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Bewilderment: A Novel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393881141
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 21st, 2021

What he did for trees in The Overstory, he does for parenthood and for outer space in Bewilderment. This guy's a national treasure. Completely marvelous.


Orwell's Roses Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593083369
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Published: Viking - October 19th, 2021

Sure, Orwell suffered hard along with the Spanish soldiers and the British miners but he also planted roses. Here's a book about how joy can be an act of resistance.


Mr. Beethoven Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781681375809
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Published: New York Review Books - October 26th, 2021

If it's a New York Review of Books book it's probably pretty good. Here, a novelist concocts a little charmer about what would have happened if the Maestro had visited young America.


The Magician: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781476785080
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Published: Scribner - September 7th, 2021

Here's the next masterwork by the author of The Master. Toibin's brilliant look at Thomas Mann is a marvel; it's as complex as Mann himself. One of the best of the year.

 


Cathedral Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781609457235
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Published: Europa Editions - October 5th, 2021

You miss Hilary Mantel? Here you go. You really can't get better than this for Grade A+ historical fiction. The New Yorker loved it; my husband loved it; I loved it. An absolutely delicious look at the religion, mercantilism, politics of 13th century life.


The Copenhagen Trilogy: Childhood; Youth; Dependency Cover Image
By Tove Ditlevsen, Tiina Nunnally (Translated by), Michael Favala Goldman (Translated by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374602390
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 26th, 2021

What would it be like if Elena Ferrante and Karl Ove Knausgaard collaborated on a novel? It would be like this.


Klara and the Sun: A novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593318171
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Published: Knopf - March 2nd, 2021

Another beauty. Such a mix of melancholy and wittiness; it's a gorgeous thing when an author can pull it off, and he can--Ishiguro can--every single time. There's something moving about witnessing what a master can do: the confidence and the deftness and the philosophy of this writer is preeminent.