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by Robert Bolano

"I got sucked into Bolaño's world. This book is a mystery, an ethnography, and a brilliant piece of literature, all rolled into one. Three literary scholars get lost on an adventure to find a reclusive author. They find much more than they bargained for. Join their hunt for Benno von Archimboldi."


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by Angie Thomas

"June is National Audio Book month and I am an audio book reader. I love the flexibility audio books give me to do 2 things at once - and never take a long car ride without one. "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas is a fictionalized story for our time focusing on the senseless police shooting of a young black man. The excellent narration by Bahni Turpin brings this searing book to life."



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by Catherine Burns

There are three pieces of criteria for Moth stories: 1) it has to be told live, 2) it has to be told without notes, and 3) it has to be true. All These Wonders compiles the best stories featured on Moth Radio Hour and contains stories that range from a scientist seeing the surface of Pluto for the first time, to a child soldier playing paintball after moving to America."



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by Kate Beaton

"Read this graphic work in one go and it is hands down my favorite book of 2017. Kate was born in the 1980s and her generational sensibility, academic background, and artistic talent come together in this delightful "post-modern" take on history. It's a book to be read and re-read!"



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by Allen Eskens

"A murder case unveiled from two perspectives, that of a homicide detective and a defense attorney, brings together mystery, crime, courtroom drama, and a plot of suspense that takes many twists and turns. I immensely enjoyed The Life We Bury by Eskens and was thrilled to find characters continued from that book as well as the connection to Minnesota upheld."



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by Carrie Fisher

"Carrie Fisher brings us back to 1977, to a galaxy far far away, during the filming of the first Star Wars movie. We are transferred back in time through the journals she kept while she brought Princess Leia to life. We meet a young girl who is trying to make sense of her new role on screen as she navigates a set dominated by men. Fisher provides a humorous look into the celebrity Princess Leia made her to be in real life, and one that will not soon be forgotten."


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by Gail Godwin

"A new, beautifully written and haunting novel by Gail Godwin After his mother's death, eleven year old Marcus is sent to live on a small South Carolina island with an aunt he has never met, who is a reclusive painter. Marcus discovers a house dubbed The Grief Cottage, that his aunt Charlotte has painted many times. Marcus spends the summer trying to find out about the boy who died there, and island secrets."


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by Katherine Arden

"Every time I display this book, it's checked out before the end of my shift! In medieval Russia the world is changing and fairy tale creatures are disappearing. Vasilisa strives to preserve old traditions and save her northern village from the evils creeping in."


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by Donna Tartt

"The Secret History" by Donna Tartt is a psychological thriller of sorts about five college students who commit two crimes. At times it is a page turner. Highly descriptive of the characters and the settings. This is Tartt's first novel. She is also the author of the Pulitzer prize winning 'The Goldfinch'."


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by Joshua Foer

"'Moonwalking With Einstein' by Joshua Foer explores human memory capabilities intertwined with his personal journey of discovery. We are all capable of extreme memories according to Mr. Foer. That is if I remember the book correctly."




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by Francis Spufford

"'Golden Hill' is set in the winter of 1746, in what was then the very small colonial town of New York. It is the story of the charming but unreliable-seeming young Mr. Smith, who turns up from London with a document in his pocket that may be a fraud or may be worth a fortune. "Golden Hill" contains (among other things) a mystery, a political intrigue, a love story, a ball, a duel, a high-stakes card game, a trial, a dash of horror, a play-within-a-play, a bit of sex and a rooftop chase. Winner of numerous literary awards for 2017."


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by Carlotta Walls Lanier

"This memoir's author was the youngest of the Little Rock Nine—a freshman—and one of two to endure the abuse they faced long enough to graduate. I was blown away by how much I didn't know about their experience—for example, that they couldn't participate in any extracurriculars. Highly recommended for both adults and teens."


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by Ruth Ware

"The story is set a glass-house situated deep in a secluded woods, where a group of women gather to celebrate the upcoming marriage of a classmate. Old truths and well-kept secrets are brought to light and the group faces danger and an intricate web of lies. The story has unexpected twists and turns and kept me wanting more."


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by James S.A. Corey

"Leviathan Wakes is the first book in James S.A. Corey’s popular Expanse series. This fast-paced, action-packed novel follows two main storylines. Jim Holden, executive officer of the ship Canterbury, is trying to track down the people responsible for destroying his ship with a nuclear warhead. Meanwhile, on Ceres Station in the Asteroid Belt, police detective Joe Miller is assigned to find the daughter of a wealthy shipping magnate. Both investigations lead to sinister plot and an explosive conclusion. If you enjoy the book, look for the television series on Syfy!"


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by Lisa See

"An unforgettable portrait of a little-known Chinese region that lives around farming tea season. Against the backdrop of a culture steeped in strict traditions, a mother and the daughter who has been adopted by an American family, search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for generations."