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New and Notable Books

New titles every Tuesday! [sometimes even more often!] We post books that we already love and recommend; books by authors we love; books that are receiving great reviews ... books that we are so excited to see in person and to share with you!

The Daughter of Doctor Moreau Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593355336
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Published: Del Rey - July 19th, 2022

Upgrade: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593157534
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Published: Ballantine Books - July 12th, 2022

Staff recommended author! Many of us deemed his first novel, "Dark Matter" tag worthy. We will let you know when we get a chance to read his newest!


The It Girl Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781982155261
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - July 12th, 2022

Staff recommended author! Elaine has deemed many of her earlier novels tag-worthy!


Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow: A novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593321201
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Published: Knopf - July 5th, 2022

Great review in the Washington Post, here.

And a podcast at The New York Times!


The Angel of Rome: And Other Stories Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062868114
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Published: Harper - June 28th, 2022

Staff recommended!
Great review in The New York Times, here. The stories in “The Angel of Rome” are largehearted and wonderfully inventive.


Songs in Ursa Major: A novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593312377
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Published: Vintage - June 28th, 2022

Wish You Were Here: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984818430
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 14th, 2022

From the bestselling author of "Small Great Things" and "The Book of Two Ways" comes “a powerfully evocative story of resilience and the triumph of the human spirit” (Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Malibu Rising)

Rights sold to Netflix for adaptation as a feature film.

More information at her publisher's website, here.


Tracy Flick Can't Win: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501144066
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Published: Scribner - June 7th, 2022

Nightcrawling: A novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593318935
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Published: Knopf - June 7th, 2022

The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316296816
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 7th, 2022

Beautiful World, Where Are You: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250859044
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Published: Picador - June 7th, 2022

We Refuse to Forget: A True Story of Black Creeks, American Identity, and Power Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593329580
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 7th, 2022

The Maidens: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250304469
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Published: Celadon Books - May 24th, 2022

The Madness of Crowds: A Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel #17) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250145277
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Published: Minotaur Books - May 24th, 2022

River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780385543101
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Published: Doubleday - May 17th, 2022

Fun Q+A with the author, Candice Millard Has Given Up on Organizing Her Book Collection
“My family has too many,” says the author, whose latest narrative history is “River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile.”

The column is here.


Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250276698
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Published: St. Martin's Press - May 17th, 2022

 

Fun extra gifts with purchase! while they last!

 

 

 

 


 


Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063204157
Availability: Backordered
Published: Ecco - May 3rd, 2022

Staff recommended! Michelle and Elaine both highly recommend this book!

Great review of the debut novel in The Washington Post!

Chosen for May IndieBound. Review here!

We had a great author event! All the information is here on our Event Calendar.

Shelby was so generous with her time -- we have a few signed copies of her book left! Claim yours soon!


Broken (in the best possible way) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250812483
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - May 3rd, 2022

Jenny Lawson on the Difference a Community Makes When It Comes to Depression

In Conversation with Mitchell Kaplan on The Literary Life Podcast, here.


While Justice Sleeps: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593310939
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Published: Anchor - April 12th, 2022

The Velveteen Rabbit: 100th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Margery Williams (Illustrator), Erin Stead (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780593382103
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Published: Doubleday Books for Young Readers - April 12th, 2022

The classic tale with beautiful new illustrations by Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Erin Stead. Staff recommended.


Great Circle: A novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984897701
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Published: Vintage - April 5th, 2022

Shortlisted for The 2021 Booker Prize. Info here.


Sister Stardust Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781335425782
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Published: Hanover Square Press - April 5th, 2022

The Premonition: A Pandemic Story Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781324035534
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 5th, 2022

When the Stars Go Dark: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593237915
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 5th, 2022

The Diamond Eye: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062943514
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Published: William Morrow - March 29th, 2022

Half Baked Harvest Every Day: Recipes for Balanced, Flexible, Feel-Good Meals: A Cookbook Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780593232552
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Published: Clarkson Potter - March 29th, 2022

Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593136287
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Published: Crown - April 5th, 2022

French Braid: A novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593321096
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Published: Knopf - March 22nd, 2022

3/20/2022: From The Times of London
Anne Tyler: ‘What am I going to do with my life? I’m only 80!’
As her 24th novel comes out, America’s Jane Austen says she never intended to become a writer...

