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The Glass Hotel: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525521143
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Published: Knopf - March 24th, 2020

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"With ethereal language and swift plot, Emily St. John Mandel has created another masterpiece novel. She reimagines the Bernie Madoff scandal, creating a familiar but nuanced cast of characters who are both totally relatable and utterly abhorrent. This book will hook you from the get go, and sweep you up with its characters, plot, and dash of surrealism. "

--Courtney F., Manager


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Know My Name: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735223707
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Published: Viking - September 24th, 2019

Chanel Miller is a writer. She is an artist. She is a college graduate. A sister. A daughter. A girlfriend. And she is also the survivor of a sexual assault. This is the refocusing of identity that foregrounds Chanel's memoir, "Know My Name." She seeks to humanize herself, to defy the one-dimensional victimhood she was assigned beneath headlines about her assaulter's swim times. As Chanel describes, she always planned to write a book at some point in her life — her assault just happened to be the topic she was given. And she reclaimed that traumatic and very public yet anonymous experience in a beautiful, important way. Survivors, read this to feel less alone. Everyone else, read this to gain empathy, to learn more about the hidden tolls of sexual trauma and the race- and class-based biases of the court system, to get angry and inspired to go change something.

--Ellie A, Bookseller


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Gods of Jade and Shadow Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525620778
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Published: Del Rey - February 18th, 2020

GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW is breathtaking. From the first page, Moreno-Garcia drags you into the story she's weaving and doesn't let you go until you finish it. Casiopea Tun is a young woman from the Yucatan in the 1920's, whose life is changed forever when she frees the Mayan God of Death from a box her grandfather has always kept locked. Along the journey, she learns about magic, forgiveness, and Mayan myths -and becomes something of a myth herself. 

I don't think I can emphasize enough how wonderful this book is. Moreno-Garcia brings together both the historic and mythic setting in a truly beautiful way, reminiscent of the work of Madeline Miller. The story itself was captivating, and the ending was both satisfying and unexpected. Truly, a must read!

--Katherine N,  Lead Bookseller


If science books aren't typically your thing, start here. Resurrecting the personalities, rivalries, and intrigues of the renaissance-era scientific community, Brooks humanizes the world of science and expertly blurs the line between fact and faction. Complex theories of quantum mechanics are broken down into familiar analogies, making one of science’s most complicated fields feel accessible, all while reminiscing on its origins and history through casual discourse with the imprisoned 16th century Italian doctor, astrologer, and mathematician, Jerome Cardano. In between personal anecdotes and historic theories, the author throws in mind-bending thought experiments that bring into question the reality we take for granted, entirely engaging the reader in the deepest scientific debates. I can't say enough how much I enjoyed this book.

--McKenna G, Manager


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The Runaway Princess Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780593118405
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Published: Random House Graphic - January 21st, 2020

How can one individual have this much talent and imagination? Each of the three stories written and illustrated by Johan Troianowski were delightful, from the lively, colorful illustrations to the humorous dialogue, unbelievably creative fantasy sequences and quick plot twists. Princess Robin is a wonderful character with endless energy, an adventurous spirit and an irrepressibly optimistic attitude. Highly recommended.

--Brittany B, Bookseller


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Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781524108496
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Published: Dynamite Entertainment - March 26th, 2019

I have been a ball of emotion whilst reading this. Nancy Drew reimagined as a comic? As punk rock teenagers? With amazing cover art and gorgeous fashion statements? I didn't know I needed it but by golly, I need it. True to form, this story was really fast paced and full of memories, but also socially relevant, as it touches on police negligence of PoC crime victims. Those who, as a child, read Nancy Drew and/or the Hardy Boys into the night with a flashlight underneath their sheets might be glad to pick up this book and find new life in these lovable characters.

--Charlene B, Bookseller


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In the Dream House: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781644450031
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

This book. This memoir. The blending of personal narrative with queer history and the histories and conventions of fairy tales, all in that fragmented, fractured, stunning style of Machado's was almost incomprehensible in how well it worked. Although "well" is certainly an understatement. I very much enjoyed Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, but there was something so visceral about this memoir that blew even that work out of the water. This memoir had "change your life" type of energy and I'll be eagerly awaiting whatever she decides to put out next.

--Ciera B, Bookseller


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One Day in December: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525574682
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 16th, 2018

I'm not a romance reader, but I devoured this book in two days. One Day in December is a quirky, heartfelt love story about how relationships—both romantic and platonic—evolve over the years. The cast of characters is sharp-witted, fun, and endearing. Cozy up on the couch with this quintessential winter read, and don't forget your mug of hot chocolate!

