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Intimacies: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399576164
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Riverhead Books - July 20th, 2021

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

ONE OF BARACK OBAMA’S FAVORITE SUMMER READS


“One of the best novels I’ve read in 2021.” – Dwight Garner, The New York Times

“A perfect novel—taut and seductive.” —Brandon Taylor, author of Real Life and Filthy Animals


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A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot #1) Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781250236210
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Tordotcom - July 13th, 2021

In A Psalm for the Wild-Built, Hugo Award-winner Becky Chambers's delightful new Monk & Robot series gives us hope for the future.

It's been centuries since the robots of Panga gained self-awareness and laid down their tools; centuries since they wandered, en masse, into the wilderness, never to be seen again; centuries since they faded into myth and urban legend.


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The Therapist: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250274120
Availability: On our shelves
Published: St. Martin's Press - July 13th, 2021

The multimillion-copy New York Times bestselling author B.A. Paris returns to her heartland of gripping psychological suspense in The Therapista powerful tale of a house that holds a shocking secret.


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Lucky Girl Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781645672081
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Published: Page Street Kids - May 11th, 2021

A hilarious and poignant reflection on what money can and cannot fix

58,642,129. That’s how many dollars seventeen-year-old Fortuna Jane Belleweather just won in the lotto jackpot. It’s also about how many reasons she has for not coming forward to claim her prize.


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Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984820389
Availability: On our shelves
Published: One World - March 2nd, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST - NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER - A ruthlessly honest, emotionally charged, and utterly original exploration of Asian American consciousness

"Brilliant . . . To read this book is to become more human."--Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen


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People We Meet on Vacation Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984806758
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Published: Berkley - May 11th, 2021

THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! 
A TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON SUMMER READS NOMINEE!


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First Comes Like: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062878151
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Avon - February 16th, 2021

The author of The Right Swipe and Girl Gone Viral returns with a story about finding love in all the wrong inboxes...


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The First Ten Years: Two Sides of the Same Love Story Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780063027251
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 11th, 2021

A sometimes hilarious, occasionally heartbreaking, and always entertaining joint memoir by Joseph Fink, cocreator of Welcome to Night Vale, and his wife, writer and performer Meg Bashwiner, chronicling the first ten years of their relationship from both sides.

There are two sides to every love story.


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Broken (in the best possible way) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250077035
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - April 6th, 2021

An Instant New York Times Bestseller

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Furiously Happy and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened comes a deeply relatable book filled with humor and honesty about depression and anxiety.


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The Old Boat Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781324005179
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Published: Norton Young Readers - March 2nd, 2021

The creators of The Old Truck set sail with an old boat and an evocative, intricately crafted exploration of home and family.

Off a small island,

an old boat sets sail

and a young boy

finds home.


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Hamnet Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525657606
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Knopf - July 21st, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD 

“Of all the stories that argue and speculate about Shakespeare’s life… here is a novel … so gorgeously written that it transports you." —The Boston Globe


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Amelia Unabridged: A Novel Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250253026
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Published: Wednesday Books - February 16th, 2021

Sparks fly between two teens as they grapple with grief, love, and the future in this unforgettable debut novel sure to entice fans of Jandy Nelson and Jennifer E. Smith


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Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374159276
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 16th, 2021

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

"A grounded and expansive examination of the American economic divide . . . It takes a skillful journalist to weave data and anecdotes together so effectively." —Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times


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The Baddest Girl on the Planet Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781949467161
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Blair - March 2nd, 2021

WINNER of the LEE SMITH NOVEL PRIZE

"This sun-and-salt-kissed coming-of-age story reads like a wry, honest chat with a close friend." --Jaclyn Fulwood, Shelf Awareness


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Luster: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374194321
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 4th, 2020

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR


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Chlorine Sky Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593176399
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - January 12th, 2021

A novel-in-verse about a young girl coming-of-age and stepping out of the shadow of her former best friend. Perfect for readers of Elizabeth Acevedo and Nikki Grimes.