She rarely gives interviews, so this is a lovely surprise. Wide-ranging and very interesting to hear her thoughts on some current hot-button issues! The article is here.

From the beloved best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author--a funny, joyful, brilliantly perceptive journey deep into one Baltimore family's foibles, from a boyfriend with a red Chevy in the 1950s up to a longed-for reunion with a grandchild in our pandemic present.
The Garretts take their first and last family vacation in the summer of 1959. They hardly ever leave home, but in some ways they have never been farther apart. Mercy has trouble resisting the siren call of her aspirations to be a painter, which means less time keeping house for her husband, Robin. Their teenage daughters, steady Alice and boy-crazy Lily, could not have less in common. Their youngest, David, is already intent on escaping his family's orbit, for reasons none of them understand. Yet, as these lives advance across decades, the Garretts' influences on one another ripple ineffably but unmistakably through each generation.
Full of heartbreak and hilarity, "French Braid" is classic Anne Tyler: a stirring, uncannily insightful novel of tremendous warmth and humor that illuminates the kindnesses and cruelties of our daily lives, the impossibility of breaking free from those who love us, and how close--yet how unknowable--every family is to itself.

Lovely review in the Washington Post here.

March 29, 2022. Anne Tyler’s "French Braid" captures the avoidances and silences of family life. Lovely review in the Seattle Times, here.


What Sammy Knew: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143135517
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Published: Penguin Books - March 15th, 2022

David was in the store April 1, 2022 and signed all of the lovely paperbacks that we have in stock! Thank you David!!

March 16, 2021.
David Laskin of Seattle sets his first novel, “What Sammy Knew,” in the New York City suburbs of the 1970s, telling a memoirlike coming-of-age tale... Great article/review in The Seattle Times, here.

David Laskin wrote a great article explaining why/how he switched to fiction for his brand new book. He also gives great credit to his friend and ours, Ivan Doig. We miss him too. The lovely article here.

Almost memoirlike in its portrait of its specific time and place, “What Sammy Knew” — the first work of fiction by Seattle writer David Laskin (“The Children’s Blizzard”) — is both a coming-of-age novel and an examination of how young people plunge into the historical moment in which they happen to find themselves.


A Sunlit Weapon: A Novel (Maisie Dobbs #17) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063142268
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Published: Harper - March 22nd, 2022

Burning Questions: Essays and Occasional Pieces, 2004 to 2021 Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385547482
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Published: Doubleday - March 1st, 2022

In "Burning Questions," Margaret Atwood ponders an astonishing array of subjects. The column/review in The Washington Post, here.


The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780385348737
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Published: Crown - February 15th, 2022

Staff highly recommended! A year in the life of the Churchill family in London during the Blitz. Amazing. Crazy. Horrifying. And - weekends at the country house... as if life were sort of normal.... all so interesting and so well written!

Words from Mr. Larson:

“It is not my intent with my books to inform in the way that perhaps a hardcore historian might be inclined to do. My goal is to create as rich a historical experience as I possibly can."

Author Erik Larson talks to host J.T. Ellison about "The Splendid and the Vile" on NPT’s A Word on Words. Here.


Recitatif: A Story Cover Image
By Toni Morrison, Zadie Smith (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593315033
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Published: Knopf - February 1st, 2022

The Books of Jacob: A Novel Cover Image
By Olga Tokarczuk, Jennifer Croft (Translated by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780593087480
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 1st, 2022

Wow! talk about a book with hype!

Author Olga Tokarczuk is already a Nobel Prize winner!

Many great reviews:

NY Times: ‘The Books of Jacob,’ a Nobel Prize Winner’s Sophisticated and Overwhelming Novel. Here.

The Guardian: The Nobel laureate’s visionary epic about 18th-century religious leader Jacob Frank takes on the biggest philosophical themes. Here.

npr: Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk releases 'The Books of Jacob.' Here.

