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Splinters: Another Kind of Love Story By Leslie Jamison Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316374880
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - February 20th, 2024

Michael's February 2024 pick

This new memoir is a powerful examination of love, divorce, young motherhood, and the writing life.   The best memoirs are a kind of relentless self-examination, a self-interrogation—very specifically the story of a particular life, they also illuminate universal themes. Read Splinters, you won’t be able to put it down.


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Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma By Claire Dederer Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525655114
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Published: Knopf - April 25th, 2023

Michael's June 2023 pick

This book had its beginnings as an essay in the Paris Review that went viral—“What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?”, a question that also goes to the heart of professional bookselling. Claire Dederer, author of the memoirs Poser and Love and Trouble, has expanded her essay into a broad and fascinating study of the issue, and also a radical self-examination that is highly valuable. You’ll read about Picasso, Woody Allen, Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, and many other well known figures whose work endures even as their reputations are re-evaluated.


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Don't Tell Anybody the Secrets I Told You: A Memoir By Lucinda Williams Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780593136492
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Published: Crown - April 25th, 2023

Michael's May 2023 pick

A giant of American music, now 70 and a lion in winter. Too rock and roll to be country, too country to be rock, and not exactly Americana, Lucinda Williams forges her own musical path.  Her uniqueness shines through her prose as well.  Her new book is especially valuable for connecting her song lyrics to her early childhood, and for telling the backstory of her most famous albums.  It’s full of poetry and honesty and deep feeling.


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

Michael's October 2022 Pick (1 of 2)

Barbara Kingsolver’s Demon Copperhead is an updated David Copperfield, set in southern Appalachia. Some of the wittiest writing I’ve seen lately and some of the most harrowing situations.  


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Shrines of Gaiety: A Novel By Kate Atkinson Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593466322
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Published: Anchor - May 2nd, 2023

Michael's September 2022 Pick

Kate Atkinson’s Shrines of Gaiety is also reminiscent of Dickens, telling a vividly imagined story of 1926 London and a family on the wrong side of the law. 


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The Passenger By Cormac McCarthy Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780307268990
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Published: Knopf - October 25th, 2022

Michael's October 2022 Pick (2 of 2)

Cormac McCarthy has two related novels coming out this fall, finally—The Passenger and Stella Maris-- and I need people to buy them so I’ll have someone to talk to about them.  They are full of unforgettable characters and amazing scenes written in the author’s distinct language, but I’m still processing how I feel about both of them.


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Stella Maris By Cormac McCarthy Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780307269003
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Published: Knopf - December 6th, 2022

Michael's December 2022 Pick

Cormac McCarthy has two related novels coming out this fall, finally—The Passenger and Stella Maris-- and I need people to buy them so I’ll have someone to talk to about them.  They are full of unforgettable characters and amazing scenes written in the author’s distinct language, but I’m still processing how I feel about both of them.


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The Candy House: A Novel By Jennifer Egan Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781476716770
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Published: Scribner - March 7th, 2023

Michael's April 2022 pick

Probably THE big novel of the spring. The Candy House brings us back to the world of A Visit from the Goon Squad, and to an exploration of character and authenticity that will have you up late rereading and obsessing over dozens of brilliantly written passages.  Like the candy house of fairy tales, our possible futures are amazingly seductive, and dangerous, too.


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The Killing Hills By Chris Offutt Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802159878
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Published: Grove Press - June 7th, 2022

Michael's October 2021 pick

Chris Offutt delivers a crime story filled with vivid characters and unforgettable story lines, in a mix of humor and danger that will be familiar not only to his readers but also to fans of the TV show Justified.
Mick Hardin, a combat veteran who now works as a CID agent, is on the verge of being AWOL as he helps his sister, the sheriff, try to solve a murder in the kills of Kentucky.
And he seriously needs to have a word with his wife.
First rate!


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Animal: A Novel By Lisa Taddeo Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982122133
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - May 31st, 2022

Michael's June 2021 pick

A vivid and unsettling novel by a real writer with a natural gift. Too many trigger warnings to mention, so just be aware. Full of sex and murder and witty apercus.


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Ariadne: A Novel By Jennifer Saint Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250773593
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 5th, 2022

For centuries, authors have mined Greek mythology for their subjects. The success of these attempts has always depended on the author's  ability to make emotional connections with these remote characters.  Ariadne is a very successful effort--highly readable and engaging. The story of two sisters with well-known tragic outcomes becomes real and contemporary in this novel.  The men--whether mortal or god or beast--don't come off too well, but they know what they did.


