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Black Sunset

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Black Sunset: Hollywood Sex, Lies, Glamour, Betrayal and Raging Egos Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781593766573
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Published: Soft Skull Press - December 13th, 2016

 

Novelist (Going Away) Sigal was a Hollywood talent agent and secret communist in the blacklist-plagued 1950s. An outrageously entertaining, naming-names memoir (with a ration of b.s. too...sweetheart, whaddya expect, he's an agent!), What Makes Sammy Run meets L.A. Confidential. The cover should be a lot more lurid!

 

Gary


The Waters and the Wild

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780812989540
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Published: Random House - April 3rd, 2018

 

This is a "thriller" in that it begins with a death that takes the entire book to unravel, but it is much more literary, philosophical & poetic than I think of a typical thriller to be. It is introspective & thoughtful, told largely through letters, & Harrison's prose is as much a driver of the book's appeal as the plot itself. I found myself getting lost in the language and his philosophical digressions, only to be drawn back to the central mystery and its surprising resolution.

 

David


Space Opera

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$19.99
ISBN: 9781481497497
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Published: Saga Press - April 10th, 2018

 

Decibel Jones and the Absolute Zeroes must perform in a galaxy-wide battle of the bands to prove their sentience through the power of glamrock and keep humanity from being demolished. Too bad they're down a member and the two remaining can't stand each other. Life is beautiful, and life is stupid, and this book is a glorious celebration of both.

Shana


Circe

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

 

Miller follows up her brilliant Song of Achilles with the story of Circe, goddess, banished daughter of Helios, lover of Odysseus, and a witch. The lyrical writing and complex characters will capture you and the thousand-year span of this story will fly by. If you’re looking for a page-turning literary read, this for you.

Marika


Our Towns

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$28.95
ISBN: 9781101871843
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Published: Pantheon Books - May 8th, 2018

 

It’s too easy these days to fall into despair about the direction of the country. The Fallows’ have been crisscrossing the country in their single-engine Cirrus  the past few years visiting and reporting on dozens of smaller towns and cities that are finding ways to renew their communities after facing severe economic and social dislocation.

Dale


Red, Yellow, Green

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Red, Yellow, Green (Biblioasis International Translation #20) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781771961417
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Published: Biblioasis - October 24th, 2017

 

Traumatized by crimes he participated in as a soldier in Bolivia, Alfredo hears voices. He tries to write letters. He tries to write his story. He tries to fall in love again. His memories mix with nightmares. Not only is this a striking exploration of what a trauma survivor's thoughts might look like, Sarvaria, uses a shattered narrative style to interrogate the idea of nationality and identity. Red, Yellow, Green is a powerful mess of a novel.

Josh


PARADISE SKY

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780316329347
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Published: Mulholland Books - September 26th, 2017

 

This probable masterpiece in the flavorful oeuvre of the great Joe R, joins LITTLE BIG MAN, TRUE GRIT and Cormac McCarthy's border trilogy in being unique and entertaining literature set in the Old West but above and outside the Western genre.

Gary


The Sparsholt Affair

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ISBN: 9781101874561
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 13th, 2018

 

This alluring new novel by Man Booker Prize-winning author Alan Hollinghurst weaves a complex story of family, friendship and scandal, beginning in 1940’s Oxford, and proceeding forward into the present day. Exploring the social and sexual revolutions of the decades, this dazzling novel is written with grace, precision and passion.

Nathan


Juniper: The Happiest Fox

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ISBN: 9781452167602
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 27th, 2018

 

After you spend the 20 minutes it will take you to read this charming and heart-warming story, you won’t be able to resist spending hours at Juniper’s website watching adorably cute videos and learning about foxes (and why you would never want one as a pet). An added bonus of your purchase is that proceeds will help fund an animal sanctuary the author hopes to develop.

Dale


Time Pieces

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781524732837
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - February 27th, 2018

 

Time Pieces is a beautiful telling of an old man's relationship to a city he met when life seemed quite new. The mundane glories--the evening's life upon brick, the wit of old storytellers--were miraculous to the boy, bathetic to the young man, and now treasured by the old author who strives to rediscover childlike wonder. More than just a memoir, it is a plaintive reflection on time. What is the past? Banville writes, "If the present is where we live, the past is where we dream."

 

Matthew


Wade in the Water

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$24.00
ISBN: 9781555978136
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 3rd, 2018

 

Tracy K. Smith brings her incredible craft and compassionate eye to the job of US Poet Laureate. Her latest collection explores both our current political moment and our complicated national history, featuring the environmental destruction wreaked by Dupont, police brutality, racial inequality, political unrest, womanhood and motherhood, and an especially moving piece created from letters from black soldiers in the Civil War. These poems are luminous and illuminating, timely and timeless. Pick it up.

 

Kate


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