John Irving’s newest novel explores fate, memory, faith, and the endurance of love between siblings. Juan Diego, a 14-year-old boy who has a gift for language, and his sister Lupe were born in a city dump in Mexico. Lupe has a vocal chord problem that leaves her unintelligible to most but not to Juan Diego, who understands her perfectly. Lupe is also a mind reader. She can see into people’s thoughts, their past, and also at times predict the future. Juan Diego leaves Mexico as a young teenager and becomes a famous novelist and professor in the States. Lupe does not come with him. Avenue of Mysteries is the story of their separation and of the magical worlds and bonds that tie them together, and is filled with humor and heart.   —S.M.C.

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ISBN: 9781451664171
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 7th, 2016

Abigail Thomas writes memoirs for all of us. In short essays, vignettes, thought pieces, and considerations, she threads together a life and a way of living that is at once universal and familiar. Through clear, dynamic writing, she invites you into a conversation, and you experience her lifelong friendships, her family, her dogs, her loves and fears, just as you begin to explore your own. Funny, thoughtful, frank, and true; this is a work of art in deliciously plain clothes.  —Melinda

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ISBN: 9781476785066
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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 19th, 2016

Siddhartha Mukherjee (The Emperor of All Maladies) is a scientist driven to understand the unknown, and an author who strives to share his discoveries with the common person. Here, however, he is also pulled by his personal and family history, and intertwines those stories of recurrent mental illness with the history of the study of genetics and the knowledge we have accumulated about the human gene, that biological equivalent of fate. A personable, fascinating, important book.   —Jocelyn


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ISBN: 9781476733500
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 17th, 2016

Well known for predicting sports games and tasting yummy, octopuses (never octopi!) have firmly situated themselves in our culture. Sy Montgomery’s book explores another side of these remarkable creatures—their consciousness, memory, and emotions. While scientists have already begun establishing the intelligence of octopuses, the author pushes further, developing friendships with these creatures. Wonderful for any animal lover, it confirms what many of us already know, that all animals—including octopuses—express and feel love.  — Rachel

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ISBN: 9781451697728
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Published: Atria Books - April 5th, 2016

Revisit the epic landscape of the Oregon Trail without having to worry about dysentery (digital or otherwise). Spurred on by his memories and his insatiable desire for adventure, Rinker Buck tackles the still-marked trail with his brother, a dog, and three cranky mules. First-hand experiences paired with historical facts make this book perfect to take along on your own cross-country road trip.  —Rachel

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ISBN: 9781451659177
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 7th, 2016

Rien Fertel’s delectable writing style invokes all the senses in The One True Barbecue, his love letter to the art of whole hog barbecue. Exploring everything from the origins of this style of barbecue to the current revival of the nearly lost craftsmanship it involves, The One True Barbecue will make everyone’s stomach growl. The first few pages sent me back to my first barbecue: pork crackling in the thick Maryland humidity, surrounded by family and strangers alike. And isn’t that what barbecue is all about?  —Rachel


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ISBN: 9781476793979
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Published: Touchstone Books - May 10th, 2016

“The daughter of an American father and Cuban mother, poet and novelist Engle describes her childhood living between two countries during a time of political tension for Cuba and the U.S. A 2016 Belpré Author Medal Book and a 2016 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Honor Book.” —Booklist. Grades 5–9.

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By Margarita Engle, Edel Rodriguez (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481435239
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 2nd, 2016

Ken Liu is a master—of words, of worlds, of our human condition past, present, future. This short story collection runs a gamut of speculative fiction from hard sci-fi out in the stars, to literary magical realism where folded paper expresses a mother’s love. Exploring history and looking to the far ends of the future, you will constantly discover the new while finding immediate, intimate familiarity with his characters. I can’t wait to read more. —Jocelyn

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By Ken Liu
ISBN: 9781481442541
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Published: Saga Press - March 8th, 2016

The death of her husband sends Ani’s world tumbling and this novel is a sad, lyrical exploration of grief, adjustments, and recovery. Her attempts to make sense of the life that comes after, the poetic—almost delicate— language Hay uses to explore Ani’s philosophical journey, and the charm of the Australian coastal landscape where it all takes place make this novel an engrossing and rewarding read.  —Nici


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ISBN: 9781501112171
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Published: Atria Books - April 5th, 2016

The Passenger is a breathless thrill ride filled with secrets and deception. Our heroine is on the run, swapping identities as she flees from city to city, trying to escape her past. Along the way, she makes allies and enemies, while the details of her past are slowly parceled out, keeping you on the edge of your seat until the very end. This book kept me guessing the whole way through. I thoroughly enjoyed it.  —Flannery


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ISBN: 9781451686630
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 1st, 2016



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