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The Only Survivors: A Novel By Megan Miranda Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781668010426
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - March 12th, 2024

Megan Miranda is at the top of her game with The Only Survivors. Ten years ago, a school volunteer trip ended in tragedy as all but nine students perished when the bus plunged into a raging river. Despite, or perhaps because of, their shared trauma, the "only survivors" have made an unspoken pact: to gather every year on the anniversary, to watch out for one another as their numbers dwindle, to never let outsiders know the horror of what they experienced that day. This year is different though, the cracks in their bond are not just internal, someone else knows their secrets and they are not alone


Review by Deborah

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Starling House: A Reese's Book Club Pick By Alix E. Harrow Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250799050
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Tor Books - October 3rd, 2023

Almost no one who has been the Master of Starling House through the centuries has been born a Starling. They became one through choice, a voice in their head, a home in their dreams, Starling House called to them all. To become Master is a contract with the house itself, to be given a home in exchange for giving their life to protect the community from the unspeakable horror that hunts Eden, KY. Now the house calls to Opal, raised in its shadow, with the promise of a home for her brother and herself. But for a new Master to assume responsibility, the old one must die, and what if HIS face also haunts her dreams and calls to her heart?


Review by Deborah

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Adult Assembly Required By Abbi Waxman Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593198766
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Berkley - May 17th, 2022

Abbi Waxman has done it again! Alongside some of your favorite Bookish Life of Nina Hill characters, Laura & the other residents of Maggie's house will surely encourage all of us "adults" to cut ourselves a break, take a leap of faith, and find (or finally recognize) the people that feel like home. 


Review by Katelynn

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We Are the Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life By Laura McKowen 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 Sanatorium: Reese's Book Club (A Novel) (Detective Elin Warner Series #1) By Sarah Pearse Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593296691
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Penguin Books - January 11th, 2022

I am fascinated by locked-room mysteries set in wintry locales (check out Shari Lapena's "Unwelcome Guest" or Ruth Ware's "One by One") It may be the atmospheric setting (cozy inn, high-tech chalet, or luxury hotel converted from a former sanatorium-take your pick!), the claustrophobic effect of the weather (blizzards all around!), or the enforced intimacy between characters be they coworkers, friends and family or even complete strangers. Likely it is a combination of all three that makes a terrific thriller and "The Sanatorium" is a great escape!


Review by Deborah

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My Autobiography of Carson McCullers: A Memoir By Jenn Shapland Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781947793286
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Tin House Books - February 4th, 2020

If you’ve ever read the title of Carson McCullers’ seminal work “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” and thought: “I’ve just read the most beautiful poem, written for me”—if you’ve ever done that—maybe you should pick up this book. 

Shapland deftly writes about closeted queer desire, her own coming to terms with herself, and McCullers vs. the coded language she has long been shrouded in. 

I don’t know where to put this magnificent  book—but maybe it belongs with you. 


Review by Kitri

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Women & Power: A Manifesto By Mary Beard Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781631494758
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Liveright - December 12th, 2017

Carrying this book feels like carrying a knife. Like a sharp and discreet weapon, it's easily brandished when confronted with the notion that power disparity among the sexes and "women's issues" are really a baseless non-issue. Beard takes an important step (one we could all take) to trace such insidious notions back to their dirty roots.