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Kristy is a graduate of the Rainier Writer’s Workshop Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. Prior to graduate school, she attended the Evergreen State College where she majored in creative writing and feminist studies. Her short fiction has been published in two anthologies as well as several online journals. Aside from her academic studies she completed a publishing internship with Copper Canyon Press and interned at the Housing Resources Board writing web copy and interviewing clients. Recently, Kristy joined Field's End Writing Community as a core team member. Kristy is a bookseller and manager of the Used Book Annex.


ISBN-13: 9781616200398
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 8/2012
If you read just one novel during the holiday season, let it be this one. Ben Benjamin is a middle aged man who has lost everything. In an effort to reinvent himself and, more importantly, to redeem himself, he takes on the role of caregiver to a demanding nineteen-year-old boy with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Evison proves to be a magnificent storyteller as he balances the details of Ben’s tragic past with hilarious dialogue and profound moments of insight in this big-hearted, soul-searching and redemptive novel. This is the feel-good book of the year. ~ Kristy

How to Be a Woman (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780062124296
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Published: Harper Perennial, 7/2012
Moran is not afraid to use the “F” word. In fact, she urges her readers to stand on a chair and proudly yell, “I am a Feminist!” With humor, insight and compassion, Moran takes on everything from bikini waxes to body image to motherhood and politics. I found her take on feminism empowering, refreshing, and a much needed reminder. Even if you don’t agree with all her views, this book will have you laughing and thinking about what it means to be a woman in today’s society. ~ Kristy

ISBN-13: 9780679644194
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Published: The Dial Press, 6/2012

An outstanding coming-of-age debut novel set in 1987, Brunt’s book tells the story of an eccentric 14-year-old, June Elbus, whose only friend, her Uncle Finn, dies of AIDS. A portrait Finn had painted of June and her sister, with whom she had once shared a close bond, ultimately receives national attention and unleashes a plethora of family secrets. June feels more alone than ever until she meets Toby, Finn’s boyfriend. Their love for Finn creates a bond between them, one that stirs family jealousies and rivalries. This book is a deeply touching and moving portrait of a family in the wake of tragedy, and a young girl’s courage during the AIDS hysteria of the late 80s. ~ Kristy

ISBN-13: 9781250006219
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Published: St. Martin's Press, 8/2012

This novel is a rare tale of friendship, family, and what it means to be real. Nine-year-old Max lives mostly in his head. He doesn’t have friends and doesn’t like being touched or held. His parents don’t understand him and he is the target of a school bully. Soon Max finds himself in very real danger and Budo, the imaginary friend he brought to life when he was four (and who serves as the narrator of this wonderful tale), is the only one who can save him. Budo’s voice and humanity made me fall in love with this story. Budo is the guardian angel who transports readers inside the vulnerability and imagination of childhood. This novel will break your heart a little, but it will also break you open in the most beautiful way. It is a story you will never forget. ~ Kristy

Salvage the Bones (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781608195220
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Published: Bloomsbury USA, 8/2011
Few novels hold the power and urgency of this 2011 National Book Award Winner. Esch Batiste, the narrator and heroine of the story, is fifteen, pregnant, and motherless in a family of boys, a poor rural family living on the edge as they prepare for Hurricane Katrina. Each chapter represents a day, twelve in total, describing the family’s struggles, fears, and passions in a raw, intimate portrayal of loyalty, heartache, and survival. This is also the story of one young woman’s journey to embracing courage and power. Ward’s writing is lyrical, haunting, and beautifully savage. ~ Kristy.

ISBN-13: 9781592406678
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Published: Gotham, 9/2011
This is the page-turning account of the dogs rescued from NFL player Michael Vick’s infamous dog fighting ring. It is a love story about a group of selfless and compassionate individuals who saw the potential and beauty in each of these traumatized dogs. It is a story of success even in the wake of brutal abuse. And it is a testament of loyalty, forgiveness, and redemption, for canines and humans alike. This is a must-read for dog lovers, especially pit bull advocates. ~ Kristy

ISBN-13: 9780374288976
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books, 4/2012
When Williams’ mother died, she left her daughter her collection of journals. When the author was finally ready to open the door to her mother’s memories, she found only blank pages… What came next was Williams’ lyrical memoir, each brief chapter an exquisitely composed meditation, breathing meaning and possibility into the empty pages of her mother’s journals… this is a breathtaking and unforgettable testament and tribute to the most beautiful words never written. ~ Kristy.

