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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves By Karen Joy Fowler Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399162091
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Published: Marian Wood Books/Putnam - May 30th, 2013

This is a beautiful, moving tale about a behavioral scientific study gone awry, about how a family deals with the loss of one of its own. Rosemary Cooke is a unique narrator exploring the ways in which family members respond to that initial grief, move on, become lost, find connection, and ultimately discover what it means to be "human." ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer


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Wave: A Memoir By Sonali Deraniyagala Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345804310
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage - December 31st, 2013

On the day after Christmas in 2004, Deraniyagala was gazing at the strange features of a wave outside her hotel room in Sri Lanka. Within minutes she and her family were running for their lives. This is a wrenching, breathtaking memoir by a woman who lost everything. "Full of fury." Brilliant. ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

The Death of Santini

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The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son By Pat Conroy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385530903
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Published: Nan A. Talese - October 29th, 2013

From the author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini comes an emotionally wrenching memoir of the Conroys that delves deeply into the heart of difficult relationships, while examining the bonds and the imperfections of "family." ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

The Dinner

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The Dinner By Herman Koch Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385346856
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Published: Hogarth - October 29th, 2013

What begins as an edgy family dinner party at a swanky, pretentious restaurant in Amsterdam soon escalates into a chilling and unforgettable tale. Dark and controversial, gripping, ironic - not what I expected and not for the squeamish! ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

Full Fathom Five

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Full Fathom Five: Ocean Warming and a Father's Legacy By Gordon Chaplin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781611458954
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Published: Arcade - October 1st, 2013

Gordon Chaplin's loving depiction of a vanishing undersea wilderness of fishes and reefs in the Bahamas. Part memoir of growing up collecting and cataloguing specimens with his larger-than-life scientist father while free-diving in "gin clear" waters, part reflection on loss and longing for "home," this is a poignant and fascinating read. ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

All the Birds, Singing

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All the Birds, Singing By Evie Wyld Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307907769
Published: Pantheon Books - April 15th, 2014

This novel held me captive from the first sentence. The protagonist, Jake, is as tough as the lonely life she has chosen, that of a sheepherder on a remote British coast. She battles unseen menace: something is mutilating her sheep, and she is running from a past the horror of which is revealed in flashbacks, in scars running along her spine, in phantom calls to a family back home, in a dramatic escape from a sheep station in the Australian bush, in snatches of memory. Lured by the language and sense of place, with danger lurking everywhere - in one memorable scene a picture slips from behind a headboard to release a nest of huntsman spiders onto the walls - I found this unforgettable novel, peopled with brutal characters struggling within a harsh environment to be a heart-stopping read. ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer


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