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Bring Your Baggage and Don't Pack Light: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385546157
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Published: Doubleday - July 13th, 2021

What do you get when you cross an Alabama debutante with an Upper East Side socialite and a world class poker player? You get Helen Ellis’ s new collection of essays, delivering home truths with an iron fist wrapped in a cashmere glove. Whether she's writing about the outrageousness of "her kind of people" or why she needs to take the Greyhound for her trips to Atlantic City, you'll chuckle along on every page.


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Build Your House Around My Body Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812993325
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Published: Random House - July 6th, 2021

I already suspect that this book will be the best book I read this year. The narrative shifts and spirals and doubles back on itself in a mesmerizing manner - and the vivid colors of Saigon and the Vietnamese countryside further contribute to that kaleidoscopic effect. All of the southeast Asian bits of paranormal folklore were simply icing on the cake for me!


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Saved by a Song: The Art and Healing Power of Songwriting Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250202116
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Published: St. Martin's Essentials - July 6th, 2021

Mary Gauthier explores the elusive alchemy of good songwriting in this book that is equal parts personal journey and inspirational. Throughout the book we see time and again the notion that music can save the world, one song and one heart at a time. While her own work is steeped in the indie/folk vein, Gauthier's musical heroes hail from all genres, from gospel to rock, by way of country and the blues, making this a great read for music lovers of all stripes, but especially those who believe in music's power to change lives.


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Falling: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982177881
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 6th, 2021

I almost never read thrillers - they keep me up all night and make me jump at the slightest noise - but this one was so unusual that I couldn't resist. This tale of heroics plays out inside an airplane cabin at 30,000 feet when someone kidnaps the pilot's family and threatens to kill them if he doesn't crash the plane -- AND there's a back-up terrorist on board to make sure the pilot doesn't place duty before his family. Wow, what a ride!


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The Doomsday Book of Fairy Tales Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781459747005
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Published: Dundurn Group - June 8th, 2021

Jesse spins twisted fairy tales to whomever will listen, whether that's coworkers at the scrap heap, beloved Doggo, or merely the encroaching darkness that comes from living Underground for three decades. One day Jesse and Doggo decide to seek out Jesse's long-lost sister above ground and their real adventure - and fight for survival - begins. I could hardly put this book down and it belongs on the shelf alongside the best of post-apocalyptic fiction like The Dog Stars or The Bear.


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The First Ten Years: Two Sides of the Same Love Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063027251
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 11th, 2021

This is not at all my typical read, but I grabbed the advance reading copy on my way out the door to get my first vaccine and then couldn't put it down. Meg and Joseph are terrific writers whose language is so evocative that I swooned and yearned and panicked and grieved in tandem with them as they told the story of their first ten years together. These artists responsible for creating and sustaining Welcome to Nightvale pull back the curtains for readers to see both the work and beauty in sustaining a long term relationship with your friend, lover, and coworker.


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Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063024793
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Published: HarperTeen - May 4th, 2021

I absolutely adored this novel, filled with such fantastic characters that I'm crossing my fingers there will be a sequel with Quinn & Carter. I'm not sure how much you'd have to pay me to relive my teen years without the benefit of hindsight in the age of social media- something in the low zillions, I believe - but this author absolutely nails the tensions, anxiety, and drama of high school. Beautifully nuanced for the more complex issues, too, like the privilege and racism that stalk the hallways of this elite prep school. And as for the romance? Well, it's utterly swoonworthy!


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Project Hail Mary: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593135204
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 4th, 2021

Same trademark humor that made The Martian such an enjoyable read!


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Hour of the Witch: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385542432
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Published: Doubleday - May 4th, 2021

This was the propulsive first read for the new year, perfect for putting 2020 out of my mind. My customers are going to be gaga over this novel, as they're obsessed with witchcraft and historical fiction.


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Great Circle: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525656975
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Published: Knopf - May 4th, 2021

I've enjoyed Maggie Shipstead's novels before, but this is the first one that has the epic proportions that I love to sink my teeth into. Sophisticated, nuanced, and featuring the lives of two women (an early 20th century aviatrix and a modern day ingenue) fighting against the constraints of their different times, Great Circle is pretty close to perfect. Feeling like Marian's narrative is haunted by the ghost of Jim Harrison is simply icing on the cake.


