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2017

Lilac Girls, by Martha Hall Kelly

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Kristin B.
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ISBN: 9781101883082
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 28th, 2017

Based on actual events of New York socialite, Caroline Ferriday, this story is a fast-paced adventure/romance and heartbreak detailing specific events during WWII. Traveling from the U.S. to Poland and Germany, what connects the three women's lives is their resilience in the face of danger. 


On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, by Timothy Snyder

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Kristin B.
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ISBN: 9780804190114
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - February 28th, 2017

No matter your political affiliation, Snyder's 20 points of what we can learn from history is invaluable. If you love democracy and freedom--read this book!


No is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need, by Naomi Klein

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Kristin B.
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ISBN: 9781608468904
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Published: Haymarket Books - June 13th, 2017

A very informative and interesting book. Klein successfully informs historical as well as modern events and then shares tactics on how to keep our democracy alive and well. 


Imagine Wanting Only This, by Kristen Radtke

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ISBN: 9781101870839
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Published: Pantheon - April 18th, 2017

A personal story told in images that are incredibly profound. Radtke is asking the reader/viewer to consider who we are; what is our place and where is our place on this planet. And so much more.


The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern

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Kristin B.
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ISBN: 9780307744432
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Published: Anchor - July 3rd, 2012

I've always been fascinated by carnivals and circuses, and this book has the spectacle and intrigue that one would expect from these venues. Part romance, mystery and intrigue, this novel is a fun read and gives you lasting magical images.


Another Brooklyn, by Jacqueline Woodson

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Heather
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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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Heather
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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.


Hum If You Don't Know the Words, by Bianca Marais

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Heather
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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.

 


The Red Haired Woman, by Orhan Pamuk

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Heather
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ISBN: 9780451494429
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Published: Knopf - 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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