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American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250209764
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 21st, 2020

What a story. Put this on your "to read" list. 


Weather: A novel Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9780385351102
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Published: Knopf - February 11th, 2020

A gem of a book that shows we can all go a little crazy and come through. Each paragraph is like a tiny short story. Jenny Offill is the coolest kid on the block.

 

 


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

Chanel Miller is a voice in the dark pulling you towards the light. She is fierce, eloquent, and funny as hell.

Her book should be required reading. For everyone. 

 

 

 


The Topeka School: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374277789
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 1st, 2019

I haven't read a novel like this is a long time. Rich, dense, intense, gripping. Everything you want in a book and then some. Not that it matters but I sure felt like I had read a BOOK when I was done.

Highly recommend.


We Ride Upon Sticks: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781524748098
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Published: Pantheon - March 3rd, 2020

A claw, a splotch, a jaw, a contusion - what? why? who cares?  Trust me. You will. This slice of 1980's high school shenanigans will have you squirting wine cooler out your nose. There's a field hockey team itching to be the best and they turn to the dark side to get there. It doesn't hurt that they live in Danvers, Massachusetts where the original witch trials were held. After signing their Book of Shadows (which happens to have a picture of Emilio Estevez on the cover) things start looking up. They tie strips of a blue tube sock around their arms. They light candles. They make sacrifices. But Emilio demands more. It takes teamwork to keep Emilio satisfied.
WE RIDE UPON STICKS AND ARE THERE PRESENTLY is the funniest, wittiest, gnarliest book I've read in a long time. Maybe since 1989.


Nothing to See Here Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062913463
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Published: Ecco - October 29th, 2019

A laugh out loud story of some pretty unloveable kids who finally find someone that loves them.


Sweeping Up the Heart Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062852540
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 19th, 2019

This sweet novel is a little work of art. It is tender and true to the feelings of a young girl. Highly recommend

to lovers of words.
 


Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: A Novel Cover Image
By Olga Tokarczuk, Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Translated by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525541332
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 13th, 2019

Author Sloane Crossley in her NYT review of this book calls it a "marvelously weird and fable- like mystery" with a "cantankerous narrator" who the locals describe as "an old woman, gone off her rocker living in the wilderness". 

My kind of book!

 

 


Red at the Bone: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525535270
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 17th, 2019

Loved this.  Her writing is crisp and precise. And beautiful.

 

 


A Cosmology of Monsters: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781524747671
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Published: Pantheon - September 17th, 2019

Another quirky family (in this case, really quirky!) story that I tend to favor. 

The Wandering Dark is a family operated house of horrors. The Turner family is plagued by something, each of them in a different way. Noah, the youngest,  is often left to fend for himself when the rest of the family is off running the family business. But Noah is not allowed to help because it's too scary. By himself and lonely, he befriends the scary creature who scratches on his window nightly. His life is shaped by this strange friend until unanswered questions lead to tragedies and loss. 

I'm not usually a fan of horror but this strangely tender book gives me a different impression of the genre.


The Nickel Boys: A Novel Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780385537070
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Published: Doubleday - July 16th, 2019

Read this straight through. Devastating.

 


Women Talking Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781635572582
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - April 2nd, 2019

Wow. Read it! 


The Saturday Night Ghost Club: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143133933
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Published: Penguin Books - July 9th, 2019

Loved this! Jake Baker is an un-cool kid who knows it and owns it. He spends a lot of time with his eccentric uncle Calvin who owns an "Occultorium Shop". Together with Billy Yellowbird, Jakes only friend, they explore local ghost legends. Over the course of one summer, the legends begin to hit close to home and things start to spin out of control. Wry humor, fantastic dialogue, and the fact that Davidson's storytelling totally nails what it's like to be on the verge of adulthood make this book one to savor. 


All the Greys on Greene Street Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780451479532
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - June 4th, 2019

I loved this book!  It's a story about a young girl, Olympia, and her art and having to be the adult in her New York loft household while her mom suffers from severe depression. Ollie sees the world as an artist so this book is very visual and touching.  It's as if you're seeing the world with fresh eyes. Olympia is a character I would like to see in more novels. Ms. Tucker, can we hope for another?


Disappearing Earth: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525520412
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Published: Knopf - May 14th, 2019

The setting of this novel is an isolated community on the east coast of Russia, the Kamchatka Peninsula. In the first chapter two young girls - sisters, go missing. Each chapter after that is a short story about different women that may have connections to the missing girls. But how? The authors skillful telling of this year in the aftermath of the kidnapping ropes you into the very different lives these women lead. And through it all you are still wondering what happened to these girls. The way this novel is put together is so original and compelling I can't recommend it enough. 

 


The Unforgettable Guinevere St. Clair Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781534414471
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 4th, 2019

Funny and heartwarming. Guinevere St. Clair is a little like Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird. A "leap before you look" kinda girl.