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How Much of These Hills Is Gold: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525537205
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 7th, 2020

One of Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2020!

Named one of the most anticipated books of 2020 by The Millions, The Week, Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, Electric Lit, Vogue.com, Medium, Paste Magazine, and more.
 


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The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780062889003
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 24th, 2020

From the New York Times bestselling authors of Welcome to Night Vale and It Devours! and the creators of the hit podcast, comes a new novel set in the world of Night Vale and beyond.


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Asperfell Cover Image
$18.50
ISBN: 9781949671063
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Published: Uproar Books - March 5th, 2020

"Wonderfully inventive... Sure to win over fantasy readers." - Publishers Weekly (starred review) Only the darkest and most dangerous of Mages are sentenced to pass through the gate to Asperfell. Not one has ever returned. Never did Briony dream she might set foot in the otherworldly prison of Asperfell. She was, after all, neither Mage nor criminal.


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The Smart Neanderthal: Cave Art, Bird Catching, and the Cognitive Revolution Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780198797524
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - May 1st, 2019

Since the late 1980s the dominant theory of human origins has been that a 'cognitive revolution' (C.50,000 years ago) led to the advent of our species, Homo sapiens. As a result of this revolution our species spread and eventually replaced all existing archaic Homo species, ultimately leading to the superiority of modern humans.

Or so we thought.


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The House in the Cerulean Sea Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250217288
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Published: Tor Books - March 17th, 2020

Lambda Literary Award-winning author TJ Klune’s breakout contemporary fantasy

An Indie Next Pick!
One of Publishers Weekly's "Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2020"
One of Book Riot’s “20 Must-Read Feel-Good Fantasies”


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This Is How You Lose the Time War Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781534430990
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - March 17th, 2020

“[An] exquisitely crafted tale...Part epistolary romance, part mind-blowing science fiction adventure, this dazzling story unfolds bit by bit, revealing layers of meaning as it plays with cause and effect, wildly imaginative technologies, and increasingly intricate wordplay...This short novel warrants multiple readings to fully unlock its complexities.” —Publishers Weekly <


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In Five Years: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982137441
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Published: Atria Books - March 10th, 2020

A New York Times bestseller
A Good Morning America, FabFitFun, and Marie Claire Book Club Pick

In Five Years is as clever as it is moving, the rare read-in-one-sitting novel you won’t forget.” —Chloe Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Immortalists

Perfect for fans o


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Deacon King Kong: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735216723
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 3rd, 2020

The New York Times bestseller

"Cracking...Terrific...Deeply felt, beautifully written, and profoundly humane." -The New York Times Book Review cover

"Hilarious...A rich and vivid multicultural history." -Time Magazine


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Writers & Lovers Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802148537
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Published: Grove Press - March 3rd, 2020

Following the breakout success of her critically acclaimed and award-winning novel Euphoria, Lily King returns with an unforgettable portrait of an artist as a young woman.


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Frida in America: The Creative Awakening of a Great Artist Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250113382
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 3rd, 2020

The riveting story of how three years spent in the United States transformed Frida Kahlo into the artist we know today

"[An] insightful debut....Featuring meticulous research and elegant turns of phrase, Stahr’s engrossing account provides scholarly though accessible analysis for both feminists and art lovers." —Publisher's Weekly


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You Are Not Alone: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250202031
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 3rd, 2020

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!


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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780385348713
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Published: Crown - February 25th, 2020

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake delivers a fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz


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The Adventurer's Son: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062876607
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Published: William Morrow - February 18th, 2020

NATIONAL BESTSELLER 

“A brave and marvelous book. A page-turner that will rip your heart out.” —Jon Krakauer


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The Seep Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781641290869
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Published: Soho Press - January 21st, 2020

 “A unique alien invasion story that focuses on the human and the myriad ways we see and don’t see our own world. Mesmerizing.” 
—Jeff VanderMeer

A blend of searing social commentary and speculative fiction, Chana Porter’s fresh, pointed debut explores a strange new world in the wake of a benign alien invasion.

 


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Wildland: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781643852928
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Published: Crooked Lane Books - February 11th, 2020

For fans of Jodi Picoult and Anita Shreve comes an exhilarating debut novel of one woman's courage in the face of catastrophe.

She'll do anything to save them.
But what will she do to save herself?


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Tyll: A Novel Cover Image
By Daniel Kehlmann, Ross Benjamin (Translated by)
$26.95
ISBN: 9781524747466
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Published: Pantheon - February 11th, 2020

From the internationally best-selling author of You Should Have Left, Measuring the World, and F, a transfixing retelling of the German myth of Tyll Ulenspiegel: a story about the devastation of war and a beguiling artist’s decision never to die
 


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Show Them a Good Time Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781635574296
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 28th, 2020

"Show Them a Good Time is a master class in the short story-bold, irreverent and agonizingly funny." Sally Rooney, Author of Normal People and Conversations with Friends

Named A Most Anticipated Novel of 2020 by


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

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER 

From the beloved author of the nationwide best seller Dept. of Speculationone of the New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the Yeara “darkly funny and urgent” (NPR) tour de force about a family, and a nation, in crisis


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Three Californias: The Wild Shore, The Gold Coast, and Pacific Edge Cover Image
By Kim Stanley Robinson, Francis Spufford (Introduction by)
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250307569
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Published: Tor Books - February 4th, 2020

FROM THE INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF RED MARS AND NEW YORK 2140


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

A New York Times Bestseller  •  A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!