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Nightbitch: A Novel By Rachel Yoder Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593312148
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Published: Anchor - July 5th, 2022

By turns grim and hilarious and always intense, this brief novel captures in a radically new way the crises and anxieties of new motherhood.  I found myself both wanting to share it with my adult children and warning myself not to, because the mirror it holds up to 2021 can be so disturbing.  --Michael


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Finding Freedom: A Cook's Story; Remaking a Life from Scratch By Erin French Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781250312341
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Published: Celadon Books - April 6th, 2021

A memoir that grabs you from the beginning, and immediately has you rooting hard for a scrappy young genius chef-to-be as she overcomes some pretty serious challenges along the way to owning one of the most sought-out restaurants in New England.


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Hour of the Witch: A Novel By Chris Bohjalian Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525432692
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Published: Vintage - January 25th, 2022

Chris Bohjalian's historical fiction is sometimes overlooked in favor of his more modern dramas, but I've always thought it was some of his best work (Skeletons at the Feast, Sandcastle Girls).  Hour of the Witch is a strong read and sure to be a bestseller.  At first glance it seems a very New England story, but the author's sympathetic exploration of the plight of women in repressive societies makes it universal. Vividly imagined and intricately plotted.


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We Begin at the End By Chris Whitaker Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250759689
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - April 12th, 2022

This is a very fine literary thriller with vivid and memorable characters and a plot that is satisfyingly complex.


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The Glass Hotel: A novel By Emily St. John Mandel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525562948
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Published: Vintage - February 16th, 2021

The best literary novel of 2020 (so far!)


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Piranesi By Susanna Clarke Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781635577808
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 28th, 2021

The new novel from the author of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell-- painting on a smaller canvas but excellent just the same--a fantasy novel that becomes a police procedural by degrees--coming in Sept.!


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Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil By Susan Neiman Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250750112
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Published: Picador - September 8th, 2020

Michael's November 2019 pick

This is the best meditation on history that I’ve encountered in years. If you’ve read and pondered Hitler’s Willing Executioners, Confederates in the Attic (and Tony Horwitz’s last work, Spying on the South), In the Shadow of Statues, and other popular works, this is a deeper and more detailed dive into the true nature of racism, nationalism, and the culture of defeat, and it’s a way of applying the dark lessons of German history to our own still-divided nation.  At the same time, it’s a powerful memoir. From the first sentence, you’re completely drawn in: ‘I began life as a white girl in the segregated South, and I’m likely to end it as a Jewish woman in Berlin.’ Don’t miss it.


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I Miss You When I Blink: Essays By Mary Laura Philpott Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982102814
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Published: Atria Books - April 7th, 2020

Michael's April 2019 pick, 1 of 2

Mary Laura Philpott is a fellow bookseller at the excellent Parnassus Books in Nashville.   Her memoir (in the form of a book of essays) is deeply personal, deeply moving, and at the same time very funny.  It’s one of those books that introduces you to someone who could be a best friend to your ideal self.  Many readers will find these essays of work, home, and the creative life to be that very welcome introduction.   “I've spent my adult life prowling bookshelves for the modern-day reincarnation of my favorite authors—Nora Ephron, Erma Bombeck, Jean Kerr, and Laurie Colwin—all rolled into one...Good news: I have finally found their successor.” —Elisabeth Egan, The Washington Post


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The Gone World By Tom Sweterlitsch Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780425278901
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 5th, 2019

Michael's April 2019 pick, 2 of 2

One of the best science fiction novels to come out in the past 10 years--- also one of the best novels of time travel, detective work, and horror.   Just out in paperback.    … There are many possible versions of our future, and one of them holds the key to solving the murder of a Navy SEAL’s family--but all of them suddenly contain the Terminus--the cataclysmic end of humanity itself, looming ever closer. “Inception meets True Detective,” says the New Yorker.


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The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road By Finn Murphy Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393355871
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 5th, 2018

Michael's June 2017 pick, 2 of 2

The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road, by Finn Murphy

This first book is an entertaining look at the life of a trucker—specifically, a long-haul mover who preferred life on the road to finishing a liberal arts degree.  This is one of those books on a little-known sub-culture that you had no idea you’d find so interesting. “It seems strange that American letters has not produced a trucker-writer--until now. If you ever wonder about these American nomads, their lore, their lives crisscrossing this land, pick up this book.”--Ted Conover, author of Newjack


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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind By Yuval Noah Harari Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062316110
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 15th, 2018

Michael's February 2015 pick


Lolita (Vintage International) By Vladimir Nabokov Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780679723165
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Published: Vintage - March 13th, 1989

You know a novel is great when you discover something new and amazing every time you read it. Still has the power to shock after 55 years — one of the immortal literary achievements of the 20th century.


Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West (Vintage International) By Cormac McCarthy Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780679728757
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Published: Vintage - May 5th, 1992

Cormac McCarthy, like Melville before him, investigates evil, human frailty, and fate, here in a story of death and destruction in the old west. Based (believe it or not) on a true story.


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The Power By Naomi Alderman Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316547604
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 8th, 2019

Hard to imagine a more timely book!