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Windy City Blues Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101991121
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Published: Berkley Books - February 28th, 2017

When it comes to excellent historical fiction set in Chicago and based on real events, nobody does it better than Renee Rosen, and her latest outing -- all about the genesis of Chess Records and the evolution of Chicago's blues music scene -- is no exception.  Rosen's story is populated with characters both real (Muddy Waters! Chuck Berry!) and fictional and is about much more than music ** it's about major themes like prejudice, the struggle between love, work and family, and what it means to be innovative.  So Good!

Recommended by Erika


A Piece of the World Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062356260
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Published: William Morrow & Company - February 21st, 2017

As she does in her mega-best-seller The Orphan Train, Kline uses a real piece of history - in this case, Andrew Wyeth's beloved painting, "Christian's World" - as the inspiration for a heartfelt and beautifully-told story.  Despite significant physical handicaps and a life spent almost entirely inside her family's rambling Main farmhouse, Christian Olson is a woman of great emotional depth who experiences love, hope betrayal, resentment, and everything in between.  Kline's depiction is lovely meditation on the value of being seen for who you really are.

Recommended by Erika


Lincoln in the Bardo Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812995343
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Published: Random House - February 14th, 2017

Saunder's first novel is a wholly unique reading experience.  At times, it feels like a play, at times like history, and at times, you're not quite sure what it is!  It's a novel about empathy and grief. It's a novel about a country divided(Timely!) and it's a tribute to Lincoln himself.  Weird? Sure! Often hilarious, often profoundly sad? Absolutely! Unquestionably the work of a Genious? YES! A must Read!

 -Recommended by Greg


A Separation Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780399576102
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 7th, 2017

With this quietly powerful novel about the end of a marriage, Kitamura establishes herself as not only a perceptive observer of human feelings, but a writer of real emotional range and depth.  Our narrator has mostly moved on from her marriage to a charismatic but flawed man... but when her estranged husband goes missing, she travels there to find him, and in the process, confronts her own complicated feeling about their relationship.  Kitamura manages to strike a balance between thoughtful introspection and coolly-removed examination of a sad event, and the result feels fresh, precised and above all, memorable.

 -Recommended by Erika


All Our Wrong Todays Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781101985137
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Published: Dutton Books - February 7th, 2017

Tom Barren's 2016 is very different from ours: all our guesses of what the future might look like (flying cars, teleportation, food replicas) have come true. Through a series screw-ups, Tom accidentally causes our dystopian present. Tom's narration is addictive and compelling, filled with poignant critiques and observations on the world we live in. And yet, Mastai's debut novel ends up being heartfelt and uplifting, while never ceasing to be very funny and entertaining. Perfect for fans of Ready Player One.

- Recommended by Wayne


Behind Her Eyes: A Suspenseful Psychological Thriller Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250111173
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 31st, 2017

When a book's ending has inspired its own hashtag (#wtfthatending), one can't help but be curious... and indeed, Pinborough's creepy, toxic tale of the world's most twisted love triangle winds up in about the LAST place you'd expect.  David and Adele are the couple that seems to have it all together, but when frumpy secretary Louise befriends Adele and is romanced by David, she has no idea just how much is wrong in their world.  This is one book you won't soon forget.

 

Recommended by Erika


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Homesick for Another World: Stories Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399562884
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Published: Penguin Press - January 17th, 2017

Moshfegh has done something bold with her first collection of short stories.  Her writing is beautiful and bold, but what sticks out here are her characters: despicable people, memorably described, stuck in there own terrible neuroses, yet still unnervingly relatable .  Not for the faint of heart, the power and skill of these stories will stick with you for a long time.

 

Recommended by Wayne


Little Deaths Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316272476
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Published: Hachette Books - January 17th, 2017

If you Love Thrillers, whodunits and anything dark and suspenseful, then this should absolutely be the next book you read.  Set in working-class Queens in 1965 and partly based on true events, Flint's macabre story perfectly captures the time and place, and is really hard to put down.  Ruth Malone is a young mother, who doesn't quite look the part, so when her children go missing in the night, everyone from the cops to the media is eager to point to her "scandalous" behavior and make her the prime suspect.  Seedy, sordid, and chilling in the best way.

 

Recommended by Erika


The Most Dangerous Place on Earth Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812997279
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Published: Random House - January 10th, 2017

If you aren't already aware that the modern high school experience is NOT for the faint of heart, then this book will surely convince you (and probably scare you). Johnson's confident debut - inspired by her own years as a tutor to privileged Marin County high school kids - sees a handful of juniors cope with sex, drugs, parental pressure, social media, and the consequences of each others' actions.  This is a TOTAL page-turner, and Johnson does a really admirable job of not letting her characters become cliches.

