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It’s hard to imagine a Book Buyer who has read more or done more for launching authors than Sheryl Cotleur. With 30 years in the book business, she has what many readers would
 consider a dream job. She buys books for all eight of Copperfield's Books' stores in San Francisco's North Bay, and along with the job, she reads incessantly, while working with publishers, authors, and editors to discover the best new books. Over the past four years, her role has expanded beyond the bookstore to include serving as a jurist for a number of book awards and, in 2014, she was named as a judge for the National Book Foundation’s annual fiction awards, one of the nation’s most prestigious literary prizes. This year she is serving as a judge for the 2016 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.

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ISBN: 9780316316125
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Published: Lee Boudreaux Books - July 18th, 2017

Oh my but this is a wonderful novel. It sweeps you along, many times in heart stopping laughter, and yet at some point you realized you’ve been beguiled and guided intoa story with a great deal of depth. This is a love story for all, a journey that may not look like a common one but has humanity at its core. Arthur Less  represents many of us who have little faith in our talents and purpose yet in the tender hands of Greer he stumbles and winds his way to seeing his world from new angles and that brings with it a new set of gifts. Marvelous novel, don’t miss it!

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ISBN: 9781524733155
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 6th, 2017

I wanted to give you something you can use about this brilliant Arundhati Roy novel. Wow.  It is an intense novel but the kind that is so well done that I read it intensely. I wonder if I even pull books more closely to my face when I am reading this way, well I digress but there is a kind of obliviousness to one’s surroundings that takes over when one ‘reads intensely’.

There were things I knew little about such as the Kashmiri civil war (is it thought of as a civil war?) and what I learned from this novel is how utterly heartbreaking, senseless (to me anyway) and intractable that conflict really is, yet and at the same time Roy has a way with characters that make them glimmer (whether with heartless intentions or good) as if her prose outlines them in color. There are quite a few characters in this book and every one of them leaves a lasting impression on the reader. They are vivid human beings trying to make a place for themselves where most of who they are and who & what they love is met with obstacles, sometimes death, at every turn.  I am in awe at the skill and depth Roy summons to have crafted such a complex story with strong political overtones and tenderness underneath it all.

  I even after all these years, find it difficult to find adequate words to say I loved this book and it broke my heart. I think it is very, very good.

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By Deon Meyer, K. L. Seefers (Translator)
ISBN: 9780802126627
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - September 5th, 2017

In this gripping novel Meyers invents and explores a world nearly destroyed by a virulent virus and focuses on what it takes to rebuild communities. Set in South Africa Fever is ultimately about hope, failure, idealism, the will to thrive and also a young man’s coming of age. The rich and varied characters come zinging off the page as they invent their new lives, reveal some of their past and take up defending themselves against threats expected and not. Driven by suspense but layered with compassion Meyer’s newest novel will own you from start to end. It is terrific!

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ISBN: 9780735217683
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 15th, 2017

First off Kamala Shamsie is simply a great writer. All of her novels are deeply moving and morally complex leading to the kind of rich reading experience most of us hope for in every novel we pick up. Her newest Home Fire has all of that and more.  Full of a slowly building mixture of worry and wonder; worry around how her characters will fare where loyalty mixes with inequality and prejudice – where pushing against boundaries that serve to deny basic human rights bring on the very forces others feel justify those boundaries. Wonder because this achingly told story is beautifully accomplished. Love, desire and insistence on justice up against the quest for power lived large leaves a heart sized hole it its wake. Home Fire is stunning.

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