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Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

A wonderfully written modern space opera, Leckie's debut novel is the right mix of broad, intriguing galactic/political unknown coupled with compelling, multi-faceted (quite literally) characters. Fresh, engaging and complex, Ancillary Justice was one of my favorite books of the year. Recommended by Alex.

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ISBN: 9780316246620
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Published: Orbit - October 1st, 2013

The only novel ever to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards and the first book in Ann Leckie's New York Times bestselling trilogy.
On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest.

The View from Penthouse B by Elinor Lipman

Elinor Lipman’s delightful new novel The View from Penthouse B is the witty tale of unexpectedly widowed Gwen, who moves in with her divorced sister Margot. Margot’s ex-husband is a fertility doctor (much scandal in that divorce…), and they lost money in a Ponzi scheme. There is a third tenant, cupcake-baker Timothy.

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ISBN: 9780544228078
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Published: Mariner Books - April 8th, 2014

"It's all wonderful fun. Lipman sketches her characters' foibles with amused affection and moves the plot forward with practiced ease." - Washington Post

The Wisdom of the Myths by Luc Ferry

A wonderful introduction to the tropes and concerns of Greek mythology. Written for a lay audience, Ferry's guide suggests that the lessons of Tantalus, Sisyphus, and Orpheus have much to teach us about the role of harmony - peace of mind, cosmic justice, and a sense of fairness - in our world today. Engaging, informative, and compelling! Recommended by Chip.

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ISBN: 9780062215451
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 7th, 2014

More than 100,000 copies sold in France

A fascinating new journey through Greek mythology that explains the myths' timeless lessons and meaning

Moby Dick, or The Whale by Herman Melville

One of the most captivating, bizarre, and wondrous novels I've ever read. Melville really turns prose into poetry...some passages continue to reverberate in me to this day. Plus, who can resist the line: "They are fighting Quakers; they are Quakers with a vengeance." Worth all of the effort...I'm still rereading it years later. Recommended by Chip.

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ISBN: 9780062085641
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 7th, 2011

"Call me Ishmael."

Old Filth

Failed In London Try Hong Kong. Once you get the title, you see what a clever, witty book this will be.It's the story of "Raj orphan," a young red-headed Scot born in Malaya (Malaysia) and sent at age five to England to be educated. Brillian, handsome, charismatic, he becomes Old Filth.Great story, wonderfully told!

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ISBN: 9781933372136
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Published: Europa Editions - June 1st, 2006

Book One in Jane Gardam's Old Filth Trilogy

Jeeves and the Wedding Bells

Fans of P.G. Wodehouse: rejoice! Sebastian Faulks has written a delightful new novel, Jeeves and the Wedding Bells, a very funny homage to Wodehouse’s idyllic England and the escapades of Jeeves and Bertie Wooster as depicted in his many humorous novels. Faulks has masterfully captured the original nuances, humor and language. It’s just a joy to slip into this world again!

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ISBN: 9781250047595
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Published: St. Martin's Press - November 5th, 2013

Bertie Wooster (a young man about town) and his butler Jeeves (the very model of the modern manservant) return in their first new novel in nearly forty years: "Jeeves and the Wedding Bells" by Sebastian Faulks.

On Little Wings

Jennifer, a gutsy 16-year-old daughter, discovers she has an unknown aunt in Maine, and in her wish to know more about her and the why to this secret, helps solve a mystery. This wonderfully written first novel about a Midwest family, won the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. It is multi-generational in its focus, and deals with loss, grief, a first love, and forgiveness.

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ISBN: 9780670786060
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Published: Viking Children's Books - May 30th, 2013

Jennifer is an only child, and so were her parents at least that's what she thinks, until she finds an old photo in the back of one of her mother's books. The woman in the photo looks just like Jennifer, down to the smattering of freckles across her nose. And her mother refuses to talk about it.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Another Raven staff member favorite summer read.

Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a captivating tale deeply rooted in memory and childhood. In much the same vein as his other works, Gaiman combines a mystic and imaginative world with empathetic, compelling, and remarkable characters. Narrated with the brutal honesty and ignorance of a

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ISBN: 9780062255655
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Published: William Morrow & Company - June 18th, 2013

A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman's first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys.

This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real...


Adichie's novel has incredible power. It will expand your understanding of race, America, immigration, and what it means to call a place home, while at the same time leaving you hungry for coconut rice and fried plantains. Ifemelu and Obinze grow up in Nigeria but end up moving to different countries that challenge their identities as individuals and as partners.

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ISBN: 9780307271082
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 14th, 2013

One of The New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the Year

LONGLISTED 2015 - International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award


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