--Brittany W, Bookseller


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The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories: 75th-Anniversary Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Angela Carter, Kelly Link (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143107613
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Published: Penguin Classics - May 26th, 2015

These stories are far more than the mere re-imaginings of fairy tales that they are often described as. Instead Carter masterfully draws on the archetypal core of European myth and folk tales, revealing the twisted cores of stories that have sunk deep into the Western collective imagination. Carter wields her prose deftly, cutting deeply into the core of the reader in a way that few authors can manage. An unforgettable collection, and one whose influence on the contemporary short story can not be overstated.

--Sean C, Lead Bookseller


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How to Be a Woman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062564740
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 11th, 2016

It is extremely rare for novels to make me audibly laugh, but this one surely did. Every chapter contains hilarious commentary on the ludicrous moments women have to deal with as they grow up. Although Moran grew up in a different country and time than I did, her experiences dealing with puberty, sexism, and her relationships to the women in her life truly resonated with me. I loved every second of each of Moran's deeply personal and insightful coming of age stories.

--Tiffany C, Bookseller


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White is for Witching Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594633072
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 4th, 2014

Oyeyemi re-imagines tropes emblematic of the Gothic genre, such as the "haunted house," unexplained illnesses, unwelcome guests, and troubling family secrets, in a nuanced and thrilling way to bring the Gothic novel into the modern era. Oyeyemi uses the haunted house narrative to explore the so-called Postcolonial era we live in today, and as a result, the readers may find that the supernatural elements are not always the most chilling aspects of this novel.

--Sam F, Bookseller


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Severance: A Novel Cover Image
By Ling Ma
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250214997
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Published: Picador - May 7th, 2019

Are you feeling disillusioned? Alienated from the product of your labor? Well this book can't really help with that, but Ma's succinct descriptions of capitalist alienation, the search for meaning in nostalgia, and loneliness might help you critically appreciate this strange moment in which we live. Ma presents a surprisingly incisive take on the traditional apocalypse story. The threats facing the survivors do not come from the outside, but instead from the temptation to retreat into the safety of one's own memories. SEVERANCE threads a multilevel narrative and succeeds in achieving that rare balance between meaning and entertainment, while avoiding the tired cliches of the apocalyptic themes.

--Thomas S, Bookseller


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Infinity Son (Infinity Cycle #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062457820
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Published: Quill Tree Books - January 14th, 2020

Adam Silvera breaks away from contemporary and delves into the sci-fi urban fantasy world of New York with a queer Latinx male lead. One with magic and superheroes, some who are born (The Celestials) and some who are made (The Specters). In true Adam Silvera fashion this story in addition to its epicness has humor, love, and heartbreak. I was hooked from the first page and was on the ride the entire time. This is a simple world to follow since it does have a contemporary setting which is perfect for those who are hesitant about or just beginning their fantasy adventures. This book left me on the edge of my seat and left me wanting more after I read that jaw dropping last page.

--Anthony R, Bookseller


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This Is How You Lose the Time War Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534431003
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - July 16th, 2019

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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We Unleash the Merciless Storm Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062691347
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - February 25th, 2020

I have been eagerly awaiting this installment of Dani and Carmen's story and was so excited from page one. There is action, political intrigue, forbidden romance, thrills, and SO MUCH girl power that I was practically pumping my fist in the air as I read. A beautiful companion to We Set the Dark on Fire, this might already be one of my favorite books for 2020.

--Clarissa H, Manager


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Magic for Liars: A Novel Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250174611
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Published: Tor Books - June 4th, 2019

If you’re looking for a book that dabbles in magic, without being too much about magic, this pick might be a good move for you. This is a nice blend of murder mystery and magic, with a gritty PI character driving forward the plot (because who else would be qualified to solve a gruesome homicide). Oh, not to mention the fact that this does take place within the walls of an elite boarding school, so there’s some good old high school student angst for the nostalgia trend we’re all enjoying presently (complete with a Harry Potter reference right from the start). This book is light, fun, and driven by a “who-dun-it” theme that works its way around centralized character relationships that lend weight to the shock and surprise of the final reveal. And let’s not forget the visual appeal of the cover, either (healthy dose of judgement - it’s okay in moderation). Altogether, this is a popping beach read for those sweltering summer days!

--Ari S, Bookseller


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Guards! Guards!: A Novel of Discworld Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062225757
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Published: Harper - April 30th, 2013

If the Monty Python troupe and the ensembles of Simon Pegg's Cornetto trilogy suddenly found themselves stranded in "The Hobbit," you might approximate "Guards! Guards!" There's a plot, sure. Something about magic and dragons and a drunk captain of the guard. But really all you need to know is the bustling cesspit--I mean, metropolis of Ankh-Morpork is facing a new kind of problem. Nothing to do with the toxic sewer they call a river. Or the Assassins Guild. Everyone and everything is performing as expected. Outside of the occasional incineration, of course. And the unlicensed thieving. And the missing book on summoning dragons. But Captain Vimes, Sergeant Colon, Nobby, and Carrot are on the case. Figuratively speaking, that is.

