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ISBN-13: 9780446578936
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Published: Grand Central Publishing, 6/2014
Sarah Jane Gillman's first novel The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street is as fierce and compelling as it is pure brilliance. Her writing is insightful and thought provoking in The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street she has created the believable and enticing wonderfully flawed Lillian Dunkle a heroine that is strong, intelligent, and hardworking, as well as entrepreneurial creating an ice cream empire from the most humble roots starting in 1913 and going into the Disco Era. -- Calvin

The Rosie Project (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781476729091
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 6/2014
The most delightful romantic comedy to come along in years! Told entirely from the point of view of Don, a high-functioning but socially inept geneticist, the book begins with The Wife Project, with which our science nerd determines that he should find a wife by his 40th birthday, and commences with a questionnaire to find suitable candidates. The Wife Project is derailed when Don's friend Gene jokingly sends him Rosie, a completely unsuitable candidate (she smokes, is a vegetarian, and lacks the required math skills). Rosie captivates our Don, however, and in the course of a hilarious disaster of a first date, tells him that she has long sought to know who her birth father is. The geneticist commences The Father Project, and we're off and running. Through 40 father candidates, on two continents, with one uproarious class reunion, and the complete disruption of Don's carefully ordered eating, drinking, work, and exercise schedules, we meet love in all of its baffling forms--father/daughter, man/woman, friend/friend, family to its black sheep. Fans of the current TV series, The Big Bang Theory, will see some parallels with the character Sheldon Cooper and enjoy them mightily. But though a comic figure himself, Don is also more complete, more realistically human, and we humans can absolutely empathize with his bafflements when faced with the many challenges to understanding life and love. -- Tina

ISBN-13: 9780345529374
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Published: Ballantine Books, 7/2014
What do you get when you mix a chef struggling to open her second restaurant, a house spirit living in her apartment, and magical mushrooms that allow her to go back and fix the mistakes she seems to keep making? The glorious, heartfelt new graphic novel from Bryan Lee O'Malley, author of the Scott Pilgrim series. O'Malley blends humor, fantasy, and the angst of being aimless in your late twenties in a story that questions the value of screwing-up and the cost of getting what you really want. -- Zack

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