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Nonfiction: A Novel By Julie Myerson Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781959030317
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Tin House Books - January 2nd, 2024

Devastating but richly rewarding,  a la Herman Koch’s The Dinner or the best of Shirley Jackson, Nonfiction is a frank novel with a great sense of command. 

Blunt truths are a risky business but Myerson really pulls it off. The narrator's straightforward but sentimental voice expertly distills the calamity of loving someone lost to themselves. 

A really, really impressive work.


Review by Wes

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Night of the Short Eyes: A Novel By Peter Plate Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781644213148
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Published: Seven Stories Press - June 27th, 2023

Sun-scorched, listless, candid, drowned-of-heart -- Peter Plate writes this young protagonist with a pair of deeply knowing eyes. I'm thankful that this story caught my attention in the stacks of advance reader copies floating in and out of this bookstore.



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The Book of Form and Emptiness: A Novel By Ruth Ozeki Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780399563669
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Published: Penguin Books - June 14th, 2022

Ruth Ozeki is a true master of crafting engaging stories that are both readable and deeply philosophical. In this novel the book itself is a character who has much to say on the nature of books:  "The reader is not a passive receptacle for a book's contents. Not at all. You are our collaborators, our conspirators, breathing new life into us... According to the capabilities of the reader, books have their own destinies." 

So go on and give this lovely book a new destiny and I hope you enjoy the read as much as I did. 


Review by Natalie

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Big Swiss: A Novel By Jen Beagin Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982153090
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Published: Scribner - August 1st, 2023

Big Swiss is less like a novel and more like an endurance test of second-hand embarrassment. Greta/Rebekah's genuine curiosity and awe of her boss's mysterious new patient, nicknamed Big Swiss, spirals into a relationship based on lies, amorous feelings towards armpits, and jealousy in the fraudulent form of Javier Bardem. My shoulders were in a permanent state of cringing while reading this, but that didn't stop me from racing through this book. 

 


Review by Sarah C.

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Nightbitch: A Novel By Rachel Yoder Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593312148
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Published: Anchor - July 5th, 2022

Is the dead-end life of suburbia making an exhausted and frustrated mother believe her canines are sharper and her body is starting to sprout a tail capable of wagging? Or is she actually transforming into a furry beast, desperate to sate her wanderlust by loping into the night of her neighborhood, snapping the necks of small creatures between her jaws filled with the rage of someone once so full of ambition? Either way, it is capable of making you say *WHAT THE HELL* at 1AM because the character is so ravenously unhinged.


Review by Sarah C.

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The House of Broken Angels By Luis Alberto Urrea Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316154895
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Published: Back Bay Books - March 5th, 2019

Focused on the intertwined lives of a Mexican-American family and the final birthday of their dying but defiant patriarch, Urrea's story of the Mexican diaspora is both heartbreaking and hopeful. 


Review by Sarah C.