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"Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?"

-Harriet Ward Beecher

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Exit West Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735212176
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

Nicole says: "My favorite book of the year! Hamid is an accomplished novelist who can put everything I care about into 200 pages - coming-of-age, travel, race, religion, politics,   love. Two young people in an unnamed city must learn to survive when it comes  under attack. When they discover portals to transport them, their identities and relationships are challenged. What happens to love in a world where individuals are at war? Exit West is perfect for fans of Dog Stars and Station Eleven."


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White Tears Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780451493699
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 14th, 2017

Nicole says: "There is a lot in this slim novel! Kunzru cuts to the bone with a duo of contemporary hipsters obsessed with black music but disassociated with its true roots. A genre-bending story (coming-of-age, mystery, magical realism) about sound, silence, attribution and memory.  A quick, literary read with lasting impact."


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Anything Is Possible Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812989403
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Published: Random House - April 25th, 2017

Nicole says: "I am so glad to have Lucy Barton back in my life! Grounded in her signature style and setting, Elizabeth Strout takes us even deeper into the lives and relationships of a small Midwestern town. Love, love, love these characters!"


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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781524733155
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 6th, 2017

Nicole says: "Moments of soaring grace and quiet introspection surface amidst the terror and violence of modern Kashmir. Roy accomplishes a feat of storytelling by mixing sectarianism and humanity onto every page. Playful language keeps the reader honest - it is just a story after all. Worth the read!"


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Between Them: Remembering My Parents Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062661883
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Published: Ecco Press - May 2nd, 2017

Nicole says: "Two biographical essays written 30 years apart became this cogent and questioning memoir of lives observed by a child and delivered by an accomplished novelist. I loved this book for what it doesn't know, what it's not willing to assume. Great for readers who've found themselves sandwiched between generations."


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New People Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781594487095
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 1st, 2017

Nicole says: "A coming-of-age novel with moments that both outrage and lull the reader with issues of race, privilege and identity. Some characters are complex and can't seem to get it together, while others are calmly oblivious to the changing world around them. Easy and entertaining!"


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The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781501169359
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 6th, 2017

Nicole says: "In the spirit of her many-greats-grandfather, Ralph Waldo Emerson, 38-year-old Nina Riggs tells the remarkably simple and profound story of her last year of life. This memoir provoked me to tears and belly laughs on simultaneous pages. Filled with sentiment without being sappy. A gorgeous telling of a life for those who loved When Breath Becomes Air."


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Flesh and Bone and Water Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501158025
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 20th, 2017

Nicole says: "This debut novel contrasts the sultry backdrop of Brazil with contemporary London. A successful physician must come to terms with his coming-of-age, full of secrets and conflicts between class and race. A great read for fans of Lisa See, Cristina Henriquez or Gabriel Vasquez."


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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780553447453
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Published: Broadway Books - February 28th, 2017

Nicole says: "Excellent narrative, disguised as a story but full of deep research of the housing crisis.  This is an excellent book club book, and the one we chose to launch our local women's activist book club for Eagle County!"


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Genuine Fraud Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780385744775
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Published: Delacorte Press - September 5th, 2017

Nicole says: "Great suspense and focused story of a youthful con artist with a twisted narrative that looks back in time.  Super fun beach read for those who want to escape!"


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Ungoverned Children 2017 Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780692862421
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Published: Bookworm of Edwards - March 15th, 2017

The Bookworm is proud to present its fifth collection of outstanding short stories written by Vail Valley students. Inside these pages, you will find bravery, truth, magic and friendship that will make you wish the stories never end.

"Step into the hearts and minds of students, and take away lessons in creativity and imagination for all." ~ Rebecca P. Cohen, 2017 Contest Judge

Ungoverned Children is the result of an annual children's writing contest hosted by the Bookworm of Edwards. Submissions were accepted in multiple grade categories and judged by writing authorities around the region.


