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Festival of Insignificance

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ISBN: 9780062356901
Availability: Special Order
Published: Harper Perennial - June 14th, 2016

What better way to ponder sexuality, friendship, philosophy, and the meaning of existence than with a quirky story? Kundera successfully explores all these themes, plunging the reader into modern day Paris and the lives of four very different, very real men with his signature style. ~ Reviewed by Jess Hanlon

Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316261357
Availability: Hard to Find - May no longer be available
Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 3rd, 2016

I've been waiting for a book to leave an impression since A Little Life. Haslett's intimate portrayal of a family's struggle with mental illness - and the lengths they will go to save one another - will leave you breathless. ~ Reviewed by Jess Hanlon

Mug Cakes: Sweet & Savory Recipes by Cinzia Trenchi - Book Review

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ISBN: 9788854410190
Availability: Hard to Find - May no longer be available
Published: White Star Publishers - May 17th, 2016

These cakes are so easy and TASTY! ( You don't even need to bake the blondie - it's cookie dough in a mug!) ~ Reviewed by Jess Hanlon

Holy Cow

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ISBN: 9780374535902
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 5th, 2016

A cow, a pig, and a turkey walk out of the barnyard and into the world. No, really.

Elsie Bovary, Jerry - sorry, that's now Shalom (he's recently converted to Judaism) - the Pig, and Tom the Turkey make a mad dash for freedom after Elsie learns about industrial meat farming. This is an oddly satisfying story that drives home the point that the grass isn't always greener on the other side. ~ Reviewed by Jess Hanlon

Children's Crusade

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ISBN: 9781476710464
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Published: Scribner - April 5th, 2016

A compassionate doctor, his agitated wife, and their four children deal with old grudges, lost opportunities, and festering jealousies. Spanning 30 years and told from each character’s point of view, your heart will ache as the family as a whole reaches for happiness. ~ Reviewed by Jess Hanlon

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov - Book Review

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By Mikhail Bulgakov, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by), Boris Fishman (Foreword by), Christopher Conn Askew (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780143108276
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Published: Penguin Classics - May 3rd, 2016

A multi-layered, complex, allegorical, anti-Stalin masterpiece suppressed by Stalin's regime. Literary Moscow is the target of Satan disguised as a foreigner, also the central character. Shocking, profound, and darkly humorous. ~ Reviewed by Jess Hanlon


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