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Nnedi Okorafor Binti The Complete Trilogy
Sci-Fi, Fantasy. 368 pages. Brings together the three award winning novellas. In this Afrofuturism story set at the edge of the Namibian desert, a teenage girl is selected by her mathematical abilities for the prestigious Galactic Oomza University. Adventures abound! Emotions! Tribalism and ancient wisdom!
Micaiah Johnson The Space Between Worlds
Sci-Fi. 336 pages. Fast-paced story about 380 parallel worlds that you can move between if your alternate self has already died in that world. The main character Cara has only managed to stay alive on 8 of those parallel worlds... twisty plot, great execution.
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N. K. Jemisin The Obelisk Gate
Fantasy, 410 pages. Book 2 of the acclaimed and popular Broken Earth trilogy, read the Fifth Season first.
N. K. Jemisin The Stone Sky
Fantasy, 416 pages. Book 3 of the acclaimed and popular Broken Earth trilogy.
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N. K. Jemisin The Fifth Season
Fantasy. 468 pages. Highly-acclaimed, well-loved book. A fantasy world in which certain magical people can move the earth, with the most powerful able to cause or stop earthquakes. This book has adventure, a wizard school, polyamory, complex characters, and good world-building. Book 1 of the Broken Earth Trilogy.
T. Kingfisher The Seventh Bride
Fantasy. 237 pages. A noble sorcerer tries to marry a wily fifteen year old peasant girl. Entertaining, well-told stand-alone story with gothic atmosphere.
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George R. R. Martin A Feast for Crows
Fantasy. 784 pages. Book 4 of the epic Game of Thrones series.
George R. R. Martin A Dance With Dragons
Fantasy. Around 1000 pages. Book 5 of the epic Game of Thrones series.
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George R. R. Martin A Clash of Kings
Fantasy. 752 pages. Book 2 of the famous epic fantasy series Game of Thrones.
George R. R. Martin A Storm of Swords
Fantasy. Many pages. Book 3 of the famous epic fantasy series Game of Thrones.
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George R. R. Martin A Game of Thrones
Fantasy. 835 pages. The first book in a defining epic fantasy, characterized by clean writing and a diverse but mostly likable ensemble cast.
Neil Gaiman Neverwhere
Fantasy, 370 pages. A young British businessman falls into an underworld city that is a fantastical reflection of London. Witty and imaginative, great characters.
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Alyssa Maxwell Murder at Kingscote
Mystery, Historical Fiction, 304 pages. A cozy mystery set in 1899 in fancy Newport Rhode Island.
Rhys Bowen Four Funerals and Maybe A Wedding
Mystery, Historical Fiction, 304 pages. A light British cozy murder mystery set in the 1930s with the effervescent Lady Georgiana Rannoch playing detective.
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Madeline Miller The Song of Achilles
Historical Fiction, Fantasy (Mythology). 352 pages. A fairly faithful retelling of the Iliad, except from the viewpoint of prince Patroclus, who in this version is in love with Achilles.
Min Jin Lee Pachinko
Historical Fiction. 496 pages. A well-told saga spanning 80 years starting in the early 1900s, jumping between Korea and Japan. Our young Korean heroine gets pregnant by a married man, but escapes shame by marrying an old Japanese diplomat. Dense story of multi-generations, lot of readers wowed by how much good history they learned and enjoyed it.
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Chris Voss Never Split the Difference
Business, Psychology. 274 pages. You might not notice it if you do not pay attention, but you are constantly negotiating, might as well get good at it. This is one of the best books on negotiation, written by a former FBI hostage negotiator.
Kate Murphy You are Not Listening: What You are Missing and Why It Matters
Psychology. 278 pages. Well-researched engaging read that takes you from *I guess it is my turn to shut up* to *truly hearing what the other person is trying to tell you*.
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Adrian Tchaikovsky Doors of Eden
Sci-Fi, 640 pages. This 2020 book is about evolutionary biology and parallel worlds. It has a bit of a slow start and is intellectually a bit heavy, but also brilliant and imaginative.
Simon Jimenez The Vanished Birds
Sci-Fi, 391 pages. This 2020 book is a well-told story about relationships in the midst of time dilation. A set of complex and interesting characters and stories layered on top of a foundation of corporate space exploitation.
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Elle Cosimano Finaly Donovan Is Killing It
Mystery, Thriller. 368 pages. Someone overhears the Donovan discussing her new crime novel, and mistakenly thinks she is a contract killer and tries to hire her, given she is having trouble paying the bills and feeding her kids, she considers it... This 2021 book is a fresh mystery thriller full of suspense and wit.
Lee Goldberg Bone Canyon
Mystery, Thriller. 287 pages. Eve is one of the youngest LA homicide detectives and trying to keep her head above water when charred human bones show up in the Santa Monica Mountains. Book 2 of the Eve Ronin series but works fine to read out of order.
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Ovidia Yu The Paper Bark Tree Mystery
Mystery, Historical Fiction. 336 pages. A light murder mystery and period drama set in British Singapore in the 1930s, with a young native Singapore gal as our likable detective. Book 3 in the Crown Colony series.
Ovidia Yu The Mimosa Tree Mystery
Mystery, Historical Fiction. 320 pages. A secretive neighbor in Japanese Occupied Singapore is found murdered in his garden. Our likable Singaporean gal detective investigates. Book 4 in the Crown Colony series.
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Ovidia Yu The Betel Nut Tree Mystery
Mystery, Historical Fiction. 320 pages. Delightful cozy murder mystery set in British Singapore in the 1930s. Book 2 of the Crown Colony series.
Rhys Bowen Love and Death Among the Cheetahs
Mystery, Historical Fiction. 304 pages. A little light murder mystery set in Kenya, with a gal sleuth who is 34th in line for the throne. This is book 13 of the Royal Spyness series but can be read stand-alone.
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T. Kingfisher The Twisted Ones
Horror. 381 pages. Mouse goes to the country to clean out her grandmothers house after she has died. Goodreads Reviewers say: perfect blend of humor and horror, skin-crawlingly memorable images, folk horror, cabin-in-the-woods-horror, engrossing, nail-biting, exceedingly creepy, vividly weird.
Scott Thomas Kill Creek
Horror. 416 pages. A bunch of horror writers have a party in an old house rumored to be haunted... This book slowly builds the creepy, crescendoing in a fantastic ending. Noted con: weak female characters seen through guy narration.
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Robert Green The 48 Laws of Power
Psychology, History. 452 pages. Lays out different ways power is manifested with lots of historical examples.
Patrick King Better Small Talk
Business, Psychology. 225 pages (but in big text). Patrick King is a master of charisma and making human connections, and in this book he gives heaps of practical tips to be great at small talk, from pre-meeting zoom chit-chat to parties.
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Rosling Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
General Non-Fiction, Economics. Probably your ideas about what life is like in the rest of the world were formed when you were younger and the world was worse off. This book is full of graphs and data telling you the world has changed, mostly for the better, and why, and where we all are going together.
Caroline Criado Pérez Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men
General Non-Fiction, Business. 411 pages. Enlightening collection of facts and stories about how our modern world has not historically been as well-designed for women as it has for men, from crash test dummies to the height of shelves in supermarkets. Thought-provoking for anyone involved in products and building, consciousness-raising for everyone.
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Collins Hansen Great By Choice
Business. 183 pages of actual meat. New insights into what helps companies and leaders thrive in uncertain environments. Nice mix of solid research and anecdotal examples.
Shawn Anchor The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
Business, Psychology. 237 pages. Recent studies show that happiness is what brings success, not the other way around, and this book digs into that idea in a big way, showing how to prime your people for more happiness and more success.
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Patrick Lencioni The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
Business, Psychology. 227 pages. This book lays bare the insecure human side of employees, and how that can get in the way of teamwork, and what to do about it.
John Maxwell The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You
Business, Psychology. 256 pages. Digestible, practical discussion of what leadership means and how it works.
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Stephen Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Psychology, Business. 372 pages. This classic is a life-changing, eye-opening book that will bring you self-awareness and maturity.
Daniel Nettle Personality
Psychology, 298 pages. There is in fact a vibrant field of research into understanding why people have different personalities, and what we even mean by that, and this is the best engaging, readable summary of that research. Learn about the five dimensions to personality, and the beginnings of what we understand to be biochemical pathways that seem to cause different people to be more sensitive to positive and negative events in their life. Ponder questions like: is there an ideal personality? This book will bring you self-awareness and help you deal better with other people.
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Ben Horowitz The Hard Thing About Hard Things
Business. 304 pages. Ben Horowitz, one of the most successful venture capitalists in Silicon Valley, breaks down some hard-earned business advice. Lot of good stuff here, but with a dash of lack of self awareness that might annoy some readers - we recommend rolling past the bad anecdotes, there is a lot of wisdom here.
