by Zadie Smith
An exhaustive, prying look into what makes a family. Smith has a sharp vision and sharp wit.
American Messiahs: False Prophets of a Damned Nation
by Adam Morris
Crazy Good! A few great stories of the weird and wondrous characters most of us missed in American history!
Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China
by Ezra F. Vogel
Author Vogel tells Deng’s story with great clarity. For those who wish to discover how China became the superpower of the twenty-first century and a must-read for armchair historians!
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A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen
by Liel Leibovitz
An excellent biography of Leonard Cohen that shows how his Jewish faith influenced his music.
Fates and Furies
by Lauren Groff
Beautifully written novel that raises questions on what is love, fidelity, talent and need. And, Lauren Groff lives in Gainesville!
Flowers For Algernon
by Daniel Keyes
Winner of the 1966 Nebula Award. What if surgery could make you smarter? What if it could make you happy?
What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance
by Carolyn Forché
An intellectually rigorous, beautifully written book on El Salvador. A must read!
by Rachel Cusk
Rachel Cusk is a magician of words, especially describing relationships.
The Sacco Gang
by Andrea Camilleri
Camilleri is one of Italy’s greatest living writers. An entertaining Italian western and an indictment of the Mafia.
A Wolf Called Wander
by Rosanne Parry
A unique survival story of Swift, a young wolf, inspired by a real wolf tracked by scientists. For fans of The Incredible Journey.
Journey to the River Sea
By Eva Ibbotson
A lovely adventure story of a brave and wise girl who moves from England to Brazil. Inspiring!
The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea
by Jack E. Davis
A masterful survey of the natural and human history of one of the world’s great bodies of water.
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