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Week of June 4, 2012

In the intriguing thriller THE SIXES by Kate White, a secret circle of really mean girls --- the dark side of female empowerment --- becomes the nemesis of a gutsy journalist heroine. From the bestselling author of HUSH and the Bailey Weggins mystery series.

Thoughts Without Cigarettes: A Memoir by Oscar Hijuelos

Born in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights to Cuban immigrants in 1951, Oscar Hijuelos introduces readers to the colorful circumstances of his upbringing. The son of a Cuban hotel worker and exuberant poetry-writing mother, his story, played out against the backdrop of a working-class neighborhood, takes on an even richer dimension when his relationship with his family and culture changes forever. During a sojourn with his mother in pre-Castro Cuba, he catches a disease that sends him into a Dickensian home for terminally ill children. The yearlong stay estranges him from the very language and people he had so loved.