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What to Read Now: Vol LXXVII

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The Marriage Portrait
by Maggie O’Farrell

From the internationally bestselling, award-winning author of Hamnet comes a novel of power and survival. Florence in the 1550s. As Lucrezia is forced to take the place of her sister in marrying a duke after her sudden death, she must learn to take her place in a court that is both novel and dangerous. Mesmerizingly unforgettable, this is a writer at her very best.

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Taste: My Life Through Food
by Stanley Tucci

Before he became known to the world, Tucci spent his childhood in an Italian American family, coming together every night around the dinner table. Bringing us beyond the recipes and into the intimate stories behind them, Taste is a warm and energetic celebration of food, family and and the beautiful moments that bring the two together. 

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Carrie Soto is Back 
by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Carrie Soto is a legend. Having claimed twenty Slam titles, she is the greatest tennis player the world has seen. But six years into her retirement her title is about to be taken from her. So she’s back and ready to hold on to it. Even if the sports media berates her, even if her body isn’t the same as it once was. A breathtaking ode to determination, greatness and the cost of chasing it.

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And Finally
by Henry Marsh

What happens when the doctor becomes the patient? When retired brain surgeon Henry Marsh was diagnosed with advanced cancer, he found himself caught between frustration and fascination, contemplating his own potential death sentence while also more entranced than ever by the ever increasing mysteries of science and the brain. Poignant and joyful, poetic and humorous, this is a book less about death but more so about the wonder of life.

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We Don’t Know Ourselves: A Personal History of Ireland Since 1958
by Fintan O’Toole

Ireland has changed almost beyond recognition in the last sixty years. From feminists to queer people, child’s rights advocates to the working class, O’Toole’s ground breaking book is a captivating blend of memory, history and social narrative that brings us through the era of Eamon de Valera, the Pope’s historic visit and the civil war in the North right up to today’s image of modern Ireland. 

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The Story of Russia
by Orlando Figes

With recommendations from both Max Hastings and Simon Sebag Montefiore, this landmark history of one of the most elusive and powerful countries in the world is an absolute must read for those wanting to get a better understanding of where Russia is headed. By looking to the murky and often reinvented past of Russia, Figes manages to give us a much more informed idea of its potential future.

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by Darren Charlton

In this captivating conclusion to the Costa Book Award shortlisted Wranglestone, Charlton brings Peter and Cooper’s story of first love, zombies and fighting for the truth to a close with even more heart, adventure and mystery. Ideal for readers 13+, this brilliantly heartwarming story is perfect for fans of Sophie Gonzales and Alice Oseman. 

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