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Neverhome Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316370165
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 19th, 2015

This novel recounts the story of an Indiana woman who assumes the guise of a man, Ash Thompson, to fight for the Union in the Civil War. The opening line, “I was strong and he was not so it was me went to war to defend the Republic” demonstrates how powerfully simply the author writes. No detail of the war or bloodshed is spared, including the gallows humor of men in battle, but the language is so beautiful, with the dialogue ringing so period true, that a perfect balance is struck.

 

 


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By Sara Pennypacker, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062377012
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 2nd, 2016

When done right there's something magical about books told from the point of view of an animal. With this sensitive and lovely story Pennypacker carries the torch passed down from Felix Salten (Bambi) and Sterling North (Rascal). When Peter and his fox Pax are seperated by an impending war to be reunited both must face an epic journey that will test and ultimately redeem them. A great read for children of all ages.
 


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$14.95
ISBN: 9780345807335
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Published: Anchor Books - June 23rd, 2015

This epistolary novel tells the story of Professor Jason Fitger who is busy navigating the back side of his own zeitgeist with something way less than grace. Fitger writes letter after letter full of passive aggressive bile that gradually reveal how he fell so far from favor. Laugh out loud funny, I recommend this book in the strongest possible terms.


Don't Suck, Don't Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt Cover Image
By Kristin Hersh, Amanda Petrusich (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781477311363
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Published: University of Texas Press - September 6th, 2016

Read this book with a box of tissues handy as it is a wrenching story of loss but love this book because it's a spot on, heartfelt examination about the knotty ties of friendship. Even if you aren't familiar with Hersh or Chestnutt so long as you have had your heart good and broken you will get it.


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By John Williams, Michelle Latiolais (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590171981
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Published: New York Review of Books - January 16th, 2007

This unrelenting portrait of the greedy squandering of our precious natural resources is both a beautiful excursion into the heart of human darkness and a brutal story that squarely combats the myth of the West. A forerunner of Cormac McCarty, this is an underappreciated great that clamors for a wider audience.


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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062356260
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Published: William Morrow & Company - February 21st, 2017

While she is the subject of one of the most famous paintings of the 20th century, little is known about Christina Olson. This novel imagines her life hobbled by illness and familial obligation and how becoming an unwitting muse allowed her a freedom real life denied her.


In Sunlight or in Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper Cover Image
By Lawrence Block (Editor)
$25.95
ISBN: 9781681772455
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Published: Pegasus Books - December 6th, 2016

I can't think of a more evocative narrative muse than Edward Hopper. Apparently Lawrence Block feels the same because he asked a diverse group of author friends (Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates and more) to pick a painting and write a story about it. This carefully curated collection features ensnaring tales from all genres so strong it's hard to pick a favorite. With its full color plates, this would make a lovely gift for fan of Hopper's broody genius or anyone intruiged by the intersection of artistic mediums.


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$19.95
ISBN: 9781941411391
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Published: Sarabande Books - February 28th, 2017

In this sometimes pointed but always charming essay collection, fashioned in the style of a medieval bestiary, Passarello tells the stories of famous animals including Koko, the sign language gorilla, and Arabella, the spider who went to space. This beautiful edition, published by Louisville's own Sarabande Books, is a treat for both animal lovers and any reader with a curious mind.


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ISBN: 9780553447637
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Published: Hogarth Press - May 16th, 2017

Chevalier resets Othello, the classic story of jealousy and revenge, as a tale of schoolyard bullying set in the 1970s. In her masterful hands knowing how the story ends only increases the tension and the casual racism of the period makes it, sadly, feel as timely as ever. The best entry yet in the Hogarth Shakespeare series.


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$26.99
ISBN: 9780778330165
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Published: Park Row Books - May 2nd, 2017

Both wonderful and heartbreaking, this debut puts readers into the mind of a 13 year old autistic girl who just might blow her chance at a forever family to do the right thing when the adults around her fail to understand the burden she can't articulate or put down. This book will make you anxious but also make you cheer.


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$15.99
ISBN: 9780316231060
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 25th, 2017

A dark exploration of the world of competitive gymnastics that portrays the agony and urgency of desire, the unknowablility of others and the burden of expectation. A crime novel where the crime is only the catalyst for an examination of a family's unraveling. Abbott at her very best.


The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250118035
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Published: Picador USA - June 6th, 2017

Equal parts a memoir about moving solo to the big city and a criticism of visual artists (Darger, Warhol, Hopper) who prominantly feature loneliness in their work, this book is a weird hybrid that totally works. My favorite book of 2016!


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