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Her Right Foot Cover Image
By Dave Eggers, Shawn Harris (Artist)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781452162812
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 19th, 2017

In this witty history of the Statue of Liberty, Eggers reminds us that "liberty and freedom from oppression are not things you get by standing around like, well, a statue." That's why Lady Liberty is on the move! Her right foot is walking right out of her broken chains, ready to welcome the tired, the poor, to America's shore.


Do Not Become Alarmed Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735216525
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 6th, 2017

An alarming summer read about a family vacation during which the kids go missing. It opens as a slow-paced character study, then develops into a plot-driven action story I could easily see being turned into a movie script. This'll keep you from setting foot ashore from your cruise ship...


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Pond Cover Image
By Jim LaMarche, Jim LaMarche (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481447355
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - September 13th, 2016

A group of kids restore a junk-filled pit, turning it into the pond it once was as the seasons change around them.  Jim LaMarche, of "Rainbabies" fame, gorgeously illustrates a panoply of birds and animals in this story of being the change and respect for nature.


Goodnight, Dragons [Padded Board Book] Cover Image
By Judith Roth, Pascal Lemaitre (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781484721902
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - January 6th, 2015

Everyone needs a cuddle, maybe dragons more than most, and this little dragon tamer has a plan to soothe them with soft blankets and hot chocolate.  A sleepy-time story "gentle as moonlight" to send your little one off for a sweet dream.
 


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Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780316320658
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 9th, 2014

Celebrity author surprise!  This is a well-written and touching story about Keith's close bond with his grandfather, who gave him his first guitar, and their many long rambles through the villages and English countryside near the Seven Sisters Road.  Illustrated with ink drawings by Keith's daughter, Theodora. Fans will appreciate the inclusion of several Richards family photos.


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The Farmer and the Clown Cover Image
By Marla Frazee, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442497443
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Published: Beach Lane Books - September 23rd, 2014

I don't really like clowns; but if you can get over your clown phobia long enough to give this wordless tale a chance, it will win your heart. When a baby clown falls off the back of a circus train, a farmer takes him in and they teach each other the tricks of their trades until the train rolls through again, reuniting the tot with his clown momma.


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Journey Cover Image
By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763660536
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 6th, 2013

A lonely girl draws her own modes of transportation for a magical journey through unknown realms, ultimately finding her way back home to a new friend.  This wordless tale is a perfect gift for your best friend, your significant other, or anyone needing a good daydream.


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Joone Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780803737440
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Published: Dial Books - June 13th, 2013

Joone lives in a yurt with her grandfather and her pet turtle.  They teach each other something new every day, and they'll teach you too -- to enjoy all the little things in your own little patch of earth as you live life full to the brim.


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Extra Yarn Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061953385
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - January 17th, 2012

Annabelle fills her black & white town with color and good will from her neverending box of yarn - until a greedy archduke tries to steal it and put a curse on her. "It turns out" Barnett & Klassen have created a delightful new fairy tale about the power and magic of sharing one's gifts.


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Mouse & Lion Cover Image
By Rand Burkert (Retold by), Nancy Ekholm Burkert (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780545101479
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Published: Scholastic - October 1st, 2011

A retelling of Aesop's famous fable celebrating loyalty and the power in small things. Fabulously set in Africa, with luminous illustrations by Nancy Ekholm Burkert that make this version a real standout.


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King Jack and the Dragon Cover Image
By Peter Bently, Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803736986
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Published: Dial Books - August 18th, 2011

King Jack has an incredible day of make-believe defending his fort from dragons...until the giants come to take his friend Zack home. Helen Oxenbury's sweet illustrations of baby Caspar imitating the big kids get it just right, every time.


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When You Reach Me Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780375850868
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Published: Yearling Books - December 28th, 2010

A great little mystery with a twist, charmingly set in 1970's New York City for retro fun. Chock full of friendship dynamics, for boys or girls, and winner of the 2010 Newbery Medal. Fans of Madeleine L'Engle will love it!


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The Cow Loves Cookies Cover Image
By Karma Wilson, Marcellus Hall (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781416942061
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - July 6th, 2010

A cumulative rhyme perfect for the preschool set, by the author of "Bear Snores On." Hay for horses, corn for geese, but the cow loves cookies, because everyone knows that cookies go with milk!


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The Everafter Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780061776816
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - August 24th, 2010

I really wish I hadn't been reading the last chapter of this teen ghost story when the transformer on my street decided to blow, plunging the room into sudden, total blackness with a loud Kaboom....it scared the bejeezus out of me! Seventeen-year-old Maddy's quest to find out the meaning of her life, and how she died, makes a perfect spooky read, but it's also a beautiful story about understanding yourself. A good read any time of year, especially if you're a fan of Gabrielle Zevin's brilliant novel, Elsewhere.


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Hoot Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780375829161
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Published: Ember - May 11th, 2004

Part mystery, part environmental campaign, this story is full of plucky kids up against some big, bad Florida developers. Fun for summer reading, or any time of year.


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Bunny Days Cover Image
By Tao Nyeu, Tao Nyeu (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780803733305
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Published: Dial Books - January 21st, 2010

This bevy of bunnies keeps getting into mishaps with Mr. and Mrs. Goat, but Bear is always there to save the day. (Bear is very gentle.) Three short "tales" cleverly illustrated with silkscreen by the author of the magical Wonder Bear.


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The Humblebee Hunter Cover Image
By Deborah Hopkinson, Jen Corace (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781423113560
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - February 1st, 2010

Charles Darwin's daughter, Etty, escapes the kitchen to help with her father's bumblebee experiment in the garden. An inspiring foray into science, family life, and girl power, with detailed illustrations by Jen Corace of Little Hoot.


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The City of Ember Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780375822742
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Published: Yearling Books - May 25th, 2004

Two 12-year-olds try to save the populace of their deteriorating underground city in this post-apocalyptic tale of mystery and adventure. Supplies of food and light bulbs are running out, and the great-great-great granddaughter of the 7th mayor has just discovered a mysterious box...


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The Invention of Hugo Cabret Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780439813785
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 1st, 2007

A page-turning stunner about an orphaned boy living in a Paris train station, and the earliest beginnings of cinema. The secrets of an amazing mechanical man are unlocked seamlessly in both the text, and the action taking place in Selznick's Caldecott-winning illustrations.


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Spuds Cover Image
By Karen Hesse, Wendy Watson (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780439879934
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 1st, 2008

Newbery Medal winner Karen Hesse has written a modern fable about a close-knit family fallen on hard times. You won't have to dig for the lessons taught in this potato field. Lovingly illustrated by Wendy Watson, and full of poetic language.


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The Lump of Coal Cover Image
By Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780061574283
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Published: HarperCollins - September 30th, 2008

Witty and irreverent, with a heartwarming ending, this brand new classic for ages 12 to 112 is full of miracles for the cynical and jolly alike. "Is there a more charming holiday tale to behold?"


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The Trouble with Poetry: And Other Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780375755217
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Published: Random House Trade - March 13th, 2007

"The birds are in their trees, the toast is in the toaster, and the poets are at their windows." Billy Collins paints the everyday with all the fervor of significance. Accessible, and yet startling in its clarity.


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Mr. Putter & Tabby Feed the Fish Cover Image
By Cynthia Rylant, Arthur Howard (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780152163662
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P - March 1st, 2002

Mr. Putter and his fine cat, Tabby, share the marvelous mishaps of their everyday lives with their neighbor, Mrs. Teaberry, and her "good" dog, Zeke. Funny and full of warmth. Only Mr. Putter could spend $100 on cake-baking supplies and still not have any flour...


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The Egg Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142400388
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Published: Puffin Books - February 23rd, 2004

A bespectacled boy suddenly finds it his duty to instruct a new hatchling in "dragony ways." Lessons in firebreathing, flying, and distressing a damsel are magically illustrated. Also check out its sequel, The Great Dragon Rescue.


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Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780743264464
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 13th, 2006

Rock and roll road trip! Follow Chuck's pilgrimage to the sites of various rock star deaths, while he recounts his relationship woes in hilarious detail.


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Weaving the Rainbow Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780689851698
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Published: Atheneum Books - March 1st, 2004

Kentucky author George Ella Lyon weaves art, sheep farming, and a love of place into her story of a textile artist who "does with wool what painters do with paint." Soft watercolor illustrations by Stephanie Anderson wrap the text in rainbow colors.


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On Earth's Furrowed Brow: The Appalachian Farm in Photographs Cover Image
By Tim Barnwell, John Ehle (Foreword by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780393062670
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 1st, 2007

Barnwell makes lovely black and white portraits of the Appalachian farming community. Landscapes, structures, and people are captured with gorgeous use of texture, light, and shadow.


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The Composer Is Dead [With CD (Audio)] Cover Image
By Lemony Snicket, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061236273
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Published: HarperCollins - March 3rd, 2009

Lemony Snicket is investigating a murder, and any instrument in the orchestra might be implicated. "Intelligent and somewhat flamboyant," this is the funniest waltz through classical music ever. With a free CD and illustrations by Carson Ellis of Decemberists fame.


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Flotsam Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780618194575
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Published: Clarion Books - September 1st, 2006

A Caldecott-winning wordless tale of an antique camera that washes ashore bearing images of fantastical underwater civilizations. Look deeper, as does Wiesner's child protagonist, and you will find connections that span both time and the globe.


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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812968064
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Published: Random House Trade - February 21st, 2006

A story of best friends, for fans of Amy Tan's Joy Luck Club. Poetic language and tragedies abound.


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The Heavenly Table Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780385541299
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Published: Doubleday Books - July 12th, 2016

From Donald Ray Pollock, author of the highly acclaimed The Devil All the Time and Knockemstiff, comes a dark, gritty, electrifying (and, disturbingly, weirdly funny) new novel that will solidify his place among the best contemporary American authors.


But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking about the Present as If It Were the Past Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399184123
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Published: Penguin Press - June 7th, 2016

New York Times bestselling author Chuck Klosterman asks questions that are profound in their simplicity: How certain are we about our understanding of gravity? How certain are we about our understanding of time? What will be the defining memory of rock music, five hundred years from today? How seriously should we view the content of our dreams?