Jocko Willink Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
Business, Psychology, New York Times Bestseller. 320 pages. Leadership and management lessons from ex-military consultants. Summary: lead and win.
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Stephen King Later
Thriller, Horror, Mystery. 272 pages. The fresh new crime novel by Stephen King.
Riley Sager Home Before Dark
Thriller, Mystery, Horror. 384 pages. A restorer of old mansions moves back to the haunted house of her child. Goodreads reviewers describe this as: creepy, mystery, chills, thrills, suspenseful, ridiculous ending.
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Greer Hendricks An Anonymous Girl
Thriller, Mystery. 375 pages. A fast-paced cat-and-mouse about a young New Yorker who signs up to be part of a study on morality for the money, but then...
Lee Goldberg Bone Canyon
Thriller, Mystery, 287 pages. Book 2 in the Eve Ronin series. Follows a young homicide detective in LA trying to prove herself in this fast-paced well-written police procedural.
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Ovidia Yu The Frangipani Tree Mystery
Mystery, Historical Fiction. In 1930s Singapore, a young governess must help discover a killer. Book 1 of the Crown Colony series.
Barbara Neely Blanche Passes Go
Mystery. 339 pages. Book 4 of the Blanche White series (you can read them out of order). An African-American housekeeper, with her astute attention to people and her vast social network of other invisible servants, makes for a formidable detective when murder strikes.
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Nekesa Afia Dead Dead Girls
Mystery, Historical Fiction. 336 pages. Harlem 1926, a black woman is roped into assisting in the investigation of a serial killer targeting Black girls in her neighborhood.
Barbara Neely Blanche Cleans Up
Mystery. 323 pages. Book 3 of the Blanche White series. Entertaining mystery that touches on a lot of hot-button 1990s issues, with an amateur sleuth that is an African-American housekeeper.
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Barbara Neely Blanche Among the Talented Tenth
Mystery, 244 pages. Book 2 of the Blanche White murder mystery series, which features a courageous and pragmatic amateur detective who is an African-American housekeeper. This story is set in a New England luxury resort started by African-Americans many years ago, and deals with racial tensions within the African-American community. Not quite as good a mystery as the first Blanche White book, but also a well-told story with a charismatic main character with fresh perspectives.
Nalini Singh Quiet in Her Bones
Thriller, Mystery. 384 pages. A suspenseful mystery about a mother who went missing 10 years ago and has now turned up dead, set in New Zealand in an upper-class Hindu household.
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Lee Goldberg Lost Hills
Mystery, Thriller. 237 pages. Detective Eve is promoted into the LA Homicide squad, and worries about messing up on her first case. Fast-paced, fun, consistently well-liked police procedural murder mystery. This is Book 1 of the Eve Ronin series.
Barbara Neely Blanche on the Lam
Mystery, Thriller. 304 pages. An intimate first person narrated murder mystery with an accidental African-American housekeeper playing amateur detective in a rich household in the American South. This is Book 1 of the Blanche White series.
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Rhys Bowen Her Royal Spyness
Mystery, Historical Fiction. 324 pages. It is 1930 something England, and Georgie is 34th in line to the throne, and broke. She tries to learn to cook to get a job. Then she finds a body in the bathtub... Light fun murder mystery, this is not the best one in this series, but it is mostly entertaining. Book 1 of the Royal Spyness series.
Rhys Bowen A Royal Pain
Mystery, Historical Fiction. 307 pages. Entertaining cozy murder mystery set in 1930s England. This is the white wine of murder mysteries, but sometimes a glass of white wine and an amusing murder is what you need. Book 2 of the Royal Spyness series.
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Sujata Massey The Sleeping Dictionary
Historical Fiction, Romance. Set in the 1930s in Calcutta, India, a young girl survivor of a tidal wave must find a way to survive. Excellent writing, engrossing story, rich in detail about British Raj. Bonus: it has a English/Hindi/Bengali reference guide that makes this easier to follow.
Aruna Chakravarti Jorasanko
Historical Fiction, 406 pages. A multi-generational tale set of Bengali resistance to British colonialism, based on the family of famed Indian author Rabindranath Tagore. Well-written, evocative, historic stuff.
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Ellis Peters The Virgin in the Ice
Mystery, Historical Fiction. 225 pages. Three important travelers go missing, and Brother Cadfael investigates. Book 6 of the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael. (You can jump around the series if you like).
Ellis Peters The Sanctuary Sparrow
Mystery, Historical Fiction. 271 pages. Another excellent historical cozy murder mystery with detective Brother Cadfael! Book 7 of the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael.
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Ellis Peters Saint Peters Fair
Mystery, Historical Fiction. 272 pages. A merchant is found dead in a river, and Brother Cadfael investigates. Book 4 of the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael.
Ellis Peters The Leper of Saint Giles
Mystery, Historical Fiction. 224 pages. The fall of 1139, and a marriage to take place at the abbey is interrupted by a brutal killing. Book 5 of the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael.
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Ellis Peters One Corpse Too Many
Mystery, Historical Fiction. 214 pages. A Benedictine monk solves a murder in 1138. Book 2 of the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael (nice if you read them in order, but you can jump around).
Ellis Peters Monks Hood
Mystery, Historical Fiction. 286 pages. Brother Cadfael is called to save a dying man who clearly has been poisoned. Lot of good back story about Brother Cadfael in this one. Book 3 of the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael (nice if you read them in order, but you can jump around).
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Harry Kemelman Tuesday the Rabbi Saw Red
Mystery. 276 pages. Delightful murder mystery with a rabbi playing detective, set at a local college in the early seventies. Book 5 of 12 in the Rabbi Small series (we probably won't carry book 4 as it is a bit of an outlier).
Harry Kemelman Wednesday The Rabbit Got Wet
Mystery. 312 pages. An old businessman dies suddenly, and our likable rabbi takes an interest. Book 6 of 12 in the Rabbi Small series.
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Harry Kemelman Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry
Mystery. 224 pages. Classic murder mystery feel with a Jewish Rabbi playing the role of detective. Yom Kippur is interrupted when a mathematician is found dead - looks like suicide - but of course not, this is a murder mystery! Book 2 of 12 in the Rabbi Small series.
Harry Kemelman Sunday the Rabbi Stayed Home
Mystery. 224 pages. Classic murder mystery feel with a Jewish Rabbi playing the role of detective. This one has a bit of a slow start, but still overall good ratings. Book 3 of 12 in the Rabbi Small series.
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Ellis Peters A Morbid Taste For Bones
Mystery, Historical Fiction. 197 pages. A likable Benedictine monk in 1137 solves a murder mystery. Book 1 in the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael.
Harry Kemelman Friday the Rabbi Slept Late
Mystery, 208 pages. Reminiscent of an Agatha Christie murder mystery, but the main character is a sleuthing rabbi, set mid-twentieth century. Book 1 in the Rabbi Small mystery series.
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Olga Tokarczuk Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
General Fiction, Mystery. 274 pages. A literary murder mystery by the winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature. Our amateur sleuth is a misanthropic middle-aged animal lover who loves astrology and lives in a rural part of Poland, where she takes care of a wealthy estate to fund her love of translating William Blake poetry. Goodreads reviewers say: really good weird, noir style mystery, strange little novel, a character study, subversive feminist noir mystery, like a Coen brothers movie.
Un-su Kim The Plotters
General Fiction, Thriller. 310 pages. A thriller with literary merit about an assassin who is probably going to be assassinated in a dystopic South Korea, and his concerns about his two cats. Translated from Korean. Readers describe this as brilliant, quirky, noir, with echos of Vonnegut, Quentin Tarantino, and Murakami.
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Abir Mukherjee Death in the East
Mystery, Historical Fiction, 432 pages. Book 4 of the Captain Sam Wyndham series set in 1920 Calcutta, and perhaps the best!
Malla Nunn A Beautiful Place To Die
Mystery, Historical Fiction. 384 pages. In 1952 South Africa, the country is buzzing with new apartheid laws, when the Dutch Police Chief of a small town near the Mozambique border is found m u r d e r e d ! Written by a veteran screen-writer, the book has a cinematic quality, and you pick up a lot of history and the psychology of the times, wrapped up in an excellent murder mystery. Warning: some dark energy here, this is *not* a cozy murder!
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Abir Mukherjee A Necessary Evil
Mystery, Historical Fiction. 384 pages. Book 2 in the Captain Sam Wyndham series. This is a satisfying murder mystery set in 1920s Calcutta is about an Indian prince who is mysteriously killed, and our hero must navigate a plot dripping with diamonds, court intrigue, Hindu mythology, and a tiger hunt. Pairs well with a gin and tonic.
