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Heather found her way to Phoenix Books after retiring from full-time teaching. Her primary interest is in fiction, but she also ventures into poetry, nature, gardening, biography, history, and mystery. Lately, she has been reading some middle grade fiction to help young people.

The Overstory by Richard Powers

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The Overstory: A Novel Cover Image
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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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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.


The Nickel Boys

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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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Apeirogon: A Novel Cover Image
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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.


Fly Girls, by Keith O'Brien

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Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328592798
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Published: Eamon Dolan/Mariner Books - March 5th, 2019

As a biography of five early female aviators, O'Brien traces the development of the airline industry in the 1920's and 1930's. These five talented aviators strove to be recognized for their skill and courage as pilots, not as women pilots. They paved the way for women to be accepted in the workforce. Their personal stories are filled with sacrifice and indomitable courage.


Washington Black, by Esi Eduyan

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ISBN: 9780525563242
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Published: Vintage - April 9th, 2019

Who could imagine an eleven year old field slave, Washington Black, escaping a Barbados sugar plantation to travel with his master's brother to the Arctic, Nova Scotia and eventually to England. A skilled artist, Washington Black produces illustrations that help to record natural history. A strong narrator, an unforgettable character.


Lost Children Archive, by Valeria Luiselli

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ISBN: 9780525520610
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Published: Knopf - February 12th, 2019

A book for our times. Luiselli shows how callousness toward other cultures erodes our own. A family of four leaves NYC with 7 boxes of poems, documents, maps and music in search of Geronimo and the last Apaches (father's quest) and ins search of two lost children who have runaway from a deportation center at the Mexican border (mother's quest). The road trip pulls the couple apart while the son and daughter are intent upon finding the lost children. Creative storytelling that transcends the usual road trip story.


Heather's Top 10 (or 12) Books to Read Before You Die

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Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060838676
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Published: Amistad - March 19th, 2013

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All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476746586
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Published: Scribner - May 6th, 2014

Moonglow: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062225566
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 19th, 2017

American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062472106
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Published: William Morrow - August 16th, 2016

Between the World and Me Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 14th, 2015

Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399563249
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Published: Penguin Press - October 10th, 2017

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The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345806291
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Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2016

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The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476777412
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 4th, 2017

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250076229
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Published: Picador - September 5th, 2017

Man's Search for Meaning Cover Image
By Viktor E. Frankl, Harold S. Kushner (Foreword by), William J. Winslade (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9780807014295
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Published: Beacon Press - June 1st, 2006

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On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804190114
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - February 28th, 2017

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By James Joyce, Terence Brown (Introduction by), Terence Brown (Notes by)
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ISBN: 9780140186475
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Published: Penguin Classics - June 1st, 1993

Another Brooklyn, by Jacqueline Woodson

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ISBN: 9780062359995
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Published: Amistad - 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.


In The Midst of the Winter, by Isabel Allende

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In the Midst of Winter: A Novel Cover Image
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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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