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Fall Reading, 2014

The Dog by Joseph O’Neill

Fleeing recent heartbreak, a New York lawyer immigrates to Dubai to work as the “family officer” for his college friend’s tremendously rich family. In this bizarre desert wonderland, our scuba-enthusiast narrator navigates allegorical conflicts signature to modern life: obsession over the construction project next door; second-nature Googling and Facebooking; the memory of his not wanting kids as the cause of the traumatic breakup. A comically philosophical commentary on excessive wealth and technological development—maybe the ruin of morality and intellect. The Dog is constantly entertaining and hilariously smart.
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Julia
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ISBN: 9780307378231
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Published: Pantheon Books - September 9th, 2014

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

This is a story about a magical city, but also about so much more. Spies and politics struggle for dominance where personal betrayals are just as important as national ones. Ancient grudges between peoples vie against new injustices, as tables turn and oppressors flip. And amongst the secrets and squabbles of mortals, dead gods and small miracles tread in shadows and dust. This book is complex, deep, and utterly satisfying in all the right ways.
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Jocelyn
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ISBN: 9780804137171
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Published: Broadway Books - September 9th, 2014

Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

If you love H.P. Lovecraft like I do, you will love Cherie Priest’s new horrifyingly good novel. It’s dark, troubling, and everything you want out of a monster-horror novel. Told in a series of journal entries, letters and telegrams, Priest keeps the narrative moving swiftly while still taking time to savor the juicy moments of horror. An excellent read for those long fall nights, so long as you don’t need to sleep any time soon.
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Jax
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ISBN: 9780451466976
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Published: Ace - September 2nd, 2014

Lock In by John Scalzi

The Haden virus spread globally, deadly for some, worse for others: creating “Lock-In”, active minds trapped in paralyzed bodies. That was then. 20 years later Hadens walk the street in metal bodies, or ride along in flesh. Tensions are rising in D.C. as Haden poster- child Chris Shane spends his first week as FBI investigating a series of murders that could rip apart the fragile balance. A deceptively action-packed, fun, deeply thoughtful scifi I couldn’t put down!
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Jocelyn
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ISBN: 9780765375865
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Published: Tor Books - August 26th, 2014

Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman

You may know him as Parks and Recreation’s Ron Swanson, but Nick Offerman is quite different from his mustachioed counterpart. True, he likes red meat, woodworking, and whiskey, but he’s a bit mellower than gruff Ron. In this charming memoir, Offerman imparts life lessons while recounting his life, from his small town Midwest upbringing to Hollywood and his love for his wife, Megan Mullally. This is a sweet, entertaining book from a funny man.
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Flannery
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ISBN: 9780451467096
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Published: Dutton - September 2nd, 2014

Drivel edited by Julia Scott

Reading this book leaves you with the same feeling as going through someone else’s

old photos—somewhat nostalgic, moderately embarrassed and exhausted from laughter.

Famous names such as Dave Eggers, Gillian Flynn, and Mary Roach bravely put their

egos aside and share some truly horrible work. It’s always nice to remember that even

writers we regard as genius have created things so deliciously awful. A great pick for

aspiring writers. 

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Mary
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ISBN: 9780399168888
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Published: TarcherPerigee - September 2nd, 2014

Not Fade Away by Rebecca Alexander

Diagnosed young with a genetic condition that would gradually leave her deaf and blind, Rebecca Alexander refused to give up her life as an athlete, spin instructor, psychotherapist, puppy mom, or fun-loving New Yorker. Alexander’s inspiring story is raw and touching. She doesn’t over-dramatize what many of us would read as a sob story, but she doesn’t pretend to be a Pollyanna, either—she’s funny, quirky, and endearing
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Julia
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ISBN: 9781592408313
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Published: Gotham Books - September 11th, 2014

The Human Age by Diane Ackerman

Ackerman’s books are composed in utterly unique ways. Readers expect intelligent language that lyrically pleases and never misses a beat. The Human Age might be this author’s best poetic science where humans are an indelible part of climate change and environmental loss. In this book, Ackerman delivers an unexpected gift: a bipolar marriage between humanity’s impact on the physical world and our flagrant and wild hope that creates an imaginative and innovative response.
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Johansson
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ISBN: 9780393240740
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 10th, 2014

Origins by Neil deGrasse Tyson & Donald Goldsmith

There's no other scientist I know of who can explain massively complicated theories and proofs in as an engaging and amusing a way as Neil deGrasse Tyson. This book will walk you through the beginnings—of life, the universe, and everything—and more importantly, clearly explain how we’ve come to know what we know. Origins (along with Space Chronicles and The Pluto Files) has just been re-released and is an excellent place to get started if you’re curious about space.

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Nici
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ISBN: 9780393350395
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 2nd, 2014

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Roxanne Gay may think she's a "bad feminist", but this collection of essays would speak for her otherwise. Inquisitive, reflective, and timely, Bad Feminist had me laughing out loud one page and solemnly nodding in agreement on the next. Every woman with problems with the f-word should read what Ms. Gay has to say about it, as her stories speak volumes to the amount of internalized misogyny American women must purge from our systems.
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Louise
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ISBN: 9780062282712
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 5th, 2014

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