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The Big Short
By Michael Lewis
We did not choose The Big Short as our Book of the Year for 2010 because it was our #1 bestselling title, although it was. We chose it because Michael Lewis can write, and he has a compelling and important story to tell. This book should be required reading for... everyone! We are all living the consequences of financial insanity, and seem doomed to repeat ourselves. Lewis is a voice of informed reason. Yet, despite the seriousness of his subject, he is never preachy or boring. The Big Short reads like a thriller, with larger-than-life characters. It is more informative, more fun and more infuriating, than you could ever expect from a book about banking. - Sara, VP of Book Purchasing, Atlanta, GA
$ 27.95 W.W. NORTON

This new regime - free money for capitalists, free markets for everyone else - plus the more or less instant rewriting of financial history vexed all sorts of people, but few were as enthusiastically vexed as Steve Eisman. The world’s most powerful and most highly paid financiers had been entirely discredited; without government intervention every single one of them would have lost their job; and yet those same financiers were using the government to enrich themselves. “I can understand why Goldman Sachs would want to be included in the conversation about what to do about Wall Street,” he said. “What I can’t understand is why anyone would listen to them.” In Eisman’s view, the unwillingness of the U.S. government to allow the bankers to fail was less a solution than a symptom of a still deeply dysfunctional financial system. - From The Big Short by Michael Lewis
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Best Business Interest
Switch
Chip Heath & Dan Heath Who likes change? Not many people do. Many of us think with our hearts, instead of our heads when at times it should be just the opposite. If you have this conflict, either in your professional or personal life, this book is your answer. Chip Heath has written a very easy to read, “how to”, valuable business book. He introduces the concepts of the “Rider, the Elephant and the Path,” that are necessary to implement change. This book holds your hand & guides you to accept change or to be the one to make change. Also, it includes tips in the back in case you run into any problems. I was very much impressed with all his ideas & examples, and highly recommend this book. - Susan, Bookstore Manager, Pittsburgh, PA

$26.00
Crown

Delivering Happiness
Tony Hsieh Tony Hsieh’s (pronounced “Shay”) book Delivering Happiness is fascinating as he writes about his personal journey that leads to the success of building Zappos into one of the world’s leading online retailers. He shows how a different kind of company culture and company brand can bring about success and a win-win-win scenario for customers, company and employees together. He writes in an easy flowing, accessible way that makes his story one you want to follow and see what happens next! Covering Tony’s personal story, the creation of Zappos and its culture and the period following the sale of Zappos to Amazon.com for $1.2 Billion in 2009, Tony demonstrates how personal and business happiness can co-exist. Many companies have traveled the road that leads from good to great, but few know how to manage the curves that keep them safely on that road. Reading Delivering Happiness makes one truly believe Tony Hsieh has laid the foundation that will keep Zappos safely traveling down that road of Greatness. - Ron, Regional Book Manager, Los Angeles, CA

$23.99
Business Plus

Getting Naked
Patrick Lencioni Patrick Lencioni successfully proposes the idea of full transparency in his new business fable, Getting Naked. As backwards as it may seem, Lencioni argues that full disclosure of a company’s mistakes and vulnerabilities allows for better relationships with its customers, creating stronger ties to its market. Lencioni does a marvelous job of blending his story with serious insights to create a strong message about overcoming fears that stays with the reader. A must read for anyone in the service industries. - Ed, Manager of Inventory Analysis and Planning, Atlanta, GA

$24.95
JosseyBass

Aftershock
Robert B. Reich In this timely polemic, Reich delivers an insightful new reading of the current economic crisis and a thoughtful, if likely to be controversial plan for dealing with its aftermath. When the nation’s economy foundered in 2008, most people blamed Wall Street. Reich suggests a different reason for the meltdown. He argues that the real problem is structural: it lies in the increasing concentration of income and wealth at the top, and in a middle class that has had to go deeply into debt to maintain a decent standard of living. A quick history lesson, a primer on the virtues of Keynesian economics and the failure of 30 years of trickle-down theory Aftershock makes for a bracing read. You may not like Reich’s recommendation of increasing taxes for the rich, in fact you may bridle at the very notion of government stimulus and wealth redistribution but Reich raises real concerns that we are either going to deal with or face the consequences in the days to come. - Matt, VP of Book Operations, Los Angeles, CA
BEST BOOKS OF 2010

