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Straw Dogs of the Universe by Ye Chun

In Straw Dogs of the Universe, Ye Chun pulls us into the type of thought-provoking western that we should have been reading all along. Her cast of post–Gold Rush Chinese immigrants struggle to survive in California amid waves of xenophobic violence and the disheartening realization that they are a people without a home. If this is what ‘woke’ historical fiction looks like, sign me up.  


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By Ye Chun
ISBN: 9781646220625
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Published: Catapult - October 17th, 2023

The Cliff House by Chris Brookmyre

Bachelorette party on a remote island? Check. Internet and phone suspiciously unavailable? Confirmed. Secrets and grudges galore? Boy howdy! Hunky yet mysterious chef? Oh, yes. The devices may seem tired at first glance but The Cliff House is extremely entertaining. I kept turning the pages and I think you will, too. This is light reading at its best; you must know what happens next!  


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ISBN: 9781613164426
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Published: Scarlet - November 7th, 2023

A City on Mars by Kelly Weinersmith & Zach Weinersmith

Have you really considered the challenges of creating a viable settlement on Mars? Or do you gloss over the details because it just sounds like a cool idea? Well, the Weinersmiths have done a lot of research and they’d like you to consider staying on Earth for a while, even though things look dire at the moment. You’ll love this book, even if their logic (and humor) doesn’t sway you.  


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A City on Mars: Can we settle space, should we settle space, and have we really thought this through? By Kelly Weinersmith, Zach Weinersmith Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984881724
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Published: Penguin Press - November 7th, 2023

The Trackers by Charles Frazier

Charles Frazier (of Cold Mountain fame) takes us to the Great Depression as a New Deal artist accepts a cross-country mission to find a wealthy rancher’s missing wife. Frazier’s characters and his views of history are so compelling because they are deeply nuanced. You’ll find few clear heroes or villains in this book but plenty of intriguing and flawed individuals who are just trying to survive this wild journey. Enjoy the ride!


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ISBN: 9780062948083
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Published: Ecco - April 11th, 2023

The Goodbye Coast: A Philip Marlowe Novel by Joe Ide

Joe Ide brings back hard-boiled Philip Marlowe in today’s Los Angeles—a city as gritty as ever with no shortage of dodgy characters. As I followed Marlowe and his former policeman father through two tough cases, I didn’t find myself comparing the story to Chandler’s original novels. Instead, I was simply enjoying a good yarn. This is a fun detective story that stands on its own.


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By Joe Ide
ISBN: 9780316459259
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Published: Mulholland Books - March 7th, 2023

Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton

An American tech billionaire wants to help a group of idealistic young New Zealanders with their philanthropic—and illegal—quest. Or does he? Birnam Wood combines the tension of a thriller with the character development of true literary fiction. All that plus an exotic setting and fascinating plot (with plenty of twists and turns) results in a book that just won’t let you go.


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ISBN: 9780374110338
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 7th, 2023

Why We Travel: 100 Reasons to See the World by Patricia Schultz

Let Patricia Schultz rekindle your wanderlust and remind you that this big, beautiful world is just waiting for exploration. Filled with amazing photographs, inspiring anecdotes, and travel tips, Why We Travel may provide just the push you need to get out of your pandemic funk, whether you jump on a plane or just let your imagination run wild. Easily digestible in one sitting, this quick read is a great way to expand your horizons.


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ISBN: 9781523510979
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - September 13th, 2022

The Biggest Ideas in the Universe: Space, Time, and Motion by Sean Carroll

Do you remember the days of high school math and physics, when you were drowning in Byzantine equations that seemed to have no relevance to anything that mattered? The Biggest Ideas shows how those equations can help you better understand mind-bending topics like spacetime, black holes, and event horizons. If you’re interested in knowing how math describes our place in the universe, this book is well worth your time.


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ISBN: 9780593186589
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Published: Dutton - September 20th, 2022

Pastoral Song: A Farmer’s Journey by James Rebanks

Is “progress” always a good thing? James Rebanks shows us how dramatically farming has changed in just a few generations. Small, family-run operations have disappeared, only to be replaced by industrial monoliths focused entirely on producing as much inexpensive food as possible. With all eyes on the bottom line, the soul has disappeared from farming. How much does that matter? Pastoral Song may have you thinking twice before you eat your next meal.


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ISBN: 9780063073241
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Published: Mariner Books - August 16th, 2022

Shutter by Ramona Emerson

Indigenous photographer Rita Todacheene hears from the dead after documenting violent crime scenes. When the ghost of a victim demands justice, Rita has no choice but to put her own life on the line to solve the crime. More than a whodunnit, Shutter shows us the reality of growing up on a Navajo reservation and the familial love that can help us persevere despite the odds.


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ISBN: 9781641294812
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Published: Soho Crime - April 25th, 2023


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