Staff Picks - Aggie

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Aggie was born in Sarajevo, in the former Yugoslavia, and she holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College. Her top 10 favorite books are (in no particular order):
1. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
2. The Lives of Girls and Women, by Alice Munro
3. They Came Like Swallows, by William Maxwell
4. Out Stealing Horses, by Per Petterson
5. One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
6. Housekeeping, by Marilynne Robinson
7. Disgrace, by J.M. Coetzee
8.  Letters of E.B. White, by E.B. White
9. Independent People, by Halldor Laxness
10. As the Birds Bring Forth the Sun, by Alistair MacLeod.

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As Close to Us as Breathing Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316384148
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Published: Lee Boudreaux Books - March 15th, 2016

“The summer of 1948 my brother Davy was killed in an accident with a man who would have given his life rather than have it happen.”

Beautifully written historical novel. From the very first sentence, this multigenerational Jewish family story narrated by Molly, the daughter of one of the three Syrkin sisters, Ada, Vivie and Bec, had me spellbound. It’s about a single tragedy that changed the lives of everyone in the family, and obligation imposed by strong family traditions and expectations. Ultimately, it’s about how family ties can shatter and shelter us, at the same time! --Aggie

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ISBN: 9781101990261
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Published: Berkley Books - February 16th, 2016

I shortened my Valentine’s Day date with my favorite husband to read this book!

After her husband gets run over by a bus, his widow finally gets to tell her story. You’ll be guessing till the very end how much did she or didn’t know about her husband involvement in the abduction of a little girl Bella from her suburban London home. A must read for the fans of GONE GIRL and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN! --Aggie

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ISBN: 9781101947135
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 7th, 2016

A magnificent family tree of a novel about two half-sisters (who don’t know about each other) born in mid-18th century Ghana and their descendants, tracing multiple generations,from an African village to 21st century America. One sister gets married to a white slave trader, the other sister gets sold as a slave. Probably the most important book you need to read this year! --Aggie

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ISBN: 9780812998603
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Published: Random House - June 14th, 2016

What happens when an unhappy, vulnerable adolescent girl meets evil? It’s the summer of 1969 in California, when 14-year-old Evie Boyd becomes a member of a nearby commune. The book is inspired by Charles Manson’s murders. Chilling and heartbreaking. --Aggie

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ISBN: 9781594631924
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 2nd, 2016

Nadja S. writes with such grace and empathy about four generations of women in her family, beginning with her French mother, Françoise Mouly, the art editor of The New Yorker, who left Paris for New York when she turned eighteen, and her divorced grandmother Josee living on a houseboat moored on the Seine River on the outskirts of Paris. Nadja is traveling between the two cities, haunting the past in order to shape her own reality. She visits the landmarks of her grandmother's and mother’s lives, creating a narrative of how we become ourselves, and how we carve that sense of belonging. A luminous book, despite some painful, dark moments in it! --Aggie

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ISBN: 9781442386075
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 12th, 2016

“She was sixty-six years old, a widow; if she was a scent, she was tea with honey, but if she was a color, she was a study in gray.”

What if Cinderella was an older, frugal woman cleaning at Bonnie’s Beauty Salon in Ashville, Rhode Island? Instead of a prince charming, Emilia Brown longs for an exquisitely tailored Oscar de la Renta (seven thousand dollars price tag!) black dress and jacket. Her quest takes her to New York, and only at the very end we understand the true nature of her journey and the poignant secret of her heart. --Aggie