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2 A.M. in Little America 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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Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy's Guide to the Constitution 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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Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives 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 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 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 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) 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 Cover Image
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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 Cover Image
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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 Cover Image
$23.19
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! 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 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 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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Promise That You Will Sing About Me: The Power and Poetry of Kendrick Lamar 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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The Man Who Died Twice: A Thursday Murder Club Mystery Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984880994
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - September 28th, 2021

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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Give My Love to the Savages: Stories Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780063029972
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Published: Amistad - July 6th, 2021

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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After the Body: New & Selected Poems Cover Image
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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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The Bombay Prince (A Perveen Mistry Novel #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781641291057
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Published: Soho Crime - June 1st, 2021

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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The Book of Otto and Liam 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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White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia 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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Moonflower Murders: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062955456
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Published: Harper - November 10th, 2020

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, exquisitely executed, as ever.


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The Delightful Life of a Suicide Pilot (A Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery #15) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781641291774
Published: Soho Crime - June 2nd, 2020

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 Lost Man Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250105684
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Published: Flatiron Books - February 5th, 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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The Usual Santas: A Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers Cover Image
By Peter Lovesey (Foreword by), Mick Herron (Contributions by), Cara Black (Contributions by), Stuart Neville (Contributions by), Helene Tursten (Contributions by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781616957759
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Published: Soho Crime - October 24th, 2017

A stellar seasonal sampler of Soho Crime authors. The stories range from grisy to festive, from scary to funny, from heartbreaking to, well, almost heartwarming—these are crime stories, after all! You may find in these pages an author who is an old friend, or an author who'll be a favorite discovery. All around, a fantastic holiday read, & a great gift for the mystery reader on your list, too.


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Americanah 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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How to Train Your Dragon 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.)


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Nation Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780061433030
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Published: HarperCollins - September 22nd, 2009

Enough story for readers of any age: tsunami, pirates, sharks, astronomy, beer, how we make meaning from tragedy, how we communicate, even mistaken priorities of colonialism--he packs a lot in. It's funny, heartbreaking, adventuresome and contemplative--classic Pratchett, even if not Discworld. A good introduction to a wonderful writer.


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