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Friday Reads: Memorial Day All Stars

Memorial Day weekend is here! Kick off your summer reading with our super-starred #FridayReads picks:

STAY HIDDEN by Paul Doiron
Also available in audio
“The plot is complex, and the action intense, made all the more so by forbidding terrain. The extraordinary sense of place makes this Doiron’s strongest novel yet.” — Booklist, starred review

“The shooting of investigative journalist Ariel Evans on Maine’s Maquoit Island drives Doiron’s outstanding ninth novel featuring game warden Mike Bowditch. Doiron balances nuanced characterizations and intelligent plotting perfectly.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

RUST & STARDUST by T. Greenwood
“This fictionalization of the 1948 kidnapping said to have inspired Nabokov’s LOLITA lures readers in with a disturbing hook: the dangers of innocence. This is a beautifully written, unnerving tragedy woven from equal measures of hope and menace.” — Booklist, starred review

“Readers who relish novels based on true events will be both riveted and disturbed by this retelling of one of America’s most famous abduction cases.” Library Journal, starred review

UPSTATE by James Wood
New Yorker book critic Wood contemplates deep questions while painting an indelible portrait of a family coming to grips, clarifying complex, recognizable problems as he moves his characters forward in ways that seem real and satisfying. Pitch perfect and highly recommended.” — Library Journal, starred review

“[A] masterful, inquisitive, funny, and provocative novel… But it is a father’s love for his daughters that propels Wood’s beautifully distilled, archly revelatory tale bright with wise insights and thoughtful tenderness.” Booklist, starred review readmoreremove

Happy Belated #BookBday (9/16/15 Edition)

We’re a day late to wish these books happy #BookBday, but it’s only to keep the party going!

ONLY THE ANIMALS by Ceridwen Dovey
Two stars for this standout collection of 12 interconnected stories, all told by animals whose souls, after a noteworthy death, are resting in heavenly constellations. “Dovey’s unforgettable narrators provide social commentary while struggling to find some meaning in both the beauty and sadness of death. An essential collection, enthusiastically recommended.” — Library Journal, starred review

SWEET CARESS by William Boyd
A September 2015 Indie Next pick! From the internationally bestselling author of RESTLESS and ANY HUMAN HEART comes a novel of one photographer’s extraordinary career—a tale of love and war in the twentieth century. “[A] seductively glossy yet gritty portrait of a strong, adventurous woman and an epoch-spanning novel veined with unsettling psychological and social insights.” — Booklist, starred review

BREATHE by Anne-Sophie Brasme
Soon to be a major motion picture! First published in France to huge success when the author was just 17, BREATHE is a brilliant and provocative novel about an intense friendship between two girls that ends in murder.

Friday Reads: FSG Stars

TGIF! Today’s #FridayReads picks are two Farrar, Straus & Giroux titles that have multiple starred reviews:

ONLY THE ANIMALS by Ceridwen Dovey
“Named an artist to watch by the Wall Street Journal for her debut novel, BLOOD KIN, Australian storyteller Dovey fulfills her promise with this standout collection of 12 interconnected stories, all told by animals whose souls, after a noteworthy death, are resting in heavenly constellations. Dovey’s unforgettable narrators provide social commentary while struggling to find some meaning in both the beauty and sadness of death.
An essential collection, enthusiastically recommended.” — Library Journal, starred review

Wonderfully weird and profoundly witty… As unsettling as they are beautiful, these quietly wise stories wedge themselves into your mind—and stay there.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE CRIME AND THE SILENCE: Confronting the Massacre of Jews in Wartime Jedwabne by Anna Bikont
“Polish journalist Bikont undertakes a thorough follow-up to Polish-American historian Jan Gross’s 2001 book NEIGHBORS, about the July 1941 pogrom in the rural eastern Polish town of Jedwabne. Bikont has performed an extraordinary journalistic feat in documenting this terrible, historically contested atrocity.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove

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