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Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063024793
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Published: HarperTeen - May 4th, 2021

I absolutely adored this novel, filled with such fantastic characters that I'm crossing my fingers there will be a sequel with Quinn & Carter. I'm not sure how much you'd have to pay me to relive my teen years without the benefit of hindsight in the age of social media- something in the low zillions, I believe - but this author absolutely nails the tensions, anxiety, and drama of high school. Beautifully nuanced for the more complex issues, too, like the privilege and racism that stalk the hallways of this elite prep school. And as for the romance? Well, it's utterly swoonworthy!


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Olympus, Texas: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385545211
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Published: Doubleday - May 4th, 2021

Texas isn't just enormous, it looms larger than life (at least in the mind of most Texans, that is) and is therefore the perfect landscape to transport the gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus. Overlaid with good humor and heart, too, this debut novel featuring the lives, loves, and exploits of the Briscoe family is the perfect ambrosia for pandemic-weary readers.


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ISBN: 9780385542432
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Published: Doubleday - May 4th, 2021

Rumors of witchcraft have the Boston community paralyzed with fear and primed for suspicion. Against this backdrop, Mary Deerfield's cruel husband and pious housemaid may or may not be conspiring to frame her for heresy. Lots of satisfying twists and turns here as Mary faces a terrifying trial for her life!


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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525657743
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Published: Knopf - April 20th, 2021

What a marvelously told tale of grief and loss. The prose style feels both assured and fresh, hardly the hallmark of a first time writer. About halfway through the memoir, my empathy kicked into overdrive and remained there through the end. And talk about great food writing! I'd never heard of most of the foods she describes, but reading about the creating and eating of those dishes left me famished and wanting to seek out the closest Korean restaurant to explore those flavors.


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Early Morning Riser: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525659341
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Published: Knopf - April 13th, 2021

I wasn't always sure where Katherine Heiny was headed in this novel, but I'm sure glad that I was along for the entire ride. I love stories of small town folks with their quirks and mundane heroics - they're full of heart and great reminders of the potential we have to change the lives of the people around us in ways both large and small.


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World Travel: An Irreverent Guide Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062802798
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Published: Ecco - April 20th, 2021

Like the cowriter Laurie Woolever, I was initially a little skeptical that the world needed this travel guide, but now that I've sampled it I'm so grateful to have a little bit more of Bourdain in the world. While there is some practical advice here (hotel and restaurant suggestions), what I really love is hearing Bourdain's voice in my head, full of his trademark wry humor and utter irreverence. Take a whirlwind tour around the world from Argentina to Vietnam and dozens of countries in between.


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A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984801197
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Published: Random House - March 30th, 2021

This will be an important contribution to any store's music/performing arts section.


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ISBN: 9781984814500
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - March 9th, 2021

I think this book is just about perfect. I love the way Ellie grew over the course of the book - learning productive ways to stand up to bullying is a lesson we could all use, I think. The pacing was great, and I especially loved Ellie's two friendships. I'll be recommending this to SO MANY READERS.


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Klara and the Sun: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593318171
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Published: Knopf - March 2nd, 2021

The inimitable Ishiguro writes again! A new novel from the Nobel prize winning author is always worth celebrating, and this is no exception. While not set in the same world, Klara reads as a lovely companion piece to Never Let Me Go, taking a deep dive into the question of what the human experience really means. This novel is as haunting an answer as I've ever read.


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ISBN: 9781250767943
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 2nd, 2021

I love to travel, and this book let me be an armchair traveler to some of my favorite places on earth (the British Virgin Islands, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Grenada) during a year when nobody was doing much of any travel - I'll always be grateful for that! Whether you like romance, sailing,or travel, this book has something to offer you and if, like me, you happen to enjoy all three, then you've hit the jackpot!


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Sea Wife: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525566922
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Published: Vintage - March 2nd, 2021

Something mysterious and tragic strikes when a family of four trade their ordinary life for a sailboat adventure on the high seas. Juliet's narrative, told in retrospect, intersperses with her husband's captain's log to drive the plot forward. This is a truly fine piece of writing and I hope that this book is the tipping point for Amity, finally giving her the wider readership that she so demonstrably deserves.


