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    To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

    Joshua Ferris 9780316033992
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    The Escape (John Puller)

    David Baldacci 9781455521166

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Hausfrau
Hausfrau
by Jill Alexander Essbaum
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A scorching character study, along with an examination of infidelity and modern-day ennui, Hausfrau exposes the ease of deceit, the disregard for compassion, and the stifling boredom that can so easily consume. Anna, an American living in Switzerland with her husband and three children, is utterly disengaged from her colorless life. Capricious and erratic, Anna moves from one sticky situation to another and cannot seem to manage her moods or her life. Like a contemporary Madame Bovary or Anna Karenina, Hausfrau follows the internal angst and unease of a woman on the brink of disaster. Impeccably written, Jill Alexander Essbaum's novel is a brilliant victory of literary skill.
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Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water
by Marc Reisner
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Almost 30 years since its original publication, this absorbing, no-holds-barred condemnation of water policy in the American West remains an essential book for understanding our current water crisis, with California grappling with the most severe drought in recent history and the threat of global water shortages growing ever more real. Reisner reveals how the West's transformation from a barren landscape to a lush paradise is the result of corruption, greed, and devastating environmental practices that have plagued a vast region of the country for well over a century. Regardless of where you live, this is vital reading on our most precious resource.
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The Road to Character
The Road to Character
by David Brooks
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A provocative look at morality for our age, Brooks' insightful profiling of some of the world's great thinkers and leaders offers understanding into their priorities, limitations, and values and by extension gives us an opportunity to rethink our own.
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The Dead Lands
The Dead Lands
by Benjamin Percy
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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.
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What My Daughter Wore
What My Daughter Wore
by Jennifer Williams
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I do not have a daughter of my own, but as soon as I saw this, I instantly fell in love. The illustrations come from a Brooklyn mother who drew (and also documents on her blog of the same name) what her tween daughter and her daughter's friends were wearing. The combined results are phenomenal. These girls' fearless, laid-back style and self-expression puts them in a class all their own, brought to life in smooth, colorful sketches, making this one of the most original fashion books on youth that I've ever come across.
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The Tapper Twins Go to War (with Each Other)
The Tapper Twins Go to War (with Each Other)
by Geoff Rodkey
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Twelve-year-old twins Claudia and Reese Tapper each tell their tale of sibling rivalry in this highly entertaining story. The detailed documentation of their epic prank includes photos, chat logs, gaming screenshots, and text messages between their too-busy and clueless parents in this first of a four-book series. A great dual read-aloud!
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So You've Been Publicly Shamed
So You've Been Publicly Shamed
by Jon Ronson
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Now more than ever, one moment of bad judgment — say, a poorly conceived tweet — can lead to an online feeding frenzy with life-changing ramifications. In this entertaining yet eye-opening book, Ronson details how we've entered a new age of public shaming and the effects on both the condemned and the condemners (us).
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Have You Seen My Monster?
Have You Seen My Monster?
by Steve Light
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With whimsical, masterful black-and-white art accented with flashes of color, Steve Light draws a lovely follow-up to Have You Seen My Dragon? Kids will love looking for the lost monster — and while they may not notice, they'll be learning all about shapes along the way.
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The Distant Marvels
The Distant Marvels
by Chantel Acevedo
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The Distant Marvels is good old-fashioned storytelling at its finest. Acevedo doesn't rely on any gimmicks or unlikely plot twists, and instead crafts a captivating multigenerational tale that will linger in your memory for a long time to come.
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The Dirty Apron Cookbook
The Dirty Apron Cookbook
by David Robertson
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Chef Dave Robertson was born to teach cooking. Dirty Apron, the eponymous cookbook from his Vancouver, BC, deli and cooking school, celebrates recipes both funky and grand. Robertson's thoughtful presentation makes cooking easy for beginners yet also intriguing for the experienced cook. This is the rare cookbook that everyone will love.
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Before Tomorrowland
Before Tomorrowland
by Jeff Jensen and Brad Bird and Jonathan Case and Damon Lindelof
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It is 1939 and Lee, who is on vacation, has been given a mysterious comic book that contains a secret that could change the world. Full of science and intrigue, it all happens in a place called Tomorrowland, and the novel contains the secret comic.
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Marcovaldo: Or the Seasons in the City
Marcovaldo: Or the Seasons in the City
by Italo Calvino
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While not as well known as If on a Winter's Night a Traveler, Invisible Cities, or Cosmicomics, Marcovaldo equally exemplifies the peerless brilliance of Italo Calvino's creativity. The tale of Marcovaldo, a hapless laborer living with his family in an... (read more)

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The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
by Lydia Davis
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Normally I dislike "domestic stories." You know, those fictions that deal with slice-of-life musings or investigations into the American Life and Household. Lydia Davis tackles this terrain quite often, but the clarity of her voice, coupled with a will... (read more)

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We All Looked Up
We All Looked Up
by Tommy Wallach
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What would change if you knew an asteroid was going to hit the earth in six weeks? Wallach takes this premise and crafts it into an addictively readable and thought-provoking work that challenges you to really think about what matters to you. Love, high school, and possibly the end of the world: this is going to be your favorite book of 2015.
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Such a Little Mouse
Such a Little Mouse
by Alice Schertle
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He's such a little mouse — what could he possibly see? The whole wide world, that's what. With big sweeps of soft color and spare, poetic words, Such a Little Mouse takes us on a sweet journey as our tiny hero gets ready for the winter.
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Refinery29: Style Stalking
Refinery29: Style Stalking
by Piera Gelardi
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In a perfect world, I would leave my house every day in an elegant outfit with a gorgeous topknot and lipstick that doesn't immediately bleed onto my coffee mug. Back in the real world of work and motherhood, my hair gets messy, my lipstick is sacrificed to the coffee god, and I lack the time and money to collect the closetful of unique, expensively tailored items I covet. What I love about Refinery29 by Christine Barberich and Piera Gelardi is that each section shows you how to make use of the items you already own to create new outfits or shake things up; even better, the wardrobe items the book presents as indispensable (a white Oxford shirt, a moto jacket, and nude pointed heels, to name a few) can be used in many different ways and found — in their nondesigner guise — for reasonable prices. The book is divided into useful sections on common fashion dilemmas like wearing brights and layering, and the photographs feature both models and regular women of all sizes and ethnicities. The writing is cheerful and very encouraging. After reading this book, not only do I have a holiday wish list of closet staples, but I also feel like looking glamorous is completely within reach.
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