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This book made me feel like a child discovering the world of books. Fledgling is a wholly new—norm-destroying vampire mythology is explored through the eyes of the strangest protagonists I've ever encountered. This is science fiction at its most cutting and mind-bending. Months after reading it I'm still asking myself questions and dreaming about this universe. - Clara

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$15.00
ISBN: 9780446696166
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 1st, 2007


Just like their architecture, the prose of the ancient Romans still holds up to the present day. In the Golden Ass, the only remaining novel originally written in Latin (first published in the second century A.D), modern fantasy fiction readers will find all the themes they pine for in a novel—sex, murder, and magic. The Golden Ass is sure to please. - Aric

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By Apuleius, E. J. Kenney (Translator), E. J. Kenney (Introduction by)
$14.00
ISBN: 9780140435900
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - January 1st, 1999


Yes, a sappy dog book! Our charming four-legged narrator observes his owner’s life with careful wisdom and curiosity. We follow this unique perspective throughout different stages of human life with the commentary of man’s best friend. Sentimental and reflective, one of my favorites to pass on! Tear-jerker warning! - Grace

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The Art of Racing in the Rain Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061537967
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 9th, 2009


Naomi doesn't remember why she was running when a group of migrants found her as a lost child outside a field, but she devotes her adult life to answering that question for other lost girls. A private investigator, Naomi is skilled at tracking down lost children. But when a new case draws her back into the broken memories of her past, Naomi is scared of what she might find. A beautiful, chilling tale of loss and redemption. - Sara

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$25.99
ISBN: 9780062659057
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Published: Harper - September 5th, 2017


In a small town along the Mississippi coast, one American family struggles with the ebbs and flows of a roller-coaster life grappling with addiction, connection, imprisonment, belonging and multi-generational strife. Jesmyn Ward, author of National Book Award winner Salvage the Bones, writes with gloriously, lyrical prose – a true mix of magical realism and honest observation of human nature which fully demonstrates that she is one of the greatest American authors writing today. - Casey

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Sing, Unburied, Sing Cover Image
$20.80
ISBN: 9781501126062
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Published: Scribner Book Company - September 5th, 2017


A customer recommended this book to me, and I’m so glad she did! Horwitz and his wisecracking, alcoholic friend follow the same course as the legendary sailor Captain James Cook. Horwitz’s journey helps him strike a balance between admiration for Cook’s achievements, and an acknowledgement of the irreversible catastrophes he unintentionally wrought on the native cultures he encountered whilst circumnavigating the globe. - Jade

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Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780312422608
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Published: Picador USA - August 1st, 2003


When teenager Lucinda Hayes is found murdered in her suburban town, all eyes shift to her quiet and decidedly different neighbor, Cameron Whitley. But in this perfectly-paced, suspenseful novel, the reader is kept guessing of the true nature of their connection and helps us realize that what we see on the surface might not always be the truth.  Danya Kukafka’s breakout debut will grab you early on and propel you to the finish where you just want to re-read it all over again. - Casey

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781501144370
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 1st, 2017


I look forward to each new Krauss novel, and for good reason. Her latest is an exploration of identity and belonging. An aging lawyer and a struggling writer travel to Israel in near-intersecting stories, each searching for something unknowable, and the not knowing is the prize. Add in some Kafka, some metaphysical philosophizing, oh and the multiverse, and you have an intellectual journey in want of a curious reader. Let it be you. - Melinda

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Forest Dark Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062430991
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Published: Harper - September 12th, 2017


Shamsie is a young author already lauded in England, so it’s a pleasure to break her out here with her latest novel. Home Fire is a modern retelling of Antigone, taking shape in the lives of two Muslim sisters and their radicalized brother, and in two families as they become intertwined by love, loyalty and politics. A powerful story, fast paced, light of touch and beautifully written – it’s an unforgettable introduction to Shamsie’s work. - Melinda

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780735217683
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 15th, 2017


Englander has tackled the intimate and the impossible, looking with a novelist’s eye at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the cycles of harm, and the notions of identity, loyalty, and possibility. An unnamed prisoner and his guard, an Israeli spy, a traitor, a conscience and a powerful leader trapped in a coma -- how they connect is both a simmering espionage tale, a bit of a love story and a parable for our complicated times. - Melinda

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781524732738
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 5th, 2017


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