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Hardback Fiction from the 2011 Summer Newsletter

<img src="/files/santacruz/BSC_Newsletter_Cover_lores_5-11_0.jpg" align="right" height="100" hspace="5" vspace="5" width="77" />Staff recommendations from our <a href="http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/2011-summer-newsletter">2011 Summer Newsletter</a> <br clear="all" />

The Pale King by David Foster Wallace

Our poet of the hyper-distracted age, David Foster Wallace, died way too young, but he left the world with the brilliant beginnings of a final novel, The Pale King. First excerpted in the New Yorker, this is a story about a man with perhaps the least interesting job known to humanity—an IRS tax-return agent—who struggles to live in bliss and contentment within the dark void of excruciating boredom.
Reviewed by: 
Vernon
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$36.00
ISBN: 9780316074230
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 15th, 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.
Reviewed by: 
S.M.C.
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$25.95
ISBN: 9781594203046
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
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).
Reviewed by: 
S.M.C.
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$25.95
ISBN: 9780670022816
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Published: Viking Adult - June 9th, 2011

Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman

With total candor, award-winning writer Francisco Goldman describes his life with his wife, Aura Estrada, who died tragically in 2007. This is only a novel in that he changed names to protect some specific identities; otherwise the story is true. He and Aura had a short married life, but one can tell they were happy. Say Her Name is an authentic work of the heart and soul, and the feeling—the memorial incarnation that this book creates—is monumental. This book about tragic death is a gift for the living. —Library Journal
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ISBN: 9780802119810
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Grove Press - April 5th, 2011

The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht

This astounding debut is an intimate but expansive novel about love and loss that is magnificent in scope and detail, ranging from a modern-day war zone to tales of an escaped tiger and a man who seems invulnerable to death. I was knocked off my feet by the sheer beauty of Obreht’s sentences. Fiction like this doesn’t come around very often; I predict that we will be reading Téa Obreht’s novels for a very long time.
Reviewed by: 
Kat
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$25.00
ISBN: 9780385343831
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Random House - March 8th, 2011

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett’s new novel is so solely its own. Patchett (best-selling author of Bel Canto) has written a moral adventure story whose beauty lies in the description and well, oddity of its setting. In a narrative abound with deadly snakes, harrowing river rides, and malaria-induced nightmares; State of Wonder describes a world where breathtaking beauty stands side by side with wrenching loss. The story begins with Dr. Marina Singh, a research scientist working at a pharmaceutical company who is sent to Brazil to track down another elusive doctor who is using research with a tribe in the Amazon to create a valuable new drug. What happens upon Singh’s arrival is a tribute to Ann Patchett’s gift of storytelling. There are images in this book that you will never be able to forget; this is a complex tale of adventure, moral tug-of-wars, and incredible, distinctive beauty.
Reviewed by: 
S.M.C.
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ISBN: 9780062049803
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Published: Harper - June 7th, 2011

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