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"I don't see why we ever think of what others think of what we do--isn't it enough to express yourself"

-Georgia O'keefe

ISBN-13: 9780770436407
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Published: Hogarth, 5/2013

Marra’s debut novel deserves numerous literary awards and celebrations! I loved it immensely. Deserves to be a modern classic. Astonishing in scope and narrative voice. Set in a remote Chechen village, it is the story of Sonja, a London trained physician, Akhmed, a village doctor, and Havaa, an eight-year old girl whose father disappears. Six ordinary citizens trying to survive the absurdity of war and politics.  A terrific book club choice.

Archipelago (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780143122562
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Published: Penguin Books, 5/2013

 I would celebrate this novel with a parade in the streets. A transformative story of a father’s love.  A love so heartbreaking that it propels him to escape by boat from his island home in Trinidad to the Galapagos with his daughter and faithful seadog. Deep currents of loss, family, environment, and sense of place make this novel a heroic read. Roffey is a Trinidadian author who also wrote “The White Girl on the Green Bicycle,” an Orange Prize Finalist.

ISBN-13: 9781594486401
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Published: Riverhead Hardcover, 6/2013

Written in a voice that captures the adornments and insecurities of privileged young girls in the 1930’s at an equestrian boarding school, this debut novel is hypnotic. I enjoyed the theatrics of Thea Atwell, the strong- willed debutante, the atmosphere of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the tussles for friendship and independence. A grand debut novel.

Maya's Notebook (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780062105622
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Published: Harper, 4/2013

A sensitive teenage girl goes off the rails, only to find redemption and forgiveness in a remote Chilean coastal community. Allende is a consummate storyteller, weaving folklore, history, and human sensibilities into a mesmerizing tale.

Flight Behavior (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780062124272
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Published: Harper Perennial, 6/2013

Deep in the hills of Appalachia, a young wife and mother hikes toward a tryst, yet encounters a brilliant display of nature so profound it changes the course of her life. Kingsolver gives us a story of loving the earth and loving our roles in life.

ISBN-13: 9781596916982
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Published: Bloomsbury USA, 5/2013

Author of the widely read memoir “Red Azalea” this is the continuation of her life and struggles from Red China to the United States.  Min is a woman who defied expectations even though the outcomes were not always positive. She preserved without knowing the language or customs. Written with honesty, dignity and grace.

ISBN-13: 9781594487255
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Published: Riverhead Hardcover, 5/2012
Lisa says: This poignant travelogue recounts Lewis- Kraus’s journeys on the Camino de Santiago in Spain, the Shikoku in Japan and the Uman in the Ukraine. He writes honestly of his soul-seeking thoughts and actions, and of his attempts to heal his deep resentment of his father. This remarkable memoir is a stunning example of the transformative power of travel.

Glaciers (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781935639206
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Published: Tin House Books, 1/2012
Lisa says: An unexpected gem, this debut novella is like finding a beautiful vintage Chanel string of pearls. Smith uses the backdrop of Portland, Oregon and Cook Inlet, Alaska to reveal the quiet private interior life of Isabel, a young woman in her twenties who restores old books. Much like the glaciers are imperceptibly melting, Isabel lives a life of quiet invisibility, longing for adventure and deep connections.

Forgotten Country (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781594488085
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Published: Riverhead Hardcover, 3/2012
Lisa says: This Korean-American family saga explores the duality of identity and family secrets with memorable characters and beautiful writing. After the family emigrated from Korea to Detroit, Michigan the divergent paths their daughters have embarked upon gives a layered texture to this tender and shocking debut novel. Chung mixes Korean folktales with American pragmatism effortlessly.

Losing Clementine (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780062093639
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks, 3/2012
Lisa says: A dark, yet surprisingly comic novel where ‘counting the days’ takes on a new meaning. Clementine has more than her share of an artistic temperament. The family portrait of mental illness and abandonment she has tried to paint her way out of unfolds in this day by day account of her ‘last days.’ A moving debut.

ISBN-13: 9781250002471
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Published: Picador, 2/2012
Lisa says: This is a laugh out loud slice of life memoir by Howe, a reserved protestant, an intellectual, and an editor for The Paris Review. As the reluctant new owner of a Korean deli in Brooklyn, he is truly a fish out of water.

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