Fiction

I didn’t want to lead this review with the fact that the author of this book is serving a life sentence for murder, because there is so much more to this book than that. However, it is precisely his perspective from the “inside” that makes this collection of short stories so raw and powerful. This debut is a tour de force, helping the reader understand unseen and painful realities through its lens of humor, insight, and common humanity. - Casey

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The Graybar Hotel: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501162305
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 8th, 2018

A letter written in 1939 and found 50 years later is the inspiration for The Lost Letter. It’s a modern-day mystery mixed with historical fiction. Katie’s father is in a nursing home; when she takes his stamp collection to be evaluated, it turns out there is a story bigger than the value of this rare stamp. This sets her off to Germany find out the rest of the story. I love a love story mixed with a mystery and I found this one to be a compelling read. - Clytia                               

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The Lost Letter Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399185687
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 12th, 2018

Tommy Orange’s debut offers a contemporary glimpse of Native lives through a wide array of characters. There There lifts the figure of the Native American off the shrine built of white America’s guilt and sins. This novel has horror and rage and sadness and banality—and beauty, too: Orange writes of the humanity of his people who exist now: urban, dynamic, less “other,” more real. - Chorel

Don’t miss our free event with Tommy Orange at Bookshop Santa Cruz on June 18th, 2018.

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There There Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525520375
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 5th, 2018

Madeline Miller is back, this time with a gorgeous story of Circe, the witch of ancient mythology. The writing is so juicy and delicious that it’s hard to tell if I’m falling under Circe’s spell or Miller’s. In a world so brutal, watching a woman forge her own path despite all odds inspired me and made me think hard about what we accept to be true and what might be known if we listen harder. - Jax 

Don't miss our June 13th, 2018 free book talk and signing with Madeline Miller for Circe.

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Circe Cover Image
$21.60
ISBN: 9780316556347
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Published: Little Brown and Company - April 10th, 2018

This deeply moving and gorgeously written narrative follows the intertwining stories of two young women: In 2011, Nour is a Syrian American girl who must escape the Syrian Civil War with her family, while 800 years earlier, Rawiya disguises herself as a boy and apprentices with the world’s best mapmaker in search of adventure. On the way, they find themselves walking similar paths through the Middle East and North Africa while they search for the meaning of family and home. - Stuart

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The Map of Salt and Stars Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501169038
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Published: Touchstone Books - May 1st, 2018

Kushner’s new novel opens with the main character Romy Hall on the way to prison to serve a life sentence for murder. As much the story of Hall’s life in prison, it’s the story of her past—her childhood on the streets of San Francisco, her experiences as an exotic dancer, and the circumstances surrounding her crime. Kushner writes effortlessly, with compassion for people struggling to survive in modern California’s darkest corners. - Rico

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The Mars Room: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476756554
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Published: Scribner - May 1st, 2018

I found a refracted reflection of myself in the lives of the four 20-something musicians at the center of Aja Gabel’s debut novel, The Ensemble. The alienation, hedonism, love, loss, and beautiful music in their lives is depicted with such ferocity that Gabel’s romantic yet sardonic prose began to whirl around in my head during the day’s quiet moments. If you liked Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere or Nell Zink’s Nicotine, you will like The Ensemble. - Gabe

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780735214767
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 15th, 2018

Set in the steamy, seemingly dangerous landscape of Florida, Lauren Groff’s new stories play on the boundaries of humanity and wildness, the contradictions within human nature, and the conflicts faced by women in the assumed roles of motherhood and marriage. They are dark, exploratory, and as always with Lauren Groff, a thing of literary beauty. - Melinda

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Florida Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594634512
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 5th, 2018

What I love most about Curtis Sittenfeld is the sly truths she buries just below the amiable surface. These gems abound in her new short story collection, You Think It, I’ll Say It. Whether she is exploring a wronged woman doing wrong and then dwelling on it or the insecurity of being a new mother around the assurance of other new mothers, Sittenfeld writes life that is honestly, refreshingly real, and enjoyable, too. - Melinda

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You Think It, I'll Say It: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399592867
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Published: Random House - April 24th, 2018

It’s been more than 25 years since Michael Ondaatje wrote the breathtaking novel The English Patient. In Warlight, two teens, Nathanial and Rachel, live in post–World War II London, where a cast of guardians watch them when their parents depart for foreign lands. Unbeknownst to them, their parents are fleeing because of the secret work they did during the war. “Mesmerizing from the first sentence, rife with poignant insights and satisfying subplots, this novel about secrets and loss may be Ondaatje’s best work yet,” says Publishers Weekly.

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Warlight Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525521198
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 8th, 2018

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