Book Buzz

Listen to Dragonfly Books' The Book Buzz on KVIK 104.7 FM each week for the latest hype, hoopla, and hullabaloo surrounding our favorite books and authors.

Airing on Tuesdays at 4:30 pm and Fridays at 9:45 am.

The Metal Children: A Play Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780865479241
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Published: Faber & Faber - April 13th, 2010

In small-town America, a young adult novel about teen pregnancy is banned by the local school board, igniting a fierce and violent debate over abortion, religious beliefs, and modern feminism. Its directionless New York City author arrives in town to defend the book and finds that it has inspired a group of local teens to rebel in strange and unexpected ways.


Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780307592736
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 20th, 2012

Oprah's Book Club 2.0 selection.
A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again.


Carry the One Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451636888
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 6th, 2012

This stunning, break-out achievement has already been hailed by Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room, for presenting "passion and addiction, guilt and damage, all the beautiful mess of family life. Carry the One will lift readers off their feet and bear them along on its eloquent tide."


A Good American Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399157592
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Published: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam - February 7th, 2012

"A beautifully written novel, laced with history and music." --Emily St. John Mandel, author of "Station Eleven"
An uplifting novel about the families we create and the places we call home.


The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781592406616
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Published: Gotham - December 27th, 2011

The "New York Times" bestselling journalist and author of "The Girls from Ames," Jeffrey Zaslow, takes us to a multi- generational family owned small-town bridal shop to explore the emotional lives of women in the 21st century.

You may not have heard of Fowler, Michigan, much less Becker's Bridal.


The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781561455959
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Published: Peachtree Publishers - October 2011

Skilley, an alley cat with an embarrassing secret, longs to escape his hard life and trade his damp alley for the warmth of the Cheshire Cheese Inn. When he learns that the innkeeper is looking for a new mouser, Skilley comes up with an audacious scheme to install himself in the famous tavern. Illustrations.


The Lonely Polygamist Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393339710
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 29th, 2011

Beautifully written, keenly observed, and ultimately redemptive, The Lonely Polygamist is an unforgettable story of an American family--with its inevitable dysfunctionality, heartbreak, and comedy--pushed to its outer limits.


The Fault in Our Stars Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780525478812
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 10th, 2012

Now a Major Motion Picture
TODAY Book Club pick
TIME magazine's #1 Fiction Book of 2012
"The greatest romance story of this decade."
--Entertainment Weekly
-Millions of copies sold-
#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
#1 USA Today Bestseller


Oh My Gods: A Modern Retelling of Greek and Roman Myths Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781451609974
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 3rd, 2012

From acclaimed writer and scholar Philip Freeman, a contemporary retelling of classic Greek and Roman mythology.


Secret Daughter Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780061928352
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Published: William Morrow & Company - April 2011

"Moving and thought-provoking and informative and imaginative and beautifully executed. What a wonderful story "
--Mary Jane Clark "This book is a must for anyone touched by adoption, or India, or the delicate dynamic between adolescent girls and their mothers."


The Hum and the Shiver Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780765327444
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Published: Tor Books - September 27th, 2011

Named one of the Best Fiction Books of 2011 by "Kirkus Reviews, The Hum and the Shiver" by Alex Bledsoe is an enchanting tale of music and magic older than the hills. . . .


Ashfall Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781933718552
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Published: Tanglewood Press - September 27th, 2011

Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don t realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying supervolcano, so large that the caldera can only be seen by plane or satellite. And by some scientific measurements, it could be overdue for an eruption.


In Caddis Wood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555975920
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 13th, 2011

A tender, nuanced portrait of a timeworn marriage

Told from the alternating perspectives of a husband and wife, "In Caddis Wood "explores the competing rhythms of romantic love, family life, and professional ambition, refracted through the changing seasons of a long marriage. Beneath the surface, affecting their collective future, beats the resilient and endangered heart of nature.


The Orchard: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780446584692
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 1st, 2011

THE ORCHARD is the story of a street-smart city girl who must adapt to a new life on an apple farm after she falls in love with Adrian Curtis, the golden boy of a prominent local family whose lives and orchards seem to be cursed. Married after only three months, young Theresa finds life with Adrian on the farm far more difficult and dangerous than she expected.


The Long-Shining Waters Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781571310835
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Published: Milkweed Editions - May 10th, 2011

Lake Superior, the north country, the great fresh-water expanse. Frigid. Lethal. Wildly beautiful. The Long-Shining Waters gives us three stories whose characters are separated by centuries and circumstance, yet connected across time by a shared geography.


Killing Kate Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439178010
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Published: Atria Books - July 26th, 2011

Not all angels are divine...


