January 2020


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Erosion: Essays of Undoing Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374280062
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Sarah Crichton Books - October 8th, 2019


This was a year of extraordinary books, and I put a lot of thought into what my pick of the year would be. Ultimately, this is the most important book I could share with y'all. Those of us who love deserts and mountains know erosion can be a dramatic force for change, simultaneously destructive and creative. As we live through this era of significant change--personal, political, environmental--Terry Tempest Williams's writing is a spiritual balm and a passionate call to action.



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Inland: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812992861
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Published: Random House - August 13th, 2019


The American Western like you’ve never seen it before. The book alternates between the point of view of Nora, a homestead wife trying to keep her dried-up family - and township - together, and Lurie, a wanted man who joins the ranks of the United States Camel Corps (which really existed!) to escape the long hand of the law. Nether can shake the ghosts that follow them. Tinged with both true history and elements of the supernatural, and couched in gorgeous prose, Inland shimmers with a mirage-like quality--read with a cold glass of water beside you.


Disappearing Earth

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Disappearing Earth: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525520412
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Published: Knopf - May 14th, 2019


An atmospheric and complex character drama, told through a series of distinct and compelling perspectives. The chapters read like interconnected short stories following the recent disappearance of two young girls, and the undercurrent of social and racial tensions on the remote Russian peninsula of Kamchatka.  


Ducks, Newburyport

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Ducks, Newburyport Cover Image
ISBN: 9781771963077
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Published: Biblioasis - September 10th, 2019


In 2019's most ambitious novel Ellmann puts us in the mind of one of literature's most neglected characters; an average woman and mother doing her best in a world that respects neither women nor mothers. Rambunctiously political, tenderly personal, and profoundly humanist, Ellmann's simple respect for her protagonist's thoughts, feelings, faults, & successes is revolutionary. And on top of everything else in this towering achievement of a novel, you'll find yourself desperately rooting for a mountain lion.



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