Fall Booknotes 2017

Handpicked new releases, lovingly presented to you by the staff of Elliott Bay.

 

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Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! (Lumberjanes #1) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781419727252
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Published: Amulet Books - October 10th, 2017

Lumberjanes are kind of like Girl Scouts: they earn badges, make s'mores, tie knots, fight monsters, befriend mythical beasts, and ride unicorns—regular camp stuff, right? In true Lumberjanes style, Mariko Tamaki's book is brimming with puns, feminist references, and the trials and triumphs of hardcore friendship. Inspired by the bestselling comic, this book is sure to delight both fans and new scouts alike with its mountain-climbing, unicorn-riding, friendship-to-the-max adventures. -Emma


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Don't Call Us Dead: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977856
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 5th, 2017

It’s relentless. Danez Smith is black and queer and sick and sexy, and the poems keep you firmly under that swirling water; you have to learn to breathe the way Smith breathes, or close the book and admit defeat. The title poem introduces us to the paradise for killed black boys, then promptly disinvites us. Later, Smith rejects Earth “in search of darker planets.” All throughout these pages, black boys walk up to the edges of death, sometimes get pushed in. When they come back, they come back changed. -Lauren


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The Burning Girl Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780393635027
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 29th, 2017

Julie and Cassie were once friends. After having spent their entire lives sharing secrets and building imaginary worlds in the woods surrounding their sleepy town of Royston, Massachusetts, the bridge from childhood to adolescence has now burned their unbreakable bond. At turns a fable, thriller, and coming-of-age story, The Burning Girl is hypnotic and evocative. Messud has crafted a poignant novel which deftly navigates the delicate cruelties and kindnesses of teenage friendship. It is the Neapolitan Quartet for people who celebrate October 3rd. -Eric


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Devotion Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780300218626
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Published: Yale University Press - September 12th, 2017

Patti Smith's book implies a state of piety, a religious fervor, in the act of writing. It is an intimate look into her creative process, a unique combination of personal journal, poetry, and fable. Her travels to France frame her exploration of the life of a writer and she includes odes to writers she reveres. She makes a pilgrimage to Camus’s home, where she stays in the room in which he wrote, and to the grave of Simone Weil. Smith is a gifted artist with a singular writing voice - this is her devotional to the art of writing. -Greg


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A Legacy of Spies Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735225114
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Published: Viking - September 5th, 2017

Peter Guillam, long since retired to his ancestral farmstead in Brittany, is called to account by his former employer, the British Secret Intelligence Service, for his role in Windfall, a Cold War deception operation mounted against the Ministry for State Security of the German Democratic Republic. As the novel proceeds, one gradually recognizes that Windfall is the operation described in le Carré's 1963 masterpiece, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. It's not often a novelist has an opportunity to return to an early success and recast it in a contemporary light. Le Carré succeeds admirably well. -Graham


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The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781594634536
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 3rd, 2017

Tracking the Soviet and Russian governments’ short-lived flirtation with liberal democracy, Gessen zeroes in on the evolution of Homo Sovieticus: the particular ways revolution and terror shaped Soviet culture for two generations, and how the effects of the revolution, in turn, primed the next generations to welcome totalitarianism. We see through the eyes of four Russians who were children during the fall of the USSR and resisted the siren call of dictatorship with incredible bravery. It’s not exactly a vision of our future—Americans are primed to accept different horrors than Russians—but it is an enthralling history and an ode to protest. -Lauren


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The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393240801
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 12th, 2017

With the storytelling verve that made The Swerve such a delight, Greenblatt plumbs a central question regarding the biblical creation story and the myth of The Fall: “How does something made up become so compellingly real?” Tracing its origins back to diasporic Hebrews attempting to blunt the influence of such competing lore as found in Gilgamesh and other polytheistic traditions, Greenblatt brings us into close familiarity with many who were influential in establishing the centrality of the Adam and Eve story in Western civilization—primarily Augustine, artists such as Dürer and Milton; and those responsible for its return to allegorical status—principally Voltaire and Darwin. -Peter


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Love and Other Consolation Prizes Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780804176750
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 12th, 2017

Fans of Jamie Ford’s Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, won’t be disappointed by his latest historical novel. Ford uses his masterful storytelling to weave Seattle history into the story of the journey of a mixed-race boy born in China and making his way in the new world. Raffled off at age twelve to a high-class brothel at the 1909 Seattle World Fair, Ernest’s extraordinary, tragic, and beautiful life unfolds. Moving between past and present through interviews with one of Ernest’s daughters, this enchanting story reveals secrets hidden in plain sight. -Seth