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Swimming with Bridgeport Girls Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781451684919
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 11th, 2017

Nicole says: "Here's a rollicking, laugh-out-loud tragicomedy that is perfect for summer reading! If you liked Thomas Pynchon's "Inherent Vice", or Jonathan Topper's "This is Where I Leave You," you will love Anthony Tambakis' debut about a unlucky-in-love-and-in-life main character who holds onto your heart long after the final page." 


My Name Is Lucy Barton Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812979527
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Published: Random House Trade - October 11th, 2016

Nicole says: "Favorite book of the year so far!"


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Fever Dream Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780399184598
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 10th, 2017

Nicole says: "The title is perfect - this is a frightening, short book in the form of a conversation between a mother and a son recalling an environmental poisoning and its after effects. Set in South America, the telling is circuitous and creepy. I love novels in translation that bend language on purpose. If you liked "Story of My Teeth," then try this!"


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Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781101946503
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 9th, 2017

Nicole says: "A fiercely independent teen becomes an even fiercer woman in this short narrative from the author of Poser. The narrative takes unexpected turns and uncovers the author's own version of marriage, feminism and her many encounters with love."


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A Separation Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780399576102
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 7th, 2017

Nicole says: "As unsettling as you've heard it is. This strange little book kept me reading til the end. The absent husband and his curious wife who can't seem to be honest with her mother-in-law, or herself... Another one I couldn't look away from!"

 


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The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812996937
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Published: Random House - March 14th, 2017

Nicole says: "The train wreck is nasty as ever. And not only could I not look away, I was mesmerized by the complexity of the drama through such simple terms. The author - a staff writer for the New Yorker - sets the journalistic stories that have made her career against her own tragic narrative. This is a story of how we change when the the world seems to conspire against us, and how we find hope after the jarring fall. Excellent!"


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Celine Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780451493897
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 7th, 2017

Nicole says: "Peter Heller tackles the techniques of mystery head on in his novel about a female private eye who is modeled on his own mother. Told with the direct description and narrative precision he is known for, this book should reach wider audiences interested in a page-turning summer read."


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The Idiot Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594205613
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Published: Penguin Press - March 14th, 2017

Nicole says: "Elif Batuman is a Jonathan Franzen for Gen X women. Relatable, dishy and with a cultural complexity common in college and scarce off campus, this novel scores on entertainment and sentiment for a time at the dawn of email. "


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One of the Boys Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781501156168
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Published: Scribner Book Company - March 14th, 2017

Nicole says: "This is the one I read first after Winter Institute. I was taken by the tiny cast of characters and their very small world, how it all could be so alarming and brief. Strong writing, forceful and violent backdrop, a statement about masculinity, fatherhood, forgiveness, and the trauma we inflict on the ones we love the most."


Swing Time Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594203985
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Published: Penguin Press - November 15th, 2016

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The Mothers Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399184512
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 11th, 2016

Nicole says: "Contemporary family drama told with the lense of a collective narrator. Light enough for holiday reading, with depth enough for the literary reader. "


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Reputations Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781594633478
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 20th, 2016

Nicole says: "This is a masterpiece! A direct and forceful narrative, a translation smooth and peaceful as the quiet narrator himself, this book takes the reader on a days-long search for the past and the present in modern day Bogatá. A prominent political cartoonist is shaken when a forgotten uncertainty from the past resurfaces. Full of plot and careful style, the novel is a psychological study of what we believe makes us who we are. Five stars!"


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News of the World Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780062409201
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 4th, 2016

Nicole says: "This is the kind of book I love - concise narrative of transformation and strong personalities, set in a moment of time in a particular place. Here we have Texas, just after the Civil War, and a pressman with a mission to return a missing girl to her civilized roots. The perfect four-hour read by a masterful writer!"


