WOLFGANG IN THE WILD
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Wolfgang, a blond-haired White boy with a trusty Dalmatian, decides to live in the wild, and he’s out the door of his family’s cabin before his mother can tell him: “Dinner will be ready when you come home.” Accompanied by his pooch and a parade of wild animals, Wolfgang heads into the woods and arrives at a vast lake. When he encounters animals, he asks about their homes. But he realizes that the anthill is too small, the pine tree too high, and the forest too vast for him to make a cozy home. Finally, when his mother calls him for dinner, he returns to his house, happy to be there—but still ..read more
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JOSH AND GEMMA THE SECOND TIME AROUND
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The author begins this novel where the last one left off, with her two main characters, Gemma Jacobs and Josh Lewenthal, poised on the brink of a perfect life. Gemma has a career in social media marketing, Josh is an author, and the two are deliriously in love with a baby on the way; they’re about to be married in a ceremony with Gemma’s extended, loving family in attendance. They’ve put the shocking events of the previous novel behind them, which involved an encounter with Ian Fortune—a former “self-help guru” who’s now known as an “employee-abusing conniver who misled millions.” Gemma was d ..read more
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THE NOT-QUITE-PERFECT PASSOVER
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Dad has good and bad news for Ruby. The good: Their family will host the first seder this year. The bad: Their family will host the first seder. Why is this bad news? Bubbe broke her leg, and hosting is a lot of work. But Ruby can’t wait to start. All must be perfect for Bubbe. But little brother Benny messes everything up in his efforts to help—it’s his fault the seder won’t be perfect, Ruby moans. At one point, Dad points out Ruby’s own mistakes, making her even more upset. But eventually, everything gets done, Benny is assigned a doable task to perform at the seder, and the guests arrive ..read more
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A SONG FOR LEONARD
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In 1978, Charles Bateman works in Manhattan as a commercial architect but quickly absconds after a horrifying experience. While being robbed by a young woman brandishing a gun, a struggle ensued and she was accidentally shot with her own weapon. The police questioned Charles—while he wasn’t charged with a crime, they were bothered by the fact that there were powder burns on the woman’s lips and tongue. He returns to his native London but comes back to New York in 1996, now a university lecturer. He longs to discover more about Suzanne Finch, the drug-addled sex worker who died on that fateful ..read more
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THE CLAIMING
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In the Fae realm of the Vail, Lady Dew Drop, known as Dewy, is late for a meeting at the Summer Court. Her aunt, Lady Radiant, Queen Regent of Summer, sends her to “water the marsh grasses” near the River Selden as punishment. After the deaths of her parents, Dewy acutely feels the constraints of being heir to the throne. Meanwhile, in the human kingdom of Telridge, Spense is a mage who’s struggling to get his spells right. He’s the unrecognized biological son of Lord Ferrous and half brother to the older Dirk, a noble and military commander. When Lord Ferrous learns that war with a neighbori ..read more
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THE TYRANNY OF DESIRE
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Painter Puchy Mushkin’s identity is entangled with his prodigious phallus (“Big Puchy”). “Truth is, my penis is the perfect metaphor for my talent,” he explains early in the story. “I was born with too much of it and have been dragging it along like a box of rocks ever since.” He’s an artist who doesn’t believe in sharing his art with the world, which is why he works a “straight” job as a caterer. When his wife leaves him as a result of his myriad anti-social qualities, the bisexual Puchy decides to date men for a while, beginning with an ill-fated courtship with a handyman named Robby. That ..read more
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NEVER GIVE AN INCH
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While the flood of their memoirs shows no sign of letting up, even the most full-throated of Trump’s supporters allow that storming the Capitol was maybe not such a good idea. Not Pompeo, who mentions it only once, as “that January 6, the one the Left wants to exploit for political advantage.” The author doesn’t discuss the coup attempt or other inconvenient truths of Trump’s last days, but there’s plenty about Pompeo being exactly the right man for the right job—jobs, rather—that Trump offered him. Pompeo, top of his West Point class and fearless Kansas congressman, knew that his duty was to ..read more
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WHAT'S GOTTEN INTO YOU
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In his debut book, writer and documentarian Levitt hits the ground running with news that a 150-pound human body contains 60 elements, including “enough carbon to make 25 pounds of charcoal, enough salt to fill a saltshaker, enough chlorine to disinfect several backyard swimming pools, and enough iron to make a three-inch nail.” On the open market, our body chemicals would bring about $2,000. To explain how they assembled into a human requires an explanation of life itself, which demands understanding the history of our planet. Many authors who write about our elemental makeup deliver this in ..read more
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ON SAVAGE SHORES
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By drawing on accounts of the many Indigenous people who traveled to Europe—by force or by choice—during the Colonial period between Columbus’ first contact in 1492 and the founding of Jamestown in 1607, Pennock, a professor of international history, develops a rich understanding of how these complex, varied people lived in the shadow of European imperialism. Across chapters on slavery, intermediation, families, diplomacy, and spectacle, Pennock considers the breadth of the Indigenous experience in Europe, ranging from people kidnapped and sold into slavery to high-status nobles arguing for t ..read more
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WACO
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Guinn’s well-rounded examination of the Branch Davidians begins in early 1993 during a 51-day federal siege on David Koresh’s heavily guarded compound. As the author recounts, a biblical prophecy that foretold the end of the world compelled Koresh and his followers to stockpile a large cache of weapons within the confines of the Mount Carmel Center, on a 77-acre plot of land outside of Waco. Having surveilled Koresh and his group for months, the government agents meticulously calculated their raid operation. In addition to chronicling the firefight and fire that killed 76 Branch Davidians, th ..read more
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