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Surviving 2020: Books That Will Make You Believe in Humanity
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  • For your brother who's prepping for the big one
  • Prepping 101 & How to Make Your Bunker Feel Like Home
  • Apocalyptic Events that even he's never thought of
  • Surviving the Aftermath & Dangerous Creatures and Humans

 

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Apocalypse By Joshua Piven, David Borgenicht Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781683693550
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Quirk Books - October 31st, 2023



  • For a friend looking to add to their writing toolchest
  • Literary examples
  • Exercises to try it yourself
  • From the author of The Making of a Story

 

Write Yourself Out of a Corner: 100 Exercises to Unlock Creativity By Alice LaPlante Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780393541847
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 11th, 2023



  • For writers and Murakami fans.
  • How Murakami became a novelist.
  • A look into the mind of a master storyteller.
  • The author on his own books.

 

Novelist as a Vocation By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translated by), Ted Goossen (Translated by) Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translated by), Ted Goossen (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101974537
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - November 7th, 2023



  • For your sister who can write a great line but struggles with story structure
  • Stocking stuffer size
  • Grand openings
  • Great endings

 

Plot: The Art of Story By Amy Jones Cover Image
$8.95
ISBN: 9781952178177
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wooden Books - September 15th, 2022



  • The perfect scratch for anyone with a historical drama itch
  • Fairly light on the violence scale, but the stakes are still very real
  • A shining, positive example of amateur sleuths in action

 

The Benevolent Society of Ill-Mannered Ladies (THE ILL-MANNERED LADIES #1) By Alison Goodman Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593440810
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Berkley - May 30th, 2023



  • A crime thriller with chilling supernatural aspects
  • A debut novel from a Navajo writer and filmmaker
  • A coming of age story that resonates no matter how old you are

 

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Shutter (A Rita Todacheene Novel #1) By Ramona Emerson Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781641294812
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Soho Crime - April 25th, 2023



  • A fantastic book for lovers of true crime, or anything weird/macabre
  • Beautifully written and executed (get it?) in a way that oddly comforted me

 

All the Living and the Dead: From Embalmers to Executioners, an Exploration of the People Who Have Made Death Their Life's Work By Hayley Campbell Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781250906236
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 31st, 2023



  • A deeply emotional novel that is uniquely real
  • Echoes of vintage noir, but still manages to hit close to home
  • Mixes of magical realism, similar to "Narcos" (but a bit more gritty)

 

The Devil Takes You Home: A Novel By Gabino Iglesias Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316426718
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mulholland Books - August 15th, 2023



  • Similar to Thursday Murder Club but with more murder!
  • They're not just killers-they're assassins!
  • A fast-paced thriller that isn't too intense

 

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Killers of a Certain Age By Deanna Raybourn Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593200704
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Berkley - August 15th, 2023



  • How to survive (and thrive!) as a queer person in hard times
  • Super emotional
  • Fellow ADHDers will feel very seen
  • Raw, real—and really funny

Ten Steps to Nanette: A Memoir Situation By Hannah Gadsby Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984819802
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - March 28th, 2023


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