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The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781492657965
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - September 1st, 2018

This book immediately became one of my all time favorites. It's a riddle in writing, and every page contains new and valuable information that makes figuring out the answer even more imperative. Stuart Turton weaves such a complicated web that I just could not put this book down until I'd finished. And to top it all off, there's great character development to go along with clever writing and a unique plot. I'm definitely looking forward to whatever he writes next!

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The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown Cover Image
By Catherine Burns (Editor), Neil Gaiman (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781101904404
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Published: Crown Archetype - March 21st, 2017

A collection of very real and well-told stories from people who have shared part of their truth with The Moth, whose mission is to inspire and support the art of storytelling. The amazing thing about the Moth is that it can remind us not only of the depth of human experience, but also just how easy it is to become engulfed in a good story, and this collection is no different. Each individual storyteller brings us into their world just enough to understand why this story is one they feel is worth telling.

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The Dreamers: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812994162
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Published: Random House - January 15th, 2019

This book caught me in its spell from the first chapter. The characters and their situations are so realistic, and this makes the sleeping illness that is taking hold of this town even more surreal. Karen Thompson Walker's writing style is beautiful and poetic but still easy to get lost in, and from the beginning I was invested in the characters' lives and the mystery of the spreading sleep. Definitely recommended for any and all fiction fans who don't mind something just on the other side of reality.

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The Best of It: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802145215
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Published: Grove Press - April 2nd, 2011

Kay Ryan's poetry is truthful, genuine and definitely worth reading. I first read this collection of poems years ago and it's just as good rereading it now. My favorite is "Miners' Canaries," and it serves as a pretty fair representation of her style.