$25.00
Knopf

Bookseller Favorites
Justin, Marketing Manager, Atlanta, GA 1. The Passage by Justin Cronin 2. Fatal System Error by Joseph Menn 3. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore 4. Last Call by Daniel Okrent 5. Ancestor by Scott Sigler 6. Go, Mutants! by Larry Doyle Larry Doyle is the the love child of Judd Apatow and Douglas Adams. You would think that in a world where aliens have invaded earth that geeks would be the popular kids in school but you would be sadly mistaken. A Great Book!

7. The Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman 8. Country Driving by Peter Hessler 9. Bite Me by Christopher Moore 10. Solitary: Escape from Furnace by Alexander Smith

Bookseller Favorites
Mike, Assistant General Manager, Albuquerque, NM 1. Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes 2. Blacklands by Belinda Bauer 3. Ancestor by Scott Sigler Scott Sigler is a self promoting genius. When the Podcast scene first began, Sigler took full advantage. With his cliff-hanging style episodes and choosing to give his novels away for free on his Podcasts, he soon had a following of fans called “junkies”. Most importantly this in turn made the people in the publishing industry take notice of Scott Sigler and recognize how talented he really is. Ancestor is perfection at blurring the lines between science fact and science fiction. Everyone needs to pick up this must-read novel and uncover its treasures. Sigler has refined Science Fiction / Horror / Thriller all into one astounding story. 4. Packing For Mars by Mary Roach 5. Bite Me by Christopher Moore 6. I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells 7. Taroko Gorge by Jacob Ritari 8. Horns by Joe Hill 9. Dexter Is Delicious by Jeff Lindsay 10. Flirt by Laurell K. Hamilton

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Best Non-Fiction
The Possessed
Elif Batuman The joy of this book is that it can’t easily be described. The title and the quirky cover graphics provide a small hint of the treasures enclosed, but truly, The Possessed is unexpectedly rewarding from beginning to end. Memoir, travel, literary and cultural criticisim, philosophy; it all sounds rather dry. But the essays are witty and insightful, and animated with a combination of pathos, absurdity, and delight that is reminiscent of great Russian Literature. -Sara, VP of Book Purchasing, Atlanta, GA

$15.00
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Let’s Take the Long Way Home
Gail Caldwell Gail Caldwell and Caroline Knapp became best friends as adults and forged a relationship that Caldwell recounts as if it had a golden glow. They had many things in common – both were recovering alcoholics, both overcame big physical hurdles (polio and anorexia), both were writers of note, both were introverts. They had even dated the same man at different times. They bonded over the love of their dogs and the water and spent hours walking in the woods and learning each other’s favorite activity (rowing and swimming.) When Knapp was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, they share this experience as well. This brief but incredibly moving memoir of a friendship doesn’t dwell on the mechanics of death but rather the ability of the heart, like a starfish, to experience an amputation and keep on living. - Sydne, Book Buyer, Atlanta, GA

$23.00
Random House

The Wave
Susan Casey Susan Casey’s The Wave combines the stories of scientists, big wave surfers and the sea in a fast paced, entertaining ride of a book. All are seeking the elusive 100 foot wave, which seamen have spoken of for centuries. Scientists study the conditions that cause a rogue wave of this height to appear and how we can best protect ourselves and our property from the devastation it can cause. Surfers such as Laird Hamilton and his fellow big wave surfers long to ride a legendary wave. - Anne, Book Buyer, Atlanta, GA

