Monday, January 17, 2022

Page Turners

Burntcoat by Sarah Hall

Published Jan. 06, 2022 12:01 a.m.

This deeply affecting pandemic-set novel is full of grief and art and trauma.

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These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant

Published Jan. 06, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Immediately, we wonder why Jake and his eight-year-old daughter, Finch, are living alone in a cabin in the Appalachian mountains, with one sketchy (or is he?) neighbor

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On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed

Published Jan. 06, 2022 12:01 a.m.

I did not expect this Pulitzer-Prize winning historian to also be a proud Texan, a land where Juneteenth originates

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Einstein: the Fantastic Journey of a Mouse Through Space and Time by Torben Kuhlmann

Published Jan. 06, 2022 12:01 a.m.

This new tale of an adventurous mouse from the author of Edison and Lindbergh is perfect for family read-alouds.

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Bluebird by Sharon Cameron ages 12+

Published Jan. 06, 2022 12:01 a.m.

This twisting psychological historical thriller takes us into the mind games of the Nazis.

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Madam: The Biography of Polly Adler, Icon of the Jazz Age by Debby Applegate

Published Jan. 06, 2022 12:01 a.m.

I was fascinated by this biography about a barely 5-foot-tall, 13-year-old immigrant from Russia to New York City.

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The Brides of Maracoor by Gregory Maguire

Published Jan. 06, 2022 12:01 a.m.

Gregory Maguire takes us back to the Land of Oz, to the Island of Maracoor Spot, where the seven Brides of Maracoor spend their days weaving time.

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Amos McGee Misses the Bus by Philip C. Stead

Published Dec. 23, 2021 09:25 a.m.

Amos McGee is back.

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This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell

Published Dec. 23, 2021 09:25 a.m.

This is a story about Daniel, a linguist, and Claudette, a former film star, who live in Donegal, Ireland, with their three children.

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The New Yale Book of Quotations by Fred R. Shapiro (editor)

Published Dec. 23, 2021 09:25 a.m.

Be prepared.

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The Baseball 100 by Joe Posnanski

Published Dec. 23, 2021 09:25 a.m.

This is my favorite sports book in years, by far. Posnanski provides tons of stats to back up his choices, but the historical and personal context is what makes this book great.

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Painting the Light by Sally Cabot Gunning

Published Dec. 23, 2021 09:25 a.m.

This is a beautifully written novel of love, loss, and the reinvention of a strong woman, Ida Pease, fighting to find a life for herself after tragic loss.

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The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffiths

Published Dec. 23, 2021 09:25 a.m.

Three amateur sleuths, aided by an actual detective, explore the suspicious death of an old woman in a retirement building.

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David Copperfield’s History of Magic by David Copperfield

Published Dec. 23, 2021 09:25 a.m.

David Copperfield is the most accomplished and lauded living magician in the world, and he has built a museum to his craft in Las Vegas.

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Fun City Cinema by Jason Bailey

Published Dec. 23, 2021 09:25 a.m.

I love it when a movie guru explains a movie to me, providing insight about the story, the whys of certain choices, and sharing context that I would have missed.

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Collective Wisdom by Grace Bonney

Published Dec. 09, 2021 12:01 a.m.

This book put me in immediate awe of all the ways women can be strong, inspiring, and full of perseverance, not to mention funny, smart, and loving!

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Grave Reservations by Cherie Priest

Published Dec. 09, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Our hero is Leda Foley, a struggling travel agent with exactly three clients, a hilarious best friend, and rather unreliable psychic abilities.

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Home: A Celebration by Charlotte Moss

Published Dec. 09, 2021 12:01 a.m.

This is so much more than an elegant coffee table book.

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Home: 100 Poems Edited by Christian Wiman

Published Dec. 09, 2021 12:01 a.m.

We’ve spent more time at home lately than in most parts of our experience. For many of us, that introspection has led to some realizations deftly illustrated by Christopher Wiman in his most recent poetry collection.

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Holiday Cocktails by the Editors of Cider Mill Press

Published Dec. 09, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Entertain with confidence with this delightful holiday cocktail book with more than 100 festive drink recipes, beautifully photographed.

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Stories for Christmas by Bernadette Watts

Published Dec. 09, 2021 12:01 a.m.

This is a compilation of Christmas favorites beautifully illustrated by talented watercolor artist Bernadette Watts.

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The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline

Published Dec. 09, 2021 12:01 a.m.

This is a great historical novel that takes place during the early 19th century about brave women on a journey that weaves their lives together in unexpected ways.

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The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson

Published Dec. 09, 2021 12:01 a.m.

While the focus of The Code Breaker is Jennifer Doudna, the Nobel Prize winner who developed the gene-editing tool known as CRISPR, the book pays almost equal attention to a host of other brilliant researchers.

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A House by Kevin Henkes

Published Nov. 25, 2021 12:01 a.m.

This delightful picture book by Caldecott Winner Kevin Henkes introduces readers to what it means to be a home.

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Rock Concert: An Oral History as Told by the Artists, Backstage Insiders, and Fans Who Were There by Marc Myers

Published Nov. 25, 2021 12:01 a.m.

The rock concert in all its glory is the subject of Marc Myers’s fascinating new book

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How I Became a Tree by Sumana Roy

Published Nov. 25, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Until the pandemic, most of us lived in a high-speed world.

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Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer’s Guide by Cecily Wong, Dylan Thuras

Published Nov. 25, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Travel the culinary world! Highlighted delicacies include fermented pocket cheese, known as kurt (Kyrgyzstan); sumo wrestler stew, known as chanko nabe (Japan); and cinnamon flavored bugs (jumiles, Mexico), just to name a few.

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Frequently Asked Questions About the Universe by Jorge Cham, Daniel Whiteson

Published Nov. 25, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Do you like your science delivered with pictures and cartoons?

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The Met Georgia O’Keeffe: She Saw the World in a Flower by Gabrielle Balkan

Published Nov. 25, 2021 12:01 a.m.

This book, in a wonderful new series from The Met, is both a wonderfully told and illustrated biography of Georgia O’Keeffe and a fantastic guide for young artists to stretch their imagination when it comes to making their own art

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The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline

Published Nov. 25, 2021 12:01 a.m.

It’s 1840 when England is deporting convicts to Australia and Aboriginal people are being taken from their families into service by the white colonists.

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