Millennials of New York Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781501143083
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Published: Gallery Books - October 4th, 2016

For fans of both the irreverent Stuff White People Like and the lauded Humans of New York comes the perfect send-up: Millennials of New York, a hilarious satire of the millennial generation, from the creators of the viral Facebook sensation and senior writers at Elite Daily.


Another Brooklyn Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780062359988
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Published: Amistad Press - August 9th, 2016

A Finalist for the 2016 National Book Award

New York Times Bestseller

A SeattleTimes pick for Summer Reading Roundup 2017


Bouquet of Red Flags Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781938912511
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Published: Write Bloody Publishing - November 1st, 2014

With the perfect blend of wit, eloquence, and honesty, Taylor Mali's poems delight, haunt, and illuminate with equal measure every subject they celebrate. Bouquet of Red Flags is laced with more than the typical LSD (love, sex, divorce) of modern poetry.


The Clasp Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250097217
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Published: Picador USA - June 7th, 2016

National Bestseller

"Endlessly entertaining." --Time

Kezia, Nathaniel, and Victor are reunited at the extravagant wedding of a college friend. Now at the tail end of their twenties, they arrive absorbed in their own lives, but soon slip back into old roles: Victor loves Kezia. Kezia loves Nathaniel. Nathaniel loves Nathaniel.


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The Transcriptionist Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781616204501
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Published: Algonquin Books - January 20th, 2015

Lena works alone listening and transcribing reporter's stories for a newspaper.  When an insignificant story about a woman mauled by lions at the local zoo it will change her life forever.  Beautifully written and reflective.

 


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The Book of Jezebel: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Lady Things Cover Image
By Anna Holmes (Editor), Kate Harding (With), Amanda Hess (With)
$27.00
ISBN: 9781455502806
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 22nd, 2013

A fun reference book for any modern day woman. Based on the popular website, this encyclopedic collection has everything from women's history to pop culture. Cleopatra and Clarissa Explains It All appear on the same page, as do Roller Derby and Roe vs. Wade. Part history and part People magazine, but all fun!


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Brewster Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780393348835
Availability: Backordered
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 5th, 2014

Slouka paints a perfect picture of  two best friends growing up in small town America during the 1970's.  Both are loners, until they find each other.  They dream of getting out of Brewster after high school but will they make it? It reminds me of Good Will Hunting with characters you root for, but know probably aren't getting out of this small town.


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I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined) Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781439184493
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Published: Scribner Book Company - July 9th, 2013

Chuck Klosterman is like your smart friend you wanna take shots with and  then discuss pop culture & philosophy.  In his latest he takes on the idea of "evil," and villains.  His work is always anecdotal with tons of pop culture references.  No one is safe in this collection, not even Muhammad Ali or Bruce Springsteen. 


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I'm a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America's Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet Cover Image
$17.50
ISBN: 9780670026203
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Published: Viking Studio - October 25th, 2012

Pitbulls get a bad rap.  Any dog can bite and any dog can be made into a dangerous dog when humans intervene.  Ken Foster dispells  myths about these dogs with real life stories of "good" pitbulls.  Beautiful color photography with charming stories of my favorite kind of dog. 


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Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780425261019
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Published: Berkley Books - March 5th, 2013

Jenny Lawson is a crazy person...luckily she is a hilarious crazy person. Growing up in Texas would probably make anyone crazy. I hated the cover of this book until I read the story of her obsessively purchasing stuffed animals dressed in various cliched outfits. Real stuffed animals, not like Care Bears, like wild Boars.


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When She Woke Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616201937
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Published: Algonquin Books - September 18th, 2012

In a not-so-distant future, criminals are not imprisoned but their skin genetically altered to show their crimes. Hannah is a Red for murdering her unborn child. The child is the result of an illicit affair with a married man. This is a "Brave New" take on the Scarlet Letter.


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The Visible Man Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781439184479
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 5th, 2012

A man in therapy has discovered how to make himself invisible. Therapist Victoria thinks he has problems until he proves to her he really can be invisible. Does he use his invisibility for good or evil? Voyeurism goes too far in the second novel by the well know essayist.


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The Devil All the Time Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307744869
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Published: Anchor Books - July 10th, 2012

A dark, chilling tale set in rural Ohio and West Virginia takes place over two decades. Serial killer couples, preachers with criminal tendencies and a desperate husband who sacrifices animals in the hopes of saving his dying wife collide in violence. Reminiscent of Flannery O'Connor and Chuck Palahniuk.


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The 48 Laws of Power Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780140280197
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Published: Penguin Books - September 1st, 2000

All of Robert Greene's books are part how-to, part philosophy. A modern day Sun-tzu mixed with a bit of Jay-z or L'il Wayne. Greene lays out 48 laws to help you manipulate, deceive and ultimately destroy your enemy. Drawing from real historical figures from King Henry VIII to Thucydides to Kissenger he shows who failed, who won and why. My favorite law is #21: Play a sucker to catch a sucker--seem dumber than your mark.


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How Did You Get This Number Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781594485190
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 3rd, 2011

I am convinced Sloane Crosley is my soul mate or my sister from another mother! She is back with another collection of hilarious stories about life in New York City. In many of these stories she ventures to places such as Lisbon, Alaska, and Paris, and she packs her wit and dry humor with her.


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The Art of Racing in the Rain Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061537967
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 9th, 2009

The narrator is Enzo, the family's dog. He is an observer and knows a lot about the human condition. This is the story of his life, intertwined with his human's tragedy, all told from a dog's eye view.


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Gods in Alabama Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780446694537
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Published: Warner Books (NY) - June 13th, 2006

Great summer reading. Part love story part murder mystery. Arlene returns home after a 10 year hiatus. There she will have to introduce her family to her black boyfriend and face a secret she's been hiding since high school.


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The Post-Birthday World Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061187896
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 26th, 2008

Every book club should read this novel about a woman who has to choose between a secure yet boring lover of 10 years or a mysterious, unstable new beau. Shriver presents the pro's and con's of each in this parallel story. Who will she choose? Who would you?


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I Was Told There'd Be Cake Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594483066
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 1st, 2008

Well written and uproarious. Prepare to be on the floor laughing. Perfect for the gen x or gen y'er. I am convinced Sloane Crosley is my soul mate!


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Chuck Klosterman, Volume 4: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780743284899
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Published: Scribner Book Company - July 3rd, 2007

In this collection Chuck meditates on Wilco, Britney, The Wonder Years, Radiohead, the White Stripes, etc. Find out why Val Kilmer is a Christian Scientist and why so many Latinos like Morrisey!


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The Truth about Chuck Norris: 400 Facts about the World's Greatest Human Cover Image
By Ian Spector, Angelo Vildasol (Illustrator)
$13.00
ISBN: 9781592403448
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Published: Gotham Books - November 29th, 2007

If you are a fan of Chuck or his beard (and really, who isn't), this book is for you. If not, Chuck might have to roundhouse kick you in the face since the main export of Chuck Norris is PAIN!


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Bigfoot: I Not Dead Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780452289567
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Published: Plume Books - May 1st, 2008

Bigfoot contemplates life questions: should never have left woods, life go all wrong. First media darling, now monster. Me misunderstood, violence all Bigfoot know. Read me other 2 books.


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Dogs I Have Met: And the People They Found Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781599211299
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Published: Lyons Press - September 1st, 2007

Foster was not a dog person until he met his soulmate Brando. Now he has a "pack" of them. These are stories about others who have had their lives changed by dogs they have taken in.


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The Girl Who Stopped Swimming Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780446697828
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 1st, 2009

In this southern novel Laurel begins seeing the ghost of their neighbor who drowned in their pool. She'll enlist her family to help solve the mystery. Gripping from start to finish.


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Diary of a Wombat Cover Image
By Jackie French, Bruce Whatley (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780547076690
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 1st, 2009

So what if all he does is eat, sleep and scratch all day, he looks cute doing it. Check out the great tips on how to train humans.


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Clara and ASHA Cover Image
By Eric Rohmann, Eric Rohmann (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596430310
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Roaring Brook Press - August 1st, 2005

This beautifully illustrated book is light on words, allowing the reader to make up their own story on each page.


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Roadside Picnic Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781613743416
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Published: Chicago Review Press - May 1st, 2012

 

Out of print in the United States for nearly thirty years, this newly restored and newly translated version of the Russian science fiction classic is back, and ready to be discovered by a new generation. Like Calvino's Invisible Cities, this novel gives only an impression of setting rather than anything concrete. Through the fragmented narrative, a story of life on Earth following an alien visitation emerges. The tone is serious and more than a little existential, but it is executed with smooth perfection by two master storytellers. 

 


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Dandelion Wine Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780553277531
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Published: Spectra Books - March 1st, 1985

Like an ice-cold glass of lemonade, this book is great anytime of the year but best enjoyed in the summer. Nostalgia trickles from every page of this story about young Douglas Spaulding and his magical summer of '28. Perfect for those too old for their toys and too young for the burdens of adulthood.


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The Elephant Vanishes Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679750536
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Published: Vintage - June 28th, 1994

Each story in this collection operates slightly to the left of reality. They are often as evocative as they are humorous. Despite their fantastical elements, it is the mundane events of the characters’ everyday that give these stories their weight. It is here that the reader can connect to the human themes of love and loss, nostalgia and desire. Fans of Murakami’s acclaimed novels take note; he is a true master of the short story.


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Invisible Cities Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780156453806
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Published: Mariner Books - May 3rd, 1978

As Kublai Khan's empire is about to fall, Marco Polo eases Khan's pain with tales of far away travels. He recounts the cities he has visited in such a way that they often border on poetry. Each vignette is like a tiny beautiful impressionist painting. Calvino's masterwork is at once hopeful and despairing, exact and vague; all are quiet flashes of perfection.


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Don Quixote Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060934347
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 26th, 2005

To say this is a "Must Read" would be redundant. Yes, at some point in one's life, everyone should read Don Quixote. When that day comes for you, be sure to read Edith Grossman's translation. It's the best, hands down. Oh, and the Harold Bloom introduction isn't too shabby either.


