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Book Club Picks – November 2012

November 13, 2012

Young Adult 
Trevor: A Novella by James Lecesne
“A beautiful, moving, funny, original book,” says Michael Cunningham, about a 13 year-old boy picked on at school and misunderstood at home for being gay. Trevor is an effort to make kids feel loved and supported, so they will find the strength to go on living.
Do You Dream in Color? Insights From a Girl Without Sight by Laurie Rubin
Laurie Rubin was born blind but that hasn’t stopped her from achieving her dream of being a professional opera singer. Here is her story of growing up blind, facing prejudice, and discovering her true identity. ”Laurie Rubin’s memoir should be required reading in that it underscores the triumph of the human spirit.”–Dr. Pola Rosen
 
Memoir
Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes by Martha Long
Martha Long’s remarkable story of growing up in the slums of 1950s Dublin. ”Long’s story is a gritty, grueling, and heartbreaking testament to one girl’s unbreakable spirit.”–Publishers Weekly
‘There Are Things I Want You to Know’ About Stieg Larsson and Me by Eva Gabrielsson
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Eva Gabrielsson, the life partner of Stieg Larsson (the author of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) tells the story of their life together and reveals details of the inspirations behind the characters and locals of the best-selling trilogy.
Talk Softly by Cynthia O’Neal
Actress and model Cynthia O’Neal was leading a charmed life until the AIDS epidemic hit and she founded Friends in Deed-The Crisis Center for Life-Threatening Illness. “A beautifully written memoir . . . heartbreaking as well as joyous, and tense as a thriller.”-Michael Ondaatje 
Camelia, Save Yourself by Telling the Truth: A Memoir of Iran by 

Camelia Entekhabifard
Camelia is both a story of growing up in post-revolutionary Tehran and a haunting reminder of the consequences of speaking the truth in a repressive society. ”Enlightening … riveting … Entekhabifard brings unique courage and insight to her practice of journalism, for which she and her family have paid a dear price.”–Booklist
Fiction in Translation
LoveStar by Andri Snaer Magnason
Translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb
Steeped in influences ranging from Italo Calvino, Jorge Luis Borges, and Kurt Vonnegut to George Orwell, Douglas Adams, and Monty Python, Andri Snær Magnason has created a surreal yet uncomfortably familiar world, where the honey embrace of love does its utmost to survive amid relentless and overpowering controls.
The Old Garden by Sok-yong Hwang
Translated from the Korean by Jay Oh
The Old Garden vividly depicts the tumult of Korean history and the individuals caught in its demands. Hwang Sok-yong, one of South Korea’s most important modern writers, poignantly shows us that history is also a story of how individuals live, love, and sacrifice in the tumult of time.”–Krys Lee, author of Drifting House
A Man’s Place by Annie Ernaux
Translated from the French by Tanya Leslie
Ernaux’s cold observation in A Man’s Place reveals the shame that haunted her father throughout his life as he struggled to provide for his family with a grocery store and cafe in rural France. “A masterpiece … unlike any other contemporary writing … overwhelming.” –Paris-Match
Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion? by Johan Harstad
Translated from the Norwegian by Deborah Dawkin
Surrounded by a vivid and memorable cast of characters-aspiring pop musicians, Caribbean-obsessed psychologists, death-haunted photographers, girls who dream of anonymous men falling in love with them on bus trips, and even Buzz Aldrin himself-”Harstad combines formal play and linguistic ferocity with a searing emotional directness”–Dedi Felman, Words Without Borders

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