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Lauren's 5 Favorite Reads in 2018

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The House of Broken Angels Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316154888
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - March 6th, 2018

Luis Alberto Urrea's "The House of Broken Angels" is a tapestry of a novel. You follow all these little threads—the lives of the de la Cuz family members, coming together for the last birthday of their patriarch, Big Angel—as they weave together, in and out of each other's stories, until you step back and see the big, beautiful, sprawling finished product. This novel will make you laugh, cry, and move you with its meditations on death, family, redemption, and the timely idea of just what it means to be American in this day and age. This is an immigrant story, an American story, and a story about messy, wonderful families with messy, wonderful stories of their own. - Lauren's 5 Favorite Reads in 2018


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A Lucky Man: Stories Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781555978051
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 2018

A few times while reading "A Lucky Man," I simply had to stop and marvel that this is Jamel Brinkley's debut collection. His prose is beautifully rendered, his observations so visceral and true, it's hard to believe this is his first book. Brinkley tackles complicated topics like race, class, gender, violence, and sexuality with all the care they're due, and in a way that feels so skilled, so specific to his characters, so alive. Brinkley also has a real talent for painting a striking image that sticks with you: a teenage boy dancing through a street carnival, two brothers about to engage in a dance of combat, an old woman and a younger man arm and arm in a crowded bar. I can't wait to see what Jamel Brinkley does next. - Lauren's 5 Favorite Reads in 2018


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When Light Left Us Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781681191812
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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - February 13th, 2018

There's real magic in "When Light Left Us," and not just in the form of Luz, the otherworldly presence that inhabits (and just as suddenly abandons) the Vasquez family. Leah Thomas's storytelling is magic in itself, taking us through three days in the life of Hank, Ana, Milo, and Maggie Vasquez while slowly unfurling the mystery of Luz and his effect on their lives. It's impossible not to love the Vasquez family and the characters that surround them as you're immersed in their lives, their struggles, their encounters with pain and self-doubt, first loves, second loves, old friends and new, and their palpable affection for one another. "When Light Left Us" says so much about how to deal with loss, how to move forward and let go and embrace change. Set aside time for this one - once you pick it up, you won't want to put it down. - Lauren's 5 Favorite Reads in 2018


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Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780765385505
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Published: Tor.com - April 5th, 2016

Every Heart a Doorway" is the kind of rare book that, once you pick it up, demands you keep reading straight through to the last word. The story follows Nancy, a young woman who walked through a Narnia-like doorway into a dark underworld and has returned forever changed and longing to go back. At Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children, she meets a group of teenagers who entered their own fantastical worlds - some dark and violent, some candy-coated and bright - and must band together to solve a mysterious string of murders plaguing their new home. Seanan McGuire's writing is stunning and magical, both dreamlike and precise, and you will fall in love with every single character you meet. Plus, "Every Heart a Doorway" has the kind of casual queer representation (for two of the most under-represented identities: transgender and asexual) that I wish every single book had. I can't wait to devour the rest of the series. - Lauren's 5 Favorite Reads in 2018


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She Would Be King: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781555978174
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 11th, 2018

SHE WOULD BE KING is a magnificent, magical debut novel. Moore retells the story of the formation of Liberia -- a West African country founded by freed slaves and free-born black Americans -- through the eyes of three extraordinary characters: Gbessa, an immortal woman exiled from her village when she is presumed to be cursed; June Dey, a man born in captivity with supernatural strength; and Norman Aragon, the biracial son of a Jamaican slave and a British colonizer who can disappear at will. Brought together by the spirit of a former slave carried on the wind, these characters and their stories are impossible to forget. SHE WOULD BE KING is a moving, timely testament to freedom from oppression, and a riveting, sparkling debut novel from an exiting new author. I can't wait to see what she does next. - Lauren's 5 Favorite Reads in 2018