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Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Juliet Ashton is a young writer emerging from the ashes of bombed-out London following the Second World War. One day, while in search of a topic for her next book, Juliet receives a mysterious letter. Who writes a letter to the previous owner of a second-hand book? What kind of eccentricities await her as she gets to know the members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society? Written as a series of letter, notes, telegrams and various other forms of correspondence, this novel uses charm and warmth to explore enduring themes of freedom, resistance, love and the power of words.

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Guide for the Perplexed, A
Dara Horn

Software prodigy Josie Ashkenazi has invented an application that records everything its users do. When an Egyptian library invites her to visit as a consultant, her jealous sister Judith persuades her to go. A century earlier, another traveler arrives in Egypt: Solomon Schechter, a Cambridge professor hunting for a medieval archive hidden in a Cairo synagogue. Both he and Josie are haunted by the work of the medieval philosopher Moses Maimonides, a doctor and rationalist who sought to reconcile faith and science, destiny and free will. But what Schechter finds will reveal the power and perils of what Josie's ingenious work brings into being: a world where nothing is ever forgotten.

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Half-Blood Blues
Esi Eduygan

Half-Blood Blues, winner of the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize is a story set in Paris about music, race, love and loyalty.

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Hare with amber eyes, The : a family's century of art and loss
de Waal, Edmund

The Ephrussis were a grand banking family, as rich and respected as the Rothschilds, who “burned like a comet” in nineteenth-century Paris and Vienna society. Yet by the end of World War II, almost the only thing remaining of their vast empire was a collection of 264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox.

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Heart Berries
Mailhot, Terese Marie

Guileless and refreshingly honest, Terese Mailhot's debut memoir chronicles her struggle to balance the beauty of her Native heritage with the often desperate and chaotic reality of life on the reservation. Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in British Columbia. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Bipolar II; Terese Mailhot is given a notebook and begins to write her way out of trauma. The triumphant result is Heart Berries, a memorial for Mailhot's mother, a social worker and activist who had a thing for prisoners; a story of reconciliation with her father--an abusive drunk and a brilliant artist--who was murdered under mysterious circumstances; and an elegy on how difficult it is to love someone while dragging the long shadows of shame. Mailhot "trusts the reader to understand that memory isn't exact, but melded to imagination, pain and what we can bring ourselves to accept." Her unique and at times unsettling voice graphically illustrates her mental state. As she writes, she discovers her own true voice, seizes control of her story and, in so doing, reestablishes her connection to her family, to her people and to her place in the world.

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Help, The
Kathryn Stockett

The setting is racially divided Jackson, Mississippi and the story involves three women who team up for a clandestine project.

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Hidden Figures
Margot Lee Shetterly

The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America's greatest achievements in space.

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Hillbilly Elegy
Vance, J.D.

Shares the story of the author's family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons ofthe past.

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Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All: A Novel
Jonas Jonasson

Hitman Anders, recently out of prison, is doing small jobs for the big gangsters. Then his life takes an unexpected turn when he meets a female Protestant vicar (who also happens to be an atheist), and a homeless receptionist at a former brothel which is now a one-star hotel. The three join forces and concoct an unusual business plan based on Hitman Anders' skills and his fearsome reputation. The vicar and receptionist will organize jobs for a group of gangsters, and will attract customers using the tabloids' love of lurid headlines.

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Home for Unwanted Girls, The
Goodman, Joanna

The story of a young unwed mother who is forcibly separated from her daughter at birth and the lengths to which they go to find each other.

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