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The Lake (Paperback)

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9781612190891
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Published: Melville House, 3/2012
There may be a cabin on a mysterious lake that is the home of telepathic siblings with ominous warnings, but this novel’s flirtations with the supernatural seem small next to the power and emotion the author gets out of her characters. This book is something else—damaged love and its strange discoveries. - Kenny!

$11.95
ISBN-13: 9781608463862
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Published: Haymarket Books, 5/2014
This book makes me laugh aloud even as it makes me terribly sad. Solnit tackles what so often goes awry in conversations between women and men and expands to explore the greater problem of silencing women. This book should be read by everyone. I cannot recommend this book enough! - Justus

Red or Dead (Hardcover)

$30.00
ISBN-13: 9781612193687
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Published: Melville House, 5/2014
The most incredible novel I’ve read in years isn’t just about soccer, though it is a portrayal of legendary Liverpool Football Club manager Bill Shankly. It’s more a portrait of an obsessive personality, a man so dedicated to his work that it consumed his attention. It is a patient novel, thick with repetition, and written with a rhythm like an incantation. The prose style matches perfectly the character it is fitted to, and it is the character of Bill Shankly that I love most of all. Red or Dead is an elegy for a man whose greatest concern was “to make the people happy.” I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I finished it. I doubt we’ll see another character, or another novel, quite like this one again. - Jacob

The Other (Paperback)

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781590175835
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Published: NYRB Classics, 10/2012
When I was a young adult, there was no such thing as “Young Adult,” so we had to nick what we could from the grownups. The Other, by Thomas Tryon, swept like a flu virus among my peers when it was new. I was 12, and the book has haunted me since. Rereading it as an adult, I was struck anew by the author’s skillful style and the book’s eerie sense of foreboding. I can still see my best friend’s face as she read the final pages and the shaking plot twist revealed itself. Nearly forty years later it is still a masterful tale of family secrets. - Holly

1Q84 (Paperback)

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9780307476463
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Published: Vintage, 1/2013
"Everybody needs some kind of fantasy to go on living, don’t you think?" Murakami’s most thrilling work to date is a world of two moons, assassins, little creatures, and all the weird and the surreal we’ve come to expect in one of his novels, but 1Q84 is even more—a stunningly accurate mirror of our world. Endlessly fascinating. - Kenny!

Ancillary Justice (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780316246620
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Published: Orbit, 10/2013
You know the old story: the musically inclined artificial intelligence of a great space war ship that conquers planets by controlling thousands of dead humans called ancillaries gets separated from her ship and her soldiers and now inhabits one human body and tries to track down the person responsible in order to take revenge. Yes, it’s a tale as old as time and it’s also one of the best science fiction novels that I’ve read in a long time. Leckie’s debut is smart, engaging, and it delves into topics (class warfare, colonialism, gender) of great importance with intelligence and creativity. I can’t wait for the sequel. - Casey

$19.95
ISBN-13: 9781612193090
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Published: Melville House, 11/2013
An utterly fascinating and idiosyncratic look at the “horizontal” life. There is more to it than sleeping and the beast with two backs. Some of my best work is done lying down, among which is reading! - Greg

The Lifeboat (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780316185912
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Published: Reagan Arthur / Back Bay Books, 1/2013
The Titanic tragedy continues to fascinate us, and this novel, set in 1914, imagines a similar fate for a young, recently-wed woman. She has survived the unimaginable: weeks in a lifeboat on the Atlantic Ocean, but now faces a different captivity — she is on trial for murder. Grace's complex character, the sensibilities of the early 20th century, the intellectual and psychological choices she's faced with, make for a riveting story of endurance, power, and free will. (Good book club title.) —Erica

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780143124870
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Published: Penguin Books, 12/2013
This one reminded me of Murakami, but a little less surreal, and with a little more depth. This story offers a lot: contemporary Japan through a thoughtful teenager’s eyes, her story of rising above bullying at school and depressed parents. There are many grounding forces here, including a 104-year-old grandmother who’s a buddhist nun. - Jake

