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The BookBrowse Review

Published May 21, 2014

ISSN: 1930-0018

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Dear BookBrowsers,

They say that those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. So honoring history's place in society is very much a part of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Since it also launches the unofficial start of summer, books get their place in the sun too - and this issue is filled with treats to get you started.

Darragh McKeon masterfully explores the Chernobyl disaster in his first novel, All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, which is published as a paperback original. History meets science in The Remedy, a non-fiction account of tuberculosis and a connection to Arthur Conan Doyle. Don't miss We Were Liars, where the secret history of a monied New England family occupies the spotlight.

Explore beyond the book - learn about The Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund, take a tour through African literature, learn the origins of the Hokey Pokey and visit Martha's Vineyard.

Multiple points of history intersect in Colum McCann's brilliant novel Transatlantic, which is now out in paperback. If you're looking for a juicy murder mystery to celebrate the long weekend with, look no further than The Summer of Dead Toys, another book now in paperback.

Whether you belong to a book club or not, I think you'll be interested in our interview with @RailBookClub, a commuter-led book club driven by Twitter. Get ready for summer reading with our previews of upcoming books. Which ones are you looking forward to?

As always, thank you for being a part of BookBrowse!

Davina Morgan-Witts

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