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The City We Became: A Novel (The Great Cities Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316509848
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Published: Orbit - March 24th, 2020

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Night Theater Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781948226547
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Published: Catapult - January 14th, 2020

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A Cosmology of Monsters: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781524747671
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Published: Pantheon - September 17th, 2019

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Full Throttle: Stories Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062200679
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Published: William Morrow - October 1st, 2019

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780358023937
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 8th, 2019

The Glass Hotel: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525521143
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Published: Knopf - March 24th, 2020

Freshwater Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802128997
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Published: Grove Press - December 18th, 2018

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The Necronomnomnom: Recipes and Rites from the Lore of H. P. Lovecraft Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781682684382
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Published: Countryman Press - October 1st, 2019

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Conversations with Trees: An Intimate Ecology Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781611806779
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Published: Shambhala - April 23rd, 2019

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The Starless Sea: A Novel Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385541213
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Published: Doubleday - November 5th, 2019

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How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525537090
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 3rd, 2019

How Long 'til Black Future Month?: Stories Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316491372
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Published: Orbit - August 13th, 2019

Middlegame Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250234209
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Published: Tordotcom - April 7th, 2020

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A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel (Shades of Magic #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780765376466
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Published: Tor Books - January 19th, 2016

Are you looking for an innovative, well-written, and totally engrossing fantasy series? Look no further. Explore three parallel but very different Londons with Kell, the last Antari, who has the almost extinct ability to travel between the Londons. You're in for some impressive and creative world building, characters you'll want more from (both heroes and villains,) and two more books after this one to keep you going.


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Brainstorm: Detective Stories from the World of Neurology Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781590518663
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Published: Other Press - October 30th, 2018

Despite years of research, we still know very little about the brain. Brainstorm explores the inner workings of the brain through fascinating case studies of people showing a diverse array of symptoms, piecing together a diagnosis from the tiniest of clues. I am fascinated by the brain but not a scientist, and Brainstorm keeps the science while being enjoyably readable. Great for Oliver Sacks fans!


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The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9780816699797
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - October 10th, 2017

I have been looking for a cookbook of Native American recipes that stays true to the roots of the cuisine while being geared towards modern home cooks, and I’ve finally found it. But this cookbook is so much more — it is fascinating reading, illuminating the people and cultures behind the recipes as you learn about indigenous American ingredients. This is one I’ll be reaching for again and again!


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The Secret Lives of Color Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780143131144
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Published: Penguin Books - October 24th, 2017

I love color and art history so this book was a sure thing for me, but even if you don't know your ultramarine from your cobalt, this book is a fascinating read. Learn about the toxic history of lead white, the macabre source for "mummy brown," and the stories behind 73 more colors and pigments. Whether you skip around or read it straight through, I guarantee you'll learn something on every page.


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Alice Isn't Dead: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062844149
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 15th, 2020

Fans of the podcast will want to pick up this scary novelization, but I would give this book to any fan of a good horror tale. Keisha was certain her missing wife, Alice, was dead, until spotting her in the background in a TV news report. So begins Keisha's job as a truck driver with the mysterious Bay and Creek, and her cross-country journey to find Alice, uncovering a truth hidden in the abandoned places across America.


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The Tangled Lands Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481497305
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - November 20th, 2018

In four novellas with alternating authors all set in a shared city, Bacigalup and Buckell create a vivid world of outlawed magic, corrupt governments, environmental collapse, and stark class divisions that is both fantastically imaginative and eerily resonant. The four novellas allow us a window into many parts of Khaim, and introduce a  rich spectrum of characters. I hope we get more stories set in this shared universe!


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The Watchmaker of Filigree Street Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781620408346
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - May 3rd, 2016

After a mysterious pocket watch seems to save him from an explosion at Scotland Yard, Thaniel tracks down its maker in search for answers. But the mysteries only deepen when he befriends the mysterious Keita Mori. Questions of fate and free will challenge your preconceptions in this genre-bending historical mystery that blends a complex and charming plot with just a little bit of magic.


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Spill Zone Book 1 Cover Image
By Scott Westerfeld, Alex Puvilland (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250158727
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Published: First Second - July 10th, 2018

No one really knows what caused the Spill, but the result is a supernatural Chernobyl-like isolation zone, complete with mysterious creatures; strange, dangerous landscapes; and a big ol' government blockade. Our main character, Addison, risks her safety and defies the law to photograph the Spill Zone for elite collectors. Get ready for some great mystery, an awesome female protagonist, and a truly spooky art style!


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No One Cares About Crazy People: My Family and the Heartbreak of Mental Illness in America Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316341134
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Published: Hachette Books - May 1st, 2018

No One Cares About Crazy People is part memoir, part history, part exposé, and completely thought provoking and heartbreaking. Interwoven with the appalling history of mistreatment inflicted on the mentally ill in the name of "care" is Ron Powers' touching personal history with the crippling effects of schizophrenia. This book is for anyone whose life is touched by mental illness (which is all of us).


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In the House in the Dark of the Woods Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780316515801
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 8th, 2019

The word that comes to mind when thinking of this novel is “atmosphere.” Hunt captures the feeling and language of colonial New England so perfectly in this bewitching tale, you’ll feel like you’re reading text written in the 1600s. If you're looking for something to spook you this winter but you gravitate more towards literary fiction, this is for you. In the House in the Dark of the Woods will give you plenty to think about!


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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062420718
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 12th, 2018

Hunger is honest, heartbreaking, enlightening, powerful, beautiful, and unforgettable. Roxane Gay says several times that this was the hardest thing she has ever written, and I am so grateful that she did. No one has written about being an overweight woman like this, and if you or someone you love has ever struggled with their weight, you owe it to yourself or to them to read this book.