--McKenna G, Manager


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Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524798642
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 4th, 2020

"If you're looking for a book that will plunge you into the endless (glorious) vortex of live Fleetwood Mac concerts from the 70s, this is it. Outside of the fact that this is basically Fleetwood Mac fanfiction (and that is a HIGH compliment), I have never before encountered a book about a (fictional) band that has made me fan-girl so hard. The 70s rock n roll scene is painted in such vivid, gritty detail that it is absolutely impossible to not reach for an old vinyl (or at least Spotify) - because it makes you crave submersion into that music era in every possible sensory way. I'm accustomed to band books being a little dry, even if I love the artists, so I was hesitant even in picking up a fiction of this theme. The interview-style storytelling is absolutely brilliant and so engaging, though - all the way down to the contradicting accounts threaded across the narrative. This is the literary equivalent of curling up with the Rumours record and having your mind blown that an album could be so flawless - raw and lush - from start to finish."

--Ari S, Bookseller


Upright Women Wanted Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781250213587
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Published: Tor.com - February 4th, 2020

"I finished this book in one day and immediately started shoving it into the hands of everyone who made the mistake of making eye contact with me. It also prompted me to decide my new ideal genre is "queer sci-fi western," which I think is probably everyone's ideal genre. UPRIGHT WOMEN WANTED follows Esther, a stowaway on the run from both an arranged marriage and her own feelings, who teams up with a band of Librarians who travel the land bringing "approved materials" to various towns as the law requires (and "unapproved materials" outside the law). This book is filled with adventure, and I fell in love with each and every one of the characters. Read it immediately, or glance at it three times and I'll appear behind you to shove it into your hands."

--Katherine N, Lead Bookseller


Wilder Girls Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525645580
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Published: Delacorte Press - July 9th, 2019

"I devoured this book in a day and I'm hoping for a sequel, because I think there's a lot more to tell. This novel has great, complex characters and a dark, imaginative plot with many twists and turns. I don't think I've ever read a YA book quite like it: it reminded me of books by Jeff VanderMeer, Shirley Jackson and Gillian Flynn."

--Brittany B, Bookseller


Atonement: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780385721790
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Published: Anchor - February 25th, 2003

If you're into meta fiction, love historical novels about WWII, and want to ponder the true meaning of forgiveness and reparations, this is the book for you. This story will take you on the best kind of roller coaster through wartime England and into the end of the 20th century, all from the perspective of a young girl who made a grave mistake. Prepare for a love story of broken promises so well written that you'll feel betrayed yourself."

--Ellie A, Bookseller


When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (A. Poulin) Cover Image
By Chen Chen, Jericho Brown (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781942683339
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Published: BOA Editions - April 11th, 2017

"I don’t generally pick up books of poetry, but I loved the title so much I decided to read this one. I’m glad I did: it was funny, heart-breaking and thought-provoking, sometimes all in one poem. It helped me discover that I, too, aspire to be as fearless as a mango."

--Brittany B, Bookseller


A Prince on Paper: Reluctant Royals Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062685582
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Published: Avon - April 30th, 2019

"A Prince on Paper has to be my favorite of the Reluctant Royals series so far. It had, perhaps, the best amount of communication in a romance novel I've read to date. Issues of communication in novels, especially romance novels where they're so prevalent, frustrate me to no end and I spent the entirety of this book waiting for something to go wrong...but it didn't. That isn't to say that there's no conflict, it's just not done via lapses in communication: Nya and Johan were so wonderfully communicative with one another and it added so much depth to their relationship. That, plus a friendship-driven relationship and a fake engagement trope and a slight enemies-to-lover trope, somehow got even better in the epilogue. Romance novel epilogues give me so much joy and I may or may not have squealed at this one. A great start to the new year."

--Ciera B, Bookseller


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Magic for Liars: A Novel Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250174611
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Published: Tor Books - June 4th, 2019

"This book was recommended by a bookseller at a local bookstore, and I was immediately intrigued. Described as a magic noir, the story follows PI Ivy Gamble as she's pulled back into the world of magic to investigate a gruesome murder at the nearby school for magic, where her estranged sister just happens to work. It's is a messy, familiar, decidedly human story cloaked in fantasy. Though the intricacies of the murder investigation are compelling, Ivy's awkward and often heart-breaking attempts to connect with her sister are what really drive the story. And as with every good noir, there’s no pretty bow neatly tying up everything at the end. This easily is one of my favorite books I've read this year."

