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The Cutting Room (Canons) By Louise Welsh Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781838850906
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Published: Canongate Books - May 3rd, 2022

A subtly layered & intensely engrossing investigation in a gothic Glasgow setting, this book is an amazing & unsettling read with a cast of true-to-life a-typical characters led by a queer auctioneer in the not-so-long ago, before it was "safe" to be out and proud.  -Recommended by Lauren


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Wrong Place Wrong Time: A Novel By Gillian McAllister Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780063252349
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Published: William Morrow - August 2nd, 2022

*A mother witnesses her son commit an unspeakable act.  *She wakes up, the day before, desperate to stop the murder from happening.  *She wakes up the day before the day before, realizing that something bigger is unfolding.  *This is a mind-bending, page turning, edge of your seat mystery.  Can you solve it before it happens?  *Amazing story-telling!  -Recommended by Rob


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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

Most definitely, this summer's "IT" beach read!!  What really happened at Oxford University that glorious evening ten years ago?? 

An eclectic assortment of college pals and an odd University employee, power this psychological thriller.  -Recommended by Nancy


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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

Set in the Swiss Alps, this most layered mystery will stun readers with its tantalizing plot twists, unique characters, and overall creativity.  Humor, wisdom, and masterful writing develop this truly original mystery.  - Nancy Recommends


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Users: A Novel By Colin Winnette Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781593767372
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Published: Soft Skull - February 21st, 2023

Winnette's writing has an "underneath" to it, a nagging vagueness that bores into you & unnerves you.  He knows how people don't communicate, don't connect, don't act- the way they stay in their own head & refrain from just saying what they mean.  And he knows how to write tension and anxiety.  This book is tense.  -Recommended by Rowan


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What Moves the Dead By T. Kingfisher Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250830753
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Published: Tor Nightfire - July 12th, 2022

If you haven't read T. Kingfisher, you need to, now.  And this re-telling of Poe's Fall of the House of Usher is a great place to start!  For anyone who's read a Gothic short, shivered, the  found themselves wondering "but why?"  Harrowing and hilarious- I could not put it down!  -Recommended by Lauren


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Lucy by the Sea: A Novel By Elizabeth Strout Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593446065
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Published: Random House - September 20th, 2022

An elegant, thoughtful novel set on the Maine coast during the early days of the pandemic.  Walk with Lucy along the shore as she befriends like-minded and not-so-like-minded folks struggling with life's uncertainties.  Brilliant Writing, of course!  -Recommended by Nancy


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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

Hands down, this is my favorite book I've read this year.  It's a dark academia/ historical fantasy that punches its own genre in the face.  It broke my heart and I loved every minute of it.  Ten out of ten.  No note.  -Recommended by Molly


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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

I cannot praise this magnificent mystery enough!  Narrated by the kindly Daisey Darker and set in the isolated, crumbling family mansion on the rocky Cornish coast, the Darker family reunites for the final time.  Much wisdom and many surprises make this novel impossible to put down until the last delicious page.  -Recommended by Nancy


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The Maid: A Novel By Nita Prose Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593356159
Availability: Backordered - we'll try to let you know how long!
Published: Ballantine Books - January 4th, 2022

One of the best mysteries I've read!  Molly Maid, narrator and protagonist, delights in sanitizing the Regency Grand's rooms.  Her refreshingly sweet and insightful persona unpacks the evil "dirt" polluting the dusty corners of the hotel.  Wonderful writing!!"    -Recommended by Nancy


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Animal: A Novel By Lisa Taddeo Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982122133
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - May 31st, 2022

A Journey forward toward a goal.  A journey backward explaining why.  A gut punch of a book.  -Recommended by Rowan


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The Club: A Novel By Ellery Lloyd Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062997425
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Published: Harper - March 1st, 2022

Consider yourself fortunate not to belong to this club!  Treat yourself to this engrossing psychological thriller set on an island where dreams do not come true.  Recommended by Nancy


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Nettle & Bone By T. Kingfisher Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250244048
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Published: Tor Books - April 26th, 2022