Abir Mukherjee Smoke and Ashes
Mystery, Historical Fiction. 352 pages. Book 3 in the Captain Sam Wyndham series, also set in 1920s Calcutta, while still a murder mystery, this book is a bit more of a historical political thriller with more chasing people about than the other books in this series. Great historical detail and color on the early stages of the non-violence movement spearheaded by Gandhi in the fight for Indian self-rule (swaraj).
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Abir Mukherjee A Rising Man
Mystery, Historical Fiction. 400 pages. A murder mystery with detective Captain Sam Wyndham (formerly of the Scotland Yard) set in British Raj Calcultta in 1919. Award-winning.
Sujata Massey The Widows of Malabar Hill
Mystery, Historical Fiction. 385 pages. Bombay, 1921, and one of the first female lawyers in India becomes suspicious after three wives of one client turn up dead... So many awards!
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Kate Mosse The City of Tears
Historical Fiction, 560 pages. A second historical fiction epic set decades after Kate Mosse Burning Chambers (you can safely read them in either order). Midwest Book Review says: A saga of epic portions... brilliant, original, and inherently riveting historical novel... with a keen respect for historical detail.
Indu Sundaresan The Twentieth Wife
Historical Fiction, Romance. 380 pages. Set at roughly the same time as The City of Tears but far away in the Mughal Empire. Goodreads reviewers say: heavy on historical, smart, captivating, intoxicating, strong female lead, star-crossed lovers, verbose, fast-paced.
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Kate Mosse The Burning Chambers
Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance. 605 pages. Set in 16th century between religious wars, this is some epic historical fiction with a mysterious plot and a bite of romance. Likable characters (strong women leads) and fast-paced plot (well, for this genre).
T. Kingfisher Bryonry and Roses
Fantasy, Romance. 216 pages. Masterfully told, creative variant of an old fairytale with witty dialogue. Our heroine Bryony gets caught in a snowstorm and takes refuge in a huge abandoned house... Strong women leads.
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Joe Abercrombie Before They Are Hanged
Fantasy. 441 pages. Book 2 of the First Law series. Read The Blade first.
Joe Abercrombie Last Argument of Kings
Fantasy. 536 pages. Book 3 of the First Law series. Read the other 2 first.
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Chigozie Obioma The Fishermen
General Fiction. 297 pages. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Four brothers in Nigeria get into trouble of mythic proportions when their dad goes off to the city.
Susanna Clarke Piranesi
General Fiction, Fantasy, New York Times Bestseller. 250 pages. A magical, Borgeisan story about a house with infinite rooms.
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R. F. Kuang The Burning God
Fantasy, 640 pages. Book 3 of the awesome Poppy War series (read the first two first).
Zen Cho The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected In Water
Fantasy, 160 pages. A fun martial-arts wuxia-inspired fantasy romp set in the Tang Dynasty.
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R. F. Kuang The Dragon Republic
Fantasy, 658 pages. Book 2 of the Poppy Wars.
Aliette de Bodard The Citadel of Weeping Pearls
Sci-Fi, Mystery. 164 pages. A jump-in delightful novella in a beautiful Asian-inspired space world in which an entire citadel vanished thirty years ago, and no one knows why... that mystery informs a court intrigue family drama.
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Joe Abercrombie The Blade Itself
Fantasy, 515 pages. Ensemble cast of diverse likable but immoral characters, intrigue, quests. Complaints are clunky writing and minimal female protagonists. If you enjoyed Game of Thrones, this might just be the next awesome fantasy series you are looking for. Book 1 of the First Law series.
R. F. Kuang The Poppy War
Fantasy, 531 pages. Epic military fantasy with rich world building based on twentieth century China, focus in on a protagonist escaping poverty to go to military school only to discover she has rare and valued shamanic powers. Book 1 of the Poppy War series. Rick Riordan (read his full review on Goodreads) says: No one is spared in this book. Everyone is beat up, orphaned, traumatized, killed, gravely injured, driven insane, dehumanized, abused and/or tortured. I loved it! I mean . . . I didn’t love the horrors described, or the vast amount of suffering, but the stakes were real, the story was grimly compelling, and the characters stayed with me long after I finished the book. Highly recommended.
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Joe Abercrombie Half the World
Fantasy, 366 pages. Book 2 of the Shattered Sea trilogy, read Book 1 first.
Joe Abercrombie Half a War
Fantasy. 513 pages. Book 3 of the Shattered Sea trilogy, read Book 1 first.
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Josiah Bancroft Senlin Ascends
Fantasy, 405 pages. A chaotic and creative romp: a man takes his new wife to the Tower of Babel for their honeymoon, but loses her, and spends the rest of the book trying to find her again.
Half a King
Fantasy, 416 pages. A prince is born with a bum hand in a viking-esque world, and is thrown off the throne, so he gathers a team of outcasts and strategizes his return. Grand adventures, funny, reviewers rate it from just-great to brilliant. Book 1 of the Shattered Sea series.
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Margaret Atwood The Testaments
Sci-Fi, Thriller. 422 pages. Winner of the 2019 Booker Prize. Atwood is famous (in part) for her 1985 dystopic Handmaids Tale, in a patriarchal religious sect has taken over New England and calls itself Gilead. That book was made into a long-running tv series. The Testaments takes place 15 years after the Handmaids Tale, and is told from the point of three different women.
Carole Stivers The Mother Code
Sci-Fi. 359 pages. In 2049, a weaponized virus is released in the Middle East... this leads to robotic mothers... This is an intriguing dystopic story and thought-provoking about the role of mothers and robots in our lives. Some reviewers felt there was a bit too much technobabble, but most of the terms are real terms that you can google, and learn a few new things!
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Laila Lalami The Moors Account
Historical Fiction, General Fiction. 321 pages. A thrilling adventure story set in 1527 Florida, as told by the one African aboard a conquistador ship. Short-listed for the Man-Booker Prize 2015.
Barry Unsworth Sacred Hunger
Historical Fiction, General Fiction. 630 pages. Won the Man-Booker Prize 1992. Set in the mid 18th century, this is the story of a family of English merchants who build a ship that ends up a slaver. Warning: the more faint-hearted reader might find it slows down a bit in the middle, it works okay to read the wikipedia summary of that part and then jump back in later.
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Douglas Stuart Shuggie Bain
General Fiction, 430 pages. Winner of the 2020 Man-Booker Prize. This is the story of a lonely but endearing Scottish boy whose mom is an alcoholic. Goodreads reviewers say: gritty, raw, graphic rape, bleak, moving, heartbreaking. Sounds rather grim, but Goodreads reviewers do give it a very high average 4.42 stars.
Michael Ondaatje The English Patient
General Fiction, Historical Fiction. 320 pages. Four diverse people have arrived at an Italian Villa at the end of WWII, a burned English patient, his nurse, a Sikh bomb diffuser, and a Canadian thief, and these are their stories. Winner of the 1992 Man-Booker Prize, and made into a fantastic movie.
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Richard Flanagan The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Historical Fiction, General Fiction, 467 pages. At its core (and this book is so much more than its core), this is a story based on true events about Australian POWs in WWII forced by their Japanese captors to build the so-called Thailand-Burma Death Railway. (This is also the subject of the famous classic movie the Bridge over the River Kwai). Winner of the 2014 Man-Booker prize.
J. G. Farrell The Siege of Krishnapur
Historical Fiction, General Fiction, 344 pages. Considered one of the best British novels of the 2nd half of the twentieth century, this is about a couple dozen British officers trying to hold on to the British empire in India, based on real events and problems. Winner of the 1973 Booker prize.
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Gary Taubes Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It
General Non-Fiction, Science, Health. 272 pages. Excellent readable book that will convince you to stop eating carbs, and that is a good thing.
Michael Greger How Not To Die
General Non-Fiction, Science, Health. 576 pages. This 2015 book is one of the best-rated books on health and nutrition out there, with fifteen chapters on fifteen major causes of death, and what you can do to reduce your risks.
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Michael Pollan How To Change Your Mind
Psychology, Science, History. 480 pages. This book has a subtitle: What the New Science of Psychdelics Teaches Us About Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.
Jon Lieff The Secret Language of Cells
Science, 320 pages. The full title is The Secret Language of Cells: What Biological Conversations Tell Us About the Brain-Body Connection, the Future of Medicine, and Life Itself. This book floats above the minutiae of chemical signaling to tell us what scientists know about which cells are talking to which other cells and why.
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Philip Kerr Prussian Blue
Thriller, Mystery, Noir, Historical Fiction. Former reluctant SS officer Bernie Gunther meets up with his boss on the French Riveria in 1956, and is asked to do a job that reminds him of another story back in Germany in 1939. The two well-told stories intertwine. This is book 12 in this series, but you can read them out of order.
P. D. James Sleep No More
Mystery, Short Stories. 192 pages. Six rather perfect stories by murder mystery author extraordinaire P. D. James.
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Ngaio Marsh The Colour Scheme
Mystery. 320 pages. Legendary New Zealander and one of the great twentieth century murder mystery writers, Ngaio Marsh thought this was her best (set in New Zealand).
