Best Books of the Month: December 2015

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The Age of Reinvention by Karine Tuil The Age of Reinvention
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Identity, prejudice, and deception are at the heart of this bestselling French novel about an impoverished Tunisian immigrant in Paris who steals his Jewish friend’s identity and reinvents himself as a top New York lawyer. Pia says, “The story of three friends—Samir, Nina, and Samuel—the lives they decide to lead, the paths they choose, and the consequences of it all…This is not a light read, definitely, but one that makes me appreciate what a wonderful thing a good book is.” Identity, prejudice, and deception are at the heart of this bestselling French novel about an impoverished Tunisian immigrant in Paris who steals his Jewish friend’s identity and reinvents himself as a top New York lawyer. Pia says, “The story of three friends—Samir, Nina, and Samuel—the lives they decide to lead, the paths they choose, and the consequences of it all…This is not a light read, definitely, but one that makes me appreciate what a wonderful thing a good book is.”
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The Short Drop by Matthew FitzSimmons The Short Drop (Gibson Vaughn, #1)
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A decade ago Suzanne Lombard, the teenage daughter of a powerful U.S. politician now campaigning for the presidency, disappeared. Enter hacker Gibson Vaughn, Suzanne’s childhood friend, who embarks on a dangerous new quest to find her. Judy says, “The Short Drop [crosses] many genres: a riveting action-crime thriller, psycho, political, techno, and mystery, packed with suspense and wit, hooking you from the first page to the last. WOW, FitzSimmons can write. Hard to believe this is a debut!” A decade ago Suzanne Lombard, the teenage daughter of a powerful U.S. politician now campaigning for the presidency, disappeared. Enter hacker Gibson Vaughn, Suzanne’s childhood friend, who embarks on a dangerous new quest to find her. Judy says, “The Short Drop [crosses] many genres: a riveting action-crime thriller, psycho, political, techno, and mystery, packed with suspense and wit, hooking you from the first page to the last. WOW, FitzSimmons can write. Hard to believe this is a debut!”
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Médicis Daughter by Sophie Perinot Médicis Daughter: A Novel of Marguerite de Valois
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The youngest daughter of Queen Catherine de Médicis, Marguerite de Valois is thrust into cutthroat 16th-century French court life, where she must navigate political scheming, family warfare, and the perils of forbidden love. Erika says, “Rising above the chorus of historical drama is Perinot’s epic tale of the fascinating, lascivious, ruthless House of Valois, as told through the eyes of the complicated and intelligent Margaret…Médicis Daughter brilliantly demonstrates how one unique woman beats staggering ...more The youngest daughter of Queen Catherine de Médicis, Marguerite de Valois is thrust into cutthroat 16th-century French court life, where she must navigate political scheming, family warfare, and the perils of forbidden love. Erika says, “Rising above the chorus of historical drama is Perinot’s epic tale of the fascinating, lascivious, ruthless House of Valois, as told through the eyes of the complicated and intelligent Margaret…Médicis Daughter brilliantly demonstrates how one unique woman beats staggering odds to find the strength and power that is her birthright.”
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Operation Thunderbolt by Saul David Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History
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A riveting, in-depth account of the dramatic 1976 Special Forces mission at Entebbe Airport, in which Israeli commandos disguised as Ugandan soldiers attacked and killed the hijackers of an Air France plane and freed the hostages. Pirate says, “Outstanding book on an incredible and audacious rescue mission…Well-written, with excellent anecdotes from inside the Israeli government and military circles as well as from the hostages. Very moving at times and heartrending, too.”
A riveting, in-depth account of the dramatic 1976 Special Forces mission at Entebbe Airport, in which Israeli commandos disguised as Ugandan soldiers attacked and killed the hijackers of an Air France plane and freed the hostages. Pirate says, “Outstanding book on an incredible and audacious rescue mission…Well-written, with excellent anecdotes from inside the Israeli government and military circles as well as from the hostages. Very moving at times and heartrending, too.”
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Bandersnatch by Diana Pavlac Glyer Bandersnatch: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings
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A fascinating look at the workings of the famous writers’ group and literary society the Inklings, whose members included C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Andrew says, “If Diana Pavlac Glyer's monumental The Company They Keep weren't enough to establish her in the echelon of the very best thinkers and writers on the Inklings, along comes Bandersnatch to clinch the deal for scholars and general readers alike, mapping out a collaborative model that cannot help but enrich every life lucky enough to delve into it ...more A fascinating look at the workings of the famous writers’ group and literary society the Inklings, whose members included C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Andrew says, “If Diana Pavlac Glyer's monumental The Company They Keep weren't enough to establish her in the echelon of the very best thinkers and writers on the Inklings, along comes Bandersnatch to clinch the deal for scholars and general readers alike, mapping out a collaborative model that cannot help but enrich every life lucky enough to delve into its pages. A MUST-HAVE, for many rereads, for years to come!”
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The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett The Anatomical Shape of a Heart
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On a late-night mission to check out some cadavers—they’re the perfect new subject for an artist!—Beatrix meets Jack, a mysterious graffiti artist whose work has the whole city talking. They fall for each other fast, but will their secrets keep them apart? Kelly says, “WARNING. Will cause: Swooning. Idiotic smiling to oneself. Fits of laughter. Sleep deprivation. May invoke artistic expression. Will invoke the feels, or in medical terms, the warm and fuzzies.”
On a late-night mission to check out some cadavers—they’re the perfect new subject for an artist!—Beatrix meets Jack, a mysterious graffiti artist whose work has the whole city talking. They fall for each other fast, but will their secrets keep them apart? Kelly says, “WARNING. Will cause: Swooning. Idiotic smiling to oneself. Fits of laughter. Sleep deprivation. May invoke artistic expression. Will invoke the feels, or in medical terms, the warm and fuzzies.”
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