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This Week's Recommendations

The Book Thief

Markus Zuzak

The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak

Narrated by death, The Book Thief tells the story of a young German girl who hides a Jewish teen in her basement during the Holocaust. Often read by adults as well, the novel is perfect for sophisticated teen readers. (AW)


Sofi Oksanen

Purge By Sofi Oksanen

Purge is a hybrid – part Russian classic and part Scandinavian crime thriller. This novel is a page-turner that you’ll feel the wiser for reading. For Purge is about what happens / happened to women under soviet rule and the disruptions wrought by Perestroika. Highly recommended – psychological thriller / novel. (SP)

Home Ground: Sanctuary in the City

Dan Pearson

Home Ground: Sanctuary in the City by Dan Pearson

American Masculine

Shann Ray

American Masculine by Shann Ray

Shann Ray’s stories are lyrical, muscular, heartbreaking, and fascinating.  This collection (the author’s first) announces the arrival of a daring and exciting new voice.  (Read “How We Fall” or “The Great Divide” and be hooked.)  Highly recommended.  (JA)