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Michaela CarterMichaela Carter’s novel Further Out Than You Thought was recently released 8/5/2014 from William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins. Cofounder of the Peregrine Book Company, she lives with her two inscrutable children and teaches creative writing at Yavapai College. She is frightened of mice and Vegemite, and some of her favorite words are manatee, mariposa, maculate, gibbous, ocean, and home.
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ISBN: 9780997366648
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Published: Dorothy a Publishing Project - April 28th, 2017

Deliciously peculiar, delightfully perverse. A perfect pairing with tea and crumpets. —Michaela

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ISBN: 9780307477477
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Published: Anchor - March 22nd, 2011

Powerful, emotionally riveting linked short stories that spiral through the music scene. Highly recommended! —Michaela

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ISBN: 9780062321169
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Published: Ecco - June 16th, 2015

A novel of surburban love both marital and extramarital. Tender, funny, and irresistible. —Michaela

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ISBN: 9780812998603
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Published: Random House - June 14th, 2016

Though inspired by Charles Manson and the infamous murders, Emma Cline’s The Girls’ real subject is girls — their vulnerability and anger, their hunger to be noticed and loved. Insightful, haunting, and beautifully written! —Michaela

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ISBN: 9781501151255
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Touchstone - August 2nd, 2016

Wise, inquisitive, and heart-breakingly tender, Brinkley-Rogers’ memoir moves seamlessly between the man he is now and the boy he was in 1959 when he was a sailor aboard the USS Shangri-La stationed off Japan. As much about the nature of memory and love as it is about life lived and reflected upon, Please Enjoy Your Happiness weaves poetry and effortless prose into a captivating tale of the beautiful, tragic woman he met in Yokosuka... Read Michaela's complete review in the Daily Courier »

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ISBN: 9781609531157
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Published: Unbridled Books - May 12th, 2015

Warning: This book may cause you to fall in love with the world again. In language both simple and beautiful, Barfield, a poet doctor, tells the remarkable story of five impoverished people (and a donkey named Jesus) living by the train tracks in Memphis who find love and grace in their everyday lives. —Michaela

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ISBN: 9780062302137
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 8th, 2015

This provocative, wholly original satire couldn't be more timely. When four Berkeley students travel to the south to stage a dramatic protest during a Civil War reenactment, friendships are tried and the town's darkest secrets are uncovered. Poetic, ambitious and resoundingly perceptive. —Michaela

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ISBN: 9781595341938
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Published: Trinity University Press - November 11th, 2014

Beautifully illustrated, A Muse and A Maze delights as it demystifies the craft of writing, likening it to puzzles of all kinds. This has been my go-to book as I near the end of a first draft of my own book. Pick it up and flip through the pages. Turchi's brilliance enables both writers and readers to glimpse the wizard behind the curtain. —Michaela

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ISBN: 9780062364784
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Published: Ecco - January 26th, 2016

Funny and unconventional in most every way, Zink turns our assumptions about race, sexuality and the American dream on their sides, and spins a tale of missteps and surprises toward a rather Shakespearean zenith. Mislaid is a truly entertaining read! —Michaela

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ISBN: 9780307379740
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Published: Pantheon Books - November 3rd, 2015

In her latest novel, her first in 10 years, Gaitskill writes in her distinctive, lyrical style about a Dominican girl, the Anglo woman who introduces her to riding, and the horse who changes everything. A raw and candid coming-of-age story, The Mare is one of the most powerful books I've read in a while! —Michaela

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ISBN: 9781476746586
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Published: Scribner - May 6th, 2014

Ten years in the writing, Anthony Doerr's new novel, All the Light We Cannot See, is at once intimate and generous, historical and magical, thrilling and gorgeous. It is one of those books I savored, the way I do great poetry. –Michaela

Read Michaela's complete review of the book in Kudos.

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ISBN: 9780062285508
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Published: Harper - March 4th, 2014

With the rhythmic music of her language, Denfeld weaves her spell of enchantment, shining love into the darkest, most brutal of places. This novel surprises, terrifies, and enlightens, and is a spellbinding and rapturous read. –Michaela

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ISBN: 9780060883287
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - February 21st, 2006

You will never see the world the same way again. You will learn to dream with your eyes open. –Michaela

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ISBN: 9781250034700
Availability: Out of Print
Published: St. Martin's Press - September 10th, 2013

Perrotta's new book of stories measures not only the permissible distance between middle school kids in a slow dance, but that less definable space between responsibility and desire, who we think we are and who we dream of being-- if we dared. Perrota's stories are among the best I've read. Ever. (Apologies to Carver fans.) –Michaela

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ISBN: 9781250063731
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Published: Picador - October 28th, 2014

Part travelogue, part criticism, and part memoir, The Trip to Echo Spring examines the lives of Tennessee Williams, Raymond Carver, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, John Cheever, and John Berryman, all of them brilliant and all of them troubled and alcoholic. Shimmering with insights and details, it leaves the reader enriched, educated, and inspired by the words of these great writers as seen through Laing’s insightful lens. –Michaela

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ISBN: 9780374534097
Availability: Backordered
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 5th, 2013

While Pulitzer Prize winner Louise Gluck, whose father invented the X-acto knife, has favored a lean line throughout the fifty years of her published verse, she has reinvented her voice with each subsequent book, making this collection one of astounding breadth and depth. Drawing from myth and family, from nature and sex and her own body, she addresses her reader directly, with courage and simplicity. To read Gluck's poetry is to face one woman's truth unmasked, in all its fierceness and beauty. –Michaela

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ISBN: 9781982102357
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Published: Scribner - April 2nd, 2019

In her sharply imagined, comedic novel. Somers tackles the #MeToo issue. Refusing any facile judgments, Stay Up With Hugo Best explores the complexities of people & relationships, & the many shades of gray that make us all human. Fantastic!

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ISBN: 9780802128072
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Published: Grove Press - August 7th, 2018

Locascio's unflinching frankness about female desire is vital for our time. A truly gorgeous book.

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ISBN: 9780804172950
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Published: Vintage - July 26th, 2016

This novel, Hallberg's first, is stellar. I marveled in the beauty of his sentences, fell in love with his characters, and didn't want it to end. Well worth the commitment. 

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ISBN: 9781449474195
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - March 8th, 2016

This made me LOL-- a lot. And I've been an adult (supposedly) for awhile!

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ISBN: 9781558614338
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Published: Amethyst Editions - September 5th, 2017

An innovative, magical, feminist memoir unlike any other book I know of. 

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ISBN: 9781451642292
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 9th, 2019

A work of deep reportage, Three Women tells the uncensored truth of Sloane, Maggie, and Lina, their desire for love and connection. Compulsive and psychologically riveting it is a gift of raw authenticity. You won't be able to put it down. 

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ISBN: 9780061928178
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 2nd, 2013

Italy, Hollywood, and a life-long love-- what more could you want in a novel?

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By Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781933372600
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Published: Europa Editions - September 2nd, 2008

The story of a Parisian concierge and a precocious 12 year old girl who lives in her building. Funny, smart, and heartrending. 

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ISBN: 9781947793569
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Published: Tin House Books - July 16th, 2019

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ISBN: 9781681370941
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Published: NYR Children's Collection - May 16th, 2017

Another lovely book by the incomparable Leonara Carrington, delight in this peculiar prose.