Why is a hero set an impossible task?  So they wont be able to do it.  So whatever was asked in return wiill not have to be given, because it also cannot be taken back.  This feminist fable wears the well-loved skin of a fairy tale, absorbing & eerie, funny & tragic by turns.  Fans of Robin McKinley, Peter S. Beagle, Patricia A. McKillip, & Peter Dickinson, you need to read T. Kingfisher now!  -Recommended by Lauren


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Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel By Natalie Jenner Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250276698
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Published: St. Martin's Press - May 17th, 2022

"Wonderfull!  Intelligent!  Delightful!  Worth cheering about!  My new favorite bookshop book.  (There's a great audio version at Libro.fm)"  Recommended by Alena


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The Paris Bookseller By Kerri Maher Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593102183
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Published: Berkley - January 11th, 2022

"A romantic telling of real-life people and events.  A love letter to literature and how it transforms us.  A fight against censorships.  This book is my jam!"  Recommended by Rowan


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For Your Own Good By Samantha Downing Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593100981
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Published: Berkley - April 26th, 2022

"A wickedly good mystery set in an American boarding school.  How bad can the food be?  Bizarre plot twists and crafty characters will keep readers engaged and guessing."  Recommended by Nancy


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The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer By Janelle Monáe Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780063070875
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Published: Harper Voyager - April 19th, 2022

"If you enjoyed Monae's Dirty Computer, you'll love her further exploration of Memory, Time & Tie travel, Sexuality, and Marginalizationin a dystopian near-future.  This dirty computer loved it!"  -Recommended by Rowan


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Hidden Pictures: A Novel By Jason Rekulak Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250819345
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 10th, 2022

A quick but creepy read filled with paranormal eeriness.  If you never thought a five year old could be creepy, this book will put pictures in your head you cannot unsee.  It's a clever good scare from a favorite new author.  -Recommended by Rob


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The Atlas Six (Atlas Series #1) By Olivie Blake Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250854513
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Published: Tor Books - March 1st, 2022

"In a world where the Library of Alexandria did not burn, but was hidden by a secret society with access to all scientific and magical knowledge.  6 Talented magicians compete for 5 positions in the society.  Compelling, layered charaters and thought-provoking magic.  For fans of Dark Academia & The Magicians."  -Recommended by Julie


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Book Lovers By Emily Henry Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593334836
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Published: Berkley - May 3rd, 2022

"All of Emily Henry's romances are delightful.  This one is no different with witty banter, emotional depth, and a satisfying enemies-to-lovers romance.  I couldn't put this smart, funny, book down!"  -Recommended by Julie


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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow: A novel By Gabrielle Zevin Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593321201
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Published: Knopf - July 5th, 2022

"This book follows the long and fraught friendship of Sam and Sadie.  It's an immersive world, full of references, parallels, and where one learns that the "play's" the thing, even when one hurts."  Recommended by Rowan.


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Reeling By Lola Lafon, Hildegarde Serle (Translator) Cover Image
By Lola Lafon, Hildegarde Serle (Translator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781609457310
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Published: Europa Editions - March 8th, 2022

"Powerful!! Intriguing characters expose the exploitation and sexualization of teen girls in Paris during the 1980s to the present.  Lafton brilliantly inspires the readers to challenge the casual attitudes that dehumanize women." -recommended by Nancy


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Klara and the Sun: A novel (Vintage International) By Kazuo Ishiguro Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780593311295
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Published: Vintage - March 1st, 2022

Ironically, Klara is anything but an "artificial friend" to her human, Josie.  Consistently thought provoking as Ishiguro ponders futuristic scenarios that challenge the ethos of love and friendships.  Recommended by Nancy.


