Best Books of
The Year of the Flood
A companion piece, if not exactly a sequel, to
Oryx and Crake,
The Year of the Flood
features someoverlapping characters and explores the same terrain (but from a different vantage point). Where
focused primarily on science and survival,
adds a hefty dose of heart and faith. With the world’s
ecological and sociological framework in decline, a small underground religious movement named God’s
Gardeners takes root. Led by the charismatic leader Adam One, the sect seeks to commune with and
preserve nature while protesting the scientic abominations of gene-splice technology creating new lifeforms such as the lion/lamb creature and the pigs with human brains. When the waterless “ood” hits, a
plague ravages the city that threatens to eliminate the human race. Two women have survived in isolation.
We see the past through their stories, but each must make the decision of how to move forward in the new
desolate and dangerous landscape. One of Atwood’s major strengths is that even in this hopeless world,her heroines and her readers never lose hope!
Year of the Flood
is a thought-provoking thriller; serious
literature that is also one heck of a good read.
–Kyle, General Manager, Albuquerque, NM
by Margaret Atwood
by Chris Cleave
Little Bee is
a refugee novel that evokes the best qualities of
The Lovely Bones
. Its tragedy is tempered
with humor. Its infectious wit is fortied with depth. It is a thrilling and horric story of how the lives of
a Nigerian girl and a suburban London couple intersect in wildly unexpected ways.
with a vibrancy that you nd in only the very best ction. Don’t miss it.
–Sara, VP of Book Purchasing, Atlanta, GA
by Pete Dexter
Pete Dexter, the author of the National Book Award winning
a loosely autobiographical retelling of his own life. This is something of a departure for Dexter whose
books usually deal in visceral themes with an unsparing, uninching eye. Here the approach is humorous
and engaging and though there are moments of violence and risk they are counter balanced by a human
warmth and charm. A ne book by one of my favorite authors.
–Matt, VP of Book Operations, Los Angeles, CA
by Lev Grossman
Have you ever loved a book series so much that you used to imagine that it was real and that you couldvisit its world? Did you read it so many times that you had it memorized? Quentin Coldwater fell in lovewith a series of books. Because of them he learned how to do magic tricks. Because of those magic tricks
and his belief in magic, his presence in the world was made known to real magicians and a school called
Brakesbills College, a magical version of Harvard, or an adult version of Hogwarts. When Quentin getsinto this dream college, gets his dream career, he realizes that it wasn’t what he really wanted, but not
until he is corrupted by power, almost beyond repair. It is a very interesting modern story about a boy’s journey to manhood.
–Valerie, Operations Manger, Chicago, IL
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