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What We've Been Reading

  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    Lisa See writes with a voice at once bold and delicate, bringing to life the universal story of regret in love and friendship. Breathtaking and gorgeous, with sharp edges.


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  • We Love You, Charlie Freeman

    Funny, richly original, and beautifully deft. This is a very light, engrossing novel that also offers a deeply respectful and thought-provoking take on race in America. Great read, and great book club pick.


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  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

     If I could only read and recommend one book, it would be this one! Sherlock Holmes has retired to Sussex to raise bees when he meets Mary Russell, a young woman worthy of becoming his apprentice.


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  • Lab Girl

    Tree and soil knowledge is woven into the fabric of this book as it is woven into the author's life. It's a fascinating life, rich and full of events both common and uncommon as she navigates the world of a research scientist who happens to be a woman.


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  • A People's History of the United States

    This book contains all the bits of history normally ignored, glossed over, or candy-coated by schools and popular media. It is a look at American history from the perspective of the historically disenfranchised. A true voice for the voiceless.


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  • Otherland: City of Golden Shadow

    A modern day Odyssey, set in a not-too-distant future, the Otherland series draws you in to an international conspiracy and sets you on the sci-fi equivalent of an epic quest. Engaging, well-executed, and frighteningly believable, this book is a can't-miss.


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  • The Disaster Artist

    Greg Sestero has written the best book about what is arguably one of the worst films made. The Disaster Artist humorously and honestly chronicles the ups and downs of producing "the greatest bad movie": The Room.


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  • Notes from the Internet Apocalypse

    Wayne Gladstone tells the story of a world no one wants to live in -- one without LOLcats. The internet is a vital tool to our survival and entertainment. Rumors spread that there is still someone online. Gladstone sets off to track down the internet and save humanity.


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  • The Motion of Puppets

    I cannot recommend this modern Orpheus and Eurydice strongly enough. The author defies expectation to bring together a story that feels more fairy tale than myth - magical, melancholy, and strangely intimate in its sense of loss, transformation, and friendship. The modern settings (Québec, Vermont, New York) feel both familiar and dislocated, the details making all the difference. To truly embrace the atmosphere, read it somewhere quiet.


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  • Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar

    The house of Caesar was, to be perfectly honest, even more dramatic and decadent than a soap opera. They were also by turns brilliant, cruel, imaginative, and insane. Tom Holland brings the Julian dynasty and the early Roman Empire vivdly to life with novelistic flare and a fine eye for detail. A truly riveting read.


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