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On the Map, by Simon Garfield; Because I Said So!, by Ken Jennings; Consider The Fork, by Bee Wilson

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Three non-fiction books.

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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan; Just My Type, by Simon Garfield

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A fiction adventure that will make you want to learn about typography, and a non-fiction book to teach you about it.

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Remarkable, by Elizabeth Foley; Breadcrumbs, by Anne Ursu; Under Wildwood, by Colin Meloy, with illustrations by Carson Ellis

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Reviews of three Middle Grade fiction adventures.

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The Round House, by Louise Erdrich; The Yellow Birds, by Kevin Powers

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Two memoir-style works of fiction about coming of age, surviving trauma, and criminal investigation.

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The Casual Vacancy, by JK Rowling; NW, by Zadie Smith

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The Casual Vacancy, JK Rowling’s first book not set in the wizarding world, has gotten review ratings all over the …

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette; by Maria Semple: 4/5

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Bee’s mother isn’t like the other mothers at her Seattle private school. Bernadette is stylish, sharp, impulsive, uninterested in PTA meetings, and Bee’s best friend. Bernadette is a constant …

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The Fifty Year Sword, by Mark Z. Danielewski: 4/5

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Narrators tell the story of Chintana, an East Texas seamstress who went to a party against her own inclination, and there in the company of five children, with the woman who …

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Summer and Bird, by Katherine Catmull: 4/5

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Sisters Summer and Bird awaken one morning to find the house empty and cold. Their parents—and the family cat—have disappeared. Following an encoded message from …

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The Passage, by Justin Cronin: 4/5

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A government experiment to prolong human life goes horribly wrong, releasing 12 Virals—mutated, super-strong, undying creatures with an insatiable hunger and a desire to spread—upon …

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Girl of Nightmares, by Kendare Blake: 4/5

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Cas Lowood’s job is to send ghosts on, but that work is being affected by his unwillingness to let one ghost go. Cas sees and hears Anna everywhere—and always in terrible pain …

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