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Fingersmith By Sarah Waters Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781573229722
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Riverhead Books - October 1st, 2002

I love listening to audiobooks whilst cleaning and was really enjoying this one while doing the dishes. There is a twist midway through Fingersmith that made me gasp and throw my hands up, dropping and shattering the dish I was holding. It's still one of my favorite moments from one of my favorite authors and preeminent Neo-Victorian writer, the great Sarah Waters. Please read anything she has written. Just don't hold onto anything fragile.



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The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) By N. K. Jemisin Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316229296
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Orbit - August 4th, 2015

NK Jemisin is a master worldbuilder and an amazing stylist. The hype is real! Read this book!


Review by Christina

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The Greatest of Marlys By Lynda Barry Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781770462649
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - August 16th, 2016

Marlys is the best friend you wish you had when you were eight: an irrepressible agent of chaos. Lynda Barry captures the spirit of childhood with phenomenal humour and warmth.


Review by Stephen

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Hav By Jan Morris, Ursula K. Le Guin (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Jan Morris, Ursula K. Le Guin (Introduction by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781590174494
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: NYRB Classics - August 30th, 2011

Take an unforgettable trip to the historic city of Hav! Watch the exciting roof-race! Explore the caves of the mysterious Kretevs! Marvel at the secret rites of the Cathars! Morris evokes a place so rich and fascinating that you'll wish you were there!


Review by Stephen

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) By Shirley Jackson, Jonathan Lethem (Afterword by), Thomas Ott (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Shirley Jackson, Jonathan Lethem (Afterword by), Thomas Ott (Illustrator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143039976
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Penguin Classics - October 31st, 2006

This beautifully strange novel leaves quite a distinct and lingering impression. In this tale of mystery and isolation we are met by two sisters cut off from the world. They live alone, happily and ferally in their dilapidated family home in an almost mundanely mystical lifestyle à la Grey Gardens. Delivering an effortless sense of unease, this captivating and understated story will leave you in a satisfying state of unknowingness.



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The Witching Hour: A Novel (Lives of Mayfair Witches #1) By Anne Rice Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780345384461
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Ballantine Books - March 22nd, 1993

Shifting focus from her usual Vampire Chronicles, Rice walks us through the doors of a New Orleans manor and introduces us to the long line of Mayfair Witches. With a sophisticated blend of the preternatural, macabre, and dramatic, we explore the sprawling history of the Mayfair family tree and discover the origins of the women's power as well as the ominous male entity that has haunted them for generations.



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Rosemary's Baby By Ira Levin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781605981109
Published: Pegasus Books - May 5th, 2014

Now a horror classic, Rosemary's Baby finds the titular character eager to start a family with her husband in their new NYC apartment. Unease sets in as their eccentric neighbors take a disturbing interest in Rosemary and her future child. Told from Rosemary's perspective, this brand of 'domestic horror' explores the potential terrors of pregnancy and the claustrophobic dread of 60's housewifery. A goreless and beautifully paced psychological thriller that has stood the test of time.



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Jam on the Vine By Lashonda Katrice Barnett Cover Image
$16.00
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ISBN: 9780802124678
Published: Grove Press - February 9th, 2016

Ivoe Williams is one of the most driven characters you'll ever rmeet. As a journalist and newspaperwoman in the time of Jim Crow, she has to be. Her struggles, achievements, and loves come about in a pervading atmosphere of oppression that is catastrophic and banal. But Ivoe's story is is also about incredible strength and joy, animated by vibrant prose and a truly rewarding depth of historical detail that lifts up the work of early African American newspapers. A wonderful, compelling novel.


Review by Christina

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Sailor Twain: Or: The Mermaid in the Hudson By Mark Siegel, Mark Siegel (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mark Siegel, Mark Siegel (Illustrator)
$22.99
ISBN: 9781596439269
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: First Second - March 4th, 2014

This is a hauntingly melancholic tail (get it??) about the nature of desire wrapped in history and placed upon the Hudson River. We follow the captain of a steamboat as he discovers a wounded and mostly mute mermaid on board. Secretly nursing her back to health, his relationship with the delicate creature takes an otherworldly turn. Illustrated in the softest of charcoals, this sweetly somber story is great for a drizzly day with a cup of tea.



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White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World By Geoff Dyer Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781101970126
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Vintage - May 30th, 2017

Like a Romantic Larry David, Geoff Dyer travels from Tahiti to the Arctic Circle, meeting humiliation and disappointment on his quest for the Sublime.


Review by Stephen

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