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Week of January 25, 2015
FICTION
#1  (Last Week: 1 Weeks on List: 37)  
All The Light We Cannot See
Click to search this book in our catalog   Anthony Doerr
#2  (Last Week: - Weeks on List: 1)  
The Girl On The Train
Click to search this book in our catalog   Paula Hawkins
#3  (Last Week: - Weeks on List: 1)  
Saint Odd
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#4  (Last Week: 2 Weeks on List: 13)  
Gray Mountain
 John Grisham
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#5  (Last Week: - Weeks on List: 1)  
Cold Cold Heart
 Tami Hoag
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#6  (Last Week: - Weeks on List: 1)  
The First Bad Man
 Miranda July

Publishers Weekly July (No One Belongs Here More than You) successfully transitions from short stories to her first novel, introducing eccentric 40-something Cheryl Glickman in a tale about role-playing. In addition to sexual fantasies featuring her senior co-worker Phillip, unmarried Cheryl also imagines a perennial connection with babies. Her world is flipped upside down when Clee, her boss's 20-year-old daughter, moves in until she can get on her feet. Cheryl's fantasies soon involve Clee with any man that passes by, and she becomes aroused when Clee plays along with self-defense scenarios. When Phillip starts a relationship with a 16-year-old girl, Cheryl grows closer with Clee, switching between roles as her enemy, sparring partner, mother, grandmother, aunt, and girlfriend. Other characters give, or refuse to give, their own performances, including Clee's parents, who refuse to act as grandparents when she gets pregnant, and Cheryl's therapist, who plays mistress to the other office doctor. Cheryl and Clee's simulated fights in the first half will remind readers of July's peculiar short-story style, but the book hits its stride in the second half when Cheryl helps Clee through her pregnancy. July's writing is strange and beautiful, with enough cleverness woven into the characters' strange fantasy lives to keep readers contemplating the family roles and games adults undertake. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Library Journal Starred Review. July is a quirky creator working in many media, so much so that she was the subject of an Onion article titled "Miranda July Called Before Congress To Explain Exactly What Her Whole Thing Is." She has an award-winning short story collection (No One Belongs Here More Than You), films (The Future), and performance art pieces under her belt, but this is her first novel. The author's protagonist is Cheryl, a lonely middle-aged woman invested in her work for a company that produces self-defense exercise videos. Cheryl's incredibly regimented life is interrupted by Clee, a young, irresponsible houseguest who won't leave. Cheryl's problems start out predictably, but her inner monolog and way of coping with loneliness and alienation are anything but typical. Her obsession with an older coworker leads her to explore her sexuality and gender identity, and through Clee she learns about herself and fulfills a lifelong desire to care for a child born to the "wrong" mother. VERDICT This well-written, compelling novel will delight the open-minded reader looking for something new. It will satisfy July's fans and win her many more. [See Prepub Alert, 7/7/14.]-Kate Gray, Worcester P.L., MA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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#7  (Last Week: 8 Weeks on List: 9)  
The Escape
Click to search this book in our catalog   David Baldacci
#8  (Last Week: 7 Weeks on List: 8)  
Hope To Die
Click to search this book in our catalog   James Patterson
#9  (Last Week: 9 Weeks on List: 6)  
The Boston Girl
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#10  (Last Week: 4 Weeks on List: 2)  
Insatiable Appetites
 Stuart Woods
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NONFICTION
#1  (Last Week: 3 Weeks on List: 15)  
Being Mortal
 Atul Gawande
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#2  (Last Week: 1 Weeks on List: 12)  
Yes Please
 Amy Poehler
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#3  (Last Week: 2 Weeks on List: 17)  
Killing Patton
 Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
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#4  (Last Week: 7 Weeks on List: 2)  
America's Bitter Pill
Click to search this book in our catalog   Steven Brill
#5  (Last Week: 4 Weeks on List: 20)  
What If?
Click to search this book in our catalog   Randall Munroe
#6  (Last Week: 5 Weeks on List: 16)  
Not That Kind Of Girl
Click to search this book in our catalog   Lena Dunham
 
#7  (Last Week: 6 Weeks on List: 10)  
41
 George W Bush
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#8  (Last Week: 10 Weeks on List: 191)  
Unbroken
 Laura Hillenbrand
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#9  (Last Week: 9 Weeks on List: 2)  
It Was Me All Along
 Andie Mitchell
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#10  (Last Week: - Weeks on List: 1)  
Digital Destiny
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