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Travels with Charley: In Search of America Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9780140053203
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Published: Penguin Books - January 31st, 1980

The America Steinbeck reflects upon in this novel (mid-1960s) feels largely unchanged in our present. It is a country of tension and war, of kindness and peace. Steinbeck drew from this duality and crafted a passionate story of life on the road. Full of rich characters that make up the American pastiche, Travels With Charley is a calmer and more mature On The Road. The sweeping experience of this lean novel could only have been achieved by an author of the highest order.


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Why Translation Matters Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780300171303
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Published: Yale University Press - March 8th, 2011

The literary world celebrates a disparate collection of international writers, but rarely are the translators of their works ever mentioned. Edith Grossman does these unsung heroes a great justice in 'Why Translation Matters.' In this concise and indispensable book, Grossman explores the cultural role translation participates within. The act of translation is ultimately shown to be one of interpretation rather than simple verbatim, providing new readers with fresh perspectives and engaging interplay with the text. You will never read Marquez, Saramago, Dostoevsky, or Flaubert in the same way again.


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The Maggie B Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780689500213
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - September 1st, 1975

A favorite childhood story of mine. It is the tale of a brother and sister's journey across a nameless sea on a boat called the Maggie B. Rich, vivid images combine with a wonderfully sweet tale, to create a special experience. A must read and see for children and adults. "This is a story of a wish come true."


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Clandestine in Chile: The Adventures of Miguel Littin Cover Image
By Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Francisco Goldman (Preface by), Asa Zatz (Translator)
$14.00
ISBN: 9781590173404
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Published: New York Review of Books - July 6th, 2010

Marquez was already well-established as one of the greatest storytellers by the time he penned this book. Though operating outside his usual genre, this nonfiction work still reflects his passion and prowess. Clandestine retells the events of Miguel Littin, who fled Chile after the 1973 coup. A decade later he returns, in disguise, planning to film a documentary about life under Pinochet's rule. Deeply, deeply engaging.


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My Soviet Union: Poems Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781558495852
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Published: University of Massachusetts Press - May 10th, 2007

I first encountered Dumanis at a reading just after "My Soviet Union" was published. Immediately, I was struck by his unique sense of rhythm and even more unique subject matter. His poetry is at once humorous and sorrowful. His voice is very much his own. For lovers of Frank O'Hara and Joseph Cornell, the synthesis is Michael Dumanis.


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Look at the Birdie: Short Fiction Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780385343725
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Published: Dial Press - September 7th, 2010

It is easy to view this collection as nothing more than a postmortem closet cleaning of Vonnegut's unpublished throwaways. It is, assuredly, nothing of the sort. The stories are a mix-bag of satire, witticism, unique characterization, and subtle, social critique. Fan's of Vonnegut's other work, most notably Welcome to the Monkey House, will enjoy these stories, though they are very accessible to all.


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American Noir Cover Image
$70.00
ISBN: 9781598531534
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Published: Library of America - April 12th, 2012

 

Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler opened a Pandora’s Box of literary sin with the hardboiled detective. In their wake came a group of writers who further explored the themes of crime, guilt, and obsessive ardor. All the greats are here in this sleek two-volume collection, everyone from James M. Cain and Jim Thompson to Patricia Highsmith and Cornell Woolrich. Throughout this collection, you will find all the classic tropes that help signify the genre; rainy city nights, wary drifters, femme fatales, and that distinctive hardboiled dialogue. Many of these novels were turned into wonderful film noir hits during the 40s and 50s. Fans of those films take note, here are the sources.

 


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Feast Day of Fools Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781451675337
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Published: Pocket Books - March 27th, 2012

If you have not read James Lee Burke, you need to. If you have, then you know what you are getting- great writing, terrific story, and incredibly characters that you will remember a long time. I wanted this to go one and on. Highly recommended!


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The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307389046
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Published: Vintage Departures - May 3rd, 2011

A story of vengeance: This is a riveting, extraordinary story of a particularly vengeful tiger in a remote Russiaon province near China; an environmental study; full of history of eastern Russia and the people that barely survive in a very harsh and unforgiving part of the world; a tale of co-existence between man and animal; a mystery and an adventure story. This is one of my best reads in a long time. Magnificent and incredible; you will never see tigers in the same light again. 5 stars!! 


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The Eden Hunter Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781582436098
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - August 17th, 2010

Based on actual events, the story of a pygmy's capture and slavery in America. His escape and encounters with Indians and escaped slaves is a fascinating and violent epic. A quick and interesting read.


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Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802145314
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Published: Grove Press - May 10th, 2011

This is not just another Vietnam book--no, this is a great novel that truly captures "it"--he knows of what he speaks. Incredibly intense combat scenes, well-developed characters, authentic and real and gut wrenching--you will not forget it. It's the real deal! Plus, I am a Marine Corps Vietnam vet and I say read it!!


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No Country for Old Men Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780375706677
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Published: Vintage Books USA - July 11th, 2006

OK--The Road won a Pulitzer and Oprah picked it, but this is better. Oops, I meant more violent with better characters and just a better story. Great!


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The Forever War Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780312536633
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Published: Griffin - February 17th, 2009

Stark, forceful yet sad and tragic in its portrayal of just what has really happened in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hard to put down, thriller like, you can not wait to see what will happen next. Incredible insight into how America is really perceived by the Iraqi people and how this war had affected them. You will not forget it.


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American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780812973464
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Published: Random House Trade - April 30th, 2009

The definitive biography of a larger-than-life president who defied norms, divided a nation, and changed Washington forever


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The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780767919371
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Published: Broadway Books - September 25th, 2007

From one of the world's most beloved writers and New York Times bestselling author of One Summer, a vivid, nostalgic, and utterly hilarious memoir of growing up in the 1950s


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The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780375760396
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Published: Random House Trade - May 28th, 2002

The book that helped make Michael Pollan, the New York Times bestselling author of Cooked and The Omnivore's Dilemma, one of the most trusted food experts in America


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Gnomon Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781524732080
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - January 9th, 2018

This extreme mind-bender is going to appeal hugely to those that love David Mitchell's puzzle box structure in Cloud Atlas, the paranoid/philosophical reality shifts of Philip K. Dick, the encyclopedic adventurousness of Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon & Baroque Cycle, William Gibson's razor-edged futuristic social dread,  and perhaps even more so the epic literary tapestries of Thomas Pynchon, Wallace's Infinite Jest, and Delillo's Underworld. Harkaway paints a cautionary future, an uncertain present, and a bloody past, all together in one hallucinatory mindscape of incredible storytelling bravura!


Senlin Ascends Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316517911
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Published: Orbit - January 16th, 2018

A great start to this highly entertaining and potentially amazing series. Bancroft utilizes some classic old-timey adventure lit elements: a reluctant, fish-out-of-water hero; mysteriously important objects; a missing/in peril love interest; an exotic land full of things strange and wondrous... but he takes pains to breathe new life into them. The tower setting makes a fantastic microcosm of human power structures, and the mash-up of 17th/18th/19th century European & Middle Eastern culture with steampunk-ish elements allows Bancroft to make a story/world that feels grand, adventurous, retro and fun, while still retaining gravitas and plenty of humane, contemporary perspective on gender, power, violence, and love. Senlin and cohorts are wonderful characters that I look forward to following on further up the tower!


The Sky Is Yours Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780451496263
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Published: Hogarth Press - January 23rd, 2018

Wow! This is a very bold, fresh, hilarious, sad and smart combination of literary satire and apocalyptic Scifi. It manages to combine elements of a futuristic Austenesque marriage plot with a Vonnegut/Saunders style blackly humorous take on virtual reality TV celebrity culture, and a strange decaying city a la Philip K. Dick novelizing Escape From New York. And Dragons! Should be great for fans of Jonathan Lethem's Chronic City, Kirsten Bakis' Lives of the Monster Dogs, Nick Harkaway's Gone-away World, or G. Willow Wilson's Alif the Unseen.


In a Lonely Place Cover Image
By Dorothy B. Hughes, Megan Abbott (Afterword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781681371474
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Published: New York Review of Books - August 15th, 2017

Dark like a city in blackout, hard and sharp like gun metal and knife blades, this is a pure 1940s noir lost classic of crime fiction, but also a before-it's-time oddity: an examination of evil from it's point of view that seems influential of later "mind of a killer" books like Highsmith's Talented Mr. Ripley, Thompson's Killer Inside Me, Suskind's Perfume, and Harris' Hannibal.


Mrs. Caliban Cover Image
By Rachel Ingalls, Rivka Galchen (Introduction by)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811226691
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - November 28th, 2017

Occupying a unique literary landscape somewhere between Angela Carter's feminist fairy tale reworkings and George Saunders' humanist satire, this lost gem from the 1980s is a masterfully droll "Beauty and the Beast" twist whose spare elegance belies it's complex take on gender roles, romantic relationships, and societal norms.


Landscape with Invisible Hand Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763687892
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 12th, 2017

This superb novella ingenously dissects the classic alien invasion set-up and rebuilds it as a hot-rod satire ripping straight through the heart of consumerism, racism, nostalgia, power, art, and love; a fresh and darkly funny scifi parable, like Douglas Adams scripting a Black Mirror episode!


Norma Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780451493521
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 5th, 2017

An utterly strange and beguiling magic-realist mystery that creates a feminine compliment to Kafka's fiction: a woman blessed/cursed with fantastically powered hair unravels the enigmatic death of her mother. A thoughtful meditation on body & beauty that's also a clever, dark, fun contemporary folk tale. For fans of Helen Oyeyemi (Boy, Snow, Bird)  & Lydia Yuknavich (Book of Joan).


The Hunting Accident: A True Story of Crime and Poetry Cover Image
By David L. Carlson, Landis Blair (Illustrator)
$34.99
ISBN: 9781626726765
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Published: First Second/Roaring Brook Press - September 19th, 2017

This incredible true story of crime and punishment, family and secrets, explores a troubled father-son relationship, brutal mid-20th-century prison systems, blindness, the life of the mind, and a friendship with notorious killer Nathan Leopold! The richly detailed drawings enhance both the gritty realism as well as the symbolic and philosophical touches in the narrative. Shocking, truthful, and redemptive; fans of Maus, Persepolis, and Epileptic should gobble this up!