"Mahogany L. Browne's debut YA ia an absolute masterpiece. It will leave you breathless." -Elizabeth Acevedo, New York Times bestselling author of The Poet X


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Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 Cover Image
By Ibram X. Kendi (Editor), Keisha N. Blain (Editor)
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593134047
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Published: One World - February 2nd, 2021

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A chorus of extraordinary voices tells the epic story of the four-hundred-year journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present—edited by Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist, and Keisha N. Blain, author of Set the World on Fire.


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The Four Winds: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250178602
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 2nd, 2021

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
#1 USA TODAY BESTSELLER
#1 WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER
#1 INDIE BESTSELLER


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Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner's Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250239266
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 26th, 2021

"Ty Seidule scorches us with the truth and rivets us with his fierce sense of moral urgency." --Ron Chernow

In a forceful but humane narrative, former soldier and head of the West Point history department Ty Seidule's Robert E. Lee and Me challenges the myths and lies of the Confederate legacy—and explores why some of this country’s oldest wounds have never healed.


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The Fortunate Ones Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781616206802
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Published: Algonquin Books - January 5th, 2021

The Fortunate Ones feels like a fresh and remarkably sure-footed take on The Great Gatsby, examining the complex costs of attempting to transcend or exchange your given class for a more gilded one. Tarkington’s understanding of the human heart and mind is deep, wise, and uncommonly empathetic. As a novelist, he is the real deal.


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Solutions and Other Problems Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982156947
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Published: Gallery Books - September 22nd, 2020

INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

For the first time in seven years, Allie Brosh—beloved author and artist of the extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller Hyperbole and a Half—returns with a new collection of comedic, autobiographical, and illustrated essays.


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The Prophets Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593085684
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 5th, 2021

Instant New York Times Bestseller 

"May this book cast its spell on all of us, restore to us some memory of our most warrior and softest selves." The New York Times Book Review 


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The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Marlon James (Foreword by)
$40.00
ISBN: 9780063031852
Availability: On our shelves
Published: William Morrow - October 20th, 2020

An outstanding array—52 pieces in all—of selected fiction from the multiple-award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, introduced with a foreword by Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James


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Bullshit Jobs: A Theory Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501143335
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 7th, 2019

From bestselling writer David Graeber—“a master of opening up thought and stimulating debate” (Slate)—a powerful argument against the rise of meaningless, unfulfilling jobs…and their consequences.

Does your job make a meaningful contribution to the world?


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Shuggie Bain: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802148506
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Grove Press - October 13th, 2020

WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

A stunning debut novel by a masterful writer telling the heartwrenching story of a young boy and his alcoholic mother, whose love is only matched by her pride.


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Cursed Objects: Strange but True Stories of the World's Most Infamous Items Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781683692362
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Published: Quirk Books - September 15th, 2020

Beware...this book is cursed! These strange but true stories of the world’s most infamous items will appeal to true believers as well as history buffs, horror fans, and anyone who loves a good spine-tingling tale. 


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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780765387561
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Tor Books - October 6th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
USA TODAY BESTSELLER
NATIONAL INDIE BESTSELLER
THE WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER

Recommended by Entertainment Weekly, Real Simple, NPR, Slate, and Oprah Magazine
#1 Library Reads PickOctober 2020


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Anxious People: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501160837
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Atria Books - September 8th, 2020

Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

A People Book of the Week, Book of the Month Club selection, and Best of Fall in Good Housekeeping, PopSugar, The Washington Post, New York Post, Shondaland, CNN, and more!

