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Bliss Montage: Stories By Ling Ma Cover Image
By Ling Ma
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374293512
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 13th, 2022

Short stories seem to give insight into an author's style and themes even more than a full novel, and this collection cements Ling Ma as an absolute hands-down, brilliant writer. Funny, engaging, weird, and powerful - I couldn't get enough. 


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If I Survive You By Jonathan Escoffery Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374605988
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Published: MCD - September 6th, 2022

These were brilliant, linked short stories about a Jamaican family living in Miami. It's a book about identity and family. It is profound and moving and left me wanting more. This is a shimmering gem of a book.


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Dinosaurs: A Novel By Lydia Millet Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781324021469
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 11th, 2022

Author of the National Book Award-nominated "A Children's Bible" is back with a beautiful, slice-of-life novel set in Arizona. I love this book for its subtlety and quiet brilliance. It's engaging and compelling but without any of the stress that conflict in novels usually provides.

 


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The Book of Goose: A Novel By Yiyun Li Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374606343
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 20th, 2022

Set in a rural town in France in the 1950's, about poverty and privilege and the fickle nature of truth. This book is beautifully written, strange and fascinating. 


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The Last White Man: A Novel By Mohsin Hamid Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593538814
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 2nd, 2022

This book floored me. It's written with a dreamlike quality and touches so intimately on the universality of human experience - love and loss. It's somehow so incredibly hopeful. It's the book we all need right now. 


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Woman Running in the Mountains By Yuko Tsushima, Geraldine Harcourt (Translated by), Lauren Groff (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Yuko Tsushima, Geraldine Harcourt (Translated by), Lauren Groff (Introduction by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781681375977
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Published: NYRB Classics - February 22nd, 2022

Slice-of-life novel, written in 1980, about an unmarried woman raising a baby in Tokyo. Quiet and atmospheric and suprisingly angsty at times. It's the perfect book to bring back for our current time. 


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Moon Witch, Spider King (The Dark Star Trilogy #2) By Marlon James Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780735220201
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 15th, 2022

It is rare to come across a sequel that is so good it makes its predecessor better, but that is exactly what this book does. The Dark Star Trilogy is not a linear trilogy, but the same story told from a different character's perspective and James deftly manipulates the subtle shifts in the narrative, while crafting a stunning, heartbreaking backstory for Sogolon. It's difficult to put into words just how much I love and admire these books. 


Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) By Marlon James Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735220188
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 4th, 2020

One of my favorite books in the last decade. This book is like nothing I've read before. Set in an Africa-like fantasy world, Tracker is called on to find a missing child. Unforgettable characters and richly imagined worlds and customs move this book into a category of its own. I loved it and can't wait for the next installment! 


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Matrix: A Novel By Lauren Groff Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594634505
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 6th, 2022

Lauren Groff's latest is an absolute masterpiece. Slice of life historical fiction, every sentence carefully crafted. The book follows the life of Marie in 1158 as she enters an abbey in crisis and transforms it into a thriving community. 


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Elsewhere: A Novel By Alexis Schaitkin, Elishia Merricks (Preface by) Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250219633
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Published: Celadon Books - June 28th, 2022

Atmospheric and unsettling, this book was a bit of a throwback to "Never Let Me Go" by Ishiguro and I hope it gets just as much attention. I was obsessed with everything about it and could not put it down. One of my favorite reads of the year so far. This one deserves to be on all the award lists! 


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Little Foxes Took Up Matches By Katya Kazbek Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781953534026
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Published: Tin House Books - April 5th, 2022

Set in Moscow in the late 1990's, the story follows 11-year-old Mitya as he navigates loss, a difficult family life, and his own gender identity. Mitya is such a loveable character and has taken his place among my favorite literary characters of all time. This book has so much heart and hope. Loved every second of it. 


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Either/Or By Elif Batuman Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525557593
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Published: Penguin Press - May 24th, 2022

The follow-up to Batuman's 2017 novel, "The Idiot" - we meet Selin again, now in her sophomore year at Harvard. It's a year of discovery and experimentation. "Either/Or" brings the same humor, self-awareness, and philosophical musings that made "The Idiot" one of my all-time favorite novels. It was everything I was hoping for and more! 


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The Family Chao: A Novel By Lan Samantha Chang Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781324050469
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 20th, 2022

Loosely based on The Brothers Karamazov and utterly brilliant from beginning to end. Fantastic characters, riveting plot - but what grabbed me most was the creative way she rewove a classic into a modern immigrant story that is just as timeless as its source. 


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The Ballad of Perilous Graves By Alex Jennings Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780759557192
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Published: Redhook - June 21st, 2022

An absolutely intense wild ride. Set in an alternate version of New Orleans and full of music and haints and sky trolleys and magic. It's unlike anything I've ever read. A solid debut! 


