Book of the Week


In an attempt to highlight the books that we love and want you to read, but that might not necessarily be on your radar, we'll be featuring a new book we can't stop raving about here, in our newsletter, and on social media.

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Iron Widow Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735269934
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Published: Penguin Teen - September 21st, 2021

"[This] duology opener will appeal to those seeking high-energy, feminist, queer narratives." Publishers Weekly

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ISBN: 9781982169664
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 3rd, 2021

“A brilliant noir comedy about art and illness…. Awad’s characters are deliciously over the top and impossible to forget, as is the author's gift for morbid humor….Endlessly thought-provoking and not to be missed.”—BOOKLIST (starred review)

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ISBN: 9780316001946
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 6th, 2011

"Stacy Schiff does a rare thing: She gives us a book we'd miss if it didn't exist."—Wall Street Journal

All the Birds, Singing: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345802507
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Published: Vintage - January 6th, 2015

“Gloriously gruesome [and] lushly visceral. . . . To say that Wyld’s writing makes the art of sheep shearing come alive for the reader may not sound like a particular compliment, but oh, it is—she makes it sing with flea-coated, dung-crusted eloquence. . . . Half of you wants to race through to find out what happens, half wants to pause over the dark, clotted sentences. And then the state of suspense becomes almost unbearable. . . . The final revelation, when it comes, is explosive.” —

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ISBN: 9781534430990
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - March 17th, 2020

“[An] exquisitely crafted tale...Part epistolary romance, part mind-blowing science fiction adventure, this dazzling story unfolds bit by bit, revealing layers of meaning as it plays with cause and effect, wildly imaginative technologies, and increasingly intricate wordplay...This short novel warrants multiple readings to fully unlock its complexities.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review).

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Black Nerd Problems: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982150235
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Published: Gallery Books - September 14th, 2021

“Evans and Holmon examine a broad swath of the popular-culture landscape, from anime and video games to comic books and movies, mixing social commentary and insight with the sheer love of the true fan… [The] authors reach far and wide across fan culture and use a pleasing blend of humor and pathos to connect readers to the material. An exercise in pop culture criticism that is simultaneously funny, thoughtful, and provocative.” Kirkus Reviews (starred)

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The Maidens: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250304452
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Published: Celadon Books - June 15th, 2021

"Stunning... The intelligent, cerebral plot finds contemporary parallels in Euripides's tragedies, Jacobean dramas such as The Duchess of Malfi, and Tennyson's poetry. The devastating ending shows just how little the troubled Mariana knows about the human psyche or herself. Michaelides is on a roll."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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ISBN: 9780374536916
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Published: FSG Originals - August 1st, 2017

"[The Grip of It is] so immediately frightening that your conscious mind subsumes the drama and focuses on the sounds in the house, the weird laughter in the forest, the jagged writing on the walls. The fun in the book is the way Jemc explodes all the haunted house clichés . . . Like all great haunting stories, the great thing is how quickly reality is overturned and shown to be the flimsy construct it is." —Leah Schnelbach,

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ISBN: 9780525553854
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Published: Dial Books - August 20th, 2019

"Shana Youngdahl brings starkly real characters to the forefront of her debut YA novel that each have their own personal struggles and stories that are wholly unique to those individuals, yet universal to its readers. Scarlett is a deeply honest and flawed character that you'll want to follow through this non-linear, winding narrative of her experiences told through incredible prose. Difficult topics and choices are met head-on with care, heart, and respect. It's a novel that doesn't talk down to its readers that can be both for YA readers and adults alike!"