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Afterglow (a Dog Memoir) Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780802127099
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Published: Grove Press - September 12th, 2017

The loss of a dog sows a particular breed of grief in the heart, one that never completely fades. Countless authors have expressed this sorrow, but few in such an experimental, poetic manner as Eileen Myles. This is not your average dog book, but they are not an average writer. Their prose is free from the constrictions of punctuation, capitalization, and cliché. This is not just a book about the life and death of a pit bull; it's about god (dog), humanity, and how language can (and cannot) capture the essence of, well, any of it. It's a wild ride. Come along, dog lovers. Come along. -Liz


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The Heart's Invisible Furies Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781524760786
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Published: Hogarth Press - August 22nd, 2017

John Boyne (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) is a gifted storyteller, and his latest book takes readers through a lifetime's worth of vivid emotion. Cyril Avery had an unusual upbringing. Raised by an insensate duo of adoptive parents who insist that Cyril is "not a real Avery," Cyril struggles to understand the world at large and his own self through the odd lessons his parents sporadically impart. When he meets Julian, a young boy of similar age, his whole perspective on life is turned upside-down, and so begins one of the best coming-of-age stories in print today. -Justus


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From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780393249897
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 3rd, 2017

Okay, I'll admit it. I approached this book like I would a promising horror movie; I was prepared to squirm through a travelogue of the macabre. Instead, I read an elegantly written cultural study of what it means to be dead with dignity. Doughty, a mortician, challenges our Western view of the postmortem process, positing that most of what's considered "respectful" treatment of the dead is merely the handiwork of a profit-hungry funeral industry. From Here to Eternity also tackles our fear of death and its connection to grief—maybe cozying up a bit to the concept of death is, in fact, one of the healthiest ways to cope with loss. -Shawn


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Stay with Me Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780451494603
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - August 22nd, 2017

Yejide and Akin are a young couple who want, more than anything else, to have a child. But no matter what they try, from modern medicine to traditional practices, a child does not come. Finally Akin’s parents provide a solution that Yejide swore never to accept: a second wife. As tragedy strikes and their world collapses around them, only a fierce and desperate love keeps them afloat. This is a story of disturbing secrets, intergenerational conflict, and an unraveling marriage set against the backdrop of an increasingly unstable Nigeria. With sharp dialogue and thrilling momentum, this is an excellent debut from a rising Nigerian literary star. -Justin


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Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977887
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 3rd, 2017

Her Body and Other Parties is an intoxicating combination of folklore and pop culture, fabulism and realism—each story lands like a spell. With language so deft and elegant, it’s hard to believe this is Machado's debut collection. These stories dig into the wounds inflicted upon women by society, themselves, and their peers. Women fade and are stitched into garments, the apocalypse is recounted through sexual encounters, Law & Order SVU is retold as the ghost story it truly is. At turns seductive and sickening, this collection will enchant you and make your skin crawl. I recommend you read it slowly and not before bed. -Emma


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As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom Through Radical Resistance Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781517903862
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Published: University of Minnesota Press - October 17th, 2017

What will it take for an Indigenous political resurgence in North America? According to Simpson's new book, the reason Indigenous culture and practices have been so suppressed is that they innately pose a threat to our status quo. With this assertion, she forms the foundations for a path beyond capitalism that is place-based, free of romanticism, and grounded in material reality. There is a wealth of information here on the Indigenous struggle of the past few centuries as well as on Nishnaabeg ideas of queerness, internationalism, and history that radically challenge the most oppressive facets of Western society. -Tony


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George and Lizzie Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781501162893
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Published: Touchstone Books - September 5th, 2017

If you've ever found yourself unable to move on from something in your past, read this book! Bouncing between Lizzie's present life and her high school and college careers, this is the story of her marriage. Lizzie never got over Jack, a college boyfriend with whom she felt an intense connection, short-lived as it was. She feels unfulfilled in her marriage with George, though he's essentially the perfect spouse. Will she ever stop searching for her lost love? This engrossing, witty debut novel from Nancy Pearl reminds us that happiness is most easily found when we stop searching for it. -Liz


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MIS(H)Adra Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781501162107
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Published: Gallery 13 - October 3rd, 2017

