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Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions (An Auntie Poldi Adventure #1) Cover Image
By Mario Giordano, John Brownjohn (Translated by)
$24.00
ISBN: 9781328863577
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - March 6th, 2018

Meet Auntie Poldi, a sassy 60-something widow who retires to Sicily to live out her days imbibing on vino, savoring good food, and admiring a view of the sea. That is until the handsome handyman who is helping her renovate her villa goes missing and is found murdered. Poldi immerges as Sicily’s new amateur sleuth – but her snooping into the lives of the townsfolk proves irksome to the sexy police inspector in charge of the investigation. Giordano, a writer of both books and screenplays, has a knack for cinematic writing with snappy dialogue and page-turning plot twists. For fans of international mysteries set amid beautiful landscapes and filled with quirky, lovable characters. 


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$25.99
ISBN: 9780062676139
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Published: Ecco - March 6th, 2018

Heart Spring Mountain: A Novel Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062444424
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Published: Ecco - January 9th, 2018

One of the Boys Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781501156175
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Published: Scribner Book Company - March 6th, 2018

One of the Boys is a stark portrait and unforgiving look at a young boy’s coming-of-age. It is also a survival story of two brothers under the care of their drug-addled, abusive, and manipulative father. He pits the boys against their mother, then against one another, in an attempt to gain their unrivaled love and support. All along, all the narrator wants is to be loved and to be, as his father frequently says, “one of the boys.” But this desire to belong creates unforeseen consequences as both the narrator and his brother get caught up in their father’s manic behavior and, at times, go to reprehensible lengths to try to prove themselves worthy. With sharp, simple language Magariel conveys the confusing feelings of two boys who desperately try hold their father together despite his impending self-implosion. With amazing insight and beautifully raw language One of the Boys transcends its bleak subject matter to become its own kind of distilled novelistic triumph. 


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A Separation: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399576119
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 6th, 2018

The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501169373
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 16th, 2018

The King Is Always Above the People: Stories Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594631726
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 31st, 2017

Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501126079
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Published: Scribner - May 8th, 2018

My favorite book of 2017. Ward is master storyteller and so graceful in showing us the depths of grief, the pain of emotional suffering, the grip of sadness. We see generation after generation of a family endure loss. Smell the blood of those gone and see it spill from those still here. Witness not just with eyes, but with heart, the hardship of those that came before and those that come after. But the novel is equally adept at showing us love, not matter how subtle. We see how love can be carried, not matter how small, and can become a tiny gem that allow the characters to bear what life brings. Even with the heavy weight of sorrow running through the novel, the book is somehow lightened through Ward’s generously beautiful prose. She shows us what it is to live, to love, to die. What an extraordinary book. One I will take with me the rest of my life. 


Moonglow: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062225566
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 19th, 2017

Miss Jane Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393354386
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 11th, 2017

The Association of Small Bombs: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143109273
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Published: Penguin Books - October 18th, 2016

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Fates and Furies: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594634482
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 13th, 2016

The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780770436452
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Published: Hogarth - July 19th, 2016

Mothers, Tell Your Daughters: Stories Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780393353266
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 4th, 2016

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Station Eleven Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

Dancer: A Novel (Picador Modern Classics) Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250051790
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Published: Picador Modern Classics - June 2nd, 2015

10:04: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250081339
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Published: Picador - October 13th, 2015

A Field Guide to Getting Lost Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143037248
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Published: Penguin Books - June 27th, 2006

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Men Explain Things to Me Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781608464661
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Published: Haymarket Books - September 1st, 2015

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Too Loud a Solitude Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780156904582
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Published: Mariner Books - April 27th, 1992

For thirty-five years, Hanta has been compacting wastepaper and books, and it's his love story. Set in Prague under Communist rule, Hanta sees thousands of books destroyed under his watch. But he "saves" as many as he can and collects them in his home. He may be simple, and at times just plain foolish, but he loves his books as ardently as any intellectual. My favorite book of all time, I reread this book over and over again, and its beautiful, rambling sentences become my own kind of devotional. I absolutely love this book for its silly, misguided narrator and his compulsive love for the written word.


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Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307718358
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Published: Clarkson Potter - November 4th, 2014

A quiet green notebook with "Provence, 1970" scribbled on the cover was found by M.F.K. Fisher's nephew buried in a storage unit afer her death. From the notebook, letters, and her diaries, he pieces together the story of one winter spent in Provence cooking, musin, and collaborating with Paul and Julia Child, James Beard, Richard Olney, and a number of mid-century chefs. You'll delight in the peculiarities of the personalities, the elaborate menus, and the remembrances of a life well liked.


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Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451621389
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 6th, 2013

I dare  you not to finish this book in one sitting. Everyone I know who has read it, including myself, has been unable to put it down. The author chronicles her battle with a rare autoimmune disease that swiftly attacked her brain with symptoms that included psychotic breaks, seizures and catatonia. The doctors didn't know the cause and raced against time to find a cure. A fascinating look at how we diagnose and treat disease -- and how family, friends, and doctors came together to save a life.


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Birds of a Lesser Paradise Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451643367
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Published: Scribner Book Company - November 6th, 2012

This quietly beautiful story collection explores human relationships with animals and our frequently changing role within the animal kingdom. And it also shows us our own ruthless, reckless animal instinct. Her writing is playful and curious -- reminding me of Amy Hempel (who she studied under) and even the great Alice Munro. Highly recommended.


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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780770436421
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Published: Hogarth - February 4th, 2014

One of the best debut novels I've ever read. Period.


The English Patient (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780679745204
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Published: Vintage - November 30th, 1993

Lila: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250074843
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Published: Picador - October 6th, 2015

The Faraway Nearby Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143125495
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Published: Penguin Books - April 29th, 2014