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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The Talented Ribkins Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612196367
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Published: Melville House - August 8th, 2017

When Johnny Ribkins goes to his dead brother's house to dig up $100,000 he buried there years ago, so that he can pay back the man he's been embezzling from, he doesn't know that his past is going to make a claim on him.
But when he finds out his brother had a child Johnny never knew about, and that his niece has, like many Ribkins, a strange talent, he feels obligated to take her with him on a journey of restitution that becomes far more complicated than he imagined.
He should have known, though. Johnny's particular talent is making maps. If you need to get to something, he can draw you a map to it. Doesn't matter if he's never been there. He sees connections and he draws lines, and no one who uses one of Johnny's maps fails to get to their destination.
Perhaps because he's drawn maps for other people for so many years, he doesn't recognize that his journey around Florida to the places where,over the years, he's buried valuables is a literal treasure map--one that gives him a future when his niece finally reveals what her true Ribkins talent is.

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Exit West: A Novel Cover Image
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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Vassa in the Night: A Novel Cover Image
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.