$12.95
ISBN-13: 9781894037624
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Published: Arbeiter Ring, 8/2012
I keep this book in my bag in case of emergencies. In case I need to remember who I am, or who you are, of what the world is like in a blend of poetry and prose. —Justus

Wizzywig (Hardcover)

$19.95
ISBN-13: 9781603090971
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Published: Top Shelf Productions, 7/2012
Meet computer prodigy Kevin Phencile, AKA Boing-Thump, villified and notorious tech-hacker. To some, a threat to national security; to others, a people’s champ. Follow this anti-hero’s rise-and-fall as he tries to dodge and outsmart his government as the world’s smartest computer hacker. - Keith

$39.95
ISBN-13: 9781609803766
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Published: Seven Stories Press, 5/2012
An amazing confluence of classic and contemporary! Canonical stories retold and rendered by an unbelievable collection of graphic artists. Whether you are a literature aficionado interested in different perspectives on stories you already know, someone looking for a quick and exhilarating survey of some of the most referenced works in world literature, or an art lover merely enjoying the wonderful diversity of illustrative style, you will he delighted by this combination of classic works with innovative visual storytelling. (Check out Volumes 2 and 3 as well.) —Jamil

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9781451641981
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Published: Scribner Book Company, 6/2014
Let’s be a little fearless and talk about death. Katy Butler’s heart-wrenching personal story of her own parents’ declining health and inevitable deaths is an unenviable lesson to us all. When do we say enough is enough to Western medicine? How can we have a reasonable conversation not only about health care and the quality of life, but the quality of death? This is a very important book—let’s talk about it. - Holly

$27.99
ISBN-13: 9780062267405
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Published: Ecco Press, 5/2014
You don’t have to be a life-long Robbins fan to appreciate this fantastic book. Fans will get a deeper appreciation of Robbins and newbies will learn what life looks like through Tom Robbins’ eyes. Hilarious, thoughtful, and full of surprises. - Alicia

Strange Flesh (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781451627589
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 2/2013
A deliciously depraved literary homage to de Sade masquerading in a decidedly 21st Century skin. A suspenseful journey that snakes from the rarefied air of corporate boardrooms through the worlds of cyberspace and into a dildo-packed warehouse in Jersey, with a titillating sojourn into the possible not-so-distant future of human sexual behavior. It also provides a somewhat troubling look at what a mass airing of dirty cyber-laundry might look like. A tantalizing adventure that will tease your brain and then work its way down! —Jamil

$30.00
ISBN-13: 9780918786500
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Published: Lost Roads Publishers, 6/2000
"All of this is magic against death / all of this ends with to be continued," - Frank Stanford. At once an epic poem narrated by a preternaturally streetwise twelve-year-old boy who hops a Freedom bus en route to a civil rights rally in the rural south, while at the same time a surreal incantatory feast of lyric bravado. It reads, as critic Benjamin Kunkel said, as if "Huckleberry Finn had been written by Andre Breton." —John

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781877741098
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Published: Joshua Odell Editions, 8/1993
“Write. Don’t think. Relax.” In these four words Bradbury taught me more about writing than I had ever known previously: write fast, bring all the hate and love you got, and let your subconscious dictate style. In this compilation of essays on creativity, Bradbury Tells us tales of his experience as a writer, imparting gems of knowledge on how to enjoy this craft, R.I.P. - Keith

Life After Life (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780316176491
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Published: Back Bay Books, 9/2013
Ursula Todd is unlike any other character you’ve ever encountered in fiction. For one thing, she dies. Numerous times. Seen through the eyes of the brilliant Kate Atkinson, Ursula’s lives (and deaths) are fodder for some rich pondering on a host of topics: the tenuous thread that connects us to life, the fact that a single moment in time can alter the path of one’s life forever, the possibility of reincarnation. But beyond that, this is a superbly written book, with sentences that shine, and a story that enchants. - Laurie

