Best Books of the Month: May 2017

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
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Awkward and alone, 30-year-old Eleanor is stuck in a rut until she and her coworker come to the aid of an elderly man. The act forces her out of her solitary world and allows her to confront her past in this debut novel. Holly Bourne says, "Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine deserves to be completely huge, as it's completely brilliant. I finished it at 1 a.m. with hopeful tears in my eyes." Awkward and alone, 30-year-old Eleanor is stuck in a rut until she and her coworker come to the aid of an elderly man. The act forces her out of her solitary world and allows her to confront her past in this debut novel. Holly Bourne says, "Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine deserves to be completely huge, as it's completely brilliant. I finished it at 1 a.m. with hopeful tears in my eyes."
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Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan Beneath a Scarlet Sky
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This book is based on an epic true story of espionage and love, in which an Italian teen helps Jews escape the Nazis, enlists in the German army, and becomes part of Hitler's inner circle.
Jan McAdow says, "This story tells of the sacrifice, emotions, and human spirit it takes to live through these events in history. Could not put it down. Well done!"
This book is based on an epic true story of espionage and love, in which an Italian teen helps Jews escape the Nazis, enlists in the German army, and becomes part of Hitler's inner circle.
Jan McAdow says, "This story tells of the sacrifice, emotions, and human spirit it takes to live through these events in history. Could not put it down. Well done!"
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No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal No One Can Pronounce My Name
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Two Indian Americans in Cleveland—a grief-stricken drag performer and a lonely housewife who writes paranormal romances—find common ground in this multigenerational novel.
Leonor says, “Funny, heartfelt with characters who feel incredibly real. I read it all in one day because I couldn't put it down."
Two Indian Americans in Cleveland—a grief-stricken drag performer and a lonely housewife who writes paranormal romances—find common ground in this multigenerational novel.
Leonor says, “Funny, heartfelt with characters who feel incredibly real. I read it all in one day because I couldn't put it down."
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Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)
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After the daughter of a prominent samurai escapes a bloody ambush, she's desperate for vengeance in this YA fantasy. Her plan? She infiltrates a bandit gang with a dark history.
Rachel Strolle says, "Flame in the Mist is a book you want to pick back up again the second you finish it, believing that somehow there is a way to live in the pages just a little bit longer."
After the daughter of a prominent samurai escapes a bloody ambush, she's desperate for vengeance in this YA fantasy. Her plan? She infiltrates a bandit gang with a dark history.
Rachel Strolle says, "Flame in the Mist is a book you want to pick back up again the second you finish it, believing that somehow there is a way to live in the pages just a little bit longer."
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Theft by Finding by David Sedaris Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002
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Sedaris combs through 40 years’ worth of diaries to recount how he went from unemployed dropout to beloved humorist. Fans will recognize the real-life source material for his later work. Trin says, "David Sedaris is so authentically David Sedaris. This first collection of his diaries reveals him as everything you'd expect and want him to be; reading it only made me love him more."
Sedaris combs through 40 years’ worth of diaries to recount how he went from unemployed dropout to beloved humorist. Fans will recognize the real-life source material for his later work. Trin says, "David Sedaris is so authentically David Sedaris. This first collection of his diaries reveals him as everything you'd expect and want him to be; reading it only made me love him more."
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The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir
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This debut author was a law school student working on a murder case when the details of the crime began to echo her own past. The result is part true crime story, part personal memoir.
Lisa Gregory says, "An incredible read! I thoroughly enjoyed this book, from the first word to the last…I literally hung on every word, felt every emotion, and saw every scene, as if I had crawled inside the story and watched everything unfold over Alexandria's shoulder."
This debut author was a law school student working on a murder case when the details of the crime began to echo her own past. The result is part true crime story, part personal memoir.
Lisa Gregory says, "An incredible read! I thoroughly enjoyed this book, from the first word to the last…I literally hung on every word, felt every emotion, and saw every scene, as if I had crawled inside the story and watched everything unfold over Alexandria's shoulder."
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