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

-Harriet Ward Beecher

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The Past Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062270412
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Published: Harper - January 5th, 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. 


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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
$26.95
ISBN: 9781592409099
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Published: Avery Publishing Group - October 20th, 2015

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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By Lucia Berlin, Stephen Emerson (Editor), Lydia Davis (Foreword by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374202392
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 18th, 2015

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
$24.00
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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$28.00
ISBN: 9780679456209
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Published: Random House - October 27th, 2015

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 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
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501106781
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Published: Touchstone Books - August 18th, 2015

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
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385352819
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 16th, 2015

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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$26.00
ISBN: 9780374260507
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 3rd, 2015

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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$27.95
ISBN: 9781594634475
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 15th, 2015

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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$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
$23.95
ISBN: 9781101874318
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 12th, 2015

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
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393089998
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 20th, 2015

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By Jessica Lawson, Natalie Andrewson (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481419215
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 2nd, 2015

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The Animals Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780871408839
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - March 23rd, 2015

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Crow Fair: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385350198
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 3rd, 2015

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We Are Called to Rise Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781476738970
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 28th, 2015

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H Is for Hawk Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802123411
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Published: Grove Press - March 3rd, 2015

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I Refuse Cover Image
By Per Petterson, Don Bartlett (Translator)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781555976996
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 7th, 2015

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Aquarium Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780802123527
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - March 3rd, 2015

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Our Souls at Night Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781101875896
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 26th, 2015

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Where Women Are Kings Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590517093
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Published: Other Press (NY) - April 28th, 2015

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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
$24.95
ISBN: 9780385353304
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 9th, 2014

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
$15.95
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!


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All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062072221
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Published: Ecco Press - January 28th, 2014

Nicole says: The title says it all! Here is an entertaining and thoughtful, careful study of why parents of today are so conflicted about the supposed joy of having children. I related to Jen's voice, to her exasperation and to her wonder. This is a book in which mommies and daddies will find a lot of solace. Easy reading.


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$15.99
ISBN: 9781250039828
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 3rd, 2015

Nicole says: Nicholas Butler might have charmed his way onto my bookshelf, but his writing chops have earned a permanent place in my reading life. With the backdrop of a small Wisconsin town, this debut novel showcases regular people trying to connect and a group of guys who just can't seem to get it right. If you like Jonathan Franzen's scope but not all the cultural snark, try "Shotgun Lovesongs." 

 


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Bark: Stories Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307740861
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Published: Vintage - October 28th, 2014

Nicole says: I'm a good Midwestern girl with all those notions of the American dream embedded firmly in place. Lorrie Moore always does a good, kind job of reminding me that those ideas are ridiculous! Her latest collection of short stories is no different. I was depressed, then laughing out loud in the first three stories. If you enjoyed her award-winning novel "Gate at the Stairs," try this!


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The Rosie Project Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781476729091
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 3rd, 2014

Nicole says: "Our friend and former bookseller Stephen Bedford turned me on to this book. It was the first he was working on for his new job at Simon and Schuster. I received it with a note, and took it home to read right away. The book sucked me in right away. It's a calculated love story with echoes of all major human emotions, sweet and surprising, lovely to read. If you liked Hector and the Search for Happiness, you'll love The Rosie Project!"


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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780770436421
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Published: Hogarth - February 4th, 2014

Nicole says: "I had the chance to hear Marra speak publicly for the first time about this book in the fall of 2012 - before the National Book Award nomination, before Boston. He told of his studies in Russia, of the stories he had to write in order to understand the history of a place like Chechnya. He brought the room of booksellers to tears, even before any of us had read a word. This is one of the best books of the year, hands down. Compelling, chilling, scary real and beautifully written. Anthony Marra is one of my literary crushes!"  


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The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143125020
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Published: Penguin Books - February 25th, 2014

Nicole says: "Just stop what you’re doing and read this. It’s that good!"


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Ghana Must Go Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143124979
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Published: Penguin Books - January 28th, 2014

Nicole says: A reader knows when they're in the presence of something special, brilliant. It's a voice familiar, kind. A plot careful, unraveling. A set of characters whose hearts pound between the boards. Taiye Selasi delivers a powerful debut about family, race and the nature of story in this contemporary novel, set against neighborhoods from Brookline, MA to Lagos, Nigeria. A literary descendant of Zadie Smith and Arundhati Roy, Selasi is a new force in the global community of readers.


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$14.99
ISBN: 9780316219341
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 30th, 2013

Nicole says: A taut and haunting novel about the Iraq War compared to "The Things They Carried." The author's strong command of writing and imagery keep this book from getting too depressing, although it is a sad story about friendship and recovery in the face of unchecked violence experienced during war. This isn't the "ripped from the headlines" account. It is quiet and thoughtful, keeping literary readers satisfied. If you liked "You Know When the Men Are Gone" you should pick up "The Yellow Birds."


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The Orphan Master's Son Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812982626
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Published: Random House Trade - August 7th, 2012

Nicole says: For fans of adventure, great writing and books like "Shantaram," this is a must-read tale. It's a novel of discovery, violence and hope, following Jun Do and his rag-tag, adopted family of grown-up orphans. Designated by the North Korean regime to do much of the dictator's dirty work, the men are challenged with constant inner battles of good versus evil. The book is filled with illuminating, despicable and sometimes hilarious circumstances of living in North Korea, all researched during the author's travel to this otherwise secretive locale. Provocative and eye-opening!


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$14.99
ISBN: 9781250020413
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Published: Griffin - July 2nd, 2013

Nicole says: A super fun narration of the quirkiest book I've read lately. Here is a laugh-out-loud love story that will make you wonder how we figure out a way to fit into this world. Sunny and Maxon were made for each other, and yet even they struggle to come to terms with their uniqueness. Lydia Netzer does a great job developing her characters, and getting reader to develop a particular fondness for their flaws.