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The Girls – Emma Cline

The Girls is a coming of age story line one other. Set on the backdrop of the Manson murders, don’t let that scare you off. The focus & power of the book comes more from the main character, Evie. She incubuses all of the awkwardness, pain and excitement of being a 14 year old girl, and the tragic effects that innocence can have in the wrong hands.

Emily – B&B Staff

Cork Dork – Bianca Bosker

Wine is one of my favorite indulgences, and this book made me love it even more. Bianca Bosker gave herself the near impossible goal of passing the sommelier exams, and she gave herself one year to do it. This book is hilarious, illuminating and delicious. Cheers!

Mia – B&B Staff

Reckless: My Life as a Pretender – Chrissie Hynde

Chrissie Hynde, leader of the Pretenders, is one of the most widely imitated figures in rock: sexy, unflappable, vulnerable yet tough, a groundbreaking songwriter and performer. In these pages, Chrissie gives us her story. We see her all-American 1950s childhood in Ohio, and her teenage self falling for the rock music of the 1960s. We follow her to London, where she takes a job with NME and makes her way into the churning ’70s London punk scene, meeting Lemmy, Sid Vicious and Iggy Pop, living in squats, writing songs, playing in early versions of the Clash and the Damned. Her work with the Pretenders—which melded punk, New Wave, and pop to irresistible effect—would catapult her to instant stardom. Through it all is Chrissie’s unmistakable voice, ringing with fearless emotional honesty, a razor-sharp wit, and an enduring belief in the power of rock’n’roll.

The Heart Goes Last – Margaret Atwood

Stan and Charmaine, a young urban couple, have been hit by job loss and bankruptcy in the midst of a nationwide economic collapse. Forced to live in their third-hand Honda, where they are vulnerable to roving gangs, they think the gated community of Consilience may be the answer to their prayers. If they sign a life contract, they’ll get a job and a lovely house . . . for six months out of the year. On alternating months, residents must leave their homes and serve as inmates in the Positron prison system. At first, this seems worth it: they will have a roof over their heads and food on the table. But when a series of troubling events unfolds, Positron begins to look less like a prayer answered and more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled. The Heart Goes Last is a vivid, urgent vision of development and decay, freedom and surveillance, struggle and hope—and the timeless workings of the human heart.