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The Help

Kathryn Stockett, $16.00

Hailed as a new classic by readers and critics alike—and a soon to be released motion picture—The Help by Kathryn Stockett tells the story of three very different extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks society’s rules, putting them all at risk. The relationships between “the help,” the white children they raise, and their employers, make for a compelling story, filled with poignancy, humor and hope.

 

Bonobo Handshake

Vanessa Woods, $16.00

The story of author Vanessa Woods’ and her newly wed husband Brian Hare’s research in the Congo at the only bonobo sanctuary in the world mixes the intimacy of memoir with the science of behavioral research. As it becomes clear the bonobos are wary of men, Vanessa must run all the experiments, and as she develops deep bonds with the bonobos she finds her own path as a writer, a scientist, and a wife. Bonobos share, use sex to settle arguments, and possess almost 99 percent of our DNA. UltimatelyBonobo Handshake comes down on the side of hope—for the Congo and the bonobos.

 

The Forty Rules of Love

Elif Shafak, $16.00

The Forty Rules of Love, a lyrical, imaginative novel by Elif Shafak unfolds in two parallel narratives. In the thirteenth century, the Sufi poet Rumi encounters his spiritual mentor and is transformed from a successful, but unhappy, cleric into a committed mystic. In present day Massachusetts, an unhappy American housewife, inspired by Rumi’s message of love, finds the courage to undertake her own transformation. Blending East and West, past and present, Elif provides an exuberant dramatic account of how love works in the world.

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