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Fall Reading Challenge 2022

Join Bookshop's Fall Reading Challenge! Read any two of the eight staff recommended books below (which are featured in our Fall Reading Guide) by October 31st and Bookshop will donate $5.00 on your behalf to the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom to fight against the banning of books.

Finished reading your two books? Click here and let us know. Bookshop will donate $5.00 to the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom for every completed entry. THANK YOU!

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Solito: A Memoir By Javier Zamora Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593498064
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hogarth - September 6th, 2022

In his debut, Javier Zamora lets a poetic voice shine throughout as he weaves a timeless memoir for the new American immigrant diaspora. Solito recounts Zamora's journey as a child traveling from his native El Salvador, crossing three borders by land and sea in order to be reunited with his parents in the U.S. Zamora effortlessly illustrates the fear and wonder of his perilous journey, and humanizes an experience most of us could not fathom. —Josué. Don’t miss our event with Javier Zamora on September 14th.

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Solito (Spanish Edition) By Javier Zamora Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644736593
Availability: Not Yet Published - Available for Pre-Order; Please See Publication Date Below Before Ordering
Published: Vintage Espanol - October 11th, 2022

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All the Lonely People By Mike Gayle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538720172
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 2nd, 2022

I was hooked by the premise of this charming novel and fully caught by its immersive setting, wonderful characters, and heartwarming journey of our curmudgeon protagonist. Aging widower recluse Hubert Bird has created a vibrant imaginary social life to delight his daughter during their weekly phone calls, but now she’s coming to visit and he needs to find some real friends fast. Balancing humor and heft, this is for fans of A Man Called Ove, Tin Man, and human kindness.


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Shutter By Ramona Emerson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781641293334
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Published: Soho Crime - August 2nd, 2022

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. —Glenn


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You Sexy Thing By Cat Rambo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250269294
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Published: Tor Books - August 2nd, 2022

Former Admiral Nicolette Larson has worked tirelessly to make her restaurant a success. Failure means returning to military service with her former squadron turned restaurant employees and sets back a rescue mission decades in the making. When everything explodes in her face (quite literally), survival is tantamount while also contending with a living ship that believes they’re thieves. Oh and space pirates! For fans of Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and The Great British Baking Show, I savored every minute of this incredible series opener. —Ivy

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A Dreadful Splendor: A Novel By B.R. Myers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063209831
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 23rd, 2022

Take the atmospheric details of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca and mix it with a cast of character personalities from a Jane Austen novel and what do you get? A satisfyingly creepy, Victorian era gothic mystery that is—A Dreadful Splendor by B.R. Myers. Myers creates a riveting page turner with enough plot twists that keep you guessing till the end. A perfect read for the autumn months ahead. —Kristina

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Love in the Time of Serial Killers By Alicia Thompson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593438657
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Published: Berkley - August 16th, 2022

Murderinos rejoice! This is THE romance novel for anyone who binges True Crime podcasts, Netflix docu-series, Only Murders in The Building, and Ann Rule books. Thompson’s endless references to both obscure and well-known stories feel like an Easter Egg. It might be distracting if not so freakin’ well done. The characters are charming; the story is original, and it's an overall delightful reading experience. SSDGM —Lindsay

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Touch: A Novel By Olaf Olafsson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063226982
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Published: Ecco - August 16th, 2022

This is a novel structured to be savored in small portions. A quiet, reflective story written in short strokes by a skilled author. Two events upend the life of Kristofer, a 75-year-old Icelandic restaurateur: his establishment closes and a message appears from a long-lost lover. Thus begins his unlikely journey to solve a 50-year-old mystery. First to London, the site of his youthful affair. And then to Japan for the answers to his questions. A touching exploration into the elusiveness of both love and memories. —Trey

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A Place in the World: Finding the Meaning of Home By Frances Mayes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593443330
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Published: Crown - August 23rd, 2022

A Place in the World is many things—all of them beautiful, rich, and restorative. It is a welcome escape, a travel memoir in Italy, the South, and beyond, a contemplation on place and finding home wherever you are. It is immersive nature writing, a paean to literature, to food, family and friends. There is deep satisfaction here, an enviable pleasure for the life Frances Mayes puts forth and a renewed appreciation of my own. This book is a balm. —Melinda