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The Underground Railroad Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385542364
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Published: Doubleday Books - August 2nd, 2016

Nicole says: "Well-told, seamless slave narrative that forces the reader to continously examine our present as a reflection of the past. The story's main character is Cora, a girl and then woman who never gives up the fantasy or reality of freedom. It's tone is curt and frank, with economical and vivid writing."


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Homegoing Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781101947135
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 7th, 2016

Nicole says: "Get out the family tree and listen with rapt ears to the multi-generational stories of marital power and familial love that weave tribal African life and British colonialism with the American slave narrative. I love that every chapter moves through a new generation to reveal even more about the past. An awesome book club book!"


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Underground Airlines Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316261241
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Published: Mulholland Books - July 5th, 2016

Nicole says: "Fast-paced and slightly distopian, this inventive novel imagines a notion that four states in America have never outlawed slavery. Now corporate interests, technology and geo-political tensions shape the economy and culture of the so-called United States. Part spy novel, part social commentary, this book is for readers of Neal Stephenson, Emily St. John Mandel and Colson Whitehead."


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The Past Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062270429
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 20th, 2016

Nicole says: Haunting family drama erupts during the expected family reunion of four siblings who return to their grandparents' crumbling country estate in the countryside of England. Secrets from the past collide with the pressures of modern life in this stylized novel told in two parts. 


When Breath Becomes Air Cover Image
By Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese (Foreword by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780812988406
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Published: Random House - January 12th, 2016

Nicole says: Amazing memoir from a great light snuffed out too early. For fans of Being Mortal and Abraham Verghese, this story of a surgeon-turned-writer covers his intense training, ambition to transcend that training and inevitably, his ability to create a meaningful legacy.


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Dog Run Moon: Stories Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780812993776
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Published: Dial Press - February 9th, 2016

Nicole says: These stories run through the the western landscape as fast as their characters appear on the page - a construction worker who has stolen a dog, a janitor caught in a land war, Yellowstone, Montana, Wyoming and the wide landscapes between each story. This acclaimed young voice is one I'm looking forward to hearing from in the future!


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A Little Life Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780804172707
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Published: Anchor Books - January 26th, 2016

Nicole says: "Can a person ever escape being a victim, even if he survives? This is the central theme for an epic, engrossing story of a friendship spanning the decades between college and death for four successful men. This novel is a beautifully written commentary that reflects on itself and its characters' interior lives, which demonstrates that in pain, there is also beauty, ease, safety and especially, truth. Destined to be a classic."


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Everything I Never Told You Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143127550
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Published: Penguin Books - May 12th, 2015

Nicole says: Here is the story of relationships in crisis – a teenage girl goes missing and her siblings and parents are left to unwind the story of the favorite member of the family. Ng expertly weaves psychological tension into a web layered with gender and racial expectations, while still offering themes of hope and reconciliation. A great summer read!


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Speed Kings: The 1932 Winter Olympics and the Fastest Men in the World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781592409709
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Published: Avery Publishing Group - October 4th, 2016

Nicole says: "Blend Boys in the Boat and the Great Gatsby and this is the flavor of the book. One of the speed kings was Bill Fiske, a founding father of resort skiing near Aspen. This book is full of great historical detail, interviews and awesome moments of adrenaline."


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A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250094735
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Published: Picador USA - August 2nd, 2016

Nicole says: "Hard-working prose, characters who resemble our real lives, and landscapes as wide open as the West. Lucia Berlin was a professor at the University of Colorado before her death in 2004, and her legacy lives on in this collection of diverse stories that read like the diary entries to her life."


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Between the World and Me Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 14th, 2015

Nicole says: "Mind-blowing. Personal. Political. An intense study of what it means to exist in a black body in contemporary America. This book woke me back up to the true power and narrative force of essay."


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My Life on the Road Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780345408167
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Published: Random House Trade - August 23rd, 2016

Nicole says: "The personal remains political in Steinem's travel memoir. Chronicling her domestic and international travel over six decades as a community organizer in the women's movement, this book is a survey of history as well as a great behind-the-scenes look at one of our biggest heores."


