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Mexican Gothic Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525620785
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Published: Del Rey - June 30th, 2020

I told myself I would take a break from this book with 100 pages left so I could do things like "sleep" and "be responsible," and instead I ended up devouring the last 100 pages and looking up in a daze an hour and a half later not sure what happened. MEXICAN GOTHIC follows Noemí Taboada, a young socialite living in Mexico City after she receives a strange and desperate letter from her cousin, living in a Victorian style mansion out in the country. When she goes to investigate, she ends up drawn into a truly Gothic tale. A new and exciting twist on the genre, this book had me gasping out loud and left me with chills.

--Katherine N, Lead Bookseller


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The Vanishing Half: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525536291
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2020

Brit Bennett has managed to write a book that is both a commentary on race and a moving novel. Scenic, compelling, and beautifully written, the story follows black twins who run away from their small southern town and then part ways themselves. Years later, one girl comes home with her daughter, while the other continues living as a white woman married to a white man. A wonderful read.

--Courtny F, Co-Owner


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$16.95
ISBN: 9781101972083
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Published: Vintage - June 30th, 2020

Ted Chiang's most recent collection of short stories lives up to the promise of his earlier work. His stylistic tendencies—filtering his hard SF perspective through the lens of a heavy New Wave influence—are as strong and well executed as ever. His prose is highly polished, almost to perfection, cold, almost to sterility, and filled with moments of quiet beauty. Interestingly, Chiang is almost unique among the current crop of well known SF authors in that he exclusively writes short stories, a tendency that used to be far more common—and successful—decades ago. The premises employed are as varied as one could hope for, from a time traveling Babylonian merchant to a mechanical scientist who investigates the breathing of the Universe. My favorite story by far is “The Lifecyle of Software Objects”, a poignant exploration of the development, costs and obsolescence of sentient artificial life. I have long anticipated Chiang's follow-up to “The Story of Your Life and Others” and this did not disappoint.

--Sean C, Bookseller


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Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781538728727
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Published: Twelve - August 6th, 2019

Wow. This book was incredible. Haben Girma's life so far is a story worth telling, and it is beautifully told. She has the rare ability to explain key moments in her life so clearly and vividly that one experiences them with her. (It is one thing to tell someone a story, and another thing entirely to help them feel it.) Girma's big heart and wonderful sense of humor as she describes the joys and frustrations of her life made this memoir a genuine pleasure to read. With kindness and patience, she illustrates again and again how the greatest barriers to individuals with disabilities can be the limited thinking of others rather than the disability itself. Includes a valuable guide in the back with easy steps to make digital resources more accessible for all.

--Brittany B, Bookseller


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$27.99
ISBN: 9780778305071
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Published: Park Row - May 5th, 2020

THE IMPERFECTS is, well, perfect. Meyerson stuns with nuanced characters and a narrative so unique, so compelling, that it'll take your breath away. When the Millers find the infamous Florentine diamond among their recently deceased grandmother's belongings, they are propelled down a path of intrigue, heartbreak, and family drama. Rife with their own personal troubles, the grandchildren, along with their eccentric mother, must answer the questions: How (and why) did their grandmother hide this diamond for decades, and do they have any rightful claim to it at all? But the question they quietly ask themselves is, "Will this diamond finally heal the cracks and make us whole, or will it break our family apart again?" If you're looking for a book that will make you say, "Oh, my god," aloud on the train, this is it.

--Brittany W, Bookseller


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Dark Matter: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101904244
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 2nd, 2017

Imagine that every time you make a decision, infinite versions of yourself make slightly different decisions. Now imagine that one of those versions kidnaps you from your reality and switches places with you. Caught you attention yet?This book has a bit of everything—thrills, adventure, a sweet love story, and parallel universes. What else could you ask for? Also, the scientific jargon is relatively easy to follow, meaning it's perfect for sci-fi lovers and non-sci-fi lovers alike. If you're looking for a fun, exciting, fast-paced book, then you've come to the right place!

