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If They Come for Us: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525509783
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Published: One World - August 7th, 2018

“A debut poetry collection showcasing both a fierce and tender new voice.”—Booklist
“Elegant and playful . . . The poet invents new forms and updates classic ones.”—Elle


Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062688842
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Published: Ecco - September 25th, 2018

From René: Best known for his novel, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Ben Fountain is also a journalist, and in Beautiful Country Burn Again he recounts the events and people of the 2016 presidential campaign. No one is spared his critical examination. What makes this so interesting and compelling is his look back into history to see the roots of our current state of affairs. Publishers Weekly says, "Whip-smart and searching in its indictment of cant and falsity, this is perhaps the best portrait yet of an astounding election." Booklist's starred review says, "Pithy and profound, Fountain's political observations fly off the page in a torrent of mantra-worthy quotes, while his historical analyses stun with their depth of research and relevance."


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French Exit: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062846921
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Published: Ecco - August 28th, 2018

From Samantha: In these nerve racking times, I was searching for a book that is, simply, fun. This is it! It is subtly satirical, irreverent, not particularly deep (my apologies to Mr. DeWitt if it was meant to be). Let me put it this way: As Hurricane Florence blew through and the power went out, this was my stalwart companion. I loved it!


My Year of Rest and Relaxation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525522119
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Published: Penguin Press - July 10th, 2018

From Matt: While I've enjoyed Ottessa Moshfegh's character development previously, this new novel really gives her space to stretch out. The result is her best work yet: subtly but constantly funny, creative in some very unexpected ways. The plot's so very basic, the observations spot-on, the character such a beautifully drawn (withdrawn, too) loner-weirdo-heartbroken human; I devoured the whole thing in one delirious lump, returning for my favorite spoonfuls the next few days.


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The Sinners (A Quinn Colson Novel #8) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399576744
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - July 17th, 2018

From Bill: I don't understand why Ace Atkins doesn't seem to be as well known as John Grisham. His plotting and dialogue are just as good, and his series protagonist, Sheriff Quinn Colson is a complex, fully-realized character, a veteran of U.S. wars in the Mideast who has returned to Tibbehah County, Mississippi to fight corruption. In this new Colson mystery, Atkins tells us the story of the Pritchard brothers, a pair of no-good hellraisers whose pot-growing organization might just start to compete with the Dixie Mafia. Sheriff Colson winds up dealing with them, a crooked trucking company that smuggles everything (including humans), the local Madame, and the FBI.


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The Enchanted Life: Unlocking the Magic of the Everyday Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781487004071
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Published: Ambrosia - August 7th, 2018

From Kaley: This book came to me at just the right time in my life. Blackie explores the philosophical and psychological history of disenchantment, and how Western society came to be so thoroughly and determinedly disenchanted with the world. She offers up an alternative: enchantment, or falling in love with the world and all its complexities.


White Houses: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812985696
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - October 30th, 2018

From Mamie: I love everything Amy Bloom writes, and White Houses is no exception. This fictional account of the love affair between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok is fascinating. From Hickok's point of view we learn about her childhood, growing up in near poverty, to her rise as a journalist during the Roosevelt presidency. After FDR's death, the two women reunite, and Bloom illuminates their unique companionship. This is an intimate look at this controversial relationship between the two very different women and the period of history in which they experienced it. It is set in the past, but is very much a story for the present.


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A Lucky Man: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555978051
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 2018

From Tony: I read the stories in this collection when it was published and wasn't able to get them out of my mind. After rereading, I find this extraordinary collection defies easy description. The stories take me places I cannot go, places I would never have dreamt of going. And not just because I'm white, and grew up in the suburbs. Jamel Brinkley writes fearlessly and without sentiment about boys growing into men, about men looking at women, about women surviving and thriving. He writes about race and class and gender and sex, but also about dancing and laughter and tenderness and regret. I urge you to read these astonishing stories; they will transport you. (A Lucky Man was a finalist for the National Book Award.)


