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"Always forgive your enemies, nothing annoys them so much."

-Oscar Wilde

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Long Bright River: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525540670
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 7th, 2020

For a nearly 500 pags novel, Long Bright River is extremely fast paced with a gritty uneasy narrative and characters so visceral, that I constantly felt breathless- as if a great weight pressed on my lungs. MNothing about this book is easy and in no way is this a straight forward grime novel It's a gut-wrenching, powerful story about addiction and the bond of sisters. 


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The Rook: A Novel (The Rook Files #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316098809
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 16th, 2012

Our Protagonist wakes with no memory and two envelopes detailing two paths she can take. She must navigate her job (a paranormal M15) without giving away how clueless she is. A witty, complex and downright hilarious urban fantasy. 


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The Alienist: A Novel (The Alienist Series #1) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812976144
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - October 24th, 2006

Not for the faint of heart.  This dark mystery, set in the back drop of historical 1896 New York, is gritty, painful and utterly unforgiving but utterly worth a read. The writing is a perfect fit for the era, and follows a cast of characters thta steal the show. 


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Mythos: (Ancient Greek Mythology Book for Adults, Modern Telling of Classical Greek Myths Book) (Stephen Fry's Greek Myths #1) Cover Image
By Stephen Fry (Foreword by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781452178912
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 27th, 2019

The funny thing about Greek mythology is its absolute brutal weirdness. And Stephen Fry totally gets it; he plays on it and as he re-tells it he injects it with a plethora of witty comments. Far from feeling like another dry recounting of our favorite Greek myths, Fry's down-to-earth humor and modern storytelling have turned these gods into something relatable. 


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In the Dream House: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781644450031
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

In the Dream House is a most umemoir-like memoir. A poignant account of Machado's struggle with an abusive relationship. Her writing plays with form blending elements of literary criticism, pop culture essays, folk tales and the shadowy worlds of her fiction. "...We can't stop living... we are alive... we are humans and we are human..." -Machado


Kings of the Wyld (The Band) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316362474
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Published: Orbit - February 21st, 2017

Once a famous band of death-defying mercs, Saga's members have gone their separate ways and are now well past their glory days. They must reunite to save one of their own, but it's more likely they'll bite the dust before they get halfway. An intense saitrical romp through a dense fantasy world on the brink of ruin. 


Underland: A Deep Time Journey Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393242140
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 4th, 2019

How much do you know about what's under your feet? The stories and adventures awaiting? Macfarlane unearths. aworld that is as exciting as it is dangerous. A lyrically written journey through time, inspiring everyone to dig a little deeper. 


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Kindred Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807083697
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Published: Beacon Press - February 1st, 2004

Inexplicably yanked back in time to Maryland in 1815 from her comfortable home in 1976 Cali, Dana must save a young slave master from himself... at great risk to herself. It's amazing to me that this story, written in the 70's still feels fresh and relevant today. I immediately went on to read all Butler's other works. 


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ISBN: 9780439551892
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Published: Orchard Books - May 1st, 2003

An enchanting tale from a master of fantasy. I read this series when I was a kid, long before I knew anything about Ursula Le Guin, and it remains an all time favorite. The story is sweet and the magic of it subtle and gentle. 


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ISBN: 9780316154529
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 3rd, 2006

An enchanting historical fiction novel set in 1889 Mexico. following the life of Teresita Urrea, a modern day "saint" who awakens the power to heal others. But with war on the horizon, it'll take all she has to pull through. A hugely satisfying read. 


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The Unspoken Name (The Serpent Gates #1) Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250238900
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Published: Tor Books - February 11th, 2020

This debut novel is among the mos creative, exciting, amd brilliantly-told epic fantasy novels I've read. It is an immersive experience that grabbed my attentino right at the start, then grew at a staggering rate until I found myself being launched through fantastic worlds, meeting wonderful characters, and caught in. amagnetic prose that left me spellbound. 


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Meddling Kids: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101974445
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Published: Anchor - May 29th, 2018

The unholy - and ludicrously fun- union of Scooby-doo meets Lovecraft's monsters. A gang of amateur sleuths are getting back together after the mysterious death of one of their own 13 years previously. Will they be able to make it out of this newest mystery alive?


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No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters Cover Image
By Ursula K. Le Guin, Karen Joy Fowler (Introduction by)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781328507976
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Published: Mariner Books - January 15th, 2019

You know the saying "down to earth"? I never encountered that idiom more than in this book. It invokes sitting on an old porch, drinking tea, while Ursula LeGuin chats with you about wondrously mundane yet unavoidably (painfully) important wisdom. Wisdon that is not out of reach or hard to see, but very present. That is, if you have some time to spare for it. 


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The Book of the Cat: Cats in Art Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781786270719
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Published: Laurence King Publishing - August 29th, 2017

Exquisite, witty, reverent renderings of cats in all their many moods. A miniature treasury of feline art, essential for every person blessed with the good taste and fortune to enjoy the company of cats. 


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ISBN: 9780671695880
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Published: Touchstone - January 15th, 1990

No other author writes as eloquently or as sincerely about the southwest - and in this tribute to wilderness Abbey is the Thoreau of the desert. A mesmerizing and often times painfully accurate portrayal of our relationship to the land we all rely upon. Let nature be wild. 


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The Cuckoo's Calling (A Cormoran Strike Novel) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316206853
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Published: Mulholland Books - April 29th, 2014

A perfectly entertaining read, just right for those craving a late night read. A mystery balancing a cast of characters and an assortment of clues so intriguing that I had to get to the end. A worthwhile debut who-done-it crime novel. 


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Circe Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316556347
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 10th, 2018

I read this book in one night. It is beautiful; flawless and intelligent. Despite knowing the fate of Circe, Miller brings the goddess impossibly to life. Showing her to be at once divine and yet also heart-breakingly human. This book surpassed all my expectations and I can not wait to see what Miller writes next. 


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'Salem's Lot Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307743671
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Published: Anchor - December 27th, 2011

Need a book about vampires that doesn't absolutely suck? That doesn't romanticize the undead? Look no further than the King of terror himself! Salem's Lot presents them as they should be; creatures of horror- inhuman, chilling, and utterly heartless.