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The Nix

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The Nix: A novel By Nathan Hill Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101946619
Published: Knopf - August 30th, 2016

In Norwegian mythology a Nix is a shapeshifting spirit that can steal children away. In protagonist Professor Samuel Andresen-Anderson's life, his Nix is his mother, who vanished when he was a child and stole a chunk of his heart. It is 2011, and she has reappeared, labeled The Packer Attacker after flinging stones at a political candidate, and needs her son's help. This funny, often dark debut novel moves from the suburban midwest to New York City to the Chicago riots in 1968. Peopled with characters from addicted gamers to a narcissistic media guru, a cameo by Alan Ginsburg, and touching with irony on academia and culture, family, home, and intersecting relationships, The Nix is a sprawling, spellbinding read. ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

Thug Kitchen

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Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck (Thug Kitchen Cookbooks) By Thug Kitchen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781623363581
Published: Rodale Books - October 7th, 2014

For those who don't take exception to the frequent use of the F-bomb sprinkled liberally throughout the pages of this irreverent cookbook, Thug Kitchen contains creative, funny and truly yummy recipes and tips for stocking a vegetarian based kitchen. Perfect for college students! ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

Anatomy of a Soldier

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Anatomy of a Soldier: A novel By Harry Parker Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101946633
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Published: Knopf - May 17th, 2016

This breathtaking debut novel about the pointless carnage of war is told through the voices of seemingly ordinary objects: An olive-green thirty-liter day-sac. A mother's handbag. A bag of fertilizer. A wheelbarrow. A bicycle. A tourniquet. A fluttering flag turning to dust in the sand. All are connected in some way to Captain Tom Barnes, BA5799 O POS, a British soldier leading troops in a war far from home, whose life is blown apart after he steps upon an explosive device. It is a hero's story about a double amputee fighting for his life, while experiencing conflicting emotions about leadership, survival and honor. It is about the casualties: Two childhood friends, loyal to opposing factions; families left to put the pieces of their children back together or to bury them in nameless graves. A visceral novel that plunges the reader into the immediacy and horror of war from the boots up, it is not to be missed. ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

Did You Ever Have a Family

Did You Ever Have a Family By Bill Clegg Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476798189
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - May 17th, 2016

On the morning of her daughter's wedding, June Reid's house explodes in flame destroying her entire family. The novel is a chorus of voices, each revealing a secret history. This is about family, shown at its best and worst, and what it takes to survive. ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

Full Fathom Five

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Full Fathom Five: Ocean Warming and a Father's Legacy By Gordon Chaplin, Stan Waterman (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Gordon Chaplin, Stan Waterman (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781628726114
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Published: Arcade - May 3rd, 2016

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

Lust & Wonder

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Lust & Wonder: A Memoir By Augusten Burroughs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312342036
Availability: Out of Print
Published: St. Martin's Press - March 29th, 2016

In his latest memoir Burroughs delves into his relationships, his obsessions, fantasies and fears with humor, pathos, reflection and truth. By exposing the quirky twists of his mind, Burroughs plumbs what it is to be human. ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer


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