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Ceremony: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Leslie Marmon Silko, Larry McMurtry (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143104919
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 26th, 2006

This slim novel is one powerful piece of magic, and demands a place at the top of the later-twentieth-century western canon. A lush, dark, mystical story of homecoming and reclamation.


Review by Sam

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A Meal in Winter: A Novel of World War II Cover Image
By Hubert Mingarelli, Sam Taylor (Translator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781620971734
Availability: May not be available. Please call (206) 366-3333 for info.
Published: New Press - July 5th, 2016

Delicate and brutal, this understated and very human little novel illuminates the unexamined lives of simple people swept up in a tragedy. Three German reservists, hoping to escape the executions they are asked to perform, head into the desolate Polish countryside in search of new prisoners - and end up faced with a moral quandary far more tangled than the one they were running from.


Review by Sam

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Drinking Coffee Elsewhere Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781573223782
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Riverhead Books - February 3rd, 2004

For my money, this is among the finest American short story collections of the past twenty years. ZZ Packer's taut, snarky, understated stories of race, culture, family ties, and youth in a country on the brink of the present are each like perfectly measured pipe bombs, timed to go off right when you start thinking there's nothing to worry about.


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We, the Drowned Cover Image
By Carsten Jensen, Charlotte Barslund (Translated by), Emma Ryder (Translated by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780547737362
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Mariner Books - May 22nd, 2012

It's like One Hundred Years of Solitude. Except in Denmark, and with boats.


Review by Sam

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All My Puny Sorrows Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781940450711
Availability: Out of print
Published: McSweeney's - July 28th, 2015

Heartbreaking and wryly amusing in equal measure, All My Puny Sorrows is probably the truest rendering of a family grappling with the realities of mental illness that I have ever read.


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Fates and Furies: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594634482
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 13th, 2016

Lotto and Mathilde met at a party. Lotto took one look at Mathilde and proposed; Mathilde took one look at Lotto and accepted. They eloped, much to his mother's chagrin. They struggled, together, through the poverty of their twenties. They became famous, became legends. They were glamorous. They had it all. They had no secrets, especially not from each other. Or did they? This powerfully conceived novel – full of sharp edges and complicated truths – is among the finest pieces of new fiction I have read in recent years. Lauren Groff (The Monsters of Tempelton, Arcadia), has delivered a stunning piece of work.


Review by Sam

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Exit West: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735212176
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

Many writers have tried to capture the contemporary refugee crisis, but few have been as effective, or as poignant, as Hamid, who nudges the boundaries of realism aside in order to focus not so much on the danger of the journey as on the relationships forged by strangers in new lands.


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Wait Till You See Me Dance: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977689
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 21st, 2017

A supremely weird, supremely good collection of short stories and vignettes. Voltaire Night left me instilled with a bizarre and almost unsettling feeling of gratitude. The First Full Thought of her Life took my breath away. The sense of what I can only describe as casual foreboding - the nonchalant acknowledgment that in the end, whether literally or metaphorically, we're all just ticking bombs - that permeates Wait Till You See Me Dance gave me pause again and again. Which is a long way of saying that it's just an excellent, odd, exciting book, one that will stick with me for a long time.


Review by Sam

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A Loving, Faithful Animal Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781936787579
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Published: Catapult - September 12th, 2017

It's our instinct for survival - the most universal, the most animal part of each of us - that makes us capable of both surprising cruelty and gut-splitting love. From where, exactly, do those instincts spring? A Loving, Faithful Animal is a novel about war and about peace, about violence and tenderness, about loyalty and betrayal, and about what we learn and what we're born knowing, which is to say that it's a novel about family. What a fine novel it is.


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The Hating Game: A Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062439598
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 9th, 2016

I have nothing bad to say about this book. Thorne is a MASTER at telling an enemies to lovers story - which most people seem to get wrong. Not only that but her charactesr are rich, her dialogue is witty, and she just all-around makes you feel good! You'll want to read it five times in a row... and then, maybe again, just for good measure. 


Review by Jaimie

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