Little Bird (Hardcover)

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781592701186
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books, 4/2012
This book is for every reader who find magic in the quiet moments of life. Illustrated with understated elegance, Little Bird explores the beauty present in everyday events and leaves you filled with a sense of wonder. —Justus

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780316256247
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Published: Little, Brown and Company, 6/2014
Martins champions the small farmer, advocates for Slow food and yes, for eating meat. He is a strong realistic voice for the humane treatment of domesticated animals.This book is so much more than a book about eating well. - Greg

Under the Poppy (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781618730275
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Published: Small Beer Press, 10/2012
A brilliantly sinister Victorian narrative that wraps elements of Wuthering Heights and HBO's Deadwood within its cloaks. The gaslight brothel known as Under the Poppy is a place where boots caked with blood and mud clop across the floors causing creaks and groans only slightly less plentiful than those emanating from the beds behind its closed doors. This is an exquisitely crafted tale of love, war, sex, and puppets. —Jamil

The Orchardist (Hardcover)

$26.99
ISBN-13: 9780062188502
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Published: Harper, 8/2012
It's the turn of the twentieth century in Central Washington. William Talmadge, the lone survivor of a homestead family is selling his fruit at market when two young girls, barefoot, dirty, and visibly pregnant steal his apples, later appearing at the periphery of his orchard. Talmadge's self-imposed solitude is forever altered as he opens his heart to these two frightened runaways. This is a gorgeous debut novel written in crystalline prose by an author whose insights into the haunting legacy of loss and the quiet beauty in redemption took my breath away. — Laurie

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9780393343403
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 9/2012
My pick for book of the year. Reads like the best detective, espionage, adventure fiction. The intriguing tale of the pursuit and discovery of the manuscript that helped spark the Renaissance. And then Lucretius' poem!—who was he?—how could anyone possibly be so brilliantly prescient? Miracles are around! —Peter

$6.99
ISBN-13: 9780399159015
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Published: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, 4/2012
This is what you need to read after Bossypants. This book is hysterically funny. It will make you laugh—the deep, hard kind of laugh where you think you might be choking or that you've ruptured your spleen. Quality sh*t. —Holly

$29.95
ISBN-13: 9780938077268
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Published: Parallax Press, 5/1991
This is a biography of the Buddha written by Thich Nhat Hanh. It’s a thoughtful and beautiful read told partly through the eyes of Svasti, the Buffalo Boy, and partly through the eyes of the Buddha. Written simply, this book will resonate with the childlike. Oh, and it’s also full of many beautiful drawings. - Jake

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780060885618
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Published: Ecco, 11/2012
Spec Lynn and his squadmates stumble into a firefight, and by dumb luck, fame. A great read and a ruthlessly sardonic (and hilarious) skeewering of the pretense and bullshit that typifies so much of American public life. Also a perceptive reflection on our collective priorities, the Walk will have you wondering how and why ... to paraphrase David Byrne, "well, how did we get here!?!" —Jesse

$17.95
ISBN-13: 9781876963460
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Published: Ipicturebooks, 6/2011
Gully Foyle is the lone survivor of the merchant spaceship Nomad. Left to die by a passing ship, Gully vows to live and hunt down those responsible for ignoring his distress call. Driven by his intense rage, Gully survives amid countless obstacles, reinventing himself (in a knowing nod to Dumas’ wronged Count) as a wealthy gadabout and always hellbent on his all-consuming revenge. Telepathy, teleportation, class warfare, revenge, and elaborate face tattoos all figure prominently and really what more could you want from one of the most influential and outstanding works of science fiction ever? - Casey

Perlmann's Silence (Hardcover)

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780802119575
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Published: Grove Press, 1/2012
From the author of the wonderful Night Train to Lisbon—a funny, sad, infuriating exploration of language, reality, mid-life angst and the ego wars of academic life. —Peter

Metal Cats (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781576876770
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Published: powerHouse Books, 2/2014
Everybody loves cats. Even the thrasher dude who works at the pizza joint. This is a great collection of portraits. Purr. Thrash! - Alicia

