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Jollof Rice and Other Revolutions: A Novel in Interlocking Stories By Omolola Ijeoma Ogunyemi Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063117044
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Published: Amistad - September 13th, 2022

Four girls in school together in Nigeria form the heart of this intimate epic that spans, in the end, an astounding 150 years. Their stories are so absorbing, it will sneak up on you too. These women, their histories and successes and griefs and loves, will stay with me a long time. Ogunyemi’s writing is stellar and beautiful and clarifying.


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Bleeding Heart Yard: A Novel By Elly Griffiths Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063289277
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Published: Mariner Books - November 15th, 2022

New to Elly Griffiths? I was, and this book has made me a convert! This group of school friends, now grown up, makes me glad to be far and away from high school. But why did the rock star come back to the reunion? The politicians? The police officer? It’s a treat to watch DI Kaur unravel it all.


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The Blackhouse: A Novel By Carole Johnstone Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982199678
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Published: Scribner - January 3rd, 2023

This spooky thriller set in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides asks: What happens when someone at the heart of a reincarnation claim tries to find out the truth? Johnstone’s excellent rendering of atmosphere, history, and unreliable narrators make this story impossible to put down.


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Exiles: A Novel By Jane Harper Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250235350
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 31st, 2023

Small-town Australia, a spring festival, and a woman who vanished, leaving behind a grieving family and a mystified community. Harper’s rendition of the land and those who people it, strangers and confidantes trying to make sense of a complicated world captivated me completely.


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Madly, Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickman By Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson (Contributions by), Rima Horton (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson (Contributions by), Rima Horton (Afterword by)
$32.00
ISBN: 9781250847959
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - October 18th, 2022

Just fantastic! Eavesdrop on Rickman’s thoughts on business, politics, and plays (their staging, their strengths, their overall points or pointlessness), his insightful off-hand remarks, his generous friendships. The included illustrations he drew are inspiring. His diaries are an intimate window into another world. I encourage you to check them out.


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The Last Party: A Novel By Clare Mackintosh Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781728250960
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - November 8th, 2022

It turns out, no one likes a big new development around the corner from their long-established neighborhood—not even in the wide-open Welsh borderlands. Ffion wonders if it’s the new houses overlooking the lake that have soured neighbors on the developer, or something else. Ffion is a compelling detective—her sleuthing will keep you guessing.  


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Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency (American Poets Continuum #194) By Chen Chen Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781950774692
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Published: BOA Editions - September 13th, 2022

In this rich, joyous, intense, heartbreaking collection, Chen Chen reveals a world of connections—geese, grackles, classes, students, lovers, sex, songs, dinners, parents—full of sustenance. His language inhabits forms from prose blocks to Q&As to lyric lineation. These poems are a tour de force.


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Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands By Kate Beaton Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9781770462892
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - September 13th, 2022

As a longtime Beaton fan, I’ve looked forward to Ducks since Beaton’s first strips, in 2014, about the oil sands. It’s even better than I imagined. Despite the quiet clarities of her line & her narration, Beaton never simplifies the complex problems of work & community in the midst of a fragile yet grueling landscape. A beautiful, important book that’s at the top of my list for the holidays & beyond.


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Daisy Darker: A Novel By Alice Feeney Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250843937
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 30th, 2022

A perfect read for nights that are drawing in: you’ve got a scary storm, an isolated island, an unhappy family, & 8 hours to low tide. All on the night before Halloween! This book had more twists and turns than a creepy message in spindly cursive written on a wall—a fantastic thriller, and a lot of fun.


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Marple: Twelve New Mysteries (Miss Marple Mysteries) By Agatha Christie, Naomi Alderman, Leigh Bardugo, Alyssa Cole, Lucy Foley, Elly Griffiths, Natalie Haynes, Jean Kwok, Val McDermid, Karen M. McManus, Dreda Say Mitchell, Kate Mosse, Ruth Ware Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780063136052
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Published: William Morrow - September 13th, 2022

A remarkable homage to Christie, full of lively new adventures for our heroine, this collection is a beautiful extension of Miss Marple’s voice, and an always timely reminder to keep an eye on the quiet, elderly lady knitting in the corner. She’ll certainly have her eye on you!


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The Bullet That Missed: A Thursday Murder Club Mystery By Richard Osman Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593299395
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - September 20th, 2022

Another fun outing from the Thursday Murder Club, compiling all a mystery needs: a missing reporter, a hardened criminal, a little love, and the heartbreaking reality of a beloved spouse’s slow decline. A perfect escape for a winter night.


