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This is a beautifully written story of 15-year-old Thea, who is sent to a riding camp/finishing school after a horrific family scandal. Sheltered from the outside world, Thea learns that the camp has complex social rules and that she must try to adjust to them. A coming-of-age story, something of a love story, as well as a commentary on what can happen when parents try to protect their children from outside influences.
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Clytia
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ISBN: 9781594486401
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 4th, 2013

I read this novel not in a plain brown wrapper exactly, but in a pale blue one. I had no idea what it was about, but had a great deal of faith in the talent of the author. I have no idea what kind of packaging will give you clues about the contents, dear reader, but what I hope for you is that you are able to read it in similar conditions. It is a beautiful story, told by Rosemary, its youthful protagonist. It’s a story about a family. I almost said, a special family, but on reflection, I take that back. Ultimately, it is special in its own way, as all families are. I loved it. Don’t miss our event with Fowler on May 29th.
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Seana
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ISBN: 9780399162091
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Published: Marian Wood Books/Putnam - May 30th, 2013

I adored The Gods of Gotham both for the riveting mystery and the evocative depiction of New York in 1845. Salty and enthralling with plenty of historical details, believable characters, and twisted plot lines this is a great book for transporting you to another time and place and enticing you to stay there.
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Nici
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ISBN: 9780425261255
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 5th, 2013

I read an advanced copy of this back in October, and I've been counting down the days to March so that I can press this into the hands of everyone I know who loves unreliable narrators, love triangles, and books about books about books. This utterly absorbing debut follows our narrator through several identity changes, romantic trysts, and missions to bring his unstable best friend, a brilliant writer, back from the brink of fame-induced emotional breakdowns. It has the feel of equal parts Great Gatsby and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - dreamy and irresistible.
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Andrea
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ISBN: 9780670026005
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Published: Viking Books - March 21st, 2013

In a world where Russia is experiencing never-before-seen economic success coupled with political anger and resentment at corrupt government actions, it is worthwhile to look at the man who is at the forefront of it all. Vladimir Putin, claimed as a savior by some and a usurper by others, has had a fascinating journey to the top of one of Europe's most powerful nations. Gessen's research into how Putin came to lead Russia is perfectly detailed, and Putin's story is incredible. For anyone interested in post-USSR Russia, or modern Russian politics, this book is a great choice.
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Katie
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ISBN: 9781594486517
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 5th, 2013

There are funny books and then there are FUNNY BOOKS! This “mostly true memoir” by the irreverent and hysterical Jenny “The Bloggess” Lawson falls into the latter category. Let’s just say she had an “unusual childhood,” complete with quirky parents, strange experiences, and her own inner demons, which she manages to translate into a smart, creative, and laugh-out-loud work of art. She is not right in the head; she is much better (and funnier) than people who are right in the head. I want to be her friend.
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George
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ISBN: 9780425261019
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Published: Berkley Books - March 5th, 2013

Anyone who watched SNL in the 00’s knows that Rachel Dratch is awesome, and this is the ultimate proof of that. In this laugh-out-loud funny memoir, she shares childhood adventures, on-set shenanigans, and the dating disasters that eventually led to the relationship that unexpectedly made her a mom. Honest, sweet, and often completely ridiculous, Dratch proves that happily ever after is whatever you make it.
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Flannery
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ISBN: 9781592407576
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Published: Avery Publishing Group - February 5th, 2013

Time travel romance? Count me in! Ridgway has created an immersive world where a time travel guild helps accidental time-jumpers settle into the 21st century. Nick, formerly a 19th century aristocrat, is living comfortably in modern-day Vermont when the Guild recruits him to return to his past and do battle with their nemesis. Nick and his sweetheart Julia are drawn into an adventure with the future hanging in the balance.
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Andrea
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ISBN: 9780525953869
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Published: Dutton Books - April 23rd, 2013

When her sister Hannah cuts ties with the family, Janie is charged with bringing her home. Her search for Hannah leads her to learn about their parents' past and a dark secret in Hannah's childhood. The sisters' story is entwined with Korean folk tales, history, and scenes from their childhood. I was really drawn into this novel about familial duty, culture shock, and tradition.
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Andrea
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ISBN: 9781594486524
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 5th, 2013

In Some Assembly Required, Anne Lamott enters a new and unexpected chapter in her own life: grandmotherhood. Stunned to learn that her son, Sam, is about to become a father at nineteen, Lamott begins a journal about the first year of her grandson Jax’s life.

“Funny, insightful, irreverent…filled with humor and the author's quirky faith…Bound to do for grandmothers what the earlier book (Operating Instructions) did for mothers—bring them insight and sanity in the midst of chaos.” —The Denver Post

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Published: Riverhead Books - April 2nd, 2013

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