$27.95
Doubleday

Sh*t My Dad Says
Justin Halpern The perfect book for a short flight as long as you don’t mind disturbing your fellow passengers with your raucous laughter. The majority of this short book is pure comedy gold. I laughed so hard while reading Justin Halpern’s account of his father and his, uh, way with words that I actually pulled a muscle! Profane and hilarious, not for the faint-hearted. - Shannon, Regional Book Manager, Chicago, IL

$15.99
It Books

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Best Non-Fiction (cont.)
Unbroken
Laura Hillenbrand Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit captivated readers with her compelling story of an underdog horse who rose to great heights. In Unbroken we meet a young man, an unruly teenage delinquent, whose life turned around when he took up running. But this Olympic runner’s greatest race happened as an airman in World War II. In May, 1943, while on a search mission, his plane crash-landed in the Pacific Ocean. Three men survived on a raft. This is their story --their hope, their physical and emotional endurance, their will---over an unbelievable number of days on a raft at sea. Louie Zamperini proved himself a champion in this unforgettable story of a man’s journey in difficult circumstances. His spirit, will, ingenuity, and resolve lead the reader to admire a great race, well run! - Margaret, Bookseller, Pittsburgh, PA

$27.00
Random House

Fatal System Error
Joseph Menn Fans of Ben Mezrich and mafia books now have a new favorite writer. Joseph Menn has written an intriguing book about the underbelly of the Internet. He shows us how the Russian mafia used viruses and malware to take control of millions of computers which they then used to extort millions of dollars from legitimate (and American mafia) gambling and financial websites. The ineptitude of US and other countries’ law enforcement communities and their inability to put a stop to cybercrime is on display in this cloak-and-dagger tale. After hearing facts like “over 2/3rds of all credit card numbers are currently in the memory banks of the mafia,” you may be afraid to plug in your computer to the Internet ever again. The good news is that a handful of individuals and corporations are single handedly keeping the hackers at bay, and boy are their stories amazing. This book is a must read for anyone responsible for customers’ financial information, IT professionals, and Joe Six-Pack who shops and banks online. - Justin, Marketing Manager, Atlanta GA

$15.95
Public Affairs

Birdology
Sy Montgomery Sy Montgomery’s book Birdology will fascinate readers with her wealth of information on the part of nature so many take for granted...birds. Montgomery has gone to great lengths to research her birds. Each chapter is devoted to a specific variety, including chickens, hummingbirds, falcons, pigeons, parrots, crows and cassowaries. Readers will be educated and entertained as Montgomery describes many humorous antics displayed by these dinosaur creatures. Yes, birds are modern day dinosaurs. After reading this book one will not look at a bird the same way they used to. - Valerie, Bookseller, Cleveland, OH

$25.00
Free Press

The Emperor of All Maladies
Siddhartha Mukherjee Don’t let the weighty subject matter of The Emperor of All Maladies stop you from picking up this book. This “biography of cancer” is both riveting and greatly informative. By the end of the book you are left with a strong belief that human perseverance (patient, doctor, or scientist) is sure to triumph over cancer. - Anne, Book Buyer, Atlanta

$30.00
Scribner

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Best Non-Fiction (cont.)
Last Call
Daniel Okrent Last Call is required reading for fans of HBO’s new show Boardwalk Empire or anyone interested in this unique time in history when one of the most popular consumer goods, intoxicating beverages, was outlawed. It is the true story about the groups that were instrumental in passing the 18th amendment, the effect its passage had on our young country, and what awoke the masses from their slumber to pass the repeal. Okrent has written the most readable scholarly book on the subject to date. As George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” - Justin, Marketing Manager, Atlanta, GA

$30.00
Scribner

Packing for Mars
Mary Roach In Packing for Mars, Mary Roach takes on the science and psychology of space travel exploring the many elements, quotidian and odd, that go into sending a crew into orbit. Funny, quirky and almost the ideal guide to a subject that could otherwise be somewhat dry, Roach shares her zeal for discovery while effectively arguing her point that, “Space doesn’t just encompass the sublime and the ridiculous. It erases the line between…” - Matt, VP of Book Operations, Los Angeles, CA

$25.95
W.W.Norton

Bookseller Favorites
Ron, Regional Book Manager, Los Angeles, CA 1. The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson 2. Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern 3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett 4. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot The amazing often unbelievable true story of how one African American women changed the coarse of modern medicine around the world forever.... one cell at a time. Henrietta Lacks was the unwitting donor of her cancerous cells that were discovered to do what no others could, be kept alive and grow after cell division.

