Nancy Recommends

In fiction, Nancy gravitates to a compelling voice and a good story well-told. Bonus points if it's funny. Or creepy. Extra bonus points if it's both. She mostly reads young adult and middle grade fiction, but she also enjoys adult fiction, history (especially early European), and graphic design.

Her "To Be Read" pile is taller than she is.

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ISBN: 9780735212176
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

Saeed and Nadia meet, and become lovers, in a city that is being overrun by militants as their romance unfolds. When it is clear that any future they have lies outside the city—indeed outside the country of their birth, they find one of the many mysterious doors that are suddenly appearing, and embrace the vexed identity of the migrant.
Possibly the most important book you will read this year, Exit West drills to the very core of the migrant experience—being forced from your home and your family and being cast adrift, alone, in a foreign country.
Spare, clinical, beautiful, and imbued by the sorts of improbable magic and mischance that immigrants experience again and again on their journeys of exile, Exit West is an antidote to xenophobia and a love song to all who must leave the place where they were born.

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ISBN: 9780765380548
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Published: Tor Teen - September 20th, 2016

A chilling, gorgeously-written retelling of the Russian folktale "Vassilissa the Beautiful" that plumbs the dark strangeness of the original and pulls from it a strong and compelling humanity.

When Vassa is forced to go to the creepy B. Y.'s, a convenience store that perches atop chicken legs in a parking lot surrounded by heads on stakes, she knows her chances of surviving the trip are small. Yet she manages to outwit Babs, the disturbing proprietress, and her two severed-hand henchmen.

Babs won't let her go easily, though and forces her to agree to work three nights at the store. As Vassa tries to survive for three nights, she becomes aware that Babs is hiding an enormous, awful secret in plain sight.