The Eye: An Insider's Memoir of Masterpieces, Money, and the Magnetism of Art Cover Image
By Philippe Costamagna, Frank Wynne (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781939931580
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Published: New Vessel Press - August 14th, 2018

From Kent: Author Philippe Costamagna is an "Eye", a person who has such experience with the works of a particular painter that he can instantly recognize a painting previously unattributed to the artist, and can spot a fake that has been attributed to the artist. His stories about other Eyes, and the intrigues of the art world make for highly absorbing reading!


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Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328802699
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - November 13th, 2018

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD—BIOGRAPHY

Elie Wiesel was a towering presence on the world stage—a Nobel laureate, activist, adviser to world leaders, and the author of more than forty books, including the Oprah’s Book Club selection Night. But when asked, Wiesel always said, “I am a teacher first.”

In fact, he taugh


The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735217713
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 6th, 2018

NAMED A TOP 10 BOOK OF 2018 BY NPR and THE WASHINGTON POST
WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE IN CURRENT INTEREST
FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE NONFICTION AWARD


The Cloister: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385541275
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Published: Nan A. Talese - March 6th, 2018

From Samantha: James Carroll transports us from the 12th century, to Nazi-occupied France, to 1950s New York. In breathtaking prose he recounts the forbidden love between the controversial philosopher-monk Peter Abelard and his devoted pupil, Heloise. We're then taken to occupied France where an esteemed Jewish scholar is denigrated for his efforts to revive Abelard's writings and, finally, to a young cleric in New York struggling with his place in the priesthood. We are in the circle of history; witnesses to the refusal of the human spirit, in the face of bigotry, to give up on the possibility of love, empathy and understanding. I hope that many people will read and share this wonderful book.


Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062699220
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Published: Harper Voyager - July 24th, 2018

Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Series!


Closer You Are: The Story of Robert Pollard and Guided By Voices Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780306825767
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Published: Da Capo Press - August 21st, 2018

The authorized biography of Robert Pollard, indie rock icon and founder of the music group Guided By Voices


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Vox Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780440000785
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Published: Berkley - August 21st, 2018

From Amber: Flash-fiction writer Christina Dalcher's debut novel is a stand-out in the recent wave of feminist dystopia literature. It takes place in a horrific near-future where women are restricted from speaking more than 100 words a day, with the added risk of being electrocuted or hauled away if there is no compliance. More terrifying than The Handmaid's Tale (though in the same league to be sure), because it feels so much closer, so much more imminent. I hope it energizes women the way Jean was energized, wishing she had voted, wishing she had marched, wishing she had fought harder for women everywhere.


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Virgil Wander Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802128782
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Published: Grove Press - October 2nd, 2018

From Sarah: Reading Leif Enger's Virgil Wander was pure pleasure for me. I loved his debut, Peace Like a River, and am happy to say that 17 years later he still has the same touch: humorous, yet also poignant and complex, with a memorable cast of characters in a richly detailed Minnesota setting. Virgil is a low-achiever who runs the local old-time movie house in a small declining city on the banks of Lake Superior. Rune Arledge, a kite-flying transplant from Norway, and Galen Pea, a 10-year-old obsessed with catching the 200-pound sturgeon he blames for his father's death, are two more resilient characters in a marvelous cast I quickly grew to love. Virgil Wander is one of those novels you are eager to return to, are loathe to finish, and keep thinking about long after the last page is turned.


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Passing for Human: A Graphic Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525508922
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Published: Random House - September 18th, 2018

A visually arresting graphic memoir about a young artist struggling against whats expected of her as a woman, and learning to accept her true self, from an acclaimed New Yorker cartoonist.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Guardian New York Refinery29 Kirkus Reviews


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A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250095473
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 16th, 2018

The riveting novel of iron-willed Alva Vanderbilt and her illustrious family as they rule Gilded-Age New York, written by Therese Anne Fowler, a New York Times bestselling author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald.