5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

The Big Short by Michael Lewis Getting Naked by Patrick Lencioni The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler Under The Dome by Stephen King Too Big To Fail by Andrew Sorkin

BEST BOOKS OF 2010

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Best Fiction
The Passage
Justin Cronin Epic stories like The Passage do not come along every year. This could have easily been split up into 2 or 3 books but Cronin is giving readers their money’s worth in this fast-paced, deep, horror/sci-fi/apocalyptic novel. The night-walkers in this tale do not sparkle in the sun. They have razor sharp teeth and the ungodly desire to spread their infection. Justin Cronin has the literary skills of Cormac McCarthy and can write a fantasy as engrossing, as Stephen King. - Justin, Marketing Manager, Atlanta, GA

$27.00
Ballantine

Room
Emma Donoghue A child’s life is defined by his limited personal experiences. Ma is raising five-year-old Jack to be as engaged as possible within the confines of a small soundproofed garden shed where they are held captive by her kidnapper and his biological father. With Jack narrating this tale we learn about their surprisingly varied daily existence, including regular exercise, both physical and intellectual, where objects like egg shells and a spoon become entertainment, learning tools and friends. Though the premise is horrifying and the story has its cringe-worthy moments like Old Nick’s regular visits when Jack hides in the wardrobe, this is a strangely uplifting story of the connection between mother and child and an affirmation that loving relationships can help you through the darkest of times. - Sydne, Book Buyer, Atlanta, GA

$24.99
Little, Brown & Company

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Best Fiction (cont.)
A Visit from the Goon Squad
Jennifer Egan A Visit from the Goon Squad is a novel in pieces. Centered on a group of punk rock kids growing up in the 70s, their interwoven stories transport us through the ensuing decades. From the heights of the music business to a safari in Africa, to browsing at Hudson News (!), Egan’s web of metaphor shimmers with elegant beauty. It is a work of art about music, friendship, the passage of time, and the legacy that we all leave to the future. - Sara, VP of Book Purchasing, Atlanta, GA

$25.95
Knopf

Freedom
Jonathan Franzen Freedom is a brilliantly written work of modern American fiction that deserves every bit of the intense hype and praise it has been awarded. Franzen’s novel is an intimate and tender family portrait that is equally successful in addressing the greater problems that our society faces now and in the future. Skillfully populated with characters that act and act out like real people do, there is never a feeling that they are being manipulated or controlled by anything more than their own free will. Freedom sticks in your head long after and may challenge the ways you see the world. - Ryan, Supervisor, Chicago, IL

$28.00
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Best Fiction (cont.)
Tinkers
Paul Harding If you swoon uncontrollably over a well-crafted line, Paul Harding’s Tinkers may be the read that pushes you over the edge into literary bliss. Harding’s debut novel, the first small press release to earn the Pulitzer Prize in twenty-nine years, is so overflowing with lyrical beauty, it is nearly impossible to read without allowing extra time to savor the richness of its words. Don’t be lulled by the serene and snowy landscape on the cover. Inside is a work that lives and breathes while engaging all five senses. It is a simple story of two men and their memories that draws you in and envelops you with vibrant and visceral detail. - Ryan, Supervisor, Chicago

