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Sacre Bleu

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ISBN: 9780061779756
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 9th, 2012

Death, drinking, lewd behavior and a hilarious (and a bit magical) take on the REAL stories behind history's greatest artists and their work. For example, the caption in Moore's world behind Renoir's Self Portrait is actually "I like big butts." Who knew? ~ Reviewed by Sarah Walcott

Under the Banner of Heaven

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ISBN: 9781400032808
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Published: Anchor - June 8th, 2004

A fascinating look behind the veil of the fundamental LDS religion. Incredibly interesting and fast-paced - a must read for anyone wanting to learn the real story behind the sensationalism of this religious sect in the media. ~ Reviewed by Sarah Walcott

Hyperbole and a Half

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ISBN: 9781451666175
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Published: Gallery Books - October 29th, 2013

Hysterical and true, Brosh's relateable and hilarious comics hit the nail on the head for most 20-30 somethings, and her more serious topics (a severe depression that kept her out of the spotlight for nearly 18 months) are handled bravely, with the perfect amount of self-deprecating humor. Plus, you won't believe how much emotion can be conveyed by characters who look they were drawn in MS Paint! For more, check out the blog by the same name as well. ~ Reviewed by Sarah Walcott

Radiance of Tomorrow

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ISBN: 9780374246020
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - January 7th, 2014

I can't recommend this highly enough. Written almost poetically, Beah tells of the rebuilding and subsequent demise of a small, war-ravaged town in Sierra Leone. The story here is not the war, however, or its aftermath, but the determination of people to make a home and maintain the life they once knew - no matter the current circumstances. Storytelling is a major theme through the book, and it is written like it would be told; matter-of-factly, but with an unending undercurrent of hope. In the words of one of the town elders, we must always strive for "the radiance of tomorrow". ~ Reviewed by Sarah Walcott

Me Before You

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ISBN: 9780143124542
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Published: Penguin Books - July 30th, 2013

A poignant and beautiful story about love and loss, told from the perspective of Louisa - a self-proclaimed "ordinary girl" who takes a job caring for a crotchety ex-playboy bound to a wheelchair after a horrific accident. As their relationship grows, Louisa learns of his plans for his future and must come to terms with how his plans may impact her own. Without giving too much more away, this story will leave you with plenty to think about. Definitely a tear-jerker, so be prepared. ~ Reviewed by Sarah Walcott

The Good Lord Bird

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ISBN: 9781594486340
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 20th, 2013

Certainly deserving of the National Book Award! The perfect mix of heart, action and humor makes this almost like reading a Coen brothers movie. The story follows Onion, a young slave boy mistaken for a girl during his rescue by famed abolitionist John Brown. The novel follows Onion on his adventures with Brown and his men, culminating with the battle at Harper's Ferry. A great new twist on some old tales - must read! ~ Reviewed by Sarah Walcott


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