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The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
by David Grann
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Grann's riveting book, The Lost City of Z, delves into the intrepid life and mysterious disappearance of legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett. Armchair travelers will be whisked away to the Amazon on a wild ride with a surprising finish.... (read more)

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie
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Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where... (read more)

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Home
Home
by Marilynne Robinson
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Where Gilead was an introspective masterpiece of reflection and contemplation, Home is a refreshingly honest portrait of familial relationships over time. Robinson carefully breathes life into these characters with each passing sentence, until by the end... (read more)

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Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
by Hilary Mantel
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Do we really need another sweeping historical epic set in 16th-century England? One which possesses at its heart yet another subplot about Henry VIII and his volatile affections? We certainly do if the novel is written by Hilary Mantel. Written in a... (read more)

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The Magicians
The Magicians
by Lev Grossman
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As a diehard Narniaphile and fantasy addict, I think it would have been impossible for me not to fall in love with The Magicians. Taking a page from C. S. Lewis, Grossman introduces Fillory, a charming and uncanny alternate world created by a fictional... (read more)

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Paper Towns
Paper Towns
by John Green
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Paper Towns starts with a dead man that two children find in the park and picks up speed from there. When his childhood best friend, Margo, goes AWOL, Quentin must put together some cryptic clues to find her. John Green has impressed me again with his... (read more)

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Dark Places
Dark Places
by Gillian Flynn
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Libby Day's mother and two sisters were savagely murdered when Libby was only seven years old. Her testimony in the ensuing trial helped send her brother to prison for the crimes. But is he really guilty? Flynn's accessible and compelling writing style... (read more)

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This Is Where I Leave You
This Is Where I Leave You
by Jonathan Tropper
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When Judd's father dies, he joins his family for a week to observe shivah. Meanwhile, in the face of his wife's affair and a divorce on his horizon, he discovers his wife is pregnant. This doesn't much sound like a funny book, but it truly is. Tropper... (read more)

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The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)
by Suzanne Collins
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Destined for widespread popularity and quite possibly a little controversy, this post-apocalyptic tale about teenagers who fight to the death to help feed their families is so riveting and heartbreaking, I ceased all essential functions until I finished... (read more)

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Little Bee
Little Bee
by Chris Cleave
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Little Bee is a Nigerian native who escapes horrific violence in her own land and flees to the UK in search of the English couple who inadvertently witnessed the pinnacle of her abuse. Chris Cleave creates a memorable character study here. Little Bee is... (read more)

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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
by David Mitchell
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Widely praised, and rightfully so, as one of the most gifted writers of his generation, Mitchell has yet again created an amazing story that's wholly original and enthralling. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet fulfills the promise of Mitchell's... (read more)

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The Likeness
The Likeness
by Tana French
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The Likeness is another masterpiece of suspense by Tana French. Reminiscent of The Secret History, this psychological thriller is wonderfully written and impeccably paced — a perfect summer read.... (read more)

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The Art of Racing in the Rain
The Art of Racing in the Rain
by Garth Stein
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After the umpteenth customer recommended this book to me, I made it my book club pick. The first few lines made me a bit nervous (because it could have gone so terribly wrong, you see), but I was laughing and crying within the first three pages. I... (read more)

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The Grand Central Baking Book: Breakfast Pastries, Cookies, Pies, and Satisfying Savories from the Pacific Northwest's Celebrated Bakery
The Grand Central Baking Book: Breakfast Pastries, Cookies, Pies, and Satisfying Savories from the Pacific Northwest's Celebrated Bakery
by Piper Davis and Ellen Jackson
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Every now and then, a cookbook comes along that becomes an instant classic. This is one of them. Fans of Grand Central Bakery — and bakers of all skill levels — will be delighted that they can now enjoy these irresistible baked goods at home.... (read more)

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The Breaks of the Game
The Breaks of the Game
by David Halberstam
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Portland: Read this. The Breaks of the Game, finally back in print, is almost certainly one of the best books ever written about the NBA, but that statement hardly does it justice. Halberstam's subject far transcends any action on the court. In 1979... (read more)

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Freedom: A Novel
Freedom: A Novel
by Jonathan Franzen
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In his new novel, Jonathan Franzen surpasses the achievements of his National Book Award-winner, The Corrections. Freedom examines every major theme in American life — politics, class, work, culture, and sex, to name a few — through the lens of one... (read more)

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Her Fearful Symmetry
Her Fearful Symmetry
by Audrey Niffenegger
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After six long years, Audrey Niffenegger gives us a gem of a ghost story. Based around two sets of twins, Highgate Cemetery in London, a haunted flat, and long-buried secrets, this story proves even better than The Time Traveler's Wife. With a shocking... (read more)

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Regretsy: Where DIY Meets WTF
Regretsy: Where DIY Meets WTF
by April Winchell
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Whether or not you're a member of the DIY community, Regretsy will make you cackle right out of your chair. Based on the popular blog, Winchell's snarky commentary on Etsy's most preposterous crafts (chicken poncho? hummingbird feeder hat?) has acquired... (read more)

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #07)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #07)
by J. K. Rowling
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I couldn't imagine a better ending for this extraordinary series. J. K. Rowling, thank you for staying true to your vision.... (read more)

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Ratio: The Simple Codes behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking
Ratio: The Simple Codes behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking
by Michael Ruhlman
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Behold the awesome power of the ratio (also known as a "fraction," but don't let that stop you). But beware: this book may lead to a life of recipe-free cooking, of culinary experimentation, and of actually using (careful, now) a kitchen scale!... (read more)

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