 

Recommended by Erika 


Idaho Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812994049
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Published: Random House - January 3rd, 2017

Wade, Jenny and their two young daughters are a seemingly ordinary family, until one day in 1995, when a completely unthinkable act splinters their family forever.  In the years that follow, Wade's second wife, Ann, is forced to imagine the event that divided Wade's life into halves, and hold their marriage together as his memory starts to fail.  The story moves back and forth in time and is told from Wade, Jenny and Ann's points of view at various times.  Ruskovich's writing is gorgeous and has a vague, almost dream-like feel that works with both the overall story and the rich mountain and prairie setting.  A really lovely debut overall.

 

Recommended by Erika


Moonglow Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062225559
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Published: Harper - November 22nd, 2016

Chabon's latest is loosely based on a week he spent at his grandfather's side as he was dying, during which his grandfather told him stories about his life. Follow the narrator's grandfather's story as it jumps around the twentieth century: from adventures in WWII, to building model and real rockets for NASA, to hunting giant snakes in a retirement community in Florida.  Moonglow is a funny, wonderfully written, heartwarming, thought-proving, and truly enjoyable novel that is on par with Chabon's best. 

 

Recommeneded by Wayne


Swing Time Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594203985
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Published: Penguin Press - November 15th, 2016

This hightly-anticipated and ambitious novel centers on the friendship of two biracial girls in London: Tracey and our unnamed narrator, who both share a love of dance, though Tracy displays natural talent and our narrator is driven by rhythm instead of technique.  The novel expands into the narrator's adult life, as she becomes assistant to a white pop star who takes them to Africa to build a school.  But something in our narrator's past with Tracy eats at her as she recounts her life story and struggles to claim an identity of her own.  Full of Smith's wry insight and beautiful writing, Swing Time is a necessary commentary on race, class and female friendship that lingers in your thoughts long after the last page.

 

Recommeneded by Kelsey


Hag-Seed Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780804141291
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Published: Hogarth Press - October 11th, 2016

Atwood's retelling of The Tempest- the fourth entry in the Hogarth Shakespeare series - might be the most fun of the bunch so far.  Felix, the disgraced artistic director of a local theatre festival, is dying for revenge against those who ousted him... so he stages a production of the Tempest at a correctional facility, with inmates(!), and winds up living a version of the story himself.  Atwood's incredible imagination and appreciation for the source material are on full display here, and the story is just so clever. 

 

Recommended by Erika


The Mothers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399184512
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 11th, 2016

In this wise and lovely debut novel, Bennett is a true storyteller who writes with a full heart and keen emotional intelligence.  Nadia Turner is a bright, beautiful 17 year-old with a promising future, but her mother's death, a subsequent dalliance with pastor's son luke, and a burgeoning friendship with good-girl Aubrey affect that future in ways she couldn't have predicted.  In addition to exploring how family, regret, and judgement haunt Nadia, Luke and Aubrey throughout their lives, Bennett offers an illuminating look at what it means to be young and black.  Just... read this. 

 

Recommended by Erika


The Mortifications Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781101905692
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - October 4th, 2016

Palacio's beautifully-written debut novel tells the story of the Encarnacion family--mom Soledad and twins Isabel and Ulises--who leave Cuba as part of the Mariel Boatlift of 1980, but leave behind their indomitable patriarch, Uxbal. Over the years, as Uxbal's family adjusts to life in New England, their lives veer in divergent directions, and the ties that bind them to each other--and back to Cuba--grow increasingly complex and surprising. Palacio's writing feels lyrical and almost mythical at times, and the last 50 pages are an absolute gut punch.

 

Recommended by Erika


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The Apostle Killer Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781612195797
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Published: Melville House Publishing - September 20th, 2016

This is a wonderfully strange and thought-provoking book. It re-imagines the Roman world right after the crucifixion of Jesus as a modern day spy thriller. Cassius Gallio has been put in charge of proving the resurrection false. As he starts to track down the apostles, they start to be murdered in gruesome ways. Funny, exciting and inventive, I had a BLAST reading this book!

 

Recommended by Wayne

 

 


The Roanoke Girls Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781101906668
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - March 7th, 2017

If you love suspenseful stories with a strong sense of place and more than a bit of southern-gothic drama, you'll like Engel's dark family saga as much as I did.  The young women of Kansas' Roanoke family seem to have it all - beauty, money, doting parents/grandparents, and no shortage of admirers.  So why do they all end up either running away or dying tragically young? And what happens when one of them returns to her ancestral house after a 10-year absence? This is a wild ride that's not for the faint of heart, but really hard to put down.

 

Recommended by Erika


The Hearts of Men Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062469687
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Published: Ecco Press - March 7th, 2017

What makes up a man's moral code, and how does he decide what's right and what's wrong? In this, Butler's first novel since the beloved Shotgun Lovesongs, a Boy Scout camp in northern Wisconsin serves as the setting for a story about two unlikely friends - perpetually bullied Nelson and popular, confident Jonathan - and the turns their lives take over the years.  Butler shows how everything from love to war to family trauma ultimately shapes the content of a man's heart.  Smart, touching and really satisfying.

 

  -Recommended by Erika and Greg