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Aishwarya Jayadeep
Shoot for the stars. If that fails, Earth is pretty cool anyway.
Shoot for the stars. If that fails, Earth is pretty cool anyway.

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Precious and Grace
Susan Peters returns to Botswana with a request for the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency: find Rosie, Susan's nursemaid when she was younger. Armed with her wits, the help of her friends, and her ever-trusty handbook, The Principles of Private Detection, Mma Ramotswe sets out to solve the mystery.
-- Precious and Grace (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #17), by Alexander McCall Smith

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Born a Crime
Comedian Trevor Noah has said it himself: he was "born a crime" in South Africa to a white father and black Xhosa mother at a time when any relationship between the two was a criminal act. But Noah's book doesn't solely hinge on that — it's just as much a humorous coming-of-age story and an examination of his bond with his mother.
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah

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The Best Books I've Read This Year: 2016
I have many opinions about 2016. . . too many to outline here. But there's plenty of space for me to talk about the best books I've read this year! In fact, this year was the one in which I got marginally better at decision-making, so instead of two best bo...

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Learning to Swear in America

Yuri Strelnikov is seventeen years old and so has to deal with typical teenage problems: figuring out how to ask a girl to prom, getting used to his weird new American coworkers at NASA, trying to stop an asteroid from obliterating California and probably the rest of the Pacific Basin--

Maybe Yuri isn't so typical after all.

--Learning to Swear in America, by Katie Kennedy

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Ghost Talkers
Ginger Stuyvesant sees ghosts.
As a medium working for the Spirit Corps in World War I, her job is to take reports and gather intelligence from the ghosts of soldiers who have died. But there's a traitor amongst the living, helping the enemy form a plan to stop the Spirit Corps once and for all.
--Ghost Talkers, by Mary Robinette Kowal

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Sleeping Giants
Seventeen years ago, Rose Franklin was riding her bike when she fell through the earth and straight into an enormous metal hand. Now, Rose is a physicist trying to solve the mystery of the hand that changed her life. And it's not just one hand-- it's two, it's a forearm, it's a leg-- an incredible towering robot that was once used for who-knows-what. But the fact remains: Rose and her team don't know what it was used for and why, and along the way, they have to ask themselves: How far are we willing to go to further progress?
--Sleeping Giants, by Sylvain Neuvel

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The Library at Mount Char
Carolyn tells people that she's just a librarian, and to her, that's the truth. But her definition of librarian doesn't exactly line up with everyone else's. No, when Carolyn says that she and her siblings are librarians, she means that she and her siblings are near-godlike beings who work in specific areas of study in the Library, overseen by their seemingly omnipotent Father.
And Father has gone missing, leaving command of all of reality to whoever can seize control over the Library.
-- The Library at Mount Char, by Scott Hawkins

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The Girl on the Train
Every morning and every night, Rachel takes the train past the same stretch of houses and sees the same couple on their porch. She's seen them so many times, she's sure she practically knows them-- Jess and Jason, with their perfect little lives.
Then, one day, she sees something that could ruin that perfection. And so Rachel gets involved, desperate to keep at least one thing in her life perfect.
--The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins

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Where Futures End
They're five teenagers living in five very different futures, and one day they'll meet. And when that happens, they'll have to find out why the Other Place is calling to them-- and why their own world is slowly falling apart. 
-- Where Futures End, by Parker Peevyhouse

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The Deep Sea Diver's Syndrome
David Sarella dives into his dreams for a living. When he dives, he's a jewel thief, teaming up with his accomplice, Nadia, to steal expensive jewelry and bring it back up to "the real world", where it turns into a priceless form of artwork. The more dangerous the dream, the more valuable the object he brings up is.
Dangerous dreams can take their toll, though. But David doesn't plan on ending his career as a diver-- doesn't want to lose Nadia forever. So he goes on one last dive, risking everything he has in the real world just to catch a last glimpse of his dream world.
--The Deep Sea Diver's Syndrome, by Serge Brussolo (translated by Edward Gauvin)
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