--McKenna G, Manager


The Archive of Alternate Endings Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781945814822
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Published: Dzanc Books - May 7th, 2019

"Every moment this book was available to me in the world and I wasn't reading it was a mistake. This book has so many of the things I love (fairy tales, an analysis of what stories get told, the printing press, strong sibling relationships, stars) that it would have been impossible for me not to love it even if it hadn't been one of the most beautifully written books I read this year. THE ARCHIVE OF ALTERNATE ENDINGS weaves together multiple tales which are each unique and separate and exceptional. Here are some themes that run through the stories: queer stories and when they don't get told, the story of Hansel and Gretel, Haley's Comet, the bond between siblings."

--Katherine N, Lead Bookseller


The Great Believers: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735223530
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Published: Penguin Books - June 4th, 2019

"While this isn't the book for you if you're looking for a lighthearted, fun read, Rebecca Makkai does have a magical ability to bring joy and wonder to a dark and deadly historical moment. Her story brilliantly follows two characters across two different time periods, the first 1985 Chicago in the midst of the AIDS epidemic, and the second 2015 Paris, close to present day. These juxtaposed timelines give a necessary perspective on time, death, and loss, but they do so through a beautiful story of friendship and love. In the end, the story gives us all a lot of hope too."

--Ellie A, Bookseller


The Secret History (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781400031702
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Published: Vintage - April 13th, 2004

"For fans of New Adult and mystery, this is your next read. The Secret History follows a complicated and wild group of college students who do the unthinkable to one of their own. As they are students of the humanities, the book focuses on the main characters internal struggles with his own morality and who he can trust out of his friends. If you love suspenseful plots starring complex morally gray characters, The Secret History will soon become your favorite book."

--Ellie A, Bookseller


Reaper Man: A Novel of Discworld Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062237354
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Published: Harper - July 30th, 2013

"I like to refer to this book causally as the "Death becomes a farmer and meets God" novel of the Discworld series. Here we follow the antropomorphic representation of Death, after he gets fired for caring too much for humans. As Death comes to terms with his new mortality, he does what any of us might --runs away to the country, avoids civilization, and becomes a farmer. Filled with the deep insight and witty humor typical to Pratchett's work, this book is an excellent place to start your journey through the Discworld."

 --Katherine N., marketing coordinator


Difficult Women Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802127372
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Published: Grove Press - November 14th, 2017

"This is a book that I keep coming back to again and again because there's always more to discover and think about. Roxane Gay is a master of sharing the stories that are rarely told and need to be told more. This collection travels from magical realism pieces about women made of glass to intense and unapologetic stories about rape and abuse. Somewhere in between there are pieces that follow women through the deaths of their children, through open marriages and miscarriages. This is the ultimate collection of feminist stories and I can't recommend this book enough for all types of adult readers. Prepare for an emotional confrontation with America's difficult women."

--Ellie A., bookseller


Educated: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590504
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Published: Random House - February 20th, 2018

"Odds are: You probably know someone who has read this book. It’s rapidly becoming one of those memoirs that everyone seems to have their hands on. And I can’t blame readers: the cover art is strikingly appealing. Well, that and the fact that cover to cover this is a unique narrative that won’t let go of you for a single moment. In a day where education up through college has become a societal expectation in many regards, reading about a family where even elementary school was not part of the norm is such a cognitive shift to wrap your head around as you read. "

---Ari S., bookseller


White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807047415
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Published: Beacon Press - June 26th, 2018

"DiAngelo writes for her white audience and does not shy away from constructively calling out the problems upholding statements they often use to defend themselves as “not racist.” This is not a book written to shame white people for their racism (though, disclaimer: as white people, no matter how ‘progressive’ we may be, we are all inherently racist). This is a book written to turn the mirror around on white people to help us see our complicity in upholding white supremacy, whether we realize we are or not. As such, this book is a must-read for white people (especially the ‘woke’ ones of us), because for anyone championing social justice causes and movements, the work has to start with understanding our role in perpetuating systemic racism. Robin DiAngelo’s deconstruction of whiteness and white fragility will get that ball rolling for you (I promise). Be brave, pick it up, and enjoy (and then share with your friends! This is knowledge worthy of spreading around)." 

---Ari S., bookseller


The Bird King Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802148292
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Published: Grove Press - February 18th, 2020

"This is so lush. I can't accurately assess "Couldn't Put It Down"-ness because I find myself intentionally crawling through each chapter trying to savor this effortless prose. The rich magical realism and historical fiction aside - the unique beauty of the relationship between Fatima and Hassan underscores the expansiveness of platonic intimacy in ways that have me falling head over heels. Truly effortless and intricately complex all at once - Wilson doesn't disappoint in the slightest with her second novel endeavor."

--Ari S., bookseller