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The Dragonfly Sea: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451494047
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Published: Knopf - March 12th, 2019

This sweeping, epic novel follows a young girl growing up on the small island of Pate. Her insular world breaks open with the arrival of emissaries from China, and she must come to terms with her place in a much larger world.

With a fascinating cast of characters, lush, lyrical prose, and enough sensory detail to make your head spin, this was a novel I wanted to savor and escape into. Complex, dazzling, and worth every second.

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Lost Children Archive: A novel Cover Image
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 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062742803
Availability: BACKORDERED
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 Cover Image
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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ISBN: 9780525538899
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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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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 Cover Image
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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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 Cover Image
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.