State of Wonder (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780062049810
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Published: Harper Perennial, 5/2012
Dr. Marina Singh is a researcher for a Minnesota-based pharmaceutical company. She is sent deep into the Amazon jungle to check on the work of secretive head scientist Annick Swenson after a beloved work colleague is reported dead. Traveling by river to the village of the Lakashi Tribe where Dr. Swenson is purportedly developing a new drug, Marina is thrown headlong into a world where nothing is as it seems and her deepest fears are laid bare. Fans of Patchett, and readers discovering her for the first time are in for a treat. This is a lush and spellbinding tale that will grip you from the get-go. —Laurie

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9781439190609
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Published: Scribner, 9/2013
Susanna Sonnenberg’s medication on the cycles of female friendship made me think about my own relationships. Which ones deepen (or fade or blow up) and why? A candid, eloquent, funny, and moving book about our extended “families”: those acquired not by blood but by choice. - Karen

Never Let Me Go (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781400078776
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Published: Vintage, 3/2006
This haunting and elegiac novel begins in a British boarding school for kids who don’t know why they’re special. Its mysteries unravel slowly but masterfully. You may notice the story’s horrors before the characters do. This is my favorite novel of all time, and I loved it just as much on my fifth reading. - Kenny!

Beautiful Ruins (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780061928178
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Published: Harper Perennial, 4/2013
The story begins in 1962 in a small seaside village south of Cinque Terre where a young Italian innkeeper, Pasquale, provides a room for a mysterious young starlet, Dee Moray, taken ill during the filming of the epic Burton / Taylor film, Cleopatra. Spanning fifty years, and rich with a quirky cast of characters, Walter’s novel is a wonderfully compelling romp. One of my favorite reads of 2012. Highly recommended! - Laurie

$5.99
ISBN-13: 9780143123255
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Published: Penguin Books, 8/2012
An absolutely wonderful memoir recounting her early 20s as a midwife in post-war London. Jenny lived in a convent with several other young nurses practicing midwifery with the nuns in the east end. A great companion to the PBS series. - Tracy

$35.00
ISBN-13: 9781607744726
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Published: Ten Speed Press, 5/2013
River Cottage is of course known for meat dishes and I was surprised to find that they also have a deep love for vegetable dishes. It’s time to experiment with flavors as all of these good things come into season and this is the perfect guide. - Karen

The Art of Fielding (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780316126670
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Published: Back Bay Books, 5/2012
This novel was so hard to put down that when I misplaced it I promptly went out and bought another copy. Henry Skrimshander has a 2 ½ year errorless streak going as the shortstop for a small liberal arts college on Lake Michigan. On the day he's about to tie the record he guns to first base and overthrows into the dugout—drilling his teammate between the eyes—sending him straight to the hospital. Henry finds himself losing a battle with self-doubt as his fielding skills grind to halt. Unhesitatingly, I would put this novel on the same level as David James Duncan's The Brothers K, but I have to warn you it's got a different flavor: mix Melvillian lore, the art of war, and a bright, young writer with ruthless perception—and you've got this badass college baseball novel. - Jake

Kafka on the Shore (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781400079278
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Published: Vintage, 1/2006
This is the kind of fiction I love -- brave, strange, and fantastical, with subtle emotion. The alternating storylines are filled with weird and wonder, dovetailing into each other by the end, masterfully. This is my favorite work by one of my all-time favorite authors. (Also: talking cats & Colonel Sanders’s ghost.) - Kenny!

Ready Player One (Paperback)

$14.00
ISBN-13: 9780307887443
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Published: Broadway Books, 4/2012
With Ready Player One, Cline has created the virtual reality world that we've always been promised. He has also given us a brilliantly plotted love letter to the Eighties, a stirring look at what our media-obsessed, economically depressed society could become, and an engaging edge-of-your-seat adventure novel. I wanted to read it all the way through in one sitting, but work got in the way. This is The Geek Novel for the 21st Century, and, thankfully, I can read it again without inserting another quarter. —Casey S.

