Amanda's Holiday Picks

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ISBN: 9781101875940
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 24th, 2016

In a second coming of age story, Tess springs for New York City to divorce from her past self. As she recreates parts of herself in the murky, smoky depths of The Restaurant’s underbelly, she realizes she cannot extricate herself from the tangled web of those who formed her.

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ISBN: 9781555977351
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 26th, 2016

Maggie Nelson never shies away from the intimate, especially in this theory-laced memoir which explores the parallelism of her pregnancy and her partner’s changing body. A lovely, heartfelt look at the ways our bodies grow and inhabit spaces and remain unbound by structure.

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ISBN: 9781101947135
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 7th, 2016

When the slave trade cleaves a Ghanaian family in half, no family member left untouched from its dark legacy. Tight, beautiful prose portrays the way colonialization has broken this family apart and follows the lineage to present day.

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ISBN: 9780553497786
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - February 23rd, 2016

In this beautiful portrait of an Alaskan town told through its teenage residents, characters dare to hope in the throes of Alaskan winters and familial hardship. This YA novel will appeal to teens and adults who enjoy realistic fiction and especially the reading about the way we form our own families.

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ISBN: 9780307743602
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Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2016

Velveteen Vargas meets Ginger through the Fresh Air Fund, an initiative that connects underprivileged children to families to stay for two weeks of the summer. But Ginger and Velvet are drawn to each other for their own reasons: Ginger for her crave for fixing people in lieu of alcohol, and Velvet for her need to be near Ginger for her nearness to the barn that has the horse she’s fixated on.

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ISBN: 9781594631771
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 3rd, 2013

An examination of the divide between memory and reality. Like sleuths, these characters repent by sifting through their memories, trying to pinpoint broken moments. Told in nine parts, these stories will surely squeeze your heart with their truth.