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April 19, 2017

That old saying about home being where the heart is might be trite but it's true. The protagonist in Vaddey Ratner's Music of the Ghosts certainly thinks so after returning to her native Cambodia as a survivor of the Khmer Rouge, while Sarah Gerard's collection of essays, Sunshine State, shows her feeling ambivalent about home. In Annie Proulx's Barkskins, the native Americans can't recognize their own homeland generations after it's been colonized. Sink into the riches of books in this issue. Happy reading!

April 05, 2017

Sail the high seas and go island-hopping. First stop: the Cuban capital with Mark Kurlansky's Havana. Then visit the U.S. territories around the globe in a history and travelogue mix, The Not-Quite United States of America. You can also peek in on castaways on a remote French Polynesian island with Castle of Water. The high-seas adventure continues with the whaling adventure, The North Water, now released in paperback. Ready for terra firma? Try The Hourglass Factory, a murder mystery set in early twentieth century London. Dive in!

March 22, 2017

Countries around the world frame many of the books in this packed issue. Travel to India with Ghachar Ghochar or to Mexico City with the collection of short stories, Mexico. The many tales in Foreign Soil feature characters from around the world with a shared sense of restlessness. Meridian Wallace, the heroine of the newly released paperback, The Atomic Weight of Love, is also plagued by restlessness in her marriage and by her career decision. Join us as we travel the world with engaging books.

March 08, 2017

If you have had a "how did we get here" moment lately, you'll love playing connect the dots with many of the great books we feature in this issue including the brilliantly reported nonfiction The New Odyssey which explores the refugee crisis, and the elegiac novel, The Signal Flame. Another eloquent sociological study, Evicted, by MacArthur Genius Matthew Desmond, is now released in paperback as is the Man Booker-nominated novel The Year of the Runaways. So dive in and happy reading!

February 15, 2017

Explore the glories of life and its larger questions with the fine books in this issue. In Lincoln in the Bardo, author George Saunders encourages us to savor every moment by taking us beyond our existence into the afterlife, while Irish folktales of mermaids color the pages of Merrow, a YA novel that takes a fresh look at life. A hefty slate of paperbacks includes the brilliant nonfiction book While the City Slept and a finely crafted tale of obsession in Tender by Belinda McKeon. Happy reading!

February 01, 2017

We cater to practically every reading whim and taste with the many books in this issue. Feel like a crackling and sharp debut might be your cup of tea? Pick up The Animators. Maternal love without melodrama, animating you right now? Then Lucky Boy has you covered. Explore red America with Strangers In Their Own Land and learn more about mental illness in the touching History Is All You Left Me. We've got plenty in here for whatever reading journey you're ready for. Dive in!

January 18, 2017

Our lineup of books has plenty to offer in the empathy department beginning with Books for Living which shows how literature can open windows to worlds we have never seen before. YA readers and many adults will love A List of Cages and The Sun Is Also a Star; and you can stroll around 1984 New York City in Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk. Paperback releases include The Kindness of Enemies and The Confidence Game among others. Plenty of fodder to feed your empathy quotient!

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    by Vaddey Ratner
    Music of the Ghosts is about healing and forgiveness, but it is also about identity and the revival ...

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