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  • The Baker's Secret

    You will fall in love with Emma, a young baker whose small clandestine acts keep her German occupied town in Normandy from starvation in the year before D-Day. In addition to enjoying the riveting story, I particularly appreciated learning more about daily French village life during the occupation.

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  • Wintering

    A beautifully written saga of family dysfunction across multiple generations in the north woods of Minnesota.

    -Jeff


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  • You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain

    "Not a day has sounded the same since I read him" - Greil Marcus, Village Voice 

    Greil Marcus puts it perfectly, I have not seen or heard the world the same since reading this book. Hanif has a strong, profound voice that is increasingly more and more necessary. Using music as his lens the essays in this book examine what it means to be apart of society today. I keep this book on my person and will treasure it for my lifetime. 


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    This is a story for everyone who has ever had to find out how they fit into the world even when it seems the world doesn't have a place for them. Emily Danforth tells a beautiful story of how Cameron falls in love, grapples with grief, faces rejection and comes to terms with who she is and where she belongs.  


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    Meddling Kids is full of nostalgia with new twists on a familiar tale, following a teenage detective group now in their 20s they're chasing down the monsters of their past both real and imagined. It's a spooky, hilarious, and just awesome ride. 


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    Comedian Phoebe Robinson explores race and feminism in a way that is a delight to read. A perfect blend of wit, pop culture references and personal anecdotes will have you laughing from start to finish. 


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    To read Basketball and Other Things is to enter a weird and wonderful world filled with information about basketball you never knew you needed. Shea is the tour guide to this world and takes you through clever, hilarious and informative chapters about past and present basketball moments with striking illustrations from Arturo Torres it's a trip worth taking whether you're a diehard hoops fan or not. 


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  • The One-Eyed Man

    "In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king"

    Currie's latest intrigued me with its premise of a character that always speaks the truth even when social norms would dictate otherwise. By the end, though, I was left disappointed that so many potential themes that could have been explored with this premise were left untouched.

    -Jeff


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  • Dead Wake

    Erik Larson's interesting account of the sinking of the Lusitania explores the subtleties behind the event, although he is unable to answer the truly interesting question: why did so many people voluntarily embark on the voyage after Germany publicly warned they would sink the ship?


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  • The Camino

    500-mile trek across the mountains, valleys, cities, and towns of Spain; on foot!

    At the age of 60, Ms. MacLaine takes on this famous pilgrimage with the dedication of a dancer and a spiritual investigator.  A fascinating read for everyone.


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  • Born a Crime

    Daily Show host Trevor Noah shares his experience of growing up as the son of a white German father and an African mother, under the regime of apartheid in South Africa. As a mixed race child his very existence is a crime. Noah's memoir serves as an homage to the strength of a mother, who is determined to provided her son a better life. Noah's intellect and sense of humor bring his stories to life, giving the reader a unique insight into his life. A moving and entertaining read!   


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  • And Then There Were None

    I grew up on a steady diet of mystery novels, from the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew to Sherlock Holmes and everything in between. This is not only my favorite of Agatha Christie’s many works, but my absolute favorite mystery and even one of my favorite books period. A true masterpiece!


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  • Inkheart

    It’s every kid’s dream for their favorite book characters to come to life, but Inkheart explores how that might not be the best idea. A magical read for all ages, this was my favorite book growing up and still is now! Plus, it’s the first in a trilogy what more could you want?


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  • The Book That Matters Most

    The book club has each member choose the book that matters most. It is about childhood tragedy and personal loss, about resignation and hope. The last few chapters of the book are a total surprise, and catapult this novel into one of my favorites – compelling, complex, and delicious.


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