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The Carnival Of Ash By Tom Beckerlegge Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781786185006
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Published: Solaris - March 15th, 2022

Cadenza is a fictional Italian Renaissance city that Tom Beckerlegge has brought to life on the page. We follow a cast of rowdy, lovable characters who make their way from the printing quarter buzzing with the whirr of printing presses to the towery spires of the city's palazzos. A rollicking love letter to the Renaissance, this book will transport you, make you laugh, and remind you why books are pure magic.


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Lost Children Archive: A novel By Valeria Luiselli Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780525520610
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Published: Knopf - February 12th, 2019

A family traveling west. Migrant children traveling north towards the border. Luiselli weaves those two storylines together into a delicate tapestry. Among the threads are glimmers of Luiselli's other obsessions: sound archives, Apachi histories, names, family dynamics. Reading fiction and characters with rich inner lives, this book is thoughtful, methodical, beautiful, and complex. Read it!


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Bearskin: A Novel By James A. McLaughlin Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062742803
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Published: Ecco - April 16th, 2019

I'm always on the lookout for books that are beautifully written and keep me reading late into the night, because I just have to know what happens next. This book is like BREAKING BAD with an environmentalist twist - drug cartels, bear poachers, and mushroom-induced hallucinations ensue!


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Transcription: A Novel By Kate Atkinson Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316176668
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 23rd, 2019

Looking for a spy novel that feels utterly realistic? Kate Atkinson brings us a tale of espionage and intrigue that follows one girl's journey from spy in the 1940's to a woman haunted by her past wrongs. An intricate puzzle of a novel - perfect gift for those book-lovers you're not sure how to buy for!


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Real Life: A Novel By Brandon Taylor Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525538899
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - February 16th, 2021

This is far and away the best book I've read all year! We follow Wallace, the only Black student in his biochem grad program, over the course of one weekend as he navigates tense relationships and the racial minefield of academia. Stunning prose that feels expansive and intimate at the same time. 100% a new favorite of all time.


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A Lesson in Vengeance By Victoria Lee Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593305829
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Published: Delacorte Press - August 3rd, 2021

Sapphic Dark Academia? Check. Unreliable Narrator? Check. Spooky, isolated boarding school? Check. Witchcraft and ghosts? Check. Literary pretention? Check. Murder? Check!

This book has it all! If you're looking for a spooky, witchy read you do not want to miss out on this complex, mysterious novel. I devoured it in one sitting! Your new favorite dark academia book has arrived!


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The Death of Jane Lawrence: A Novel By Caitlin Starling Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250272584
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 5th, 2021

If you're in the mood for a dark, gruesome tale for spooky season, look no further than The Death of Jane Lawrence. What begins as a marriage of convenience between Jane and the town doctor quickly morphs into a sinister, gothic horror story about power, magic, desire, and all the ways we can be haunted by the past.


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Hamnet By Maggie O'Farrell Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781984898876
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Published: Vintage - May 18th, 2021

This is a book to read slowly and savor every line. O'Farrell effortlessly brings 1500's England to life, and even though we follow Shakespeare's family, every character feels as human as if they lived today. This tender story of family, grief, and the healing power of art deserves all of its acclaim.


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Rules of Civility: A Novel By Amor Towles Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143121169
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Published: Penguin Books - June 26th, 2012

You may know him from his bestseller A Gentleman In Moscow, but Amor Towles got his literary start with this beautiful, subtle novel about a woman finding her place in the upper echelons of 1930's New York. In crisp, sparkling prose this book will transport you into a world of opulence and witty banter before slowly unveiling the cracks in its facade.


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The High House: A Novel By Jessie Greengrass Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982180119
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Published: Scribner - January 4th, 2022

This book tracks the slow devastation of climate change, as seen through the eyes of Caroline and her younger brother Pauly, as they escape to their family’s summer house. A beautiful, eerie, and utterly transfixing story about the difficulty of pinpointing the moment when everything changes, shot through with sparkling moments of humanity and joy. This book will haunt you in the best way.


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A Far Wilder Magic By Allison Saft Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250623652
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Published: Wednesday Books - March 8th, 2022

A mythical hunt, a 1920's inspired setting, alchemy, and romance all in one book?? Sign me up! Our two main characters are loner Margaret and earnest Wes, and we follow their quest to enter a yearly competition to kill a magical beast. Allison Saft is the queen of atmosphere, and this book has it in spades. I loved the slow kindling of affection between the two protagonists, and the pitch-perfect balance between magic, humor, and *vibes* –   This is a book to savor and be swept away by.


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The Wolf and the Woodsman: A Novel By Ava Reid Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062973139
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Published: Harper Voyager - February 8th, 2022

A rich, complex fantasy novel based on Hungarian history and Jewish folklore. It's got story-based magic, an enemies-to-lovers romance, and dark fairy vibes that will keep you enthralled!


The Wordhord: Daily Life in Old English By Hana Videen Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780691232744
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Published: Princeton University Press - May 10th, 2022

English nerds rejoice! This is an accessible and entertaining exploration of Old English vocabulary that ties the language to the lives of the people who used it. This book is full of lively anecdotes and humorous, forgotten words, but it also speaks to who we were and how language has shaped who we are. Read this to fall in love with words again!


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Wake the Bones: A Novel By Elizabeth Kilcoyne Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250790828
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Published: Wednesday Books - July 12th, 2022

In the mood for a creepy summer read? Look no further than Wake the Bones! An atmospheric Southern Gothic with characters you will fall for in all their messy ways and a magical darkness that lurks just out of reach. This book will make you shiver and surprise you with a few genuinely terrifying moments, all while keeping the suspense taut. I didn't want it to end!