Varina: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062405982
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Published: Ecco - April 3rd, 2018

From Sarah: In the elegant and compelling prose that made Cold Mountain an award-winning bestseller, Charles Frazier's brings to life Varina Howell Davis, the wife of the president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis. The story is told in two voices: Varina's and Jimmie Limber's, the black boy she has raised as a son. When the Confederacy crumbles, Varina is forced to abandon Jimmie as she and the rest of her children flee Richmond. When Jimmie and Varina reunite years later and relive the cataclysmic events of the war, they examine the morality and consequences of Varina's--and a nation's--choices and actions. As great literature often does, this novel forced me to look at my own actions and attitudes with a more critical eye.


Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316226189
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 25th, 2018

Five women revolutionize the modern art world in postwar America in this "gratifying, generous, and lush" true story from a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist (Jennifer Szalai, New York Times).


Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062801975
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Published: Harper Design - November 6th, 2018

#1 New York Times Bestseller


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The Queens of Innis Lear Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765392466
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Published: Tor Books - March 27th, 2018

From Caroline: A twisting, dark interpretation of Shakespeare's King Lear, this novel centers around Lear's daughters and the wild, fantastic island where they live. A mad king, star propechies, war, and three daughters: a warrior, a scholar, and a priest fill the pages of this immersive novel. Steeped in magic, madness, greed, and love, this story gets into your bones. Perfect for dreary winter days, the prose will transport you.


Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393635751
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 8th, 2018

As an aging, tenacious Elizabeth I clung to power, a talented playwright probed the social causes, the psychological roots, and the twisted consequences of tyranny.


Vita & Virginia: The Lives and Love of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781911358381
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Published: National Trust - September 2018

Virginia Woolf is one of the world’s most famous writers, and a leading light of literary modernism and feminism. During the 1920s she had a passionate affair with a fellow author, Vita Sackville-West, and they remained friends until Virginia’s death in 1941.


The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row (Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 Selection) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250124715
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 27th, 2018

Winner of the 2019 Christopher Award


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Destroy All Monsters: The Last Rock Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374537661
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Published: FSG Originals - October 16th, 2018

From Jason: This is North Carolina author Jackson's debut with a major publisher (his previous novel Mira Corpora, a Los Angeles Times Book of the Year, was published by indie press Two Dollar Radio). This is a story about an epidemic of concert shootings, the death of rock and roll, small town living and growing up. For fans of: John Darnielle, David Lynch, Rachel Kushner.


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The Dream Daughter: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250087300
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 2nd, 2018

It's 1970. A pregnant Carly grieves for her husband, killed in Vietnam. Now she learns that her unborn daughter has a heart condition that will be fatal upon birth. If only it were a few decades later, fetal surgery might be a reality that could save her baby. Upon that premise, Diane Chamberlain will take you on the ride of your life! She weaves a complex, believable plot made spellbinding by her ability to create vivid characters and to communicate the depths of human emotion. I began reading Dream Daughter late one night. I finished it at 5 a.m. the next morning. I literally could not put it down.


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The Mars Room: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476756554
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Published: Scribner - May 2018

From Tony: Fiction, like life, can be messy. Sometimes the people we care about are not perfect, or even innocent of murder. In The Mars Room Rachel Kushner puts us inside the head of Romy Hall, who is in prison for killing a man who was stalking her. Kushner also puts us in the head of her victim. Kurt Kennedy is a real scumbag, but one whose needs and pain we feel. It's these tangential characters, like Kennedy, and their stories that made the book so devastating for me. I was fortunate enough to hear the author read from the book recently, and was reminded just how funny it is, even amidst the violence and the sorrow. Like life.


Severance: A Novel Cover Image
By Ling Ma
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ISBN: 9780374261597
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 14th, 2018

Winner of the NYPL Young Lions Prize, Winner of the Kirkus Prize, A PEN/Hemingway Finalist, A New York Times Notable Book of 2018, An Indie Next Selection


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The World of Lore: Dreadful Places Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524798024
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Published: Del Rey - October 9th, 2018

Captivating stories of the places where human evil has left a nefarious mark, featuring stories from the podcast Lore—now a streaming television series—including “Echoes,” “Withering Heights,” and “Behind Closed Doors” as well as rare material.
 


