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November 16, 2016

Immigrants form the essential tapestry of the American experience and the great melting pot is impressively captured in City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York. Antoine Leiris shows us that hate is not the answer in his eloquent memoir, You Shall Not Have My Hate. Pepper these reading selections with a range of paperbacks: The Never-Open Desert Diner set in the American Southwest and Fishbowl, a lively look at the residents of a big-city apartment complex. Dive in and happy reading!

November 02, 2016

Ups and downs are a part of life and yes, provide great material for stories. The Great Recession forms the backbone of the funny and impressive debut The Wangs vs. the World; while in The People of the Broken Neck one young father must battle PTSD and the Feds as he takes his kids on a cross-country, pulse-pounding chase. Paperback originals include another thriller, The Perfect Girl and November Storm, which is a simultaneous paperback-hardcover publication. Buoy your spirits with the many book recommendations here. Happy reading!

October 19, 2016

Let your imagination soar with Crossing the Horizon, historical fiction about three daredevil aviatrixes, or travel across the globe from England to Australia with The Other Side of the World, where one young wife and mother finds it difficult to start life anew. Acquaint yourself with notable authors such as Adam Johnson and Claire Vaye Watkins with their new paperback releases, Fortune Smiles and Gold Fame Citrus respectively. We have enough fuel here for a great ride. Happy reading!

October 05, 2016

Relationships between adults and children can take on a variety of unpredictable paths as shown by some of the features in this issue. News of the World explores the heartwarming story of an old Civil War veteran and an abducted girl he tries to return to safety, while a mid-nineteenth century nurse in Ireland must forge a caregiver's bond with a vulnerable 11-year old in Emma Donoghue's The Wonder. Paperback releases include a wild legal drama in The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse. Cuddle up and read!

September 21, 2016

A great story offers fresh new insights and sometimes an unexpected perspective. Amor Towles' A Gentleman in Moscow does just that, as does a new book about the Chinese American experience, The Fortunes. A more microscopic perspective occupies center stage in the non-fiction volume, I Contain Multitudes. Don't miss Under the Udala Trees, a hypnotic story set in Nigeria, now released in paperback. Come join us for a discussion of this novel and happy reading!

September 07, 2016

Looking for books that speak to humanity's strong resilience? Mischling, a story about twins who survived the depravity of the Holocaust, is one of our many features that qualify, as is Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad. Enjoy the last of summer with The Fly Trap, a spotlight of a curious obsession, now released in paperback or make time to ponder with John Banville's The Blue Guitar also in our paperback lineup.

August 24, 2016

The human ability to transcend limitations, both physical and mental, is ably showcased by many books in this issue, including The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko, where the aftereffects of Chernobyl takes a physical toll on its characters. In Hot Milk, a young study-abroad student must try to find independence despite being the primary caretaker for her physically challenged mother. New paperbacks from authors we love such as Margaret Atwood and Jonathan Franzen complete our lineup.

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