Not everyone reads ebooks, hard to believe...but those who like the feel of a "real book," this paperback list is for you. All three recommendations, especially The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout (a Pulitzer Prize winner) received excellent reviews and are memorable reads.

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   THE COOKED SEED: A Memoir by Anchee Min. 

 Her 1994 memoir, “Red Azalea,” Min described coming of age during the cataclysm of Mao’s Cultural Revolution. “The Cooked Seed” picks up in 1980s Chicago, where Min — who has landed at the School of the Art Institute through wheedling and absurd luck — learns English, claws her way out of a bad marriage and takes on the challenge of raising her daughter alone.

THE BURGESS BOYSby Elizabeth Strout. 

Fractious siblings unite to help a troubled relative in Strout’s compassionate novel, her first book since the Pulitzer-winning “Olive Kitteridge.” Jim and Bob Burgess, New York lawyers with little in common, must return home to Shirley Falls, Me., after their sister’s son is accused of committing a crime against the town’s Somali refugees.

THE INFATUATIONSby Javier Marías. Translated by Margaret Jull Costa. 

 Marías’s novel is a murder mystery encased in a metaphysical inquiry. For years his narrator, María, has idealized the lives of Miguel and Luisa, the couple she sees each morning in the same cafe. But when Miguel is killed by a stray madman and María offers her condolences to Luisa, what began as mere observation becomes an increasingly complicated entanglement.

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