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Recent Staff Picks

Our staff reads and recommends a diverse world of books. Here are some of our recent favorites.

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One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781501106293
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 11th, 2019

From New York Times bestselling author of The Wal-Mart Effect, Charles Fishman reveals the untold true story of the men and women charged with taking the United States to the Moon.

President John F. Kennedy astonished the world on May 25, 1961, when he announced to Congress that the United States would land a man on the Moon by 1970.


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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525562023
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Published: Penguin Press - June 4th, 2019

Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Oprah.com, Huffington Post, The A.V. Club, Nylon, The Week, The Rumpus, The Millions, The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, and more.


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Orange World and Other Stories Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780525656135
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Published: Knopf - May 14th, 2019

From the Pulitzer Finalist and universally beloved author of the New York Times best sellers Swamplandia! and Vampires in the Lemon Grove, a stunning new collection of short fiction that showcases Karen Russell’s extraordinary, irresistible gifts of language and imagination.
 


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Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781101947869
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Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019

The stunning story of an Alabama serial killer and the true-crime book that Harper Lee worked on obsessively in the years after To Kill a Mockingbird

"A triumph on every level . . . Casey Cep has excavated this mesmerizing story and tells it with grace and insight and a fierce fidelity to the truth." --David Grann, best-selling author of Killers of the Flower Moon


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The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062862822
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Published: Ecco - May 7th, 2019

For Stella Fortuna, death has always been a part of life. Stella’s childhood is full of strange, life-threatening incidents—moments where ordinary situations like cooking eggplant or feeding the pigs inexplicably take lethal turns. Even Stella’s own mother is convinced that her daughter is cursed or haunted.


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Normal People: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781984822178
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Hogarth - April 16th, 2019

From the celebrated author of Conversations with Friends comes “a stunning novel about the transformative power of relationships (People), hailed as “a masterpiece, pure and simple” (Minneapolis Star Tribune).
 


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All That You Leave Behind: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399179716
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 9th, 2019

“A documentary filmmaker and daughter of the late, great New York Times columnist David Carr celebrates and wrestles with her father’s legacy in a raw, redemptive memoir.”O: The Oprah Magazine (The Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out in 2019)


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Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781400069996
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Published: Random House - April 2nd, 2019

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Trailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl took the job (and the risk) of a lifetime when she entered the high-stakes world of magazine publishing. Now, for the first time, she chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor in chief of Gourmet.


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The Distance Home: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525508762
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 2nd, 2019

“[Paula] Saunders skillfully illuminates how time heals certain wounds while deepening others. . . . A mediation of the violence of American ambition.”—The New York Times Book Review

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY REAL SIMPLE


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See You in the Piazza: New Places to Discover in Italy Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780451497697
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Published: Crown - March 12th, 2019

Bestselling and beloved author Frances Mayes discovers the hidden pleasures of Italy in a sumptuous travel narrative that crisscrosses the country, with inventive new recipes celebrating Italian cuisine


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The Island of Sea Women: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501154850
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Published: Scribner - March 5th, 2019

A new novel from Lisa See, the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island.

Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends that come from very different backgrounds.


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Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781524798628
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 5th, 2019

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous breakup.


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A Woman Is No Man: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062699763
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Published: Harper - March 5th, 2019

A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice • A Washington Post 10 Books to Read in March • A Marie Claire Best Women’s Fiction of 2019 • A Washington Book Review Difficult-To-Put-Down Novel • A Refinery 29


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Little Faith Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062469717
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Published: Ecco - March 5th, 2019

In this moving new novel from celebrated author Nickolas Butler, a Wisconsin family grapples with the power and limitations of faith when one of their own falls under the influence of a radical church 

Lyle Hovde is at the onset of his golden years, living a mostly content life in rural Wisconsin with his wife, Peg, daughter, Shiloh, and six-year old grandson, Is


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The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781984802439
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Published: Berkley - February 19th, 2019

“If you enjoyed An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, read The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls...an absorbing commentary on love, family and forgiveness.”—The Washington Post 


The White Book Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780525573067
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Published: Hogarth - February 19th, 2019

Shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker International Prize

From Booker Prize-winner and literary phenomenon Han Kang, a lyrical and disquieting exploration of personal grief, written through the prism of the color white


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Lost Children Archive: A novel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780525520610
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Published: Knopf - February 12th, 2019

“The novel truly becomes novel again in Luiselli’s hands—electric, elastic, alluring, new.” --Parul Sehgal, The New York Times

"Impossibly smart, full of beauty, heart and insight . . . Everyone should read this book." --Tommy Orange


Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 


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Bowlaway: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062862853
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Published: Ecco - February 5th, 2019

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

A Recommended Book of 2019 from
Entertainment Weekly * O, The Oprah Magazine * Southern Living * BBC * Huffington Post * Lit Hub * Kirkus * Bustle * Publishers Weekly * BookRiot * Popsugar * Bookish * The Boston Globe * The Seattle Times * Vulture * Real Simple


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The Age of Light: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316524087
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - February 5th, 2019

"Rapturous and razor sharp all at once, The Age of Light fearlessly unzips anything we might know of Lee Miller as model and muse and recasts her as artist, free thinker and architect of a singular and unapologetic life.


The Girls at 17 Swann Street: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250202444
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 5th, 2019

*A BookMovement Group Read*
**A People Pick for Best New Books**

Yara Zgheib’s poetic and poignant debut novel is a haunting portrait of a young woman’s struggle with anorexia on an intimate journey to reclaim her life.


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Notes on a Nervous Planet Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143133421
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Published: Penguin Books - January 29th, 2019

A follow-up to Matt Haig's internationally bestselling memoir, Reasons to Stay Alive, a broader look at how modern life feeds our anxiety, and how to live a better life.


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You Know You Want This:
$24.99
ISBN: 9781982101633
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - January 15th, 2019

“What’s special about ‘Cat Person,’ and the rest of the stories in You Know You Want This, is the author’s expert control of language, character, story—her ability to write stories that feel told, and yet so unpretentious and accessible that we think they must be true.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Kristen Ro


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The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374113346
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 2nd, 2018

The first behind-the-scenes account of life with the legendary ravens at the world’s eeriest monument

The ravens at the Tower of London are of mighty importance: rumor has it that if a raven from the Tower should ever leave, the city will fall.


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The Man Who Made the Movies: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780061136061
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Published: Harper - November 28th, 2017

A riveting story of ambition, greed, and genius unfolding at the dawn of modern America. This landmark biography brings into focus a fascinating brilliant entrepreneur—like Steve Jobs or Walt Disney, a true American visionary—who risked everything to realize his bold dream of a Hollywood empire.