Shane

I read mostly fiction and mystery from all around the world with a lot of non-fiction history and social issues thrown in. Anything that someone tells me is good. I am a sucker for peer book pressure.

 

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Sourdough Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374203108
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Published: MCD/Farrar Straus and Giroux - September 5th, 2017

This book is quirky and weird and delicious! The easy way to describe this book is that Lois' life is changed in ways she would never expect by a bread that is more than fantastic. She is the #1 Eater that becomes so much more. Some days, I just hope that I can achieve as much. The hard way to describe it is just that. This book is amorphous and doesn't really fit a genre and isn't really like any book I have ever read.


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$26.00
ISBN: 9781501138799
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Published: Atria Books - September 12th, 2017

There are so many things happening in this book that unfortunately are coming back into the spotlight. Fascists, the KKK, racism, and civil rights provide the context for the crazy crimes that Atlanta's first black police officers have to deal with in Lightning Men. Thomas Mullen's ability to create an intricate web of crimes makes you feel like the spider is anywhere about to drop in. I was captivated and amazed. I am so thrilled that the characters from Darktown get to continue having a story.


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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062645128
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Published: William Morrow & Company - June 13th, 2017

I spent the entire weekend reading Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows. It is a fantastically delightful novel. It is a little bit of everything from mystery to love story to titillating short stories. Definitely not erotica but also not for the faint of heart. This is one of those books that you get done with reading and you just want to clap to show it thanks.


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Stay with Me Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780451494603
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - August 22nd, 2017

Hold on to your emotions: this book is deeply affecting. Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo is a profound look into a very troubled relationship over twenty years in a turbulent Nigeria. It may not be an easy read, but it is a very fulfilling one that will leave you thinking about the characters long after you finish.

Yejide and Akin are young and trying everything they can to have children. The need for offspring has altered all aspects of their once blissful marriage. Akin is pressured into taking a second wife in hopes for a child. Yejide will do anything to make sure she is the one to give Akin the child that he so desperately desires.

Stay With Me was shortlisted for the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction. Their shortlist added quite a few books to my reading stack, including the winner, The Power by Naomi Alderman, which comes out in October.


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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735220683
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - May 9th, 2017

Eleanor Oliphant is the quirky female character that we deserve. So many people recommended this book to me, and they were right. It was original and weird and wonderful.


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Quicksand Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781590518571
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Published: Other Press (NY) - March 7th, 2017

For everyone who wants more behind the scenes of a courtroom, this is the book. The narrator keeps you so involved in the story.  I could not put this book down. I had to find out the rest of the story. There were several points where I audibly gasped because I was so surprised. For fans of Law & Order: SVU and so much more.


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$26.99
ISBN: 9781501156007
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - July 25th, 2017

Complete edge of your seat! Completely thrilling! 
I could not figure things out fast enough, so I was constantly surprised by what was happening. Four friends share a secret and share a bond that holds through time and distance.
I love all of Ruth Ware's books and would be hard pressed to find a favorite. She is the Agatha Christie of today.


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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body Cover Image
$20.79
ISBN: 9780062362599
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Published: Harper - June 13th, 2017

I chose not to put this book down. It changed me. It controlled me. It should be required reading. Roxane Gay has such a way of making you feel like you are involved in her writing. She is speaking to you. She wants you to change, to be a better person. This book is about how to protect yourself. How to live in a world that wants to eat you alive.


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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062105714
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Published: William Morrow & Company - July 11th, 2017

Thoroughly Southern in every way. I wanted to run around drinking a mint julep and calling everyone darlin'. This book is a perfectly balanced with drama, humor, compassion, and depth. It is a family drama with so much drama that you have to laugh at points. And laugh you will!
Almost Sisters is an homage to the South that doesn't gloss over anything. Jackson makes you feel like you are an "almost sister" as well.


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The Graybar Hotel: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501162299
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Published: Scribner Book Company - July 4th, 2017

A view of the world from the inside of the bars. Graybar Hotel gives you such a sense of the mental anguish that a prisoner encounters every day. Each story will pull you in many directions. I read a few of the stories and listened to the rest on libro.fm (our new independent audiobook website). They both created a very unique experience.


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$26.00
ISBN: 9781101990483
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Published: Berkley Books - June 27th, 2017

The characters of this story make it more than just a psychological mystery. I loved Fiona's first book (The Widow), and think that she has really captured the heart of the genre. In The Child, the skeleton of a child has been discovered in a construction site and the details of the circumstances are completely unknown. It is only through the super journalistic skills of Kate that the story gets more than just a small article in a paper. She flushed the story out and gives it the humanity that it deserves. 


