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Lincoln in the Bardo Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812995343
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Published: Random House - February 14th, 2017

Saunder's first novel, a best-seller, has a variety of tensions: the living vs the dead, the person vs the private, longing vs letting go. The bardo is a buddhist term for purgatory, and everyone appears to "live" in it. the novel reads like a play. If you enjoy a linear plot and realistic fiction, this is not a novel for you. If you don't mind a challenging form, you will be rewarded. -Tom


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Becoming Wise: An Inquiry Into the Mystery and Art of Living Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101980316
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Published: Penguin Books - February 28th, 2017

Anyone familiar with the On Being podcast will appreciate this book. Tippett has taken bits of her interviews and grouped them. This is for anyone interested in people who live differently than most. -Tom


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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804170123
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Published: Vintage - May 5th, 2015

This "quiet" book is a pilgrimage towards understanding one's identity.  It's a beautiful, strange novel of love, friendship and heartbreak.  I couldn't put it down. 


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The Teeth of the Comb & Other Stories Cover Image
By Osama Alomar, C. J. Collins (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811226073
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - April 25th, 2017

These pithy modern fables will make you think and laugh. If you're looking for meaningful literature but don't have the time to slog through a 500 page classic, I'd recommend this one! -Tom


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One of the Boys Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781501156168
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Published: Scribner Book Company - March 14th, 2017

"A short but powerful novel. Told from a boy's point of view filled with love and hope, he chronicles his father's descent into addiction and its affects." -Tom


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Upstream: Selected Essays Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781594206702
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Published: Penguin Press - October 11th, 2016

This collection of previously published essays gives insight into Oliver's way of seeing, her writing process, and the influences on them. If you're familiar with her poetry, this book is a gift. If you're hesitant about poetry, read Upstream. It will pique your interest in her other writing. -Tom


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The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781101875681
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 7th, 2017

I've long been fascinated by quiet people who live as hermits or choose to live mostly in solitude. The plot seems straightforward - a young man, for no apparent reason, walks into the woods and lives there for over 25 years. Like any Maine story, the book is filled with unique characters. What follows had me asking questions about modern society and my own life. -Tom


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Homesick for Another World: Stories Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399562884
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Published: Penguin Press - January 17th, 2017

From the author of Eileen, this collection of short stories address themes of alienation, longing, and love. I won't lie to you - this collection is dark. The characters are often physically unattractive, emotionally stuck, and desire to be somewhere else... yet - like Eileen - I couldn't put it down. -Tom


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Mister Monkey Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062397836
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Published: Harper - October 18th, 2016

Prose opens with a simle setting - an off-off Broadway musical based on an old children's book.

A deeply moving book that speaks to love, longing and yearning. Prose shifts points of view to show how perceptions are not necessarily truths.

I cannot recommend it enough if you like a thoughtful narrative, or if you enjoy unpacking layers. Regardless, this novel should not be missed. -Tom


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Eileen Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143128755
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Published: Penguin Books - August 16th, 2016

A highly regarded first novel that is extremely well-written and constructed. Moshfegh sucks you into Eileen's 1964 world. The novel builds in suspense with a surprising twist. I could not put Eileen down! -Tom


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The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781451624434
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 6th, 2015

Do you miss eating steak, eggs, and bacon? Wonder if taking statins matter? This eye opening book on the matters of nutrition and politics of food science will make you salivate. -Tom


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The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374280093
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - May 31st, 2016

While the title says a personal topography, The Hour of Land expands on this premise to address what the National Park System means to all of us. If you enjoyed Ken Burns' PBS series, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, you are sure to enjoy The Hour of Land -Tom