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The Only One Left: A Novel By Riley Sager Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593183229
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Published: Dutton - June 20th, 2023

A schoolyard rhyme, a house crumbling into the sea, an elderly woman who may or may not have murdered her family 54 years ago. This gothic thriller-mystery is absolutely unputdownable: Kit McDeere accepts a job as Lenora Hope’s caregiver and arrives to find a small staff in an isolated house. Full of questions and a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, Sager artfully plants clues and dead ends throughout. This book is perfect for curling up with when you need some chills.


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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow: A novel By Gabrielle Zevin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593321201
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Published: Knopf - July 5th, 2022

There are books that I think everyone should read because the subject is so important or underappreciated. Then there are books that everyone should read because they are so good at capturing the human experience that anybody can relate to the characters and themes. This is firmly in the second camp. Childhood friends Sadie and Sam bond over video games, reconnect in college, and then start a successful video game company in the late ‘90s. You don’t have to be a gamer to connect to the process of building a story and the perfect visual elements. From tumultuous times to amazing highs, Zavin captures friendships and grief and the rush of creative achievements beautifully.


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Yellowface: A Reese's Book Club Pick By R. F. Kuang Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063250833
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Published: William Morrow - May 16th, 2023

Kuang explores unsavory corners of the book world with wit and a clear-eyed view. After witnessing the death of her more-successful college acquaintance Athena Liu, June Hayward walks away with Athena’s just-finished manuscript and rewrites it to pass it off as her own. Exploring appropriation, cancel culture, and the cut-throat nature of publishing, this book is funny and haunting, and absolutely devourable.


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The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder By David Grann Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385534260
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Published: Doubleday - April 18th, 2023

The 1740s were a wild time in world history; Spain was still the main colonial power and England was just beginning to flex its empirical designs. Grann follows the accounts of the Wager, one ship in Commodore Anson’s circumnavigation expedition. The Wager ran aground on an island off the western coast of Chile. The survivors, wracked with scurvy and decimated by typhus, lived for a short time on the rarely inhabited Wager Island before mutiny drove them apart. With surviving accounts from Gunner Bulkley with the mutineers and Midshipman John Byron (grandfather of Lord Byron) with the captain, Grann weaves an amazing narrative that is able to tell multiple sides of this story. This is a surprisingly quick read, with details that brought this time in history to life, from ocean currents to how scurvy affects the human body. I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes reading about disasters and history.


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Chain Gang All Stars: A Novel By Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593317334
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Published: Pantheon - May 2nd, 2023

The premise of this book hooked me from the start: prisoners have a shot at freedom through a “hard-action sports” program with gladiator-style fights to the death. This narrative follows one such prisoner, Loretta Thurwar, in the final weeks before her “Freeing Day.” My absolute can’t-miss part of this book were the footnotes, which fleshed out minor characters, provided in-universe exposition shortcuts, and sprinkled in chilling historical truths. This scathing satire takes on the for-profit prison systems and over incarceration of American citizens and is an absolute must-read.


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The Crane Husband By Kelly Barnhill Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250850973
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Published: Tordotcom - February 28th, 2023

Barnhill weaves a haunting narrative in this twist on the Japanese tale of the crane wife. Taking place in a version of the Midwest straight out of the Hunger Games, an unnamed teenage girl struggles with taking care of her six-year-old brother and artist mother. Her mother brings a crane into their house and neglects her children. As weeks pass and the mother continues to worry only about the crane and her new piece of art, the girl must decide how to carry on. Barnhill expertly picks up dropped threads to gradually fill in this story about obsession. 


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I'm Glad My Mom Died By Jennette McCurdy Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982185824
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 9th, 2022

McCurdy’s memoir shines a light on the life of a child who is fulfilling a parent’s dreams instead of their own in a very extreme environment. I’m not normally into celebrity memoirs, but McCurdy’s writing style and raw story telling drew me in. Anyone else who grew up consuming Nickelodeon or Disney Channel will be riveted by what was going on under the shiny veneer of the cameras.


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Life After Life: A Novel By Kate Atkinson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316176491
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 7th, 2014

This is one of my favorites of all time: we follow Ursula Todd through different iterations of her life, with a video game-like reset each time she dies. She navigates events like the Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and predatory teen boys, but the bulk of this book takes place during World War II. This book is perfect for anyone wanting a twist of historical fiction with beautiful writing.


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Uprooted: A Novel By Naomi Novik Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804179058
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Published: Del Rey - March 1st, 2016

This stand-alone retelling of Eastern European folklore is a dream. Agnieszka’s quiet village at the edge of a dark forest is protected by a Wizard known as the Dragon. Every ten years, he comes to the village to select a young woman to take with him. Everyone assumes the lovely and delicate Kasia will be his choice, but she is not. Novik’s beautiful retelling touches on themes of growing up and moving away from family, and will stick with you long after you finish the final chapter.