Ngaio Marsh Death in a White Tie
Mystery. 352 pages. Regarded as one of the best murder mysteries by Ngaio Marsh. Published in 1938, set in a debutante season of coming-out balls.
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Paulette Jiles News of the World
Historical Fiction. 209 pages. A civil war captain travels Texas reading people the news, and accepts a quest to return a German-American girl who was captured by the Natives to her parents. Now a major movie with Tom Hanks.
Annette Oppenlander Surviving the Fatherland
Historical Fiction, Romance. 355 pages. Two kids grow up in Nazi Germany, without enough food or protection, can they heal and fall in love? Based on the true love story of the authors parents, this is a moving book with great characters and realism.
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Diana Quincy The Duke Who Ravished Me
Romance, Historical Fiction, 259 pages. Fun well-written Regency book with a libertine Duke and a pragmatic governess. Amusing pair of seven year old twins keeps it fresh.
M. J. Summers The Royal Treatment
Romance, 281 pages. Fun and funny, good banter, likable characters. A prince is losing power and turns to a blogger who criticizes the royal family for help.
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Heather Gudenkauf Not a Sound
Mystery, Thriller. 352 pages. A nurse loses her eyesight trying to help a patient... two years later she is finally feeling in control of her life again... until she stumbles into a dead body. Readers are loving this well-written thriller with a great protagonist (and great dog character), unique story, and engrossing mystery.
Tana French The Trespasser
Mystery. 464 pages. Considered one of the best of Tana French mysteries, a satisfying police procedural with a lot of dialogue, and Dublin charm.
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Tim Harford Fifty Inventions that Shaped the Modern Economy
History, Tech, Economics. 338 pages. Fifty right-sized chapters on key technologies, from French land ownership rights to IKEA build-it-yourself furniture to Kenyan digital money. Fun, engaging, and great perspectives.
Robert Jacobson Space is Open for Business
Tech, Business, Economics, Policy, Science. 420 pages. Highly-rated well-written book about what will it take and how might it happen and how it is happening that governments and companies will create new products people want that use Space, from low earth orbit satellites bringing high-speed internet to rural areas, to mining asteroids.
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Mark Schatzker The Dorito Effect
Tech, Psychology, Science, Economics. 259 pages. Lively examination of Big Food and how it has sapped the flavor out of food in a way that makes it less satisyfing, while at the same time providing huge gains of productivity in feeding the world.
Wong Thuras Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer Guide
Travel, History, 448 pages. Engaging fun stories about peculiar foods across the globe and history. From Canadian milk-in-bags to strychnine as an old performance enhancer for runners...
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Elizabeth Kolbert Under A White Sky
Tech, Science, History. 256 pages. Eight stories about how people are trying to solve problems (mostly environmental problems) caused by other people who were trying to solve older problems. Engaging, lively, interesting, solid science and engineering.
Tim Harford The Next Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy
Tech, History, Economics. 352 pages. Fifty short but good chapters on important technological advances and how they changed the game, from bricks to bicycles, the QWERTY keyboard to the spreadsheet. See also his other books.
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Bill Gates How to Avoid a Climate Disaster
General Non-Fiction, Tech, Science. 288 pages. Bill Gates has been working through his Foundation to understand the specific problems of climate change, and the tradeoffs and payoff for different solution. Here, he shares what they have learned, so we can all stop the generalized anxiety and start cooperating on effective changes.
Rutger Bregman Humankind: A Hopeful History
General Non-Fiction, History, Psychology, Economics. 462 pages. In this important, highly-acclaimed book, a Dutchman walks us through our how most humans are in the im-okay-youre-okay cooperative camp, and that that human cooperative spirit has and will be a force of good. With a lot of fun anecdotes you have not yet heard yet, and a challenging spirit towards both capitalism and communism, this book is a fresh and hopeful palette cleanser.
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Adam Grant Originals: How Non Conformists Move the World
General Non-Fiction, Psychology, History. 326 pages. One of the best modern books on creativity in practice, with researched advice and historical examples ranging from Martin Luther King to Apple.
Matt Ridley The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves
General Non-Fiction, Economics, History. 448 pages. Ridley explains how the steady advances in human prosperity over millenia is due to exchange and specialization, and how the forces of evolution are inescapable and mostly help shape markets to meet human need.
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V. M. Burns A Tourist Guide To Murder
Cozy Mystery, 336 pages. A wonderful, cheerful cozy murder mystery set in London. This is book 6 in a series but you can jump right in.
Beth Byers A Cozy Little Murder
Cozy Mystery. 158 pages. It is 1926 and our Roaring 20s gang is in London, when they get drawn into solving a murder. This is book 24 in a series but you can jump right in, and many reviewers say this is one of the best in this series.
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Alexis Morgan Death by Intermission
Mystery. 336 pages. A 2021 cozy mystery that is about as fun and relaxing as murder mysteries get. This is book 4 in a series with Abby McCree playing detective, but you can jump right in.
Vicki Delany A Curious Incident
Mystery. 304 pages. This is book 6 in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series but you can jump right in. This fresh 2021 cozy murder mystery has likable characters and a well-paced story.
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Samantha Shannon The Priory of the Orange Tree
Fantasy. 848 pages. Epic fantasy book that is so epic it has its own handy glossary and character list in the back. Has been compared to Tolkien level world building and scope, but with more strong female leads.
Alix E. Harrow The Ten Thousand Doors of January
Fantasy. 374 pages. An enchanting story about a young girl who lives in a mansion and finds a strange book with many doors...
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CJ Tudor The Burning Girls
Thriller, Mystery, Horror. 304 pages. A likable gal vicar plays reluctant detective in an eerie village in England in this atmosopheric psychological thriller.
Anders Roslund Knock Knock
Thriller, Mystery, 448 pages. An excellent new Nordic noir about an unsolved case a detective about-to-retire.
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Liese OHalloran Schwarz What Could Be Saved
General Fiction, Thriller, Historical Fiction. An American family in DC is contacted by a man claiming to be their boy who went missing in 1972 Bangkok. A slow beginning, but this an engrossing family saga with excellent prose.
Kristin Hannah The Four Winds
Historical Fiction, General Fiction. 464 pages. Highly-acclaimed epic story of the Texas Dust Bowl. Well-written, will remind you how strong us humans are.
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Laura Shepherd-Robinson Daughters of Night
Mystery, Historical Fiction, 448 pages. A fresh highly-acclaimed murder mystery set in Georgian England (1782) spanning the prim and proper to the downright seedy.
Laura Purcell The Shape of Darkness
Mystery, Historical Fiction, 416 pages. A new murder mystery set in Victorian England (1854, Bath). With a gothic atmosophere and classic themes of the impact of technology, this is a twisty story with great characters.
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Jed Rakoff Why The Innocent Plead Guilty and The Guilty Go Free
General Non-Fiction. 208 pages. A short to-the-point book by a federal judge on some of the fundamental problems with American justice and the penal system.
Sebastian Junger Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging
General Non-Fiction, Psychology. 182 pages. A contemporary classic about the psychology of belonging, the importance of values like loyalty to the human psyche, and how these evolved values play a role in some settings like war, but can be confusingly undervalued in modern civilization.
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Belinda Bauer Exit
Mystery, 336 pages. When an assisted suicide club ends up with one more death than expected, could it be murder? Goodreads reviewers say: cleverly plotted, unique, trigger warning for those of you passionate about garden gnomes, charming, likable main character, brilliant, not fast-paced.
Ellery Adams Ink and Shadows
Mystery, 304 pages. A highly-rated cozy murder mystery with a bookstore owner playing detective.
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Sherry Knowlton Dead of Spring
Thriller, Mystery. 266 pages. Highly-rated thriller with a Pennsylvania lawyer as an accidental detective who while she is on vacation in DC finds a senator fracking dead. This is book 3 in the Alexa Williams series.
Sherry Knowlton Dead of Winter
Thriller, Mystery. 279 pages. Flying a drone for fun in Pennsylvania, our accidental detective discovers a dead man with a note suggesting terrorism. This is book 4 in the Alexa Williams series.
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Sherry Knowlton Dead on the Delta
Mystery, Thriller, Travel, bit of Romance. 246 pages. A likable Pennsylvania lawyer takes a vacation to Botswana and ends up trying to solve the dangerous mystery of poachers.
Mikael Niemi To Cook a Bear
Mystery, Thriller, Travel, Historical Fiction, 432 pages. In the cold north of Sweden in 1852, a supposed bear attack kills a native Sami woman, but when the local pastor investigates, it does not feel like an accident... A top caliber nordic noir.
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Liu Cixin The Three Body Problem
Sci-Fi, 399 pages. Highly-acclaimed and most-talked about sci-fi book. This book starts off during the Cultural Revoltion in China, but the main premise is an alien expedition force lets Earth know the aliens are coming... in about 100 years, and please get ready to embrace their new masters...
