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March 2013 Book Group Mixer Handout

The Gilly Salt Sisters by Tiffany Baker

Now available in paperback, Tiffany Baker’s second novel is a celebration of wholly original story-telling where fantastical and believable narratives are woven into one. Telling the story of two sisters who inherit their parents’ salt-farm off of Cape Cod, Baker twists magic, spite, and tension into the sisters’ decision of whether to stay with the family business or not. When surprising alliances are made between the sisters and those in the remote village, suggestions of superstition, suspected witchery, and suspense arise. History is made present when family secrets are unveiled and local lore suddenly comes to life, making this a surprisingly lush and vibrant read.
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S.M.C.
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$14.99
ISBN: 9780446557290
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 5th, 2013

The Dinner by Herman Koch

This is one of the most excruciatingly suspenseful novels I’ve read, and it takes place almost entirely over dinner at a fancy restaurant. Two couples meet for a meal that none of them particularly want to attend, and the reason for their meeting is hinted at slowly over several courses– until suddenly, with a bang, it’s right in front of you. A novel that is sure to spark heated discussion.
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Kat
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$16.00
ISBN: 9780385346856
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Hogarth - October 29th, 2013

The Vanishers by Heidi Julavits

The central character of The Vanishers is a student attending a school for those with psychic gifts, until one of her professors lobs an attack at her that leaves her body devastated by illness. The world this character inhabits is formed so nonchalantly that you can’t help but turn the pages, eager to learn more about how all of this works. A smart, literary thriller with teeth, and not at all what you’re expecting.
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Kat
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$16.00
ISBN: 9780307387363
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Anchor - January 8th, 2013

Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King

High school can be awful. But it’s slightly less awful when you have a team of sarcastic ants who trash-talk your bullies and provide you with sardonic encouragement at your most difficult moments. If that sounds weird, that’s because it is—but trust me, by the end of this book you’ll be wishing for an ant entourage of your very own. Odd, but very heartfelt, and unexpectedly vivid and real.
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Kat
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$11.99
ISBN: 9780316129275
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 18th, 2012

Ten White Geese by Gerbrand Baker

This is a starkly beautiful novel about a woman who does something I’ve certainly daydreamed about from time to time: she moves to a house in rural Wales, where she is perfectly alone, save for the ten white geese who live on the property. But her reasons for escape are not innocent, and darkness stalks the edges of her picturesque solitude—as does her husband, who is determined to track her down.
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Kat
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ISBN: 9780143122678
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Penguin Books - February 26th, 2013

Her by Christa Parravani

Christa Parravani was incredibly close to her identical twin sister, Cara. They shared everything, including a disquieting, lonely childhood that drew them tighter together. But Cara’s untimely death from a drug overdose sent Christa into a tailspin that threatened her own life. Her story of overcoming an enormous, crushing grief is bravely and delicately told. I couldn’t put this one down, and by the end I was left with nothing but admiration for Christa, both as a writer and a person.
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Kat
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$20.00
ISBN: 9781250044396
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Picador - February 25th, 2014

The Convert by Deborah Baker

The Convert is, at its heart, a fascinating study of fundamentalism—where it comes from, how it grows in hearts and minds, and its power to spread to and warp whole communities or countries. The book’s subject, Margaret Marcus, was a young, Jewish American before she immigrated to Pakistan and became Maryam Jameelah, one of the loudest voices of fundamental Islam. An unsettling, arresting read that is also quite educational.
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Kat
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$15.00
ISBN: 9781555976279
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 4th, 2012

Quiet by Susan Cain

Extroverts are highly valued in our society, where people are constantly being told to speak up, to always be assertive, and to make quick decisions and stick by them no matter what. Susan Cain argues that by dismissing introverts, we aren’t hearing from those people who prefer listening and asking questions to shouting from the rooftops. A fascinating and empowering read, especially for those who have ever felt lessened by their quieter impulses
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Kat
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$18.00
ISBN: 9780307352156
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Published: Broadway Books - January 29th, 2013

Waking by Matthew Sanford

I was completely taken by this memoir and surprised by the way it moved me and made me examine my own thoughts and concepts about mind, body, and spirit. Matthew Sanford's life and body were irrevocably changed at age 13 when his family's car skidded off a snowy Iowa overpass, killing Matt's father and sister and leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. Matt’s telling about this event and his own childhood awareness of his time in the intensive care unit at the Mayo Clinic, to his growth and journey toward becoming a paralyzed yoga teacher and father of twins, is not what one would expect. Matt’s narrative is never saccharine and nor does it fall into cliché, but instead his humor, anger, and deep observing intellect continue to manifest a sense of stubborn joy and wonder. Forced to explore what it truly means to live in a body, he emerges with an entirely new view of being a "whole" person. In this searingly candid memoir he delivers a powerful message about the endurance of the human spirit and of the body that houses it.
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S.M.C.
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$15.99
ISBN: 9781594868450
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Published: Rodale Books - May 27th, 2008

Anatomy of Injustice by Raymond Bonner

As a journalist for the New York Times, Ray Bonner traveled the country following capital punishment cases. Those stories led to a Pulitzer Prize, and one particular case led to this book. Anatomy of Injustice is an impassioned and incisive investigation into the many shortcomings of the justice system brought to light in the story of a grievously mishandled murder case in South Carolina that left, Edward Lee Elmore, an innocent man facing execution. Raymond Bonner gives us an exhaustive account of the particulars of racism, prosecutorial misconduct, inept defense lawyers, and injustice in Elmore's case, which, the author makes clear, occurs in courts throughout America. He carefully examines each stage of the initial trial--jury selection, the role of the lawyers and judge, the appeal process--and introduces us to the spirited young female lawyer who, for two decades, fought to get Elmore a fair trial. Powerfully suspenseful and deeply moving, Anatomy of Injustice is a page-turner that also serves as a vital contribution to our nation's ongoing, increasingly vehement debate about justice and inequality.
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S.M.C.
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$16.00
ISBN: 9780307948540
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Vintage - January 8th, 2013

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