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Land of Milk and Honey by C. Pam Zhang

This is a book you can taste, an exploration of flavor, a sensuous story of hunger, desire, and longing. A tale set in a future when only the wealthy thrive, high above the bland gray food consumed by the masses below. C. Pam Zhang’s writing is beautiful and creative and the ideas she explores are complex, disturbing, and provocative. This is an amazing novel, a reading experience that is immediate and visceral.  

—Trey

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ISBN: 9780593538241
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 26th, 2023

The MANIAC by Benjamin Labatut

“Cavemen created the gods, I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t do the same.” An extraordinary, brilliant ride through a critical period of human history. The chilling story of technology, computers, and artificial intelligence pushing through human limits. A deep dive into the minds of 20th-century geniuses, told in three parts with a masterful blend of fiction and fact. This is a mesmerizing, thought-provoking novel that left me both exhilarated and terrified.  

—Trey

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ISBN: 9780593654477
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Published: Penguin Press - October 3rd, 2023

Dark Ride by Lou Berney

This is the story of Hardly, a perpetual stoner drifting from one day to the next. Hardly has somehow taken on the impossible task of rescuing two abused children, a mission that appears doomed from the start. He enlists his 16-year-old clueless amusement park coworker, an antisocial goth city worker, and a sexy 40-something former private investigator. This is a thriller with heart. Another well-crafted winner from Lou Berney.  

—Trey

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ISBN: 9780062663863
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Published: William Morrow - September 19th, 2023

Thornhedge by T. Kingfisher

This book is part of our Fall Reading Challenge 2023. Read more about the challenge here.

Should all curses be broken? This lush, subversive retelling of Sleeping Beauty turns the fairytale on its head. This is the story of Toadling, the faerie who is guarding the tower within which the princess sleeps. T. Kingfisher brings us a polished gem with this beautiful novella. The world-building is rich and verdant. The prose is lyrical, haunting, and sweet. Thornhedge is pure magic. Toadling will steal your heart.

—Trey

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ISBN: 9781250244093
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Published: Tor Books - August 15th, 2023

Shark Heart: A Love Story by Emily Habeck

It seems like an absurd premise. A man mutates into a great white shark?! As bizarre as that may sound, you will not want to miss this beautiful novel. It's an exquisite exploration of love, loss, grief, and joy. Served up in short lyrical chapters, I found that I couldn't stop turning the pages. If you like your literary fiction a little strange and with a lot of heart, you will love this stunning debut. 

—Trey

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ISBN: 9781668006498
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Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - August 8th, 2023

Terrace Story by Hilary Leichter

A dreamy novel in four parts, interconnected stories exploring love, loss, and loneliness. Hilary Leichter writes with a deft touch in the magical place between real and imaginary. Time is elastic, impossible spaces materialize, and parallel realities emerge. And yet, it all makes sense. Reading this made my heart ache at the same time that it produced a smile. It captivated me from the start.

—Trey

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ISBN: 9780063265813
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Published: Ecco - August 29th, 2023

Acts of Service by Lillian Fishman

A controversial dive into the complexities of desire, commitment, toxicity, and sex. This is a messy and uncomfortable book about a queer woman having sex with a powerful man and his female lover. The characters are all flawed and their interactions are often cringe-worthy. And yet the questions and issues Acts of Service explores are real. The writing is fantastic and the book is hard to put down. This is a love-it-or-hate-it novel. I loved it. 

—Trey

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ISBN: 9780593243787
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Published: Hogarth - May 30th, 2023

Not Funny: Essays on Life, Comedy, Culture, Et Cetera Written & Narrated by Jena Friedman

This eye-opening inside look at the misogynist world of comedy is part memoir, part social commentary, and all sharp wit and keen observations about reproductive rights, gender, privilege, #MeToo, and more. Edgy standup comic and comedic screenwriter Jena Friedman shines on the audiobook stage. Listening to her narration enhances her personal stories, reflections, and insights. Not Funny is a perfect fit for the audiobook format. Don’t worry, despite the title, it’s very funny! —TREY

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ISBN: 9781982178284
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Published: Atria/One Signal Publishers - April 18th, 2023

The Applicant by Nazli Koca

The very first sentences of The Applicant hooked me and I was all in. A stellar debut, rough around the edges, bristling with fierce wit and insight. This is the diary of Leyla, a twenty-something Turkish immigrant in Berlin, living in limbo. Caught between two worlds, legal status uncertain. The writing is raw and tender, the social commentary is razor-sharp, and the questions raised are provocative. Being immersed in Leyla's view of the world was an eye-opening experience for me. —Trey

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ISBN: 9780802160546
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Published: Grove Press - February 14th, 2023

Station Eternity by Mur Lafferty

This is a wild whodunit. A locked room intergalactic murder. A sentient space station that’s having an identity crisis. Strange aliens including symbionts and hive minds. Our hero, Mallory, is an amateur sleuth by necessity. Death seems to follow her everywhere, including into space. This is a great start to a new series by the talented author Mur Lafferty. Once again, she hits the sweet spot between sci-fi and mystery.  
—TREY

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ISBN: 9780593098110
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Published: Ace - October 4th, 2022

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