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ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, by Anthony Doerr (Scribner, $17)  Fans of Doerr's writing, and this remarkable story about two children during WWII who live in different countries but find eventual connection, have had to wait for two years for the paperback.  So if you have not yet read this Pulitzer Prize-winning book, now is your chance! 



LA ROSE, by Louise Erdrich (Harper Perennial, $15.99) Another winner, (this time, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction) by Erdrich.  The setting is North Dakota, the late 1990's, and Landreaux Iron has gone deer hunting accidentally killing a neighbor's five year old son .  Horrified by what he has done, Landreaux looks to native traditions, even turning over his own son, La Rose, to the grieving family. A richly layered tale of family connections and healing.





OPTION B, by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant (Knopf, $25.95) The famous COO of Facebook and author of the best seller Lean In, Sandberg explores a very different territory here, exploring the devastation and grief after her husband died unexpectedly two years ago, leaving her a widow with two young children.  Subtitled "Facing Adversity, Building Resiliance and Finding Joy", this story, laid out in the most intimate of terms, covers not only her own process of recovering from this loss, but tells the story of others who have survived the same thing.  Fascinating!



SALT HOUSES, by Hala Alyan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26)  In her first novel, accomplished poet Alyan writes stunningly of a group of family members who must move from Palestine to Jordan, Lebanon to Kuwait, and Boston to New York to escape war, find places to feel secure and realize their dreams.  Every family member rendered in this story is memorable, palpable.  They span five generations, all portrayed against a backdrop of exile and forced and voluntary migration. Alyan's descriptions of the Middle East and America are so vivid you can feel the mid-day heat of the desert, then damp chill of a Boston winter.  Very vivid and brilliantly written!


KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, by David Grann (Doubleday, $28.95)  This shocking, true story, set in the 1920's in Oklahoma lands inhabited by the Osage tribe is one that has been hidden or scarely told--several readers of this amazing story said they had never heard of it!  First the tribe had their fertile reservation lands taken away, and moved to a "less productive" landscape in northwestern Oklahoma, where oil was soon discovered.  Soon, tribal members started dying under mysterious circumstances, particularly members of one family. When the murders numbered more than 24, a young J. Edgar Hoover of the fairly new FBI took over the investigation, exposing a tale of greed, corruption and intrigue.  It reads like the best of thrillers--taut narrative nonfiction at its most engaging!


EXIT WEST, by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead Books, $26)  A story so in tune with the world today--a rapidly changing country on the brink of civil war, a young couple in love, and difficult decisions about leaving or staying in one's homeland, Hamid creates another winning novel (after his award winning The Reluctant Fundamentalist) Two particularly indelible characters, who decide, as the violence in their country escalates, to leave for an alien and uncertain future, Nadia and Saeed struggle to hold on to each other as their lives challenge their loyalty and courage.







Featuring a cover painting (Island Road) by our beloved friend, the late Guemes Island artist Rebecca Hyland, this sketch book comprises 100 pages of 60-lb acid free paper. 6" x 8.5". Made in USA. $9.95







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