--Hannah Z, Bookseller


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Lot: Stories Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780525533672
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 19th, 2019

Let it be said that I am a native Houstonian, and I love this collection. "Lot: Stories" is a coming-of-age story of the young son of a black mother and a Latino father, growing up in Houston, Texas. "Lot" displays a side of Houston that most folks don't know of when they think of the southern metropolis. Washington paints a city of intersecting cultures, emerging sexual and racial identity, with a forward, rich cast of characters. From a Houstonian's perspective, I describe the world of "Lot" as real, and Washington's character is a real Houstonian.

--Abby V, Bookseller


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The Water Dancer: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590597
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Published: One World - September 24th, 2019

When I first saw The Water Dancer, I hesitated to read it. I've loved everything Ta-Nehisi Coates has written before, but this is his first work of fiction. I wondered, will it live up to the hype? Once I finally gave it a chance, I realized how mistaken I was. The Water Dancer is as stunning and powerful as anything Coates has written. Carefully blending historical fiction with magical realism, the novel follows the journey of young Hiram Walker, who must learn how to harness his supernatural powers to serve the Underground Railroad, and save his family. Coates writes with a level of sensitivity and humanity few other authors could match. Please don't make the same mistake I did by hesitating. Run, do not walk, to read this novel.

--Deirdre M, Bookseller


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Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250313188
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Published: Tor.com - July 14th, 2020

The best recommendation might be on the front of this book, but if you are looking for a rollicking good story with adventure, romance, horror, bones, swordfighting, necromancy, skeletons, LGBTQA positivity, and bones, all in space, this is the book for you! Did I mention the bones?

--Geoff R, Manager


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This Is How You Lose the Time War Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781534430990
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - March 17th, 2020

I devoured this book in one day, and it has rocketed to the top of my All Time Favorite Books list. Red and Blue are agents on opposite sides of the Time War, trying to nudge the arc of the universe into curving one way or the other, and braiding together different strands of time until the other side can't get in. They are both good and loyal soldiers, until one of them leaves a letter for the other to find. Told through vignettes and letters, this book is beautiful, and funny, and heartbreaking. An instant classic.

--Katherine N, Lead Bookseller


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Underland: A Deep Time Journey Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393242140
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 4th, 2019

Underland is, above all, a book about claustrophobia. The claustro phobia of tight caverns, of buried scientific installations, of Parisian sewers and of our society as a whole. Macfarlane expertly captures his experiences underneath the earth, bringing the reader into some deeply uncomfortable spaces that veer from gruesome and anxiety inducing to beautiful and mythic. He expertly weaves the seemingly disparate vignettes into a layered web that connects everything from root networks to runaway effects of the Anthropocene. He takes a perspective informed by the concept of deep time, one naturally suited to geologic scales and the persistent effects of human action. Typical of Macfarlane, his prose is absolutely gorgeous, perfectly suited to capturing the overwhelming experiences he went through in researching this book. With this book Macfarlane has continued his transformation from a “mere” nature writer to one of the most poignant and insightful voices speaking on the multifarious intersections of humanity, society and nature.

--Sean C, Bookseller


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Death in Her Hands: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984879356
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Published: Penguin Press - June 23rd, 2020

Nobody writes like Ottessa Moshfegh. I had to put this book down a couple times to break the chilling tension and get out of Vesta's increasingly uncomfortable "mindspace." I'm still processing the ending, and what I can believe, and what certain things might really mean. A book to read and reread.

--Brittany B, Bookseller


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The Dutch House: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062963673
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Published: Harper - September 24th, 2019

Sometimes you read a novel and it reminds you why you fell in love with reading in the first place. That's how I felt about 'The Dutch House'. At it essence, it's a story about family, and a complicated one at that. The cadence of life inside one family, the twists and turns that bring them to where they end up, is all so familiar yet completely unique. That's what stories are all about--seeing how different people's lives are, yet also seeing the humanness is all of them. Ann Patchett is a master storyteller.