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The Great Believers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735223523
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Published: Viking - June 19th, 2018

From Mamie: I was a young adult in the early years of the AIDS epidemic. Friends and a family member died terrible, humiliating deaths. My gay friends, only tentatively "out" and navigating a still unwelcoming environment, watched their circle of friends ravaged by the illness. Makkai has captured the horror and fear of that time perfectly in this novel. Alternating between the ‘80s and the present, Makkai shows how AIDS altered the gay population in ways that reverberate even today. I saw my fear about visiting my sick friends—a fear borne of ignorance because there were so many untruths circulating at that time—reflected in some of the characters in the novel. Makkai’s book will stand with the great writing about the AIDS epidemic, including Abraham Verghese’s memoir, My Own Country, and And the Band Played On by Randy Schilts.


Notes from the Fog: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101947456
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Published: Knopf - August 21st, 2018

From Matt: My favorite book of this year so far. I've read critiques calling this book "fun". It's terrifying! Even the simplest stories here start from a place of fundamental altered reality, throwing me seriously off balance. I simply must praise to the highest "The Trees of Sawtooth Park", a psychopharmacological first-person nightmare; it's vivid and deeply upsetting. I bet the adventurous among you can handle it.


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I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer Cover Image
By Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn (Introduction by), Patton Oswalt (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9780062319784
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Published: Harper - February 27th, 2018

From Bud:

From the 70s on through the 80s, California found itself terrorized by a mysterious criminal who struck randomly but with grim precision. Decades passed with law enforcement unable to crack the case. Freelance writer and crime blogger McNamara developed a strong interest in the case, and she began to refer to the mystery criminal as “The Golden State Killer.” Her sudden death in 2016 temporarily halted work on this book. Fellow investigative journalist Billy Jensen stepped in to finalize the investigation and get this book published. Two months later, the investigation was suddenly re-opened when law enforcement officials announced that they had finally arrested and charged a suspect. Just how much influence did McNamara’s work have on reopening the case? Read this book and judge for yourself. One thing is certain: The case is no longer sitting on the shelf.


Anatomy of a Miracle: A Novel* Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553447583
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Published: Hogarth - March 13th, 2018

From Belinda: I consumed this tale of the impossible miracle that strikes Army veteran Cameron Harris on a hot August afternoon. The lurching steps that he takes set off ripples that wash over him, his family, his community, medical science, the church, Hollywood, and strangers who are drawn to the story of the seeming miracle. Or is it really a miracle? This is a superbly written novel of something that could not happen, but does anyway, and deftly compels contemplation of facts, faith and the inexplicable.


CIRCE Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316556347
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 10th, 2018

From Amber: In  her follow-up novel to The Song of Achilles, Miller proves that she hasn't lost her gift for lyrical prose and brilliant storytelling. Following the life of the goddess Circe, from childhood in her Titan father's palace to her island of banishment, Miller weaves a tapestry of a dozen different myths seamlessly. She gives Circe a voice and complexity like never before, making her a fully fleshed woman in her own right, not just relegated to a subplot in Homer's Odyssey.


How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals Cover Image
By Sy Montgomery, Rebecca Green (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780544938328
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 25th, 2018

A New York Times bestseller!

National Book Award finalist Sy Montgomery reflects on the personalities and quirks of 13 animals—her friends—who have profoundly affected her in this stunning, poetic, and life-affirming memoir featuring illustrations by Rebecca Green.


Understanding someone who belongs to another species can be tran


Noir: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062433978
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Published: William Morrow - April 17th, 2018

From Bill: It's 1947. Take a dash of Raymond Chandler, a soupcon of the X-Files, a black mamba, two "IRS" agents in black suits, an Air Force general who works in Roswell, New Mexico, an average-Joe bartender, and one smokin' hot dame. Throw them in a blender and mix on "chainsaw" and you'll get a taste of Moore's new novel.