To Be or Not To Be (Paperback)

$28.95
ISBN-13: 9780982853740
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Published: Breadpig, 7/2013
Remember choose-your-own-adventure books? Well, Ryan North, creator of Dinosaur Comics, has come up with one about Hamlet, and it is AMAZING and HILARIOUS and features art from, like, every internet comics artist, ever. It’s just the best and you should have one. - Hilary

$17.00
ISBN-13: 9780812979688
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 1/2014
The title says it all. Not only rockstars but we all thrive off of chaos, and Taleb tells us how in his no-holds-barred style. Don’t miss this brave, uplifting book! - Jake

$28.00
ISBN-13: 9781400069804
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Published: Random House, 3/2013
The perfect companion to Michael Pollen’s Cooked, Michael Moss’s Salt Sugar Fat discloses the perils of processed food. It is truly obscene how the “food industry” has manipulated both consumers and their products. Anyone who hopes to change how food is bought and sold needs to read this. - Holly

$13.99
ISBN-13: 9780060587192
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Published: HarperOne, 5/2004
Don’t let the possible implications of the subtitle put you off -- this gem may be the finest modern introduction to the Buddha dharma, and the art of living a thoughtful, considerate, deliberate, contemplative and contented life in a crowded world full of yearning and suffering beings. Long on compassion and insight, light on the mumbo-jumbo … just right for the contemporary seeker. - Jesse

$19.95
ISBN-13: 9781616200466
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 3/2013
This book takes a rather “spirited” look at the plants behind some of the best known alcohols. Starting with the idea that liquor stores are “the world’s most exotic botanical garden[s],” Stewart systematically discusses the botany of select plants and details the drink-related history. With recipes scattered throughout and gardening advice towards the end, this book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in alcohol, botany, gardening, or a great read. - Justus

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781934389690
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Published: For Beginners, 6/2013
A documentary resource guide meets comic book in this fantastic, engaging primer on gender and sexuality. Whether you are new to the topics or already well-versed, you’ll find yourself engrossed in this book as it takes you through history, current culture, theory, biology, neuroscience, and other elements of the sex-gender system. Challenging and thought-provoking, this is a book we’ve needed for a while! - Justus

The Flamethrowers (Paperback)

$17.00
ISBN-13: 9781439142011
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Published: Scribner Book Company, 1/2014
Motorcycles, Marxism, and art--this book contains so many of my favorite things, and yet it exceeded even my very high expectations. Kushner writes beautifully and convincingly on the thrill of riding motorcycles, the ins and outs of the New York City art scene in the 70s, the tension of political resistance and violence, and romantic betrayal. From the salt flats of Utah to the streets of Italy, The Flamethrowers is full of subversion and risk, and like all good things, I couldn't get enough of it. - Jacob

$12.95
ISBN-13: 9781590170571
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Published: NYRB Classics, 9/2003
It is impossible to describe or explain any part of this seminal work without ultimately revealing it. Even the book jacket has already given away too much… Instead, I will say that both Borges and Paz have called this the “perfect novel.” And that Casares manages to transcend all the literary genres he utilizes (the adventure story, metaphysics, science fiction…), in return creating one of the most influential, unclassifiable, and unforgettable stories of all time. - Davor

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780374280406
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 6/2013
I struggle to explain why I can’t put this book down. I read it three times the first time I picked it up. It seems a book of frustration, passion, balance -- how do women reconcile desire (hunger) with the need to be good, to be what women are told to be: passive, pleasing? Complicated, intense, playful, and erotic, this book is both personal exploration and social commentary. It leaves your mind (and body) toying with the ideas and words expressed, leaves you questioning your own desires and constraints. It leaves you hungry... - Justus

