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Where Reasons End: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984801654
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - January 12th, 2021

The author, having recently lost her son to suicide, transcends all the ordinary rules of grieving and constructs a timeless world in which she can speak with her son again. Their imagined conversations are so honest, yearning and specific that you feel as if they are in fact sitting in a room together once more. This is a gorgeous meditation on loss and the funny things it does to a person, reminding us that there is no "ordinary" way to grieve after all.


Review by Marii

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See You Yesterday Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781665901925
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 17th, 2022

Solomon is a master at slow burn young adult romance. Her characters pine, miscommunicate, and overanalyze; I love it. So all of that plotted against time loops, set on the first day of college, with realistic yet impulsive youthful choices? It turned my heart to mush and I'm not really even into "Groundhog Day". Wish fulfillment, second chances (so many second chances), and mysteries of the universe: that's See You Yesterday.


Review by Danielle

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Two Nights in Lisbon: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374604769
Availability: Coming soon - available for pre-order now
Published: MCD - May 24th, 2022

I love everything Chris Pavone has written, but because he doesn’t release a new title frequently, I sometimes forget how terrific he is.  Then I pick up his latest, open it, read a couple pages and I remember, this is possibly the best thriller author writing today.


Review by Deborah

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We Are the Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781608687862
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Published: New World Library - January 25th, 2022

The latest book in my "quit lit" have-reads, McKowen's memoir gives us an up-close view of her dark experiences under addiction. She then showcases the joys and hardships of sobriety, which those of us who suffered with alcoholism (or any other addiction), can attest to. A raw and emotional, yet beautiful, memoir, We Are the Luckiest is sure to impact you!

 


Review by Zack

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The Day I Die: The Untold Story of Assisted Dying in America Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781728244914
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Published: Sourcebooks - May 3rd, 2022

Dying is, to most, an uncomfortable topic. Even more taboo is assisted dying. Hannig approaches this topic in a sensitive and accessible way, shedding light on a conversation that we as a society should have.


Review by Zack

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Mothers, Fathers, and Others: Essays Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982176396
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Published: Simon & Schuster - December 7th, 2021

I've long been an admirer of Hustvedt's refinement and sophistication. Both cerebral and intimate, her work is always the perfect amalgamation of solace and stimulation.
Mothers, Fathers, and Others brings together a fantastic selection of Hustvedt's more recent essays: from familial legacies to misogyny, the violence borne of groupthink to Jane Austen, each is an absorbing  triumph in its own right. 


Review by Wesley

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Activities of Daily Living: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393881127
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 12th, 2022

A striking debut novel equal parts art history and narrative, Activities of Daily Living juxtaposes the protagonist's study of performance artist Tehching Hsieh and her father's cognitive decline. This is a riveting work of fiction scrutinizing the possibility of art/meaning versus the inevitable slow squeeze of time and how one simply cannot exist without the other.

Truly exceptional.


Review by Wesley

Otto: A Palindrama Cover Image
By Jon Agee, Jon Agee (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147513496
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Published: Rocky Pond Books - November 9th, 2021

This absurdly clever and funny graphic novel, told entirely in palindromes, is created by World Palindrome Champion Jon Agee, author of Go Hang a Salami! I'm a Lasagna Hog!


Review by Theo

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A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780393882414
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 15th, 2022

It's been over 20 years since Weidensaul's previous work on migration,and it's hard to think much more can be added. Well, he does, and he does it in that evocative and immersive way that us bird lovers know Weidensaul for. The past two decades of technology have deepened our understanding of migration and, even moreso, how our species' impact on the planet puts the avian world in peril.


Review by Zack

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Linea Nigra: An Essay on Pregnancy and Earthquakes Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781949641301
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Published: Two Lines Press - May 3rd, 2022

Nestled within the nucleus of motherhood literature comes Linea Nigra, written in aphorism and anecdote that intersect over and over again in beautiful orbits. Barrera writes about childbirth, breastfeeding, and care through her mother’s artwork and her grandmother’s experience as a doula, as well as the author’s own extensive reading notes and frustrations with healthcare. Barrera’s seriousness and intelligence is punctuated by expressions of delight in parenthood.

 


Review by Spencer R.

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