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In this issue I invite you to discover fish that sell for up to $150,000 each, a synagogue made of molasses, and a cutting-edge thriller laced with moral complexity.

We also bring you a roundup of notable books that published this week - fifteen titles culled from the literally thousands of published titles.

Lastly, if you enjoy discussing books, please mark your calendar for our upcoming book club discussions, and join us for any that interest you. 

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dragon1. Editor's Choice: Hardcover & eBook

The Dragon Behind the Glass by Emily Voigt

Hardcover (May 2016), 336 pages.
Publisher: Scribner.
BookBrowse Rating: 5/5, Critics' Consensus:  4.8/5
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Reviewed by Poornima Apte

How can you tell when an obsession has truly grown out of control? When a country, in this case Singapore, boasts of a mechanic turned repairman for fish. Yes, you heard that right: For. Fish. And if this whole thing sounds a little...well, fishy, consider this: The person who does this job, "Dr. Arowana," as he is referred to, pioneered the use of diamond-cutting tools to fix the eyeballs of the legendary creature under scrutiny - the Asian arowana, or dragon fish. "Two decades later, there's now a cottage industry of fin jobs, jaw tucks, and piscine eye lifts," points out the doggedly perseverant journalist Emily Voigt in her brilliant narrative nonfiction debut, The Dragon Behind the Glass: A True Story of Power, Obsession, And the World's Most Coveted Fish. ... continued


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2. Beyond the Book: CITES and the Dragonfish
 
Every time we review a book we also explore a related topic. Here is a recent "beyond the book" article for The Dragon Behind the Glass by Emily Voigt

Arowana The Dragon Behind the Glass: A True Story of Power, Obsession, And the World's Most Coveted Fish, by Emily Voigt, explores the wild dragon fish or Asian arowana, which is protected under CITES (pronounced sigh-tees), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. CITES is among the largest conservation agreements in the world, regulating the movement of ...continued

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interview4. Author Interview

Wendy Walker discusses her first psychological thriller, All Is Not Forgotten, which tells the story of a teenage girl who is brutally attacked at a party--and then receives a cutting-edge therapy to make her forget the attack.

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5. Editor's Choice: New in Paperback

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

Paperback (Jun 2016), 384 pages.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster.
BookBrowse Rating: 5/5, Critics' Consensus:  4.6/5
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Reviewed by Kim Kovacs
 
Alice Hoffman's The Marriage of Opposites is an historical fiction novel focusing on the life of Rachel Pomie Petit Pizzarro, the real-life mother of famed Impressionist painter Camille Pissaro. In a first-person account, Rachel relays her life on the small island of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands during the 19th century. She talks about her hopes and desires, of her relationship with her family and with her best friend Jestine, and how she first obeys tradition - and later defies it. As the book progresses, the story transitions to that of her youngest son, Jacobo (who prefers his middle name, Camille) as he grows into an adult with many of the same yearnings his mother experienced in her youth - particularly the longing to break free from convention and expectation ... continued


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synagogue6. Beyond the Book
The Synagogue Made With Molasses

Every time we review a book we also explore a related topic. Here is a recent "beyond the book" article for The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman.

In this article we explore the history of the Beracha Veshalom Vegemiluth Hasidim synagogue on the island of St Thomas in the Virgin Islands. Founded in 1796, it is believed to be the second oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere.

The structure has changed little in the years since its founding and is made primarily from local materials. The benches, Ark and bima (pulpit) are fashioned from the mahogany that used to be found on the island. The synagogue itself is constructed using rock from a local quarry, supplemented with bricks that were recycled ballast from the trading ships that docked at St. Thomas. And, the mortar that holds it all together is made from sand, limestone and molasses - and is said to taste sweet if you lick it!

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The Hidden Letters of Velta B. Good as Gone Gemini The Muse The Unseen World 
You Will Know Me And Soon I Heard a Roaring Wind Cousin Joseph We Come to Our Senses Leaving Lucy Pear 
Riverkeep Dark Matter My Name Is Leon Valley of the Moon Heroes of the Frontier 
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