Staff Picks - Angela

 
Angela Mann was raised and educated in England, worked in publishing companies on both sides of the Atlantic, and is now the youth events director for Kepler’s. She reads voraciously and eclectically, usually falling for whatever calls loudest from her bookshelf despite all other obligations, searching for things either funny, offbeat, apocalyptic, provocative, beautiful, or true.

 

$24.95
ISBN-13: 9780385353304
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Published: Knopf, 9/2014
It starts with an aging actor playing Lear dying on stage. A flu pandemic breaks out soon after, devastating civilization. And in the years following there is a traveling symphony whose motto is: survival is insufficient. At its heart is a nostalgia and yearning for the beauty of life today. You should read it.

The Secret Place (Hardcover)

$27.95
ISBN-13: 9780670026326
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Published: Viking, 9/2014
A boy is found dead on the grounds of a private girls school. The investigators find nothing and the case goes cold until a student brings them a card that reads: I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM. This is a page turner that gets under the skin of girls schools, teen friendships (and how it can overrule all else), and first love. So good.

The Bees (Hardcover)

$25.99
ISBN-13: 9780062331151
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Published: Ecco Press, 8/2014
A peek into the highly structured and complex world of a beehive where bees are bound to accept, obey and serve. Flora 717, our heroine, is a lowly worker bee from the lowest caste who evolves and takes on new tasks at every turn, always thinking outside the box. She ultimately has to decide where her loyalties really lie and what really is the best thing for the hive. Reminiscent of Watership Down, with Orwellian undertones, you will never look at bees in the same way again!

My Real Children (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780765332653
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Published: Tor Books, 5/2014
This is as much Kate Atkinson (Life After Life) as it is fantasy. One woman, two very different choices, resulting in two very different worlds . Crosses genres to ask what if...and whether a small decision can change the course of history.

The Children Act (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780385539708
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Published: Nan A. Talese, 9/2014
If Adam, a 17-year-old Jehovah’s Witness with leukemia refuses the blood transfusion that would save his life, should Fiona Maye overrule his and his family’s decision in court and save his life? This heartbreaking novella questions how much we owe those around us and makes us face the consequences of those actions. This is McEwan in top form.

The Rosie Project (Paperback)

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9781476729091
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 6/2014
Professor Tillman is brilliant but socially inept. When he decides it’s time for a wife he embarks on The Wife Project. Then he meets Rosie who is looking for her biological father - and the Father Project seems to take up far more of his time than it should. I read it in one sitting, giggling throughout. It’s unique, charming, and irresistible.

Moriarty (Hardcover)

$26.99
ISBN-13: 9780062377180
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Published: Harper, 12/2014
I’m a little obsessed with Sherlock Holmes right now (I blame you, Benedict Cumberbatch) and loved immersing myself in this new mystery in the world of Holmes without Holmes. Crammed with breathless chases, coded messages, murder, disguises and countless red herrings, Horowitz gets it just right. Loved it.

$24.95
ISBN-13: 9781616203214
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 4/2014

$14.00
ISBN-13: 9780345539809
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Published: Del Rey, 10/2014

Life After Life (Paperback)

$18.00
ISBN-13: 9780316176491
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Published: Back Bay Books, 9/2013
Ursula is born in 1910 and is fated to die and be reborn time and time again to the same family at the same time. Atkinson takes us over and over, from multiple perspectives, through both world wars. If you've ever looked back and wondered "what if" at the major junctures of your life, this is the book for you. I love this. - Angela

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780062110848
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Published: Harper Perennial, 12/2013
A mix of historical fiction and magical realism, combining both Jewish mysticism and Arab folklore, in turn of the century New York. The story of the chance meeting of Chava, a golem, and Ahmed, a jinni captured in human form - how they relate to each other and react to the outside world. It's multilayered and beautifully written, about creation and art, love and what it means to be human. - Angela

The Bees (Hardcover)

$25.99
ISBN-13: 9780062331151
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Published: Ecco Press, 8/2014

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780062255662
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Published: William Morrow & Company, 6/2014
There’s a funeral, a return to a childhood home, and the memories of three multigenerational women who befriended his 7-year-old self. They introduced him to the pond and to adventure. They released something evil they then had to fight. It’s a tale of magic and exploration, a coming of age story full of beauty and horror and truth.

The Martian (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780553418026
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Published: Broadway Books, 11/2014
A retelling of the Robinson Crusoe story in a dust storm on Mars. Mark Watney is one of the first people to walk on Mars and is then left for dead after a dust storm forces the Ares 3 mission to abort. I loved everything about this book as we follow Mark's struggles to survive and could not put it down.

$25.00
ISBN-13: 9780316278157
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Published: Orbit, 6/2014
Every morning Melanie waits to be collected for class. She's kept at gunpoint and strapped into a wheelchair. She is a very special girl and this is a sensational thriller with a BRILLIANT ending. Shocking and thrilling, a multifaceted character-driven Zombie novel that actually breaks new ground. Loved it! - Angela