Miss Jane

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ISBN: 9780393241730
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 12th, 2016

Miss Jane, a novel by Brad Watson, is an intensely rich story portraying a woman's search for fulfillment, growth and wholeness despite a physical abnormality that no one else can see.
Jane Chisolm, our heroine, is a hermaphrodite, delivered at home by a country doctor to her Mississippi farming family in 1915.

Gorgeously written, Ms. Jane creates the life story of woman in the deep rural south, isolated by her condition and circumstance. This is the story of her heart breaks and isolation, but more poignantly about her curiosity, awakenings and strength. Particularly moving is the direct influence of Nature as a teacher healer and guide throughout the novel. So many passages on this theme are magnificently framed by luminous prose. Watson has delivered here an authentic novel about woman's transcendence. Who wouldn't want to read about that? ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


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ISBN: 9780062118608
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Published: Harper Teen - June 21st, 2016

Unplugged is a futuristic matrix-esque novel where the rich and a few lucky people sent forth by their families (singles) are plugged into a virtual world. It follows the life of 17 year old girl Sky, as she illegally unplugs to find her family amongst the few left in the real world. I became more engrossed in the story as it went on, because it became more and more unpredictable. ~ Reviewed by Elizabeth Bryan

A Super Upsetting Cookbook About Sandwiches

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By Tyler Kord, William Wegman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780804186414
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - June 14th, 2016

Fun fact: I used to make sandwiches for a living. They were good sandwiches (beyond Subway-level), but not great ones. This book, though, is spectacular. Not only is it wholly entertaining (you can and should read it through) but the sandwiches within are amazing, too. Lots of short recipes are included for the components that you might not already understand--the sauces/technique tips might be the book's highlights. If I received this book as a gift, I would be a happy person: not just because sandwiches once defined me and my livelihood, but because Kord rightfully illuminates the immense amount of creativity and care that goes into making sandwiches great. ~ Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo

The Museum of Heartbreak

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By Meg Leder, Jill Wachter (Photographer)
ISBN: 9781481432108
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Published: Simon Pulse - June 7th, 2016

Penelope collects artifacts for her personal mini-museum that represents her life. Great summer read for fans of NYC and falling in love for the first time. ~ Reviewed by Fran Tobia

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