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What We’re Reading

May’s best books encourage innovation, examine protest, and showcase genre-bending new fiction...

By Caroline Leavitt
Posted May 3, 2012


Creating InnovatorsCreating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World By Tony Wagner

Our future starts with our kids, but how do we best ignite their imaginations, help them look at failure as a stepping stone instead of a dead-end, and encourage them to persevere? In this eye-opening book, Wagner shows how instilling passion, play and purpose in our children can encourage young minds to thrive, even in a poor school system. Provocative and downright inspiring.



The Possibility of YouThe Possibility of You By Pamela Redmond Satran
Three women, from past to present, confront motherhood, family and personal choices in a riveting new novel.  A 1916 Irish nanny find herself pregnant and alone; a 1976 young woman, pregnant by her best friend, uncovers family secrets; and a modern day journalist searches for her birth mother.  A fascinating look at the changing roles of women, The Possibility of You is also a shimmering exploration of how we are all connected.



The Occupy HandbookThe Occupy Handbook By Janet Byrne
Are the lines between the wealthy and the poor that clearly drawn? Byrne has collected a series of incisive and varied essays from Gillian Tett, John Cassidy and more, that both explore and explain the Occupy Wall Street movement and issues. Whether you joined the ranks of protesters or you protested against them, The Occupy Handbook is a must-read for anyone contemplating the future of a democratic society.



Kissing ListThe Kissing List By Stephanie Reents
A funny, sharply written and undeniably smart collection of linked short stories about four twenty-something young women navigating their lives in New York City. Reents captures disastrous dates, mind-numbing temp jobs and financial struggles with a hilarious aplomb and invention that’s reminiscent of Aimee Bender at her best.




The Lola QuaretetThe Lola Quartet By Emily St. John Mandel
Already an Indie #1 pick, The Lola Quartet is a delicious hybrid of detective story and literary noir. When Gavin Sasaki, fired from his journalism job for making things up, discovers he might have a daughter from a former girlfriend, he sets out to find them both.  But things are never what they seem here, and he’s soon drawn into a dangerous, spiky web of drugs, lies, and shifting loyalties. Set against the backdrop of jazz and Florida heat, The Lola Quartet creates a world and a novel unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.
And don’t miss: Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton.  Crown, $25.00
A woman in a coma fights to figure out who was responsible for a devastating fire that put her family in danger.







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