Best Books of the Month: August 2017

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Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie Home Fire
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In this modern-day take on the classic tragedy Antigone, two Pakistani Muslim families in London find their lives entangled in love, politics, and conflict.
Amirah says, “I tore through this, literally could not tear my eyes away from this brave, searing novel.”
In this modern-day take on the classic tragedy Antigone, two Pakistani Muslim families in London find their lives entangled in love, politics, and conflict.
Amirah says, “I tore through this, literally could not tear my eyes away from this brave, searing novel.”
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The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne The Heart's Invisible Furies
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This sweeping novel by the author of The Boy in Striped Pajamas begins in 1940s Ireland, when Cyril Avery is born to an unwed teen mother, and follows his journey of self-discovery.
Caroline says, “There’s little about this deeply moving and immersive story that isn’t perfect. Boyne realized an ambitious premise, and he did so with a thoughtful touch.”
This sweeping novel by the author of The Boy in Striped Pajamas begins in 1940s Ireland, when Cyril Avery is born to an unwed teen mother, and follows his journey of self-discovery.
Caroline says, “There’s little about this deeply moving and immersive story that isn’t perfect. Boyne realized an ambitious premise, and he did so with a thoughtful touch.”
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Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert Little & Lion
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In this YA novel Suzette returns home from boarding school when her stepbrother, Lionel, is diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Suzette soon finds herself falling for the girl Lionel loves.
Ashley says, “Damn, this was everything I wanted it to be. Messy, beautiful, completely satisfying.”
In this YA novel Suzette returns home from boarding school when her stepbrother, Lionel, is diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Suzette soon finds herself falling for the girl Lionel loves.
Ashley says, “Damn, this was everything I wanted it to be. Messy, beautiful, completely satisfying.”
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Happiness by Heather Harpham Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After
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This memoir of a single mother who gives birth to a child with a life-threatening illness is also a larger look at unconditional love and the path to happiness.
Miller says, “I highly recommend this memoir...it was a definite page-turner and tearjerker. It also gives you a shock to reality and makes you want to enjoy each and every moment with your kids.”
This memoir of a single mother who gives birth to a child with a life-threatening illness is also a larger look at unconditional love and the path to happiness.
Miller says, “I highly recommend this memoir...it was a definite page-turner and tearjerker. It also gives you a shock to reality and makes you want to enjoy each and every moment with your kids.”
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Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs Map of the Heart
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In this heartwarming novel, a woman mourning her husband's death is propelled into an adventure when a mysterious package arrives from her father's family in France.
Jackie says, “Having read other books by Susan Wiggs, I knew I wouldn't be disappointed in this one. It was a great story that encompassed tragedy, hope, a little mystery, and ultimately a fine outcome.”
In this heartwarming novel, a woman mourning her husband's death is propelled into an adventure when a mysterious package arrives from her father's family in France.
Jackie says, “Having read other books by Susan Wiggs, I knew I wouldn't be disappointed in this one. It was a great story that encompassed tragedy, hope, a little mystery, and ultimately a fine outcome.”
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The Great Quake by Henry Fountain The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet
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This narrative history of North America's largest recorded
earthquake—the 1964 Alaska quake—explores how scientists confirmed the theory of plate tectonics. Haris says, “Henry Fountain provides a captivating story of destruction, courage, and, most importantly, revelation.”
This narrative history of North America's largest recorded
earthquake—the 1964 Alaska quake—explores how scientists confirmed the theory of plate tectonics. Haris says, “Henry Fountain provides a captivating story of destruction, courage, and, most importantly, revelation.”
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