ISBN-13: 9781594488412
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Published: Riverhead Books, 3/2012
When esteemed writer Anne Lamott became a single mother, she wrote the bestselling memoir, Operating Instructions, a journal of her son Sam’s first year. Now Anne Lamott returns with a journal of Sam’s first year as a father. When Anne discovers that Sam is about to become a father at nineteen, she deals with a whirlwind of emotion, from anger and disappointment to joy and amazement. Told through emails, journal entries and interviews, her story reflects on the complexity of family, from first diaper to first apartment. This is a funny, touching and profound read for mothers, grandmothers and young parents. ~ Kristy

ISBN-13: 9780802120106
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Published: Grove Press, 3/2012
This memoir is a must for writers and survivors, outcasts and orphans, the lost and the found. Winterson tells the story of her life, from orphan to adoptee, from tortured and alienated child to brazen teen who sets out for Oxford, to the successful writer she becomes who’s still wounded, in search of both mother and home. Raised by a fanatically religious mother, Winterson had an unusual and sometimes brutal childhood. Locked out of her own home both literally and psychologically, she found in literature both an escape and an anchor. This is a story of resilience, of obstacles overcome. Most of all, it is a story about finding the one home worth searching for: the place where you learn to love and learn to be loved in return. ~ Kristy

Me and You (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780802170903
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Published: Black Cat, 2/2012
Told from the point of view of Lorenzo, a painfully introverted fourteen-year-old boy, this novel grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. Lorenzo wants so badly for his parents to believe he is “normal” that he lies and says he’s been invited on a ski trip. Really, Lorenzo plans to spend a week in uninterrupted solitude in the cellar of his home. However, his estranged and troubled half sister Olivia arrives unexpectedly with demons of her own. With Olivia in crisis, Lorenzo's courage is put to the test, forcing him to break through his protective shell in a matter of life or death. Emotionally engaging and beautifully written, this book will bravely take you to dark depths and then tenderly bring you back up for air. ~ Kristy

More (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780547610832
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 3/2012
This is a beautifully illustrated picture book told in few words, but with a timely message. Read this story to your little ones and find out why less is often “more.” Ages 4-8. ~ Kristy

Warm Bodies (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781439192320
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books, 12/2011

ISBN-13: 9780307477477
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Published: Anchor, 5/2011
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for fiction, A Visit from the Goon Squad is a smart and moving book. The chapters form a mosaic connecting aging rocker Bennie and his young secretary, Sasha, to a menagerie of intriguing characters whose stories are poignant, sometimes tragic, and always unabashedly human. This is an engrossing and provocative must-read. ~ Kristy

ISBN-13: 9781616200152
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1/2011
Powerful, relevant, and genuine, this novel tells the story of Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I. As the sole survivor of a family tragedy, Rachel moves in with her paternal grandmother and aunt. In her new community Rachel confronts the challenges of being a young biracial woman in a world that wants to label her one or the other. Through her growing pains, Rachel proves her bravery, intelligence, and sensitivity. With a sincere, haunting voice, Durrow’s storytelling is moving and impeccable. I highly recommend this book! ~ Kristy

ISBN-13: 9780385720960
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Published: Anchor, 4/2011

ISBN-13: 9780061992254
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Published: HarperCollins, 1/2012
Based on a true event, this story is told to us by Ivan, a silver-back gorilla who has lived in captivity for twenty-seven years inside a mall. Resigned to this, Ivan spends his days drawing and talking to his friends Stella, an elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. All that changes, however, when their keeper acquires a new attraction, a baby elephant named Ruby. When tragedy strikes, Ivan is jolted out of his passivity and faced with an all too human situation: to protect and defend the ones he loves at any cost. Told with great humanity and empathy, The One and Only Ivan is a story about friendship, the power of art and the courage to do what is right. Ages 9-12. ~ Kristy

Room (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780316098328
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Published: Back Bay Books, 6/2011
This novel is a radically original work of art that tells the story of Jack, a five-year-old boy born into captivity whose only world is an 11’x11’ room that has imprisoned his “Ma” for seven years. Ma’s overwhelming love for Jack gives her the strength to create a loving, nurturing environment in a dark and dire situation. Jack’s narration is believable, endearing and haunting, and Donoghue’s depiction of a mother’s courage, resilience, and undying hope for survival is staggeringly beautiful. Both suspenseful and emotionally riveting, this book is a page-turner. This story will linger long after you have closed the book. ~ Kristy

ISBN-13: 9780142417027
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Published: Speak, 1/2011
Meet Karl Shoemaker, a seventeen-year-old high school senior with only one wish: to be normal. This novel for young adults covers the first six days of Karl’s senior year, in which he attempts to distance himself from the Madman Underground, a group of students who are forced to attend in-school therapy. While their lives range from dysfunctional to absolutely tragic, they share a profound intimacy with each others’ stories, The Madman Tales. When I finished this book I wished I could spend a day among Karl and the other Madmen. I hope the people who read this book include teens and beauty queens, teachers and librarians, parents and babysitters, and every misfit who knows what it feels like to be a Madman. For young adults and older. ~ Kristy

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