[A] quirky, big-hearted novel…Wry, wise, and often laugh-out-loud funny, it&rsqu


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Borges and Me: An Encounter Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780385545822
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Published: Doubleday - August 18th, 2020

An apprentice writer has an entirely unexpected encounter with literary genius Jorge Luis Borges that will profoundly alter his life and work. A poignant and comic literary coming-of-age memoir. "This is a jewel of a book." --Ian McEwan


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Legendborn (The Legendborn Cycle) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534441606
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - September 15th, 2020

An Instant New York Times Bestseller!
Winner of the Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe for New Talent Author Award

Filled with mystery and an intriguingly rich magic system, Tracy Deonn’s YA contemporary fantasy Legendborn offers the dark allure of City of Bones with a modern-day twist on a classic legend and a lot of Southern Black Girl Magic


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Finding François: A Story about the Healing Power of Friendship Cover Image
By Gus Gordon, Gus Gordon (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525554004
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Dial Books - July 7th, 2020

For fans of A Sick Day for Amos McGee and In a Jar comes a tender and gently adventurous gem about the power of friends to soothe aches big and small.


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Becoming Duchess Goldblatt Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780358216773
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Published: Mariner Books - July 7th, 2020

One of the New York Times’ 20 Books to Read in 2020

“A tonic . . . Splendid . . . A respite . . . A summer cocktail of a book.”
Washington Post

“Unforgettable . . .


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Axiom's End: A Novel (Noumena #1) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250256737
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Published: St. Martin's Press - July 21st, 2020

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

The alternate history first contact adventure Axiom's End is an extraordinary debut from Hugo finalist and video essayist Lindsay Ellis.


Truth is a human right.


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Rules for Visiting: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525559245
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Published: Penguin Books - April 28th, 2020

NATIONAL BESTSELLER!

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY: O Magazine * Good Housekeeping * Real Simple * Vulture * Chicago Tribune
 
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE SUMMER BY: “The Today Show” * “Good Morning America” * Wall Street Journal * San Francisco Chronicle * Southern Living
 


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Mem Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781944700867
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Published: Unnamed Press - March 19th, 2019

"Bethany C. Morrow achieves the nearly impossible feat of creating truly new speculative fiction; reading it feels like discovery." -- BuzzFeed In Jazz Age Montreal, an underground Vault imprisons living memories. Known as Mems, theses physical clones of other people are doomed to experience a single memory over and over--one that belongs not to them, but to the memory's original Source.


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The Humans: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781476730592
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 12th, 2014

The bestselling, award-winning author of The Midnight Library offers his funniest, most devastating dark comedy yet, a “silly, sad, suspenseful, and soulful” (Philadelphia Inquirer) novel that’s “full of heart” (Entertainment Weekly).

When an extra-terrestrial visitor arrives on Earth, his first impressions of the human species are l


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Baking with Kim-Joy: Cute and Creative Bakes to Make You Smile Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781787134584
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Published: Quadrille Publishing - September 3rd, 2019

Infuse your baking with a sprinkle of glitter, a rainbow of colors and a menagerie of woodland creatures with the help of this unique baking book from everyone's favorite Great British Bake Off finalist, Kim-Joy!


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The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385473071
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Published: Image - March 1st, 1994

With over a million copies sold, this classic work is essential reading for all who ask, “Where has my struggle led me?”
 


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To Live Woke: Thoughts to Carry in Our Struggle to Save the Soul of America Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781627202695
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Published: Apprentice House - June 1st, 2020

He grew up in the Jim-Crow South. A black male, born in 1951 in deep-South Jim-Crow legally segregated, Louisiana, Nacoste has seen so much. From his education in segregated schooling, to living through the 1973 race riot aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid, Navy aircraft carrier, to his becoming a scholar of intergroup tensions, Nacoste has experienced, learned and taught so much.


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The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad Cover Image
By Mike Birbiglia, J. Hope Stein (Supplement by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538701515
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 16th, 2020

With laugh-out-loud funny parenting observations, the New York Times bestselling author and award-winning comedian delivers a book that is perfect for anyone who has ever raised a child, been a child, or refuses to stop acting like one.

In 2016 comedian Mike Birbiglia and poet Jennifer Hope Stein took their fourteen-month-old daughter Oona to the Nantucket Film Festival.


