Best Books of the Month: September 2015

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Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt Undermajordomo Minor
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In this dark and peculiar fairy tale, high jinks ensue when Lucien Minor takes a job at the isolated Castle Von Aux as assistant to the majordomo. There's a crazy missing baron to find, the heart of the winsome Klara to win, and many secrets to uncover. Goodreads member Sarah calls it "wonderfully smart…a yarn for adults, a fable without morals/talking animals, and it made me remember what it felt like to be a wide-eyed kid being told a new favorite story for the very first time." In this dark and peculiar fairy tale, high jinks ensue when Lucien Minor takes a job at the isolated Castle Von Aux as assistant to the majordomo. There's a crazy missing baron to find, the heart of the winsome Klara to win, and many secrets to uncover. Goodreads member Sarah calls it "wonderfully smart…a yarn for adults, a fable without morals/talking animals, and it made me remember what it felt like to be a wide-eyed kid being told a new favorite story for the very first time."
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Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine
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As a first-year med student, North Carolina physician Damon Tweedy learned "being black can be bad for your health." His weighty memoir pairs the personal story of his path as a black doctor in a largely white medical community with an eye-opening description of the health challenges facing black patients. Jessica says, "If you want a book that can introduce someone to discussions on race and privilege, this book certainly helps you open the door…this book can start a lot of necessary conversations." As a first-year med student, North Carolina physician Damon Tweedy learned "being black can be bad for your health." His weighty memoir pairs the personal story of his path as a black doctor in a largely white medical community with an eye-opening description of the health challenges facing black patients. Jessica says, "If you want a book that can introduce someone to discussions on race and privilege, this book certainly helps you open the door…this book can start a lot of necessary conversations."
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Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff Fates and Furies
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This he-said, she-said literary exploration of love (complete with Greek chorus!) tells the story of a seemingly golden couple—first from the perspective of husband Lotto, a privileged playwright, and then wife Mathilde unleashes some scorched-earth fury. Goodreads member Amanda Eve says, "Groff's bracing prose is clear and incisive as a surgeon's scalpel; every word feels carefully chosen to deliver the strongest impact with the subtlest touch. Fates and Furies is a masterpiece." This he-said, she-said literary exploration of love (complete with Greek chorus!) tells the story of a seemingly golden couple—first from the perspective of husband Lotto, a privileged playwright, and then wife Mathilde unleashes some scorched-earth fury. Goodreads member Amanda Eve says, "Groff's bracing prose is clear and incisive as a surgeon's scalpel; every word feels carefully chosen to deliver the strongest impact with the subtlest touch. Fates and Furies is a masterpiece."
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Objective Troy by Scott  Shane Objective Troy: A Terrorist, a President, and the Rise of the Drone
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New York Times reporter Shane delves into the life and death of Anwar al-Awlaki, the imam turned al-Qaeda terrorist who was killed by a drone strike in 2011, the first American citizen to be targeted. This nonfiction account details his jihadist transformation and the uncertain legality of the Obama administration's manhunt. Martin says, "Absolutely essential reading, both as an overview of the GWOT [Global War on Terrorism] and of the expansion of executive branch power in the 21st century." New York Times reporter Shane delves into the life and death of Anwar al-Awlaki, the imam turned al-Qaeda terrorist who was killed by a drone strike in 2011, the first American citizen to be targeted. This nonfiction account details his jihadist transformation and the uncertain legality of the Obama administration's manhunt. Martin says, "Absolutely essential reading, both as an overview of the GWOT [Global War on Terrorism] and of the expansion of executive branch power in the 21st century."
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Girl Waits with Gun by Amy  Stewart Girl Waits with Gun (Kopp Sisters, #1)
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When an arrogant local factory owner rams Constance Kopp's horse-and-buggy in his motor car—and then begins tormenting her family instead of paying damages—Constance learns to shoot a gun and becomes dogged in her pursuit of justice. Set in 1914, this historical novel is inspired by the true life of the woman who would become one of the first female deputy sheriffs. Heather says, "This book is fantastic! Constance Kopp and her sisters are, for no lack of a better word, badass, independent, and confident wom ...more When an arrogant local factory owner rams Constance Kopp's horse-and-buggy in his motor car—and then begins tormenting her family instead of paying damages—Constance learns to shoot a gun and becomes dogged in her pursuit of justice. Set in 1914, this historical novel is inspired by the true life of the woman who would become one of the first female deputy sheriffs. Heather says, "This book is fantastic! Constance Kopp and her sisters are, for no lack of a better word, badass, independent, and confident women."
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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)
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In this fantasy adventure for teens, young rogue Kaz "Dirtyhands" Brekker assembles a crew of outcasts and thieves to plan a lucrative heist, breaking a man out of a prison that's impossible to breach. Faye, la Patata says, "I rarely flail with so much vigor and enthusiasm, but oh my lanta, this book was made of amaze-balls and epic-sauce. I am just blown away by how much I enjoyed this and how much I was on my toes the entire time." In this fantasy adventure for teens, young rogue Kaz "Dirtyhands" Brekker assembles a crew of outcasts and thieves to plan a lucrative heist, breaking a man out of a prison that's impossible to breach. Faye, la Patata says, "I rarely flail with so much vigor and enthusiasm, but oh my lanta, this book was made of amaze-balls and epic-sauce. I am just blown away by how much I enjoyed this and how much I was on my toes the entire time."
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