The Man Who Died Twice: A Thursday Murder Club Mystery By Richard Osman Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984881014
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Published: Penguin Books - July 26th, 2022

Thursday Murder Club returns! Richard Osman's charming retirees and their friends have another mystery in the offing, and the twists are tightly plotted, while the characters are just as fun to hang out with as the adventure unfolds. It's not often that one gets a page-turning story with insight about lives well-lived, but Osman and his characters have made it happen here. Excellent for those who loved the first novel, but this one is fine to start with, especially if you quite like spy stories with a bit of gangster thrown in, too.


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Bright: A Memoir By Kiki Petrosino Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781946448927
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Published: Sarabande Books - August 9th, 2022

In this exquisite lyrical memoir, a grandfather’s love is a childhood anchor, & his death a discovery that ricochets. Petrosino’s narrative encompasses realities of racism & colorism, family, time, Dante, Shakespeare, & living with sorrow. Read this to better know the poet, & the world, & maybe yourself, too.


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The Enigma of Room 622: A Novel By Joël Dicker, Robert Bononno (Translated by) Cover Image
By Joël Dicker, Robert Bononno (Translated by)
$29.99
ISBN: 9780063098817
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Published: HarperVia - September 13th, 2022

Is this a mystery about writing a novel or about avoiding one? A story about what happened in a Swiss hotel room, or why? As Dicker writes himself into the unfolding puzzles, each revelation remains absolutely riveting. This book is a surprising revelation—a mystery of mourning, a celebration of escape.


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Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution By R. F. Kuang Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063021426
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Published: Harper Voyager - August 23rd, 2022

I’ve written this blurb 12 times, & still it falls short. Kuang’s fantasy reflects the British Empire’s drive to consume the world through a silvered mirror, making it both familiar & revelatory. By the end, my heart was in my throat.


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Now Is Not the Time to Panic: A Novel By Kevin Wilson Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062913500
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Published: Ecco - November 8th, 2022

How do you make peace with the scary, confused, awkward teen you were, who you had to be to get to be the person you are today? Frankie has to find out. Wilson perfectly captures the lonely buzz of adolescence, the urge to create something bigger out of anything that’s within reach.


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The It Girl By Ruth Ware Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781982155261
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - July 12th, 2022

I couldn’t put this book down, yet I didn’t want it to end! A decade on, Hannah remains understandably scarred from the murder of her charismatic roommate their first year at Oxford. As her story—past & present—unfolds, tensions notch ever higher. Ware delivers another stellar plot, never neglecting to tally the costs of relying on what we think we already know—about others, and about ourselves.


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Africa Is Not a Country: Notes on a Bright Continent By Dipo Faloyin Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780393881530
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 6th, 2022

This is a great read, & an important one. Intimate & expansive, these essays build on personal and political history to construct a picture of the myriad nations & narratives of Africa, examining why it’s so hard for those of us outside to see them clearly. An excellent and generous guide, Faloyin outlines the many ways the Europeans set African nations up for failure, from their first colonial forays to the arbitrary divisions they imposed—legacies that still distort our view. This is a vision of hope & change through knowledge & narrative, allowing us to see the complex workings of history, art, politics, and action that shape us all.


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How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question By Michael Schur Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781982159313
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 25th, 2022

It may sound silly, but this is one of the most thoughtful books I’ve read this year! Its easy tone belies the importance of the big concepts Schur introduces to himself and us, at the heart of which is always the question “What do we owe to each other?” Whether you are a Good Place fan or not, this book is a great dive into the questions of how we can responsibly & realistically share the world with other people. A great practical introduction to philosophy for anyone wondering what it means to try to be a good person, imperfections & all. 


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Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six: A Novel of Thrilling Suspense By Lisa Unger Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780778333234
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Published: Park Row - November 8th, 2022

Perfect suspenseful action for either wintry nights or summer storms! Family histories, longtime friendships, and—always!—secrets kept too long come to a head under the noisy isolation of an inland storm. I sped through this book, enjoying its red herrings, ominous portents, and surprisingly compelling questions about where we draw the line with those we consider family, and where we bend it.


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Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy's Guide to the Constitution By Elie Mystal Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781620976814
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Published: New Press - March 1st, 2022

The best, clearest breakdown of strengths & failures of the US Constitution, & a fantastic guide to key points of constitutional law that we must grapple with, now, to make a better union. A crucial, illuminating, & brutally honest read!


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2 A.M. in Little America By Ken Kalfus Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781571311443
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Published: Milkweed Editions - May 10th, 2022

A deft examination of what remains of Americanness when America is lost. This deceptively quiet story is filled with the unpredictable tension of life at the margins, set in a near future more possible than we might like to admit. Funny, scary, brilliant, true.