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Hollywood Park: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250621566
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Published: Celadon Books - May 26th, 2020

**THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**

“A Gen-X This Boy’s Life...Music and his fierce brilliance boost Jollett; a visceral urge to leave his background behind propels him to excel... In the end, Jollett shakes off the past to become the captain of his own soul. Hollywood Park is a triumph."
O, The Oprah Magazine


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The Priory of the Orange Tree Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781635570304
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 18th, 2020

The New York Times bestselling "epic feminist fantasy perfect for fans of Game of Thrones" (Bustle).

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY:
AMAZON (Top 100 Editors Picks and Science Fiction and Fantasy) * CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY * BOOKPAGE * AUTOSTRADDLE

A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.


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Nine Bar Blues Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780997457896
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Published: Third Man Books - May 26th, 2020

The stories collected in Nine Bar Blues weave emotion, spirit, and music, captivating readers with newfound alchemy and the murmurs of dark gods. Rooted in rhythm, threaded with magic, these tales encompass worlds that begin in river bottoms, pass through spectral gates, and end in distant uncharted worlds.


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The Museum of Whales You Will Never See: And Other Excursions to Iceland's Most Unusual Museums Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780143135463
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Published: Penguin Books - May 12th, 2020

“Filled with charming illustrations, this delightful book about Iceland’s 265 museums is as quirky and mesmerizing as the country’s dreamscape itself.” Forbes

Mythic creatures, natural wonders, and the mysterious human impulse to collect are on beguiling display in this poetic tribute to the museums of an otherworldly island nation.


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Network Effect: A Murderbot Novel (The Murderbot Diaries #5) Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250229861
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Published: Tordotcom - May 5th, 2020

A 2021 Nebula Award Winner!

A 2021 Hugo Award Finalist!


A 2021 Locus Award Finalist!

The first full-length novel in Martha Wells' New York Times and USA Today bestselling Murderbot Diaries series.

An Amazon's Best of the Year So Far Pick


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Sin Eater: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982124106
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Published: Atria Books - April 7th, 2020

“A riveting depiction of hard-won female empowerment that weaves together meticulous research, unsolved murder—and an unforgettable young heroine.” —The Washington Post

The Handmaid’s Tale meets Alice in Wonderland in this gripping and imaginative historical novel about a shunned orphan girl in 16th-century England who is ensnare


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Queens of the Conquest: England's Medieval Queens Book One Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781101966686
Availability: Backordered
Published: Ballantine Books - September 4th, 2018

In the first volume of an exciting new series, bestselling author Alison Weir brings the dramatic reigns of England’s medieval queens to life.


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Sing Backwards and Weep: A Memoir Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780306922800
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Published: Hachette Books - April 28th, 2020

This gritty bestselling memoir by the singer Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age, and Soulsavers documents his years as a singer and drug addict in Seattle in the '80s and '90s.

When Mark Lanegan first arrived in Seattle in the mid-1980s, he was just "an arrogant, self-loathing redneck waster seeking transformation through rock 'n' r


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Storm Front (Dresden Files #1) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780451457813
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Published: Roc - April 1st, 2000

In the first novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files series, Harry Dresden’s investigation of a grisly double murder pulls him into the darkest depths of magical Chicago…


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Neil Gaiman's A Study in Emerald Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781506703930
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Published: Dark Horse Books - July 10th, 2018

This supernatural mystery set in the world of Sherlock Holmes and Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos features a brilliant detective and his partner as they try to solve a horrific murder.


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Useless Magic: Lyrics and Poetry Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780525577157
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Published: Crown Archetype - July 10th, 2018

Lyrics and never-before-seen poetry and sketches from the iconic musician of Florence and the Machine

Songs can be incredibly prophetic, like subconscious warnings or messages to myself, but I often don't know what I'm trying to say till years later. Or a prediction comes true and I couldn't do anything to stop it, so it seems like a kind of useless magic.