In Zanesville - Jo Ann Beard

Every adolescent faces a decision that will set in motion a change that is unnamable and unknowable until it occurs. When it does, the entire world is transformed and suddenly the dreaded, fascinating door of adulthood cracks open. Jo Ann Beard captures this moment perfectly with her quirky, unnamed fourteen-year-old protagonist (but it’s hinted that her name is also Jo Ann) in her novel In Zanesville (Back Bay, $14.99). Set in smalltown Indiana, Beard’s narrative uses gentle humor to depict the deep friendship between two girls and the simple event that causes their world to spin on its axis—to their utter befuddlement. Not just another coming-of-age novel, In Zanesville is a wonderful read that is both lighthearted and important.

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ISBN: 9780316125277
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 3rd, 2012

Zone One - Colson Whitehead

Fans of zombie movies know that the genre is all about the breakdown of civilization. We’re riveted by the likes of George Romero, who takes delight in dissecting human interaction when the world literally goes to hell. Colson Whitehead delivers the literary equivalent with aplomb in his latest novel, Zone One (Doubleday, $25.95). His smooth narrative gives us the gory daily minutiae in a post-zombie, post-apocalypse Manhattan where an armed civilian team is sweeping through the city to rid it of the last vestiges of the dead. Our narrator, Mark Spitz, is a fascinating character, continually dodging death. Whitehead’s writing is cerebral, moving, and insightful. This is a deeply thought-out psychological survey of an everyman as the ultimate survivor, facing the wasteland.

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ISBN: 9780307455178
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Published: Anchor - July 10th, 2012

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake - Aimee Bender

In Aimee Bender’s second novel, Rose Edelstein discovers, on her ninth birthday, that she can taste emotions in what she eats. She must then navigate a strange world where feelings she does not yet understand shape how she views her family, friends, and countless strangers. The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake (Anchor, $15) is a lovely and haunting story; Bender’s characters are endearingly human in the face of abnormal circumstances.

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ISBN: 9780385720960
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Anchor - April 19th, 2011