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The Harder They Come

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ISBN: 9780062349385
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Published: Ecco - March 1st, 2016

T.C Boyle explores an array of topics; gun violence, anarchy, heroism, mental illness, love, nature and family dynamics in his latest book. The story takes place in the woods of Northern California and revolves around a small handful of characters all dealing with their own issues about their place in society but connected to each other through the mental illness and destructiveness of one of them. The writing is vivid, clear and concise and the story is very character driven and very satisfying. ~ Reviewed by Liz Barnum


The Heart

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By Maylis de Kerangal, Sam Taylor (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780374240905
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 9th, 2016

Translated from the French, The Heart is an emotional, spellbinding story of the 24 hour period when a young person dies and another is given a 2nd chance at life with a new heart. Written with tenderness and precision, it examines the emotions, quick decisions and procedures that take place in this very short span of time. Heartbreaking and fascinating! ~ Reviewed by Liz Barnum


When Breath Becomes Air

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By Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780812988406
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Published: Random House - January 12th, 2016

This memoir from a young neurosurgeon facing his own terminal cancer diagnosis is emotional, heart-breaking and very thought provoking. As you follow his journey you’ll find yourself reflecting on your own mortality and on what’s important in life and in death. Unforgettable and inspiring! ~ Reviewed by Liz Barnum


Death of a King

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ISBN: 9780316332774
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 12th, 2016

Tavis Smiley walks the reader through the last year of Martin Luther Kings life with deeply rooted compassion, love and respect. He portrays King's struggles with growing criticism over his belief in non-violent resistance and solutions from friends, politicians and the more militant group of civil rights activists. They were profound and weighed heavy on his mind but he never gave up or compromised. Smiley has a strong personal connection to King and it shows in this book. It is short but filled with so much. Martin Luther King was taken way too early, I wonder what our world would be like had he been given the chance to carry his message of peace and equality to the world. ~ Reviewed by Liz Barnum


A Little Life

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ISBN: 9780804172707
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Published: Anchor - January 26th, 2016

I think about this book every day , it is so deeply affecting, the characters are so memorable, the writing is so courageous. But grab hold of your seat because it will take you to deep dark places that you may never have traveled to before. ~ Reviewed by Liz Barnum


House of Thieves

The scene - The Gilded Age in New York. The cast - a wealthy architect and his family (related to the Astors) and Kent's Gents (a notorious gang of thieves and killers). The premise - The debt must be repaid. The result - a rollicking adventure of a book!

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