Pete Cawdron Wherever Seeds May Fall
Sci-Fi. 202 pages. A riveting short hard sci-fi book about first contact with aliens who happen to pass through our star system.
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Liu Cixin The Dark Forest
Sci-Fi, 512 pages. The highly-rated sequel to the Three Body Problem.
Liu Cixin Deaths End
Sci-Fi, 604 pages. The highly-rated end of the Three Body Problem trilogy.
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Laura Lam Goldilocks
Sci-Fi, 352 pages. Earth is collapsing and a group of woman steal a spaceship in the hope of saving humanity, but things begin to go awry...
Blake Crouch Dark Matter
Sci-Fi, Thriller. 342 pages. An unpredictable kafkaesque story, love, action, and the universe.
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Stanislaw Lem Fiasco
Sci-Fi, 322 pages. A book about communicating with aliens from the perspective that maybe it cannot be done. Considered by many a masterpiece.
Mary Doria Russell The Sparrow
Sci-Fi, 516 pages. Humanity discovers aliens by hearing their astral singing, and while everyone else ponders what to do about it, the Jesuits launch a mission... can they survive what it entails to meet the aliens? Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and many other awards.
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Iain M. Banks The Algebraist
Sci-Fi. 434 pages. Set in 4034, as far from now as we are from Jesus, the scholar Fassin Taak is on a quest for a mythical map of wormholes in the midst of an inter-galactic war. Goodreads reviewers say: real narrative surprises, major topic is the relativity of morality and dangers of AI, the most intriguing aliens I’ve encountered, real treat of far future cultures, alien aliens, endlessly creative.
Greg Egan Diaspora
Hard Sci-Fi, 376 pages. This is a juicy dense but coherent book (none of that wondering is the author trying to lose me) of humanity protecting itself from destruction via AIs, sentient robots, particle physics, quantum physics and galaxy dispersal.
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M.R. Carey The Trials of Koli
Sci-Fi, 445 pages. Highly-rated Book 2 of the Rampart Trilogy. Read the Book of the Koli first, this one has a bit more action, great entertainment and creativity.
M. R. Carey The Fall of Koli
Sci-Fi. Out in March 2021. Book 3 of the Rampart Trilogy.
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M. R. Carey The Book of Koli
Sci-Fi, Fantasy. 416 pages. A boy ventures outside his English village in a post-apocalyptic world of killer trees, ancient rogue drones, genetically-altered forest animals... An entertaining read, but the author does indulge in a few stylistic language-has-changed linguistic choices so avoid if you hate that sort of thing. Book 1 of the Koli trilogy.
Nancy Kress Beggars in Spain
Sci-Fi. 400 pages. What happens when some people are genetically-modified to need no sleep?
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Andy Weir Project Hail Mary
Sci-Fi. 496 pages. New in 2021! A new tale of survival in space, by the author of the Martian (which was made into an awesome movie with Matt Damon - the book was awesome too).
Alistair Reynolds Pushing Ice
Sci-Fi. 458 pages. Excellent hard sci-fi set in 2057 when a mining ship is sent to investigate an off-orbit moon.
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James S.A. Corey Calibans War
Sci-Fi. 595 pages. This is Book 2 of the Expanse.
James S.A. Corey Abbadons Gate
539 pages. This is Book 3 of the Expanse
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James S.A. Corey Leviathan Wakes
Sci-Fi, Mystery. 561 pages. Book 1 of the acclaimed The Expanse series. A PI is searching for one girl in the galaxy, the outer planets are revolting, and one ship can change the fate of the Universe. Character-driven noir space-opera.
China Miéville The City and The City
Mystery, General Fiction, Sci-Fi, Fantasy. 312 pages. Surrealist high-concept noir: a murder mystery about a dead archeology student, set in a pair of strangely co-existing cities.
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Adam Grant Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Dont Know
Psychology, 320 pages. Fresh science on why and how we should change our minds, while still holding onto a useful sense of identity.
John Medina Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School
Psychology, 301 pages. Useful and witty presentation of recent brain science, and what it does for you.
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Sarah Gailey The Echo Wife
Sci-Fi, Mystery. 256 pages. Near-future sci-fi about a husband who is cheating on her with her clone, but then he turns up dead...
George Alec Effinger When Gravity Fails
Sci-Fi, Mystery. 284 pages. Set in a future Muslim city, this 1987 book is gritty noir detective cyberpunk with a great story, cool characters, fun ideas.
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Elizabeth Knox The Absolute Book
Fantasy, General Fiction. 640 pages. A big epic fantasy work from a New Zealander that is strange and joyous, lots of mysteries and magic and mythos.
Yoon Ha Lee A Conservation of Shadows
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Short Stories. Diverse, complex, short stories. From quantum chess battles to spaceships calibrated by playing music to them, narrative contemplations on revenge, colonialism, fate.
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Jerome K. Jerome Three Men in a Boat
General Fiction, Humor. 185 pages. This comic masterpiece from 1889 is a bit PG Wodehouse and a bit Huckleberry Finn.
Connie Willis To Say Nothing of the Dog
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Time-Travel, Humor. 512 pages. This is an absolutely creative and brilliant book (which means some people will not like it) about a 21st century Oxford history student who needs a break from time-traveling to 1940, so he instead takes a hopefully relaxing time travel trip to Victorian England, which ends up threatening the space-time continuum, and yes there is a touch of romance and the whole book is well-written and funny and spirited. Many references to the classic book Three Men in a Boat, which we have paired this with.
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Linda Nagata Pacific Storm
Sci-Fi, Travel. 270 pages. Near-future techno-thriller set in Hawaii, with great details such that you will feel like you are in Hawaii, but with a category 5 hurricane looming, AI drones. The story is about a cop uncovering a terrorist plot in the soon-to-be Chinese-owned autonomous Waikiki District...
Hiroshi Sakurazaka All You Need Is Kill
Sci-Fi, Military, 201 pages. Groundhogs Day meets space battle. The Tom Cruise movie Edge of Tomorrow is based on this book.
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Neal Stephenson The Diamond Age: Or A Young Ladys Illustrated Primer
Sci-Fi, 499 pages. A modern sci-fi classic with a neo-Victorian society, and the plot centers around a virtual AI teacher for a young girl (which at the time this was written, was still a fantastical idea), with lots of nanotech creations thrown in.
Ursula K. Le Guin The Dispossessed
Sci-Fi, 387 pages. A modern sci-fi classic, this was written as book 6 of a series, but it is a prequel so you can jump right in, and regarded by some as the best of the series. This multi-layered thought-provoking book is about an anarchist utopia, and is a well-constructed novel with good pacing and likable characters.
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Neal Stephenson Anathem
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Philosophy, General Non-Fiction. 937 pages. Ships on its own for $3.98. This is a big book with big ideas to match, about a post-apocalyptic monastery of scholars.
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Gautam Bhatia The Wall
Sci-Fi, 420 pages. A wall bounds the matriarchal city of Sumer and no one has passed through it for two thousand years. When Mithila decides to cross the Wall.... May be a little slow at the start, but this book is acclaimed for its fresh perspective and world-building.
Rivers Solomon An Unkindness of Ghosts
Sci-Fi, 351 pages. An intergenerational starship with decks of strata of people arranged similarly to the Antebellum South. Goodreads reviewers say: glorious, nuanced, like Battlestar Galactica meets Roots, pulls you in—body and soul, awesome, incredible.
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Nicole Perlroth This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race
Tech, General Non-fiction, Economics, 528 pages. We wish this was sci-fi, but this is a non-fiction book by The New York Times cybersecurity reporter Nicole Perlroth about the real world of cyberweapons and how it is not going as well as we might like.
Ruchir Sharma 10 Rules of Successful Nations
General Non-fiction, Politics, Economics. 256 pages. A distillation of the lessons in the book The Rise and Fall of Nations, with surprising insights on politics, economics, and culture.
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Rebecca Roanhorse Black Sun
Fantasy, 454 pages. Highly rated epic fantasy inspired by pre-Columbian societies. Goodreads reviewers loved the world-building, the story-telling, the pre-Columbian inspiration, great opening scenes, cool magical elements, character-driven plot.
Ted Chiang Exhalation
Short Stories, Fantasy, Sci-Fi. 352 pages. Highly rated collection of 9 diverse fantastical and deep stories. Well-written, brilliant, ideas, strange, masterful.
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Cory Doctorow Attack Surface
Tech, Thriller, Sci-Fi, 384 pages. Near future, dystopian, techno-thriller: a cybersecurity expert dangerously plays both sides in a flawed surveillance state.
Louise Carey Inscape
Sci-fi, Thriller. 416 pages. Highly rated cyberpunk thriller set in London, with a lot of character development for the at-first meek heroine.
