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Author Archive: "Mary Jo"

A Book of Spirits and Thieves

A Book of Spirits and Thieves crackles with suspense and intrigue. An ancient book arrives by post and Becca's world is turned upside down. Her body falls into a coma, but her spirit travels to the kingdom of Mytica. Meanwhile, dark doings are afoot in Toronto, as Becca's sister discovers a secret society that desperately wants that mysterious book.


Sick in the Head

Judd Apatow's lifelong passion for comedy burns brightly in this new collection of interviews. Many of the best-known comedians working today are represented here: Jon Stewart, Louis C. K., Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld. When Apatow was 15, he took a job washing dishes in a comedy club — just so he could listen to all the comics.


Pirate Hunters

Ahoy! Kurson returns with more tales of treasure from the briny deep. This time the divers are off to the Dominican Republic to locate a ship captained by Roger Bannister, a British sea merchant turned pirate. The story of their efforts to locate the vessel is mesmerizing, complete with interviews, an altercation or two, and a touch of romance.


The Sunlit Night

Delightfully quirky and charming, the tale of how Frances and Yasha come to meet on a tiny Norwegian island is both winsome and slightly melancholic. From the reaches of the far north to a Russian bakery in Brighton Beach, Dinerstein transports us to her slightly wacky world.


The Sunlit Night

Delightfully quirky and charming, the tale of how Frances and Yasha come to meet on a tiny Norwegian island is both winsome and slightly melancholic. From the reaches of the far north to a Russian bakery in Brighton Beach, Dinerstein transports us to her slightly wacky world.


The Argonauts

The Argonauts is at once deeply personal and incisively intellectual. Nelson's prose shines as she navigates the terrain of pregnancy, motherhood, and the fluidity of particular familial relationships.


Magonia

A heady mashup of realistic fiction and fantasy. Aza has been ill for much of her life, but no one understands why. Turns out that she isn't human and her species doesn't do well on Earth. Told in chapters alternating between Aza and her close friend Jason, these two strong narrative voices combine to relate Aza's story in a compelling and fresh way.


The Dead Lands

Benjamin Percy spins a post-apocalyptic tale starring Lewis Meriwether and Wilhemina Clark. Once again, the intrepid duo heads West on a mission. Giant bats and various mutants greet them as they traverse the tortured landscape toward the mythic Cascadia.


The Alex Crow

Hold on to your hats. It's time for another wild ride, and Andrew Smith is driving. Time, place, and point of view are expertly mixed to offer us: Ariel, a 15-year-old refugee from the Middle East in summer camp for tech detox, a historic Arctic expedition, a reincarnated crow, and a schizophrenic bomber.


A Little Life

A rich and detailed examination of four friends that meet in college. At the center is Jude, a lawyer with a past he doesn't talk about. He wears long sleeves in hot weather, walks with a limp, and lives with chronic pain. With steely compassion and an unflinching gaze, Yanagihara shows us how these friends interact over the years and how Jude's past continues to affect him. This is a big book with a bigger heart.


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