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The Long Goodbye by Meghan O’Rourke

While there have been many memoirs written about grieving (from Isabel Allende’s Paula, about the loss of her daughter, to Joan Didion’s Year of Magical Thinking, detailing her story of widowhood), Meghan O’Rourke’s book is notable in that it tells the story of an adult child losing a parent. O’Rourke was in her late 20s when her mother died of cancer. The Long Goodbye is her story of grief and longing. It details the complexity and sharp edges that exist between mothers and daughters, but it also speaks of an American family and the joys and thrills that exist in everyday life. I loved this memoir for its layered simplicity—the ways that loss, love, pretense, and discovery weave together. O’Rourke offers us a real look at the complicated, and in this case, everlasting, mother–daughter bond.

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S.M.C.
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$17.00
ISBN: 9781594485664
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 3rd, 2012

My Two Moms by Zach Wahls, with Bruce Littlefield

In 2011, one young man stood up and told the Iowa House of Representatives that having two moms had not damaged his character. A video of the eloquent message instantly went viral. This is his story of life with two moms and the struggle of growing up different. It is a timely, moving story that serves as testimony to all that strength, love, and character matter more than conformity or tradition.

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Flannery
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$26.00
ISBN: 9781592407132
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Published: Gotham - April 26th, 2012

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

The author of The Men Who Stare at Goats has brought us another unexpected journey, this time into the madness industry. Part mystery, part research project, Ronson’s latest will change the way you view insanity, handing out equal parts entertainment and intrigue as he explores the relationship between madness, deception, and power.

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Bucket
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$17.00
ISBN: 9781594485756
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 1st, 2012

The New New Rules by Bill Maher

If you’re someone who appreciates a good rant, then chances are you make a few new rules each day yourself. You know, when you’ve had all you can take, and for a moment you imagine you’re omnipotent and you issue a proclamation, a new rule, regarding some bit of nonsense that will no longer be tolerated. However, yours are probably not as hilarious as the ones in Bill Maher’s A–Z collection, The New New Rules.

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Joe
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$16.00
ISBN: 9780452298293
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Published: Plume - May 1st, 2012

Fire Monks by Colleen Morton Busch

This book takes a close look at an incredible story that happened right in our area. In 2008, a series of lightning strikes ignited hundreds of fires across California, and one of those fires threatened the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in Big Sur, a place accessible by a single unpaved road and particularly vulnerable to fire. The story of how the Center was saved by those who lived and worked there will leave you on the edge of your seat, as well as teach you about the many ways that Zen teachings can prepare you for a wildfire.
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Kat
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$17.00
ISBN: 9780143121374
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Published: Penguin Books - June 26th, 2012

The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai

I’ve now bought three copies of The Borrower, and I need to buy another, because I keep spontaneously mailing them off to friends and family. It’s one of those books that I feel a need to evangelize, with a powerful message about what it means to love books, and the many ways that literature can provide liberation and comfort. Read it, and grab an extra copy for the reader in your life. You’ll need it.
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Kat
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ISBN: 9780143120957
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Published: Penguin Books - May 29th, 2012

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

If there were ever a story about the American dream, this is it. But not perhaps the dream you expect; this is a story of immigration, sweatshops, and desperate poverty, and of one girl’s struggle to rise into a better life using the only asset she has: her miraculous, untrammeled intelligence. I started reading this book in the middle of a move, and I burned through it in two days—it’s really that good!
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Kat
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$17.00
ISBN: 9781594485152
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 3rd, 2011

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Southern whites’ guilt for not expressing gratitude to the black maids who raised them threatens to become a familiar refrain. But don’t tell Kathryn Stockett, because her first novel is a nuanced variation on the theme that strikes every note with authenticity. In a page-turner that brings new resonance to the moral issues involved, she spins a story of social awakening as seen from both sides of the American racial divide. —The Washington Post
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$17.00
ISBN: 9780425232200
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Published: Berkley - April 5th, 2011

The Kid by Sapphire

Sapphire’s writing has long held a place in my heart. Sharp, taut, brave, and honest, I was overjoyed that she gained an even wider readership when her novel, Push, was made into the movie Precious. Now, 10 years in the making, Sapphire is coming out with Push’s sequel. In The Kid, we are handed the story of Abdul, Precious’ son, and his own journey about how to make it through hardship and come out whole.
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S.M.C.
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$25.95
ISBN: 9781594203046
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Published: Penguin Press HC, The - July 5th, 2011

The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai

Makkai has written a debut novel good enough to put you in a stupor of awe and appreciation. Lucy Hull, a young children’s librarian, finds herself both a kidnapper and kidnapped when her favorite patron, 10-year-old Ian Drake, runs away from home. Ian is addicted to reading, but needs Lucy’s help to smuggle books past his overbearing mother, who has enrolled Ian in weekly antigay classes with celebrity Pastor Bob. Lucy stumbles into a moral dilemma when she finds Ian camped out in the library with an escape plan and needing her help to carry it out. What follows is a page-turning adventure with heart and depth, questioning how far we should go to rescue someone from their own story, and when we should step back and hope they can survive it and learn for themselves. This book is beautiful, engaging, funny, and heartbreaking (but in a way that works).
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S.M.C.
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$25.95
ISBN: 9780670022816
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Published: Viking Adult - June 9th, 2011

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