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.
 

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Sleeping Giants Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781101886694
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Published: Del Rey Books - April 26th, 2016

A young girl falls off her bike into a deep hole. She lands in a giant metal hand. No one knows what it is or how it got there. Fast forward to when this girl has become a physicist hired to learn more about this hand. Her team discover more metal body parts buried around the globe. But if they put them together, what are they building - friend or foe? It's unputdownable and will be THE book of the summer. --Angela


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The Library at Mount Char Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553418606
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - June 16th, 2015

I am utterly obsessed with this book. It's part thriller, part fantasy and totally unique. Dark, violent, and yet funny. About a group of orphaned children raised by a cult leader who may or may not be a god. When he goes missing the library is left unguarded and the competition for succession begins. And it is unforgettable. Really. --Angela


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Every Heart a Doorway Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780765385505
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Published: Tor.com - April 5th, 2016

How do you adjust when you come back from Narnia or Wonderland or Neverland? Especially if the world you visited and still long for wasn’t all sparkles and rainbows and talking animals. Of course your friends and family don’t understand! You get sent to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children where it should be easier to fit in but it’s hard to trust others when there is a murderer afoot. This is a dark, disturbing, and spectacularly compelling novella that I could not tear myself away from and remain haunted by.--Angela


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All the Birds in the Sky Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780765379948
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Published: Tor Books - January 26th, 2016

Laurence invented a 2 second time machine and an artificial intelligence in middle school, Patricia is a witch who can talk to birds.They meet up again as adults as the world is falling apart. Will they help destroy or save the world? This is funny, original, and hard to put down. -- Angela


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Fates and Furies Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594634475
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 15th, 2015

The story of a marriage first told by Lotto, a would be actor turned successful playwright,  then by his enigmatic wife Mathilde. This was, for me, the best book of the year. --Angela


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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780804170123
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Published: Vintage - May 5th, 2015

Tsukuru Tazaki's four best friends all cut their ties with him in his second year of college without telling him why. He is utterly devastated. Many years later his girlfriend pushes him to find out what happened. This quest takes him back to his home town and as far afield as Finland. Full of emotional truths, this is at the same time simple, disturbing, mysterious, and deeply moving. --Angela


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The Heart Goes Last Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385540353
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Published: Nan A. Talese - September 29th, 2015

What is security worth to you? Stan and Charmaine run from their reality - no jobs, living in their car - to the town of Consilience and the Positron Project.  Here you get a guaranteed job and a place to live for a price. A surreal look at a bleak possible future that asks whether a   "perfect" lifestyle is possible and whether  it's worth the freedoms you gave up for it? It's at times camp but always on point. I love everything she writes. --Angela


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A Line of Blood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062406101
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Published: William Morrow & Company - September 29th, 2015

An intense, psychological thriller; in which Alex and his son Max find their next-door neighbor dead in his bathtub. The police first suspect suicide then murder and turn their investigation toward Millicent, Alex's wife. How well did she know the neighbor? What secrets does Max know about his parents? Intriguing and twisty, this is part "whodunnit" and a peek inside a family tearing itself apart. This is for anyone who enjoyed Girl on a Train. --Angela


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Secondhand Souls Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061779787
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Published: William Morrow & Company - August 25th, 2015

Remember A Dirty Job? Remember thinking everyone was safe? Well things are not as they should be. Souls are not being collected. There are forces of darkness on the loose. Charlie Asher, his daughter (who may or may not be the Big Death), a Buddhist nun, Minty Fresh (don't ask), the Emperor of San Francisco, a bookseller who used to a cop, and a bridge painter in love with a ghost, and an ex-goth suicide hotline councelor are the only ones who can help.. It's a wild, twisted, and hilarious ride. I loved it.  --Angela


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How to Be a Heroine: Or, What I've Learned from Reading Too Much Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101872093
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Published: Vintage - February 3rd, 2015

It begins with a discussion between friends of the merits of Jane Eyre versus Cathy Earnshaw and leads the author to take another look at all her literary heroines.


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The Book of Aron Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101874318
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 12th, 2015

The story of the Warsaw Ghetto as seen through the eyes of Aron, a child smuggler who ends up in the orphanage run by famous Dr Janusz Korczak.
 
I grew up hearing stories of what happened to children in the Holocaust yet I will carry images from this dark, heartbreaking, deceptively simple book with me forever. An extraordinary feat. -- Angela


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A Court of Thorns and Roses Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781619634442
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - May 5th, 2015

When Feyre ventures deep into the forest to hunt, despite all the warnings, she ends up killing a wolf. How could she have known of the consequences - that a beast would arrive and demand retribution by taking her to live with the fae. For yes, the beast is a lord of the fae and all is not right in this dazzling world. Can she find a way to survive? This is a twisted complicated Beauty and the Beast retelling, in a Lord of the Rings like setting. Full, complex, and chock full of action, this is an epic fantasy that leaves you wanting more.


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A Darker Shade of Magic Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780765376466
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Published: Tor Books - January 19th, 2016

A wonderful mix of magic, mayham, adventure, and fantasy. Here are several very different versions of London and Kell is one of the few who can travel between the worlds. It's forbidden to bring anything between worlds but Kell is a collector and this "hobby" brings him a lot of trouble one day, forcing him to rely on Lila for help. But can they put it all to right? LOVED THIS! --Angela


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Station Eleven Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

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.


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The Secret Place Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143127512
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Published: Penguin Books - August 4th, 2015

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.


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My Real Children Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780765332684
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Published: Tor Books - May 19th, 2015

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.


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The Children Act Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101872871
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Published: Anchor Books - April 28th, 2015

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.


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The Rosie Project Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476729091
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 3rd, 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.


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Moriarty Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062377197
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 2015

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.


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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781616204518
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - December 2nd, 2014

Red Rising Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780345539809
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Published: Del Rey Books - July 15th, 2014

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Life After Life Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780316176491
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 7th, 2014

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


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The Golem and the Jinni Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062110848
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Published: Harper Perennial - December 31st, 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


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The Ocean at the End of the Lane Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062255662
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Published: William Morrow & Company - June 3rd, 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.


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The Martian Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553418026
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Published: Broadway Books - October 28th, 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.


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The Girl with All the Gifts Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316334754
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Published: Orbit - April 28th, 2015

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


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Waiting Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062368430
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 2015

Henkes's books make the world seem kinder, more hopeful. And Waiting is Henkes at his best. A perfect readaloud - relaxing, charming, reflective - about five toy animals who spend their day looking out a window, waiting. This is a book to treasure. --Angela


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An Ember in the Ashes Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781595148032
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Published: Razorbill - April 28th, 2015

Quick paced, set in an ancient Rome inspired world, this is a complex fantasy that is unputdownable. Told by two characters: Elias, trained to be an assassin at an elite military academy - their golden boy - and Laia, who volunteers to work at the academy and spy for the resistance after her brother is taken, willing to do whatever it takes to save him. --Angela


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Illuminae Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780553499117
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 20th, 2015

Illuminae is the story of Kady and Ezra as told through hacked documents - interviews, IMs, emails, military files, and blueprints. Their planet is attacked, they end up on different ships, there's a deadly virus, a rogue computer, and the enemy is following them hoping to destroy all witnesses. A white-knuckle thrill ride! --Angela


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Everything, Everything Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553496642
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Published: Delacorte Press - September 1st, 2015

Maddie’s disease is rare – she’s literally allergic to the outside world. So she stays inside where she is safe, with her mom and her nurse, until a family moves next door and she spies Olly from her window. What follows is how much Maddie is willing to risk for a chance at everything. --Angela