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P. Djeli Clark A Dead Djinn in Cairo
Fantasy, Mystery. 43 pages. This short novella is about a detective from the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities investigating a supposed suicide in a steampunk version of Cairo in 1912. Imaginative and tight. Book 1 of the Fatma el-Shaarawi series.
P. Djeli Clark The Haunting of Tram Car 015
Fantasy, Mystery. 130 pages. In this also awesome sequel to the Dead Djinn in Cairo, detectives investigate a haunted tram car. Book 2 of the Fatma el-Shaarawi series.
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Derek Kunksen The Quantum Magician
Sci-Fi. 478 pages. This 2018 book is a fun space heist in a universe of wormholes.
Derek Kunksen The Quantum Garden
Sci-Fi. 396 pages. The 2019 sequel to the Quantum Garden is more tightly edited, and even better. Now with Time Travel!
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Octavia E. Butler Parable of the Sower
Sci-Fi, YA but also adults. 345 pages. This LA dystopia tale is set in 2026, which seemed a lot further away when it first came out in 1993. The author was dead on with a lot of predictions, and this highly rated book now feels like near future. The protagonist centers around a teenage gal who is hyper-empathetic, dealing with a society broken by climate change, gangs, criminals, drugs, hyper-inflation, and racially charged violence. This book has been noted for its ethnically diverse cast of characters that feels like it arises naturally from its Californian setting and African American authors voice.
Octavia E. Butler Parable of the Talents
Sci-Fi. 448 pages. The Nebula Award winning sequel to Parable of the Sower.
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Arkady Martine A Memory Called Empire
Sci-Fi, Mystery. 462 pages. Set in an Aztec-ish space empire, this book begins with a bit of a murder mystery, then spirals out to palace intrigue and a book about the challenges of communicating across cultures and species.
Arkady Martine A Desolation Called Peace
Sci-Fi, 496 pages. The highly-rated sequel to the A Memory Called Empire.
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Kazuo Ishiguro Klara and the Sun
Sci-Fi, General Fiction. 304 pages, The newest book from the Nobel Prize Winner for Literature Kazuo Ishiguro explores the sci-fi theme of what it is like to be an AI programmed to be a friend for teenagers.
S. B. Divya
Sci-Fi. 416 pages. Set in 2095, big deep ideas, great plot development and execution, great world-building. This is a story about a labor struggle between AI and humans, except they are not so distinct anymore...
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Nick Martell The Kingdom of Liars
Fantasy. 596 pages. A big epic fantasy focused on the morally inept child of an important house. This gets better the further you get into it. Goodreads reviewers say: wicked cool atmosophere, good ideas, second half pays off the first half, terrific world-building, court intrigue, guns, seething with mysteries, frustrating protagonist, mindscrew of a magic system.
Nick Martell The Two-Faced Queen
Fantasy. 592 pages. Hot sequel to The Kingdom of Liars. Jeremy Szal says: Now this is how you write a sequel.
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Salman Rushdie The Enchantress of Florence
General Fiction, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Magical Realism. 359 pages. Master storyteller Salman Rushdie tells a lush arabian-nights-ish story set in the Mughal Court with a cast of fantastic characters.
Elif Shafak The Architects Apprentice
General Fiction, Historical Fiction. A magical story set in the Ottoman court: elephants are to be trained, mosques are to be built... Goodreads reviewers say: magical, vibrant characters, lavish, intriguing, imaginative, atmospheric, philosophical, so freaking good.
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Elif Shafak Honor
General Fiction. 352 pages. Intense tale about Turks living in England struggling to mix old ways and new ways, until an honor killing brings it all to a head. Written by one of the most famous and acclaimed Turkish authors ever.
Marjan Kamali The Stationery Shop
General Fiction, Romance, Historical Fiction. 320 pages. On a lot of best books of 2020 lists, this is the story of two young people who fall in love in Tehran in 1953 but lose each other in the shuffle, only to meet again 50 years later.
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Jojo Moyes The Giver of Stars
General Fiction, Historical Fiction. 388 pages. Based on a true story, an inspiring historical tale of friendship and freedom as a team of women ride across Kentucky delivering Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library.
Elif Shafak 10 Minutes 38 Seconds In This Strange World
General Fiction A new highly-acclaimed book by a fantastic Turkish author, this explores the stories of a prostitute in Istanbul and her unusual friends in the 1990s. Called riveting, vivid, moments of pure genius and honesty.
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Rebecca Serle In Five Years
General Fiction, Romance. 255 pages. A gal corporate lawyer about to get married has a vision of herself with someone else... so what does she do, and what kind of book is this? Read to find out. Traveling Sisters Book Reviews calls it: Emotional. Surprising. Intense. Thought-provoking. Heart wrenching.
Matt Haig How To Stop Time
General Fiction, Romance, Magical Realism, Fantasy. 352 pages. The main character has been alive a long time, since the 1500s, but looks 40 (so a lot like the crime show Forgotten), but this is a romance, kind-of. An ecletic story with dashes of history, romance, and deep thoughts in a readable light book.
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Cara Black Three Hours in Paris
Thriller, Historical Fiction, Military, 350 pages. Thrilling fictional tale set in 1940 Paris of an American woman recruited by the Allies to kill Hitler.
Kate Quinn The Alice Network
Thriller, Historical Fiction, Military, 503 pages. Based on a real gal spy network, an acclaimed tale of espionage spanning WWI and WWII. Goodreads readers say: engrossing, memorable, hooked, fascinating, best book all year.
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Keigo Higashino The Devotion of Suspect X
Mystery, Thriller, Historical Fiction. 298 pages. Acclaimed Japanese twisty psychological murder mystery. Goodreads reviewers say: brilliant, slow, stunning, awesome, whoa, cat-and-mouse, cerebral, victorian romantic.
Jeannie Lin The Lotus Palace
Mystery, Romance, Historical Fiction. 378 pages. A courtesan in the the Tang Dynasty of China is embroiled in a murder mystery and a romance. Goodreads reviewers say: great historical details, soulful men, strong women, beautiful, lovely, satisfying.
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Seishi Yokomizo The Honjin Murders
Mystery, Historical Fiction, 192 pages. Perhaps the most classic Japanese murder mystery ever finally available in English. Set in 1937 Japan, excellent Agatha Christie style with a young scruffy ingenious detective Kindaichi Kōsuke.
Seishi Yokomizo The Inugami Curse
Mystery, Historical Fiction, 336 pages. Another fantastic classic Japanese murder mystery with brilliant and fn Detective Kindaichi Kōsuke.
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Jeannie Lin The Jade Temptress
Mystery, Romance, Historical Fiction, 384 pages. Light, exquisitely plotted romantic mystery set during the Tang Dynasty of Imperial China, the main character is a high-powered courtesan who discovers a headless body, and keeps her own head as collaborates with a charming constable to find the culprit. Book 2 of The Pingkang Li Mysteries (we have Book 1 too!)
Jeannie Lin The Hidden Moon
Mystery, Romance, Historical Fiction, 340 pages. Well-rated, delicious mystery set in the Tang Dynasty. A courtesan and a constable make an unexpected but effective pair of detectives... Book 3 of The Pingkang Li Mysteries, and this one might be the best!
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Kwei Quartey Sleep Well My Lady
Mystery, Travel, 336 pages. A lady PI in Ghana investigates the death of a fashion designer. This is a well-written murder mystery steeped in the sights and sounds and problems of Accra.
Peace Adzo Medie His Only Wife
General Fiction, Travel, 288 pages. The heroine is a young seamstress in Ghana who is married off to a rich businessman, only later to realize it is a fake marriage... A strong woman lead entangled in a web of societal web. Chosen by Reese Witherspoon for her book club.
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Haruki Murakami The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
General Fiction, Mystery, 607 pages, this celebrated famous book begins with a man in Tokyo searching for a lost cat, and then... well it does not really matter, do not choose this book for the plot, choose this book because you want to a crazy fun literary experience.
Italo Calvino If On a Winters Night A Traveler
General Fiction, 260 pages, a unique and wondrous Italian post-modern book within a book, with lyrical writing and a magical plot and a series of fun stories.
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Haruki Marukami Kafka on the Shore
General Fiction, 467 pages. Sort of a zen LSD trip of a book, everything makes sense line to line, and some people claim in the end it all makes sense, but in the middle you have a teenager named Kafka, talking cats, a brutal murder, WW2 ghosts, and this perhaps most quoted line from this book: You should give up looking for lost cats and start searching for the other half of your shadow.
Tom Robbins Jitterbug Perfume
General Fiction, 342 pages. Ranging from ancient Babylon to Paris, the macguffin is a perfume bottle with the essence of the Universe... wondrously convoluted, an inspired ode to Life, enjoyable great literature.
