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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
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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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Same Same: A Novel Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780525435884
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Published: Vintage - February 5th, 2019

In this gently fantastic and hallucinatory first novel by celebrated graphic designer Peter Mendelsund (What We See When We Read), Percy Frobisher travels to a kind of uncanny TED-conference institute in the desert to work on a project that grows more unfocused as the days pass, while becoming more and more fascinated with a local shop that can apparently reproduce anything at all.


Review by Stephen

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The Seventh Cross Cover Image
By Anna Seghers, Margot Bettauer Dembo (Translated by), Thomas von Steinaecker (Afterword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781681372129
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Published: NYRB Classics - May 22nd, 2018

After being driven into exile by the rise of the Nazis, communist writer Anna Seghers wrote this heartfelt and hopeful thriller that combines the suspense of a Hitchcock movie with the real tragedy of a community in the grip of a collective madness.


Review by Stephen

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Waiting for Tomorrow: A Novel Cover Image
By Nathacha Appanah, Geoffrey Strachan (Translated by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978037
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 3rd, 2018

A short novel with just a couple characters, this is the perfect type of book to take on a weekend trip. Spanning several years of Adam and Anita's increasingly mundane marriage, their artistic creativity is re-awoken when the mysterious immigrant, Adele, is hired as their nanny. While only 150-pages, the book provides a thought-provoking study on heavy themes like love, marriage, friendship, art, and culture. 


Review by Kalani

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Tomb Song: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977993
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 6th, 2018

I imagine the musical soundtrack of Tomb Song to be comprised of jazz. Full of energy and chaos, emotional highs and lows, and wild unpredictability, this is a coming-of-age "novel" like you've never read before. Respect must go to Christina MacSweeney (award winning translator of Valeria Luiselli) for translating a seemingly irreproducible piece of writing into English. I look forward to reading more Julian Herbert!


Review by Kalani

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By Rachel Ingalls, Rivka Galchen (Introduction by)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811226691
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Published: New Directions - November 28th, 2017

In this recent reissue of Ingalls' delightfully bizarre novella, we're introduced to the usual trope of bored housewife stuck in a loveless marriage during 50's suburban ennui. But before your eyes glaze over, in walks Larry - an amphibious frogman who has escaped from cruel captors at a research center, bringing in an element of B-horror creature feature love story that would have made Ed Wood go wild.


Review by Sarah C.

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The Boatmaker Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781935639985
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Tin House Books - March 3rd, 2015

This stunning debut novel has been described by countless other reviewers as a parable, and the label fits. But it's also so much more – an investigation of the differences between yearning and greed, a testament to the lengths we'll travel for love, and a compelling, sparse, salt-soaked epic.


Review by Sam

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