Sara Novic’s Girl at War is a deeply moving story that deals with coming to terms with the past. Readers move between Ana’s childhood in war torn Croatia to her present life as a college student in New York City. This is a gripping journey that will keep you engrossed introducing issues of war, death and survival.
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Billionaire playboy Oliver Queen returns home after being marooned on an island for five years. While away he learns that his father was not the man he thought he was, and he is faced with challenges that threaten his life. Forced to learn new skills just to survive, Oliver becomes a changed man on the island. He returns to his home to fix his father’s mistakes by pretending to be a cavalier playboy by day, but donning a green hood at night to become the Arrow.
Dream Your Life Away is a fantastic debut album with a relaxed acoustic folk-pop sound. The melodies are simple and highlight the ukulele throughout the album. Singer/songwriter Vance Joy has a soulful voice that fits perfectly with the modern lyrics and may just have you dreaming your life away.
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Mort(e) by Robert Repino will feed your need for a quirky indulgence this summer. The story chronicles the “war with no name” where human extinction is the goal. A race of intelligent ants has plotted for years to create an army of self-aware animals who will rise up and overthrow their human masters. Mort(e) a former house cat turned war hero tries to discover the origins of a deadly plague while relentlessly searching for his prewar friend Sheba.
We Were Liars is narrated by Cadence Sinclaire Eastman, heiress to old money and one of “the liars,” an inseparable group made up of her cousins and their friend. The four liars have made the family private island just off Cape Cod their personal domain of fun and privilege every summer since they were eight. This ends the summer of Cadence’s fifteenth year when she suffers a mysterious injury that leaves her with amnesia, debilitating headaches, and a constant need for painkillers. The story unfolds two years later as she tries to piece together the mystery of that summer and the events that altered her life and her relationship with the liars. Lockhart weaves a hauntingly suspenseful tale of old money, privilege, and family dysfunction.
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Sound & Color is Alabama Shakes follow-up album to their Grammy-nominated debut, Boys and Girls. The music is rooted in bluesy rock with a wide range of influences including elements of punk and heavy metal. What really drives the album is the soulful, raw vocals of Brittany Howard. Adding to the vocals are funky rhythms interspersed with passionate guitar riffs and perfectly timed melodic keyboarding. This album is pure toe-tapping fun.
History comes to life in this darkly haunting narrative of murder, rebellion, and aristocracy. Candace Fleming shares the story of the Romanov family and the lives of the Russian peasant class with the help of diary entries, letters, and photos. The Family Romanov is an intense look at the disparity between wealth and poverty and how this clash ended in violence and political change.
If you could change the course of your life or even the fate of the world – would you? This is the dilemma the main character in Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life faces as she is born and reborn throughout her life. This darkly humorous, alternate history grabs you from the beginning and every beginning after.
Moonwalking with Einstein follows the year-long journey of one man training to compete in the U.S. Memory Championship. Foer has no previous training, no special abilities, and often forgets where he puts his keys, but he becomes a memory champion. This book includes a fascinating look at the cultural history of memory, a cast of remarkable people, and amazing feats of memory.
Charlie McCarthy is known in Ballyronan village as a simpleton or gamal. In therapy for PTSD, he tells of star-crossed lovers Sinead and James, his lifelong best friends. Throughout Ciarán Collins’ The Gamal, Charlie’s unique voice weaves haunting flashbacks, insightful commentary, witty Irish dialect, and memorable characters to present a tragic storyline at an engaging pace.