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Shirin's Staff Picks
The Return (Pulitzer Prize Winner): Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812985085
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 4th, 2017

The true story of Matar's return to his native Libya in search of his beloved father, a prominent political dissident who was kidnapped by the Qaddafi regime. A beautifully written and soulful memoir – I couldn't put it down.

The Year of Magical Thinking (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400078431
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Published: Vintage - February 13th, 2007

How do you go on living without someone you feel you cannot live without? Ruminating on the sudden loss of her husband and the year that follows, Didion puts into words what I imagine anyone who has lost a loved one has felt, but still manages to insert her signature deadpan humor into an honest, poignant memoir about grief--the emotion she labels "the most general of afflictions."

Americanah Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307455925
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Published: Anchor - March 4th, 2014

Once in awhile, if you're lucky, you'll find a novel that both tells a great story and changes your perception of the world. This is one of those novels. Ifemelu's discovery—as an African in America—of the nuanced discussion of race in the U.S. is truly a story worth knowing.

The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316055420
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 28th, 2016

Thirteen-year old Theo Decker survives a terrorist attack at the Met, but his mother is not so lucky. He escapes with a small but world-renowned painting, his mother's favorite -- a decision that ultimately draws Theo into the perilous black market of the art world.

Redwall: A Tale from Redwall Cover Image
By Brian Jacques, Gary Chalk (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780142302378
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Published: Firebird - September 30th, 2002

Before the arrival of everyone's favorite wizarding world, Redwall was the series that had me hooked as a child. Like a PG version of Game of Thrones with woodland creatures, these are classic adventure stories of good versus evil. With over twenty books in the series, there is no shortage of entertainment here!

Felicity: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143128762
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Published: Penguin Books - October 3rd, 2017

Pulitzer Prize winner Mary Oliver explores love in this short collection of beautiful, emotional poems. Split into three sections--The Journey, Love, and Felicity--Oliver's calming voice resonates with anyone who has experienced the joy of true human connection.