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Barn 8: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450154
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Graywolf Press - March 3rd, 2020

Like if George Saunders re-wrote The Monkey Wrench Game. Only, you know, better. 


Review by Sam

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Sharks in the Time of Saviors: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374272081
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Published: MCD - March 3rd, 2020

The Hawaiian motto of “Ohana Over Everything” sums up this beautiful debut novel by Kawai Strong Washburn. This is a family that swims off the page into real life. As the son of Native Hawaiians from the Big Island myself, I often felt like the children of this novel. I understood Dean’s rebellion, I felt Kaui’s search for purpose, and I rooted wholeheartedly for Nanoa’s ambitious spirit to save the family. This is the Hawaiian novel I’ve long waited for.


Review by Kalani

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Deep River Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780802125385
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - July 2nd, 2019

Amazing characters and regional history. One of my top 10 books of the year.


Review by Robert

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The Arc of a Scythe Trilogy: Scythe; Thunderhead; The Toll Cover Image
$58.99
ISBN: 9781534461536
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 19th, 2019

The best young adult dystopian trilogy of the decade, great for anyone ready to get immersed into a fantastic series.


Review by Ashley

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The Starless Sea: A Novel Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385541213
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Doubleday - November 5th, 2019

I recommend sinking into The Starless Sea and luxuriating there. This is not a book to rush. The scope is enormous, the plot is stranger and intricate. This book will take you may places and you'll have to trust it but you should you're in very good hands. I found it delicious and rewarding.


Review by Allie

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Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780358023937
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 8th, 2019

This is the perfect autumn read. Not only is it set in Boston during October, but there are costumes; there are ghosts; there are old houses, scavenger hunts, gothic writers, and family mysteries!  But more than that, these unabashedly REAL characters will stay with you like crisp fall air -- their secret sorrows, humorous quirks, and brilliant wisdom permeating your days. So, as you read (whether under a cozy blanket or on a street strewn with leaves), let your imagination run wild in a way that would be pleasing to the stories eccentric, deceased billionaire. Then, ask yourself the book's ever-present question: how will you play the ultimate game?


Review by Katelynn

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The Driver's Seat Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811223010
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: New Directions - May 27th, 2014

This is a tightly wound mousetrap of a story that plays out like a Hitchcockian fever dream. It follows comically foibled Lise, an unraveling heroine on a bewildering mission of self destruction. The author had me fooled up until the final pages where everything snapped into place. Genius.


Review by Dean

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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780451491879
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Berkley - July 9th, 2019

With my own cozy reading chair and judgmental cat, I spent most of this book believing Abbi Waxman had probed my brain while I was sleeping. Frankly, I’d be surprised if other bookish folks, general nerds, or organization enthusiasts didn’t feel the same way. It’s a perfectly weird combination of rampant thoughts, happy places, and anxious social encounters; the frustration and comfort of a crazy family; a thoughtful love letter to booksellers and bookstore patrons. Add the sassy narrator, scents of pine and flavors of ice cream, and sickeningly cute romance--and I'm sure it’d pair well with summer itself.


Review by Katelynn

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The Great Eastern Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781612197852
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Melville House - June 4th, 2019

Isambard Kingdom Brunel—legendary civil engineer and real historical figure—is trapped in a game of cat and mouse between Captains Nemo and Ahab in this entertaining literary pastiche in which two of the greatest monomaniacs in Victorian adventure writing are drawn into a deadly collision course. Laying undersea cable has never sounded so thrilling.


Review by Stephen

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Tears of the Trufflepig: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374538330
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - May 14th, 2019

If Haruki Murikami had been born in Mexico and raised in southern Texas, this is the book he would have written. It's futuristic and hallucinogenic look at that region gives us a unique and welcome lens to view the border. 


Review by Robert

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