Take a small patch in a Tennessee forest, visit it almost daily for a year, record what you see. In the hands of David George Haskell, a professor of biology and a poet, this idea turns into a beautiful and original account of change in nature. Haskell starts with simple observations and uses them to illustrate the lifecycles of forest inhabitants and complex relationships that exist among them. The book is rich in detail, but never dry and boring. Forest Unseen is a true naturalist’s journal and a meditation on nature by a thoughtful and engaging writer.
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ISBN: 9780143122944
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Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2013

In Gujaareh, priests of the dream-goddess ensure that peace is kept by harvesting the magic of the sleeping mind and using it to heal… or kill, if needed. In Killing Moon, Jemisin takes the culture of Ancient Egypt and the Jungian idea of the collective subconscious and puts them together in a way that feels wholly original. If you like smart, immersive fantasy with powerful characters who have to make complex decisions, Jemisin’s books belong at the very top of your to-read pile.
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ISBN: 9780316187282
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Published: Orbit - May 1st, 2012

Welcome to the new Irish literature: its capital is the City of Bohane (Graywolf, $15), Kevin Barry’s dystopian vision of a town in the West of Ireland. This decrepit and malevolent metropolis is ruled by gangs, and its streets are full of people doing whatever they can just to survive. At the center of the book is the gang leader who is ready to step down, and the power struggle such a transition precipitates. Bohane’s language and street slang might give you pause, but Barry’s novel is more than worth the effort. Barry himself calls this book a “weird kind of Neo-Western”: a tale intended for entertainment, with a cast of colorful characters wearing elaborate (and meticulously described) costumes. This melancholic yet funny novel will both challenge and amaze you.
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ISBN: 9781555976453
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Published: Graywolf Press - June 4th, 2013