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Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780802128386
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - January 7th, 2020

From Pulitzer Prize-winner David Zucchino comes a searing account of the Wilmington riot and coup of 1898, an extraordinary event unknown to most Americans


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Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781419739538
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Published: Abrams Press - October 15th, 2019

A globe-spanning history of sewing, embroidery, and the people who have used a needle and thread to make their voices heard 

In 1970s Argentina, mothers marched in headscarves embroidered with the names of their “disappeared” children.


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These Marvelous Beasts: The Complete Frost & Filigree Series Cover Image
$34.99
ISBN: 9781645540243
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Published: Falstaff Books, LLC - January 30th, 2020

After centuries of adventures, arguments, and unrequited love, Nerissa Waldemar, a lamia, finds herself retiring to Tarrytown, New York with the very object of her affection, the deadly and beautiful sylph, Vivienne du Lac. She's hoping for some time alone to share her dark hearts' innermost thoughts; but of course, even lamia's plans often fall astray.


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The Snow Child: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316175661
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Published: Back Bay Books - November 6th, 2012

In this magical debut, a couple's lives are changed forever by the arrival of a little girl, wild and secretive, on their snowy doorstep.


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Follow Me to Ground: A Novel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781982133634
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Published: Scribner - January 21st, 2020

Palm Beach Post, BuzzFeed, and LitHub’s Most Anticipated of 2020

A haunted, surreal debut novel about an otherworldly young woman, her father, and her lover that culminates in a shocking moment of betrayal—one that upends our understanding of power, predation, and agency.


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Picnic in Provence: A Memoir with Recipes Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316246170
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 7th, 2016

The bestselling author of Lunch in Paris takes us on another delicious journey, this time to the heart of Provence.


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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781492671527
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 7th, 2019

The New York Times and USA Today bestseller


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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

#1 New York Times Bestseller
OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK

Extraordinary.”
Stephen King


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Naked Came the Florida Man: A Novel (Serge Storms #23) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062796004
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Published: William Morrow - January 7th, 2020

"Can it still be hurricane season? Must be, because here come Serge A. Storms and his perpetually stoned bro, Coleman, in Tim Dorsey’s gonzo crime caper.” –New York Times Book Review


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Dig Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101994917
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 26th, 2019

Winner of the Michael L. Printz Medal


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The Clergyman's Wife: A Pride & Prejudice Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062942913
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - December 3rd, 2019

For everyone who loved Pride and Prejudice—and legions of historical fiction lovers—an inspired debut novel set in Austen’s world.


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A Wild and Precious Life: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250195135
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 8th, 2019

A lively, intimate memoir from a marriage equality icon of the gay rights movement, describing gay life in the 1950s and 60s New York City and her longtime activism.

"Brash, funny and brave." —NPR

“A captivating and inspiring story of a queer woman who believed in her right to take up space and be seen.”—BuzzFeed


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Big Lies in a Small Town: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250087331
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 14th, 2020

From New York Times bestselling author Diane Chamberlain comes a novel of chilling intrigue, a decades-old disappearance, and one woman’s quest to find the truth…

“A novel about arts and secrets...grippingly told...pulls readers toward a shocking conclusion.”—People magazine, Best New Books


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Dear Edward: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984854780
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Published: The Dial Press - January 6th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • #ReadWithJenna Book Club Pick as Featured on Today • A “dazzling” novel that “will break your heart and put it back together again” (J. Courtney Sullivan, bestselling author of Saints for All Occasions) about a young boy who must learn to go on after surviving tragedy
 


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Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735224582
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Published: Penguin Books - June 25th, 2019

“A palaeontological howdunnit…[Spying on Whales] captures the excitement of…seeking answers to deep questions in cetacean science.” —Nature
 


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Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735211285
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 6th, 2018

"A book full of wonders" —Helen Macdonald, author of H Is for Hawk

"Witty, insightful. . . .The story of jellyfish. . . is a significant part of the environmental story. Berwald's engaging account of these delicate, often ignored creatures shows how much they matter to our oceans' future." —New York Times Book Review 


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Wayfinding Bible-NLT Cover Image
By Tyndale (Created by), Doris Rikkers (Notes by), Jeannette Taylor (Concept by)
$34.99
ISBN: 9781414361925
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Published: Tyndale House Publishers - October 1st, 2013

ECPA 2014 Christian Book Award Finalist
What if you had a trusted friend to guide you through God's Word every day? Whether you want a fast overview of the grand story of the Bible or a deeper exploration of the riches of Scripture, The Wayfinding Bible is that guide.