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$26.99
ISBN: 9781501160769
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Published: Atria Books - April 25th, 2017

By now, you probably recognize the name Fredrik Backman as one of the world's favorite emerging authors. This book holds up to his canon of fantastic works, but it is quite different from his others. It has the usual Backman qualities in that it will make you laugh and cry, but this one seems deeper and more complex. Beartown deals with the struggles of an entire town trying to become significant again. This is a book about hockey much like how Friday Night Lights is a series about football. It is there, but the human aspect of the story is much more important than the sport. Beartown will break your heart.


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I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781627796064
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Published: Holt McDougal - September 13th, 2016

This book will get you out of any funk. It is hilarious and exactly what this world needs. I can't say much more other than I am sad that I will never read this book again for the first time. There will be a second time and possibly a third. She touches on so many topics that are so relevant and so important.


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Everybody's Son Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062442246
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Published: Harper - June 6th, 2017

This book touches on a lot of very delicate subjects, and Thrity Umrigar handles them with care. A young, black boy is "rescued" from his drug addicted mother by an affluent white couple that sets into motion the events of Anton's future. I had so much optimism for the characters. I wanted everyone to succeed and lessons to be learned. You will have so much compassion for Anton and the situation that he has found himself in. 


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By Lisa Ko
$25.95
ISBN: 9781616206888
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 2nd, 2017

The Leavers has stayed with me in a wonderful way since I finished reading, as it speaks to the importance of understanding in today’s society. The characters all struggle with finding and coping with their place in the world, from a Chinese-immigrant mother who disappears from her son’s life, to the son’s life with his adopted parents, affluent white professors at a liberal arts college in upstate New York. 

This month’s book received so much attention ahead of publication that it almost seemed too good to be true: Lisa Ko’s The Leavers was the winner of the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, appeared on numerous Most Anticipated lists, and received raves from the likes of Barbara Kingsolver and Ann Patchett. You should believe the hype.


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By Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw (Artist)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781534302341
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Published: Image Comics - August 8th, 2017

Described as Southern Bastards meets American Gods, I was hooked. I think the story of an old man acquiring this weapon to help him and also endanger him tells a lot about the choices that one must make. The story is the driving force with plenty of action and plenty of mythology. I really enjoyed spending time with these characters.


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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
$23.16
ISBN: 9780385534246
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Published: Doubleday Books - April 18th, 2017

Completely captivating and utterly horrifying. I could not put it down, and I was appalled by the information that I completely lacked. The Osage were the richest people in the world per capita during the oil boom. A string of unsolved murders and suspicious deaths prompted the government to respond with what would become the FBI. Grann does a fascinating job with narrative history. The story keeps growing and the ramifications of this history still live with us today.


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Exit West Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735212176
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

Mohsin Hamid is one of my favorite authors. His worldview is one of the most unique voices working in literary fiction. I was fascinated by the story and compelled by how timely an issue this is. If I had to guess, I would say that Mohsin Hamid has magical abilities himself. This book will transport you to places near and far.


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The Day I Died Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062560292
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Published: William Morrow & Company - April 11th, 2017

I have been a huge fan of Lori Rader-Day since her debut mystery, and I can honestly say that her books keep getting better. I was immediately drawn into The Day I Died with a stunning first chapter and the development of a murder and a missing child. Anna is a woman on the run. She is a handwriting expert (the details of this are fascinating), trying to adapt to a new place, and stuggling to raise a teenager. This story has so many layers that you will not be able to put it down. The pages seem to turn themselves. Also, Lori named a character after me, so now you really need to buy this book.


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The Hate U Give Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 28th, 2017

If every single person would read this book, I would have so much more faith in humanity. Angie Thomas wrote this as a response to the Black Lives Matter movement. I could not imagine a more honest main character or story. Do not put this book down. Read it cover to cover as often as you can. Yes, more than once! Adults, teens, anyone with a heart, anyone with any sort of social consciousness.


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By Edouard Louis, Michael Lucey (Translator)
$23.00
ISBN: 9780374266653
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 2nd, 2017

Young Eddy is growing up gay in a small factory town in France. The novel focuses on the many experiences that Eddy has growing up and finding out that he is different from the other members of his family. This is going to be a classic gay novel that has already been translated into many languages and has gotten international attention.