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Jennifer Delamere The Artful Match
Romance, Historical Fiction. 357 pages. Lovely romance set in 1881 London.
Natalie Jenner The Jane Austen Society
Historical Fiction, Romance, General Fiction. 309 pages. Sweet escapist story about how some villagers in the English town of Chawton coming together to celebrate Jane Austen. (Hardback)
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Elizabeth Jane Howard The Light Years
Historical Fiction, 434 pages. Set in the 1930s, this is an engaging family drama with likable characters. CribNotes says: you are in for such a treat... dazzling family saga... follows the fortunes of the upper-class Cazalet family from the golden summer of 1937 to the outbreak of the Second World War. This is Book 1 of the Cazalet Chronicles Book.
Elizabeth Jane Howard Marking Time
Historical Fiction, 405 pages. Starts in 1939, more well-written family saga with likable characters. Goodreads reviewers call it: wonderful, impressive, brilliant, even better than the first. This is Book 2 of the Cazalet Chronicles Book.
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George Eliot Middlemarch
General Fiction, Historical Fiction. 904 pages. Elizabeth Morris of CribNotes book newsletter writes: Ardently beloved by many, George Eliot’s Middlemarch is considered to be one of the finest novels in the English language. When I finally read it last year I understood why it is so universally adored. A passionate and entertaining novel, Middlemarch is full of soapy drama, sharp insight, wry wit and sublimated desire.
Edith Wharton The Age of Innocence
General Fiction, Historical Fiction. 293 pages. Won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize. This is about society and scandal, love and betrayal, in the Golden Age of Old New York.
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Bryan Washington Lot
General Fiction, Short Stories. 240 pages. This book of short stories by a 20-something author mostly set in Houston is getting rave reviews, with Barack Obama calling it one of his favorite books of the year. (Hardback)
Mateo Askaripour Black Buck
General Fiction, Psychology, 400 pages. A story about being African-American in a big company. Vivacious, wise, comic, real. WaPo Book Reviewer Ron Charles says: A month ago, I’d never heard of Mateo Askaripour. Today I would buy anything from him. (Hardback)
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Carl Safina Becoming Wild: How Animals Learn Who They Are
Psychology, Science, 384 pages. Book about family culture, focusing on sperm whales, macaws and chimpanzees.
James Thomas Thomas Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys
Psychology, 368 pages. Fascinating book on what we know about boys that will be of interest to parents and the citizen anthropologist. Explores the 5 stages boys tend to go (Explorer, Lover stage, Individual, Wanderer, and Warrior) and how their brains grow in terms of what they think is important, their emotions, how they focus (attention), how they communicate, and their ability to moralize.
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Sara B. Larson Sisters of Shadow and Light
Fantasy, YA (teenage protagonists) but fun for adults too. 368 pages. Magical story about two sisters and a mysterious past. Secrets, betrayal, magic, mystery, sisterhood, gryphons, dangerous doors...
Sara B. Larson Warriors of Wing and Flame
Fantasy, YA (teenage protagonists) but fun for adults too. This is the awesome sequel to Sisters of Shadow and Light.
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Elizabeth Minchilli Eating My Way Through Italy
Geography, Cooking, 304 pages. Fun book about the different foods in different regions of Italy.
David Gentilcore Pomodoro: A History of the Tomato in Italy
History, Cooking, 254 pages. A delightful history of the tomato with lots of stories and good information.
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Peter F. Hamilton Salvation Lost (Book 2 of the Salvation Series)
Sci-Fi, 494 pages. A missionizing alien race is threatening the Galaxy. Twists, turns, brilliance, great storytelling. This is Book 2 of the Salvation Series, read Book 1 first (we have it).
Peter F. Hamilton The Saints of Salvation (Book 3 of the Salvation Series)
Sci-Fi, 576 pages. Readers say: incredible, above-and-beyond, masterful.
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John Scalzi The Collapsing Empire (Book 1 of the Interdependency)
Sci-Fi, 336 pages. The Flow that enables the galaxy to be connected is dying, and power struggles emerge in this epic Hugo Award winning space-opera by sci-fi legend John Scalzi. Reviewers call it: witty, great, accessible, engaging, smart, entertaining, decadent, silly but in a hipster way.
Peter F. Hamilton Salvation (Book 1 of the Salvation Series)
Sci-Fi, 576 pages. In 2204, they find a crashed alien spaceship on a new world 89 light years from Earth with 17 humans on it. A motley crew of experts is dispatched to investigate the mystery...
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John Scalzi The Consuming Fire (Interdependency Book 2)
Sci-Fi, 304 pages, Book 2 after the 2018 Hugo Award Best Novel finalist and 2018 Locus Award-winning The Collapsing Empire, more epic space-opera goodness from John Scalzi.
John Scalzi The Last Emperox (Interdependency Book 3)
Sci-Fi, 318 pages. Book 3 in the Interdependency, considered a strong and satisfying cap to this great epic space-opera series!
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JP Monninger Seven Letters
Romance, 352 pages. A romance between a visiting professor and a veteran in Ireland. Character-driven with likable strong characters, great writing, scenic.
Amy Harmon Where the Lost Wander
Romance, Historical Fiction, 343 pages. A young widow on the Oregon trail, this is a beautiful journey of love and hardship based loosely on real people and events. (Softback)
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Tim Green Kid Owner
Sports, Older Kids, YA. 352 pages. Middle schooler Ryan inherits the Dallas Cowboys football team, and has to figure out how to run it and not be such a misfit at school. Author Tim Green was an NFL player.
Tim Green Football Genius
Sports, Older Kids, YA. 272 pages. Middle schooler Troy White can guess what football plays are going to be run, can he convince the Atlanta Falcons to give him a shot? This is Book 1 in a series of 6. Email us if you want us to stock the rest of this series. Author Tim Green was an NFL player.
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James Buckley Jr Adolf Hitler Historys Worst
History, Biography, Older Kids, YA, interesting for adults too. 209 pages. An excellent biography about Hitler, the leader of Germany who just wanted to be an artist, but instead became a demagogue who dragged Europe and America into the devastating World War II, and destroyed millions of lives.
Wayne Vansant Normanyd: A Graphic History of the D-Day Landing
History, Older Kids, YA, interesting for adults too. 104 pages. Excellent information in graphic novel form about lots of key details of this historic WWII battle.
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Viktor Frankl Mans Search for Meaning
Psychology, History. 165 pages. A classic book by a survivor of the concentration camps about how humans cope and make sense of situations like that, and how that informs how we can cope and make sense of our modern lives. Short, intense, this is a classic for a reason.
Roger Sparks Warrior Creed: A Life of Preparing for and Facing the Impossible
Psychology, Autobiography. 320 pages. This is an intense yet philosophical memoir by an American warrior who served both in the Marines and as an Air Force para-resecuer, with a heavy dose of Japanese warrior philosophy and some objective perspective on what war is. Readers say: enthralling, gripping, compelling, riveting, emotional, vivid.
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Berry Santoso Penguin and Tiny Shrimp Dont Do Bedtime
Children, Humor, 32 pages, fun highly-rated bedtime romp
Oliver Jeffers Lost and Found
Children, 32 pages, A chill story about a boy helping a lost penguin find his way home.
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Po Bronson NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children
Psychology, 352 pages. One of the best parenting books ever, based on actual studies of what children are like, and how they learn. Fascinating and useful, your children will thank you.
Tony Wagner Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era
Psychology, Tech, 305 pages. Frets about the factory model of education most schools use, and gives you a path to a new model for education that emphasizes curiosity and creativity to help better prepare students to own their future.
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Alena Pitts Shining Night
Kids. 160 pages. Lena juggles family, friends, and faith as she manages her new fame and helping out the local childrens hospital.
Bethany Hamilton Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board
Kids. 222 pages. Bethany Hamilton tells the story of her recovery and return to the ocean after a shark attack took her left arm.
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Maureen Marzi Wilson The Little Book of Big Feelings: An Illustrated Exploration of Lifes Many Emotions
Graphic Novel, Humor. 192 pages. A book of comics about feelings and what we really mean when we say we are fine.
Donald S. Lopez Jr. Buddha Takes the Mound: Enlightenment in 9 Innings
Sports, Philosophy. 192 pages. A book about baseball and the Buddha that will change how you think about both.
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Walter Isaacson The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
History, Business. 542 pages. The stories of the collaborations that lead to some of the greatest innovations in the modern world.
Adam Bryant The Corner Office: Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed
Business. 272 pages. CEOs discuss their insights into success, leadership, and performing at your highest level.
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Christina Thompson Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia
History, science. 384 pages. An investigation into the earliest inhabitants of the Polynesian islands - where they came from, and how they got there.
Alec Ryrie Protestants: The Faith That Made the Modern World
History. 464 pages. A history of the Protestant faith from one stubborn monks thesis to a global faith.
