Best Books of the Month: May 2012

Here are the noteworthy titles that have been racing up our most popular charts this month.

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Home by Toni Morrison Home
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Traumatized from the front lines of the Korean War, a black soldier returns home to the small Georgia town he always hated. His sister, a woman abused by medical experimentation, needs him. This affecting novel delves into racism, family, and identity. Heather says, "Home embodies everything we have come to expect from this Nobel Prize-winning author—beautiful writing, tough subjects, realistic characters, and lots of soul-searching." Traumatized from the front lines of the Korean War, a black soldier returns home to the small Georgia town he always hated. His sister, a woman abused by medical experimentation, needs him. This affecting novel delves into racism, family, and identity. Heather says, "Home embodies everything we have come to expect from this Nobel Prize-winning author—beautiful writing, tough subjects, realistic characters, and lots of soul-searching."
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Midnight in Peking by Paul French Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China
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Who killed Pamela Werner? As Japanese forces advance on Peking in 1937, poised for invasion, the mutilated body of a young Englishwoman is found. In this true crime account, Chinese and English detectives scramble to find the murderer before Peking is lost forever. Lauren calls it "well-written and extensively researched...a nonfiction read that is every bit as fascinating and unbelievable as any fictional murder mystery." Who killed Pamela Werner? As Japanese forces advance on Peking in 1937, poised for invasion, the mutilated body of a young Englishwoman is found. In this true crime account, Chinese and English detectives scramble to find the murderer before Peking is lost forever. Lauren calls it "well-written and extensively researched...a nonfiction read that is every bit as fascinating and unbelievable as any fictional murder mystery."
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In One Person by John Irving In One Person
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Billy Abbott knows he's different—he's got crushes on both the alluring town librarian and his school's hunky star wrestler. Irving's fictional character study follows the bisexual protagonist for half a century, from his teenage prep school years in 1950s Vermont through the 1980s New York City AIDS crisis and beyond. Jessica calls it "a beautiful exploration of love, loss, gender, identity, sexuality, and so much more...truly a masterpiece from one of the most prolific writers of our time." Billy Abbott knows he's different—he's got crushes on both the alluring town librarian and his school's hunky star wrestler. Irving's fictional character study follows the bisexual protagonist for half a century, from his teenage prep school years in 1950s Vermont through the 1980s New York City AIDS crisis and beyond. Jessica calls it "a beautiful exploration of love, loss, gender, identity, sexuality, and so much more...truly a masterpiece from one of the most prolific writers of our time."
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This Is How by Augusten Burroughs This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike.
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The best-selling memoirist turns to self-help, offering earnest, no-nonsense advice—with a generous dollop of dark humor—on topics such as how to be fat, how to identify love by knowing what it's not, how to feel less regret, and how to be a good mental patient. Jeanette says, "Burroughs is the kind of friend you want to have around when it's time to stop whining and wallowing and get serious about change." The best-selling memoirist turns to self-help, offering earnest, no-nonsense advice—with a generous dollop of dark humor—on topics such as how to be fat, how to identify love by knowing what it's not, how to feel less regret, and how to be a good mental patient. Jeanette says, "Burroughs is the kind of friend you want to have around when it's time to stop whining and wallowing and get serious about change."
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The Solitary House by Lynn Shepherd The Solitary House
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In dank and seedy London, 1850, ex-copper Charles Maddox's investigation of anonymous threats gets derailed as each of his witnesses is viciously executed, one by one. This atmospheric historical suspense novel weaves in characters of Charles Dickens's Bleak House fame, including the nefarious Tulkinghorn. Julie says, "This story has more twists and turns and blind alleys than the slums of London. I had no idea where it was going or how it was going to end, but I thoroughly enjoyed being taken on this ride. ...more In dank and seedy London, 1850, ex-copper Charles Maddox's investigation of anonymous threats gets derailed as each of his witnesses is viciously executed, one by one. This atmospheric historical suspense novel weaves in characters of Charles Dickens's Bleak House fame, including the nefarious Tulkinghorn. Julie says, "This story has more twists and turns and blind alleys than the slums of London. I had no idea where it was going or how it was going to end, but I thoroughly enjoyed being taken on this ride."
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Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1)
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In this young adult fantasy, 16-year-old Southerner Anna Whitt can sense people's emotions and auras, a skill that plunges her into the world of Nephilim: the children of fallen angels who must tempt humans into risky behavior in order to survive. Ultimate bad boy Kaidan teaches her the ropes. Kristin says, "Warning: You may need a fainting couch and a bathtub full of ice for this one." In this young adult fantasy, 16-year-old Southerner Anna Whitt can sense people's emotions and auras, a skill that plunges her into the world of Nephilim: the children of fallen angels who must tempt humans into risky behavior in order to survive. Ultimate bad boy Kaidan teaches her the ropes. Kristin says, "Warning: You may need a fainting couch and a bathtub full of ice for this one."
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