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From our last poll, this selection beat out 7 other titles. It's got a beautiful cover and has plenty of rave reviews. Looking forward to this discussion! From Goodreads: Follow a race of human-like machines that have been hiding among us for untold centuries. Present day: When a young anthropologist specializing in ancient technology uncovers a terrible secret concealed in the workings of a three-hundred-year-old mechanical doll, she is thrown into a hidden world that lurks just under the surface of our own. With her career and her life at stake, June Stefanov will ally with a remarkable traveler who exposes her to a reality she never imagined, as they embark on an around-the-world adventure and discover breathtaking secrets of the past... Russia, 1725: In the depths of the Kremlin, the tsar's loyal mechanician brings to life two astonishingly humanlike mechanical beings. Peter and Elena are a brother and sister fallen out of time, possessed with uncanny power, and destined to serve great empires. Struggling to blend into pre-Victorian society, they are pulled into a legendary war that has raged for centuries. The Clockwork Dynasty interweaves past and present, exploring a race of beings designed to live by ironclad principles, yet constantly searching for meaning. As June plunges deeper into their world, her choices will ultimately determine their survival or extermination.
This title has won our latest poll! It took an early lead and never relinquished its most-favored position among you. So, let's dig into this highly-rated gem and prep from some excellent ensuing discussion! From Goodreads: The story of an intense female friendship fueled by affection, envy and pride--and each woman's fear that she would be nothing without the other. Skinny, nine-year-old orphaned Dores is working in the kitchen of a sugar plantation in 1930s Brazil when in walks a girl who changes everything. Graça, the spoiled daughter of a wealthy sugar baron, is clever, well fed, pretty, and thrillingly ill behaved. Born to wildly different worlds, Dores and Graça quickly bond over shared mischief, and then, on a deeper level, over music. One has a voice like a songbird; the other feels melodies in her soul and composes lyrics to match. Music will become their shared passion, the source of their partnership and their rivalry, and for each, the only way out of the life to which each was born. But only one of the two is destined to be a star. Their intimate, volatile bond will determine each of their fortunes--and haunt their memories. Traveling from Brazil's inland sugar plantations to the rowdy streets of Lapa in Rio de Janeiro, from Los Angeles during the Golden Age of Hollywood back to the irresistible drumbeat of home, "The Air You Breathe" unfurls a moving portrait of a lifelong friendship--its unparalleled rewards and lasting losses--and considers what we owe to the relationships that shape our lives.
Are you bookish? Love books? Need more books? Heck, want books before they're even out yet? Want to meet some of your favorite authors? Want to be part of the biggest book celebration of the year? Every industry has its yearly convention, and the publishing industry is no different. Book Expo America (BEA) has a public portion of their convention during its final days, called BookCon. BookCon is the ultimate bookfest for book lovers! All the major publishers and other book-related companies (there's some really cool ones out there) display their wares, and dozens of authors preside over signings and panel discussions. This year, this huge event will take place right here in NYC at the Javits Center. So if you'd like to join us--rubbing elbows with publishing insiders, shaking hands and snapping pictures with authors and celebrities, and probably bagging a ton of books (for purchase and for FREE)--we'll be meeting at the corner of 11th Ave. and 36th Street, right in front of the Center, at 9:15AM (we'll give enough time for the morning stragglers to get their coffee and still try to be at the front of the line.) Tickets are available for $30. Here is the website for all the info you need: http://www.thebookcon.com. Bring energy, good walking shoes, some cash if you want to make any purchases, and a big enough bag to carry your bounty. There's lots to do all day, so we'll probably go our separate ways inside--we can keep in touch via messaging if you find something great you want to share--and, if you stay for the day, we'll go out for a bite afterward and bask in the afterglow of this one-of-a-kind experience. See ya there!
This title has won a solid second place in our latest selections poll! It remained the strongest runner-up the entire time the poll was up. Time to immerse ourselves in one of the most currently discussed books on shelves! From Goodreads: Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. In this deft exploration of love, loyalty, race, justice, and both Black masculinity and Black womanhood in 21st century America, Jones achieves that most-elusive of all literary goals: the Great American Novel.