Emma's Picks

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The Fraud: A Novel By Zadie Smith Cover Image
$23.20
ISBN: 9780525558965
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Published: Penguin Press - September 5th, 2023

This is my book of the year! History is full of all the lies we tell ourselves and the world, but this book is the real thing. 
Set in the 1800s against the rise and fall of popular author William Ainsworth, the success of Charles Dickens, the trial of the Tichbourne heir, and Britain’s abolition of slavery, The Fraud exposes our history and our present through the intimate observations of Ainsworth’s cousin, Mrs. Touchet, as she watches the lives around her, and her own, unfold. Once again, Zadie Smith reveals new ways to see our complex, brutal, often funny, and so often flawed world.


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Murder at Holly House By Denzil Meyrick Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781787637184
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Published: Bantam Press - December 21st, 2023

Is Frank Grasby a bumbling, self-involved detective, or is he more than he appears? Come for the cozy village mystery, stay for the post-war intrigue. Reading this book was like discovering a hidden gem under the tree!


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A Stroke of the Pen: The Lost Stories By Terry Pratchett Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780063376199
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Published: Harper - October 10th, 2023

A treasure trove of newly discovered stories by the much-mourned Terry Pratchett, written under a pseudonym as he learned his craft. Published before his career took off, these little stories from a small-British newspaper are full of all the invention, humor, and care of Pratchett’s later work. Perfect to dip into and fun for all ages—these stories are perfect for everyone looking for a moment of light in the world.


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Christmas and Other Horrors: An Anthology of Solstice Horror By Ellen Datlow (Editor), Garth Nix, Josh Malerman, Alma Katsu, Stephen Graham Jones Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781803363264
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Published: Titan Books - October 24th, 2023

Santa peeks in the windows and spies on you all year, but there are other horrors out there, too. At the turn of the year, when light and dark swap places and the world swings back along its arc, all sorts of doors open—who knows what might come through? These stories will chill your spine like the best winter wind.


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Black AF History: The Un-Whitewashed Story of America By Michael Harriot Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780358439165
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Published: Dey Street Books - September 19th, 2023

Harriot teaches us the history we should have been learning all along. His compelling stories, thoroughly researched and fantastically told, reveal a more accurate picture of America—its history and its present. This book is an education too important to miss.


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The Last Devil to Die: A Thursday Murder Club Mystery By Richard Osman Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593299425
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - September 19th, 2023

Elizabeth and Joyce will never let you down! This fourth book of Osman’s is as good or better than any that have come before, with another mystery to keep our heroes hopping, even as life waxes and wanes around them. And a rather splendid fox makes an appearance in the snow.


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The Tusks of Extinction By Ray Nayler Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250855527
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Published: Tordotcom - January 16th, 2024

In a future pitted with loss, who can teach a mammoth how to be a mammoth? Only a scientist who lost her life trying to save the last elephants. Poaching, climate change, and the reckless miracles of science and humankind form the backdrop to this compelling, terrifying, and oddly hopeful story of a life in a newly resuscitated world.


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Being Henry: The Fonz . . . and Beyond By Henry Winkler Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781250888099
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Published: Celadon Books - October 31st, 2023

Winkler worked to land the role of a lifetime as the Fonz, but had to do even more work to flourish, especially after. Here, he looks back on his career, acknowledging the ways his parents’ histories and his own long-undiagnosed dyslexia created barriers in his acting and in his personal life. Winkler is a pleasure to get to know better, and his life is more fascinating than you might expect!


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Shigidi and the Brass Head of Obalufon By Wole Talabi Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780756418267
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Published: DAW - August 8th, 2023

A little romance, a heist, some corporate schemes, and a group of gods trying to meet their quotas of belief. What could go wrong? The British Museum shouldn’t keep hoarding all those artefacts—that’s for sure. I can’t wait to read more about Shigidi and Nneoma and the Orisha Spirit Company.


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Treacle Walker By Alan Garner Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781668025512
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Published: Scribner - November 14th, 2023

Is this a fable about growing up, or a fairy tale about growing old? A parable of entering the world or of leaving it? Treacle Walker is all that, and more—an homage to the solitude of childhood with its company of comic books, distant trains, pocket-sized treasures, and mysterious obligations, and a celebration of language’s intimacy and unpredictability. A great place to dive into Garner’s work.


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The Secret Hours By Mick Herron Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781641295215
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Published: Soho Crime - September 12th, 2023

This new stand-alone spy novel is a fantastic addition to Herron’s work, perfect for fans and newcomers alike. Herron’s spies are grubby, smart, jaded, foolishly compliant, and fiendishly cunning. His writing is brilliant, whether his characters are in nondescript London offices or in copses riddled with the scent of decaying badgers.


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Amongst Our Weapons (Rivers of London #9) By Ben Aaronovitch Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780756418649
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Published: DAW - March 14th, 2023

Some crimes have a magical origin, and for those you need a magical detective. London history, the spirits of England’s lost rivers and active waterways, and Peter Grant’s continuing apprenticeship combine to transport us to a world that’s just under the surface of our own. Plus, talking foxes!


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I Must Be Dreaming By Roz Chast Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781620403228
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - October 24th, 2023

Chast has done the impossible—she’s made other people’s dreams absolutely riveting! From a talking mango that keeps its own counsel to her dad’s skeleton making itself at home to an overview of dream-theory itself, Chast’s exploration of the many dream districts of life is a fantastic and hilarious picture of the absurdities of our collective unconscious.


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Shubeik Lubeik (Pantheon Graphic Library) By Deena Mohamed Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781524748418
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Published: Pantheon - January 10th, 2023

If wishes were real, they would be a valuable and heavily restricted resource, just as in this brilliant graphic novel. Three wishes, inherited by a small business owner in Cairo, might improve people’s lives, but sometimes the unused magic is the strongest. Mohamed’s novel, like all the best fairy tales, shows us a clearer picture of the world around us. A beautiful, moving, fantastic work of art.


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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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