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Author Archive: "Mary Jo"

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.

Trigger Warning

A delicious cornucopia of Gaiman's short fiction. Dip in and enjoy. There's a bit of everything here, from Doctor Who to an unpublished American Gods story. Once again, Gaiman waves his magician's wand and we are swept away to slightly disturbing and eerie lands.

My Age of Anxiety

Both a memoir and a far-reaching exploration of anxiety's many facets. Stossel fearlessly illuminates his experiences with anxiety and his attempts to manage it, all while providing a fascinating account of anxiety throughout history, touching on everything from Hippocrates's findings to the latest neuropsychiatric research.

How to Fly a Horse

Drawing on countless examples of innovators and inventors, Ashton reminds us by example that creativity depends on hard work and perseverance, with a splash or two of genius topping off the mix. You might not reinvent the wheel after reading this, but you will be energized and inspired to exercise your creative muscles.

All Our Names

The story of two young men named Isaac who meet during an African revolution, one of whom stays in Africa, the other who comes to America. A powerful exploration of identity and what it means to be an outsider.


A brilliant Holmes pastiche, Moriarty opens just after Holmes and Moriarty have their epic struggle in Switzerland. What follows is a twisty tale involving Frederik Chase, a Pinkerton detective who is hot on the trail of an American criminal mastermind. He is joined by Athelney Jones, detective for Scotland Yard. Together they search for the highly elusive Clarence Devereux.

The Enchanted

The Enchanted is darkly exquisite. Denfeld's prose is transcendent, mythical, and timeless. This is a story about death-row inmates and some of the people who work with them. It is also a story that will change how you think about those people. What struck me most was the mythic tenderness Denfeld awards to her characters, and to all of us who venture into The Enchanted.

The World of Ice and Fire

You've seen the show and read the books, but still you have questions. Fret not; The World of Ice and Fire is here to answer them all. From the Dawn Age to the Targaryen kings, the history of Westeros awaits you. Chock-full of maps and illustrations, this is the perfect gift for the Game of Thrones fan.

Rain Reign

Rose is a high-functioning autistic fifth grader who loves homonyms and her dog, Rain. When her father lets Rain out one stormy night, Rose begins to search for her missing dog — which sets off a chain of unexpected events. A candid, sophisticated, empowering read.

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