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The Wife Between Us: A Novel By Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250897886
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - July 11th, 2023

This is the best domestic thriller I have read since Gone Girl. Told from the perspective of the jaded ex-wife and the fresh new fiancee of a charismatic and high-powered man, this book delivers. With an unreliable narrator, palpable dread, and layers upon layers of secrets, this thriller is one of my favorites.


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A Deadly Education: A Novel (The Scholomance #1) By Naomi Novik Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593128503
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Published: Del Rey - May 4th, 2021

At first glance, this story is familiar: a magical school with a prophesied Chosen One. El, however, splits her time at the Scholomance between avoiding monsters that snack on the students and toning down the many spells the school throws at her to help her fulfill her destiny as the Destroyer of Worlds. This book amplifies some of those feelings of growing up - where being an outcast can literally get you killed, and the privileged don’t recognize ways the world is safer for them.


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A Court of Thorns and Roses Paperback Box Set (5 books) By Sarah J. Maas Cover Image
$95.00
ISBN: 9781639730193
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - November 1st, 2022

This series has redefined “book hangover” for me. While the first book is a solid retelling of Beauty and the Beast, the follow-up books are what hooked me. Maas’s action and romance pair brilliantly with her world-building. I hope to return to Prythian for more books in the future!


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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue By V. E. Schwab Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765387578
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Published: Tor Books - April 11th, 2023

Schwab’s story of Addie LaRue is as memorable as the heroine is not; Addie makes a deal that grants her eternal life and freedom, with the catch that once she is out of sight she is completely forgotten. From her 18th Century French village to modern-day New York City, this book drives home the importance of connection and storytelling to the human experience. Reading it was a constant struggle between devouring it and getting to the bottom of Addie’s mystery, and savoring the beautiful moments between. 


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Olga Dies Dreaming: A Novel By Xochitl Gonzalez Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250786180
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Published: Flatiron Books - February 7th, 2023

Raised by their grandmother in Brooklyn after their mother left to pursue a revolutionary agenda in Puerto Rico, Olga is now a wedding planner for the Manhattan elite and Prieto is a congressman representing their gentrifying community. Set in 2017 before and after Hurricane Maria, Gonzalez adeptly tackles complex issues like cultural stereotypes and appropriation. I both wanted to devour this book to know more about the Acevedos, and savor Gonzalez's writing.


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Our American Friend: A Novel By Anna Pitoniak Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982158965
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 28th, 2023

When bombastic and egocentric President Henry Caine is shockingly reelected, journalist Sofie Morse hands in her resignation. She quickly receives an intriguing invitation: First Lady Lara Caine wants her help writing her biography. What Sofie learns upends her life. This spy-thriller was a delight to read, with multiple timelines, fantastic women characters, and Cold War-era spy games. This is the perfect book for a long day at the pool or staying in on a rainy day - it’s impossible to put down.


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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060853976
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 7th, 2007

I adore this fantasy that never takes itself seriously. Its cast of characters includes: the snake from the Garden of Eden, the angel who guarded said garden, a young witch, a young witch hunter, and a completely normal boy named Adam. All are players in the end of times, trying to prevent the apocalypse from happening just right now, thank you very much. Gaiman and Pratchett join forces to create something light hearted, and funny, and, dare I say, very British.


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City of Thieves: A Novel By David Benioff Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780452295292
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Published: Penguin Books - March 31st, 2009

Two young men form an unlikely friendship as they search besieged Leningrad for a dozen eggs in exchange for avoiding the death penalty. This is one of those classic coming-of-age stories that just so happens to take place against a brutal backdrop of cannibalism and war. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. One of those books that I loved reading, and love to recommend.


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Code Name Verity (Anniversary Edition) By Elizabeth Wein Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316426312
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 10th, 2022

A plane is shot down over France in 1943. A spy, Verity, is captured by the Germans, but her best friend/pilot's fate is unknown. She must tell her captors something, and weaves a tale of their friendship. This story of bravery and true friendship is a must-read for anyone.


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Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles By Marissa Meyer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250768889
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Published: Square Fish - February 4th, 2020

This futuristic cyber-punk retelling of Cinderella is the first in one of my favorite YA series. Cinder is a cyborg and gifted mechanic who lives with her adoptive mother and sisters in New Beijing. When she meets Prince Kai and helps him restore an android’s memory, she is pulled into the middle of Lunar-Earth politics and her life is forever changed. With lots of action and a good dose of romance, the books in this series are such a fun ride.