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The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession By Michael Finkel Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9780525657323
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Published: Knopf - June 27th, 2023

Have you ever heard of someone stealing art just because they love art and want to look at a room filled with paintings, sculptures, goblets, and spears just because they love art so much? I certainly had not until I read this book. Psychologically fascinating, this book will take you through a young man's journey of collecting (stealing) art from museum across Europe and various detectives' journeys of catching one of the most notorious yet mysterious art thieves in history. 


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Family of Liars: The Prequel to We Were Liars By E. Lockhart Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780593485880
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Published: Ember - May 2nd, 2023

The thrilling prequel to the novel We Were Liars tells the story of another generation of Sinclair's. Filled with lies, secrets, family drama, ghosts, and a killer twist, this book is a must read. Family of Liars is sure to make you desperate for another book by E. Lockhart. As a huge fan of We Were Liars, I was ecstatic to hear about a prequel. This book did not disappoint! If you fell in love with We Were Liars or are in need of an exciting, drama filled YA novel, this book is for you!


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Our Missing Hearts: Reese's Book Club (A Novel) By Celeste Ng Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593492666
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Published: Penguin Books - August 22nd, 2023

Many authors are unable to write three quality novels, but Our Missing Hearts, Celeste Ng's third novel, is a triumph. This book reads almost like poetry. It is line upon line upon line of artful language. It is delicate descriptions or a tense and frightened world. It is sensitive, deep, and compelling characters. Although this novel is driven by its characters, every page reveals something new and sometimes disturbing about their environment, about the world rebuilding itself after the so called Crisis. Our Missing Hearts shares a story that is all too relevant in the world that we live in today. This book, however, is filled with hope. The hope that when people connect with one another and listen intently to the stories of all of the individuals who all have a different tale to tell, the world will change for the better. 


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Small Things Like These By Claire Keegan Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780802158741
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Published: Grove Press - November 30th, 2021

Small Things Like These is a quick, 100 page read, but it is packed with meaning. Keegan doesn't reveal much in the story, but you will leave the novel feeling like you have a full understanding of the main character Furlong. In a word, this novel was atmospheric. The Irish village where the novel is set feels real. It is quaint, yet complicated. 

I finished this book in two sittings, which to me, is the true sign of a good book. Although it is not riddled with cliff hangers and plot twists, I had the urge to keep reading. I had to know what happened to that small village in Ireland. I had to know what happened to Furlong. 


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Station Eleven: A Novel (National Book Award Finalist) By Emily St. John Mandel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

Complicated is the word I would use to describe this book. Switching from character to character and time period to time period, this book will keep you engaged and intrigued. This is the type of book where you will want to grasp on to every word for fear of missing out on a piece of hidden information or insight into the plot or characters. This book simply does not take a breath until the beautifully satisfying ending. You will end the book with a sigh, as the journey will be long and complicated, but you will be sorry that it is over. You will need to block out a good chunk of time before you start because once you read the first page, you won't be able to put it down. 


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Foster By Claire Keegan Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780802160140
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Published: Grove Press - November 1st, 2022

Keegan wrote yet another one-sitting read. This book immediately sweeps you in with a bittersweet narrative. This book has moments of joy and sadness, and it ends in the best way possible, with hope. Keegan truly knows how to write a compelling narrative. She managed to write a less than 100 page masterpiece that another author could have easily made into a 300 page drag. Her brevity is what makes this novel stand out. You will be left wanting more, but you will ultimately be grateful for the brevity; I couldn't imagine Foster  being told in a greater number of pages. You will only long for Keegan to write another 100 page masterpiece.


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Pineapple Street: A GMA Book Club Pick (A Novel) By Jenny Jackson Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593490693
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - March 7th, 2023

Love them or loathe them, the lives of the uber-wealthy 1% fascinate us. The author doesn't try to make the reader sympathize with the wealthy family in the novel, she in fact highlights their snobbery and how certain characters are oblivious to their privilege. Taking a human and compassionate approach, the author gently examines and sheds light on some of the issues affecting the extremely rich through the lives and thoughts of three women. But by the end of the novel, Jackson does make the characters a bit more endearing. 


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The Guncle By Steven Rowley Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525542308
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 5th, 2022

Grief is a hard topic to write about, especially if you're aiming to be uplifting rather than depressing. But Rowley hits upon exactly the right notes with this book. The focus is on moving forward and making new relationships and memories. There is so much heart and humor in this book. Every character is adorable and lovable, from the kids to the dog to the neighbors, and Patrick's snarky humor and zingy one-liners will have you in stitches.


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How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question By Michael Schur Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781982159320
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 18th, 2023

How to Be Perfect was born from Michael Schur's writing and producing of the acclaimed television show The Good Place, and is essentially a philosophy primer; a dummies' guide to leading an ethical life, drawing on 2,500 years of philosophical schools of thought from around the world, applied to everyday situations and decisions everyone can relate to. Schur puts forth these moral teachings in a fun and informative way without coming across as judgmental or self-righteous. At times, he feels like a friendly mentor who is happy to admit to his own failings and won't judge you for getting things wrong sometimes. 


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The Whalebone Theatre: A Read with Jenna Pick By Joanna Quinn Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593467152
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Published: Vintage - July 25th, 2023

Although World War II books can be hard to get through, this book was a perfect balance of war and family drama. While it does follow the events of the war, it also follows the complex lives of three siblings in a narrative that both uplifts and devastates. I wouldn't call it a page turner, but it's still one of those books that I couldn't seem to put down. 


