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The Hating Game: A Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062439598
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
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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We Have Always Lived in the Castle: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Shirley Jackson, Jonathan Lethem (Introduction by), Thomas Ott (Illustrator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143039976
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 31st, 2006

You might fall in love with Merricat Blackwood, the murderous narrator of this atmospheric, chilling read. You might enjoy the off-kilter, simple - not spare - language Jackson used to craft her story. Or you may simply eat up this delectable table of treachery, magic, madness, and posen. 


Review by Kitri

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Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812995343
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Random House - February 14th, 2017

This debut novel from a master of short stories manages to bind together a story of ghosts gone wild in a graveyard, the Civil War, a president's grief, real historical accounts, and numerous mentions of poop. Emotionally fraught, hysterically funny, and a beautiful exploration of the unlived life, this book is the 2017 winner of the Man Booker Prize, as well as Most Likely To Make Me Cry While Reading on the Bus.


Review by Sarah C.

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In the Distance Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894883
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Published: Coffee House Press - October 10th, 2017

A  young Swedish boy comes to the U.S. in the 1840s only to be immediately separated from his older brother. While becoming a man, he travels alone across the lawless American west, reputation growing as an outlaw legend known only as "The Hawk." Part coming-of-age tale, part survivalist story, you have never read a western frontier novel like this. Truly one of the best books of the year.
 


Review by Kalani

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Worlds from the Word's End Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781911508106
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Published: And Other Stories - September 1st, 2017

Take a disorienting dive into language, meaning and identity with this new collection of experimental narratives by the author of the fantastic Vertigo.


Review by Stephen

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Miss Jane: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393354386
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 11th, 2017

An exquisite character study -- based on the life of the author's great aunt. -- Miss Jane tells the story of Jane Chisolm, born to dour parents in the early 20th century Mississippi. Jane is born with a defect, which make having children out of the question, and creates a sort of solitary existence for her, as she makes her place in the world. These are tough times, and there isn't much sympathy to be found on the farm, but the doctor, who delivers her, becomes her mentor, passing her books and the wisdom of his experience. Jane blossoms, despite her physical difference, and becomes a shining example of a loving and compassionate human being. One of my favorite books of 2016.


Review by Mark B.

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Rabbit Cake Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781941040560
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Published: Tin House Books - March 7th, 2017

10 year-old Elvis, her older sister, Lizzie, and Dad flounder following the drowning of "Mom." Boomer, the beloved family dog, Ernie, the adopted parrot, Lizzie's risky sleepwalking and Elvis's zoo volunteering add both levity and heaviness to this grieving family. Mom baked rabbit cakes to celebrate just about everything, and Lizzie manically proceeds to bake 1,000 rabbit cakes to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records. Crammed with heart-wrenching and hilarious scenes, this upended family copes with love AND many delicious rabbit cakes!


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Time's a Thief: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101974131
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Published: Anchor - April 3rd, 2018

Capturing New York during its Giuliani inflection point, beautifully juxtaposing the atmosphere and protagonist to illuminate the character's evolution out of adolescence. The book's clarity, humor and energy are all so distinctly of that time and perfectly rendered that its effect for any reader who lived in New York City as it teetered at the precipice of becoming a capitalist amusement park will be left viscerally shaken.


Review by Wesley

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So Much Blue: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977825
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Published: Graywolf Press - June 13th, 2017

What makes a masterpiece? In a career as prolific, eclectic and adventurous as Percival Everett's, his body of work the very definition of singularity, it may even be foolish to hint one book is superior to another. And while it might be brazen to assert So Much Blue may be that magnum opus, it is an accusation i gleefully declare. A blissfully precise pen firmly draws the reader into the life of Kevin Pace in his quest for absolution and closure and the novel's three timelines kept deftly aloft by Everett's signature humor and nuanced storytelling.


Review by Wesley

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Heartbreaker: Stories Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780374536060
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: FSG Originals - July 12th, 2016

Each story here feels like it is dressed in a color that doesn't exist in nature. They feel familiar, somehow, but with an effect of feeling slightly left of center, rattling your expectations.

As the stories progress, they feel increasingly tighter with a strengthening emotional punch that will leave the reader breathless.


Review by Wesley

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