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  3. Far From the Tree is a document of such profound empathy that most readers will be stunned.  Solomon navigates the barriers between parents and children with amazing emotional dexterity and an unmatched skill with words. There is not one person in this world who should not read this book.” -Keith

     
  4. "Brain on Fire is a memoir that reads like a mystery novel. The author is struck by a mysterious illness and becomes paranoid and delusional. I could not put this book down and was obsessed with finding out what drove the author to madness. It was well written and suspenseful.”

    Bry H. recommends Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan.

     
  5. Mystery is not a genre I dive into very often, but I always make an exception for the well-written characters of Walter Mosley: Socrates Fortlow, Fearless Jones, Leonid McGill, and — my favorite — Ezekiel ‘Easy’ Rawlins. Over the course of 10 novels, spanning from 1948 to 1967, the L.A.-based black detective and World War II vet has solved murders while confronting the racial inequities that are sadly still a part of the African American experience.

    When the author appeared to kill off Rawlins in 2007’s Blonde Faith, I mourned the end of a great series. But Mosley delighted his fans with Easy’s return this past summer. In Little Green, Easy is cruising the Sunset Strip during the Summer of Love, recovering from his injuries as he investigates the disappearance of a young black man on a bad acid trip and his reappearance with over $200,000 he can’t explain.

    If you’re an Easy fan, reading Little Green is like slipping on a comfortable pair of shoes. All your favorite supporting players are back (plus a surprise return). And if you’ve never read the series, I urge you to start at the beginning with Devil in a Blue Dress. You won’t be sorry.”

    Mike H. recommends Little Green by Walter Mosely.

     
  6. "In The Faraway Nearby, Rebecca Solnit weaves seemingly disparate topics, from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to the birdman cult on Easter Island, with elements of her own life: her mother’s advancing Alzheimer’s, the collapse of a long-term relationship, a brush with cancer. The result is a book that is as fluid and boundless as a dream, and just as revealing. Solnit is a master at drawing connections in surprising ways, and in The Faraway Nearby, she marries the personal with the universal to create a fascinating read."

    Renee P. recommends The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit

     
  7. "Scads of witty dialogue, a story packed full of twists and turns, and two of the cheekiest thieves you’ll ever meet… What more could a reader ask for? The Lies of Locke Lamora is the first book in the Gentleman Bastard series, and the two books that follow are equally entertaining. Scott Lynch weaves an absorbing tale that will whisk you right out of this world and keep you thoroughly entertained.”

    Mary Jo recommends The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.

     
  8. "Paul Yoon’s exquisite prose is so pure and radiant that it almost appears to float above the page. His debut novel, Snow Hunters, will put you in a dream-like state from which you won’t want to wake."

    Shawn D. recommends Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon.

     
  9. "With this new collection, Aimee Bender reminds us why she is a master of the odd and surprising. I’d recommend The Color Master to anyone looking for a book that will thrill and linger and maybe wig you out a little. Her growing canon of stories is like an army that destroys boring writing.”

    Kevin S. recommends The Color Master by Aimee Bender.

     
  10. "This book is so good! The story is narrated by lonely, motherless, 10-year-old Opal. It all begins when she adopts a stray dog and names him Winn-Dixie. It’s a book full of charmingly flawed characters struggling to come to terms with how in life ‘the sweet and the sad are all mixed up together and how hard it is to separate them out.’ Kate DiCamillo could make a grocery list moving. I’m really excited to read her new book!”

    Kate B. recommends Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo.