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Martyr!: A novel By Kaveh Akbar Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593537619
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Published: Knopf - January 23rd, 2024

This book just rocketed into my top 5 of the year! It's funny, weird, heartwarming and heartbreaking all at once. Kaveh Akbar is a genius. I loved it. I don't really know what happened at the end, but I'm here for it. Bravo!


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There's Always This Year: On Basketball and Ascension By Hanif Abdurraqib Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593448793
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Published: Random House - March 26th, 2024

Abdurraqib is a poet through and through and you can tell in his gorgeous writing. This book is set up like a basketball game with Pregame, quarters, halftime and postgame sections which at first confused me, but once I realized what Hanif was doing I was all in. He writes beautifully about his hometown of Columbus, his community and his family, as well as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. This is a sports book, but it is also so much more. Abdurraqib regularly took my breath away in this gorgeously written testament to a city, a sport and a life.


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Anita de Monte Laughs Last: Reese's Book Club Pick (A Novel) By Xochitl Gonzalez Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250786210
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Published: Flatiron Books - March 5th, 2024

This absolutely fabulous book is set in the 80’s and 90’s and follows two characters. The first is Anita de Monte, a Cuban artist in the 1980’s who was just being discovered by the greater art world when her jealous sculptor husband pushes her out of a 34th story window in New York City. Flash forward to late 90’s Rhode Island, where Raquel Toro is working on her art history thesis at Brown University. Her original focus is Anita’s husband, sculptor Jack Martin, but as she studies his career, she becomes more interested in his late wife and the art she was creating before her tragic death. Told in alternating viewpoints and mixing in a very creepy supernatural haunting, this book is sure to be in my top ten this year. The story is based on real life artists Ana Mendieta and Carl Andre. Carl was acquitted of Ana’s murder, though many folks today still don’t believe in his innocence. Gonzalez’s book is a reimagining of Ana’s story and gives a voice to what otherwise may have been lost to history.


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Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver By Mary Oliver Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780399563263
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Published: Penguin Books - November 10th, 2020

This poetry collection is one of my desert island books. Turn to any page and you will be transported by the glorious words of Mary Oliver. She is funny, heartbreaking and healing, all at once. This is the book I go to again and again, for almost any occasion. When a woman came into the store looking for something to read to her dying friend, this is the collection we handed her. Mary Oliver’s blend of spirituality and her love of the natural world shines through in every poem. These collected works span five decades and it’s a joy to see how her poetry changed over the years. What a gift to be able to see the world through her eyes.


A Little Devil in America: In Praise of Black Performance By Hanif Abdurraqib Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984801203
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 8th, 2022

Banyan Moon: A Read with Jenna Pick By Thao Thai Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063267145
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Published: Mariner Books - June 4th, 2024

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A Fever in the Heartland: The Ku Klux Klan's Plot to Take Over America, and the Woman Who Stopped Them By Timothy Egan Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735225282
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Published: Penguin Books - June 4th, 2024

This book was absolutely fascinating! When I previously thought of the Ku Klux Klan, I always pictured it in the deep South. To realize it had fully gripped the Midwest and parts of the Pacific Northwest in the 1920's and 30's was surprising, though it probably shouldn't have been. Egan's writing is excellent, as always and I can't recommend this book highly enough.


Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood By Trevor Noah Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399588198
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Published: One World - February 12th, 2019

The MANIAC By Benjamin Labatut Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593654477
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Published: Penguin Press - October 3rd, 2023

Great Circle: A Novel (Man Booker Prize Finalist) By Maggie Shipstead Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781984897701
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Published: Vintage - April 5th, 2022

A fantastic adventure ranging from Prohibition Era  Montana to the wilds of Alaska in the 1940s to present day Los Angeles. This story follows two very different women, both leading fascinating lives. 


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Chain Gang All Stars: A Novel By Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593469316
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Published: Vintage - January 23rd, 2024

This book absolutely gutted me, but I still want everyone to read it. A modern day satire on our prison industrial complex combined with our obsession with reality tv mixed with commentary on who society deems as expendable…it has it all. So well written and it will make you feel!

 


The Mountains Sing By Que Mai Phan Nguyen Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781643751351
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Published: Algonquin Books - March 16th, 2021

Sunbringer: A Novel (Fallen Gods #2) By Hannah Kaner Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063350106
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Published: Harper Voyager - March 12th, 2024

The Postcard By Anne Berest, Tina Kover (Translator) Cover Image
By Anne Berest, Tina Kover (Translator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9798889660354
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Published: Europa Editions - May 7th, 2024

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Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter By Ben Goldfarb Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781603589086
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - March 8th, 2019

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The Anomaly: A Novel By Herv# Le Tellier, Adriana Hunter (Translated by) Cover Image
By Herv# Le Tellier, Adriana Hunter (Translated by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781635421699
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Published: Other Press - November 23rd, 2021

Set in the early 1900's, Sven, who's never felt at home in the city, leaves for a mining job on a Norwegian archipelago. After an avalanche leaves him disfigured, he retreats even further from society. As time goes by, he slowly builds relationships with an eclectic cast of characters and creates a chosen family out in the fjords. Entertaining and ultimately heartwarming, you'll be rooting for Sven the whole way.


Stolen By Ann-Helén Laestadius, Rachel Willson-Broyles (Translated by) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781668007167
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Published: Scribner - January 31st, 2023

Pay as You Go By Eskor David Johnson Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781952119743
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Published: McSweeney's - October 24th, 2023

It Lasts Forever and Then It's Over By Anne de Marcken Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811237857
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Published: New Directions - March 5th, 2024

Leave the World Behind [Movie Tie-in]: A Novel By Rumaan Alam Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063345010
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Published: Ecco - November 7th, 2023

Family Lore: A Novel By Elizabeth Acevedo Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063207271
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Published: Ecco - May 28th, 2024

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The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven By Nathaniel Ian Miller Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316592581
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 4th, 2022

Set in the early 1900's, Sven, who's never felt at home in the city, leaves for a mining job on a Norwegian archipelago. After an avalanche leaves him disfigured, he retreats even further from society. As time goes by, he slowly builds relationships with an eclectic cast of characters and creates a chosen family out in the fjords. Entertaining and ultimately heartwarming, you'll be rooting for Sven the whole way.


Kindred By Octavia Butler Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807083697
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Published: Beacon Press - February 1st, 2004

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Rainbow Black: A Novel By Maggie Thrash Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063286870
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 19th, 2024

A story about family, love and loss, spattered in blood and cross-border escapes. This is the kind of book you sit down to read and don’t stand up again until you’re done. For the true crime fans, this fictional tale will scratch that itch.


An Ideal Presence By Eduardo Berti, Daniel Levin Becker (Translator) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781735297309
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Published: Fern Books - September 7th, 2021

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When We Cease to Understand the World By Benjamin Labatut, Adrian Nathan West (Translated by) Cover Image
By Benjamin Labatut, Adrian Nathan West (Translated by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781681375663
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Published: New York Review Books - September 28th, 2021

I did not know what to expect from this book and ended up being unable to put it down. Totally unlike what I normally read and full of scientific and mathematical concepts I know nothing about, I absolutely loved it! So strange and compelling. A look into how brilliance and madness can be inextricably linked. This slim novel fictionalizes the lives of 5 different physicists and follows them as they make their scientific breakthroughs and then breakdown. Some of them make their way back to reality while others never return. A wholly fascinating look at the triumphs and consequences of scientific discoveries and the people who make them.