Gray Hampton: A Suite of Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780996012010
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Published: Louisville Review Corp. and Fleur-de-Lis Pres - May 1st, 2017

This beautiful collection of interconnected stories knits together into a novel-like whole that paints a vivid portrait of rural American life in an unflinchingly naturalistic yet subtly poetic style; something like Bobbie Anne Mason crossed with William Faulkner. A sample: "Even the milkweed and briars that skirted our borrowed house keeled over in disgrace."


Spoonbenders Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781524731823
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 27th, 2017

This rip-roaring American family story bounces between the 1960s & 1990s, encompassing shadowy government agencies, psychic abilities, the mob, and mental illness along the way. The balance of humor and pathos, as well as realistic and fantastical, is just about percfect! Reminded me of Michael Chabon's Kavalier & Clay or Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex mixed with bits of Salinger's Glass family or Wes Anderson's Tennenbaums.


Time Travel: A History Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780804168922
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Published: Vintage - September 5th, 2017

This far reaching exploration of the idea of time travel finds the intersection of science (from Newton to wormholes), philosophy (from Leibniz to Wittgenstein), and the arts (from Woolf's Orlando to Bruce Willis in Looper). Gleick locates a concept that has resonated through our culture in countless ways, and is sure to delight Dr. Who fans and physics nerds alike.


The One-Eyed Man Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780670025350
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Published: Viking - March 7th, 2017

In the brutally funny, yet warmly human tradition of Kurt Vonnegut and George Saunders, this sharp eyed satire explodes American culture and reassembles the pieces into a crazy quilt of politics, celebrity, crime, love, and death that makes perfect sense. Fans of Don Delillo's White Noise and John Kennedy Toole's Confederacy of Dunces are 99.9% sure to enjoy!


My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9781606999592
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Published: Fantagraphics Books - February 14th, 2017

A coming-of-age graphic novel that explodes off the page with creativity and feeling. Late 1960s Chicago, and the pop culture iconography of horror/monster obsessed youth comes alive in this diary of an urban misfit girl and her mysteriously dead neighbor. If Lynda Barry and R. Crumb teamed up it still wouldn't be as awesome as this! Ghost World meets The Outsiders?


Fearless: Post-Rock 1987-2001 Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781911036159
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Published: Jawbone Press - June 6th, 2017

A wonderfully detailed account of the strange musical cross currents that connected certain 1990s underground rock from the U.K. (Talk Talk, Stereolab, Disco Inferno, Mogwai) to Chicago (Tortoise, Gastr Del Sol, The Sea & Cake, June of 44) and our own Louisville scene (Slint, Rodan, Rachel's, The For Carnation), birthing a sub-genre in the process. 


Night of the Animals Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062400802
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Published: Ecco Press - April 25th, 2017

Come along with Cuthbert Handley, an unforgettable 90 year old lunatic/saint in the Don Quixote mold, on a desperate quest to save the animals as the world falls apart. At once a humanist fable and an elegiac adventure into our potential future: The Fisher King meets Children of Men?


All the Birds in the Sky Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780765379955
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Published: Tor Books - April 11th, 2017

Science vs. magic and love will either save or destroy the multiverse in this fantastically fun and touching genre-bender. Readers who like stuff like Lev Grossman's Magicians trilogy, Douglas Adams' Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, or Neil Gaiman's American Gods should definitely pick this one up!


How Music Works Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780804188937
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Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - May 2nd, 2017

Former Talking Head frontman David Byrne takes readers on a panoramic yet personal journey through music as an artform, an experience, and a product, hitting upon music hall architecture, digital technology, studio experimentation, stage performance, songwriting, corporate music biz, psycho-acoustics, and the psychology of listening and fandom. Unique and essential for music lovers! 


What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594634642
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

A gorgeous collection of intertwined stories with "keys" as the theme. Mysterious, moving, beautifully crafted, and always surprising, these stories are somehow as contemporary as they are classical. For fans of Shirley Jackson, Kelly Link, O. Henry, Le Guin, Marquez and Maupassant.


Too Like the Lightning: Book One of Terra Ignota Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780765378019
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Published: Tor Books - January 24th, 2017

This incredibly rich novel of the future is as erudite, imaginative, and convincing, as any I've ever read. Scifi fans will file this alongside classics like Foundation, Dune, and The Left Hand Of Darkness. The exploration of "utopia" and individuality herein is deep. Star Trek meets Umberto Eco?!


Seven Surrenders: Book 2 of Terra Ignota Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780765378026
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Published: Tor Books - March 7th, 2017

Book 2 of Palmer's Terra Ignota series (started with Too Like The Lightning) expands and deepens this fascinating, exciting, and thought-provoking story. Destined to stand with the best Scifi epics like Hyperion, Dune, and Banks' Culture series.


The Underground Railroad Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385542364
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Published: Doubleday Books - August 2nd, 2016

Whitehead takes on America's original sin in a powerfully imaginative, literary way: this is not a straight historical novel; this is a prismatic antebellum South where the railroad is a physical one and the different states are strangely twisted but true versions of the facets of racism, a brutally enlightening hologram of the most horrific and ever haunting parts of the African-American experience. Deserves all the awards.


Lincoln in the Bardo Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812995343
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Published: Random House - February 14th, 2017

A psychological, metaphysical, a-historical historical novel that transforms American culture into a dazzling rumination on life's biggest questions. Unquestionably one for the ages.


The One Hundred Nights of Hero: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780316259170
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Published: Little Brown and Company - December 6th, 2016

Greenberg injects new life into ancient mythological tropes in this literary fable. Gorgeous woodcut-like artwork and a story full of bravery, tragedy, magic and heart will please fans of Miyazaki's anime films (Princess Mononoke), Craig Thompson's comics (Habibi), Star Wars and Harry Potter.


Version Control Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307950352
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Published: Vintage - January 10th, 2017

A very smart, fresh, and emotional twist on the time travel story: a couple struggles with grief, technology, and obsession in this clever combination of human drama and scifi thriller. If Jonathan Franzen and William Gibson collaborated on a novel it might be something like this.


Band for Life Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781606999547
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Published: Fantagraphics Books - October 25th, 2016

A hysterical candy colored feminist rock and roll comic book adventure that stuffs Archie, Ghost World, 80s punk girls movie The Fabulous Stains, Spinal Tap, and animated animal music-pocalypse flick Rock-n-Rule into a blender and whips up a frothy, nutso delight!


Delicious Foods Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316284936
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 19th, 2016

As brutal as it is beautiful! This tragicomedy takes racism, drug addiction and crumbling rural America as jumping off points for a stunning story where crack cocaine is a devilish narrator, a food company runs a modern day slavery ring, and the love between a mother and child struggles to survive it all. File along side Colson Whitehead's Underground Railroad and Paul Beatty's The Sellout, or imagine Confederacy of Dunces meets Beloved!


A Brief History of Seven Killings Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594633942
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 8th, 2015

This stunner of a novel spins an ambitiously encompassing portrait of late 20th century Jamaica out of the real life incident of reggae singer Bob Marley's attempted assassination: a gripping, propulsive, violent, and deeply felt crazy quilt of power, politicians, CIA agents, crime, gangsters, thieves, art, music, DJs, and everyday life. Great for fans of Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, Don Delillo's Underworld, or Garth Hallberg's City On Fire.


The Fifth Season Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316229296
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Published: Orbit - August 4th, 2015

This year's much deserved Hugo award winner! Those looking for the detailed world building and unbridled imagination of the best fantasy literature need look no further. Jemisin creates an extremely well thought out, and utterly fascinating, story of cyclical near-apocalypse and racial/cultural struggle that is simply STUNNING.


The Obelisk Gate Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316229265
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Published: Orbit - August 16th, 2016

This second volume of the Broken Earth trilogy lives up to the incredible high bar set by The Fifth Season. Jemisin's absolutely compelling world of natural disasters, intricate cultural struggles, and strange magic (?) makes the fantastic as down to earth and human as possible. Beautiful and painful.


The Stone Sky Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316229241
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Published: Orbit - August 15th, 2017

This third and final volume is a majestic and magesterial wrap-up that cements the Broken Earth Trilogy as a future classic of fantasy literature. The stakes are high as can be, the ideas provacative and thought provoking, the characters deep, tragic, admirable, alien, and human. Masterpiece!


The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories Cover Image
By Ken Liu
$15.99
ISBN: 9781481424363
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Published: Saga Press - October 4th, 2016

A tour-de-force of mind expanding concepts and gripping situations where people (as well as non-humans!) are pushed to the edge. This is scifi and fantasy at its most poetic, philisophical, hard-hitting, and exploratory. Truly amazing. For fans of Brian Aldiss, Gene Wolfe, and Ursula Le Guin.


City on Fire Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780804172950
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Published: Vintage - July 26th, 2016

WOW. This mega-novel of 1970s New York City is dense and sprawling in the best way: a rich tapestry of high and low culture, rich and poor, power, crime, art, music, love and family, expertly woven together. Fans of The Wire and Bonfire Of The Vanities take note!


I Am Radar Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143107910
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Published: Penguin Books - March 29th, 2016

A massively entertaining tragi-comic bildungsroman in the tradition of prime John Irving (Garp, Owen Meany) with touches of Gunter Grass (The Tin Drum) and Pynchon (V.) Radar is an unforgettably larger than life character whose adventures will thrill you and touch your heart equally.


Patience Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781606999059
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Published: Fantagraphics Books - March 21st, 2016

The master of retro cartoon satire takes on love, crime, obsession, and time travel in his latest brilliant graphic novel.


Mirror: The Mountain Cover Image
By Emma Rios, Hwei Lim (Artist)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781632158345
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Published: Image Comics - September 20th, 2016

A mysterious asteroid hosts a collection of strange creatures - man-animal hybrids, mythological creatures made flesh, guardian spirits, cursed shadows - and the humans who brought them to life. But this strange society exists in an uneasy truce, in the aftermath of uprisings seeking freedom and acceptance, that have only ended in tragedy.


The Peripheral Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780425276235
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Published: Berkley Books - October 6th, 2015

The New York Times bestselling author of Neuromancer and Zero History presents a fast-paced sci-fi thriller that takes a terrifying look into the future...


