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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Beartown Cover Image
$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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$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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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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The Almost Sisters Cover Image
$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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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
$20.80
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
$17.99
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.