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For my money, Zadie Smith is one of the best novelists working today. Smart, funny, and honest, she describes the world and its inhabitants with the eye of an anthropologist and the pen of an artist. So I can’t wait for her new book, the story of two mixed-race girls growing up in London. They both dream of becoming dancers and find, as time goes by, that only one of them has the necessary talent. —Rico

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ISBN: 9781594203985
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Published: Penguin Press - November 15th, 2016

Celebrated Colombian political cartoonist Javier Mallarino has maintained relative privacy in his daily life, though his illustrations and their political repercussions are legendary. But when he receives a national honor, an unexpected visitor from his past upturns his version of his own personal history, and Mallarino retraces the paths that have led to his present (a crumbled marriage, public notoriety). This unexpectedly gripping novel displays Vásquez at the height of his talent; a bitingly smart and sensitive meditation on self-reflexivity and persona.  —Julia

 

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ISBN: 9781594633478
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 20th, 2016

Brit Bennett’s The Mothers is a remarkable debut, a novel whose characters are so well developed that you will find yourself happily along for the ride in the emotional roller coaster of their lives. The book follows the path of three African American teenagers—Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey—growing up in Southern California, each of whom faces a disappointment or tragedy that propels them into their current situation. They make decisions that not only affect their teenage years but their relationships and outlook over decades, and Bennett exquisitely layers the emotions found deep within their friendships, their community, and their families.  —Casey

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ISBN: 9780399184512
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 11th, 2016

The Expatriates interweaves the lives of three very different women who come to Hong Kong for various reasons but who are all bound together by each other’s choices. Mercy, a young woman struggling to find her place, makes a mistake that she discovers will define her. Margaret has trouble coping with a family tragedy. Hilary, a lonely housewife, cannot navigate the cultural differences. But together these women find strength, hope, and ultimately home, in this beautifully written novel.  —Sara

 

                                             

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ISBN: 9780143108429
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Published: Penguin Books - October 11th, 2016

Towles cements himself as a gifted storyteller and expert world builder with his delightful novel, A Gentleman in Moscow. In 1922, the young Count Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in the attic of a grand hotel, and from there we witness three decades of Russian history and the interior lives of those who lived it. How the fullness of humanity can be contained, distilled and brought to exquisite life within a single hotel, within a single remarkable man, is both a feat and a joy to witness.  —Melinda

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ISBN: 9780670026197
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Published: Viking - September 6th, 2016

I often scream “correlation does not imply causation” at the TV, so I’m predisposed to like this book. That said, it’s a delightful explanation of a whole slew of useful tools for critical thinking that will appeal to more people than just those of us who shout statistical clichés at inanimate objects. A Field Guide to Lies describes the ways information can be misrepresented, skewed, or otherwise manipulated to make “the facts” mislead your brain. Even if you think you’re already hip to all these tricks, I think you’ll enjoy Levitin’s charming presentation of the “lying weasels” and the sneaky things they do. —Nici

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ISBN: 9780525955221
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Published: Dutton Books - September 6th, 2016

This is not your typical memoir, but then again, Amy KR doesn’t see the world typically, and that’s exactly what I love about her. Titled Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal not just because it’s formatted and stylized in such a fun way, but also because it can be interactive with text messages and a website community, every reader open to her vignettes and observations experiences her differently, and I find reading her life incredibly reflective of my own.  —Melinda

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ISBN: 9781101984543
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Published: Dutton Books - August 9th, 2016

Mara Wilson, the girl who was Matilda, looks over a world and life never as bright as the movies made it out to be. Incredibly candid, honestly heart-full, she not only relates wry, funny stories of an idiosyncratic child-star life, but also of dealing with OCD and depression, early great loss, and growing up to an artistic life. Fascinating as an online personality, I loved getting to know her (and recognizing myself) in these pages.  —Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780143128229
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Published: Penguin Books - September 13th, 2016

If ever there was a book that lived up to the hype, it’s this magical tale about a unicorn and her quest to find the rest of her kind. It’s thoughtful and measured, slyly funny and satirical, and movingly beautiful and heartfelt at just the right moments. It felt like this book has belonged in my heart even before I read it, and was just waiting for me to find it. —Jax
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ISBN: 9780451450524
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Published: Ace Books - November 1st, 2011

Spanning the single year of 1938, Towles creates a rich atmosphere for smart, young Katey Kontent as she and her boardinghouse roommate meet Tinker Grey of the upper echelons of New York at a jazz club on New Year’s Eve. The year that follows becomes an adventure and learning experience for Katey and her new friends, as the musicality of the times nearly swells in the background. There is much to discuss in this fully engaging, enjoyable read.  —Melinda

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ISBN: 9780143121169
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Published: Penguin Books - June 26th, 2012

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