The Wicked + the Divine Volume 1: The Faust ACT Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781632150196
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Published: Image Comics - November 25th, 2014

"solid storytelling and clean, gorgeous artwork will keep readers engrossed and eager for more." - Publishers Weekly (Starred)

"Gillen's penchant for fast, sharp dialogue and McKelvie and Wilson's razor-lined, intensely colored visuals keep things popping up to the cliffhanger ending." - Booklist


Harrow County Volume 1: Countless Haints Cover Image
By Cullen Bunn, Tyler Crook (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781616557805
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Published: Dark Horse Books - December 15th, 2015

Gorgeously creepy country-gothic-horror comic book series for fans of Twin Peaks, Cormac McCarthy, and Hellboy.


The Buried Giant Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307455796
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Published: Vintage - January 5th, 2016

A strange, gorgeously written, and intriguingly mysterious take on an Arthurian or "high fantasy", Tolkienesque world, from the viewpoint of regular old non-heroic characters. Ishiguro hits on some of his favorite themes (memory and identity) in a fresh way.


Thus Were Their Faces: Selected Stories Cover Image
By Silvina Ocampo, Daniel Balderston (Translator), Jorge Luis Borges (Preface by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781590177679
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Published: New York Review of Books - January 27th, 2015

An incredible new collection of this 20th centuray master storyteller from Argentina: if you like Calvino, Borges, or Marquez's tales, READ THIS NOW! These are haunting modern fables, shot through with magic and surrealism, but always landing on down-to-earth themes of love, death, and human nature.


Hip Hop Family Tree Book 1: 1975-1981 Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781606996904
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Published: Fantagraphics Books - December 6th, 2013

This retrotastic old skool comic series will take you N 2 the deep cut dawn of rap music: MCs and DJs, beatz, rhymes, and life from the Bronx 2 South Central. Piskor's art lets Grandmaster Flash and RUN-DMC practically leap off the page and N 2 yo' face! Reprazent sucka'.


The Pier Falls: And Other Stories Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101970133
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

This consistently gripping story collection takes readers from ancient Greece to contemporary England to outer space, following ordinary people through extraordinary situations. Haddon's tales are sharply crafted, funny, exciting, and always moving.


The Passage: A Novel (Book One of the Passage Trilogy) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780345504975
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 17th, 2011

A stellar epic of societal fall and rebuilding that will appeal to fans of Stephen King's The Stand, Brin's The Postman, and Matheson's I Am Legend. A great mix of deep character building, intense action, and large-scale storytelling scope. READ THE WHOLE TRILOGY!


Stories of Your Life and Others Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101972120
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Published: Vintage - June 14th, 2016

Includes Story of Your Life the basis for the major motion picture Arrival, starring Amy Adams, Forest Whitaker, Jeremy Renner, and directed by Denis Villeneuve.
Shining, haunting, mind-blowing tales . . . Ted Chiang is so exhilarating, so original, so stylish he just leaves you speechless. Junot Diaz


The Greatest of Marlys Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781770462649
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Published: Drawn & Quarterly - August 16th, 2016

Welcome to the world of Marlys and Maybonne

"Lynda Barry's comics were my YA, before YA really even existed. She's been writing teen stories with an incredibly clear voice since the early 80s. The Greatest Of Marlys] is raw, ugly, hilarious, and poignant." --Raina Telgemeier, Smile & Drama


A Million Heavens Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781938073342
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Published: McSweeney's - July 16th, 2013

On the top floor of a small hospital, an unlikely piano prodigy lies in a coma, attended to by his gruff, helpless father. Outside the clinic, a motley vigil assembles beneath a reluctant New Mexico winter--strangers in search of answers, a brush with the mystical, or just an escape. To some the boy is a novelty, to others a religion. Just beyond this ragtag circle roams a disconsolate wolf on his nightly rounds, protecting and threatening, learning too much. And above them all, a would-be angel sits captive in a holding cell of the afterlife, finishing the work he began on earth, writing the songs that could free him. This unlikely assortment--a small-town mayor, a vengeful guitarist, all the unseen desert lives--unites to weave a persistently hopeful story of improbable communion.
Upon the release of John Brandon's last novel, Citrus County, the New York Times declared that he joins the ranks of writers like Denis Johnson, Joy Williams, Mary Robison and Tom Drury. Now, with A Million Heavens, Brandon brings his deadpan humor and hard-won empathy to a new realm of gritty surrealism--a surprising and exciting turn from one of the best young novelists of our time.


Babayaga: A Novel of Witches in Paris Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250050298
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Published: Picador USA - August 26th, 2014

The year is 1959, and strange events are brewing in Paris, a city where nothing (and no one) is as it seems.

We meet Will, who hails from Detroit and works at an international advertising agency, which is also a front for the CIA. Then there's the enchanting Zoya, who could cast a spell with her looks--and, as a witch, she often does (she also recently impaled her ex on a spike).


Alif the Unseen Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802121226
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Published: Grove Press - April 2nd, 2013

Comic book series/graphic novel writer G. Willow Wilson makes an explosive prose debut: a seamless blend of propulsive action, otherworldly fantasy, youthful romance, and gritty, au courant Arab Spring hacktivism. Themes of love, revolution, and the limits of human perception swirl around a hurtling plot chock full of adventure and suspense, beauty and violence, human pain and  transcendental thrills... and one unforgettably cool genie!


Luminarium Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616951832
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Published: Soho Press - May 8th, 2012

After a great story collection and first novel (The Savage Girl,) Alex Shakar really hits his stride with this one. A head-spinning mix of metaphysical mystery, technological thriller, intimate family struggle, and wry comedy. The recipe: equal parts Philip K. Dick, Jonathan Lethem, and Michael Chabon, a couple dashes of Woody Allen, well shaken, garnish with zest of Inception. Enjoy!


The Great Night Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250007384
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Published: Picador USA - May 8th, 2012

Adrian makes this book feel wild, epic and almost out-of-control, but still precise and incredibly well crafted. A phantasmagorical reinvention of A Midsummer Night's Dream in contemporary San Francisco that is gorgeous, heartbreaking, sexy, magical and real.


Angelmaker Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307743626
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Published: Vintage Books - October 23rd, 2012

Harkaway cements his place as the preeminent literary genre smasher. Explosive fun, eye-popping strangeness, and mutant-hybrid story has never been so securely welded to relatable characters, nuanced themes, and beautiful prose. A hilarious, exciting, moving, unpredictable, retro-futuristic fantasy/comedy/espionage/romance! Whoa.


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The Orphan Master's Son Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812982626
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Published: Random House Trade - August 7th, 2012

This truly stunning literary dance puts a human face on the mind-bogglingly weird dystopia that is contemporary North Korea. It follows a young man's Dickensian adventures through covert military ops, star-crossed love, state intrigue, and with the Dear Leader Kim Jong-Il himself. Masterpiece.


Embassytown Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345524508
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Published: Del Rey Books - January 31st, 2012

Mieville is becoming the undisputed master of breathing gritty, visceral life into ingeniously mind-bending concepts. This may be his best: part political thriller, part chronicle of human/alien culture clash, part examination of the nature of language and thought, and one of the best science fiction novels of the last ten years.


The Flame Alphabet Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307739971
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Published: Vintage Books - November 13th, 2012

This devilishly inventive and quite disturbing "what if?" novel places an average family man into a world where language has become poisonous. It brings to mind Jose Saramago's "Blindness" and Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" but with a more satirical, absurdist edge a la "Catch-22".


Saga Book One Cover Image
$49.99
ISBN: 9781632150783
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Published: Image Comics - November 25th, 2014

The closest thing to a "new Star Wars" that I've ever found. Saga is an amazingly fun comic book series chock full of propulsive plotting, spectacular settings, and amazing adventure. War, aliens, space, romance, creatures, planets, comedy, tragedy... it's all here in glorious full-color illustrations.


Mind Mgmt, Volume One: The Manager Cover Image
By Matt Kindt, Matt Kindt (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781595827975
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Published: Dark Horse Comics - April 23rd, 2013

Reporting on a commercial flight where everyone aboard lost their memories, a young journalist stumbles onto a much bigger story, the topsecret Mind Management program.


Sweet Tooth the Deluxe Edition Book One Cover Image
By Jeff Lemire, Jeff Lemire (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781401258719
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Published: Vertigo - September 8th, 2015

Kids like Gus have a price on their heads.

Seven years ago, the Affliction raged like a forest fire, killing billions. The only children born since are part of a new breed of human-animal hybrids. Gus is one of these children, a boy with a sweet soul, a sweeter tooth-and the features of a deer.


Habibi Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780375424144
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Published: Pantheon Books - September 20th, 2011

Thompson's long-awaited third graphic novel is a stunning achievement: a heartrending epic of the triumph of love over suffering in a mythical Middle East. His brush and ink work wonders as lyrical and moving as any prose by Marquez, Saramago, or Rushdie.


Zero History Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780425240779
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Published: Berkley Books - August 2nd, 2011

Gibson has perfected his own genre: cutting edge technology and social trends, downbeat, paranoid atmosphere, complex intrigue, and dryly humorous satire layered together with minimalist precision.


Citrus County Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781936365098
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Published: McSweeney's - June 7th, 2011

A first rate novel of Southern adolescence painted in shades of deep purple and blood red-- a weeping willow with razors for leaves. Graham Greene's Brighton Rock collides with To Kill A Mockingbird in spectacular fashion!


The Great Frustration: Stories Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781593764166
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Published: Soft Skull Press - May 1st, 2011

This incredibly impressive debut story collection is guaranteed to surprise you with its nerve & originality, stuff your brain-belly with food for thought, and bust your guts wide open with wickedly funny satire. Fans of Kurt Vonnegut and George Saunders: grab this one!


Lazarus Book 1 Cover Image
By Greg Rucka, Michael Lark (Artist), Owen Freeman (Artist)
$34.99
ISBN: 9781632151834
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Published: Image Comics - December 2nd, 2014

"Lark's artwork is fabulous, capturing both the scenes of violence and those of introspection, in which Forever tries to accept who she is and how she feels about it. It's top-notch SF worldbuilding. With an introduction by Warren Ellis." - Publishers Weekly


Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780061351327
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Published: It Books - December 21st, 2010

An uncommon fusion of startlingly affecting images and precise, poetic writing, telling the utterly fascinating romantic biography of two scientific geniuses and the far-reaching effects of their work, from x-rays to electric guitars. A wondrous, poignant, and literally incandescent piece of work.


