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Ducks, Newburyport

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$18.36
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.

Josh


The Raven Tower

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$12.79
ISBN: 9780316388702
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Published: Orbit - October 1st, 2019

 

The easiest way to describe this book is as a good and compelling Hamlet retelling (starring a trans character!), but it's so much more than that. It's a murder mystery, a revenge story, and a musing about the power of language and intention, with a wonderfully built mythology and a fascinatingly weird narrator.

Ari


The Secrets We Kept

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ISBN: 9780525656159
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Published: Knopf - September 3rd, 2019

Inspired by the true story of the CIA’s role in the publication of Doctor Zhivago, Prescott imagines the lives of Boris Pasternak’s real life lover/muse Olga as well as the fictional Irina and Sally, spies involved in the mission to smuggle the novel into the Soviet Union. Espionage, forbidden love, and the zippy commentary of the Mad Men-era typing pool combine for an absorbing story.

Katie


Fountains of Silence

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ISBN: 9780399160318
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Published: Philomel Books - October 1st, 2019

 

It’s the summer of 1957, and aspiring photojournalist Daniel Mattheson is staying in Madrid with his wealthy family at the luxurious Castellana Hilton. When he meets Ana, a hotel employee, he begins to understand the dark truth of life under Franco’s dictatorship and strives to capture a story through his photography. This is rich, character-driven historical fiction that will appeal to both teens and adults.

Katie


On Cussing

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ISBN: 9781947793262
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Published: Tin House Books - March 26th, 2019

 

Beyond the simple joy of cussing, Dunn explores literary style, the challenges and opportunities of grammar, the history and usage of swearing, and, finally, how an arrangement of letters and words on a page can create a physical reaction in our bodies. The perfect gift for the writer, reader, language-lover, and sailor in your life. 

Josh


The Patch

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781250234889
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Published: Picador - November 19th, 2019

 

Now in paperback just in time for the holiday season, the seventh collection of McPhee’s essays and an all around “Best of” his body of work.   McPhee brings his inimitable talent for observation to bear on several arenas of the human experience… sports, the phenomenon of celebrity status, nature…employing wit, poetry, and his trademark “turn of phrase”.  His curiosity about all things never ceases to entertain.

 

Ellen


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