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JULY 2012

Stone Arabia

By Dana Spiotta

LITERARY - A failed rock musician imagines life as a superstar while his younger sister cares for him. ([EXCELLENT] SELECTION Sept/Oct 2011)

Blueprints for Building Better Girls

By Elissa Schappell

LITERARY - In eight linked stories, Schappell explores girls and women living--evolving, really--between the 1970s and the present day. ([EXCELLENT] Nov/Dec 2011)

A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion

By Ron Hansen

LITERARY - Hansen explores a salacious murder that scan dalized the American public and provided the inspiration for the classic James N. Cain noir novel Double Indemnity. ([EXCELLENT] Sept/Oct 2011)


Lost Memory of Skin

By Russell Banks

LITERARY - Banks, a shrewd commentator on American culture, examines the lives of a young sex offender and his outwardly successful, morally questionable mentor. ([EXCELLENT] Jan/Feb 2012)

A Trick of the Light

A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

By Louise Penny

CRIME - This is the seventh of Louise Penny's "cozies" to be set in Three Pines, Quebec. ([EXCELLENT] SELECTION Nov/Dec 2011)

Hedy's Folly

The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World

By Richard Rhodes

BIOGRAPHY - Rhodes revisits the story of one of Hollywood's most famous actresses--and her contribution to technology that we couldn't do without. ([EXCELLENT] Mar/Apr 2012)

An Anatomy of Addiction

Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine

By Howard Markel

HISTORY - The two doctors' self-experiments with cocaine as a local anesthetic and cure for depression resulted in damaged health and devastated lives. ([EXCELLENT] Sept/Oct 2011)

Red Summer

The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America

By Cameron McWhirter


HISTORY - In 1919, white mobs lynched 52 black men and incited 25 deadly riots from Florida to Connecticut--and African Americans fought back. ([EXCELLENT] Nov/ Dec 2011)

August 2012

The Orphan Master's Son

A Novel of North Korea

By Adam Johnson

LITERARY - A boy grows up in North Korea, is drafted into the army, and gains recognition as a tunnel soldier--until he falls out of favor...

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