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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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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!

 


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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.


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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
$30.00
ISBN: 9780735225268
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Published: Viking - April 4th, 2023

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.

 


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Banyan Moon: A Read with Jenna Pick By Thao Thai Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063267107
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Published: Mariner Books - June 27th, 2023

Wonderful family epic. You’ll fall in love with the complicated Tran women as the story is told through each of their voices. Family secrets abound as three generations of women make their way through the world and heal old wounds. 


The Mountains Sing By Que Mai Phan Nguyen Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781643751351
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Published: Algonquin Books - March 16th, 2021

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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.


South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation By Imani Perry Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062977373
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Published: Ecco - February 28th, 2023

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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

The Sentence: A Novel By Louise Erdrich Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780062671134
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 6th, 2022

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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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How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America By Clint Smith Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316492935
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 1st, 2021

This excellent work of narrative nonfiction highlights 8 locations in the United States and 1 in Senegal that detail a tiny slice of the history of slavery in the US. Clint Smith investigates how this country was built by enslaved people and focuses on locations that reckon truthfully with our history of slavery as well as those locations that try to obscure it. This well researched book takes us down the east coast and through the south, visiting locations such as Monticello, Angola Prison and Downtown Manhattan. This book filled in many gaps in my US history knowledge and opened my eyes to the fact that slavery was not just a southern issue. I highly recommend this entertaining and accessible book to anyone wanting to take a deeper look into American history. 

 


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A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot #1) By Becky Chambers Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781250236210
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Published: Tordotcom - July 13th, 2021

This book was a delight. In a world that has lately felt very heavy, this is a sweet, thoughtful story. An antidote to the present toxicity of the world. 


A Prayer for the Crown-Shy: A Monk and Robot Book (Monk & Robot #2) By Becky Chambers Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781250236234
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Published: Tordotcom - July 12th, 2022

The Brothers K By David James Duncan Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780553378498
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - June 1st, 1996

A beautiful story about love, religion, baseball and the lengths you go to for family. I loved it at 17 and I loved it when I re-read it 20 years later.


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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The Secret Lives of Church Ladies By Deesha Philyaw Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781949199734
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Published: West Virginia University Press - September 1st, 2020

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The Prophets By Robert Jones, Jr. Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593085691
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 8th, 2022

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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.


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

Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future By Elizabeth Kolbert Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593136287
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Published: Crown - April 5th, 2022

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The Family Roe: An American Story By Joshua Prager Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781324036074
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 17th, 2023

This is a fascinating look at the woman who was “Jane Roe” in the Roe v. Wade case. She is an extra complicated woman who was, frankly, used by both sides of the abortion debate. I highly recommend this book, no matter which side you’re on.


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Trust (Pulitzer Prize Winner) By Hernan Diaz Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593420324
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 2nd, 2023

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Alive at the End of the World By Saeed Jones, D. a. Powell (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Saeed Jones, D. a. Powell (Foreword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566896511
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 13th, 2022

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How High We Go in the Dark: A Novel By Sequoia Nagamatsu Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063072657
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 10th, 2023

I loved this book so much! It was strange and sad, yet wholly satisfying. Climate chaos releases a strange virus from the melting permafrost and a linked collection of short stories take us through the aftermath.

 


Our Share of Night: A Novel By Mariana Enriquez, Megan McDowell (Translated by), Pablo Gerardo Camacho (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mariana Enriquez, Megan McDowell (Translated by), Pablo Gerardo Camacho (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780451495150
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Published: Hogarth - September 12th, 2023

I Have Some Questions for You: A Novel By Rebecca Makkai Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780593490167
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Published: Penguin Books - February 20th, 2024

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Leave the World Behind: A Read with Jenna Pick By Rumaan Alam Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062667649
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Published: Ecco - November 23rd, 2021

It starts out as an unremarkable family, then slowly, a mounting sense of dread begins to take over. As claustrophobia and confusion grow, you begin to realize, along with the characters, that the world will never be the same. .