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Killing Commendatore: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525520047
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Published: Knopf - October 9th, 2018

From Bud: Celebrated author Haruki Murakami returns with another novel exploring the mysteries of the human condition. The questions that he explores are difficult ones and the answers are potentially stranger and harder to embrace. A Japanese painter of minor works, recently separated, takes up residence in the home of a master artist, where the chance find of a hidden painting awakens him to a journey of discovery. Fans of Murakami’s earlier works will know that they are in for a treat with Killing Commendatore. New readers will celebrate the mysteries and delights that are his hallmarks.


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Spinning Silver: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399180989
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Published: Del Rey - July 10th, 2018

From Kaley: Loosely based on the tale of Rumpelstiltskin, Spinning Silver joins Miryem, the daughter of a Jewish moneylender, and her allies: Wanda, the poor eldest daughter of an abusive farmer, and Irina, the plain child of an ambitious duke. Mythical creatures of both fire and ice battle for supremacy, unconcerned with the suffering they inflict upon human society along the way. This story is so rich that it could easily have spanned a trilogy. It's amazing how, all in one novel, Novik can build a whole world, really build it convincingly, flesh out so many characters, and pack in so much story with no filler at all.


There There: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525520375
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Published: Knopf - June 5th, 2018

From Mamie: This is the debut novel by Tommy Orange, a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma who lives in Oakland, California. The story is told from the different points of view of fictional Oakland families and individuals, including those who tentatively or actively want to embrace their Native American heritage, and those who would deny it. Their seemingly disparate lives are wound tighter and tighter together by the upcoming Big Oakland Powwow celebration. Beautiful language, fascinating and complex characters, and a runaway-train plot kept me engrossed until the last page.


The Library Book Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476740188
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 16th, 2018

A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK

A WASHINGTON POST TOP 10 BOOK OF THE YEAR * A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER and NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2018

“A constant pleasure to read…Everybody who loves books should check out The Library Book.” —The Washington Post
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Where the Crawdads Sing Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735219090
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 14th, 2018

From Belinda: An achingly beautiful story, Where the Crawdads Sing tells how Kya Clark was abandoned by her family and shunned by townspeople yet manages to survive, and even thrive. Against all odds she finds beauty and comfort among the wildlife of the North Carolina coastal marshlands and, with help from the kind owner of a bait shop and the sporadic instruction of a boy from town, flourishes among the flora and fauna. She is content until the outside world crashes into her wildlife haven and she is arrested for murder. A beautiful story of an indomitable spirit, I was enchanted by Kya’s optimism and resilience to overcome the cruelties that life waged and to seek out and celebrate beauty in her harsh world.


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Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781640090613
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - June 19th, 2018

One of O: The Oprah Magazine's Top Books of Summer

"Old in Art School is a glorious achievement--bighearted and critical, insightful and entertaining. This book is a cup of courage for everyone who wants to change their lives." --Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage and Silver Sparrow


From Bill: I've always been a fan of Nathaniel Philbrick's style of history writing, and his choice of the stories he tells. I've read a lot about the American Revolution, and learned to respect George Washington's military prowess. But without a navy, even Washington would have eventually been defeated. This book tells how Washington coordinated with the French Navy to finally defeat the British and win our independence. From the land battles of Nathanael Greene and Lafayette to the Battle of the Chesapeake on water, Philbrick details the suspenseful final year of America's fiery birth.


The Common Good Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525520498
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Published: Knopf - February 20th, 2018

Robert B. Reich makes a powerful case for the expansion of America’s moral imagination. Rooting his argument in common sense and everyday reality, he demonstrates that a common good constitutes the very essence of any society or nation.


Sadness Is a White Bird: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501176265
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Published: Atria Books - February 13th, 2018

From Tony: When his family moves from America to Israel, Jonathan embarks on a passionate love affair with his new country. But in the year before he joins the Israeli army he meets Palestinian twins Nimreen and Laith, with whom he forms an intimate bond of love and friendship. The beautifully wrought story of Jonathan's conflicted beliefs and passions reminds us that the mentality of Us vs Them can only end badly for both. And that a love story isn't any good unless it breaks your heart.