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Rising Strong: The Reckoning. the Rumble. the Revolution. Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812995824
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - August 25th, 2015

Nicole says: "Not normally an author I lean toward, Brene Brown has mastered the art of bringing our inner lives out into the open. Coaxing the reader to be curious about the emotions they experience, she then urges men and women to explore how those emotions influence their interactions, their story, their view of the world. Inspiring and easy to read!"


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The Incarnations Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501106798
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Published: Touchstone Books - May 3rd, 2016

Nicole says: "Thousands of years of Chinese history wrapped up in the intertwining lives to soul mates; a story for the ages and perfect for readers of historical fiction and contemporary literature. Barker was inspired by her own grandfather's story, but this is a novel that is bound to be a classic."


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In the Country: Stories Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780804171496
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Published: Vintage - March 2nd, 2016

Nicole says: "This book is exquisite both from a character and setting perspective. The stories each are meaty enough to feel completely engrossed, while the writing fluid through the pieces. The narrators reach across experiences and the themes of otherness, fidelity, country and family satisfied me. Each story is connected to the Philippines through its characters experiences as expats and at home."


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The Sellout Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250083258
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Published: Picador USA - March 1st, 2016

Nicole says: "An interesting book that I found writerly and compelling, Beatty strikes a chord in American race relations. Black identity as a central theme and satire as a vehicle is a combination bound to be complicated; an excellent discussion book for groups or students!"


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Fates and Furies Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594634482
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 13th, 2016

Nicole says: "How is a book so wry and so sexy also so literary? How can such a removed, dramatic narrator also reveal so much about the secrets her characters withhold from one another? Jaw-droppingly good. I loved it."


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The Story of My Teeth Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894098
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 15th, 2015

Nicole says: "Absolutely loved this style and structure. So heady, experimental AND readable. The language usage is quotable, and for a book in translation, that seems rare. An unreliable narrator is hard to do well, but Luiselli nails it. The theme is timeless: power of story, none of us is predetermined."


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The Book of Aron Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781101872741
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Published: Vintage - May 3rd, 2016

Nicole says: "If you loved the Book Thief, then you must read this novel. Sparse, yet revealing prose is guided by a direct, observant and naive child narrator living in Poland during World War II. Revealing and even funny at times, the voice transcends a devastating ending. Breathtaking!"


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All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393352375
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 14th, 2016

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Crow Fair Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345805911
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Published: Vintage - March 8th, 2016

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We Are Called to Rise Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781476738970
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 28th, 2015

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H Is for Hawk Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802124739
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Published: Grove Press - March 8th, 2016

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I Refuse Cover Image
By Per Petterson, Don Bartlett (Translator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977405
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 17th, 2016

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Our Souls at Night Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101911921
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Published: Vintage - June 28th, 2016

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Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780805095159
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Published: Metropolitan Books - October 7th, 2014

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Station Eleven Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

Nicole says: This is the book with which I chose to kick off my vacation to a remote island in British Columbia. Ironic that my spot wasn't so different from Delano Island, home for the main character! Station Eleven is an entertaining book for anyone who longs for a different world, a place that can no longer exist, as well as for lovers of art, music, technology and the buzz around a great novel!


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All the Light We Cannot See Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781476746586
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 6th, 2014

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The Painter Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780804170154
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Published: Vintage - March 3rd, 2015

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The Illusion of Separateness Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062248459
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 29th, 2014

Nicole says: If you liked "History of Love" or "The Book Thief" go get ye to the bookstore for this beautiful, engrossing, economical novel. It opens with a Thich Nhat Hahn quote which I now think of daily: "We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness." Linked chapters and characters intertwine against the backdrop of World War II, creating a quilt to shroud us in even the most difficult and lonely times. This book reminds us all that we are never alone. Wonderful!