The book was Shortlisted for The 2022 International Booker Prize. Information about book and author on the Booker Prize website.

Olga Nawoja Tokarczuk is a Polish writer and activist, and one of the most critically acclaimed and successful authors of her generation in Poland.


The Violence: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593156629
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Published: Del Rey - February 1st, 2022

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780593449349
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Published: One World - February 1st, 2022

Violeta [English Edition]: A Novel Cover Image
By Isabel Allende, Frances Riddle (Translated by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593496206
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 25th, 2022

Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention--and How to Think Deeply Again Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593138519
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Published: Crown - January 25th, 2022

Small World: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593184127
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Published: Dutton - January 11th, 2022

A Fateful Train Ride Connects Eras and Cultures in This Novel

The review in The New York Times here.


Legends of the North Cascades Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781643752488
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Published: Algonquin Books - January 11th, 2022

Staff favorite local author!


The Final Case: A novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525521327
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Published: Knopf - January 11th, 2022

In David Guterson’s New Novel, a Criminal Trial Is All in the Family

New review in The New York Times.


Call Us What We Carry: Poems Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780593465066
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Published: Viking Books - December 7th, 2021

Lovely review in The New York Times, here.

And an interesting interview asking her all kinds of great questions, here.


Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399592553
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Published: Random House - November 30th, 2021

Brené Brown Thinks You Should Talk About These 87 Emotions. Great article at Time here.

Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience and so much more information at her website, here.


Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone: A Novel (Outlander #9) Cover Image
$36.00
ISBN: 9781101885680
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Published: Delacorte Press - November 23rd, 2021

These Precious Days: Essays Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780063092785
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Published: Harper - November 23rd, 2021

Ann Patchett Has Thoughts on a Bunch of Subjects:

Patchett’s heart, smarts and 40 years of craft create an economy that delivers her perfectly understated stories emotionally whole. Her writing style is most gloriously her own. The New York Times article here.


The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story Cover Image
By Nikole Hannah-Jones (Created by), The New York Times Magazine (Created by), Caitlin Roper (Editor), Ilena Silverman (Editor), Jake Silverstein (Editor)
$38.00
ISBN: 9780593230572
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Published: One World - November 16th, 2021

November 17, 2021.  "1619 Project" journalist says Black people shouldn't be an asterisk in U.S. history.
Heard on Fresh Air. The interview here.


The Sentence Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062671127
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Published: Harper - November 9th, 2021

Staff recommended! Both Michelle and Susan loved this new novel.


The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present Cover Image
$100.00
ISBN: 9781631492563
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Published: Liveright - November 2nd, 2021

How did the Beatles do it? Paul McCartney is finally telling us. The Washington Post article here.


The Cold Millions: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780062868091
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 5th, 2021

Staff recommended.

Review on npr.

Chosen for our Bookclub June 15, 2022 . The information here!


Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982168438
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Published: Scribner - September 28th, 2021

September 28, 2021. Anthony Doerr's New Novel Spans Centuries, Yet Fits Together Like Clockwork

A great npr review here.


Change Sings: A Children's Anthem Cover Image
By Amanda Gorman, Loren Long (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593203224
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 21st, 2021

Bewilderment: A Novel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393881141
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 21st, 2021

Staff Recommended:  A kind of companion to "The Overstory," builds on that arc, using a more intimate narrative but still taking the reader toward hope, even with the book's references to recent national leadership. ~David

Fiction/Literature/Family Life/Nature + Environment


Harlem Shuffle: A Novel Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385545136
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Published: Doubleday - September 14th, 2021

The Great Glorious Goddamn of It All Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781335522535
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Published: Hanover Square Press - September 7th, 2021

Billy Summers Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982173616
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Published: Scribner - August 3rd, 2021

Project Hail Mary: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780593135204
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 4th, 2021

Rooted: Life at the Crossroads of Science, Nature, and Spirit Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316426480
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - May 4th, 2021

World Travel: An Irreverent Guide Cover Image
$37.50
ISBN: 9780062802798
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Published: Ecco - April 20th, 2021

Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780385545686
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Published: Doubleday - April 13th, 2021