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You may recall that a few years back our staff was obsessed with M. R. Carey’s The Girl with All the Gifts. If you, like us, loved that book, you are in luck—set ten years before Girl, The Boy on the Bridge is another smart, tense zombie book appropriate even for those like me who don’t usually like zombies. Come for the gore, stay for the characters and the deftly crafted writing! - Flannery

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ISBN: 9780316300339
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Published: Orbit - May 2nd, 2017

Megan Abbot is the queen of nourishing family dramas unfolding around troubled teen girls, and this is her best yet. Katie Knox’s daughter Devon is a gymnastics prodigy, and Katie and her husband will do whatever it takes to see Devon’s dreams realized. When a death happens in the supposedly tight-knit gymnastics gym, fractures in both family and community expose unpleasant truths. I was completely sucked in and didn’t want to put it down. - Flannery

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ISBN: 9780316231060
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 25th, 2017

Praised by Anthony Doerr (All the Light We Cannot See), this book immediately caught my eye. It is not an easy story to read, but it transcends despair with imaginative grace and voice. The book opens with 12-year-old twin sisters Stacha and Pearl as they enter Auschwitz, selected to be participants in Josef Mengele’s “Zoo.” Alternating between each sister’s point of view, Mischling is a lyrical tale of survival, loyalty, and love, where children create meaning and magic despite their surroundings; a beautiful read that had a profound impact. - S.M.C.

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ISBN: 9780316308090
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Published: Lee Boudreaux / Back Bay Books - May 30th, 2017

The author of this penetrating debut novel about the early days of the war with Iraq is an Army veteran who served there. What you see through the characters’ eyes won’t soon be forgotten: the mundanity and violence of war; the adversity faced by female soldiers within a decidedly male culture. Van Reet’s gift for narrative, his ability to evoke the nuances of place and culture, and his cast of characters create a haunting and tragic story of the dysfunction of contemporary war. - Chorel

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ISBN: 9780316316163
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Published: Lee Boudreaux Books - April 18th, 2017

When people tell me they don’t like short fiction, I recommend the title story of this collection: a clear-eyed, perfect-length punch in the gut, emblematic of Ferris’s dark wit and panoramic insightfulness. Few writers can, within one sentence, inspire a belly laugh while highlighting the misery of life’s everyday drudgeries—and still give a wink toward the awkward, beautiful mysteries of life. - Julia

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ISBN: 9780316465953
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Published: Little Brown and Company - May 2nd, 2017

I discovered Negin in her documentary The Muslims are Coming then saw her speak at an event and immediately bought this book. It's a hilarious, but real commentary on race and religion in our culture and society. A must-read in our specific political climate. - Karena

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ISBN: 9781455558223
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 24th, 2016

Pachinko unfolds like a family tree—a couple generations back, little is known but closer to the present details accumulate to build a complicated, interwoven whole. This gorgeous saga jumps from branch to branch of a Korean family as they struggle against poverty and prejudice. This timely refugee story touched me deeply; I read it a while ago but I’m still thinking about it. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9781455563937
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 7th, 2017

My favorite thing about this book is that it leaves you wanting to read more; full of literary references and name-dropping galore! A biography that’s more adventure than simply a book of facts, Hemingway and Dos Passos, saving lives to great effect. Two literary giants inspired by wartime woes, dodging bullets while their writing skills grow. It’s a quick read and lot’s fun, especially if you're like me and into WWI. - Ashley

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ISBN: 9780306823831
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Published: Da Capo Press - March 28th, 2017

I’m pretty sure Alyssa Mastromonaco is my new best friend and, omg, what a dynamic bestie to have! By age 35, Alyssa was serving as Deputy Chief of Staff to Obama and her memoir romps through that experience as well as her life path getting there. Although I came for the nostalgia and much needed escape, I stayed for her humor, intelligence, and inspiring message which was conveyed not so much as manifesto but by example—hilarious, hardworking example. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9781455588220
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Published: Twelve - March 21st, 2017

I hadn’t heard of Lindy West before picking up this book, but after reading it, I felt like I’d known her all my life. Her hilarious but real take on pop culture, body shaming, social justice, and feminism puts her up there with Roxane Gay and Phoebe Robinson in my list of favorite writers with important things to say. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780316348461
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Published: Hachette Books - February 28th, 2017

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