Susan’s Recommendations

Foreign Gods, Inc.

Foreign Gods, Inc.By Ndibe, Okey, 1960-
Ikechukwu Uzondu (Ike for short, pronounced Ee-kay) is a Nigerian born Amherst economist who makes his living as a New York cabbie because his accent turns off potential employers. His marriage has collapsed, he is besieged by bills, is drinking and gambling so cannot send money home to mother, and is feeling pretty glum about life in general. A chance encounter introduces him to a gallery called Foreign Gods, Inc.... Read more
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Masks of Anarchy

Masks of Anarchy : the history of a radical poem, from Percy Shelley to the Triangle Factory FireBy Demson, Michael author.
Through the Evil Days is Book 8 in the award-winning Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series. These books can be enjoyed individually without having read earlier books in the series. Book 8 finds Episcopal Reverend Clare Fergusson married to Police Chief Van Alstyne, who decides they should go on their long-delayed honeymoon: a week out of town ice fishing. Clare is pregnant and not really comfortable with this idea, but goes along.... Read more
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Through the Evil Days

Through the evil daysBy Spencer-Fleming, Julia
Through the Evil Days is Book 8 in the award-winning Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series. These books can be enjoyed individually without having read earlier books in the series. Book 8 finds Episcopal Reverend Clare Fergusson married to Police Chief Van Alstyne, who decides they should go on their long-delayed honeymoon: a week out of town ice fishing. Clare is pregnant and not really comfortable with this idea, but goes along.... Read more
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Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution

Difficult men : behind the scenes of a creative revolution: from The Sopranos and The wire to Mad men and Breaking badBy Martin, Brett, 1972-
The subtitle of Difficult Men is Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad. Martin discusses in detail the creative shift in the late 1990’s (continuing to the present day) in the substance and quality of television programs being presented on the new premium cable channels.... Read more
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Lock In

Lock inBy Scalzi, John, 1969-
A few survivors of a pandemic called Haden’s Syndrome, which killed 400 million people, are in a “locked-in” state: fully aware but without functioning bodies. Some of the other survivors are able to allow a Hadens to temporarily take over their bodies: these folks are the integrators.... Read more
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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Just mercy : a story of justice and redemptionBy Stevenson, Bryan
Just Mercy is Bryan Stevenson’s outstanding memoir in which he details his role in the establishment and building of a non-profit organization called the Equal Justice Initiative (www.eji.org) in Montgomery, Alabama. The EJI provides legal defense for poor incarcerated adults and children who, in many cases, did not have access to adequate legal counsel.... Read more
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The Invention of Wings

The invention of wings : a novelBy Kidd, Sue Monk
If you liked The Secret Life of Bees, you might enjoy Kidd’s new book, which is available at YDL in multiple formats: large print, Book on CD, eBook, and regular print. It has been chosen as an Oprah 2.0 Book Club title, and I would assume a movie in its future. Once again, Kidd assembles some memorable, well-drawn characters, a great story (this once is partially based on real people and events), and an easy-flowing writing style.... Read more
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Etta and Otto and Russell and James

Etta and Otto and Russell and James : a novelBy Hooper, Emma.
Etta and Otto are a married couple in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. Russell owns the property next door. They are all in their 80’s. While Otto had his great life adventure overseas during the war (Russell was lame in one foot and therefore exempt from service), Etta feels that she has never had one great adventure in her life: she decides she will walk East until she reaches the Atlantic Ocean, which she has never seen.... Read more
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Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 : a novelBy Prose, Francine, 1947-
Prose has given us a brilliant historical novel with a complicated well-managed plot narrated by a host of interesting characters, each moving the story forward from his or her point of view.... Read more
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How I Shed My Skin : Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood

How I shed my skin : unlearning racist lessons of a southern childhoodBy Grimsley, Jim, 1955-
Novelist Jim Grimsley deconstructs his childhood, growing up in the rural South in North Carolina. He was an elementary school student when the 1966 decision (Brown v. Board of Education) came down which started the end of segregation by race. In minute detail, Grimsley remembers the key moments from elementary through high school which challenged him to not become the bigot that his automatically ingrained upbringing said he should be.... Read more
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Mort(e)

Mort(e)By Repino, Robert.
Outstanding world-building mark this post-apocalyptic morality tale as an instant classic: the ultimate clash between humans and animals is masterminded by a sentient queen ant, head of the Colony: warrior ants are on the attack, and something has caused the other animals to rise up to both human height and capabilities, kill their human masters and join the revolution.... Read more
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The Dream Lover

The dream lover : a novelBy Berg, Elizabeth
In The Dream Lover, Elizabeth Berg transports us back to 19th century Paris, awash with famous authors, critics, actors, composers and artists. Living a separate life from her husband, Casimir, and her children, Aurore Dupin is at last alive--enjoying a seemingly charmed life of the Parisian literati, allowing her personality to blossom as she transforms into the renowned novelist, George Sand.... Read more
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The Republic of Imagination

The republic of imagination : America in three booksBy Nafisi, Azar
Azar Nafisi currently teaches at Johns Hopkins University, and had taught American Literature in her native Iran before deciding to leave to become an American citizen.... Read more
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Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century

Reappraisals : reflections on the forgotten twentieth centuryBy Judt, Tony
Tony Judt was a renowned British historian who frequently contributed essays to the New York Review of Books and authored many books. Sadly, he died in 2010 from ALS, but left us with a great treasure in the form of his books and journal articles. Reappraisals is a collection of his NYRB essays written between 1994 and 2006 on a wide variety of political and historical subjects.... Read more
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A Most Wanted Man

The Jaguar's Children

The jaguar's childrenBy Vaillant, John
Known for his nonfiction (2005’s Golden Spruce and 2010’s The Tiger), Vaillant’s debut novel tells the story of Hector and his friend César, who attempt to cross the U. S.-Mexico border with 13 others in an empty water tanker, welded shut by their “coyote” after they were all inside. The truck breaks down and they are abandoned en route.... Read more
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What We See When We Read

What we see when we read : a phenomenology ; with illustrationsBy Mendelsund, Peter.
As much a delightful art project as book, What We See When We Read is an exploration of the nature and mechanics of human imagination: how we visualize people and places in our minds that make a written work come alive for us as we read it.... Read more
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