Great House Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780393340648
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 6th, 2011

Winner of the 2011 ABA Indies Choice Honor Award in Fictio Winner of the 2011 Anisfield-Wolf Awar Shortlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize in Fictio A powerful, soaring novel about a stolen desk that contains the secrets, and becomes the obsession, of the lives it passes through.


The Art of Fielding Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316126694
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 1st, 2011

At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.


Love Lies Bleeding Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061999680
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Published: William Morrow & Company - July 26th, 2011

In the vein of Jennifer McMahon's Promise Not to Tell and The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold comes Love Lies Bleeding, a haunting story about the lengths to which people will go to keep their pasts buried. Jess McConkey (aka award-winning author Shirley Damsgaard) enthralls with her ingenious blending of family drama and gripping mystery.


The Sea of Trolls Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780689867460
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Published: Simon Pulse - May 2006

Jack was eleven when the berserkers loomed out of the fog and nabbed him. "It seems that things are stirring across the water," the Bard had warned. "Ships are being built, swords are being forged."
"Is that bad?" Jack had asked, for his Saxon village had never before seen berserkers.
"Of course. People don't make ships and swords unless they intend to use them."


A Bridge to the Stars Cover Image
By Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson (Translator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780440240426
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Published: Delacorte Press - August 11th, 2009

"This poignant novel explores how a unilateral decision can change a life.
"Two things are hard for Joel Gustafson to cope with: not knowing why, and not being able to do anything about it. Joel's father was once a sailor who lived by the sea. Joel's mother once lived with them. Joel's father abandoned the sea. Joel's mother abandoned Joel and his father.


Orphan of the Shadows: The Light and Dark Chronicles Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781617396427
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Published: Tate Publishing & Enterprises - April 26th, 2011

Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion? Cover Image
By Johan Harstad, Deborah Dawkin (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781609801359
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Published: Seven Stories Press - June 7th, 2011

Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion?


Summer at Tiffany Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780061189531
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Published: Avon Books - March 30th, 2010

New York City, 1945. Marjorie Jacobson and her best friend, Marty Garrett, arrive fresh from the Kappa house at the University of Iowa hoping to find summer positions as shopgirls.


True (. . . Sort Of) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061968730
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 2011

True: Delly Pattison likes surpresents (presents that are a surprise). The day the Boyds come to town, Delly's sure a special surpresent is on its way. But lately, everything that she thinks will be good and fun turns into trouble. She's never needed a surpresent more than now.


The Bird Sisters Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780307717962
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Published: Crown - April 12th, 2011

When a bird flies into a window in Spring Green, Wisconsin, sisters Milly and Twiss get a visit. Twiss listens to the birds' heartbeats, assessing what she can fix and what she can't, while Milly listens to the heartaches of the people who've brought them. These spinster sisters have spent their lives nursing people and birds back to health.
 


My Ruby Slippers: The Road Back to Kansas Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780803230101
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Published: Bison - March 2011

Sure, there's no place like home--but what if you can't really pinpoint where home is? By the time she was nine, Tracy Seeley had lived in seven towns and thirteen different houses. Her father's dreams of movie stardom, stoked by a series of affairs, kept the family on edge, and on the move, until he up and left.


The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594487804
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Published: Riverhead Hardcover - April 14th, 2011

For anyone who has ever wanted to step into the world of a favorite book, here is a pioneer pilgrimage, a tribute to Laura Ingalls Wilder, and a hilarious account of butter-churning obsession.


The Stormchasers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780452297135
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Published: Plume Books - April 26th, 2011

The author of the runaway New York Times bestseller Those Who Save Us returns with a powerful novel about twins who must confront a dark secret from their past.


Wingshooters Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781936070718
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Published: Akashic Books - February 8th, 2011

In Nina Revoyr's best novel to date, the events of 1974 forever change Michelle LeBeau, her town, and her family.


A Widow's Story: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062015532
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Published: Ecco - March 1st, 2011

In a work unlike anything she's written before, National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Oates unveils a poignant, intimate memoir about the unexpected death of her husband of forty-six years and its wrenching, surprising aftermath.

"My husband died, my life collapsed."


Alexander the Great Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416592808
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 4th, 2011

In the first authoritative biography of Alexander the Great written for a general audience in a generation, classicist and historian Philip Freeman tells the remarkable life of the great conqueror. The celebrated Macedonian king has been one of the most enduring figures in history.


Mercy Kill: A Mystery Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416590972
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Published: Touchstone Books - January 11th, 2011

Former Black Ops army sniper Mercy Gunderson isn't adjusting well to the laid-back rhythm of civilian life on her family's ranch in South Dakota. To fill her time, Mercy accepts a temporary bartending gig at a local watering hole.