Best Books of the Month: June 2016

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The Girls by Emma Cline The Girls
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This powerful debut novel, set in late 60s California and inspired by the Manson murders, climbs inside the mind of Evie, an insecure teen whose seduction by members of a free-living cult takes her on a terrifying journey that will reshape her life. Kelly says, “A book so shrewd and insightful, it's sometimes painful to read…. Equal parts a coming-of-age story and a dissection of the inner workings of cults. Simply breathtaking."
This powerful debut novel, set in late 60s California and inspired by the Manson murders, climbs inside the mind of Evie, an insecure teen whose seduction by members of a free-living cult takes her on a terrifying journey that will reshape her life. Kelly says, “A book so shrewd and insightful, it's sometimes painful to read…. Equal parts a coming-of-age story and a dissection of the inner workings of cults. Simply breathtaking."
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Grunt by Mary Roach Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War
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In her latest book, best-selling popular science author Roach trains her sights on the weird and wonderful techniques used in war to keep soldiers safe, sane and healthy. Topics covered include medical maggots, caffeinated meat and the threat diarrhea can pose to national security. Heather says, “Mary Roach approaches the subject of humans at war with a clear-eyed, infectious curiosity…Grunt is fascinating, well-written, and utterly important."
In her latest book, best-selling popular science author Roach trains her sights on the weird and wonderful techniques used in war to keep soldiers safe, sane and healthy. Topics covered include medical maggots, caffeinated meat and the threat diarrhea can pose to national security. Heather says, “Mary Roach approaches the subject of humans at war with a clear-eyed, infectious curiosity…Grunt is fascinating, well-written, and utterly important."
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Lily and the Octopus by Steven  Rowley Lily and the Octopus
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With humor, poignancy and elements of magic realism, this semi-autobiographical novel describes the bond between Ted Flask and his best friend, aging dachshund Lily. Then Ted discovers the unthinkable and must brace for unimaginable loss. Susan W says, “Fiercely smart, utterly hilarious. This book is more than a love story; it is a deep contemplation on the meaning of life and our connection to those around us, human or animal."
With humor, poignancy and elements of magic realism, this semi-autobiographical novel describes the bond between Ted Flask and his best friend, aging dachshund Lily. Then Ted discovers the unthinkable and must brace for unimaginable loss. Susan W says, “Fiercely smart, utterly hilarious. This book is more than a love story; it is a deep contemplation on the meaning of life and our connection to those around us, human or animal."
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Chancers by Susan Stellin Chancers: Addiction, Prison, Recovery, Love: One Couple's Memoir
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A heartrending dual memoir told from the perspectives of a reporter and photographer whose love story is cut short by heroin addiction only to be given a second chance when one of them is jailed on Rikers Island. Sandy Harris says, "This book will resonate with anyone whose life has been touched by drugs, prison or immigration problems. I highly recommend the stark reality shared on its pages."
A heartrending dual memoir told from the perspectives of a reporter and photographer whose love story is cut short by heroin addiction only to be given a second chance when one of them is jailed on Rikers Island. Sandy Harris says, "This book will resonate with anyone whose life has been touched by drugs, prison or immigration problems. I highly recommend the stark reality shared on its pages."
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Before the Fall by Noah Hawley Before the Fall
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A private jet crashes off Martha’s Vineyard. The only survivors are a young boy and the struggling artist who saves him. As a frenzied media demands answers – a tragedy or something more sinister? – the mystery only deepens in this gripping thriller from screenwriter Noah Hawley. Erin says, "Suspenseful, thoughtful, hard to put down, and surprisingly engaged with the existential mysteries of life: this was such a good book.”
A private jet crashes off Martha’s Vineyard. The only survivors are a young boy and the struggling artist who saves him. As a frenzied media demands answers – a tragedy or something more sinister? – the mystery only deepens in this gripping thriller from screenwriter Noah Hawley. Erin says, "Suspenseful, thoughtful, hard to put down, and surprisingly engaged with the existential mysteries of life: this was such a good book.”
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My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies, #1)
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Three popular young adult authors play fast and loose with history in this fantastical, comic retelling of the story of Lady Jane Grey and King Edward VI involving magic, shapeshifting and many a nod to The Princess Bride. Celeste Pewter says, “My Lady Jane has the counterfactual fun of Shakespeare in Love and the magic of Ladyhawke rolled into one…An absolute delight."
Three popular young adult authors play fast and loose with history in this fantastical, comic retelling of the story of Lady Jane Grey and King Edward VI involving magic, shapeshifting and many a nod to The Princess Bride. Celeste Pewter says, “My Lady Jane has the counterfactual fun of Shakespeare in Love and the magic of Ladyhawke rolled into one…An absolute delight."
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