Hunger - Roxane Gay

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If you want to read an inspirational memoir about weight loss, this is not that book. Something horrible happened to Roxane at age twelve, and her life fractured into “before” and “after" phases. That event transformed her life, and she began her journey as a fat person. Roxane Gay has no answers. What she has are lots of observations. Observations about what it’s like to move through the world as a morbidly obese woman, to try to feel invisible in that world, and how the world reacts to her. This is a memoir of struggle and shame. As she says, “All of us have to be more considerate of the realities of the bodies of others.”
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ISBN: 9780062362599
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Published: Harper - June 13th, 2017

Saints for All Occasions - J. Courtney Sullivan

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What happens when a farm in Ireland can only be left to one son? Well, the other sons and daughters reluctantly leave their home and take the voyage across the ocean to begin their new life and seek their fortune in America. They meet up with other homesick Irish in dance halls and begin the work of settling in. This is where we start the story of Nora and Theresa, two sisters who come to America and land in Boston, one forever longing for home and the best friend she left behind, and one determined to have her way in her new world. What happens next will forever bind the two sisters together and eventually force them apart. This is a spectacularly told family drama with a heavy dose of Catholic guilt and determination thrown in. J. Courtney Sullivan’s observations about families and their interactions are so spot-on, it’s hard to believe this author is so young. Saints for All Occasions is a triumph!
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ISBN: 9780307959577
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Published: Knopf - May 9th, 2017

The One-in-a-Million Boy - Monica Wood

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An 11-year-old Boy Scout takes on a project to assist a 104-year-old immigrant woman with her yard work on seven consecutive Saturdays. He is very socially awkward and finds a delightful friend in this alliance. The woman becomes smitten with his diligence and interest in her mundane life history, which he starts researching for a school project. Then one Saturday he doesn't show up, and the next week his father comes instead to finish out his obligation. What happened to the boy, and the bond that forms as a result, makes for a very good read. The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood is an unforgettable, charming, sweet, and sad story. I highly recommend it.

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ISBN: 9780544947214
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Published: Mariner Books - April 18th, 2017