Isaac is isolated and alone, diagnosed with epilepsy, a disease his family won't acknowledge and his doctors don't understand. Based on the author's lived experience, MIS(H)Adra is a harrowing account of the daily struggles of chronic illness. Ata's four-color illustrations are vivid and intense, and his red, black, and blue depictions of seizures are especially powerful. This is a difficult book—frustrating, heart-wrenching, and exhausting. You may want to shake the characters from their seemingly willful ignorance. But, ultimately, watching Isaac learn to ask for help, and to trust those who are willing to give it, is moving and hopeful. -Emma


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A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316382939
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Published: Hachette Books - October 3rd, 2017

A Moonless, Starless Sky is an arresting piece of journalism. The book follows four stories: a Ugandan couple adjusting to life after escaping the LRA, a radical anti-slavery activist in Mauritania, a government worker fighting Boko Haram in Nigeria, and young women playing basketball in Somalia despite endless death threats from local extremists. Each account frightens and fortifies in equal measure; the individuals profiled display a level of courage and resolve that is difficult to fathom. In giving their stories a platform, Okeowo amplifies voices that need to be heard from a part of the world too often considered hopeless. -Shawn


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New People Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781594487095
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 1st, 2017

New People is the story of Maria and Khalil, the "King and Queen of the Racially Nebulous Prom," and their lives in New York City during the late 1990s. Maria is a conflicted, often frustrating protagonist, but only because it's easy to see oneself in her search for authenticity. She is self-destructive in a painfully real way: makes cruel jokes, says the wrong things at parties, lashes out at expectations, desires another man. Danzy Senna's prose flows with purpose and clarity as the plot of New People quietly simmers to a boil. You'll be laughing long before being afraid to laugh, crying well before tragedy sets in, waiting for the sun. -Eric


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The Origin of Others Cover Image
By Toni Morrison, Ta-Nehisi Coates (Foreword by)
$22.95
ISBN: 9780674976450
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Published: Harvard University Press - September 18th, 2017

Imagine sitting across a table from the foremost American novelist of our time, Toni Morrison, as she tells you a story about her great-grandmother. In the next breath, she shares a newspaper clipping from 1856 that inspired the story for her celebrated novel, Beloved. Reading The Origin of Others is like sitting at that table, and I was rapt with attention. Drawn from her Harvard lectures, this is Morrison’s first published work of nonfiction in more than ten years and it is both an approachable work of literary criticism and a searing condemnation of racism. The power and clarity of her voice is unmatched among writers today. -Katie


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Autumn Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399563300
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Published: Penguin Press - August 22nd, 2017

Knausgaard pulls in the reins on his lauded semi-autobiographical series My Struggle for a series of essays written to his unborn daughter. Each of the several dozen pieces in Autumn demystifies quotidian things—fevers, fingers, birds of prey, oil tankers, toilet bowls—in ways that are sometimes sentimental, sometimes ironic, and that always reveal a timeless human connection with the objects and phenomena of daily life. At once personal and universal, Knausgaard offers us a calm and meditative start to this four-book series, each named for a season. -Tony


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The Myrtlewood Cookbook: Pacific Northwest Home Cooking Cover Image
By Andrew Barton, Peter Schweitzer (Photographer)
$27.95
ISBN: 9781632171412
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Published: Sasquatch Books - October 3rd, 2017

With The Myrtlewood Cookbook, Andrew Barton has created an arresting collection of recipes gathered from Secret Restaurant Portland. Accompanied by lush photography, his instructions are thoughtful, meticulous, and spiced with personal guidance; I felt as if I was cooking in the kitchen with a highly skilled, yet patient friend. Many of the dishes center around ingredients easily found, grown, or foraged here in the Pacific Northwest. Whether you're combing your farmers’ market or a forested hillside, these are beautiful recipes worthy of your ingredients. -Julia


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Fresh Complaint: Stories Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374203061
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Published: Farrar Straus and Giroux - October 3rd, 2017

Six years after the release of his last novel, Eugenides has finally caved to my nagging demands that he publish a short story collection. Fresh Complaint doesn't disappoint. The ten stories within work together to form a manifesto of human behavior, each one a glimpse into a different sort of strangeness. Eugenides's greatest strength lies in the minutiae of social interaction; his characters are full of subtle idiosyncrasies that we all notice in others without really knowing we're noticing them. Reading his stories leaves me feeling like I'm taking in more details than usual, residually wide-eyed to the world around me. -Shawn