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The Electric Kingdom Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593202227
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - February 9th, 2021

I picked this book up on a coworker's recommendation and I'm glad I listened to him! This book was deeply moving. 


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Sorrow and Bliss: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063049581
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Published: Harper - February 9th, 2021

I liked the evocation of mental illness here, and I think the author nails the highs and lows of what it's like to love somebody who isn't neurotypical.


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ISBN: 9780593187708
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 9th, 2021

I devoured this story of a London artist (past his heyday) who rents out his home on a website similar to AirBnB in order to make ends meet. Starting over in late middle age takes a special kind of bravery, as does falling in love, and Russo celebrates these quotidian bits of courage on every page. Lots of wonderful bits of London color, art, and human insight to boot. A most impressive debut!


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Shit, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316449823
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Published: Hachette Books - October 20th, 2020

I read this in the closing days of 2020 after a particularly hard December - little did I know that this was just the book I needed. Lindy West's critiques are spot-on and outrageously funny.


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ISBN: 9780316422048
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Published: Redhook - October 13th, 2020

Fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and magic all intersect in this engrossing tale.  In a world where men have banned the use of witchcraft to thwart women's power, sisters Juniper, Agnes, and Bella must decide whether to tap into the magic they learned at their grandmother's knee. Drawing equally on magic, legend, and history, this book is so much fun!


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The Call Me Ishmael Phone Book: An Interactive Guide to Life-Changing Books Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982140588
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - October 13th, 2020

The word "unique" is too often misused when describing titles, but I believe that this book is truly singular. Organized alphabetically by subject like the Yellow Pages of the phone books of yore, Call Me Ishmael is an interactive homage to literature, reading, and 21st century connectivity. Call the dedicated phone line to listen to anonymous readers describe the books that changed their lives, or dial a different extension to hear interviews with indie booksellers across the US or to leave your own anonymous love letter to a seminal book in your life. I also love how the book is peppered throughout with ads for literary landmarks, both real and imagined! This is a must-have title for any reader in your life.


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Spoiler Alert: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063005549
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Published: Avon - October 6th, 2020

Come for the body positivity, stay for the fanfiction! (Or vice versa.) I thoroughly enjoyed this one!


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ISBN: 9781250210531
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 22nd, 2020

In this heartfelt, funny, touching memoir, Tan France, star of QUEER EYE tells his origin story for the first time. With his trademark wit, humor, and compassion, Tan reveals what it was like to grow up gay in a traditional South Asian family, and also as one of the few people of color in South Yorkshire, England. He illuminates his winding journey of coming of age, finding his style, and how he finally came out to his family at the age of 34, revealing that he was happily married to the love of his life—a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City. Combining just the right mix of gossip substance, Tan’s voice comes through loud and clear, producing a book is all about that while trying to live your best self.  


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Transcendent Kingdom: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525658184
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Published: Knopf - September 1st, 2020

Like her debut book Homegoing, the author’s sophomore novel is shaping up to be my favorite book published this year. This novel takes several deep dives: into exploring a complicated mother-daughter relationship, the abyss of addiction, the lived micro-aggressions of a racial minority experience, the age-old power struggle between religion and reason, and perhaps above all, transformative realization that neither science nor faith alone will ever be able to answer all of the questions that plague our human existence. This novel is amazing, but the writer herself is extraordinary.


Speaking American: How Y’all, Youse, and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780358359937
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Published: Mariner Books - September 1st, 2020

The hardcover edition of this book is the only book I have on my coffee table! It's a must-read for anybody who is fascinated by language, particularly as it varies from one region to another.


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Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was A Girl: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781951142032
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Published: Tin House Books - August 11th, 2020

The author's dialogue and reckoning with her rapist from 14 years earlier -- who was her close friend --- is provacotive, distressing, and brave.  It reads like a two person Truth and  Reconciliation Commission.  It definitely made me uncomfortable at times, but I cannot stress enough how important this book is.


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What My Mother and I Don't Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence Cover Image
By Michele Filgate (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781982107352
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 11th, 2020

Some of today's best writers tell the story of their first important relationship -- their moms. Whether the essays are sad, surreal, or sweet, they are all singularly smart the way they explore the mother/child dynamic with clear-eyed openness and hard won wisdom.
 


