Best Books of the Month: February 2015

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

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The Marauders by Tom    Cooper The Marauders
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With the Louisiana shrimping biz wiped out by the BP oil spill, one-armed treasure hunter Gus Lindquist is determined to find pirate Jean Lafitte's long-lost booty. But alligators, drug lords, and criminals all stand in his way in this noir thriller. Lynn says, "Desperate and dark, the characters come alive in the Louisiana Bayou. I could smell the swamp and feel the hope, hopelessness, and evil." With the Louisiana shrimping biz wiped out by the BP oil spill, one-armed treasure hunter Gus Lindquist is determined to find pirate Jean Lafitte's long-lost booty. But alligators, drug lords, and criminals all stand in his way in this noir thriller. Lynn says, "Desperate and dark, the characters come alive in the Louisiana Bayou. I could smell the swamp and feel the hope, hopelessness, and evil."
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The Bird Market of Paris by Nikki Moustaki The Bird Market of Paris: A Memoir
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Exotic bird breeder Moustaki got her deep love for birds from her grandfather "Poppy," who released a dove every year for her birthday. Her memoir recounts growing up in 1980s Miami, her fight with alcoholism, and the promise to her Poppy that saved her life. Bonnie says, "The author's skillful writing truly captivated me…an intensely affecting and emotional tale that is quite unforgettable." Exotic bird breeder Moustaki got her deep love for birds from her grandfather "Poppy," who released a dove every year for her birthday. Her memoir recounts growing up in 1980s Miami, her fight with alcoholism, and the promise to her Poppy that saved her life. Bonnie says, "The author's skillful writing truly captivated me…an intensely affecting and emotional tale that is quite unforgettable."
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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)
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Royal messenger Kell can travel between parallel worlds: magic-filled Red London, magic-scarce White London, and magic-less Grey London. After smuggling a forbidden artifact, he unwittingly kicks off a power struggle among the worlds in this epic adventure. Angie at Disquietus Reads says, "I am currently lying on my couch in a boneless state of wonderment and awe because this book—its story and characters and worlds—is just so utterly flawless, I'm incapable of moving, thinking, or doing anything that isn't ...more Royal messenger Kell can travel between parallel worlds: magic-filled Red London, magic-scarce White London, and magic-less Grey London. After smuggling a forbidden artifact, he unwittingly kicks off a power struggle among the worlds in this epic adventure. Angie at Disquietus Reads says, "I am currently lying on my couch in a boneless state of wonderment and awe because this book—its story and characters and worlds—is just so utterly flawless, I'm incapable of moving, thinking, or doing anything that isn't ADSOM related."
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A Kim Jong-Il Production by Paul Fischer A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power
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Before becoming "Dear Leader," Kim Jong-Il ran North Korea's propaganda film studio. This bizarre true story details how in 1978 he kidnapped a South Korean movie star and her film producer ex-husband, a high-profile pair forced to remarry and make movies in Pyongyang. Joe says, "An unforgettable read filled with car chases, prison camps, and preposterous plot twists that would seem unforgivably unbelievable were it to occur on the silver screen. Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction!!!!" Before becoming "Dear Leader," Kim Jong-Il ran North Korea's propaganda film studio. This bizarre true story details how in 1978 he kidnapped a South Korean movie star and her film producer ex-husband, a high-profile pair forced to remarry and make movies in Pyongyang. Joe says, "An unforgettable read filled with car chases, prison camps, and preposterous plot twists that would seem unforgivably unbelievable were it to occur on the silver screen. Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction!!!!"
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Rodin's Lover by Heather  Webb Rodin's Lover
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An ambitious sculptor in her own right, Camille Claudel was also a rival, muse, and lover to August Rodin. This historical novel tells of their torrid love affair and how the tenacious Claudel defied her mother and societal norms to live her life as an artist in 19th-century France. Julianne says, "Written with a passion and conviction worthy of the sculptor herself…. Tender yet resolute, soulful but never dark, Rodin's Lover pulses with the sensuous tempo of a lover's waltz." An ambitious sculptor in her own right, Camille Claudel was also a rival, muse, and lover to August Rodin. This historical novel tells of their torrid love affair and how the tenacious Claudel defied her mother and societal norms to live her life as an artist in 19th-century France. Julianne says, "Written with a passion and conviction worthy of the sculptor herself…. Tender yet resolute, soulful but never dark, Rodin's Lover pulses with the sensuous tempo of a lover's waltz."
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My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga My Heart and Other Black Holes
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In this poignant novel for teens, 16-year-old Aysel, the daughter of a murderer, is afraid she'll one day go crazy like her dad. She makes a suicide pact with Roman, but as they become friends and make plans, she begins to have second thoughts. David Arnold says, "This book wrecked me in the best possible way. Rich characters, incredible voice, heartbreaking realities of depression, and the painstaking process of crawling out of that place...READ IT ASAP." In this poignant novel for teens, 16-year-old Aysel, the daughter of a murderer, is afraid she'll one day go crazy like her dad. She makes a suicide pact with Roman, but as they become friends and make plans, she begins to have second thoughts. David Arnold says, "This book wrecked me in the best possible way. Rich characters, incredible voice, heartbreaking realities of depression, and the painstaking process of crawling out of that place...READ IT ASAP."
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