The Queen's Gambit, by Walter Tevis

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One day Beth Harmon wanders into the orphanage basement and discovers the janitor playing chess. It is the birth of not just a pastime, but an obsession, one which will take her a long way from Kentucky. Walter Tevis lays out his pieces on the very first page and moves them with the sure intent of a grandmaster. This book is a wonderful entertainment, with an endgame full of cheers and tears. Behind the moves, counter-moves, and checkmates, though, is a serious tale of the loneliness it takes to become the best at what you do – and to be seen, at last. 



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ISBN: 9781400030606
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Published: Vintage - March 11th, 2003

Notes on an Execution, by Danya Kukafka

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Kukafka's gripping novel turns the serial killer narrative on its head. While the clock ticks nearer to the execution of Ansel Packer, Kukafka tells the story of the victims and the women this psychopath has left in his wake. These include the mother who abandoned him to save herself,  the twin sister of the woman he married, and the childhood acquaintance who grew into the detective obsessed with bringing Packer to justice. Kukafka weaves a narrative web that ensnares the reader, presenting in forensic detail the foibles and ordinary heroism that make up the very human people most crime stories tend to dismiss. An unforgettable page-turner.

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ISBN: 9780063052734
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Published: William Morrow - January 25th, 2022

If I Survive You, by Jonathan Escoffery

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The failure of the American Dream reverberates throughout Escoffery's debut collection of linked stories. In electric prose and a deft weave of heartbreak and humor, the author tracks a family’s experience fleeing the violence of Jamaica—only to be met by the harsh landscape of the US, a place notably inhospitable to anyone deemed other. As they struggle to make a home for themselves despite seemingly insurmountable odds, including hardships that threaten them as both individuals and a family, these characters nonetheless remain driven to survive and to escape their marginal condition and truly belong.   

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ISBN: 9780374605988
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Published: MCD - September 6th, 2022