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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Cover Image
ISBN: 9780618711659
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Published: Mariner Books - April 1st, 2006

APRIL 2018

Oh, how I love this book. It grabs you from page one and leads you through the streets of New York City following a little boy who grieves the  sudden loss of his father by going on a secret, solo mission across the city looking for the lock that fits a key he found in a small envelope, stuck to the bottom of a vase, on a high shelf in his fathers closet. Yeah, yeah, yeah... there is a movie, but trust me, with this one especially, the book is infinitely better (and there are pictures!).

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Everything Is Illuminated Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544484009
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Published: Mariner Books - April 14th, 2015

MARCH 2018

I've been thinking about this book lately for an unknown reason. It has been years since I first read it, but it remains among my favorites.
Told in three distinct voices: one in the past that gives us reason, one in the present gives us adventure, and the third as letters back after. This book tells a story of love and loss in a village that no longer exists, but did before Nazi's came to Ukraine.
(It's also a movie which I highly recommend as a companion to the book!)

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Doomboy Volume 1 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780991332472
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Published: Lion Forge - October 28th, 2014


Between Valentine's Day and lots of cold nights to stay in and be cozy... February really is the month of love. Doomboy is a weird little love story my husband and I found at a used book store and bought it because we liked the art - the initial plan was to cut pages out and frame them. Luckily we decided to read it first!
If you like music, weird little graphic novels, or really cool art work, give this one a try.

How to Be Alive: A Guide to the Kind of Happiness That Helps the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062236715
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Published: Dey Street Books - March 28th, 2017

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog Cover Image
By Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator)
ISBN: 9781933372600
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Published: Europa Editions - September 1st, 2008


I was gifted this book years ago from someone I barely knew, and little did I know it would become one of my favorite books (how could you have just one)! I've read and reread and gifted and lent this book so many times since. It's the story of the daughter of a wealthy family and a middle aged caretaker who reside in the same apartment building and the ways their lives are interwoven. Told in each voice, this book gives you a glimpse into the inner lives and intimate thoughts of these two women, each strong in their own way - each searching for something bigger than themselves.

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