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Bad Marie (P.S.)
Bad Marie (P.S.)
by Marcy Dermansky
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Wow — I loved this book! You know you are dealing with a great writer when you care about a character even though you don't like them.  Marie, the nanny, has more to say (both bad and good) about motherhood than most parents.  Self-absorbed and... (read more)

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Ruth and the Green Book
Ruth and the Green Book
by Calvin A. Ramsey
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This is a book that matters, and it pleases and succeeds on so many levels. Ruth and the Green Book is the story of a young girl and her parents who travel from their home in Chicago to visit relatives in Alabama. The book is set during the segregated... (read more)

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Oracle Bones: A Journey through Time in China
Oracle Bones: A Journey through Time in China
by Peter Hessler
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From the acclaimed author of River Town comes a rare portrait, both intimate and epic, of twenty-first-century China as it opens its doors to the outside world.... (read more)

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The Invisible Bridge
The Invisible Bridge
by Julie Orringer
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The Invisible Bridge is jaw-droppingly impressive. Orringer is a hugely talented writer, able to wrangle epic themes — love and war, tragedy and redemption — and tame them with her deft, evocative prose. Her debut novel is cinematic, heart-wrenching,... (read more)

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Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page
Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page
by Matt Kish
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In 2009, Matt Kish had an idea, a dream, a plan. Every day he would read a page from Moby-Dick, choose one passage, and then create an image based on the text — for all 552 pages! A year and a half later his epic quest came to an end, and Portland's... (read more)

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Someplace like America: Tales from the New Great Depression
Someplace like America: Tales from the New Great Depression
by Dale Maharidge
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Someplace Like America: Tales from the New Great Depression, as with so many other important and deserving books, may never enjoy the level of attention and readership it so obviously merits. Written by Dale Maharidge and featuring photographs by... (read more)

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Cleopatra: A Life
Cleopatra: A Life
by Stacy Schiff
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I'm rather sure that all three of Stacy Schiff's previous works have been nominated for some award or another. With a pedigree like that, you know that her latest biography is bound to be a must-read. Stripping away all the previous misconceptions about... (read more)

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The Unnamed
The Unnamed
by Joshua Ferris
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The Unnamed is a very different (and much darker) book than Then We Came to the End, but Ferris's clarity of voice, urgency of purpose, fascinating characters, and even hints of humor remain. A marvelous and heartbreaking meditation on the mind and body... (read more)

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The Pale King
The Pale King
by David Foster Wallace
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If I told you this book consists of 500+ pages detailing the inner workings of the massive bureaucracy that is the Internal Revenue Service as well as the interior lives of the people who work there, you'd probably tell me it sounds like a great way to... (read more)

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The Mysterious Secret of the Valuable Treasure
The Mysterious Secret of the Valuable Treasure
by Jack Pendarvis
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Pendarvis devises small worlds inhabited by the strangest people: A teenager reveals his ingenious idea for a revenge comic book series called "Sex Devil"; the mercilessly redundant owner of a "High, Squeaky Voice" dreams of his audio book career; and... (read more)

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Reamde: A Novel
Reamde: A Novel
by Neal Stephenson
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A fast-paced departure from Stephenson's established brand of technology-driven storytelling, this nail-biter dives headlong into the present-day global economy and propels the reader on a worldwide adventure, complete with international spies, jihadists,... (read more)

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Horns: A Novel
Horns: A Novel
by Joe Hill
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After reading Joe Hill's newest novel, Horns, I am vastly relieved: there is a successor to Stephen King. I've spent a few traumatizing moments wondering what I'd do should there not ever be another King novel or short story. Well, as long as his son... (read more)

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Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan
Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan
by Jake Adelstein
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Tokyo Vice is an almost unbelievable story of organized crime, human trafficking, and officials who look the other way, told by an American reporter — working for a Japanese newspaper — determined to expose the crimes. Adelstein's courage and... (read more)

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The Sense of an Ending
The Sense of an Ending
by Julian Barnes
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Julian Barnes won the Man Booker Prize for this lyrical little tome, and, in spite of the controversy surrounding the prize and the 2011 shortlist, I believe he deserved the award. It's the kind of book that one races through, stopping every now and then... (read more)

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You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto
You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto
by Jaron Lanier
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Proceed carefully. Reading this book is like biting into a jalapeño jelly bean that you thought was pear flavored. Startling, eye-opening, and a bit unnerving, Lanier's manifesto could be the key to preserving autonomy as increased technological... (read more)

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The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
by Michael Lewis
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Lewis describes the causes of the financial crisis with clarity, while putting it all in a very human context by focusing on a few of the individuals involved. It would have been easy for Lewis to second guess — in retrospect, it seems crazy to have... (read more)

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The Lay of the Land
The Lay of the Land
by Richard Ford
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Richard Ford's anti-hero Frank Bascombe has returned, middle-aged, possibly wiser, more cynical, and heading into a Thanksgiving season without his wife, but with other family members that he might not want to see. Ford is a great writer; in The Lay of... (read more)

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The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
by Richard Holmes
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Richard Holmes's The Age of Wonder is at once a history of Regency-era scientific discovery and a meditation on what the pursuit of science says about us as individuals and as a culture. Scrupulously researched and deftly told, this book is an epic... (read more)

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The Ruins
The Ruins
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Twelve years after his staggering debut, Scott Smith returns with The... (read more)

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The Road
The Road
by Cormac McCarthy
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The Road is Cormac McCarthy's darkest, most poetic book in years. In a post-apocalyptic, razed landscape (which, though archetypal, feels frighteningly plausible), McCarthy poses questions of survival, good and evil, and what makes us human.... (read more)

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