24th, 2020

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