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5 books to read this month


Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

By Haruki Murakami
A train station engineer decides to find out why his high school friends suddenly ostracized him at college. This latest from Murakami has already become a cult favorite in Europe.

Your Face in Mine

By Jess Row
When Kelly runs into a friend after 20 years, he gets a shock: His once white, Jewish, skinny pal has immersed himself in African-American culture and has had “racial reassignment surgery.” A daring novel about racial politics and identity.

The Culinary Imagination

By Sandra M. Gilbert
The poet and critic looks at how artists represent food and asks questions like, do kitchen rituals mean different things for men and women? Why all the focus these days on food? A spunky, learned take on our foodie culture.

We Are Not Ourselves

By Matthew Thomas
Set in the second half of the 20th century, this epic tale follows an Irish-American family and its matriarch, the ambitious Eileen Leary. As her life unfolds, she must come to terms with just how elusive the American dream is. 

The Miniaturist

By Jessie Burton
A suspenseful novel about a newly married girl in 17th-century Amsterdam. When her husband gives her a dollhouse version of their lavish home, she finds a miniaturist whose creations lead her to some frightening conclusions.


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