If you haven't read or listened to National Book Award winner The Wapshot Chronicle by John Cheever (that's narrator Joe Barrett's mug over there, not the late great author), then come on. Get some CULTCHA! Also a great source of ideas for students of literature.
"... National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor has created a lushly imaginative, fully realized world in Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Taylor’s writing is as sumptuous as poetry, and the story overflows with dark and delightful magic, star-crossed love, and difficult choices with heartbreaking repercussions. Readers of all ages will be utterly enchanted". --Juliet Disparte
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel| read September 2016| my favorite fiction novel this year. It's realistic (no zombies) but spell binding in the envisioning of a brave new world still tethered by human connections that remain.
10 new-ish books to get you through the end of the year
"It’s that time of the year, guys. And I don’t mean the pumpkin-overload-Halloween- costume-stress,-already-thinking-about-Thanksgiving time of year (although I’m not denying its importance). I’m talking about the time of year where you realize you need to pack in a few more novels before the year is up."
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