Staff Picks - Marilyn

 
For me, a day that I don’t read is a cryin’ shame of a day! It’s as necessary as breathing for me. And since I’m curious about nearly everything, the daily quest for the newest, next beauty is always dangling as a shiny promise just around the corner. Currently I’m excited about “big fiction” - grand, overarching novels; science books about virology and disease; biographies and kids books of all ages.  
 

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I Will Send Rain Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781627794268
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - August 9th, 2016

The Bells hunker down during the first waves of dust storms. As well as they deal with this overwhelming disaster, collectively and individually, the dust steadily wears them down. You bear witness to their test of faith in a battle with nature where God seems absent. I just didn't want this story to end; this brilliant beautiful writing. --Marilyn


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Underground Airlines Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316261241
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Published: Mulholland Books - July 5th, 2016

This book is many things: a mystery set in modern U.S.where slavery is still legally active in four states. An economic oddity among world trade partners.A brave or suicidal mission for Victor, a bounty hunter of escaped slaves; A sociological glimpse of faceless corporate  greed that operates on the country’s careful ignorance. An excellent read. --Marilyn


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Barkskins Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780743288781
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 14th, 2016

A multigenerational story of a family’s long thread of history driven to conquer the wilderness of Eastern U.S and Canada at all costs; consequences be damned. Annie Proulx writes profoundly about wilderness as only she can. A stellar story of character, baring the baseness of greed. --Marilyn


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Life: The Leading Edge of Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Anthropology, and Environmental Science Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062296054
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 19th, 2016

Life brings together biological sciences of today: Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Anthropology, Environmental Sciences which all touch the core of biology. Through conversations, you get a glimpse into leading scientists' thinking and discoveries. Interesting for everyone who questions anything about life. And don’t we all have questions? --Marilyn


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Life Without a Recipe: A Memoir of Food and Family Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393249095
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 18th, 2016

I’ve read Diana Abu-Jaber’s writing for years and she’s wowed me again with her memoir! She melds extended family history with her day-to-day family adventures, giving readers a rare view into little moments of daily discovery in her life. This book is a treasure, not to be missed. --Marilyn


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At the Edge of the Orchard Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525953005
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Published: Viking - March 15th, 2016

Simply, this novel is about Johnny Appleseed but really it’s the Goodenough family's wild gamble to establish an apple orchard in the swampy wilds of Ohio. A story where nothing is simple; where brutal conditions and toil rules all, save Robert, youngest son, who sets out west with nothing to lose and everything to gain. Stunningly good. --Marilyn


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The First Book of Calamity Leek Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250087935
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 5th, 2016

Cloistered girls whose world is skewed by two women who care for them. But some girls venture beyond high walls to outside. Their eyes are opened to the modern world as their careful world unravels in disturbing
and mesmerizing events. Psychologically stunning, bewitching words. --Marilyn


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Free Men Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062407597
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Published: Harper - February 16th, 2016

Free Men is a haunting, absorbing novel about three men grappling with their lives. As they evade capture for alleged murder, you feel their deep life histories in ways they can’t put into words. I Love it. -- Marilyn


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City Beasts: Fourteen Stories of Uninvited Wildlife Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594485879
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 3rd, 2015

If you’re intrigued with animals and their seemingly mysterious ways, read this book. Kurlansky writes of animals living in modernurban life with all its density, noise and humanity.It seem an unlikely environment for wildlife to thrive but that’s the wonder and surpriseof this book. It’s wonderful.


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The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374224400
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Published: Scientific American - October 27th, 2015

Williams explores the long history of horses linking modern horses back through their evolutionary changes. From the first Pleistocene era proto-horse skeletons and cave art, these extraordinarily tough and adaptable horses thrive in many diverse hostile environments. Their social and group behaviors provide complexities unique to their bands and environments. You’ll gain a renewed respect for these magnificent animals. --Marilyn


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Fox Tossing: And Other Forgotten and Dangerous Sports, Pastimes, and Games Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781501115141
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Published: Touchstone Books - November 10th, 2015

For the player of odd, interesting and bizarre games and sports - THIS is your book. These are so weird that I can only imagine they were thought up dutring immeassurably long winter months, to be played when days turned summery. Truly original and, well, odd! --Marilyn


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The Improbability of Love Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781101874141
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - November 3rd, 2015

Oh, to be the proverbial fly on the wall when a newly discovered painting of great importance goes to auction in London amidst a firestorm of interest from international buyers. This little painting has tales to tell of its A-list owners through the ages and does so with razor wit and dripping disdain. In the center of this storm is hapless Annie McMorow who bought it in a junk store. A hilarious romp through adventures and misadventures to obtain the rarest at any cost. Such an excellent book. --Marilyn


