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Paperback Fiction from the 2013 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our <a href="http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/2013-winter-newsletter">2013 Winter Newsletter</a>.

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Just out in paperback, The Round House is the newest novel by my favorite author. I’ve been following Ms. Erdrich’s writing for nearly two decades—she is to whom I turn for characters I can recognize as full and real. This newest novel shows the magnitude of her ability for fullness and depth. Narrated by 13-year-old Joe, who becomes frustrated with the bureaucracy of the justice system after his mother is attacked on an Ojibwa reservation, begins to try to solve the crime himself. Starting with old Native American stories that have been handed down, a layered history is revealed to Joe, and the beauty and complexity of this story begins to unfold, so it reads as part mystery, part political narrative, and part spiritual quest. The Round House is so much more than a coming-of-age story; it is a novel worthy of acclaim and praise, a novel written by an author whose talent and capacity is worthy of that impossible position—to land at the top of my (and soon to be yours) beloved authors list.

Reviewed by: 
S.M.C.
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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062065254
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - September 24th, 2013

Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories by Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie’s latest collection of new and republished stories will appeal to long-time fans as well as those new to the scene (but seriously, where have you been all this time? Does Alexie even have “new fans”? Aren’t we all long-time followers of his spare yet descriptive writing? Isn’t Sherman Alexie kind of the alpha and omega of storytelling?). Get some Diet Pepsi and read Blasphemy!

Reviewed by: 
Louise
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$17.00
ISBN: 9780802121752
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Grove Press - October 8th, 2013

xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths by Kate Bernheimer

There’s no school like the old school—except when the old school is reinvented so that you’d never know it wasn’t new. Kate Bernheimer generals an army of literary talent to deconstruct and retell classical Greek myths, selections from One Thousand and One Nights, coyote stories, Hindu legend, and much more. Orpheus was the greatest artist of the mythological age—but kiss him goodbye; we have plenty of other fantastic voices to choose from.

Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn
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By Kate Bernheimer (Editor)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780143122425
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Penguin Books - September 24th, 2013

The Heart Broke In by James Meek

The Heart Broke In is an epic tale showcasing all of the best and worst parts of humanity: love, redemption, revenge, earnest longing, and terrible loneliness. This is a kind of anti-romance; Meek’s characters are all wanting to love and be loved, but can they put aside their egos long enough to grasp happiness? With Tolstoy-esque syntax and characters of real emotional depth, Meek’s latest work is a fast and compelling read.

Reviewed by: 
Louise
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$27.00
ISBN: 9781250037770
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Picador - October 1st, 2013

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