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How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe: A Novel By Charles Yu Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307739452
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Vintage - June 28th, 2011

"Most people I know live their lives moving in a constant forward direction, the whole time looking backward." In this book, a time travel machine technician goes between universes saving people from (ab)using time travel in their efforts to fix their disappointing lives. When he's not doing that, he's searching for his missing father, who disappeared after inventing time travel. Within this strange and mind-bending plot, Yu addresses some of life's most philosophical questions. Is time a forward trajectory? Do regret and nostalgia serve us? How do we reconcile with the ache of a parent's lost dream? This book is an unconventional but beautiful tribute from a son to his father, and calls on us to reimagine the way we think about time.


Review by Marii

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The Sense of Wonder: A Novel By Matthew Salesses Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316425711
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Little, Brown and Company - January 17th, 2023

NBA drama meets K-Drama in this wonderful collision of disparate worlds.
We have two interweaving narratives going on, the Jeremy Lin-esque basketball star of the New York Knicks, and a K-Drama producer with a dying sister.
The stories work together and create a deeply layered novel about love and loss, and race and belonging.
Designed to be re-read, I look forward to taking another run through this book soon!


Review by Kalani

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By An Yu
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802159625
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Grove Press - January 10th, 2023

Ghost Music by An Yu is a wistful and thought-provoking book. Song Yan is living an unremarkable, simple life in Beijing as a piano teacher with her husband and mother-in-law, when boxes of mushrooms are suddenly being sent to their apartment every week from an unknown sender. The truths she discovers as a result  sets her routine and everything she knows to be reality ablaze. This book urges us to reflect on who we are outside of our family, relationships, and career…outside of ourselves and our routines. I also love the jacket cover art–it’s quite whimsical!


Review by Lauren

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Little Rabbit By Alyssa Songsiridej Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781635578690
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - May 3rd, 2022

Just some of the most beautiful writing about relationships. I couldn't put this one down. Sexy, tense, and layered. If you've been eyeing this one but haven't picked it up, this is your sign to do so now. 


Review by Rosa

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Your Driver Is Waiting: A Novel By Priya Guns Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780385549301
Availability: Coming soon - available for pre-order now
Published: Doubleday - February 28th, 2023

Damani is one of the most memorable main characters I've ever had the pleasure of reading! Fast paced, funny, sharp and full of deadly lines that sink into you. For sure one of the best books I've read so far this year. 


Review by Rosa

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All-Night Pharmacy: A Novel By Ruth Madievsky Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781646221509
Availability: Coming soon - available for pre-order now
Published: Catapult - July 11th, 2023

A story about sisters, connection, love, reconciling the past and facing the future. It hit every note for me. 


Review by Rosa

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House of Cotton: A Novel By Monica Brashears Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250851918
Availability: Coming soon - available for pre-order now
Published: Flatiron Books - April 4th, 2023

Main character Magnolia is just trying to make ends meet while also mourning the loss of her late grandmother Mama Brown. Magnolia is  soon offered a job at a funeral home by the mysterious Cotton. Peculiar things start to unfold that will have you question what's really going on at Cotton's funeral home. Gritty and grimy with intense imagery that sticks to you like mud. House of Cotton is one of the most original southern gothic tales I've read.  

 


Review by Rosa

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Legends & Lattes: A Novel of High Fantasy and Low Stakes By Travis Baldree Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250886088
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Tor Books - November 8th, 2022

What an absolute delight! I will be sharing this cozy story of found family and new beginnings with many friends. Legends & Lattes is a single sitting read that is best paired with a steaming hot coffee and cinnamon pastry (trust me, you'll get it).


Review by Danielle

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Nettle & Bone By T. Kingfisher Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250244000
Availability: Coming soon - available for pre-order now
Published: Tor Books - February 28th, 2023

I don't know how to talk about Nettle & Bone without gushing. It's a hero's journey. It's a retold fairytale. It's dark and grim and terrible. It has a bone dog and cackling elders and so many clever lines. It perseveres and gives you hope, at its most improbable moments. It is somehow tender. And I just want more in this world because while Marra's particular tale is complete and perfect, the rest of the world is so expansive that I want more.

 


Review by Danielle

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Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries: Book One of the Emily Wilde Series By Heather Fawcett Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593500132
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Del Rey - January 10th, 2023

Absolutely charming! From the beautiful cover to the story within, Heather Fawcett's first adult novel is a treasure. Perfect for fans of (my favorite book!) Naomi Novik’s “Uprooted” or Hannah Whitten’s “For the Wolf,” this is the tale of intrepid and curmudgeonly Edwardian dryadologist Emily Wilde. In the wild north of Ljosland, Emily is researching the Hidden Ones who will complete  the final chapter in her career-defining manuscript on faeries. Little does she know what adventures and unexpected friendship, and possibly even love, await.


Review by Deborah

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