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Tin Man: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735218727
Availability: Hard to Find - May not be reprinted
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 15th, 2018

Tin Man is in many ways a meditation on love, grief, and ultimately hope. This is one of those books that's not so much about the plot as it is about small details and carefully crafted images to paint a portrait of a relationship between two men in Oxford in the 70s and 80s. Sarah Winman has an amazing ability to open up a character with just a few well placed words and sentences.

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This Scorched Earth: A Novel of the Civil War and the American West Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765382368
Availability: NOT on our shelves - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Forge Books - April 3rd, 2018

This is a searing epic of a novel (as you can tell if you just pick up the book!), but well worth the journey through. This is the story of the Civil War, told through the eyes of the four Hancock siblings who all see different sides of the lead up to war, the war itself, and the terrible aftermath, particularly on their family. Be forewarned, there are some difficult scenes in this book, but it all adds to the powerful story Gear tells.

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Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143128090
Availability: NOT on our shelves - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - March 28th, 2017

This is the most Mary Roach-esq book I've ever read that isn’t by Mary Roach. Bianca Bosker set out to discover why wine snobs are obsessed with wine, and became obsessed herself. She writes about her insane year in blind-tasting groups, going to smelling conventions, and drinking all the wine in her quest to become a certified sommelier. This book will make you want to drink and analyze lots of wine.

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At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Others Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590518892
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Click on the title to see details.
Published: Other Press - August 8th, 2017

Paris, 1933: three contemporaries meet over cocktails—Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Raymond Aron, a fellow philosopher who raves to them about Phenomenology. This meeting sparked a movement that swept through the cafes of the Left Bank before making its way across the world as Existentialism. This book follows the existentialists story, from the first rebellious spark to its role today.

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The Princess Diarist Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399185793
Availability: Backordered
Published: Blue Rider Press - October 24th, 2017

I of course loved Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, and of course that will be the role that will always define her, but she most certainly deserves to be known for her writing as well. She's sharp, funny, and incredibly insightful, and this book is a great look at her time being space royalty both before and after fame, and at her affair with Harrison Ford.

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The Women in the Castle: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062563675
Availability: NOT on our shelves - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 2nd, 2018

This is a beautifully written and moving book about three very different, strong, flawed women set in Germany around World War II. The perspectives of Marianne, Benita, and Ania offer a glimpse into a time and place in history where people's morals seemed broken, and where forgiveness was desperately needed but hard to come by. I loved every moment of this heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful book!