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* 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad.

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780143128489
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Published: Penguin Books - February 23rd, 2016

The coming-of-age story about a girl seeking acceptance from anyone but herself.

 

While exploring specific issues around weight, 13 Ways also speaks to the universal experience of growing up: the brutal angst of being a teenager, the feeling of alienation from one's own body, the struggle for self-acceptance, the search for a fulfilled life. The nonfiction hook of women and body image will attract readers and help us get more attention for 13 Ways. Readers, along with journalists, feminists and bloggers, will want to discuss the issues this book explores.

 

Mona Awad is "a strikingly original and strikingly talented new voice."* A graduate of Brown's MFA program and a current Ph.D. candidate at the University of Denver, she has been published in McSweeney's and elsewhere. She has worked in numerous bookstores including The King's English in Salt Lake City, where she spent a year as the events coordinator.


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This month, we're discussing Spoils by Brian Van Reet! It's a phenomenal debut about modern war, but also about motivation and human error.

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$26.04
ISBN: 9780316316163
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Published: Lee Boudreaux Books - April 18th, 2017

A ground-breaking meditation on war and the choices it forces us to make, told from the point of view of three characters on both sides of the fighting lines during the war in Iraq.

The Kite Runner meets The Things They Carried in this explosive debut which maps the blurred lines between good and bad, soldier and civilian, victor and vanquished.

It is April 2003. American forces have taken Baghdad and are now charged with winning hearts and minds. But this vital tipping point is barely recognized for what it is, as a series of miscalculations and blunders fuels an already-simmering insurgency intent on making Iraq the next graveyard of empires.

In dazzling and propulsive prose, Brian Van Reet explores the lives on both sides of the battle lines: Cassandra, a nineteen-year-old gunner on an American Humvee who is captured during a deadly firefight and awakens in a prison cell; Abu Al-Hool, a lifelong mujahedeen beset by a simmering crisis of conscience as he struggles against enemies from without and within, including the new wave of far more radicalized jihadists; and Specialist Sleed, a tank crewman who goes along with a "victimless" crime, the consequences of which are more awful than any he could have imagined.

Depicting a war spinning rapidly out of control, destined to become a modern classic, Spoils is an unsparing and morally complex novel that chronicles the achingly human cost of combat.

 

 

"Van Reet's lean prose accommodates a laconic style suggesting military reports and detail-rich context fed by a keen eye and memory. He embeds the reader with the unwashed troops in a cramped Humvee, in a dark cell where only screams penetrate, and in the mind of a Muslim fighters with two decades of campaigning, a dead son, lost wife, scant wins, and more doubts than faith can ease. A fine piece of writing that should stand in the front ranks of recent war novels."Kirkus (starred review)


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Wicked Craving (A Savannah Reid Mystery #15) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780758238092
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Published: Kensington - January 1st, 2011

A Decadent Way To Die (A Savannah Reid Mystery #16) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780758238115
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Published: Kensington - March 1st, 2012

Buried In Buttercream (A Savannah Reid Mystery #17) Cover Image
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Published: Kensington - March 5th, 2013

Killer Honeymoon (A Savannah Reid Mystery #18) Cover Image
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Published: Kensington - March 4th, 2014

Killer Physique (A Savannah Reid Mystery #19) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780758276551
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Published: Kensington - January 27th, 2015

Killer Gourmet (A Savannah Reid Mystery #20) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780758276582
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Published: Kensington - January 26th, 2016

Killer Reunion (A Savannah Reid Mystery #21) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781496700803
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Published: Kensington - March 28th, 2017

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Temporary People

This month, Brunch Book Club discusses Temporary People by Deepak Unnikrishnan. Copies are available in-store.

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781632061423
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Published: Restless Books - March 14th, 2017

In the United Arab Emirates, foreign nationals constitute over 80 percent of the population. Brought in to construct the towering monuments to wealth that punctuate the skylines of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, this labor force works without the rights of citizenship, endures miserable living conditions, and is ultimately forced to leave the country. Until now, the humanitarian crisis of the so-called "guest workers" of the Gulf has barely been addressed in fiction. With his stunning, mind-altering debut novel Temporary People, Deepak Unnikrishnan delves into their histories, myths, struggles, and triumphs.
Combining the irrepressible linguistic invention of Salman Rushdie and the satirical vision of George Saunders, Unnikrishnan presents twenty-eight linked stories that careen from construction workers who shapeshift into luggage and escape a labor camp, to a woman who stitches back together the bodies of those who've fallen from buildings in progress, to a man who grows ideal workers designed to live twelve years and then perish--until they don't, and found a rebel community in the desert. With this polyphony, Unnikrishnan brilliantly maps a new, unruly global English. Giving substance and identity to the anonymous workers of the Gulf, he highlights the disturbing ways in which "progress" on a global scale is bound up with dehumanization.