Deadman's Road (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781616961046
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Published: Tachyon Publications, 8/2013
Nobody combines cowboys and terror like Joe R Lansdale. Meet Jebidiah Mercer, the most badass, gun-totin’ preacher to stalk the shadowy back-roads and byways of the haunted American West. Awesome. - Rich

Mr. Fox (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781594486180
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Published: Riverhead Trade, 11/2012
Have you ever wanted to step inside your favorite book? What if you did, and things started to go wrong? Oyeyemi crafts a beautiful, whimsical story about an author who steps into his own books to see how his characters feel. - Hilary

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781781683279
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Published: Verso, 3/2014
I have been hoping for a book like this for a long time, and at last, here it is: an accessible, exciting overview of some of contemporary Marxism's major thinkers and theories, written in intelligent, engaging prose. A slim, inviting volume (part of a new series by Verso Books with Jacobin magazine), it's not exhaustive (or jargon filled), but approachable and invigorating. Here is the book I think we need. - Jacob

The Last Policeman (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781594746741
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Published: Quirk Books, 5/2013
Why solve a murder when everyone is going to be dead in a few months? For Det. Hank Palace, the answer is simple: it’s his job. This is a fantastic, tense mystery set in a world that’s been given a death sentence and featuring the one person who still hasn’t given up. - Rich

Alias Grace (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780385490443
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Published: Anchor, 10/1997
This is a story of intrigue and suspense, based on a notorious and true 19th-century murder case. A love quadrangle goes horribly wrong and sixteen-year-old Grace Marks is to blame. The writing is rich with metaphor, and Atwood keeps you guessing ‘til the end. - Alicia

The Secret History (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780449911518
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Published: Ballantine Books, 9/1996
Trading deadend CA for VT’s elite and snowy Hampden College, Richard Papen is absorbed into a tight-knit group of Classics students whose midnight baccanalias spiral into murder, betrayal, and the truth of themselves. Characters so strange and detailed you’ll feel with them walking brick lyceums, drinking liquor from teacups at the country house, disposing bloody sheets. Mysterious, eloquent and suspenseful -- paced like a thriller but with the intelligent, lyrical writing that’s made Donna Tartt (from the same writing group as Bret Easton Ellis and Jonathan Lethem) a lit cult figure since the early ‘90s. A perfect read, just in time for her much anticipated The Goldfinch in October! - Amanda

Bad Unicorn (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781442450127
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Published: Aladdin, 4/2013
If the phrase “carnivorous unicorn” doesn’t convince you to read this brilliant, funny, and irreverent debut novel by Platte Clark, then I don’t think we can be friends. Seriously. Read this! - Brandi

The Returned (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780778315339
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Published: Harlequin MIRA, 8/2013
Fifty years later their son returns… Harold and Lucille have missed their son who died tragically when he was eight. Now he stands before them -- still eight -- and healthy. Who is this young boy before them? More are returning to town -- who are they? How will the townsfolk react? Very good!! - Seth

Maleficium (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780889226807
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Published: Talonbooks, 4/2012
Warning: Vicar Jerome Savoie has violated the sanctity of the confessional by sharing these private stories of exotic maladies, secret vices, and the woman with the scarred lips. These stories shine a light on the consequences of human greed and reveal the monsters we create. All readers of these stolen confessions make themselves complicit in the sin of this heretic priest. - Kenny!

$18.00
ISBN-13: 9780374515362
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1/1971
These masterful stories by one of the most important writers of all time are shocking, violent, grace-filled, and human -- every word rich with meaning and completely necessary. O’Connor’s work has shaped my worldview, understanding of humanity, and spirituality. Added bonus: a great sense of humor. - Kenny!

