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All Our Wrong Todays: A Novel By Elan Mastai Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101985151
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Published: Dutton - February 20th, 2018

Tom Barren is a screw-up. He knows this because he's lived two difference lives in 2016 and he's incompetent in both. In fact, if he hadn't tolen his father's time machine and traveled back to 1965, we would all be driving hover cars and wearing biodegradable clothing. Instead, he corrupted the timeline, killed billion of people and caused the utopian version of 2016 to never exist.

He did, however,  create a new loving family for himself and discover his soulmate. Now the Tom's of ever possible today must decide which yesterday to save and which tomorrow they'll create.


Review by Deborah

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The Widow By Fiona Barton Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101990476
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Published: Berkley - January 17th, 2017

Four years ago, young Bella Elliott was abducted from her front yard and never seen again. Now, the main suspect in her disappearance has been struck and killed by a bus. It may just be the break veteran detective Bob Sparkes and dogged journalist Kate Waters need to solve the mystery, but only if the widow will talk...


Review by Deborah

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The Travelers: A Novel By Chris Pavone Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781524763299
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Published: Crown - June 5th, 2018

Will Rhodes has never had to work too hard for anything in his seemingly charmed life. He has boyish good looks, and incredible wife, the perfect Victorian fixer-upper and a cushy job traveling the world as a travel journalist. But then he had a one night stand with Elle, who may be a fellow journalist, or a CIA agent, or something much more dangerous. And now Will Rhodes ha the biggest assignment of his life: become a spy or die trying.


Review by Deborah

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The Exorcist: A Novel By William Peter Blatty Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062094360
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - October 4th, 2011

So I know what you're thinking, but forget about the sensationalization machine that was the film adaptation and give this 'theological thriller' a shot. Blattey, himself a comedic writer, gives us a thoughtful, sincere, and truly funny look at faith as a whole. To be honest it reads more like a detective novel more than horror. Religiosity and potential proselytizing aside, I walked away from this book feeling... warm. Who knew??



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The Trouble with Women By Jacky Fleming Cover Image
$12.99
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ISBN: 9781449479763
Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 20th, 2016

"Women have been retrieving each other from the Dustbin of history for several thousand years now..."

Jacky Fleming is doing just that with this work of wit. In it we are confronted with the laughable ideas about women held by male 'geniuses' of the past, ideas that have facilitated the erasure of women's voices and accomplishments throughout history. Dripping with sarcasm and accompanied by charming illustrations, this is an easy laugh out loud read that you will want to share.



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Fingersmith By Sarah Waters Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781573229722
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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
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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
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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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