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Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives By Mary Laura Philpott Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982160784
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Published: Atria Books - April 12th, 2022

The crucial minutiae of life—a forgotten workplace’s mug, a turtle in a yard, a clatter in the night—reveal intimate hope in the midst of the necessary anxiety of living. Philpott is the generous, unflinching, observant friend you are looking for.


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Left on Tenth: A Second Chance at Life: A Memoir By Delia Ephron Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316267656
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 12th, 2022

Don’t be fooled by her breezy tone! Delia Ephron’s memoir unfolds into big questions about life and death—but mostly life, and hope, and surprising grace found in moments of confluence, even in the face of inevitable loss. 


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Kaikeyi: A Novel By Vaishnavi Patel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780759557338
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Published: Redhook - April 26th, 2022

Perfect for fans of Circe or Pat Barker’s The Silence of the Girls, this novel reimagines the life of the Ramayana’s Kaikeyi, the queen mother who sends Rama into his ten-year exile so her son might take the throne instead. Patel’s Kaiyeki wrestles with the weight of history and the question of how to be good in the face of unknowable destinies and ineffable deities, while doing her best to be a good parent, too. A gripping adventure, and an examination of the crucial roles even the least appreciated characters play in all our stories. 


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Comfort Me With Apples By Catherynne M. Valente Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250816214
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Published: Tordotcom - November 9th, 2021

Stepford Wives meets the Brothers Grimm, by way of Daphne du Maurier, but also totally new. A gripping thriller and a fable that will stay with you longer than its slim spine may suggest. 


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Bruno's Challenge: And Other Stories of the French Countryside (Bruno, Chief of Police Series) By Martin Walker Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593534229
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Published: Knopf - March 15th, 2022

These stories of Bruno and his friends in the Périgord are perfect petits plats to savor as we wait for the next installment. A great introduction to Bruno—but beware! He’s a great cook, so you may find yourself looking up recipes before you are halfway through!


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Customs: Poems By Solmaz Sharif Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450796
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 1st, 2022

This groundbreaking collection of poems interrogates customs at every level. From interviews at the international terminal to the way we bend our language to make the powerful yet more comfortable, these poems break open the stories we tell ourselves about America. Through their jagged edges, Sharif compels us to see what’s underneath.


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The Family Chao: A Novel By Lan Samantha Chang Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780393868074
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 1st, 2022

Taking the shape of Dostoyevsky’s Brothers Karamazov and making it a story about an entirely different unhappy family, cf. Tolstoy, seems risky, yet this novel soars on all counts. All three sons of the titular family are in terrible shape—their struggle over the restaurant that defines every member of their family is a fantastic, insightful, epic, rewarding roller coaster of a ride. 


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The Paris Apartment: A Novel By Lucy Foley Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780063003057
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Published: William Morrow - February 22nd, 2022

The ingenious plot will draw draw you in, but it's the characters and their choices--often terrible or vicious, but occasionally noble, misguided, or foolishly desperate--that will make this story stay with you even after all the twists and turns have faded into a satisfying memory, like places from a Paris stay you might have had, one we hope, unlike Jess's and her brother's, didn't go awry.


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Reparations Now! By Ashley M. Jones Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781938235863
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Published: Hub City Press - September 7th, 2021

This book is a revelation. Forms here run the gamut from exquisitely crafted lists to compressed and insistent prose blocks—with every poem outlining and expanding its world through a brilliantly precise construction of language and sound. These poems live both aloud and on the page, and they reward the reader's attention with insight and feeling. Read this—read this now. 


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Keya Das's Second Act By Sopan Deb Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982185473
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 5th, 2022

This debut novel from the author of the memoir Missed Translations follows an estranged family as they discover their paths back to a new kind of normal in the wake of loss. Set against the backdrop of the New Jersey Bengali community where the author grew up, this novel is a sweet and hopeful testament to art’s powers to help us heal, even when hope seems lost.


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The Accomplice: A Novel By Lisa Lutz Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984818263
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 25th, 2022

In this multilayered who-why-where-dunit, Owen and Luna, unlikely BFFs since college, must navigate their separate hidden pasts, and their desires to keep everyone safe, to solve a present-day murder. A thoughtful study of loyalty, wrapped in a a gripping and suspenseful plot. A great wintry read!


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White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia By Kiki Petrosino Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781946448545
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Published: Sarabande Books - May 5th, 2020

Urgent, important, intimate, political, personal, formal, challenging, explosive, and revelatory—Petrosino's insightful and lyrical illumination unfolds across each sequence and on every page.


