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26. Spool of Blue Thread

Tyler's story of three generations of the Whitshank family has all the typical hallmarks for which she is so well known. There is family drama and dysfunction and sorrow aplenty, but Tyler also has an amazing way of exposing family in all its ugly and beautiful glory. These characters love each other, except when they don't, [...]

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27. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

My advice on this book: do not read any reviews, blurbs, synopses, or even the back cover (or front, for that matter)! Just read the book! It's one of those rare books that you need to approach blind; just dive in and experience it. The less you know, the better. You will fall under its [...]

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28. Untamed State

An Untamed State is the kind of book that just slices into you — forcing you to feel all its emotions. Gay digs deep and tells a story so searing, so awful, and so beautiful, it's hard to even describe. Set in modern day Haiti and America, this harrowing tale of a woman held captive for [...]

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29. The Power of One

This book had a huge impact on me. I read it when I was in middle school and was completely hypnotized by the descriptions of South Africa and the people who lived there. A couple of years later, in high school, I decided to become an exchange student and when one of the options of [...]

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30. Into Thin Air

A deadly storm striking tragedy on unsuspecting climbers isn't subject matter I would typically expect to inspire adventure. Yet Jon Krakauer's riveting account of a disastrous 1999 ascent of Mt. Everest did just that. At its heart, this outstanding book thrillingly recounts an ill-fated and deadly climb. But the remarkable reportage also captures the striking [...]

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31. The Sun Also Rises

I read this book during my senior year of college to take a break from my business reading requirements. It inspired me to buy a plane ticket to Spain as a graduation present to myself. I went and ran with the bulls in Pamplona and felt like I was living out a story. I will [...]

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32. Total Chaos

While living in Spain, I happened to pick up Total Chaos and was immediately transported to the crime-ridden backstreets of Marseilles, so much so that I convinced a couple friends that we had to visit. A short while later, there we were, following Detective Fabio Montale's footsteps through the labyrinthine Arab quarter, getting blitzed on [...]

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33. A Thief of Time

Though fiction, Hillerman's books are woven with notes of true Navajo history. In this book, sacred ground is ravaged. A noted anthropologist vanishes. Two corpses are discovered, and Navajo Tribal Policemen Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee unearth an astonishing truth. This was the first book of many of Hillerman's I read. They apparently seeped into [...]

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34. On the Road

I was never much of a traveler until I read Kerouac's classic. Soon after reading On the Road, I took my first solo road trip from St. Paul to San Diego. It wasn't long after that I was driving all around the states, and my travel itch did not go away. I eventually joined the [...]

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35. Meet Me in Atlantis

With wit and infectious curiosity, Mark Adams takes us on a journey to find Atlantis. He sifts through the evidence, the contradictions, the wild claims of fellow obsessives. What he unearths are the rich jewels of history and lore, as he pays tribute to man's thirst for knowledge. Books mentioned in this post Meet Me [...]

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36. The Haunting of Sunshine Girl

Sunshine, a normal-seeming teen (albeit a budding paranormal warrior), has a refreshing relationship with her mom — they are BFFs. Young love and the power of friendship mix with some truly scary bits (but scary in a good way!). Based on the YouTube channel, Sunshine Girl is a welcome new book series. Books mentioned in [...]

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37. The Alex Crow

Hold on to your hats. It's time for another wild ride, and Andrew Smith is driving. Time, place, and point of view are expertly mixed to offer us: Ariel, a 15-year-old refugee from the Middle East in summer camp for tech detox, a historic Arctic expedition, a reincarnated crow, and a schizophrenic bomber. Books mentioned [...]

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38. Cat & Bunny by Mary Lundquist

Cat & Bunny is the debut picture book from Mary Lundquist, an author and illustrator we are sure to see more of for years to come. Lundquist has an illustration style that is whimsical and adorable (in the least sentimental way possible) that she pairs with a pale palette dominated by blues, greens and stark white backgrounds. Yet, the text of Cat & Bunny is simply written and subtly

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Lovey Bunny is the debut picture book from Kristine A. Lombardi. It's a marvelously illustrated story (with a layered, collage feel to it) about a creative little bunny who loves everything from reading, her family, art, and pretending she's a grown up.  But, most of all, Lovey loves to play dress up.   When Lovey finds something special hanging on Mama's closet door, she

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40. March 2015 New Releases: HYPNOTIZE A TIGER

Today is the book-birthday of HYPNOTIZE A TIGER: Poems About Just About Everything.

This is a book of madcap poetry and art from the brain of NYT bestselling author-illustrator Calef Brown, just perfect for the wordplay-wise Silverstein fans in your life.

HYPNOTIZE A TIGER is Calef's first longer-form book, and the sophisticated and hilarious rhymes and rhythms beg to be read aloud.

Here, try it, and see what I mean:

But don't take MY word for it -- here's what other people have to say:

"Full of absurdity and off-kilter musings, Brown's collection offers a zingy introduction to the silly side of poetry." - Publishers Weekly

"Backyard Byzantines, Hipster Hirsutes, Arcane Arcadians, Rare Rondos ... Calef Brown's poems read like a guest list of Who's Who in Kalamazoo. I loved it. He writes poems we want to turn into desserts." --Jack Gantos, Newbery Award-winning author

"The best books can take you to places you never knew existed. "Hypnotize a Tiger" will blast you there on a Skyscraper Rocket with imaginary companions, herds of wordplay, and a giant smile. Calef Brown is the surreal deal." --Kenn Nesbit, U.S. Children's Poet Laureate

"There were certain books that fascinated and excited me as a child. I read them over and over, and they changed my perceptions forever. This is a book like that. It makes a delightful playground of language and concept. Calef Brown is a hero. He is a bulwark against mediocrity. He is my hero too." --Daniel Pinkwater, author, artist, and radio commentator

"With witty poems combined with his amazing paintings, Calef Brown has made his distinct mark in the history of American culture as a true literary treasure." --Dan Santat, Caldecott award-winning author and illustrator

"In your hands you hold a very special book. Get ready to meet a spectacular and hilarious cast of delightfully goofy and whimsical characters that live in each of these delicious poems. Calef Brown has made me feel like a mustached baby tasting sugar for the first time!" --Jorge R. Gutierrez, director of "The Book of Life" and creator (with wife Sandra Equihua) of "El Tigre, The Adventures of Manny Rivera"

To get your very own copy of HYPNOTIZE A TIGER, visit your local independent bookstore, Powells, Book Depository, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or wherever fine books are sold.

