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The existence of magic does not make Grossman’s dysphoric characters any more capable of dealing their own unhappiness. This book perfectly so captures the soul crushing ennui of emotional purposelessness; I want to hate Quentin and his pals, but there is too much of myself in there to do so. Littered with Narnia and Harry Potter homages, The Magicians is a realist take on the magical world.
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Kimberly
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ISBN: 9780452296299
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Published: Penguin Books - May 25th, 2010

Poe may be the father of the detective novel, but it was Conan Doyle who perfected the craft with the invention of the brilliant, eccentric detective Sherlock Holmes. With the trusty Dr. Watson, Holmes solves mysterious goings on with observation and wit. If you’ve never read Conan Doyle, this collection, containing such ingenious stories as “The Speckled Band” and “The Blue Carbuncle”, is a great place to start, and if you have, read it again!
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Flannery
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ISBN: 9780143117025
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Published: Penguin Books - September 1st, 2009

If you’re a fan of Tana French or Kate Atkinson, then you need to know about Erin Kelly. Her debut mystery, The Poison Tree, is a character-driven story with high psychological stakes, the kind of book that lures you in with its moody setting and atmosphere, and then chooses just the right moment to pounce. Compelling, literary, and very surprising—you may think you have it figured out, but trust me, you don’t.

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Kat
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ISBN: 9780143120414
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Published: Penguin Books - January 31st, 2012

Let the armchair traveler in you get swept away by this excellent travelogue. It’s a good chance to learn a little something about Peru and the history of the Lost City, as well as a darn good adventure tale well-seasoned with humor and reflection. As the Wall Street Journal says, “Adams deftly weaves together Inca history, Bingham’s story and his own less heroic escapade…. [A] wry, revealing romp through the Andes.”
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Nici
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ISBN: 9780452297982
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Published: Dutton Books - April 24th, 2012

“If David Foster Wallace had written Eat, Pray, Love, it might have come close to approximating the adventures of Gideon Lewis-Kraus. A Sense of Direction is the digressively brilliant and seriously hilarious account of a fellow neurotic’s wanderings, and his hard-won lessons in happiness, forgiveness, and international pilgrim fashion.”—Gary Shteyngart
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 7th, 2013

Caitlin Boyle writes a daily food and fitness blog that chronicles how she balances her busy lifestyle with healthy eating and exercise. Believing that reaching a

tipping point means much more than tipping the scales, in her new book Boyle helps readers find their personal ideal balance in food, fitness, love, and life, in a program organized around three shifts: Get Real, Eat Clean, and Embrace Strength. Down-to-earth and inspiring.

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ISBN: 9781583334966
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Published: Avery Publishing Group - May 1st, 2012

Will Allen is a hero to many, including me. Now a pioneering urban farmer and MacArthur “Genius Award” winner, in 1993 Allen left his corporate job to take up farming in a poor Milwaukee neighborhood. He created Growing Power, Inc., which has become a national nonprofit that trains others around the country and the world in sustainable farming techniques that can be used in urban and rural areas. In his new book, Allen points the way to building a new food system that can feed—and heal—broken communities.
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S.B.
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ISBN: 9781592407101
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Published: Gotham Books - May 10th, 2012

Ten dollar shoes (that last for one season) from Target or Old Navy might seem great, but what is the real cost? Fast fashion and disposable clothing have become our new norms, but Elizabeth Cline argues that this rapid cycle of consumption isn’t just erasing our sense of style and causing massive harm to the environment and human rights—it’s also bad for our souls. In Overdressed, Cline documents her own transformation from fast-fashion addict to conscientious shopper.
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Published: Portfolio Hardcover - June 14th, 2012

Jackson Galaxy doesn’t look like your typical cat whisperer, but his affinity for felines is no joke. However, at one time, Galaxy was a wreck, addicted to drugs and alcohol. At rock bottom, he adopted a cat everyone said was a lost cause, and slowly began to discover his strength and innate gift. This is a sweet, funny story of one very broken man and one untamable cat, and how they saved each other.
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ISBN: 9781585429370
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Published: Tarcher - May 10th, 2012

Jenny Lawson is like a hurricane of humor that never lets up. Her memoir is one of the funniest books I have ever read. It’s filled with amazing amounts of heart, compassion, and honesty that take this humor and make it a force for good in the world. Her story is inspirational, somewhat cautionary, truly unique, and never dull. Loyal fans of The Bloggess will be happy to know that the book is mostly new material; it adds great insight into her life, and her editors did not tone her down…much. No kitten-mittens, but plenty along the lines of Wil Wheaton collating paper, and taxidermied squirrels.
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Nici
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ISBN: 9780399159015
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Published: Amy Einhorn Books - April 17th, 2012

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