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 Cherry by Nico Walker

A highly biographical novel about a former U.S. Army medic turned bank robbing heroin addict. Everyone from the Washington Post’s Ron Charles to President Obama has been talking about this book, taken with its energetic prose and the lack of self-pity behind it.

Spoiler Alert: don’t expect a Hollywood happy ending. There are commenters on the Twitterverse conflicted at best over the damage Walker caused in his real-life bank robbing junkie days. Now, seven years into an eleven year jolt for armed robbery, Walker bought the ticket and is taking the ride.

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The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Any new work from the author of The Orchid Thief is cause for celebration, but to her latest, a love letter to the Los Angeles Public Library and the institution in general should be enough to cause librarians and book-lovers to lose their minds. This is incredibly rich, fascinating popular history. Librarians will surely note how many of the most pressing challenges they currently face – along with many of the most innovative new lending practices – were in the forefront over 100 years ago. Essential reading for anyone working in or with public libraries today.


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 Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq

A combination of memoir, fiction, poetry and myth that tells the story of a girl growing up in Nunavut in the 1970s. As with Ms Tagaq's live musical performances, this work is filled with unexpected twists and turns, sorrow and beauty. That said, the overwhelming impression is one of magic and awe. This is the literary equivalent of the dancing magic found in The Northern Lights.



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Mother American Night: My Life in Crazy Times by John Perry Barlow

When first reading the synopsis for this, my reaction was likely a common one: "how could I have never heard of this guy?" You'll want to. Barlow quite possibly qualifies as "The Most Interesting Man in the World" in an American baby boomer last man standing sort of way. Former lyricist for the Grateful Dead, Wyoming cattle rancher, political activist, friend of Neal Cassady, Steve Jobs and Jackie Kennedy, campaign manager for Dick Cheney and co-founder of the Electronic Freedom Foundation and that’s just scratching the surface. Definitely a long strange trip of a life, and told like Will Rogers on acid.


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 The Red Caddy: Into the Unknown with Edward Abbey by Charles Bowden

A slim, posthumous jewel of a book that I never expected to see: the author whose work included Desierto and Down by the River reflects on his late friend, Edward Abbey. Workaholic Bowden died in 2014 and I thought that the only way to ever read unpublished work by him would involve a trip to whatever academic institution bought his archives. Found on his computer after his death, written in 1994, this is in some ways more artefact than finished book although it reads like the latter, with Luis Alberto Urrea providing a great forward. 

Those that blindly worship the persona of Cactus Ed, who believed he was a modern day saint in possession of The True Beer Can of knowledge, should skip this if they want to keep their faith intact. Those that can read and flinch at the same time, that shed a tear when Ed, then Chuck passed on, will rejoice at hearing Bowden's original voice again.

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Women Talking: A Novel by Miriam Toews

A slim, posthumous jewel of a book that I never expected to see: the author whose work included Desierto and Down by the River reflects on his late friend, Edward Abbey. Workaholic Bowden died in 2014 and I thought that the only way to ever read unpublished work by him would involve a trip to whatever academic institution bought his archives. Found on his computer after his death, written in 1994, this is in some ways more artefact than finished book although it reads like the latter, with Luis Alberto Urrea providing a great forward. 

Those that blindly worship the persona of Cactus Ed, who believed he was a modern day saint in possession of The True Beer Can of knowledge, should skip this if they want to keep their faith intact. Those that can read and flinch at the same time, that shed a tear when Ed, then Chuck passed on, will rejoice at hearing Bowden's original voice again.

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