The Universe in Miniature in Miniature Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780982580813
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Published: Featherproof Books - November 16th, 2010

A stellar story collection featuring psychic helmets, bizarre art, confusing emotions, narrative hijinks, dumb aliens, possible apocalypse, pain, sadness, hilarity, and love. Fans of the stories of George Saunders, Haruki Murakami, Steven Millhauser, or Jim Shephard shouldn't be disappointed.


3 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man Cover Image
By Matt Kindt, Various (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781595823564
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Dark Horse Comics - September 29th, 2009

A complex, emotional slice of Americana told with spare, natural writing and gorgeous, flowing, watercolored drawings. Kindt creates a multi-layered portrait of a strange and tragic life seen through the eyes of three women, punctuated with some truly heart-stopping and memorable images.


In Persuasion Nation Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594482427
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 6th, 2007

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Man Booker Prize-winning novel Lincoln in the Bardo and the story collection Tenth of December, a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.


Darwin's Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow Cover Image
By Zsuzsi Gartner (Editor), William Gibson (Contribution by), Yann Martel (Contribution by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781553654926
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Published: Douglas & McIntyre - April 27th, 2010

Fantastic collection of literary futurism! A wild ride through strange and entertaining "what if" scenarios guided by great writers like Yann Martel, Douglas Coupland, William Gibson, Sheila Heti and Pasha Malla. Freaky, fun, and thought provoking...


The City & the City Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345497529
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Published: Del Rey Books - April 27th, 2010

Wow. This deserves praise just for being unique. One of those books that will live or die for the reader depending on how interesting you find the central conceit of the story: a city where every square inch of real estate is divided up into two separate, yet intermingled, nations. It's hard to explain, but just imagine two countries, somewhat hostile to each other, sharing the same space, yet forbidden to interact, or even acknowledge each other's existence in any way, lest they bring the wrath of the mysterious enforcers of this strange system: Breach. It's a brilliant set-up for a neo-noir police/murder mystery. Reminded me of Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policeman's Union (another high concept detective story). It also bears traces of Kafka's paranoid existential dread and the mind-bending concepts of Phillip K. Dick's Sci-fi novels. I'd recommend this book to anyone who thinks they'd like a dark, moody mystery with a thought-provoking twist to it.


Asterios Polyp Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780307377326
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Published: Pantheon Books - July 7th, 2009

This gorgeously designed graphic novel unfolds like literary origami! Follow a lovably pompous art snob through love, failure, comeuppance, and redemption. It's sharply observant, acidly funny, yet still humane and bursting with bold colors and sweeping lines.


Epileptic Cover Image
By David B
$19.95
ISBN: 9780375714689
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Published: Pantheon Books - July 4th, 2006

Hailed by The Comics Journal as one of Europe's most important and innovative comics artists, David B. has created a masterpiece in Epileptic, his stunning and emotionally resonant autobiography about growing up with an epileptic brother. Epileptic gathers together and makes available in English for the first time all six volumes of the internationally acclaimed graphic work.


The Gone-Away World Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307389077
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Published: Vintage Books USA - August 11th, 2009

A rambunctious comic adventure tale that brims with life as it tells of two longtime buddies in a world gone mad. Inventive, clever, funny and exciting. . ., imagine Mad Max as envisioned by John Irving, or a British Hunter S. Thompson doing a post-apocalyptic romp!


A Fraction of the Whole Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780385521734
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - September 23rd, 2008

A gut-bustingly funny satire of father/son relationship problems taken to outrageous extremes. At once a comic adventure and a melancholy rumination of family and growing up. Reminded me of John Irving's best novels.


The Somnambulist Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061375392
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - January 6th, 2009

A cracking good old-timey thriller! This Victorian comedy/fantasy/murder-mystery is like Arthur Conan-Doyle collaborating with Michael Chabon on the script for a Tim Burton movie. Dark and quirky!


Bodyworld Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780307378422
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Published: Pantheon Books - April 13th, 2010

This innovative, visually dazzling book is a true graphic novel. It presents a dense, fantastical world of the future where weird science and the perils of youth collide in a stunning satire of love, sex, freedom and control. Fearless, funny and thought provoking.


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Sharp Teeth Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061430244
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 27th, 2009

An ancient race of lycanthropes has survived to the present day, and its numbers are growing. Bent on dominance, rival factions are initiating the down-and-out of L.A. into their ranks. Caught in the middle are Anthony, a kindhearted, lovesick dogcatcher, and the object of his affection: a female werewolf who has abandoned her pack.


Chronic City Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307277527
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Published: Vintage Books USA - August 24th, 2010

A New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year.
A searing and wildly entertaining love letter to New York City from the bestselling author of Motherless Brooklyn and Fortress of Solitude.


The Children's Hospital Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780802143334
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Published: Grove Press - October 23rd, 2007

Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as "one of the most revelatory novels in recent memory . . . Cleverly conceived and executed brilliantly," The Children's Hospital is the story of a hospital preserved, afloat, after the Earth is flooded beneath seven miles of water, and a young medical student who finds herself gifted with strange powers and a frightening destiny.


Lives of the Monster Dogs Cover Image
By Kirsten Bakis, Jeff VanderMeer (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374537142
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 9th, 2017

The twentieth anniversary of a postmodern classic, blending the gothic novel with bleeding-edge science fiction


Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780375725845
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Published: Vintage - February 13th, 2001

An acclaimed bestseller and international sensation, Patrick Suskind's classic novel provokes a terrifying examination of what happens when one man's indulgence in his greatest passion--his sense of smell--leads to murder.


Cloud Atlas Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780375507250
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Published: Random House Trade - August 17th, 2004

By the New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Clocks - Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize


The Fortress of Solitude Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375724886
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Published: Vintage - August 24th, 2004

A New York Times Book Review EDITORS' CHOICE.


The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812983586
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Published: Random House Trade - June 12th, 2012

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

The beloved, award-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, a Michael Chabon masterwork, is the American epic of two boy geniuses named Joe Kavalier and Sammy Clay. Now with special bonus material by Michael Chabon.


Middlesex Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780312427733
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Published: Picador USA - June 5th, 2007

"I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of l974. . . My birth certificate lists my name as Calliope Helen Stephanides. My most recent driver's license...records my first name simply as Cal."


The Intuitionist Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780385493000
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Published: Anchor Books - January 3rd, 2000

This debut novel by the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Underground Railroad wowed critics and readers everywhere and marked the debut of an important American writer.


The Sparrow Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780449912553
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 8th, 1997

A visionary work that combines speculative fiction with deep philosophical inquiry, The Sparrow tells the story of a charismatic Jesuit priest and linguist, Emilio Sandoz, who leads a scientific mission entrusted with a profound task: to make first contact with intelligent extraterrestrial life.


The Blind Assassin Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780385720953
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Published: Anchor Books - August 28th, 2001

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale

WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE


Geek Love Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780375713347
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Published: Vintage - June 11th, 2002

National Book Award finalist


The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780679775430
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Published: Vintage - September 1st, 1998

Japan's most highly regarded novelist now vaults into the first ranks of international fiction writers with this heroically imaginative novel, which is at once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets of World War II.


The Name of the Rose Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780544176560
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Published: Mariner Books - April 22nd, 2014

Umberto Eco's first novel, an international sensation and winner of the Premio Strega and the Prix Medicis Etranger awards


The Dream of Perpetual Motion Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780312680534
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Published: Picador USA - February 1st, 2011

Imprisoned for life aboard a zeppelin that floats high above a fantastic metropolis, greeting-card writer Harold Winslow pens his memoirs. His only companions are the disembodied voice of Miranda Taligent, the only woman he has ever loved, and the cryogenically frozen body of her father, Prospero, the genius and industrial magnate who drove her insane.


The Satanic Verses Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812976717
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Published: Random House Trade - March 11th, 2008

One of the most controversial and acclaimed novels ever written, The Satanic Verses is Salman Rushdie's best-known and most galvanizing book. Set in a modern world filled with both mayhem and miracles, the story begins with a bang: the terrorist bombing of a London-bound jet in midflight.


Bob's Picks

The Art of the Pulps: An Illustrated History Cover Image
By Douglas Ellis (Editor), Ed Hulse (Editor), Robert Weinberg (Editor)
$49.99
ISBN: 9781684050918
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Published: IDW Publishing - October 24th, 2017

Experts in the ten major Pulp genres, from action Pulps to spicy Pulps and more, chart for the first time the complete history of Pulp magazines--the stories and their writers, the graphics and their artists, and, of course, the publishers, their market, and readers.


Logical Family: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062391223
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Published: Harper - October 3rd, 2017

"A book for any of us, gay or straight, who have had to find our family. Maupin is one of America's finest storytellers, and the story of his life is a story as fascinating, as delightful and as compulsive as any of the tales he has made up for us."--Neil Gaiman


The Vinyl Detective - The Run-Out Groove: Vinyl Detective 2 Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781783297696
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Published: Titan Books (UK) - May 9th, 2017

His first adventure consisted of the search for a rare record; his second the search for a lost child. Specifically the child of Valerian, lead singer of a great rock band of the 1960s, who hanged herself in mysterious circumstances after the boy's abduction.


The Hanging Tree Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780756409678
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Published: Daw Books - January 31st, 2017

Ben Aaronovitch's bestselling Rivers of London urban fantasy series - "The perfect blend of CSI and Harry Potter." --io9


Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781631493416
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - October 10th, 2017

AWashington Post Notable Nonfiction Pick of 2016 AnEntertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016 ATime Magazine Top Nonfiction of 2016 ASeattle Times Best Book of 2016 AKirkus Reviews Best Book of 2016 An NPR 2016's Great Rea ABoston Globe Best Book of 2016 ANylon Best Book of 2016 ASan Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2016 ABook


Lives of the Monster Dogs Cover Image
By Kirsten Bakis, Jeff VanderMeer (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374537142
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 9th, 2017

The twentieth anniversary of a postmodern classic, blending the gothic novel with bleeding-edge science fiction


The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories Cover Image
By Ken Liu
$15.99
ISBN: 9781481424363
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Published: Saga Press - October 4th, 2016

Bestselling author Ken Liu selects his multiple award-winning stories for a groundbreaking collection--including a brand-new piece exclusive to this volume.


