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Melanie Green, Owner

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062362599
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Published: Harper - June 13th, 2017

Roxane Gay is black, obese, homosexual and a recovering victim of sexual assault. I am none of these things and yet her memoir resonated with me on so many levels - growing up female in a hyper-sexualized culture that measures women's appearances, attitudes, and behaviors against a narrowly defined ideal. She writes with truth and beauty the struggles she has overcome to reach a point where she loves herself, her body and her story without conditions. It is a powerful and empowering memoir for every woman!


Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812995343
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Published: Random House - February 14th, 2017

When Abraham Lincoln's 11-year-old Willie son falls ill and dies, the president must "borrow" a plot in the nearby crypt until they can move the boy to the family plot. Based on historical truth, the novel quickly and fantastically moves into the surreal. Lost in the crypt and not able to understand the finality of his condition, little Willie floats in the unknown in-between where souls will eventually become stuck if they don't transcend on to the next place. And so Willie's journey begins when all the other lost souls he meets take it upon themselves to "save" him from this other-worldly demise. This darkly mystical tale is twisted fantastically with snippets of real history woven in. It defies description. I will just say you have got to read this!

Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455563937
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 7th, 2017

This epic novel follows the generational journey of one Korean family from the early 1900s for nearly 100 years. It is an enlightnening tale beautifully told full of family history and cultural lore of a part of our world that seems to gain relevance by the day. Worth reading not only for the enjoyment of a well-told tale, but also for some historical perspective on Korea.

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062333469
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - March 1st, 2016

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250153968
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Published: A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin - October 3rd, 2017

This is the most twisted, heart-wrenching love story ever! You will feel such compassion for young Wavy as she struggles to survive her upbringing!

The German Girl: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501121234
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Published: Washington Square Press - August 8th, 2017

Young Hannah's life is torn apart when Nazis invade Berlin. Her Jewish family tries desperately to seek refuge in Cuba, Canada, and the United States. This book is based on real events.

Everyone Brave is Forgiven Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501124389
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 7th, 2017

In the landscape of WWII London, three lives first intersect and they are pushed together and pulled apart by the horrors of war. A tragic love triangle ensues. 

The Rules of Magic: A Novel (The Practical Magic Series #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501137471
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 10th, 2017

Full of family bonds and heart, this book is, as its sequel, "Practical Magic." I especially loved all the detail of the gardens and remedies that the Owens' market, giving them their age old reputation as present-day witches. 

The Muralist: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616206437
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 11th, 2016

The griping tale of a set of mysterious paintings hidden beneath the famous works of an American abstract artist. A pursual to answer the mystery unfolds that includes France as well as America, in particuar New York City. The plot is supported by factual information of FDR's WPA program druing WWII.