$14.95
Bellevue Literary Press

The Eden Hunter
Skip Horack Kau, a pygmy captured five years earlier from central Africa, escapes slavery by traveling south into Spanish Florida just after the War of 1812. It is a world of stunning brutality, of violence perpetuated with unending regularity. A nearly unbroken chain stretches to encompass the death of Kau’s kin in the Ituri forest, a Creek couple slaughtering a pioneer family, an escaped slave family torturing their pygmy captive. Slavery is the corrupting force, but a condition that in Eden Hunter, seems almost inherent in the species; from the teeming jungles of Africa to the wild forests of the New World, it’s man that is the cruelest animal in the woods. Nevertheless, there is beauty in the wilderness: strong, lyrical prose, the lush bounty of the land, and moments of redemption as individuals rise above their nature and circumstances. All of which offers hope that Kau, and man, may rediscover innocence and peace. - Sara, VP of Book Purchasing, Atlanta, GA

$15.95
Counterpoint

Bookseller Favorites
Matt, VP of Book Operations, Los Angeles, CA 1. The Secret History by Donna Tartt 2. Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman 3. Changing My Mind by Zadie Smith 4. The White Album by Joan Didion 5. Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain 6. The Doomsters by Ross Macdonald 7. Robert Frost: Speaking on Campus by Edward Connery Lathem 8. What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell 9. Holy Water by James Othmer 10. The Selected Letters of Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder

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Best Fiction (cont.)
Matterhorn
Karl Marlantes
The novel Matterhorn takes place during the Vietnam War, specifically on several large hills that the US Marines fought to control. One is Helicopter Hill, and another Matterhorn. We follow Second Lieutenant Mellas, commander of First Platoon Bravo One. His Marines have to fight weather, lack of food, Jungle Rot, Malaria, and Immersion Foot, not to mention jungle inhabitants such as tigers and a heavy population of leeches. You would never guess that this gripping novel is Marlantes’ first. Karl served as a Marine in Vietnam, and uses his experience and talent to make this fictional work into an all-too-real experience. From the first page to the last, the reader is thrust onto the battlefield, and obligated to determine right and wrong, heroism and cowardice, and navigate racial tensions. These Marines were just kids, most not even knowing why they were there, yet fighting for pride, honor, their families, and freedom. Most importantly Marlantes succeeds at illustrating the ultimate bravery of these kids putting their lives on the line. This is an imperative read. - Mike, Assistant General Manager, Albuquerque, NM

$24.95
Grove Atlantic

Super Sad True Love Story
Gary Shteyngart
Almost unclassifiable, Super Sad True Love Story is an unorthodox tale that defied every expectation I had going into it. So I may not know how to describe the novel concisely to convey its successes, but I can say that I’m in love with this “Love Story.” Protagonist Lenny Abramov has achieved some success selling immortality to the upper echelon of the income bracket. In a technological world, success is not only measured--it is broadcast. Receivers transmit instant credit ratings, personal communication devices evaluate attractiveness quotients, and books have become digitized (not to be read, but to be scanned for information). It is, to be sure, a world of instant gratification where to be without media is to be devoid of life itself. When sad-sack Lenny meets the beautiful, yet immeasurably damaged, Eunice Park--he falls instantly in love. Despite their incalculable differences, the two form a relationship as much about necessity and usefulness as it is about genuine emotion. Oblivious to the political climate, where New York is systematically being co-opted into a police state, the two form an almost perfect co-dependent bond. But as the world around them starts to splinter, so too must Lenny and Eunice come to terms with whether or not their relationship can survive. As many times as I chuckled at Shteyngart’s vision of this dystopian future, I was also disturbed by how much our society actually seems to be moving that way. It is a stunning accomplishment as a whole. As a satire, it works. As light sci-fi, it works. As a relationship drama, it works. Important and entertaining, I was “Super Sad” to finish this story. - Kyle, Bookseller, Albuquerque, NM