— Konner

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By Shea Serrano, Arturo Torres (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781538730225
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Published: Twelve - October 26th, 2021

“Serrano is at his best when relating stories… but all his hip-hop coverage is great fun and his penchant for injecting outright ridiculousness and self-deprecating humor into the mix makes it even better.”
 —Booklist Review

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ISBN: 9780525559351
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Published: Viking - June 8th, 2021

“Can a book be hysterical and heartbreaking and smart all at the same time? The Ugly Cry can. It was painfully good and I loved it.” --Jenny Lawson, bestselling author of Furiously Happy

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ISBN: 9781250769848
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Published: Tordotcom - October 20th, 2020

“The contemplative style, low stakes, and small cast is reminiscent of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea Cycle and is worthy of the association.” —Publishers Weekly

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ISBN: 9781250765352
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Published: Tordotcom - October 5th, 2021

“Themes of female friendship, female strength, and female independence leave good feels behind, not to mention some laugh-out-loud bits...This fairy tale–superhero movie mashup is pure entertainment.” —Kirkus Reviews

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By Emily M. Danforth, Sara Lautman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062942869
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 5th, 2021

The award-winning author of The Miseducation of Cameron Post makes her adult debut with this highly imaginative and original horror-comedy centered around a cursed New England boarding school for girls—a wickedly whimsical celebration of the art of storytelling, sapphic love, and the rebellious female spirit.

Powder Days: Ski Bums, Ski Towns and the Future of Chasing Snow Cover Image
ISBN: 9781335081117
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Published: Hanover Square Press - November 9th, 2021

An electrifying adventure into the rich history of skiing and the modern heart of ski-bum culture, from one of America's most preeminent ski journalists

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ISBN: 9780593191507
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 1st, 2021

From the author of the New York Times–bestselling sensation Mostly Dead Things: a surprising and moving story of two mothers, one difficult son, and the limitations of marriage, parenthood, and love

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ISBN: 9780062975171
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 4th, 2022

“The author weaves magical whimsy with honest, realistically portrayed circumstances, allowing Amari’s literal #BlackGirlMagic to shine even when she doesn’t believe in herself. This timely, energetic, first-person narrative moves quickly with clear descriptions, a thrilling buildup, and strong messages about profiling. An impressive debut series opener.”
— Kirkus Reviews 

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ISBN: 9780593099612
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Published: Ace - June 15th, 2021

"Has a classic setup but updates the olde puritanical tale to deal with issues of racism and sexism."--The Washington Post

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ISBN: 9781982177515
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Published: Scribner - February 1st, 2022

Featuring Robert Olen Butler, Catherine Chung, Trent Dalton, Heidi W. Durrow, Tony Eprile, Louise Erdrich, Jamie Ford, Julia Glass, Peter Godwin, Hillary Jordan, Rebecca Makkai, Valerie Martin, Dina Nayeri, Chigozie Obioma, Téa Obreht, Helen Oyeyemi, Mary-Louise Parker, Victoria Redel, Jason Reynolds, S.J. Rozan, Meredith Talusan, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Jeet Thayil, Paul Theroux, Luis Alberto Urrea, and Edmund White.

Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America's Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451691917
Published: Simon & Schuster - August 12th, 2014

“Gripping . . . [A] wonderful book . . . Hothouse is Pepys for our time, an unblinking account of publishing history as it was made by Roger’s firm, the last of America’s major independent publishing houses. Roger would have been thrilled to publish this fine book, including its frequent and deserved criticisms of himself.”
— Jason Epstein, The New York Review of Books

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ISBN: 9780358627982
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Published: Mariner Books - January 18th, 2022

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ISBN: 9781250804037
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Published: Tordotcom - October 19th, 2021

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Our Wives Under the Sea: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250229892
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Published: Flatiron Books - July 12th, 2022

Our Endless Numbered Days: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781941040010
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Published: Tin House Books - March 17th, 2015

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ISBN: 9780061374593
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - December 18th, 2007

“Pollan’s deeply researched chronicle will enlighten those who think of psychedelics chiefly as a kind of punchline to a joke about the Woodstock generation and hearten the growing number who view them as a potential antidote to our often stubbornly narrow minds . . . engaging and informative.” —Boston Globe

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ISBN: 9781250838391
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - March 22nd, 2022

“Gosling is a stylish, sophisticated writer, and we realize that we are following Andy on what amounts to a grand scavenger hunt for the truth. Rain falls relentlessly, and the ensuing floods form an ominous backdrop to a story that becomes darker as it goes along.”
—The New York Times Book Review