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Themystery.Doc Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780802124913
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Published: Grove Press - October 3rd, 2017

Told in spurts and seemingly scatterbrained, an author who has been working on an expansive book for many years as a follow up to a bestseller is now trying to piece his life back together after a severe head trauma. He reveals what he can in fragments gleaned from a hidden thumb drive. Not certain of his own identity, he must rely on what he is told by others. The text is interspersed with a mix of film stills, HTML code, and partially blacked-out and blank pages which force you to linger on the last thought or slowly marinate on the current one before delving deeper. This beast of a novel moves at a rapid pace making it very hard to put down. -Allen


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Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393249316
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 19th, 2017

From Amazon warehouses to sugar beet fields, increasing numbers of older workers, unable to afford retirement, crisscross the country in jerry-rigged vans headed to their next seasonal job. Journalist Jessica Bruder traveled with these workers for three years and expertly juxtaposes their humanity with the economic forces at play against them in the wake of the 2008 recession. From its lighter moments, when Bruder buys a secondhand van and christens it Van Halen, to its dark accounts of exploitation, Nomadland shares the stories of people working in the underbelly of the economy. You’ll never look at a van the same way again. -Katie


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Every Word Is a Bird We Teach to Sing: Encounters with the Mysteries and Meanings of Language Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316353052
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Published: Little Brown and Company - September 12th, 2017

From an early age, Daniel Tammet had an unusual relationship to language. Words became numbers to him; that was how he made sense of the world. As an adult, he was diagnosed as a "high functioning autistic savant." Tammet developed an impassioned attachment to words and languages as he matured. This passion is infectious and one finds oneself drawn into his curiosity and enthusiasm for the arcane. In his hands, language becomes an experiential and physical sensation. This is a beautiful and engaging book. -Greg


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Sing, Unburied, Sing Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501126062
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Published: Scribner Book Company - September 5th, 2017

Strange and otherworldly things tease the edges of this odyssey of a black woman and her children making their way through Mississippi to Parchman Penitentiary to pick up their white father. Jesmyn Ward’s magical realism feels fresh and sways toward myth rather than ghost story. Meth highs and ancient gifts of sight mix like heady cocktails; police brutality and hauntings are inescapable. This portrait of the South is bounded, not by time, but by family histories, folklore, and the reality of living with past and current injustices. -Allison


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The Antlered Ship Cover Image
By Dashka Slater, Terry Fan (Illustrator), Eric Fan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481451604
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Published: Beach Lane Books - September 12th, 2017

Marco the fox has many grand questions. Searching for answers, he boards a magnificent antlered ship crewed by deer seeking dinner and pigeons craving adventure. What fun! The Fan Brothers' illustrations are dramatic and contemplative, drawing readers deep into Slater's whimsical world. The sepia maps gracing the endpapers are an especially riveting touch. The themes of friendship and the encouragement of curiosity make this an excellent addition to any child's library. -Liz


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The Red-Haired Woman Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780451494429
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - August 22nd, 2017

The tenth novel from Turkey’s most famous living author, this is the story of a well digger and his apprentice looking for water on the dusty outskirts of a small town. The boy, whose absent father has inspired a sharp interest in Oedipus, becomes infatuated with a beautiful woman he encounters on his trips into town. These obsessions drive a wedge between him and his master, and when the summer job is abruptly cut short the boy returns home with a guilt that lasts him years. This fable of East meeting West, tradition meeting modernity, and father meeting son, is perfect for these times, and will stay with you long after finishing. -Justin


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Solo Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780310761839
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Published: Blink - August 1st, 2017

A rock star, fallen from grace, tries again to get sober. His teenage son, Blade, struggles to find his own voice on the eve of high school graduation. Heartbreak, followed by a letter from the past inspires Blade to go on a journey, destination unknown. Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess infuse this heart-swelling novel in verse with the poetry of our everyday lives. The pages slide gracefully from song lyrics, new and familiar, to text messages between Blade and his sister. My heart was in my throat as I watched this family, unsure of itself, step forward into the world. -Katie


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Her Right Foot Cover Image
By Dave Eggers, Shawn Harris (Artist)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781452162812
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 19th, 2017

Dave Eggers’s witty writing meets Shawn Harris’s lush and colorful illustrations in this fun, factual tale of Lady Liberty. Many people can picture her crown, her torch, and her blue-green skin, but Eggers draws our attention to one of the statue’s lesser known features: her right foot, which is in mid-stride. But just where is she going? In Her Right Foot, Eggers has penned a timely tribute to one of our country’s most well-known landmarks and reminded us of the importance of compassion and the celebration of diversity. -Alex


