“The Sympathizer” by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as five other awards, The Sympathizer tells the story of a man of two minds, half-French half-Vietnamese, a communist double agent, divided between the American and Vietnamese cultures, between ideologies and, most important, between his two blood brothers from childhood: Man, a communist, and Bon, a patriot […]

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“The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie” by Alan Bradley

  Flavia de Luce is a precocious and lonely 11-year-old living in a moldering estate in rural England not long after WWII. Her father ignores her (unless he’s taking her to task over her latest peccadillo), her older sisters either torment her or dismiss her, and her one friend – the family man-of-all-work – is […]

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“Santa Duck” by David Milgrim

Nicholas Duck receives a surprise one day- his very own Santa hat. As he wears it around town, all the other animals start telling him what they want for Christmas, even though he doesn’t understand why (hint: it’s the hat!) Finally, after meeting Santa Claus himself, Nicholas helps to make sure all the animals get […]

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The Terranauts by T.C. Boyle

Being hermetically-sealed within a biodome may sound unbearably confining to some, but the characters in T.C. Boyle’s latest novel The Terranauts scheme and manipulate for the chance to be locked inside. The machinations continue for the lucky eight chosen for a two-year mission in the biodome-a mission that seems to be equal parts scientific inquiry […]

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“Arabella of Mars” by David Levine

Arabella loves growing up wild on her family’s plantation on Mars, where she savors the freedom and wonder of the beautiful and stark landscape. So when her mother forces her to travel to Earth to learn to be a proper lady, Arabella is devastated.  When disaster strikes at home and she desperately needs to get […]

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