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Americanah: A novel By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307455925
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Published: Anchor - March 4th, 2014

Americanah is both a unfolding love story & an incisive look at constructions of race—Ifemelu is a transplant to the U.S. from Nigeria, and the story of the end of her time in the States and her return to Nigeria is bound up in her youthful love affair with the man she called Ceiling, and in all she has had to learn about how to be black in America, as well as all she has to learn about having been an expat upon her return to Nigeria. Like Austen, Adichie uses the framework of love lost & longed for to examine the society she, and the rest of us, move through. Her beautiful writing & her characters' intimate dilemmas reveal a multiplicity of layers in the world around & beyond us. 


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Give My Love to the Savages: Stories By Chris Stuck Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063029989
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Published: Amistad - May 17th, 2022

Stuck’s characters, wrestling with masculinity, race, and class, undergo bizarrely absurd and brutally real adventures, and shine a light back on us at every turn. This debut collection is an excellent, bitter, funny, incisive, heartbreaking read.


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Moonflower Murders: A Novel By Anthony Horowitz Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780062955463
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 30th, 2021

This satisfying sequel to Magpie Murders finds our intrepid editor Susan Ryland bored and worried in Greece, where the puzzle of a woman gone missing in the wake of reading an Atticus Pund mystery entices her back to England. Susan tries again to get in her departed writer's head as she tries to figure out what the woman saw in the book, and how it might lead her family to find her now. Horowitz's homage to Poirot, Christie, and the mystery genre's industry enlivens his elaborate country-home mystery, brilliantly executed, as ever.


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The Bombay Prince (A Perveen Mistry Novel #3) By Sujata Massey Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781641293501
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Published: Soho Crime - May 17th, 2022

Third in the series, but a great one to start with! Perveen Mistry, solicitor, investigates the death of her not-quite-client, as Indian independence makes strides against British rule. Setting and character combine in this lively procedural, and this pioneering woman navigates her investigation's needs and her familial responsibilities. 


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How to Train Your Dragon By Cressida Cowell Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316085274
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 1st, 2010

"If only I had some summer reading that made me laugh," your kid says. "If only we could read something besides the Magic Tree House," you think. Don't let the movie's existence stop you--run right out and try Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon books. Gentler than the movie, and more outrageous, these books are fun to read aloud and exciting enough for the listener to pick up the book and read ahead when your voice is gone. Hiccup is the hero we all could be, and his efforts to find a new way to be the Viking leader his dad hopes him to be are funny and touching and never soppy. It's a great series. (And if you are wondering if your young reader will have the Monty-Python-appreciation gene, these books may be the predictor to soothe your fears.)


The Delightful Life of a Suicide Pilot (A Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery #15) By Colin Cotterill Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781641292610
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Published: Soho Crime - May 25th, 2021

Dr. Siri and his wife, as brilliant and enduring as ever, find themselves pursuing the origin of a journal that made its way to them. This, the final mystery in Cotterill's Dr. Siri series, finds Dr. Siri and Madame Daeng traveling across rivers and into mountains in search of the journal writer and the source of his journal's increasingly fabulous tales. As warm and unflinching as all the novels in this series, their final adventure reveals much about war, survival, and how we all try to make our lives into the best stories we can. 


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The Book of Otto and Liam By Paul Griner Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781946448767
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Published: Sarabande Books - April 13th, 2021

An intimate, unflinching portrait of the aftermath of a school shooting. Through letters, lists, fragments, and more traditional narrative sections, Otto and others grapple with anger, grief, and the impossible necessity of living in a world that holds such pain. A vital story unfolds with truth and beauty in Griner's hands. 


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The Lost Man By Jane Harper Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250105707
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Published: Flatiron Books - December 31st, 2019

This gripping mystery examines a brother’s life spent in penitence for a bad decision on a bad day, a brother’s death after a mysterious decision on his own bad day, and the harsh secrets a family has allowed to fester, all under the brutal, unforgiving glare of the Australian outback’s heat and space. Harper creates a breathtaking picture of harsh beauty and failed connection that will pull in lovers of mysteries and of excellent writing alike.


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Promise That You Will Sing About Me: The Power and Poetry of Kendrick Lamar By Miles Marshall Lewis Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250231680
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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 28th, 2021

This in-depth look at the life, times, lyrics, and impact of Kendrick Lamar and his music is a beautiful exploration of how art moves in the world. Perfect for longtime fans and for anyone who wants to understand the impact of Lamar's work. 


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After the Body: New & Selected Poems By Cleopatra Mathis Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781946448606
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Published: Sarabande Books - July 7th, 2020

If you are new to Mathis’s work or unfamiliar with her long career, this retrospective will be a fantastic education. Her poems, dynamic and intimate, invite readers into her unfolding examinations of family, parenting, aging, and living in this imperfect world. 


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