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$14.99
ISBN: 9781632061447
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Published: Restless Books - March 14th, 2017

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*Possessed by Kathryn Casey.

We request that those participating in our book clubs purchase the book from KBB.

 

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ISBN: 9780062300515
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Published: William Morrow - September 27th, 2016

A walking nightmare in size-nine stilettos…

The officer responding to a 911 call at one of Houston’s hippest high-rises expected the worst. After all, domestic violence situations can be unpredictable. But nothing could’ve prepared him for what he found: a beautiful woman drenched in blood… an older man lying dead on the floor… and a cobalt blue suede stiletto with tufts of white hair stuck to its five-and-a-half-inch heel.

With her stunning looks, magnetic personality, and erratic behavior, Ana Trujillo had a notorious reputation on the downtown Houston scene. She spoke often of occult powers, though few knew how deeply she believed such boasts. Stefan Andersson was a gentle soul, a Swedish transplant with a good career and trusted friends who was desperate to find someone special. Theirs is a story of obsession, madness, and tragedy. Because once Stefan fell head over heels for Ana, he was under her control—and he didn’t have a chance in hell.

 

From the critically-acclaimed writer who Ann Rule called, “one of the best in the true crime genre,” comes an account of the brutal “Stilletto Murder."

“One of the best true crime writers today.”—Ann Rule


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Join us in a discussion of The Muralist by BA Shapiro, which Entertainment Weekly described as a "thrilling tale from the art world, set right on the brink of World War II."

Pastries and coffee will be provided. You are welcome to bring additional food for the group if you'd like.

 

 

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$15.95
ISBN: 9781616206437
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 11th, 2016

"Vibrant and suspenseful . . . Like The Art Forger, this new story takes us into the heart of what it means to be an artist." --The Washington Post

"B. A. Shapiro captivated us in 2012 with her 'addictive' novel The Art Forger. Now, she's back with another thrilling tale from the art world." --Entertainment Weekly


When Alizee Benoit, an American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940, no one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her artistic patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner. And, some seventy years later, not her great-niece, Danielle Abrams, who while working at Christie's auction house uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind works by those now-famous Abstract Expressionist artists. Do they hold answers to the questions surrounding her missing aunt?


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$15.95
ISBN: 9781616205409
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Published: Algonquin Books - November 2nd, 2015

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*Little Boy Blue by M J Arlidge.

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$17.55
ISBN: 9781101991374
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Published: Berkley - October 4th, 2016

Detective Helen Grace faces her own dark compulsions in the new thriller from the international bestselling author of Pop Goes the Weasel and Eeny Meeny.

In a world where disguises and discretion are the norm, and where one admission could unravel a life, a killer has struck and a man is dead. No one wants to come forward to say what they saw or what they know—including the woman heading the investigation: Detective Helen Grace.

Helen knew the victim. And the victim knew her—better than anyone else. And when the murderer strikes again, Helen must decide how many more lines she’s willing to cross to bring in a devious and elusive serial killer…


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*Blue Heaven by C J Box.

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$8.99
ISBN: 9780312365714
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Published: Minotaur Books - December 2nd, 2008

A twelve-year-old girl and her younger brother are on the run in the Idaho woods, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder—four men who know exactly who William and Annie are. And where their mother lives.

Retired policemen from Los Angeles, the killers easily persuade the local sheriff to let them lead the search for the missing children. Now there's nowhere left for William and Annie to hide…and no one they can trust. Until they meet Jess Rawlins.

Rawlins, an old-school rancher, knows trouble when he sees it. He is only one against four men who will stop at nothing to silence their witnesses. But in this thrilling mystery novel from C.J. Box, these ex-cops don't know just how far Rawlins will go to protect William and Annie…and see that justice is done.

Blue Heaven is the winner of the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Novel.


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