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OBAMA: An Intimate Portrait, by Peter Souza (Little, Brown, $50)  Published in early December last year, this book sold out immediately and we (and many other bookstores) could not obtain copies until now.  It was worth the wait!  Candid historic photographs by Souza, Obama's official White House photographer during his presidency, show the huge range of people, issues and events that marked Obama's historic presidency.  A perfect gift for yourself or anyone who remembers less chaotic political times and more intelligent discourse fondly.





IQ, by Joe Ide (Little, Brown, $15.99)  This well-reviewed mystery is set in  the troubled East Long Beach neighborhod of LA, where the police have not kept up with the spiraling crime rate.  But a high school dropout nicknamed (IQ) takes it upon himself to help solve cases the police won't or can't touch, including the case of a rap mogul whose life is in danger.  However, the case becomes much more than IQ bargained for, yet his exceptional intellect, finely honed perception and driving skills give him major advantates.


THE DRY, by Jane Harper (Flatiron Books, $15.99)  This highly-praised debut novel won several awards last year in the very competitive (and crowded) crime novel category. An Australian federal agent who left his hometown many years before is drawn back after his childhood best friend and his family were murdered.  He returns home during the worst drought in a century, and starts uncovering secrets from his own past that he does not want to know. Highly recommended by a number of reviewers.


THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, by Colson Whitehead  (Anchor Books, $16.95)  At last!  This past year's winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is now in paperback, and if you have not yet read it, you are in for a treat.  Whitehead's remarkable take on the history of the Underground Railroad is enhanced by his own illustration of creating a real railroad, complete with tracks, engineers, conductors, and underground tunnels.  This story of two slaves, a man and a woman, who escape to the North via the railroad is harrowing, thrilling, and uplifing.


THE WONDER, by Emma Donoghue (Back Bay, $15.99)  With the same propulsion that captured the attention of readers everywhere with her bestseller Room, Donoghue sets this novel in a small Irish village.  Tourists are flocking to see an 11 year old girl who reportedly has not eaten for months.  Suspecting a hoax in the making, a caretaker named Lib Wright comes to stay with the girl, but her assumptions about the child, the Irish, faith and miracles are challenged.  This fact-based historical novel is a page-turner in the best sense of the word. 





AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE, by Tayari Jones (Algonquin Books, $26.95)

Just selected as the new Oprah Book Club pick, this novel delves into the lives of a newly married couple, Celestial and Roy.  It pulls no punches, from beginning to end.  Jones writes with a pace and intensity that reminds one of Donna Tartt.  Suffice to say it is a page turner, as Jones immerses us into her character's lives with a grip that never lets up.


THE GREAT ALONE, by Kristin Hannah  (St. Martin's, $28.99)

Set in the remote Alaskan wilderness after the Vietnam War, this story of a family's search for a new lease and life to help heal the wounds of the war is a searing portrait of survival.  When Ernt Allbright, a former POW comes home from the war, he is a changed man--volatile and impulsive.  He soon decides to move the family (wife Cora and 13 year old daughter Leni) to Alaska, with the idea of living off the grid.  At first, the move seems to be the answer they needed, but when the long dark winter sets in, their fragile healing shreds, and the family is left to fend for themselves in ways they did not expect.


ASYMMETRY, by Lisa Halliday (Simon & Schuster, $26)  A debut novel that resonates long after finishing it, this story follows a young editor who lives in New York and begins a surprising affair with a famous older writer.  At the same time, it follows the challenges of a practical economist who is held by immigration officials in England when he tries to visit his brother in Kurdistan.  How are these stories linked, and why? Halliday beautifully renders the story of challenges and imbalances that both cripple and sustain us.  Funny and compassionate, the story weaves the lives of three major characters into a beautiful braid.


MANHATTAN BEACH, by Jennifer Egan (Scribner, $28)

From the Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan has another eagerly-awaited new novel.  The US is at war, and Anna Kerrigan works as the first woman to become a diver at the Brooklyn Naval Yard. One evening at a club, she meets a man her father once introduced her to when she was a child; a man Anna believed had something mysterious to do with her family, particularly her father. As she tries to untangle the mystery of how her father disappeared, and what the man--Dexter Styles--may have had to do with it,  Anna becomes involved with a quirky and dark underworld characters. With the feel of a dark thriller mixed with historical novel, Egan's new story is a decided winner.

















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