Heather's Picks

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.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki, by Haruki Murakami

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage (Vintage International) By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translated by) Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780804170123
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Published: Vintage - May 5th, 2015

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki  is another masterpiece by the renowned Japanese author. I couldn’t put this book down.  How masterfully Murakami tells the story of one young man who becomes an outsider from   his tightknit group of friends from his youth.  He seeks to reconnect with his friends and to understand his relationship to others. “Some things are too complicated to explain in any language.”  This book resonates with you long after it has been read. --Heather


All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

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All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel By Anthony Doerr Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781476746586
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Published: Scribner - May 6th, 2014

An amazing storyteller, Doerr weaves together the lives of two teenagers-one Marie-Lure, a blind French girl, and the other, Werner, an orphaned German youth.  With alternating chapters, flash forwards and flash backs, Doerr shows us the capacity for people to care for one another amidst the carnage of WWII. The light which was invisible is made visible. Shortlisted for the National Book Award.2014


In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, by Gabor Maté, MD

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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction By Gabor Maté, MD, Peter A. Levine, Ph.D. (Foreword by) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781556438806
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Published: North Atlantic Books - January 5th, 2010

In the state of the state address, Governor Peter Shumlin opened the conversation on how the opiate problem in our state is affecting public health and public safety. As Mate states, “If the goal of the War on Drugs is to discourage or prevent drug use, it has failed.”(289) From 1980 to 1999 the number of Americans arrested for drug offenses has nearly tripled, from 580,00 to 1,532,200….The United States contains less than 5 percent of the world’s population but houses nearly a quarter of the world’s prisoners.” (290) Mate’s book awakens readers to consider a better approach to dealing with and treating addiction. Based on extensive neuroscience research and clinical practice, Mate argues for a more humane and medical approach to treating addicts, shifting profits away from drug cartels and huge sums spent on prisons. As our legislature examines the problem, we can be better informed by reading Mate’s book.


The Steady Running of an Hour, by Justin Go

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The Steady Running of the Hour: A Novel By Justin Go Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476704586
Published: Simon & Schuster - April 15th, 2014

With a title from Wilfred Owen’s “Strange Meeting”, Justin Go weaves two tales, one of young American Tristan who will inherit the sizable estate of Ashley Walshington a British mountaineer who died on Mt. Everest in 1924, if he can prove his grandmother was related to Imogen Soames-Anderson, and  the other, a love story of Imogen and Ashley, who is deployed to the Western Front in WWI, and never marries the love of his life. Go writes a haunting love story set against the darkness of war.


Dragnet Nation, by Julia Angwin

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Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance By Julia Angwin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780805098075
Published: Times Books - February 25th, 2014

What would you do to regain your privacy in the information age? Are you aware of the pervasiveness of data mining of your personal habits and information each time that you use a website, visit Facebook, buy online or use your cell phone? Would you want to know how your name appeared on the “No Fly” list or be freaked out if a microphone could record your every keystroke? After a rigorous attempt to  remove information about her from more than 90 data collection groups, Angwin asserts the need for commercial privacy legislation governing data collection.


The Lowland, by Jumpa Lahiri

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ISBN: 9780307265746
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 24th, 2013

As gripping as her earlier books.  Lahiri recounts the tale of two brothers, Subhash and Udayan, who are extreme opposites.  Set first in Calcutta in the 1960s.  Udayan is drawn to the rebellious Naxalite movement.  Subhash pursues a scientific research career in the United States.  Subhash returns to India to pick up the pieces of his family, and takes Gauri to the United States, raising his brother's child as his own.  Complex characters.


The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, by Jan-Philipp Sindeker

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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats: A Novel By Jan-Philipp Sendker Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781590514634
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Published: Other Press - January 31st, 2012

A story of epic quality showing an Eastern philosophical approach to life.  A young woman travels to rural Burma to discover why her father returned to the place of his youth.  In discovering that Tin Win was blind for the first 14 years of his life, she learns of his special gift of knowing people through the sounds of their voices and their heartbeats.  Remarkable use of language.


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