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Piranesi By Susanna Clarke Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781635577808
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 28th, 2021

A Too-Good-Too-Short magical realism fantasy about innocence, memory, connection with the earth, and impossible spaces.  The story is told through the journals of it's titular character, who lives in an infinite expanse by the sea.  Susanna Clarke plays with dramatic irony in such an endearingly clever way.  Fantastic stuff.  -Connor


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The Guest List: A Novel By Lucy Foley Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062868947
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 3rd, 2021

"A masterfully crafted mystery set at an over-the-top wedding on a gloomy island off the coast of Ireland.  So may unexpected moments make this a truly satisfying read."  -Nancy


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Sankofa: A Novel By Chibundu Onuzo Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781646220830
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Published: Catapult - October 5th, 2021

"Ever wonder how an idealist could morph into an authoritarian ruler?  Join a midlife woman in this absorbing novel as she travels to an African nation to find the father she never knew, in what also becomes a journey of self-discovery." -Jeanette


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The Lost Village: A Novel By Camilla Sten, Alexandra Fleming (Translated by) Cover Image
By Camilla Sten, Alexandra Fleming (Translated by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250803290
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Published: Minotaur Books - February 22nd, 2022

A filmmaker goes deep into the hinterland to make a documentary about the residents who vanished from Silvertjarn back in 1959. What she finds is more horrifying than she could ever have imagined. Dark, eerie, & will haunt you long after you've finished it. I really think this is the horror I've been looking for. Recommended by Rob


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The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett: A Novel By Annie Lyons Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063026070
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 19th, 2021

"A funny and deep story of a grumpy old lady finding a way to not be so...
Every aging woman will enjoy."  Recommended by Mary


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The Final Girl Support Group By Grady Hendrix Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593201244
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Published: Berkley - June 14th, 2022

Recommended by a horror lover AND a non-horror lover!

Final Girl Support Group is: 

  • A story using all the horror movie tropes you grew up on
  • Beautifully told by an unreliable narrator
  • Horrifying, humorous, clever, and oddly realistic
  • A place where the final girls dare to survive.


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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

"This author has a way of writing crucial, intimate stories so softly.  A gentle, quiet family man pays attention and casually but firmly comes to the aid of a girl in need.
A sweet but smart story for men and women readers."  Recommended by Mary


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Mary Jane: A Novel By Jessica Anya Blau Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063052291
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Published: Custom House - May 11th, 2021

Mary Jane is simply the most refreshing book I've read all year! For fans of Daisy Jones and the Six and for adults who did their thing when they were kids, despite what adults told them. Trust me. You'll love it!! Recommended by Rob


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People We Meet on Vacation By Emily Henry Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984806758
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Published: Berkley - May 11th, 2021

Such a fun read! I loved reading about Alex and Poppy's vacations and how their relationship changes through the years. And the BANTER, my God, the BANTER!  Recommended by Julie


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Anxious People: A Novel By Fredrik Backman Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501160844
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Published: Washington Square Press - July 6th, 2021

Every time I read a book, I make a note and give the book a score from 1 to 10. There have been many 9s, but 10s are rare.  Anxious People is a 10 -- no hesitation!  A personal story perfectly told. Recommended by Jane


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10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World By Elif Shafak Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781635575811
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - October 13th, 2020

You may feel you have limited compassion for sex workers, but I guarantee this novel will open both your heart and your mind. Recommended by Jeanette


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Rules for Visiting: A Novel By Jessica Francis Kane, Edward Carey (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525559245
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Published: Penguin Books - April 28th, 2020

Dry, witty, and unapologetic, May loves literature and her work as a botanist for the university in her hometown. Closer to plants than people, May begins to suspect she isn't very good at friendship and wonders if it's possible to improve with practice. Granted some leave from her job, she sets out on a journey to spend time with four long-neglected friends.  "On friendship and more.  My copy is dog-eared with wisdom & humor underlined in green." Recommended by Alena


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Simon the Fiddler: A Novel By Paulette Jiles Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062966759
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 6th, 2021

Gently pulled me into its world till I didn't want to leave. Recommended by Alena


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Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Series #1) By Tamsyn Muir Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250313188
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Published: Tordotcom - July 14th, 2020