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O Beautiful: A Novel By Jung Yun Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250274328
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Published: St. Martin's Press - November 9th, 2021

An incredibly powerful and timely book set in a small North Dakotan town that's in the middle of an oil boom. Yun turns this small town into a condensed version of America. It felt like a modern gold rush novel. Totally brilliant. 


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Cult Classic: A Novel By Sloane Crosley Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374603397
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Published: MCD - June 7th, 2022

A hilarious and witty tale of love and loss. Completely surprising and unexpectedly poignant around every turn. I wanted to underline every other sentence and befriend the main character. There is nothing that I didn't love about this book. It was an absolute delight. 


Popisho: A Novel By Leone Ross Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250829634
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Published: Picador - February 1st, 2022

This book is like chocolate - it's so rich in language and character, the world is so colorful and the story one to be savored. It's hilarious and heartbreaking and unforgettable. I absolutely loved it. 


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Fight Night By Miriam Toews Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781635578171
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - October 5th, 2021

Our two main characters, Swiv and her grandmother are an absolute riot, and unforgettable. There were so many moments in this that had me laughing out loud and the ending is an absolute punch in the gut. LOVED this book. 


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Fault Lines: A Novel By Emily Itami Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063099814
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Published: Mariner Books - September 6th, 2022

I loved this book from beginning to end. It's about a Japanese housewife who has a love affair, but also not about that at all. It's about motherhood and difficult choices and so spot-on and expertly handled. I wouldn't change a word of it. 


Scattered All Over the Earth By Yoko Tawada, Margaret Mitsutani (Translated by) Cover Image
By Yoko Tawada, Margaret Mitsutani (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780811229289
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Published: New Directions - March 1st, 2022

A bit philosophical with ideas revolving around identity and language, but mostly this novel is light and hilarious; a ton of fun and a little bit weird. I'm very fond of this book. 


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The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven By Nathaniel Ian Miller Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316592581
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 4th, 2022

Set in the arctic between the world wars - this historical fiction book is outstanding! I did not expect to love a book about a man living in isolation in the arctic as much as I did. It is a reflection on the importance and endurance of human relationships. 


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Memorial: A Novel By Bryan Washington Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593087282
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 26th, 2021

I loved this book so much. Though it's about the ending of a relationship, it is ultimately hopeful and uplifting. Beautifully written, with some extremely loveable, but flawed characters. 


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Unsettled Ground By Claire Fuller Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781953534170
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Published: Tin House Books - April 26th, 2022

Less of a thriller and more of a character study, this book was absolutely brilliant. Both the setting and the characters are so richly imagined. I came away feeling like I had personally taken part in their story. My favorite read of the year so far. 


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How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America By Clint Smith Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316492928
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - December 27th, 2022

I have so much respect for this book and this author. It's a book that everyone should read. A blend of history, memoir, essay, and poetry. It is such an important book. 


A Master of Djinn (Dead Djinn Universe #1) By P. Djèlí Clark Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250267665
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Published: Tordotcom - July 19th, 2022

A fast-paced, steampunk, police procedural - so basically, everything you could ask for from a good fantasy novel. Descriptive and visual with a memorable cast of badass characters, this is a solid fantasy. Loved it. 


Sharks in the Time of Saviors: A Novel By Kawai Strong Washburn Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250787316
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Published: Picador - March 2nd, 2021

An absolutely gorgeous family drama set in Hawaii. A really solid debut - I am looking forward to reading more from Kawai Strong Washburn in the future! 


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Winter in Sokcho By Elisa Shua Dusapin, Aneesa Abbas Higgins (Translator) Cover Image
$14.95
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ISBN: 9781948830416
Published: Open Letter - April 27th, 2021

This book subverts expectations at every turn. I read it in one sitting! There is so much to unpack in such a short book. Nominated for the National Book Award for translated fiction. 


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Before the Coffee Gets Cold By Toshikazu Kawaguchi Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781335430991
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Published: Hanover Square Press - November 17th, 2020

A very light and uplifting novel. Set in a cafe in Tokyo where people have the chance to go back in time - with the caveat that they will never be able to change the future. It's a quiet, but beautiful little book. A comfort read, and one I'll come back to again and again. 


Tales from the Cafe By Toshikazu Kawaguchi Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781335630988
Published: Hanover Square Press - October 12th, 2021

More stories from your favorite time-traveling cafe in Tokyo! I loved this one as much, if not more than the first book. And my coworker Andrew agrees! These books are perfect comfort reading. 


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Love in the Big City By Sang Young Park, Anton Hur (Translator) Cover Image
By Sang Young Park, Anton Hur (Translator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802160379
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Published: Grove Press - November 15th, 2022

This book is so smart and witty and a total delight to read. Full of surprising and hilarious moments and our main character, Young, navigates life and love in the big city of Seoul.