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Properties of Thirst By Marianne Wiggins Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781416571261
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 2nd, 2022

My husband and I both loved this novel about what WWII did to a particular California family. Gorgeously cinematic, heartbreakingly specific: this is a book about love of kin, love of land, love of justice.


Afterlives: A Novel By Abdulrazak Gurnah Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593541883
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 23rd, 2022

Nobel Prize-winning Gurnah shows us How It’s Done. This is how you take a little issue like colonialism and make it personal. Compare to A Fine Balance; it’s a real writer who can do what he did here.


Case Study By Graeme MacRae Burnet Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781771965200
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Published: Biblioasis - November 1st, 2022

Absorbing. Witty in an underhanded kind of way. Totally Sixties, man. Veddy British. A young woman disguises herself and visits a charismatic psychoanalyst who himself could use a couple of sessions on the couch.


Demon Copperhead: A Novel By Barbara Kingsolver Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780063251922
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Published: Harper - October 18th, 2022

Our National Conscience delivers again. Set in her beloved Appalachia, Kingsolver ponders the Great Rift (in our country) with her hallmark compassion. Her Dickensian characters aren't saints but they're not deplorables, either. Required reading.


Woman Running in the Mountains By Yuko Tsushima, Geraldine Harcourt (Translated by), Lauren Groff (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Yuko Tsushima, Geraldine Harcourt (Translated by), Lauren Groff (Introduction by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781681375977
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Published: NYRB Classics - February 22nd, 2022

This year I’ve enjoyed: Woman Running in the Mountains by Yuko Tsushima and a new translation of Fathers and Children by Ivan Turgenev. Both are older books (as NYRB does); both splendid.


The Hero of This Book: A Novel By Elizabeth McCracken Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062971272
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Published: Ecco - October 4th, 2022

My own mom would have loved Elizabeth McCracken's new novel, The Hero of this Book. Here, McCracken, who could imbue a carburetor with a ton of personality, muses on her startling late mother, as she walks the streets of London. This deep little novel, with its mischievous asides, breaks your heart while you laugh.