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41. Lollipop Love: Sweet Indulgence with Chocolate, Caramel and Sugar by Anita Chu, photographs by Antonis Achilleos, 95 pp

Lollipop Love: Sweet Indulgence with Chocolate, Caramel and Sugar by Anita Chu  with yummy photographs by Antonis Achilleos is exactly the kind of cookbook I love. Even though it's made for adults, it is sweet, simple and sure to grab the attention of young culinary artists and curious kids alike. Also, like the amazing Meringue Girls: Incredible Sweets Everybody Can Make cookbook I reviewed

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42. Be Your Optimal Self


Man is mortal. This is the universal truth and everyone should learn to accept it. But, even though the days on Earth are numbered, each one of us should strive to live an optimal life with a perfect balance of health, wealth, peace and prosperity.


In order to live life optimally, you need to live for today and save a little for the future. At the same time, do not live your life for the sake of others but live it for yourself. Live your life on the basis of your beliefs and not totally under the influence of others although you should take benefit from the words of others.


There is an inner voice or conscience that keeps speaking to you. Listen to your conscience speak to you and understand what it has to say to find the purpose of your life. Every person’s life should have a purpose and it is essential to live for this purpose to live an optimal life.


Enjoy what you do in trying to achieve your life’s purpose. If you are not enjoying what you are doing and do not have the zeal to take it forward, then you are probably wrong at identifying your purpose in life.


If you are not living your life trying to fulfill its purpose, you will find things going wrong all around you. This is so because you have a lot of negativity filled in you and the action that follows is bound to be negative. This is called the law of attraction which states that like attracts like. This may lead to many problems like relationships going sour, inability to cope up with stress at the work place, etc.


For this reason, it becomes very vital to understand the purpose in life and follow it with zeal to achieve it and most importantly, enjoy doing what you are doing. Approach this purpose in life with a positive mindset and the actions that follow will definitely be favorable although you might have to work a lot towards it. The joy should be in the journey and not the destination.


Follow your inner voice that is speaking to you. Learn to understand what it has to say. Identify your life’s purpose and live everyday like there is no tomorrow and strive each day to come one step closer to your purpose in life. By learning to do this, you will not only enjoy each and everyday of your life, you will learn to live your life optimally.

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43. Kent Russell’s Playlist for I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son

I don't listen to music while I write. Frankly, I don't see how anyone can. Since all style is rhythm, and since I cannot write anything that's as clear and simple and still as the truth, needing instead to perpetrate my own Stomp!-style foolishness across the page — I can't be bumping, say, OJ da [...]

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44. America’s Bitter Pill

Steven Brill's exposé of our staggeringly complex healthcare system should be required reading for all Americans. America's Bitter Pill clearly delineates the labyrinthine economic and political policies supporting the American healthcare industry, and provides a play-by-play account of the birth, construction, and consequences of the Affordable Care Act. The result is a nonpartisan rallying call [...]

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45. Roller Girl

Real roller derby girl Victoria Jamieson presents this fantastic graphic novel about 12-year-old Astrid, who has fallen in love with roller derby and enrolled in junior derby camp at Portland's own Oaks Park. This is a wonderfully heartfelt story of evolving friendships, personal growth, and the world of Portland's Rose City Rollers. Books mentioned in [...]

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46. Home

Houses, apartments, palaces, wigwams, giant shoes. Wildwood's Carson Ellis depicts a world full of homes in her new children's picture book. Home has Ellis's soft palette, warmth, and humor, plus a lovely surprise ending that's just as homey as the rest of the book. Books mentioned in this post Home Carson Ellis Sale Hardcover $11.89

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47. The Whites

Someone is killing all the old enemies of a long-disbanded police unit, and Detective Graves is afraid it's one of his friends and former partners. The Whites has all the urban grittiness of Price's previous books, but writing under the name Harry Brandt, Price brings to this new book the drive and compulsion of the [...]

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48. Broken Monsters

When Detective Gabriella Versado finds the strange deer-boy body, she's on the case, and her daughter Layla is on her own adventure! An immensely enjoyable, fast-paced, super-scarey read. Unforgettable characters are vividly portrayed in a Detroit city setting. The amazing Lauren Beukes skillfully weaves this captivating tale to its fantastical conclusion! Books mentioned in this [...]

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49. The Boy Who Drew Monsters

The Boy Who Drew Monsters is a perfectly spooky, fascinatingly creepy tale set on the coast of Maine. I absolutely love Donohue's imaginative writing, and the story of Jack Peter, who refuses to leave his home and spends his time drawing monsters, does not disappoint! Books mentioned in this post The Boy Who Drew Monsters [...]

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50. Secret Wisdom of the Earth

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth is a deep, lush novel with edge-of-seat excitement, emotional personal drama, and riveting scenes. Set in the beautiful mountains of Kentucky, Kevin befriends Buzzy Fink when he and his mom move in with his grandfather, Pops. Characters are vividly portrayed. A wonderful and amazing book! Pops gets my vote [...]

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