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Nell Freudenberger is a relentlessly talented writer and The Newlyweds is a work of beauty and poetry. Centered around Amina, a recent immigrant from Bangladesh who moved to America to marry a man she met online, the narrative’s strength and complexity lie in its presentation of Amina’s past and the histories of her friends and family. Truly a work to make you think and to spur many discussions, the novel offers a nuanced look at marriage and life.
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Nici
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$25.95
ISBN: 9780307268846
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Published: Knopf - May 1st, 2012

As much as I would have liked to proclaim that I took the news that Toni Morrison had a new novel coming out with resounding calm and groundedness (qualities that I somehow imbue Ms. Morrison with), truth be told, I omitted several squeals that hit an octave that probably woke my neighbor’s dog. Knopf, her publisher, is keeping it somewhat under wraps until its actual street-release date (do they not know the amount of extra tension this causes???) but here’s what I do know: It tells the story of a Korean war veteran who has returned home and is on a quest to save his younger sister. It’s almost a novella, at only 160 pages. Home is rumored to be one of her finest books yet, which is saying something: Her other books, which include Beloved, Jazz, Sula, and The Bluest Eye, demonstrate her gifts as a writer of almost unbelievable grace and wisdom.
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S.M.C.
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$24.00
ISBN: 9780307594167
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 8th, 2012

For all my kings, queens, and Dothraki horselords: this cookbook is sure to delight and satisfy! With everything from Bowls o' Brown to Cream Swans, you will be able to present a medieval feast fit for the King of the North. Each recipe has both a medieval and a modern version to double the fun.

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Katie
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$35.00
ISBN: 9780345534491
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Published: Bantam - May 29th, 2012

Whether single-layer, towering, icebox, cupcake, roll-up, or upside-down, this charming book has cakes for every occasion. Inspired by the discovery of a long-forgotten box of old recipes, Richardson takes us on a delicious a cake walk—from Maple Pecan Chiffon Cake with Brown Butter Icing to Honey Bee Cake to Not for Children Gingerbread Bundt Cake—that will make any home baker swoon. Vintage Cakes is packed with approachable recipes and irresistible photos. It’s a love letter to American baking.

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S.B.
Vintage Cakes: Timeless Recipes for Cupcakes, Flips, Rolls, Layer, Angel, Bundt, Chiffon, and Icebox Cakes for Today's Sweet Tooth Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781607741022
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Published: Ten Speed Press - July 31st, 2012

The title is a dead giveaway that this isn’t a happy-ending kind of book. It is, however, the kind of book that proves that sad doesn’t mean bad. In a frightening future where books and the written word are now obsolete, Lenny still loves them. He also wants to live forever. Funny and insightful, this is a heartbreaking look at the importance of emotion and the ties that bind us.
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Flannery
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$17.00
ISBN: 9780812977868
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Published: Random House Trade - May 3rd, 2011

This whip-smart book skips through time, style, and tone with ease, as a dazzling array of complex characters struggle with who they’ve become, and with the violently changed world they find themselves in. Egan’s writing is subtle but has some pointed things to say about life, change, and humanity in general. Funny, melancholy, and captivating, this is a fresh, vibrant story that thrums with the energy of a finely tuned bass. I loved it.
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Flannery
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ISBN: 9780307477477
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Published: Anchor Books - March 22nd, 2011

In this page-turner, Bender paints a picture of a contemporary suburban family with an odd twist. At a very young age, the daughter discovers a hidden talent that is both a blessing and a curse: She can taste the emotion of the cook in any food she eats. Although fantastical, this tale of family and coming of age poses very real struggles with love and accepting who you are.
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Brittany
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ISBN: 9780385720960
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Published: Anchor Books - April 19th, 2011

This astounding debut is an intimate but expansive novel about love and loss that is magnificent in scope and detail, ranging from a modern-day war zone to tales of an escaped tiger and a man who seems invulnerable to death. I was knocked off my feet by the sheer beauty of Obreht’s sentences. Fiction like this doesn’t come around very often; I predict that we will be reading Téa Obreht’s novels for a very long time.
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Kat
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ISBN: 9780385343831
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Published: Random House - March 8th, 2011

If there were ever a rite of passage for kids on the Central Coast it would be to read the fun and fanciful tale of Treasure Island where, in 1883, a daring young boy sets out on a pirate adventure set on our own coastline. Even with familiar characters such as Long John Silver and Jim Hawkins, this illustrated edition is anything but ordinary—Lawrence’s beautiful woodcuts make reading this book a family bedtime treasure the entire year through. Ages 10+

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$24.99
ISBN: 9780763644451
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 13th, 2009

A collection of the world’s best folktales compiled by the internationally known storyteller Jane Yolen, this anthology introduces tales, myths and legends from Russia to Japan to favorite Grimm’s classics. This book will inspire families to tackle the genre of fairy and folk tales but with the diversity of style and story that will keep the kids wanting more. “Most of the great human themes, from storytelling itself through love, wisdom, and death, are covered in this dazzling collection of tales…A delight for all readers” says Library Journal. Ages 8+
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By Jane Yolen (Editor), Jane Yolen
$21.00
ISBN: 9780394751887
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Published: Kuperard (Bravo Ltd) - August 12th, 1988

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