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ISBN-13: 9781608198061
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Published: Bloomsbury USA, 5/2014
Stunning, moving, & beautiful.  I could not put this down.  I took it everywhere for two days, popping it out every opportunity I had.  Maybe not the best idea since I ended up crying in my car in a parking lot.  So crying happened. -Shane's November Staff Pick, 2014

ISBN-13: 9780803736856
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Published: Dial, 11/2014
The thrilling conclusion of the Elemental Series by Antony John is the perfect way to wrap things up.  I am recommending that you read this entire series (if you haven't already).  Antony is a local author that we LOVE.  Pirates, supernatural powers, plague, and love.  It is a wonderful book.  The author said he wrote the book for the 14 year old version of himself, but I feel like it reaches out to the inner-teen in everyone. -Shane's November Staff Pick, 2014

Rooms (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780062223197
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Published: Ecco, 9/2014
Shane's Halloween Staff Pick, 2014

The Black Hour (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781616148850
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Published: Seventh Street Books, 7/2014
This book grabs you from the very first page and never lets go.  Lori Rader-Day has written an incredible debut mystery!  Rarely have I read a first chapter so perfectly written.  This is the first book from Seventh Street Books to get reviewed in the New York Times.  The reviewer said that this book breathes new life into the whodunnit genre.  And I agree.  If you want to read a great mystery, pick this one up! -Shane's October Staff Pick, 2014

ISBN-13: 9781940442020
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Published: Walrus Publishing, Inc., 5/2014
After I finish almost every story, I say "That one is my favorite".  It just keeps happening.  The stories are all amazing.  I am saying this as someone who claims to not like science fiction or fantasy.  These stories are all so accessible that any lover of short stories will love this collection.  This book is such a jewel.-Shane's September Staff Pick, 2014

ISBN-13: 9780762786978
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Published: Globe Pequot Press, 1/2014

This true crime story takes place outside of St. Louis over 100 years ago.  The author does a great job giving you the facts so that you can jump to your own conclusions.  Although it has never been solved, the real mystery is how the case kept escaping the grasp of justice and continues to live in the hearts of the locals.  Very interesting and definitely a little bit creepy. -Shane's September Staff Pick, 2014

ISBN-13: 9780804138819
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Published: Hogarth, 6/2014
The tension rides through the entire book just under the surface.  I could not put this book down.  In one of the early chapters, the narrator says that he is probably responsible for the death of a famous actor.  The story is not how but why.  This is Koch's second book in translation.  Both are incredible psychological mysteries that keep you on the edge.  Also, check out The Dinner.- Shane's August Staff Pick, 2014

ISBN-13: 9780062329127
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Published: Ecco Press, 4/2014
Quirky, lovable but dubious characters.  Unimaginable situations.  An adventure that spans the globe.  And funny.  So funny.  The title explains the plot, but how we get there is all the fun.  I have also recommended this author's debut novel The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. -Shane's June Staff Pick, 2014

The Weight of Blood (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780812995206
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Published: Spiegel & Grau, 3/2014
If you liked Gone Girl, you need to read this book.  Set in the Ozarks, Laura McHugh really captures the feel of small town Missouri.  This book is not just a murder mystery, but, also, a deep tale of family bonds.  Deeply haunting and suspenseful, I highly recommend it.  Oh, and the author lives in Columbia, Missouri.  Read this before all of your friends! -Shane's May Staff Pick, 2014

ISBN-13: 9780374246020
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books, 1/2014
A stunning first novel.  You might be familiar with Beah's memoir about his time as a child soldier in Africa.  This novel realizes post-war and trying to get back to living.  Every character in the book is struggling to determine what it means to be alive when so many have died.  Incredibly poetic, Beah uses traditions of oral storytelling to craft a beautiful work. -Shane's Pick, 2/19/14

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