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ISBN: 9780393348286
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 10th, 2014

From the author of Call Me By Your Name, Aciman again brilliantly recreates a dreamy story of the relationship between two young men. Between lazy summer days in Cambridge and the frenetic halls of Harvard University, Aciman paints a portrait of a complex and enveloping friendship. Candid and beautifully written, you will identify with these characters with their strong desire for connection.

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ISBN: 9780143128724
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Published: Penguin Books - February 23rd, 2016

Matt Haig's wonderful and relatable memoir invites readers into his experience with crippling depression. Vignettes in stream of consciousness style reflect on the author's past experiences and gives insight into the often overlooked aspects of mental illness. I came away from this book with an appreciation for the small details in life that are easy to pass by.

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393351903
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 28th, 2015

Have you ever wondered what happens beyond the waiting room doors of a morgue? Or how a body is transferred when someone dies at home? Caitlin Doughty reveals all in this funny and enlightening memoir of her time at a crematory. Her honest depictions of the realities of death are both vivid and insightful. I came away from this book with an understanding of both the humor and the quiet acceptance of death.

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ISBN: 9780525521198
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Published: Knopf - May 8th, 2018

Set among the rubble of post-WW II London, Warlight is lyrically luminous and hauntingly atmospheric. After their parents move to Singapore, 14 year old Nathaniel and 16 year old Rachel are left in the care of their mother's mysterious acquaintances, The Moth and the Pimlico Darter. Warlight is a misty and dramatic coming-of-age story full of reflections on the sober realities of postwar life.

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By Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lucia Graves (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780143034902
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Published: Penguin Books - January 25th, 2005

Set in the wake of the Spanish Civil War in 1945 Barcelona this book is a wander through a dimly lit, misty, cobbled street. Fantastical and haunting, we follow Daniel, the son of a rare book dealer, who journeys to find all the novels written by the mysterious author Julian Carax only to find someone has been destroying them. A smoky, thrilling read that will transport you to another time.

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ISBN: 9780062089397
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - November 29th, 2011

Biographer Nancy Milford gives us an in-depth look at the jazzy but complicated life of Zelda Fitzgerald. From her wild youth in Montgomery Alabama to her rocky marriage to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Milford describes a life of complicated relationships and mental illness. Letters from Zelda to Scott as well as selections from her published works illuminate Zelda's talent as a writer full of earnestness and ambition.

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ISBN: 9780760361573
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Published: Voyageur Press - February 27th, 2018

In this exciting read rare book expert Rebecca Rego Barry delves into electrifying book finds from Parisian flea markets to the attic of a Salem Massachusetts's home. Barry touches on the intricacies of identifying rare books and how both luck and a skilled eye are essential for those one-of-a-kind finds. This book will have you sorting through that dusty trunk in your attic for that special piece of history.

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ISBN: 9780525573630
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - July 17th, 2018

After an accident ruins Mr. Field's career as a concert pianist, he and his wife Mim move to the coast of South Africa. Quickly after their arrival Mr. Field is left by Mim and he is consumed by obsessive and repetitive thoughts. Kilalea's dream-like language and the unaffected nature of the sea constructs a sad and reflective story of desire and an individual's search for greater meaning.