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The Likeness
French, Tana
Tana French follows up her brilliant In the Woods with this equally compelling and gripping suspense novel. The author has an extraordinary ability to reveal layers about her protagonist while connecting them to the complexity of the mystery at hand. The novel is dense, but always readable, moving forward at a deliberate pace towards its satisfying conclusion. If you haven't picked up a Dublin Murder Squad mystery, treat yourself! Each one is a gem in its own right and even more delightful taken as one of a whole.
[Adult Mystery Book FRENCH]
Anne P., Washburn Library
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Detroit: An American Autopsy
LeDuff, Charlie
This is a powerful book, so real as to be too much so at points. Charlie LeDuff is unflinching in his portrayal of 2 stories: his own and that of his hometown, Detroit (to which he returns at mid-career). While LeDuff's life story is intriguing, the tale of the Motor City is almost too fantastic to believe...and it's in this gritty, unflinching and ultimately loving relaying that the book achieves its glory. It's hard to say what's more impressive: the author's awful portrait of this beleaguered city or the author's gritty piercing writing. The characters are so well drawn, the imagery so vivid and the stories so tragic. It's the exhilaration of a great read combined with the depressing reality of a dying city and its inspiring (and a few repulsive) people. Gonzo journalism lives.
[Adult Nonfiction Book ]
Eddie A., St. Anthony Library
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Seven Thousand Ways to Listen
Nepo, Mark
In this fast-paced and troubled world where almost everyone has forgotten the art of listening, Mark Nepo’s Thousand Ways to Listen, is a profound reminder of what really counts in our daily lives. Each line and paragraph in this book invites us to move closer to our heart and listen with our entire being. "Listening stitches the world together ---- It is a doorway to everything that matters…” he says. His sublime writings are wine for the thirsty and delicious bread for the hungry. I recommend it to anyone who is out there searching for the meaning of life.
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Guthema R., Golden Valley Library
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Sex and Citadel : Intimate Life in a changing Arab World
Shereen, El Feki
A great researched on contemporary sexuality culture faced by those living in the Muslim world and particular in Egypt.
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Saad S., Brookdale Library
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How to Make Money in Stocks, Getting Started
Galgani, Matthew
Looking for a mentor to guide you through the challenging world of investing? Let the author show you how to deal with major changes in the market and two simple rules to protect your money. Here the reader will find a step-by-step action plan to make the stock market a fun and profitable venture.
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Denis M., North Regional Library
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Geography of Memory
Walker, Jeanne Murray
The author describes how she found hope and joy through forgotten childhood memories while caring for her mother over thousands of hours as she suffered through the heartbreaking mental decline of Alzheimer's.
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Anne D., Southdale Library
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Kill Anything that Moves
Turse, Nick
Although I'm too young to remember the Vietnam War, my generation has learned much about that conflict from our elders and through popular culture. Still, nothing had prepared me for Nick Turse's book Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam. Based on primary documents and interviews with American veterans and Vietnamese, Turse provides a mountain of evidence that civilian casualties and massacres like Mai Lai were common occurrences, and that these atrocities resulted from specific policies by the military and politicians. This book should do more than shake up and refresh memories of the Vietnam War, but also illustrate the realities of counter-insurgency warfare.
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John M., St. Louis Park Library
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The Childhood of Jesus
Coetzee, J.M.
"The Childhood of Jesus" is about two refugees, a young boy and a man, who arrive in an unnamed place that resembles an old Soviet country. We never learn of their past and there are no references to identifiable places, people or things. Cotzee’s style is abstract and his story reads like a gray fairytale. The world he creates is one without desires, its people content with bland food, bare apartments and simple work. They want for nothing, seem incapable of imagining anything else. The man is upset by this world. Things don't seem to move here, no one is going anywhere, and he cannot understand why. He is a man of pleasure and is confused by the cold purpose and restraint of his peers. The young child is precocious and difficult. He questions authority—teachers, language, social etiquette- and refuses to acquiesce to the existing order. He seems to possess something this world lacks, to represent the beginning of something new. His is the childhood of Jesus.
[Adult Fiction Book COETZEE]
Alessandra F., Oxboro Library
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Cheerful Weather for the Wedding
Strachey, Julia
This sardonic and beautifully written novella about a family in Forster territory was first published in 1932. 'As delightful and perceptive today as it no doubt was seventy years ago: on her wedding day a girl knows she is about to make a serious mistake'.
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Anne D., Southdale Library
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Elsewhere: a memoir
Russo, Richard
Ever since I read his Pulitzer Prize winning novel Empire Falls, I have been a Russo fan, and I started Elsewhere with great anticipation. His memoir concerns his frustrating relationship with his mother, a single mom who prided herself on her independence (Russo's father told him once, "You do know your mother's nuts, right?"). An only child, Russo aimed to please her and even went along with her plan to follow him out west when he moved for college. As I listened to him read this work, I heard compassion, love and frustration in his voice. After her death, Russo realized his mother had suffered from undiagnosed OCD. Never boring, this is a beautifully written and ultimately frustrating read.