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By Hope Larson, Hope Larson (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780374313654
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - August 4th, 2020

I read this back to back with All Summer Long and thought that they were terrific additions to the burgeoning middle grade coming of age graphic novels cannon. I look forward to hand selling both of these.


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The Starless Sea: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101971383
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Published: Anchor - August 4th, 2020

This book made me feel as if the author had tapped into my deepest longings as a reader -- it is replete with secret societies, underground caverns, doors to other worlds, and agents sworn to protect the sanctity of storytelling.  Absolutely no author is better at tiptoeing through the netherworlds between dreams and waking or between reality and imagination.


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Right after the Weather Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476747804
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Published: Washington Square Press - August 4th, 2020

What happens when ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances?  Best friends Neale and Cate discover much about themselves after a brutal assault, and their road to recovery is unexpectedly challenging.  Anshaw is one of the most skilled, but under-read, authors of our time.  Give theis one a try!


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ISBN: 9781101979815
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Published: Penguin Books - August 4th, 2020

Alexandra Fuller’s writing is just as much a force of nature as the family she writes about. No other writer I know can turn the quotidian into the extraordinary the way she can. This was beautiful and heartbreaking.


Who could have predicted that the feel-good book of the year that we all needed was the unlikely story of a rescue donkey in need of a purpose? When the McDougall family rescues Sherman, he's so fragile he can barely walk, but love, determination, and luck prevail.  This book is heart-warming and incredibly satisfying.  I loved this book so much!


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Hollow Kingdom Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781538745830
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 7th, 2020

S. T. the crow knows that something is wrong with his human when Jim's eyeball falls out and no amount of beer or Cheetos can cure his lethargy. The streets of Seattle are no longer safe and the wilds of nature are creeping into the city limits when S. T. and his buddy Dennis the bloodhound decide to take action. They venture from neighborhood to neighborhood seeking answers and rescuing other pets that have been trapped inside their homes.  I didn't think I needed another book about the zombie apocalypse, but I couldn't have been more wrong. This book is hilarious, raunchy, sly, outrageous, and grotesque, but it also packs a powerful message. It's Christopher Moore meets World War Z, plus Watership Down. If that sounds unlikely, you're right, but somehow it all works.


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The Dearly Beloved: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982104535
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 7th, 2020

I loved this book so much!  This novel is the perfect mixture of Marilynne Robinson's honest meditations on faith/doubt and Ann Patchett's flawed but deeply relatable characters.  I love novels that grapple with issues of faith vs reason, and the ways these characters treat their differences with respect and dignity is an inspiration in our partisan times.


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ISBN: 9781451642308
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 7th, 2020

This book lured me in with its sly premise of exploring the unconventionality of three women’s sexual desire: Lina, a suburban homemaker, is a decade into a passionless marriage when she embarks on an all-consuming affair. Sloane, a glamorous restaurateur in the northeast, is married to a man who likes to watch her have sex with other people. Maggie, a high school student in North Dakota,  is seduced by her English teacher. At its core, though, this book is an honest, occasionally painful, narrative whose heart beats time with the age of feminism and *that* is what kept me feverishly turning these pages.


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Sex and Vanity: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385546270
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Published: Doubleday - June 30th, 2020

The intersection of opulence, the beautiful people, conspicuous consumption, and layers of racism & classism - perfect recipe for a breezy summer read. I loved the footnotes that were gossipy and informative by turn, and the overlay of A Room With a View was a nice bonus.


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ISBN: 9780345804341
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Published: Anchor - June 30th, 2020

A case of mistaken identity lands college-bound Elwood at Nickel Academy, a boys reform school in the Jim Crow south. Rampant corruption and institutionalized violence are the hallmarks of his new life in a place where boys who resist are taken "out back" and never seen again. Based on a real juvenile reformatory in Florida, this novel draws modern parallels between Jim Crow and our times, all wrapped up in gorgeous prose. This is one of the most important novels to be published this year.


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ISBN: 9780451491893
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Published: Berkley - June 16th, 2020

Jessica Burnstein, high profile LA attorney, accompanies her reluctant daughter, Emily, on a cross-country college tour. They share the narrative, but it's their darkly funny internal monologues that carry the story. I enjoyed this book so much! Though I’m the mom’s age, I related equally to both the mom’s and daughter’s point of view. Funny, poignant, and emotive.


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