The Order of Time Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735216105
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 8th, 2018

Carlo Rovelli writes the kind of books that make you realize Reality is Not What it Seems (the title of his previous book). Now in The Order of Time he asserts that time does not exist--that it does not 'flow', and that there's no such thing as the past or the future. Rovelli writes for the layperson, and the book contains only one, simple mathematical equation, which he uses in the first half of the book to deconstruct the notion of time. He's been described as a physicist-poet, and Order, as good literature does, takes us outside of ourselves. But in the second half of this brilliant book, Rovelli pulls us back into ourselves. He references literature, poetry, and science to elegantly explain why we feel innately that time does exist.


Calypso Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316392389
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 29th, 2018

From Mamie: Reading David Sedaris turns me into a twelve-year-old girl: laughing until I'm about to choke one minute, sobbing the next. All in the same paragraph! His new collection is one of his best. Sedaris and I share some things: a large family, a mother who died too soon, and a father who treats his son harshly; this made the essays even more poignant. Nothing is off-limits for him, but it all feels perfectly right coming through his comedic filters. Although seeing or hearing Sedaris read his works can't be beat, the words on these pages are powerful, and will move you to [fill in emotional response here].


Wade in the Water: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555978136
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 3rd, 2018

Shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize
Finalist for the Forward Prize for Best Collection

The extraordinary new poetry collection by Tracy K. Smith, the Poet Laureate of the United States

Even the men in black armor, the ones
Jangling handcuffs and keys, what else


Space Opera Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481497497
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - April 10th, 2018

From Amber: Space Opera is described as "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy meets Eurovision." What. A. Ride. How is it even possible for one human being to have so many ideas in their brain? This book will have you laughing, astounded, confused, and enjoying every single syllable. You'll want to share entire passages with everyone you know. If you read no other sci-fi this year, read this one!


No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780399563492
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Published: Viking - April 10th, 2018

“The most honest book about climate change yet.” —The Atlantic

The Infinite Jest of climate books.” —The Baffler

A timely, eye-opening book about climate change and energy generation that focuses on the consequences of nuclear power production, from award-winning author William T. Vollmann


No Good Alternative: Volume Two of Carbon Ideologies Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780525558491
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Published: Viking - June 5th, 2018

“The most honest book about climate change yet.” —The Atlantic

The Infinite Jest of climate books.” —The Baffler


The Death of Mrs. Westaway Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501156212
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - May 29th, 2018

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, and The Lying Game comes Ruth Ware’s fourth novel, “her best yet” (Library Journal, starred review).

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing


Tell the Machine Goodnight: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525533122
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 19th, 2018

FINALIST FOR 2018 KIRKUS PRIZE

NAMED ONE OF THE "BEST LITERARY FICTION OF 2018' BY KIRKUS REVIEWS

"Sci-fi in its most perfect expression…Reading it is like having a lucid dream of six years from next week, filled with people you don't know, but will." —NPR


The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062652553
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Published: Harper - May 8th, 2018

The revered New York Times bestselling author traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement—precision—in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future.


Before We Were Yours: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425284681
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 6th, 2017

THE BLOCKBUSTER HIT—Over two million copies sold! A New York TimesUSA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly Bestseller


Across the Great Lake Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780299320904
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Published: University of Wisconsin Press - September 18th, 2018

An 85-year-old woman recounts a childhood memory and reveals a secret from the trip she and her father took across Lake Michigan in the brutally cold winter of 1936. From Mamie: "This book is a bookseller's dream: one that will appeal to every person who asks for a recommendation. It is historical, and the main character will win your heart from the first page. Even the curmudgeonly characters have something to love about them. The book has one of the most beautiful endings I've ever read, heartbreaking, but perfect for this flawless novel."