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Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781631493119
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 5th, 2017

Harvard professor Danielle Allen's cousin Michael was first incarcerated at age 15. At 29, less than a year after his final release from prison, he was found murdered in his car in South-Central L.A. In Cuz, Allen deftly incorporates her memories of her cousin with his writings and with historical and academic dissections of the forces that affected Michael's destiny: the judicial system, the "parastate" of gangs, and the drug trade. Cuz is more than a biography; it's an intimate, complex portrait of a life lived so close to and yet just out of reach of the author, as well as an indictment of the structures of power that prematurely ended his life. -Amy


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The Mountain: Stories Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781501154089
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 15th, 2017

Paul Yoon, who was honored in 2010 with the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 award for his first book, Once the Shore, delivers a breathtaking collection of stories worth devouring. His artful use of space and depth allow the reader an intimate connection with characters marked by trauma, loss, and the longing of identity across time and borders. Yoon uniquely binds us to our shared human history of migration and the remaking of home. He brilliantly tackles timely topics in historical settings, allowing what’s universal to emerge. In a world wanting for beauty, The Mountain is a much needed gift for the heart-weary reader. -Seth


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Dinner at the Center of the Earth Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781524732738
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 5th, 2017

Using narrative streams that jump between time, place, and character, Dinner at the Center of the Earth weaves a thrilling political story. It starts in 2002 when a man accepts a position as a prison guard, his mother assuring him that this top-secret assignment will be both the making of his career and the only way he'll stay on the right side of the bars. Twelve years later, Prisoner Z is the guard's sole inmate. As other characters converge and their stories become clear, Nathan Englander explores themes of entrapment and the high cost of escape—a wholly satisfying and memorable reading experience. -Justus


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Forest Dark Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062430991
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Published: Harper - September 12th, 2017

Though the two very different central characters in this beautiful, mesmerizing novel never meet, each is drawn by forces felt in their lives to something bigger, deeper, and more mysterious. Nicole Krauss masterfully lets the reader pull together what life and circumstance for the older man and younger woman in this book never do. Both go from New York to Tel Aviv, but each finds a different way of answering a call to a renewed sense of destiny and purpose. There’s a radiant spirit and wit at work in the writing here that makes this a novel of great resonance and grace. -Rick


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The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399539138
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Published: Dial Books - September 12th, 2017

This book about family, loss, and space is sweeter than fresh-baked cookies and it’s dorkier than Carl Sagan playing with a Storm Neptunian action figure in zero-G. It’s funnier than an enormous stinky mutant hamster with life-threatening burps and it’s sad enough to make me cry, but in a nice way. Stella Rodriguez is just trying to get her only recording of her dad onto the Golden Record (aliens like puns too!) when a black hole follows her home. Good thing it’s just a tiny one...at first. -Lauren


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Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399184925
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 8th, 2017

Jonathan B. Losos introduces us to his love for the lizards of the Bahamas and his research on how they respond to their changing environments. He outlines a fascinating and humorous study of evolution, complete with tales of humanoid dinosaurs, getting flies drunk, and promising research into improved antibiotics. Grounded in ethics, Improbable Destinies excitedly explores not only what the trends of convergent evolution can tell us, but also their implications for technologies such as personalized medicine and models of life on other planets. -Amy


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Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781451609950
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 15th, 2017

Some children's books never lose their magic; in Wild Things, Bruce Handy revisits these classics for a fresh look. With warmhearted ease, Handy journeys through a brief history of children's literature, from Aesop and the Brothers Grimm to Cleary, Sendak, and more. He illuminates not only the development of language and craft within the genre, but also the shifting cultural context around the stories themselves. Handy's writing is engaging and natural, a perfect fit for his subject. For those of us who never lost our affection for the stories of our youth, this book is a welcome guide to a return voyage. -Julia


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Come with Me Cover Image
By Holly M. McGhee, Pascal Lemaitre (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524739058
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2017

For a picture book with few pages and uncomplicated illustrations, Come with Me has so much to teach its readers. It speaks about tolerance and patience with our fellow human beings, about kindness and consideration within our communities, and about trust and bravery as we face this big, big world. Young readers, share this with the grown-ups in your life! They can learn a lot from it. -Holly