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.

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.

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

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.

ISBN: 9780765376459
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Published: Tor Books - February 24th, 2015

ISBN: 9780385353304
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 9th, 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.

ISBN: 9780670026326
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Published: Viking Books - September 2nd, 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.

ISBN: 9780765332653
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Published: Tor Books - May 20th, 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.

ISBN: 9780385539708
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Published: Nan A. Talese - September 9th, 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.

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.

ISBN: 9780062377180
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Published: Harper - December 9th, 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.

ISBN: 9781616204518
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - December 2nd, 2014

ISBN: 9780345539809
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Published: Del Rey Books - July 15th, 2014

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

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

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.

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.

ISBN: 9780316278157
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Published: Orbit - June 10th, 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

ISBN: 9780425219256
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Published: Berkley Publishing Group - February 2008

In 12th century Cambridge children are disappearing and turning up dead. Locals blame the Jews. Henry II wants to know the truth so sends for the mediator, Simon of Naples, who arrives with Adelia, a woman educated in the art of death. But in England at that time women cannot practice medicine. I thoroughly enjoyed this smart, twisty, and fast paced mystery. Think CSI set in the Middle Ages. --Angela