Hawthorn & Child (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780811221665
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation, 9/2013
Part gritty crime noir and part an exploration of our human need for answers, Hawthorn & Child will leave you deeply frustrated and oddly fulfilled. If you’ve ever wondered “why do we need an ending, why can’t we just enjoy the story?” this is the book for you. - Brandi

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9781451665444
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 5/2013
Great insight into the generation hovering around thirty. I would call this a must-read, as it brings great understanding to why we are feeling the need to buck corporate America and return to our “roots.” - Brandi

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781611457407
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Published: Arcade Publishing, 2/2013
“It’s not worth the bother of killing yourself, since you always kill yourself too late.” Where does my greatest freedom lie? In life? Death? Neither, says the controversial Romanian philosopher. In fact, the greatest freedom of man exists in the space and time before his birth. Written in a series of aphorisms with sheer lyricism and humor, Cioran’s bitter condemnation of existence blurs any real categorization. Instead, he offers a philosophy most important of all: the one of enduring one’s self. - Davor

The Bear's Song (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781452114248
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Published: Chronicle Books, 12/2013
The illustrations were enough to steal my breath…then the story stole my heart. A tale that lets you rediscover the meaning of sweet. - Justus

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9781933254975
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Published: Ugly Duckling Presse, 12/2012
**Winner of The Stranger’s 2013 Genius Award for literature!** … and it’s not hard to see why. By turns witty and devastating in his critiques of politics and finance, Zaher’s writing is playful, but sharp -- a dangerous object I can’t resist running with. - Jacob

$14.36
ISBN-13: 9781553655558
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Published: Greystone Books, 7/2010
Rapacious parasitic vandals accurately describes our relationship to oil. To satisfy our addiction we are ravaging the boreal forests of Northern Alberta to line the pockets of a few plutocratic bastards. Bitumen is the dirtiest and most costly hydrocarbon to produce and that doesn’t take into account the environmental and human costs, which cannot be measured in dollars. Nikiforuk has written a powerful indictment of the Tar Sands oil industry and by extension our addiction to oil. - Greg

Perfect Ruin (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781442480612
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 10/2013
The first humans were so flawed the god of the earth sentenced them to death and planned to start over. At the last minute the sky god took pity on them and secured them in the sky. All Morgan has known her whole life is Internment, but that’s all about to change forever… - Brandi

Wave (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780345804310
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Published: Vintage, 12/2013
How do you survive the unthinkable, worst, most tragic loss? I’m still not sure, but Sonali Deraniyagala’s beautiful book made me think it was possible. (Not by trying to be brave or looking for the hidden lesson, either.) A courageous, beautiful, angry book. - Karen

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781847088338
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Published: Granta Books, 12/2013
The “mother country’s” reach (through colonization and its literature) continues but now its former subjects reach around and back. A startling little gem of a collection, many of these authors have read here (or will soon!). - Karen

$18.00
ISBN-13: 9780143117841
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Published: Penguin Books, 9/2010
Forget Disney, fairy tales used to be straight up NUTS. And creepy. And awesome. This collection of old fairy tales made new is all of those things and more. - Hilary

Bluets (Paperback)

$14.00
ISBN-13: 9781933517407
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Published: Wave Books, 10/2009
How do you measure blue? In numbered meditations, Maggie Nelson explores desire, loneliness and art through the lens of color. As she pulls from history, science and philosophy, the work still retains its obsessive and intimate poetics. - Amanda

$25.00
ISBN-13: 9781933517575
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Published: Wave Books, 8/2012
Ambidextrous and provoking, this collection of lectures visits poetry in realms of fear, secrets, history and the desire to create. Unexpectedly structured, intellectually gorgeous. If you want more out of your reading or writing, this is how to get it. -Amanda

The Orenda: A novel (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780385350730
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Published: Knopf, 5/2014
Set in the mid-1600s, The Orenda tells the story of a time wrought with cultural clashes, conflicting identities, and struggles to determine place in a quickly changing world. Boyden is a rare writer at his peak, and his ability to negotiate this novel's complicated and rich history will leave you in awe. This could very well be the best book you read for years. - Justus

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ISBN-13: 9781606995839
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Published: Fantagraphics Books, 3/2014
Inio Asano may be the most talented manga artist drawing and writing today. Open this book and you will immediately be taken aback by his unbelievable graphic style. With a little more work you will discover that Asano is a young genius who incorporates stunning visual motifs and constructs complicated narrative structures that demand attention. Part horror, part mystery, part psychological thriller and filled with desperate, lonely, suicidal, and sexually manic characters. This is sure to be the Manga book of the year! - Keith