$26.00
Random House

Bitter in the Mouth
Monique Truong What may seem like a typical coming of age story – young girl feeling out of place in her small North Carolina town, physically absent father, emotionally distant mother, best friend as rival for the cute boy – becomes a meal to be savored in this second novel by Monique Truong. Linda experiences words as tastes and what can be overwhelming to her is a feast for us. When she heads north to college, the distance helps her sort out her dysfunctional beginnings as she learns to deal with incoming sensory bits and the results of complicated family entanglements. This is a beautiful novel about alienation and connection where things are intertwined in unexpected ways. - Sydne, Book Buyer, Atlanta, GA

$25.00
Random House

The Lonely Polygamist
Brady Udall 4 wives, 28 kids. Deeply captivating and insightful, Brady Udall weaves the story of a family that is clearly stretched beyond its means. Told from the perspectives of Golden Richards, the father, Trish, his youngest and most beautiful fourth wife and Rusty, Golden’s troubled son, as they struggle with grief, loneliness and isolation in spite of the enormous size of their family. Surprisingly funny and compassionate, this book will stay with you long after you read the last page. - Shannon, Regional Book Manager, Chicago, IL

$26.95 W.W. Norton

BEST BOOKS OF 2010

Bookseller Favorites
Ryan, Supervisor, Chicago, IL 1. Packing for Mars by Mary Roach 2. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen 3. Tinkers by Paul Harding 4. Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain is a rare bird in the culinary scene. After gaining fame with Kitchen Confidential, his memoir about life in the restaurant trenches, the bestselling author gave up his post behind the stove. Since then, he has been traveling the globe, making television, and eating his way from one destination to the next. Bourdain’s appeal is his verbal swagger, his insight, and his attitude. He is a sarcastic everyman with the access and ability to experience all that the world of food has to offer, and to share those experiences with those who can not partake themselves. Medium Raw is a diverse and very entertaining collection of food stories and each one is one hundred percent Tony Bourdain. Whether he is discussing the effects of the rough economy on fine dining restaurants, profiling the meticulous fish butcher of an A-list seafood chef, or describing in delicious detail his favorite meals from over the years, it is impossible to miss the author’s wit mixed into every sentence. Medium Raw is a nineteen chapter tasting menu that will sate old and new fans alike.

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At Home by Bill Bryson Going Long by David Willey The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson The Big Short by Michael Lewis Zero History by William Gibson

Bookseller Favorites
Ed, Manager of Inventory Systems, Atlanta, GA 1. Empire Of The Summer Moon by S. Gwynne With Empire Of The Summer Moon, S.C. Gwynne provides a masterful account of the Comanches and the early history of Texas. Centered around Quanah Parker, son of a captive white woman and a Comanche warrior, Gwynne sets a rousing, bloody pace through the critical moments in the clash of two tremendous sweeping cultures, neither willing to cede their lands.

2. Locke & Key: Crown Of Shadows by Joe Hill 3. Hellhound On His Trail by Hampton Sides 4. Painted Ladies by Robert Parker 5. The Last Stand by Nathaniel Philbrick 6. Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern 7. The Walking Dead: Life Among Them by Robert Kirkman 8. Nemesis by Philip Roth 9. Star Island by Carl Hiaasen 10. The Murder Room by Michael Capuzzo

BEST BOOKS OF 2010

Bookseller Favorites
Sara, VP of Book Purchasing, Atlanta, GA 1. The Big Short by Michael Lewis 2. The Possessed by Elif Batuman 3. A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan 4. The Whale by Philip Hoare I am passionately interested in both whales and literature, so The Whale had a singular appeal to me. But, there are plenty of books out there on both subjects. What makes this title uniquely satisfying is the way that it rambles - in a very personal and informative fashion - through so many diverse topics en route to the unified subject of the title. It is a wonderfully unclassifiable study of whales, whaling, Moby Dick, Melville, and the places that have figured prominently to each. 5. The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer 6. Room by Emma Donoghue 7. The Wave by Susan Casey 8. Birdology by Sy Montgomery 9. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand 10. Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco