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The Peregrine Cover Image
By J. A. Baker, Robert MacFarlane (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590171332
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Published: New York Review of Books - December 31st, 2004

Baker’s long study of peregrines is elegant and far deeper than a field study. It reads to me as a beautiful kaleidoscope of Baker’s heightened awareness of life in its subtleties, focused around these regal birds. His writing is superb. - Marilyn


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The Diamond Caper Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780385353908
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 6th, 2015

This book is a sweet treat when you want a lovely story. Set on the Rivieria amongst the rich and fabulous, it's a mystery (missing jewels) and romance, light and fun. --Marilyn
 


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The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780770436452
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Published: Hogarth - July 19th, 2016

Anthony Marra is THE author who can craft a tale both awful and awesome. When a censor adds his own artistic license to Soviet pictures the following events spin into their own weird universe. This is excellent. --Marilyn


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Above the Waterfall Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062349323
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Published: Ecco Press - July 5th, 2016

This novel goes straight into the marrow of place and character. Les is ready for retirement as Sheriff of his small Appalachian town. He won’t miss the area’s increasing meth busts but his last case tests him personally from his early years. This last case is his hardest case, reaching into the crevices of this character.  --Marilyn


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Let Me Explain You Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781476789088
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Published: Scribner Book Company - July 14th, 2015

Stavros Stavros has announced his impending death to family and friends, even inviting them all via Facebook to his “final Dinner”. His identity of a benevolent saintly person doesn’t quite match his real behavior as a hypercritical father, nagging ex-husband. Is he really dying or simply seeking his family's’ blessing? You decide! A funny, tender book.  -- Marilyn


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The Son Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062120403
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Published: Ecco Press - January 28th, 2014

In the wild southwest of Texas, this story unspools the generational saga of a family embedded in Texas land. A rich story, Meyer portrays their brutal and total love for this vast dry land. It’s wonderful. -- Marilyn


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Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781476755748
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 20th, 2015

SO how does Russia work? This wild ride through post-communist Russia’s opening financial markets to the west reads like a business thriller and it is though NOT fiction. It has high tension, audacious moves, sudden market fluctuations, threatening characters and murder. Browder writes a compelling book.

--Marilyn


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Born with Teeth: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316334327
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 12th, 2016

I confess to being late seeing the work of Kate Mulgrew and only know her acting as the formidably kitchen boss in Orange As The New Black. Suffice to say, the second I could get my hands on her memoir, I devoured it. Kate is strong and brave - uncommonly so, from her tiniest tot years to the present. Wonderful read.


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Gretel and the Dark Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594633959
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 19th, 2016

Krysta, a precocious little girl, is unruly and troubled as she processes her mother's suicide. Schooled in Grimm's fairy tales, her life becomes a fairy tale filled with elusive beauty and deadly trials. A Holocaust tale that unerringly bites into the edges of darkness and peril. Sometimes I read a book that shimmers in a special way. This is that book for me.


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Unlikely Heroes: 37 Inspiring Stories of Courage and Heart from the Animal Kingdom Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780761174417
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Published: Workman Publishing - October 7th, 2014

Heroes give meaning to life in unspoken ways through magnificent actions. Here is collection of animal heroes that broaden the idea of heroes that brightens all our lives.


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On the High Line Cover Image
By Annik LaFarge, Scott Mlyn (Photographer), Juan Valentin (Photographer)
$29.95
ISBN: 9780500291412
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Published: Thames & Hudson - May 20th, 2014

Possibly the greatest walking trip of New York everyone can enjoy - a joyous creation of reclaimed urban space riding the pulse of NYC.


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Yosemite in Pictures Cover Image
$8.95
ISBN: 9781930238473
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Published: Yosemite Conservancy - June 10th, 2014

Yosemite In Pictures is stunning; a great gift; siren's muse; a motivating quest and so much more. Sublime.


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The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780743245463
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Published: Atria Books - February 9th, 2005

If you're naturally competitive but your knees can’t take running anymore, here’s a great new challenge. Obmasick reports from the road on the birdwatchers race to complete the entire big for sightings. This race isn’t for light-weights but it’s quite entertaining.


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There's Something I Want You to Do: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804172738
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Published: Vintage - February 23rd, 2016

Read these stories for the perfect beauty of Baxter’s writing.Savor these characters, at once fragile and resilient.These stories are a gift.  -- Marilyn


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She Weeps Each Time You're Born Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780307911773
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Published: Pantheon Books - February 10th, 2015

Wow - an incredible read. I love it, love it! Vietnam a country torn apart, a people finding and mending their broken selves. Just amazing. -- Marilyn