Bryant & May: Wild Chamber: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781101887066
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Published: Bantam - December 5th, 2017

Detectives Arthur Bryant and John May are back on the case in this whip-smart and wildly twisting mystery, in which a killer in London's parks is proving to be a most elusive quarry.


CrossTalk Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780345540676
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Published: Del Rey Books - October 4th, 2016

Science fiction icon Connie Willis brilliantly mixes a speculative plot, the wit of Nora Ephron, and the comedic flair of P. G.


My Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501112478
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Published: Washington Square Press - April 11th, 2017

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR


Alfred Hitchcock Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525434795
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Published: Anchor Books - September 19th, 2017

Alfred Hitchcock rigorously controlled his public image, drawing certain carefully selected childhood anecdotes into full focus and blurring out all others.


Jason's Picks

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Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock 'n' Roll Group Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781617751301
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Published: Akashic Books - January 1st, 2013

A fine-tuned treatise on music, politics, history, philosophy & various social phenomena...Saturated with an acerbic wit, it may be the only book you'll ever need.


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Home Ground: A Guide to the American Landscape Cover Image
By Barry Lopez (Editor), Debra Gwartney (Editor)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781595341754
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Published: Trinity University Press - August 20th, 2013

A ton of writers with their own esoteric, often gorgeous, definitions of American landscape terms. I looked up "arroyo" first, then got lost. A treasure


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Say Nice Things about Detroit Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780393345537
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 22nd, 2013

A tight homecoming story. Coming home to Detroit. With some great asides to race, it's about family, about the city.


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The Dog Stars Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307950475
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Published: Vintage Books - May 7th, 2013

A fabulous and spare post-apocalyptic...pastoral? Anyway, it's a lovely outdoorsy book with probably the best gun nut EVER. A nice and terrifying time in a significantly depopulated Colorado.


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The Old Turk's Load Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802121134
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Published: Mysterious Press - April 2nd, 2013

Neo-noir? It's true. And the title's not the only amusing thing about this quick heroin caper set among the Newark race riots of 1967.


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Babayaga Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374107871
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - August 6th, 2013

Paris in the late '50's, the CIA, a flea whose wife is sleeping with some Italian guy...Oh, also ancient Russian witches. What's not to like? Always incisive, Toby Barlow's the one who gave us Sharp Teeth.


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Men in Miami Hotels Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062247278
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 2nd, 2013

Charlie Smith continues to turn out beautiful prose. This time its a lush homage to his own Key West (as well as other southern Florida environs: the Everglades, Miami, Cuba) through the desperate lens of a no-nonsense family/crime saga.


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The Last Policeman Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781594746741
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Published: Quirk Books - June 11th, 2013

A solid police procedural set in New England. Also, there happens to be an asteroid coming to destroy everyone--pre-apocalyptic hijinks ensue.


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Countdown City Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781594746260
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Published: Quirk Books - July 16th, 2013

Our hero continues to solve cases as the asteroid, and all the paranoia, conspiracies and general madness continue. I suppose hijinks might've been the wrong word.


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Ghosting Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781935439479
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Published: Ig Publishing - April 17th, 2012

Gann's third book could be the product of Robert Stone spending the winter at Dan Woodrell's.


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The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9780199959112
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - March 1st, 2013

The absolute best writing about conservatism.


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Lonesome Animals Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781619021563
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 14th, 2013

This end of the west western reads faster than it ought to, faster than it deserves. Holbert's prose is worth savoring and the already settled mystery serves a purpose unrelated to suspense. Makes me wanna be a hardass. Makes me wanna cook a rabbit.


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When I Was a Child I Read Books Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250024053
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Published: Picador USA - January 29th, 2013

Really, it's Marilynne Robinson, I mean, she's great right. (tho the Moses stuff was totally over my head.)


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The Sexy Vegan Cookbook: Extraordinary Food from an Ordinary Dude Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781608680450
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Published: New World Library - March 13th, 2012

While many of the recipes need to be spiced up, the techniques for homemade vegan cuisine (and protein substitutes) are the best you'll find.


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He Died with His Eyes Open Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781935554578
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Published: Melville House Publishing - October 4th, 2011

wanna read some british dude yelling at people?
sure.


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Leaving the Atocha Station Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566892742
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Published: Coffee House Press - August 23rd, 2011

hilarious.


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House of Prayer No. 2: A Writer's Journey Home Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400077779
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Published: Anchor Books - February 14th, 2012

This is a near perfect book (and I kinda hate memoirs).


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Ill Fares the Land Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143118763
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Published: Penguin Books - March 29th, 2011

Social Democrat and historian Tony Judt offers a concise discussion of the failures (and successes) of the Left in the 20thC, the current dangers of a backlash from the right and the hole in social services that only the State can fill--both because these services will never be profit generators and because of Our (the State's) moral obligation to one another...We know inequality has been rising since the late 70's. How much are we willing to stand?


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The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780802145390
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Published: Canongate Books - April 12th, 2011

A lovely take on the myths of Christendom, the formulation of stories (esp. ontological ones) and the impetuous, fickle & slightly schizophrenic behavior of prophets everywhere and always amen.


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The Signal Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780143117551
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Published: Penguin Books - May 25th, 2010

I can't stand Ron Carlson. The Wind River Range in Wyo Wyoming is a terrible place. My favorite place. Like the vast whole of the disappearing, ranchless, heartless, undiscovered West.


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2666 Cover Image
By Roberto Bolano, Natasha Wimmer (Translator)
$24.00
ISBN: 9780312429218
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Published: Picador USA - September 1st, 2009

Yeah. Uh-huh. Believe the hype.


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The Coming Insurrection Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781584350804
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Published: Semiotext(e) - August 1st, 2009

Terrible angels these children. Setting out to destroy paradise to remake it. Old themes and idealism but well said and quite real--like full weight of the French government real. This Semiotext(e) intervention series is just wonderful. The books are gorgeous and smart. I'll let you know about #2: The Violence of Financial Capitalism by Marazzi.


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Day Out of Days Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307277824
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Published: Vintage Books USA - February 8th, 2011

Spare. Well-crafted. American. American. Masculine (unbigoted). Sam Shepard sometimes lives on his Kentucky horse farm.


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The Most of It Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781933517292
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Published: Wave Books - June 1st, 2008

With her charming circular logic and attitude of a satisfied mat on the doorstep of this world, Ruefle fulfills the poet's charge.


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Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555975180
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 3rd, 2009

These American essays are painful, subtle, loving, generous...of mixed race. Hers is the heart that bleeds freely, suffering the wounds of Our History, clear-eyed and sober.


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How Fiction Works Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780312428471
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Published: Picador USA - July 21st, 2009

Healthy, lit crit from one who is, above all, a professional reader and lover of books. Truly. A judicious piece that says much for "the benefit of the doubt" owed a writer. The folks at the NYT Book Review would do well to read this.


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The Way Through Doors Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780307387462
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Published: Vintage Books USA - February 10th, 2009

The Paris Review's 2008 Plimpton Prize winner and author of Samedi The Deafness, Jesse Ball, is back with another style-driven, hardly intelligible tour of his imagination. It reads like interlocking fables, features a pamphleteer and I didn't understand a bit of it. Wonderful.


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The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches Cover Image
By Gaetan Soucy, Sheila Fischman (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780887847813
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Published: House of Anansi Press - November 1st, 2007

Short & gorgeous. As if Jean Genet were locked inside the mind of a child raised in a universe made by Hesse.


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Five Skies Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143113461
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Published: Penguin Books - May 1st, 2008

For those of us with a love/nostalgia for "the construction arts" AND all that raw landscape under the vast godless skies of the West.


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Diary of a Bad Year Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143114482
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Published: Penguin Books - October 28th, 2008

"Why do we human beings typically experience awe...when we try to comprehend, grasp, certain things, such as the origin of space and time, the being of nothingness, the nature of understanding itself? I cannot see what evolutionary advantage this combination gives us--the combination of insufficiency of intellectual grasp together with consciousness that the grasp is insufficient." Page 85


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Sharp Teeth Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061430244
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 27th, 2009

Beautiful noir--L.A., dogs, werewolves. Written in free verse with some fine lines and great breaks that open trenches of meaning without slowing readability. Kinda like McCarthy's The Road that way, its so fast you can't stop to watch the pretty words & thoughts go by.


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Buddha's Little Finger Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780141002323
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Published: Penguin Books - December 1st, 2001

"I do not entirely understand what 'sprituality' is, I said... But as for the creator of this world...his name is Grigory Kotovsky and he lives in Paris, and judging from everything that we can see through the windows of your remarkable automobile, he is still using cocaine." Page 327


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Liberation: Being the Adventures of the Slick Six After the Collapse of the United States of America Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9780765320469
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Published: Tor Books - October 14th, 2008

I really hate the way he writes but he just says the best damn stuff about interconnectedness and cosmic whatnot and general hippie/punk realism. And he says it in a pulpy way. And it's a nice story.


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Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679728757
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Published: Vintage - May 5th, 1992

"it is the death of the father to which the son is entitled...he will not hear of the small mean ways that tempered the man in life...not see him struggling in follies of his own devising. No. The world which he inherits bears him false witness. He is broken before a frozen god and he will never find his way." --The Judge Page 145


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Samedi the Deafness Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780307278852
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Published: Vintage Books USA - September 4th, 2007

"I anticipate you as farmland anticipates the wilderness to come when all that's ordered is the sum of thought in a white wren's head as it flutters among red apples. Red, red apples and the smell of blood." (160)


Kelly's Picks

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The Kept Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062236739
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Published: HarperTorch - January 7th, 2014

Kelly's Pick

In 1897 Elspeth, a midwife, returns to her homestead to find her family murdered and is accidentally shot by her sole surviving son, 12 year old Caleb. Elspeth is nursed back to health by Caleb and leaves with him to track down the killers. With a sense of time, place, and mystery reminiscent of A Reliable Wife, we soon learn the long-held secrets that formed their family and how these secrets may have contributed to the murder. Told in the alternating voices of Caleb and Elspeth, this debut pulls together the deep meanings of motherhood, adolescence, and the brutality of western frontier life.