Bookseller Favorites
Sydne, Book Buyer, Atlanta, GA 1. Room by Emma Donoghue 2. Bitter In The Mouth by Monique Truong 3. Father Of The Rain by Lily King 4. So Much For That by Lionel Shriver Lionel Shriver once again has her finger on the pulse of current events, after the brilliant We Need to Talk About Kevin, by examining the state of American health care and indignities of catastrophic disease and health insurance. Shep Knacker has worked hard, sold his business and is finally ready to escape to retirement on an island. His wife Glynnis has dragged her feet for several years about leaving her artistic endeavors but she throws the brakes on the plan when she is diagnosed with cancer. Shep’s bank account dwindles steadily as they embark on treatment and palliative measures. At the same time, his best friend’s daughter suffers from a degenerative condition which requires constant medical care. Despite those costs, the best-friend undergoes “enhancement” surgery which is botched, necessitating repeated follow-up procedures. This is not an easy novel because of the frustration it engenders, both with the characters and the insurance, but it’s definitely worth the effort. Perhaps the aphorism about the only sure things in life should add fights with your insurance company to death and taxes. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray One Day by David Nicholls The Marrowbone Marble Company by Glenn Taylor Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson The Madonnas of Echo Park by Brando Skyhorse An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin
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Mockingjay

by Suzanne Collins

$ 17.99
Scholastic

The final installment of the Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, her family, friends, and foes. In this dystopian universe where everyone is faced with chilling life and death decisions, the plot proceeds at a tremendous pace and readers can‛t help but be fascinated, horrified, saddened, and ultimately hopeful by this world Suzanne Collins has created. - Anne, Book Buyer, Atlanta, GA

It‛s a Book
by Lane Smith

Roaring Brook Press

$ 12.99

Lane Smith‛s delightfully subversive picture book It‛s a Book will be sure to please readers of any age. Smith makes hilarious use of three animal characters to comment on the satisfaction one gets with reading in both the traditional and digital fashion. - Anne, Book Buyer, Atlanta, GA

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth
by Jeff Kinney

$ 13.95
Amulet Books

Greg Heffley continues his gawky climb to adolescence in the newest chapter of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth. Whether it‛s girl-boy parties or more responsibilities, Greg must struggle with the changes that come with growing up, all without the help of his best friend, Rowley. Jeff Kinney is sure to please with Greg‛s trials and tribulations of making it through middle school. - Ed, Manager of Inventory Analysis and Planning, Atlanta, GA

I Am Number Four
by Pittacus Lore

HarperCollins

$ 17.99

I Am Number Four took me by surprise. I read a lot of Young Adult books and most of them do not live up to their own hype. But Pittacus Lore (alias for two famous writers) has written a novel that lives up to the hype and beats it by a mile. It has everything: aliens with powers, high school drama, living on the run, and a soon to be released major motion picture. A book that will be enjoyed by young and old alike. - Justin, Marketing Manager, Atlanta, GA

Art & Max
$ 17.99
Clarion Books

by David Wiesner

Three-time Caldecott winner David Wiesner introduces us to two desert lizards: Arthur is an accomplished painter and Max wants to join in the artistic fun. A plain landscape makes the perfect canvas for their adventures with oils, watercolors and line drawings. Sometimes the unschooled show a promising talent and the trained learn a new way to look at art. A minimum of words make for maximum impact in this colorful, whimsical picture book. - Sydne, Book Buyer, Atlanta, GA

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While it’s true that, as Tolstoy observed, every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way, and everyone on planet Earth, vale of tears that it is, is certainly entitled to the specificity of his or her suffering, one nonetheless likes to think that literature has the power to render comprehensible different kinds of unhappiness. If it can’t do that, what’s it good for? On these grounds I once became impatient with a colleague at a conference, who was trying to convince me that the Red Cavalry cycle would never be totally accessible to me because of Lyutov’s “specifically Jewish alienation.” “Right,” I finally said. “As a six-foot-tall first-generation Turkish woman growing up in New Jersey, I cannot possibly know as much about alienation as you, a short American Jew.” He nodded: “So you see the problem.” - From The Possessed by Elif Batuman

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