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Kim B., Ridgedale Library
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The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.
Waldman, Adelle
I've often wondered what in the world my ex-boyfriends were thinking after the relationship has ended. Adelle Waldman does a bang-up job of getting into the mind of an "enlightened", modern, intellectual young man as he navigates dating and the New York writing scene. I wanted to laugh and scream at Nathaniel pretty much throughout the entire book.
[Adult Fiction Book WALDMAN]
Kristina D., Augsburg Park Library
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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity For Women Worldwide
Kristof and WuDunn, Nicholas and Sheryl
Two activists have written a call to arms against the oppression of women in the developing world.I think this may be one of the most important books of our time. I knew about the oppression of women before I read this book, but it really showed me just how much of a problem it is all throughout the world. I really believe in the author's message that educating and empowering women is the best way to reduce poverty and violence. I really like how the authors used stories of individual women to prove their point and it is very convincing. The world cannot truly be great if half its population's talents and potential are squandered or shunned. I also like how they give ways to get involved and help. I think all women and men should read this book.
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Molly R., Oxboro Library
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Pinkerton's great detective : the amazing life and times of James McParland
Riffenburgh, Beau
This biography of the famous Pinkerton Detectice Agency's most notorious, celebrated, and also loathed, detective, James McParland, is somewhat academic but still quite readable. It makes some attempt to tell more than one side of McParlands life story, but the author's sympathies still clearly lie with his subject. He does not ignore McParland's involvement in instigating often bloody crackdowns on organized labor, but glosses over McParland's faults when compared with the length he spends detailing the labor movement's faults in these struggles. An excellent read but not the unbiased portrait of a detective the author tries to make it.
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Aaron GK., Northeast Library
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Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir
Georges, Nicole J.
When Nicole was 2 years old, her father died—so she’s told. But when a psychic tells 23 year old Nicole that her father is alive, Nicole’s life goes into a tailspin of confusion over her family’s betrayal. While Nicole deals with relationship drama with her mother, girlfriend, sisters and various animals, she also plays detective about her father. (And despite the title, Dr.Laura makes a very brief cameo when Nicole, on a whim, decides to call her for advice.) An engaging memoir with clever jokes and a vaguely Portlandia-like aura.
[Adult Graphic Novel GEORGES]
Jane B., Linden Hills Library
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The $100 Startup : Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
Guillebeau, Chris
Thinking of starting your own business? With a modest investment, the author describes how ordinary people, drawing on their personal passion, developed a successful product or service. As the author points out, anyone with some effort, persistence, and a workable plan can do the same.
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Denis M., North Regional Library
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Errantry: Strange Tales
Hand, Elizabeth
A collection of strange stories, which sometimes leave readers with an unsettled feeling, but in a good way! Hand writes unexpected characters and scenes and surprises. Her characters have quirks, such as the fungalist who also happens to be a gourmand. It would be both frightening and exhilarating to be a part of Hand's world, which seems to exist only one wild step away from our own.
[Adult Fiction Book HAND]
Lee B., Minnetonka Library
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Hack's 191: Hack Wilson and His Incredible 1930 Season
Chastain, Bill
Wilson was a physical oddity being muscular and barrel-chested, weighing 195 pounds but was only 5 foot 6 and wore a size 6 shoe. In 1930 Wilson was entrenched in the deeply talented lineup of the Chicago Cubs when he produced this stunning season: a .356 batting average, 56 home runs and 191 RBI. Chastain put me in to Prohibition-era Chicago with descriptions of speakeasies and the gang wars involving Al Capone. A fascinating read about a ballplayer whose name I'd heard before, but until reading Chastain's book, didn't know much about.
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Jennifer L., Ridgedale Library
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Dead Souls
Gogol, Nikolai
Can't afford a world cruise? Allow the witty and irreverent Nikolai Gogol to take you on a tour of Old Rus. You'll encounter a hilarious gallery of rogues and an unforgettable panorama of a vast and resource-rich country. Descriptions of foods prepared by portly landowners are mouth-watering!
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Mary Kay H., Brookdale Library
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Wicked Autumn
Malliet, G.M.
Max Tudor is an unusual vicar. Formerly an MI5 agent, Max now revels in the peace and harmony of his English village. When the president of the Women's Institute is murdered, Max must to solve the murder.
[Adult Mystery Book MALLIET]
Penny J., Minnetonka Library
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Here is Where : Discovering America's Great Forgotten History
Carroll, Andrew
History enthusiasts and seekers of unique factoids will be fascinated by the previously untold stories in this collection. Carroll travels the country documenting America’s forgotten history by visiting unmarked locations and speaking with local experts. Throughout his travels Carroll has created a kaleidoscope of American history including tales of runaway slaves, prohibition, inventions, orphan trains, automobiles, and utopian settlements. If you are in need of an absorbing read you can digest in small sittings this is it!
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Crystal H., Long Lake Library
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