Book of the Day: Paperboy, by Vince Vawter

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Rona London reviews her pick for Book of the Day:

When Victor Vollmer III takes over his best friend's paper route for a month, he is confronted with opportunities and challenges. It is 1959 in segregated Memphis, and Victor learns from his neighbors about racial tensions, inequality, friendship and fairness. The challenge of a pronounced stutter leaves Victor unable even to say his name without tremendous difficulty; he remains nameless until the very end of the book because of this. Throughout Paperboy, Victor matures, learning about relationships,


Book of the Day: Alex's Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance, by Martin Goldsmith

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Larry Miller reviews his pick for Book of the Day:

Martin Goldsmith is the son of parents who escaped the Holocaust and the grandson and nephew of two men who did not. Alex's Wake is his attempt to save his grandfather and uncle from anonymous victimhood by restoring their identity and humanity.

Goldsmith graces the German roots of his family through their settlement in Oldenburg in the early 20th century where Alex, his grandfather, became a successful businessman. The Nazi restrictions on the Jews made thier lives so perilous that Alex


Ivy Bestsellers - July 7, 2014

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After being knocked out by Alan Furst last week, Daniel James Brown is back on top of our list. Furst is down but far from out at #8 this week.

The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown

The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith


Book of the Day: The ACB with Honora Lee, by Kate DeGoldi

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Rona London reviews her pick for book of th eday:

The ACB with Honora Lee is a most unusual novel about Perry, a 9-year-old girl who has so many after school activities she has little time to herself. With the sudden departure of her music teacher, Perry finds herself with an afternoon free, and she knows just how she wants to pass this newly-found time. Perry implores her psychologist mother and jet-setting businessman father to allow her to spend the days with her grandmother, Honora Lee, who suffers from dementia. Perry begins her visits to Gran's


Book of the Day: Bringing Down Gaddafi: On the Ground with the Libyan Rebels, by Andrei Netto

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Given current geopolitical developments, it can be hard to remember the headiness of the Arab Spring: the spectacle of freedom fighters rising up and overthrowing their oppressive governments. Flash forward a few years, and things seem a lot bleaker.

Brazilian journalist Andrei Netto was one of the first foreign journalists on the ground to witness the uprising in Libya. Along with Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, a correspondent for The Guardian, he sneaked across Libya's Tunisian border and gained a front-row seat to the revolution's early days.

Netto's narrative is thrilling, and frankly could be read as solely an adventure story. (The book has "future classic" written