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This Is the Water

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This Is the Water: A Novel By Yannick Murphy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062294906
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 29th, 2014

While swim team mom Annie chafes over the latest hi-tech bathing suits for her daughters, considers her drifting marriage and mourns the loss of a brother to suicide, a serial killer strikes in this cleverly constructed, suspenseful and perfect for summertime read. ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant

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Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir By Roz Chast Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608198061
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - May 6th, 2014

For Chast fans, for anyone terrified of broaching the uncomfortable topic of advancing old age and death with one's parents, for anyone actively involved in caretaking one's folks with the attendant gamut of feelings, this graphic novel is for you! It's funny, ironic, honest and true. ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

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Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls By David Sedaris Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316154703
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 3rd, 2014

Whether going to his "happy place" during a colonoscopy, contemplating a severed forearm at his neighborhood taxidermist's, sharing drugs with a stranger in the men's room of the bar car, or obsessively collecting rubbish along the roadsides of rural England, Sedaris continues to delight with his witty commentary on life's absurdities. Who of us hasn't waited for that coveted latte, chafing with suppressed rage and indignation as the preceding customer drones on and on and ON? ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

And Sons

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And Sons: A Novel By David Gilbert Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812984354
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 27th, 2014

This powerful novel delves into the emotionally fraught landscape of fathers and sons, centering on the brilliant yet megalomaniacal, Salinger-esque author, A.N. Dyer, a dissolute eccentric who lives on the Upper East Side of New York City. A multilayered, novel-within-a-novel, & Sons takes on New York’s literary scene, adolescence, conflicted sibling relationships, love, loyalty, and tragedy with wit and enormous generosity of spirit. ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

A Marker to Measure Drift

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A Marker to Measure Drift By Alexander Maksik Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345803863
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Published: Vintage - June 3rd, 2014

Shattering, gorgeous, each sentence a dagger to the heart, this is the story of a young Liberian female refugee, Jacqueline, who has come to a Greek island, whose shaky memories are suffused with profound loss and shadowy images: holding the feet of her beloved sister, an orange cat, the Rolex watch on her father’s wrist, the clink of ice mixed with gin and lime in her mother’s glass, ghost boys with machetes. The novel explores profound themes, both political and existential: Where does one find the courage to survive something horrific beyond description? How is it possible to negotiate incipient madness? Is there a context in which to describe barbarism? Can the tiniest connection with another human being, the merest act kindness lead one out of despair? Can a life that has been traumatized, pared down to the most elemental of human requirements - safety, shelter, food - find hope? ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer 

A Replacement Life

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A Replacement Life: A Novel By Boris Fishman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062287878
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Published: Harper - June 3rd, 2014

Slava Gelman, a Minsk-born junior staff journalist employed by a New York magazine, has broken away from his family in South Brooklyn until the death of his grandmother, a Holocaust survivor. His wily grandfather, a man who "gets things," forces him to forge a restitution claim letter on her behalf, then tells his friends, who want their own letters. A lovely, poetic first novel. ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer


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