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Fiona and Jane Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593296042
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Published: Viking - January 4th, 2022

Decades-spanning friendships are challenging to provide snapshots of -- it's all just shorthand in the end -- but author Jean Chen Ho deftly intersperses chapters from different points in Fiona's and Jane's lives to provide a complicated and realistic portrait of a lifelong relationship.


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Wish You Were Here: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781984818416
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Published: Ballantine Books - November 30th, 2021

After a year of pandemic-induced stilted reading, it was so refreshing to be able to race through a novel and feel that breathless anticipation of wondering what will happen next. Picoult delivers once again and this time the Big Reveal occurs at the novel's midpoint. Whether she's enveloping the reader in the lush sights and sounds of the Galapagos or delivering the harsh lived truths of medical professionals at the height of COVID, she propels the reader along at a mighty pace.


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ISBN: 9781538703861
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 30th, 2021

Philanthropist Dava Shastri, matriarch of the Shastri-Perrsons clan, lives her final days as she lived her life: in control and on her own terms. Gathering her progeny to the family compound for Christmas, she informs them of her intention to leak early news of her death so that she can bask in the reflected glory of her obituaries in her final hours. Little does she suspect, however, that two long-buried secrets might alter the way her family - and the world - will remember her. The author does a marvelous job unpacking the delicate and complicated baggage of parental expectations and filial resentments in a world where privilege meets obligation.


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These Precious Days: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063092785
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Published: Harper - November 23rd, 2021

There is no doubt that I'm a bona fide Fiction Reader from way back, and I admire all of Ann Patchett's novels, but the love I have for her essays is absolutely incandescent. She's the wise friend you wish you had, delivering life advice and hard truths, and generally demonstrating her unwavering loyalty and support. Patchett dazzles with her honesty, insight, and adroitness with every turn.


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Oh William! Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812989434
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Published: Random House - October 19th, 2021

What a lovely read -- I'm not sure anybody surpasses Strout for the ways she inhabits small town characters and renders meditations on love, relationships, and memory itself.


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$18.99
ISBN: 9781536216530
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Published: Candlewick - October 12th, 2021

This confectionery romp through the queer community in Austin, TX, is as delightful and yummy a novel as I've read in some time.


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What Storm, What Thunder Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781951142766
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Published: Tin House Books - October 5th, 2021

What a complex and beautifully rendered novel, rising from the ashen ruins of tragedy.


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Letter to a Stranger: Essays to the Ones Who Haunt Us Cover Image
By Colleen Kinder (Editor), Leslie Jamison (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781643751245
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 5th, 2021

It's a truth universally acknowledged that strangers touch our lives in ways both mundane and profound, and this collection of letters highlights both. I so enjoyed reading these accounts from writers all over the world whose paths intersected with strangers who touched their lives in lasting ways.


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A Spindle Splintered (Fractured Fables) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250765352
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Published: Tordotcom - October 5th, 2021

Alix E Harrow brings Sleeping Beauty, that most passive (and heteronormative) of fairy tales into the 21st century in this delicious niblet of a book. By upending tropes and creating a multiverse in a single bound, Harrow shows us that it's not our Happily Ever After that determines our destiny, but a better Once Upon a Time.


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A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries (2003-2020) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316558792
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 5th, 2021

I absolutely love David Sedaris, and it turns out that the shorter format from his diaries perfectly dovetails with my pandemic-fatigued, reduced attention span. Having Carnival of Snackery (possibly my favorite title, ever) as my daily luncheon companion for the last two weeks has been my saving grace, keeping me from working straight through the day.


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Matrix Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781594634499
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 7th, 2021

Unless they've studied a little medieval history, most contemporary readers are not familiar with Marie de France, largely recognized as the first French female poet. Thankfully Lauren Groff plucks her out of relative obscurity and imagines Marie as a force of nature working within the only sphere to grant women any autonomy -- as the prioress of an impoverished abbey. Groff moves from strength to strength with each book she produces, and The Matrix seems to be her finest, most ambitious work so far.


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ISBN: 9781538735244
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 24th, 2021

So excited that ST is back in his full raunchy glory!


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Piglet: The Unexpected Story of a Deaf, Blind, Pink Puppy and His Family Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982167165
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Published: Atria Books - August 3rd, 2021

This is the feel-good, post-pandemic book we didn't know we needed! You'll be amazed at how Piglet learns to navigate the world by smelling and feeling his way through it. The "Piglet mindset" will inspire readers to greater kindness, empathy, perseverance.


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Ghosts: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593319857
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Published: Knopf - August 3rd, 2021

Nina Dean is on the verge of Having It All -- her own London flat, a rising career, a robust chosen family -- when her dreamy boyfriend ghosts her and her father's health ails. Full of warmth, humor, and embracing all of life's messiest bits, this book reads like a more feminist Bridget Jones, if Bridget had been more self-aware and less of a mess.


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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
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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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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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By Rachel Noble, Zoey Abbott (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780823446629
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Published: Holiday House - July 6th, 2021

Cheers to my coworker Leo for introducing me to this extraordinary new picture book. I love everything about it -- the illustrations, the gentle humor, and the eye-opening wonder that comes when someone truly sees you for the first time.


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Falling: A Novel Cover Image
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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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Build Your House Around My Body Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812993325
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Published: Random House - July 6th, 2021

Like a kaleidoscope, this narrative shifts, spirals, and doubles back on itself in a totally mesmerizing manner, with the colors of Saigon and the Vietnamese countryside adding to that effect. If you love ghost stories, southeast Asian folklor, or complex literary stories, this is the novel for you. I already suspect that this book will be the best book I read this year!


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ISBN: 9781951631017
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Published: Santa Fe Writer's Project - June 30th, 2021

Mona is a Type A overachiever whose cushy post-college career in Wall Street finance gets cut short on her first day when the company goes belly-up at the start of the Great Recession. Suddenly jobless and with no prospects, she moves back in with her parents in Tucson, only to discover that unemployment has reached epidemic levels and her family is falling apart. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this non-traditional coming of age novel, cheering every time Mona managed to make good decisions on her tottering path to true adulthood.


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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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ISBN: 9781250305978
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Published: Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book - June 1st, 2021

It absolutely defies belief that this can be Ashley Ford's debut book, so wise and assured it feels. With great nuance, she explores her most fundamental and complicated relationships -- an incarcerated father and her single mother struggling to stay afloat -- while wrestling with memories and laying bare her own truths. This author is dynamite!


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The Other Black Girl: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982160135
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Published: Atria Books - June 1st, 2021

Nella is delighted when her prestigious publishing company, finally hires another Black woman in her department, but Hazel's easy camaraderie soon gives way to disquieting events. Equal parts fascinating and disturbing, The Other Black Girl pulls back the curtain of the publishing industry, using it as a prism for exploring the myriad micro-aggressions, casual racism, and gaslighting at work in corporate America today. Those who describe it as The Devil Wears Prada meets Get Out couldn't be more on the nose!


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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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Mary Jane: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063052291
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Published: Custom House - May 11th, 2021

Mary Jane’s strait-laced background has done nothing to prepare her for taking on the role of babysitter for Baltimore’s most unconventional family one summer in the early 1970s. She falls in love with the entire Cone family as well as the glamorous rock star the psychiatrist father takes on as a patient. This gentle, funny coming of age story was so much fun, reading as if Judy Blume had written Almost Famous.


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The Plot: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250790767
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Published: Celadon Books - May 11th, 2021

I love books that pull back the curtain of the publishing industry, and this book was no exception.


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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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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: 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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$35.00
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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$27.00
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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