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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

The Painted Girls (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781594632297
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Published: Riverhead Trade, 2/2014
Such a wonderfully written and well researched tale of sisters, Cathy Marie Buchanan uses the world and paintings of Degas to bring to life the world of Degas' famous Little Dancer Aged Fourteen.  Using historical details and creativity, this novel is like a painting on the page.  From the perspective of two sisters, the story is one that cannot be resisted.  A must read for anyone who loves historical fiction, dance, or art.  Plus, the author is just amazing. -Shane's February Staff Pick, 2014

ISBN-13: 9781594631719
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Published: Riverhead Hardcover, 10/2013
Such a beautifully woven tale.  This is a story that just seems to resonate with me.  The central characters are all actors in a guerrilla theatre troupe in a South American country recovering from a revolution.  The story is enthralling and wonderfully written.  I was captivated the whole way through.  And the end will completely shock you.  One of NPR's Best Books of 2013! -Shane's Pick, 1/26/14

ISBN-13: 9780544003453
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Published: Mariner Books, 8/2013
Wonderful glimpses of the modern lives of African women.  These women (and one man), both in African and America, are forced to deal with the struggles that affect their daily existence.  The women's issues that are addressed in the stories are powerful and will resonate with the reader.  A must read for feminists (of any gender). - Shane's January Pick, 2014

ISBN-13: 9781401324643
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Published: Hyperion, 9/2012
So funny that I had to read out loud.  Kind of a modern retelling and re-imagining of the concept of Forrest Gump if Forrest were an explosives expert.  Characters in the book include Harry S. Truman, Stalin, Kim Jong Il, and an elephant.  The story just keeps getting better. - Shane's Holiday Staff Pick, 2013

The Dinner (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780385346856
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Published: Hogarth, 11/2013
A dark and gripping tale of family secrets.  The intensity and suspense kept me on the edge of my seat.  I loved the journey the author took me on.  I kept thinking though "please don't let that happen".  And everything all unfolds over the courses of a dinner between two couples.  Definitely a thrilling read. -- Shane

ISBN-13: 9780385344999
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Published: Potter Style, 8/2013

This game is soooooo much fun!  We played it for hours. -- Shane

(Jonesey adds: it's true. we totally did.)

ISBN-13: 9781608195213
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Published: Bloomsbury USA, 9/2013
I cannot review this book any better than Natasha Tretheway (U.S. Poet Laureate), who said "Full of beauty, love, and dignity, this memoir is a haunting and essential read."  These words were the words I was looking for when trying to describe this book.  Ward does a beautiful job with a very haunting subject. -- Shane

The Maid's Version (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780316205856
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Published: Little, Brown and Company, 9/2013
Inventive, sprawling, and sparse.  This novel weaves a tale of an entire town, an entire family, an entire history.  The story is not so much what happens on the page but also what is beyond the page.  Woodrell has an ability to creative beauty and sadness. -- Shane

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