The Borrower (Penguin, $15), by Rebecca Makkai, is a charming tale of the cockamamie road trip of a librarian and her favorite ten-year-old patron. Librarian Lucy Hull is both kidnapper and kidnapped when Ian, precocious and stifled by his family, blackmails Lucy into driving him across the country. This humorous novel has children’s story elements and a cast of characters that includes Russian mobsters, ferrets, and the ghosts of the Green Mountain Boys. Makkai’s debut novel is smartly written and wise as Lucy considers the many moral and legal conundrums she has gotten herself into. In this, the season of road trips, The Borrower is a novel not to be missed by anyone who has ever wished to run away with books—or maybe with their favorite librarian or bookseller.

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ISBN: 9780143120957
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Books - May 29th, 2012

Move aside, Royal Tenenbaums— The Family Fang (Ecco, $13.99) has arrived! The Fang family (radical performance artists Caleb and Camille and their children, Annie and Buster) of Kevin Wilson’s novel are a wonderful addition to the canon of eccentric families. In chapters alternately relating past and present events, the novel offers vignettes of the Fangs’ performance pieces and their tendency to create pandemonium in public places. Then there’s the story of Annie and Buster, now grown, but living at home after personal and professional failures. When Caleb and Camille go missing, Annie and Buster must confront what it means to be a Fang—as well as an individual and an artist. The younger Fangs test the limits of familial bonds and come face to face with their parents’ ideal form of art: chaos. Written in sure, stylish prose that is both tender and hilarious, The Family Fang is, like the art of its characters, slightly bizarre and completely compelling.
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ISBN: 9780061579059
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Published: Ecco - April 17th, 2012

Where are you most happy? If you can't come up with an answer right away, you aren't alone. Longtime NPR correspondent and lifelong curmudgeon, Eric Weiner attempts to answer that questions for himself in The Geography of Bliss. Weiner visits the happiest, and least happy places on earth, from Iceland to Bhutan, Moldova to the UAE. He asks researchers, artists, gurus and laymen: “Are you happy? Why?” As humorous as it is insightful, this is a book for the optimist and the pessimist, for both the road warrior and the armchair traveler. Read The Geography of Bliss and then ask yourself, where am I most happy? You might be surprised by your answer.
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ISBN: 9780446698894
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Published: Twelve - January 5th, 2009