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"It's difficult to remember a time when there weren't books and the love of them in my life. My greatest joy was the Christmas gift that I knew contained that new hardcover carrying with it its smell, feel and prospect of hours spent delving into some new and magical place.

When, a few years ago, I saw a reissue of one of those books with a medallion affixed to the cover announcing its 50th Anniversary, I was at first depresed I was so old and stunned that so much time had scurried past! Then I realized that I've carried no other consistant passion with me for all those years, and smiled contentedly.

I'm still captivatd by those same childhood sensations and fortunately have found a place where I can try to share them with you!"

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ISBN: 9780735211179
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 29th, 2017

In breathtakingly beautiful prose, Gabriel Tallent has written one of the most harrowing but ultimately hopeful and redemptive novels I've ever encountered.  "Turtle" Alveston is a survivor. She will grab you by the heart and not let you look away as she navigates growing up with a damaged, survivalist father -- an environment filled with both emotionally and physically brutal landmines that is juxtaposed against a gorgeous portrayal of Mendocino. Their conflicted relationship and what she learns from it is like nothing you've read before.

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ISBN: 9780812995343
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Published: Random House - February 14th, 2017

Start with a few historical kernels, mix in generous portions of love, loss and humor seen through the eyes of Bardo spirits, add George Saunders' genius and you have a unique and memorable feast set over one night in a graveyard after the death of Willie Lincoln.

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ISBN: 9780062645227
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Published: Harper - June 6th, 2017

The author has ingeniously corraled so much between the covers of this novel that it's a difficult one to describe without destroying both the suspense and the fun you'll have once you crack it open. Yes, it's a homage to those Golden Age mysteries many of us love, but it's also one of the best contemporary novel-within-a-novel crime creations to come along in a long time.

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By Joe Ide
ISBN: 9780316267731
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Published: Mulholland Books - September 19th, 2017

Engross yourself in the world of Isaiah Quintabe (IQ), high school dropout from East Long Beach who tackles the cases that aren't being solved.  Both the protagonist and the novel are intelligent and memorable. Author Stephen Hunter calls it "Conan Doyle channeled through Scorsese"

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ISBN: 9781935954149
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Published: Lemniscaat USA - April 1st, 2012

I promise this book will leave you gobsmacked! When it arrived in the store, I joyously carried it around with me for an entire day, pressing it into the hands of every co-worker and customer available. Seemingly drawn in colored chalk on a blackboard, double-page spreads show vibrant renderings of fish certainly not found in nature, swimming on one page with the single word emotion they portray printed on the opposite one in a style that corresponds to their feeling. Simple, right? Yep -- but I defy you not to be completely caught up in their "lives." "Confused," looking wide-eyed and made from variegated yard fragments; "Sure" smiling and with all his scales in orderly rows swimming confidently toward the page's edge. "Bored" is droopy-eyed and seems to be floating in place, while "Delighted" is making great progress through his ocean with joyful eyes and cherubic smile. Twenty-one emotions -- 21 images that are unforgettable. Whether you're 3, 30, or 300 years old, this book is all about how it makes you feel every time you read it...and it won't be just once!

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ISBN: 9780385721813
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Published: Anchor Books - October 14th, 2003

A very personal and utterly compelling rendering of the Japanese internment told from the perspectives of different members of a single family. I first read this 10 years ago and love it...still do! A slim novel with huge staying power.

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ISBN: 9780307950659
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Published: Vintage - January 1st, 2013

One of the world's most respected mystery authors tackles an homage to her beloved Jane Austen by picking up the characters from Pride & Prejudice and dumping them in the middles of a murder. No derisive sniffs, please. She accomplishes it with great success and reverance. A delightful read.