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Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781476710839
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Published: Atria Books - January 7th, 2014

Kelly's Pick

This short memoir is a fascinating read, covering the subtle evolution of the author as he immerses himself in the rugged life of a Montana ranch hand. Peppered with interesting detail about the daily and sometimes mundane tasks on the ranch, you get a real sense of the work with a mix of isolation and camaraderie. It’s not the story of a young man trying to find himself, but rather a young man growing more into himself. But the real story is in the growing relationship between the author, the work, the land, the weather, the cattle, and the wolves.

 


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The Silent Wife Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143123231
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Published: Penguin Books - June 25th, 2013

Kelly's pick

A great choice for fans of Gone Girl.  I read it in 1 sitting.


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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780770436407
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Published: Hogarth - May 7th, 2013

Kelly's pick

The best novel of 2013! Told throughout a decade in war-torn Chechnya it follows 3 main characters--an incompetent doctor with the soul of an artist, a surgeon hardened by the reality of war and an 8-year old girl forced to endure too much. A BRILLIANT first novel!


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The Orchardist Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062188519
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 5th, 2013

This book reminded me of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.  It's a beautiful first novel.


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The Dovekeepers Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781451617481
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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 3rd, 2012

Alice Hoffman's finest book (and that is coming from a HUGE fan.) A mesmerizing tale from the perspectives of 4 women forced together at the Roman defeat of the Jews at Masada. Magical, as always, but in a historical setting the magic weaves a deeper, richer tale.


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The Language of Flowers Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345525550
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 3rd, 2012

My favorite debut novel in years!


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The Fates Will Find Their Way Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061996061
Availability: Backordered
Published: Ecco Press - January 17th, 2012

This smart & engrossing debut by a McSweeney's award winner is a story about the stories we tell ourselves. 16 year old Nora disappears from her upscale community one Halloween and a group of boys who knew her spend their lives haunted and affected by what may have happened to her. Reminded me of The Virgin Suicides.


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What Is Left the Daughter Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780547521824
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Published: Mariner Books - May 3rd, 2011

Norman, a true master, once again brings his beautiful, spare writing to a morally complex story. Wyatt Hilyer's parents both commit suicide after learning they are in love with the same woman. This sends Wyatt to live with his aunt, uncle, and adopted cousin Tilda. So begins his tale of love, sorrow, and sacrifice all against the backdrop of World War II.


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How Rocket Learned to Read Cover Image
By Tad Hills, Tad Hills (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780375858994
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Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - July 27th, 2010

Super cute! A bird opens a school for his new friend Rocket and sparks his interest in "the wondrous, mighty, gorgeous alphabet." Rocket practices with spelling and reading all winter and when the bird returns in the spring, Rocket can read! My kids love spelling along with the practice words and putting letters together for fun words like "grrrrrr".


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In the Company of Angels Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781608194674
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - January 4th, 2011

Recovering from imprisonment in Pinochet's Chile for teaching political poetry, Bernardo meets Michela, herself a survivor of tragedy. BUT--wait, this is an amazing, beautiful book about the human experience and the resilience of the human heart. This is the first book of the acclaimed Copenhagen Quartet to be published in the United States. My favorite book so far this year.


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The Lonely Polygamist Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393339710
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 29th, 2011

This family has the same joys, desires, and problems as your own--they just have 4 wives and 28 children. A wonderfully crafted story of the family with a little dark comedy. The chapters narrated by the 12 year old boy are heartbreaking and touching. I couldn't put it down!


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A Reliable Wife Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781565129771
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Published: Algonquin Books - January 5th, 2010

A woman answers a newspaper advertisement for "a reliable wife" in early 20th century rural Wisconsin. Who is she? Who is this wealthy, lonely, troubled man who placed the ad? A page-turning, literary tale with echoes of classic tales like Wuthering Heights and Rebecca.


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Pride and Prejudice Cover Image
$7.95
ISBN: 9780307386861
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Published: Vintage - September 4th, 2007

Maybe you've read this--maybe you think it's too old fashioned. NO! It's like chick-lit you can feel good about. I longed for more, more Austen after I re-read this. Funny, oh-so witty.


Carol's Picks

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News of the World Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062409218
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Published: William Morrow & Company - June 20th, 2017

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

My favorite book of last year and a finalist for the National Book Award, this little gem tells the story of relationship that develops between two outcasts – an old codger who travels the West reading newspapers to news hungry settlers and a 10-year-old girl who was kidnapped by Indians as a toddler and is now being returned to her remaining family.  The book is beautifully written, the story is compelling, and the two main characters will steal your heart.


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Underground Airlines Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316261258
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Published: Mulholland Books - July 18th, 2017

Underground Airlines by Ben Winters

Edgar Award winner Ben Winters imagines a frightening world in which Lincoln was assassinated before he was inaugurated, the Civil War never took place, and four southern states still practice slavery. This is an excellent mix of speculative, dystopian fiction and fast-paced detective novel that says a lot about the current state of race relations in America today.


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Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780465028788
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Published: Basic Books (AZ) - July 31st, 2012

A remarkable book about one of nature's most remarkable creations -- Feathers is a scientific look at how feathers keep birds warm in sub-zero temperatures, how they use both light and pigment to create vibrant colors and iridescence and, most incredible of all, how they allow birds to soar, swoop, dive and float like no other creatures on earth. Far from a dry scientific study, Feathers is charming and humorous -- filled with annecdotes from the author's field observations. It's also a cultural history of a man's fascination with feathers from how we've used them for our own adornment throughout history to the multi-billion dollar industry that provides the goose down we use to stay warm.


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The Expats Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780770435721
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Published: Broadway Books - January 22nd, 2013

If you loved Gone Girl, you’ll love this smart thriller. The Expats is a highly readable tale of two American couples living in Europe involving the CIA, the FBI, and $50 million that goes missing.  It’s filled with enough suspense and clever plot twists to keep you turning pages right up to the end.


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Flight Behavior Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062124272
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 4th, 2013

Barbara Kingsolver delivers another great novel reflecting her environmental consciousness and her deep roots in Appalachia. When millions of Monarch butterflies end their migration in the mountains of Tennessee one year, some people consider it a miracle while others see a natural disaster.  Kingsolver’s understanding of the reality of life in a hardscrabble small town in Appalachia shines through as brightly as the flame-colored butterflies she uses to tell this story.


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State of Wonder Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062049810
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 8th, 2012

Ann Patchett is in top form with this novel about a miracle fertility drug that would allow women to have babies at any age. It's a page-turning adventure story with salient social commentary on the ethics of science, big pharma and native peoples.


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The Tiger's Wife Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385343848
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Published: Random House Trade - November 1st, 2011

This beautifully written debut novel deftly blends magical folktales into stories of village life amid war and ethic strife in the former Yugoslavia. By one of The New Yorker's "20 under 40" best writers.


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The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781586489021
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Published: PublicAffairs - April 10th, 2017

Robert Darnton is uniquely qualified to present the case for books and he does so eloquently in this collection of essays. It's not a rant against all things digital but a reasoned and passionate call for the long term coexistence of printed books and digital material.


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The Girl Who Fell from the Sky Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781616200152
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Published: Algonquin Books - January 24th, 2011

Reminiscent of my favorite novel of last year (Little Bee), this is the story of a young, mixed-race firl searching for her identity as she tries to recover from a violent act that turned her life upside down.  Well-written and paced like a mystery.


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Little Bee Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781416589648
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 16th, 2010

I loved this book - it's in turns hilarious and horrifying, hard-hitting and heart-warming. Narrated by the Nigerian "little bee" it interweaves her story as a youngster in the midst of war in Nigeria and the breakdown of a marriage between a couple in England and their endearing young son who refuses to take off his Batman costume. Really a wonderfully told and affecting story.


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Mountains Beyond Mountains Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812973013
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Published: Random House Trade - August 31st, 2004

This is an amazing book about an amazing man - a Harvard educated doctor who dedicated his life to serving the poorest of the poor in Haiti. Inspiring! And a good read.


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Sag Harbor Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307455161
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Published: Anchor Books - June 15th, 2010

 

A charming remembrance of a young boy’s summers on Long Island by a great writer.  Whitehead takes us deep inside the mind of a teenage boy who spends the school year with prep school white kids and his summers with his African-American pals in the Hamptons.

 


Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385534246
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Published: Doubleday Books - April 18th, 2017

New Yorker staff writer David Grann (Lost City of Z) has written another fascinating tale. This time he takes on what was an unknown-at least to me-and ugly chapter in American history. It's the story of a series of brutal murders of Osage Indians, a tribe that struck it rich with oil on the Oklahoma land they were resettled on. It details the unconscionable discrimation, greed and corruption of local officials but also the birth of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, on organization that ultimately brought a meeasure of justice to the tribe, but only after much loss of life and fortune. Killers of the Flower Moon was a finalist for the National Book Award, a well deserved honor for this complelling and important book. My 2017 book of the year!


Michael's Picks

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The Solitude of Prime Numbers Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143118596
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Published: Penguin Books - March 29th, 2011

This coming-of-age novel is about two misfits--the 'prime numbers' of the title--who struggle to overcome damaged childhoods and find a way to connect with each other. It is a haunting, compelling, beautifully written and translated first novel by an Italian physicist.


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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400052189
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Published: Broadway Books - March 8th, 2011

In this little-known but vastly important slice of science history, Skloot opens a door on the world of biological research and finds an incredible story filled with joy and anger and tragedy. It is a book where reader and author make a journey of discover together.


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The German Woman Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780547336060
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Published: Mariner Books - June 9th, 2010

A great World War II novel. Atmospheric, romantic, full of plot twists and mystery. A little bit of The English Patient mixed with Alan Furst. A first rate novel by a hometown boy.


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Boone: A Biography Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781565126152
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Published: Algonquin Books - September 23rd, 2008

This biography reads like a novel - the author is a respected novelist - because Daniel Boone is a larger-than-life character whose adventures and exploits live up to the legend.


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The Spies of Warsaw Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812977370
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Published: Random House Trade - June 9th, 2009

There is no writer quite like Alan Furst. His novels are packed with atmosphere and romance, but also history and all the drive and plot twists of a traditional thriller. Furst never disappoints.


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