Gideon the Ninth is a science fiction swords and space romp filled with nonstop action and thrills. VIOLENCE NECROMANCY and lots of HUMOR. If you love Sci-Fi with a fresh face THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU! Recommended by Rob


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October Faction: Open Season By Steve Niles, Damien Worm (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Steve Niles, Damien Worm (Illustrator)
$32.99
ISBN: 9781684055272
Availability: Special order - we'll let you know how long!
Published: IDW Publishing - September 10th, 2019

From the guy who brought us 30 Days of Night, the book is perfect for Halloween. October Faction is a family of monster hunters who go through all the drama of normal family dynamics as well as the occasional werewolf and vampire slaying. Great gothic atmosphere and amazing characters! Recommended by Rob


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Imaginary Friend By Stephen Chbosky Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538731352
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 6th, 2020

This book proves that there's more to Stephen Chbosky than The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Chbosky takes the life lessons of youth and slathers them with a special sauce of supernatural thrills and suspense. This is the most unique book I've read this year and it's terrifying, intense, and somehow strangely empowering. It's Perks ... meets Stranger Things. Recommended by Rob


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The Ten Thousand Doors of January By Alix E. Harrow Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316421973
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Published: Redhook - May 12th, 2020

This book is its own doorway into the magical tale of January Scaller. A beautifully written fantastical adventure and love letter to the power of story. This book is a reminder of why we read. You might plan for being late to work -- it's that enthralling! Recommended by Julie & Alena & Molly & Jane


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FKA USA: A Novel By Reed King Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250108913
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 25th, 2020

Part Elmore Leonard, part Douglas Adams, part David McCoullough and something else altogether -- FKA USA is hilarious and frightening. An entertaining frontier tale set in a chilling all-too-believable futurescape. I can't get this book out of my head -- so, I want you to read it -- you'll see what I mean. Recommended by Jane


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City of Girls: A Novel By Elizabeth Gilbert Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594634741
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 7th, 2020

A fun romp with a good heart that naturally glides into a story of insight and depth. I love Vivian Morris, the story she tells, and all her people! Recommended by Alena


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Washington Black By Esi Edugyan Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525563242
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Published: Vintage - April 9th, 2019

I had to keep coming up for air as I raced along with a once enslaved boy, flying across the sky in an early experimental hot air balloon, trekking across the frozen Arctic, and diving among undersea life. This novel enthralls with both its heights and its depths. Recommended by Jeanette


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When All Is Said: A Novel By Anne Griffin Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250251336
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Published: Picador - March 31st, 2020

... With surprisingly poignant depth and a bit of classic Irish humor, our gentleman friend finds a unique route to wrapping up his complicated life -- leaving those whom he loved, and each of us who joins in his goodbyes, all the better for his having lived. Recommended by Mary


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The Kiss Quotient By Helen Hoang Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780451490803
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Published: Berkley - June 5th, 2018

Sweet and steamy, the Kiss Quotient won the 2018 Goodreads Choice Award for Romance, and is earning well deserved praise for its depiction of an autistic-spectrum heroine. Recommended by Molly

 


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Noir: A Novel By Christopher Moore Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062433992
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 2nd, 2019

Of all the bookshops in all the towns in all the world, this book had to walk into mine. Moore has come up with both, one of the best San Francisco novels and one of the best noir crime novels ever, and it's filled with amazing atmosphere and that incredible Christopher Moore humor. One of my favorite books of the year. Recommended by Rob


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Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel By Taylor Jenkins Reid Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781524798642
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 4th, 2020

Told in a series of interviews, this story covers the entire career of the seminal but fictional 1970s rock band Daisy Jones & The Six. Written flawlessly. You'll love them, you'll hate them, you'll want them to be a real band. A must read for music history buffs and fans of classic Rock 'n' Roll. Also included, lyrics from their last album. Recommended by Rob


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Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) By Marlon James Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735220188
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 4th, 2020

A beautifully dark fantasy epic that surges with mythology and imagination. Derived from African sources, the realms of this world feel dream-like and startling, and full of unexpected characters. A wonderful read. Recommended by Hunter