--Courtney F, Co-Owner


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How Quickly She Disappears Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781984805171
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Published: Berkley - January 14th, 2020

How Quickly She Disappears" is a gripping mystery set against the backdrop of brutally wintry Alaska. Elisabeth's 11-year-old sister, a precocious girl who found herself entrenched in a complicated relationship, vanished in the 1920s. Twenty years later, a man arrives on Elisabeth's doorstep claiming to know the answers to her most pressing questions. Desperate to find out what happened to her sister, Elisabeth agrees to the man's terms: three "gifts" for him in exchange for information. This story, rife with psychological twists and turns, is sure to haunt mystery lovers long after the last page is read.

--Brittany W, Bookseller


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The Reader: A novel (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780375707971
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Published: Vintage - March 7th, 1999

This book hurt my heart in the best way possible. At the very beginning, I was captured by the relationship between Hanna and Michael, but as I read further, I discovered that this book has more to do with Michael’s relationship with himself. What are his values, what does he deem moral and immoral, and can logic override emotion? This novel shows humans at their most complex, and most simple, simultaneously. Though I think there are some instances where Schlink could have gone more in-depth, those moments do not detract from the novel's overall greatness. It shows the world in grey, and while it broke my heart multiple times, and at points made me cringe, I find this book utterly compelling. This, alongside beautiful prose, makes it a book I would recommend wholeheartedly.

--Hannah Z, Bookseller


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Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307279286
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Published: Anchor - February 25th, 2020

Jean McConville was disappeared by the IRA upon suspicion of conspiring with loyalist spies, leaving her children presumably orphaned. Tragedy was the norm for Troubles-era Belfast, but political killings were rarely left unpublicized. Keefe expertly exhumes and crafts this mystery and its players, discovering that McConville’s fate was buried in secret tapes across the Atlantic - here in Boston, to be precise.

--Geoff R, Manager


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The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555978273
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 5th, 2019

Powerfully blending memoir, medical science, and cultural criticism, The Collected Schizophrenias sheds light on a prevalent and misunderstood mental illness. Esme Weijun Wang is raw and vulnerable in her writing as she describes the onset of her schizophrenia while attending Yale. Wang goes on to build a successful career as a fashion writer and novelist, grappling along the way with her diagnosis and what it means to be "high functioning." This memoir-in-essays analyzes cultural perceptions of schizophrenia from the DSM-V to horror movies, with Wang's own experiences woven throughout.

--Deirdre M, Bookseller


The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows: Feminine Pursuits Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062931825
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Published: Avon Impulse - July 28th, 2020

Don't worry, wlw, if you're looking for a romance that truly describes the queer girl experience, Olivia Waite has you covered. No spoilers but the amount of times I looked up from this book and said "Wow! I'm on page X and they still haven't admitted they had feelings for each other!" was truly unbelievable. This book tells the story of Agatha, a widowed printer and Penelope, a country beekeeper. After learning some of her printing plates are infested with bees Agatha turns to Penelope for help, and thus starts an unshakable friendship that leads to a heartwarming romance. All of this is set to the background of the rise and fall of Queen Caroline, which had me doing my own research to learn more. I can't wait to see what Olivia Waite comes out with next!

--Katherine N, Lead Bookseller


Wow, No Thank You.: Essays Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780525563488
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Published: Vintage - March 31st, 2020

Another perfect essay collection from Samantha Irby. Her seemingly endless supply of self-deprecating humor--and the deep honesty she wields when presenting the unvarnished, unique details of her life--somehow allow readers to both laugh with her and at themselves as they recognize deeper, universal truths. In future, I plan to read “Girls Gone Mild” any time I’m in danger of attempting a night on the town.

--Brittany B, Bookseller


The Diary of a Bookseller Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781612198163
Availability: Backordered - Subject to Availability
Published: Melville House - July 16th, 2019

My. Hero. Mr. Bythell records the daily trials and tribulations of running the largest used book shop in Scotland. Whether entertaining obtuse customers, monitoring bizarre employee habits, scouring the countryside for rare book finds, or just finding time to go fishing, Bythell strives to maintain a shred of sanity. Also, there is a bookstore cat!

--Geoff R, Manager