Stoner (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781590171998
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Published: NYRB Classics, 6/2006
Beginning from his childhood as a farm boy in Missouri, all the way through to his legendary status as a senior university professor, William Stoner is absolutely a life worth reading. Sadness, melancholy, will, desperation, passion and love; Stoner’s life changes like the seasons. The portrait of his marriage, his relationship with academia, his students, his daughter, and his colleagues is breathtakingly authentic. The visceral quality of Stoner will keep this book at the forefront of your mind well into your next few reads. - Keith

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9780811221726
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1/2014
The poems collected in Peter Cole's new book are deeply learned, wise, and marvelously constructed. I cannot imagine a more accomplished volume of poems will be published in 2014. - Graham

My Life in France (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780307277695
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Published: Anchor, 10/2007
Julia Child had no interest in cooking until she moved to France at 37 years old. I find that inspiring. This book is part travel memoir, part great love story, and part foodie fantasy. I read this while living abroad and her love of good food and travel hit home. A humorous and delightful read. - Alicia

Again! (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781442452312
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 4/2013
Ah, the nightly story hour; fraught with pleading, one more! one more! For every parent who has memorized a child’s beloved book from countless re-readings -- this bedtime story is for you. - Holly

$17.00
ISBN-13: 9789063692896
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Published: BIS Publishers, 11/2012
The most compelling aspect of Operative Design is that it successfully works on two levels at once: the visual and the verbal. If you're interested in the language of design, then take a look. This is the coolest book in the store. I mean it. - Graham

$12.00
ISBN-13: 9781612192246
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Published: Melville House, 8/2013
Set in Brooklyn in the aftermath of the Great War, this novel has it all: intelligent, insightful discussion about books and bookselling, agents provocateur, a lovely young lady, and a heroic "mustard coloured terrier, named for Boccaccio." If you've ever considered working in a bookstore -- or even if you do -- you'll be charmed by Morley's novel. - Graham

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9781476740980
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Published: Scribner, 10/2013
Anne Truitt writes with the spare simplicity familiar to us from her sculptures and drawings, and with insights and observations every bit as penetrating as those created by her works. Back in print for the first time in 20 years, Daybook may prove to be more important for this generation's artists than Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet. - Graham

The Panopticon (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780385347952
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Published: Hogarth, 4/2014
I could call this a modern day One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest but it's more than that. This book is a brilliant narrative with painfully accurate insight into the mind of fifteen-year-old Anais, who is an addict, and orphan & a cog in the system. Brutal but beautiful. - Brandi

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780312427368
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Published: Picador, 10/2007
Words cannot describe my love for this book, the series it spawned and its heroine, Mary Russell. Beekeeper's is celebrating it's 20th anniversary this year, too! Mary Russell is a fifteen year old orphan when she literally stumbles across the retired Sherlock Holmes one day on the Sussex Downs. When she matches wits with him, an invitation to tea follows and both of their lives are forever changed. These are smart Holmes pastiches, but, even better, they are intelligent mysteries, excellent historical fiction and feature a fascinating, whip-smart and charming female lead. - Brandi

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9781455516902
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Published: Grand Central Publishing, 5/2013
Are you 20-something? Have you figured out this "adult" thing yet? Don't lie! You know you haven't. Well this book is here to help. Humorous, honest & truly helpful advice fills these pages on everything from rentals to pets to stain removal. Must read! - Brandi

$9.99
ISBN-13: 9781442434370
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 11/2013
Ever wanted to take a long walk through a snowy pine forest? This book can take you there, and you might get lost, and you might love it. I did. - Hilary

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781442445574
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 3/2013
Sloths! Huggable! Smiling! Absolutely adorable! (And fascinating, too.) Highly recommended! - Holly