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The Cloisters: A Novel By Katy Hays Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781668004418
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Published: Atria Books - July 11th, 2023

This book is not what you expect. It starts as the tale of an innocent young girl who lands an unexpected job at The Cloisters after finishing college with a degree in Art History. But that innocence soon wears off as she learns to navigate New York, and as she becomes close with her less than innocent coworkers. This book is also closely intertwined with the art of tarot reading, a topic that is rare in a book. Hays does a stupendous job of creating an ever twisting plot that mixed with the mystery of ordinary people and the magic of tarot. 


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So Late in the Day: Stories of Women and Men By Claire Keegan Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780802160850
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Published: Grove Press - November 14th, 2023

Although darker than her other books, Keegan once again delivers short stories that force the reader to contemplate the complexities of relationships, love, and life. Keegan doesn't want the reader to shy away from things that we don't want to think about. She turns harsh realities into simply "realities," humanizing the things that seem too dark to think about for even one second. If you loved her other two short novels, you'll love this one in a different way, but you'll love it all the same. 


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Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel By Casey McQuiston Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250316776
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 14th, 2019

Another royal book coming you way! This one's a winner. Fans of the American Royals young adult series will LOVE this book. I go on kicks with books about royalty, and especially with the popularity of the new television series, I knew that I finally had to read this book. The characters are complex but lovable, the plot is deep, but fun, and as with any happy romance, it ends just the way you want. If you need a romance to lift your spirits, Alex and Henry will do just that. 


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Ten-Word Tiny Tales: To Inspire and Unsettle (Ten Word Tiny Tales) By Joseph Coelho, Various (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Joseph Coelho, Various (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536231359
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Published: Candlewick - September 12th, 2023

This book is pure joy. All of the tales are unique. Some are happy. Some are sad. Some are mysterious. Some are exciting. But what they all have in common are beautiful illustrations, illustrations that are worth a thousand words even when the tales are only 10. 


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101 Ways to Read a Book By Timothée de Fombelle, Benjamin Chaud (Illustrator), Karin Snelson (Translator) Cover Image
By Timothée de Fombelle, Benjamin Chaud (Illustrator), Karin Snelson (Translator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781636550824
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Published: Red Comet Press - October 17th, 2023

This book is adorable. Its the perfect book to have on your shelf. The illustrations are a joy and the "plot" is the cutest. This is the perfect book to get as a gift for a bookworm... or, let's be honest, it's the perfect book to get for yourself.


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Poison for Breakfast By Lemony Snicket Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781324090625
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Published: Liveright - August 31st, 2021

I'm not sure why this book is categorized as a mystery because in only 150 pages, this book is so much more. It's a book about philosophy. It's a book with writing advice. It's about Lemony Snicket eating poison for breakfast. Snicket starts the book by telling you that this book is about bewilderment, and this book is both about bewilderment and bewildering. For anyone who's missed Snicket's writing from his series A Series of Unfortunate Events, this book will do the trick. 


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Mexican Gothic By Silvia Moreno-Garcia Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525620808
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Published: Del Rey - June 15th, 2021

The Godfather meets horror. There is a haunted house. There is a ghost. There is a mysterious family. There is everything you could possibly want in this mind bending novel. The protagonist will be just as confused as you are at the start of the novel, and you will feel as through you are solving the many mysteries and inconsistencies that define the godfather-like family who live in the house on the hill alongside the protagonist. This book is moody and atmospheric, and the fast paced set up takes you all the way to the ending. Moreno-Garcia also does an excellent job of making sure that the the unexplained mysteries surrounding the house and the family and thoroughly explained by the last chapter of the novel, something that many authors are unable to do at all. 


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The Caretaker: A Novel By Ron Rash Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780385544276
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Published: Doubleday - September 26th, 2023

Ron Rash has such insight into human nature and wonderful descriptions of the Appalachian region of North Carolina. The story bounces around among Jacob, Naomi, Blackburn, and other characters living in the community. The author really delivers a sucker punch to the heart early on which took an already good story to the next level. Blackburn Grant especially is a wonderful character who is a dependable, capable loner who carries on despite the challenges that Rash throws his way. 


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Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need By Blake Snyder Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781932907001
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Published: Michael Wiese Productions - May 25th, 2005

I don't know about you, but when I read a "how-to" type book, I get really bored really fast. I usually put down a nonfiction book or a book on writing after a chapter or two because I simply can't pay attention. So obviously, if I'm reviewing this book, it means that I sat through the entire thing. Cover to cover this book is not only helpful, but amusing. It's as though you're having a conversation with the author about writing a script rather than feeling like you're listening to a never ending lecture. You will be surprised by how quickly you will fly through this book. 


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The Invention of Wings: A Novel By Sue Monk Kidd Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143121701
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Published: Penguin Books - May 5th, 2015

This book was completely and utterly dynamic. From the first word to the last I was enthralled with the protagonists, Sarah and Handful. Every page is a gut punch, and every line draws you deeper and deeper into the complexity of the story. This is certainly not a light topic, and therefore, it is not a light read. It is a story that will force you to think deeply, so prepare yourself to be torn between a story of the horrors of slavery and writing that manages to be both beautiful and tragic. 


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