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Some of Sandi's favorite books this year!

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Toby's Room (Life Class Trilogy #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307387813
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Published: Anchor - July 2nd, 2013

Another great book from the British novelist who has made it her life's work to chronicle the costs of WWI. This is a dark and painful tale of strained relationships between brother and sister, friends and lovers against the backdrop of postwar England.

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ISBN: 9781620401200
Availability: Special Order
Published: Bloomsbury USA - May 7th, 2013

One summer in the life of 10 year old Helen as she deals with the death of her beloved caretaker + grandmother, the absence of her father and first love. Set at the end of WWII, this is a haunting coming of age story.

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The Memory of Love: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143122432
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Books - February 26th, 2013

A wonderful read about a lost child who helps a woman come to terms with her own painful childhood.

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ISBN: 9780670026630
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Published: Viking - March 12th, 2013

This is the best book of the year! The story of a 16 year old Japanese girl told through her diary, which is found by a writer off the coast of B.C. Her longing for her lost American life, experiences of bullying from her classmate, and the kind and moving relationship she develops with her grandmother, a Buddhist nun, will keep you turning the pages long into the night!

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The Land of Decoration: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250024077
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Published: Picador - March 5th, 2013

The extraordinary tale of 10 year old Judith and her father (told in her voice), Judith is certain she is an instrument of God after it snows on the day she was to be confronted by the school's bully. A moving story of a child trying to reconcile her beliefs with an often-harsh real world.

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The Family Fang: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061579059
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Published: Ecco - April 17th, 2012

You will both laugh and cry out loud, when reading this novel about this odd family of performance artists. A true novel about the 60s and 70s + Art.

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