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Jeffery Deaver The Skin Collector
Mystery, Thriller. 464 pages. NYPD detective Lincoln Rhyme is investigating a serial killer and the only evidence he has to work with is a series of cryptic tattoos left on the skin of the deceased.
Laurie R King Leslie S Klinger For the Sake of the Game
Mystery. 272 pages. A collection of short stories from authors around the world inspired by the Sherlock Holmes canon.
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Daniel Silva The Other Woman
Thriller, mystery. 496 pages. Legendary art restorer and assassin Gabriel Allon is all that stands between Russia and global domination.
Jonathan Kellerman Night Moves
Mystery, thriller. 384 pages. A rich family return from dinner to find a stranger murdered in their home.
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Susan Cooper Over Sea Under Stone
YA, Fantasy. 286 pages. On vacation in Cornwall three siblings find an ancient map in the attic of their rental. The Dark is Rising book 1
Susan Cooper The Dark is Rising
Fantasy, YA. 244 pages. On his 11th birthday Will Stanton discovers he is the Sign-Seeker. The Dark is Rising book 2
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Louise Callaghan Father of Lions: One Mans Remarkable Quest to Save the Mosul Zoo
History. 400 pages. The true story of the evacuation of the Mosul Zoo.
Sonia Shah The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move
Science, History. 400 pages. Go beyond the headlines and the politics to uncover the science and history of how and why humans, animals, and even plants migrate from one place to another.
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Grace Hitchcock The White City
Historical fiction, mystery, romance. 256 pages. Winnifred Wylde investigates after witnessing a kidnapping at the 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair.
Heather Morris Cilkas Journey
Historical fiction. 352 pages. After being liberated from Auschwitz Cilka Klein is thrown into a Soviet gulag where the 15 year old must use her wits and charm to survive.
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Jo Walton Lent
Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Sci-Fi. 382 pages. A sort-of groundhogs day set in 15th century Florence with the famous Savonarola, delving engagingly into old-school Christianity, demons, prophecies, philosophy, and the rich excitement of 15th century Florence.
Tim OBrien Going After Cacciato
Historical fiction, fantasy. 351 pages. A young soldier lays down his arms and begins a journey from Indochina to Paris in this war novel that blurs the line between fantasy and reality.
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Penny Le Couteur Napoleons Buttons
Science. 384 pages. An account of 17 groups of molecules that changed the course of human history - from salt to birth control.
Andrea Pitzer One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps
History. 496 pages. Beyond the well known horrors of the Holocaust, Andrea Pitzer tracks the history of concentration camps across the globe.
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Steven Grasse Colonial Spirits: A Toast to Our Drunken History
History. 224 pages. A collection of recipes, wisdom, drunken advice, and historical tidbits about the American history of booze.
Ralph Peters Darkness at Chancellorsville: A Novel of Stonewall Jackson's Triumph and Tragedy
History, general fiction. 384 pages. A fictionalized recounting of one of the most unexpected and dramatic battles in American history.
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Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich Naomis Too
Kids. 320 pages. Step sisters Naomi and Naomi tackle growing up, being different, fitting in, and getting along in this sequel to Two Naomis (you can read this before you read Two Naomis).
Paula Chase Dough Boys
Kids. 336 pages. Deontae and Roland are good friends whose lives are heading in different directions.
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Sam Hay Spy Penguins
Kids. 225 pages. To waddling tech obsessed Penguins decide to train to one day join the FBI.
Paula Harrison Kitty and the Sky Garden Adventure
Kids. 128 pages. Kitty - girl by day, cat by night - and her friends discover a rooftop garden and must save it from invading pests.
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Kids, Fantasy. 289 pages. The second installment in the Love Sugar Magic series about a young girl who discovers she is part of a family of brujas - witches of Mexican lore.
Anna Meriano A Mixture of Mischief
Kids, Fantasy. 289 pages. The thirda and final installment in the Love Sugar Magic series about a young girl who discovers she is part of a family of brujas - witches of Mexican lore.
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Jennifer Swender Solving for M
Kids. 256 pages. Mika starts 5th grade at a new school and quickly finds herself in over her head. But a special teacher and a new approach to math helps her begin to overcome her fears.
Anna Meriano A Dash of Trouble
Kids, fantasy. 313 pages. Leo wants to join the family baking business, but keeps being told shes too young. One day she discovers the real reason - her family are actually brujas - the witches of Mexican lore.
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John David Anderson Granted
Kids, Fantasy. 336 pages. Ophelia is a young fairy in training out on her first day of wish-granting.
Natasha Lowe The Power of Poppy Pendle
Kids, Fantasy. 272 pages. Poppy has inherited the family gift - magic. But what if Poppy doesnt want to be a which?
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Janice Erlbaum Lucky Little Things
Kids. 288 pages. Emma Macintyre is just trying to survive 8th grade when she receives an anonymous letter that promises to bring her a string of good luck.
Elise Broach Marvin and James Save the Day and Elaine Helps
Kids. 112 pages. Marvin is set to be the ring bearer at his dads wedding. That is if he and his beetle friend can keep everything from falling apart.
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Katrina Charman The Titanic Survival Tails 1
Kids. 224 pages. Loyal companion Mutt sneaks aboard the Titanic to follow his owners, only to find himself rescuing them from disaster.
Jennifer Li Shotz Storm Dog
Kids. 256 pages. National Guard dog Scout heads to Puerto Rico with his 12 year old owner Matt to help after a devastating hurricane.
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Chloe Perkins Living in . . . Mexico
Children. 32 pages. Rosa guides young readers through her life in Mexico.
David A Adler Kick It Mo!
Children. 32 pages. Mo sets out to prove his soccer skills in this picture book for young readers.
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Mike Reiss Turtle and Tortoise Are Not Friends
Children. 32 pages. Turtle and tortoise always assumed they were too different to be friends. But maybe they were wrong all along.
Pat Mora Tomas and the Library Lady
Children. 40 pages. Tomas, the son of migrant workers, heads to the local library for new stories after hes heard all of his grandfathers.
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Rob Biddulph Odd Dog Out
Children. 32 pages. A story about being different and fitting in.
Gianna Marino Just Like My Brother
Children. 40 pages. A story about siblings and realizing your own potential.
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James Ramsey Ullman Banner in the Sky
Kids. 288 pages. Rudi Matt decides to honor his late father by climbing the highest peak in the Alps - the very climb that ended his fathers life.
Marcus Emerson The Super Life of Ben Braver
Kids, Humor. 336 pages. Ben Braver tries to save the day and ends up at a school for kids with special powers. Theres only one problem - he doesnt have any.
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Linda Fairstein Digging for Trouble
Kids, Mystery. 352 pages. Devlin Quick, 12 year old sleuth, heads to Montana to dig up dinosaurs, but digs up a mystery instead.
Victor Appleton Restricted Access
Kids, Mystery. 160 pages. Tom Swift investigates when a school field trip lock-in turns into a real life lockdown.
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Kimberly Dean Pete the Kitty Goes to the Doctor (My First I Can Read)
Children. 32 pages. A story about a kittens first trip to the doctor for early readers.
Nancy Parent Disney Junior Fancy Nancy Nancy Makes Her Mark
Children. 32 pages. A companion to the Disney Junior show for young readers just starting out.
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Holly Keller Farfallina and Marcel
Children. 32 pages. A story about staying friends despite the odds.
Mick Inkpen Chloe Inkpen I Love You Fred
Children. 32 pages. A funny story about a rambunctious dog who finally learns his name.
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Patricia Polacco Pink and Say
Children, History. 48 pages. A picture book to teach young readers about the tragedy of war and the injustice of slavery through a true story.
Tamara Bundy Walking with Miss Millie
Children, History. 240 pages. When young Clarence moves to Rainbow, Georgia in 1960 she strikes up a friendship with an elderly woman and her dog. As the two get to know one another, Clarence learns about the history of segregation and the racism that they need to resist.
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Charis Cotter The Ghost Road
Kids, Fantasy, horror. 368 pages. When Ruth spends the summer with family she has never met she quickly discovers a new friend and a worrisome family history.
Ryan Calejo Charlie Hernández and the Castle of Bones
Kids, Fantasy. 591 pages. A novel about demon-slaying teenager based on South American folklore and myth.
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Richard K Morgan Thin Air
Sci-fi, Thriller, Mystery. 522 pages. A mechanically enhanced human killing machine just wants to get off Mars. When hes offered a ticket home in exchange for one last security detail he figures its a fair trade for easy work. Until it isnt.
John Birmingham The Cruel Stars
Sci-fi. 412 pages. Five heroes are all that stands between civilization and its destruction at the hands of a newly awakened enemy. Book one in the Cruel Stars series.
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Claudia Kalb Andy Warhol was a Hoarder Inside the Minds of Historys Great Personalities
Biography, History. 320 pages. Claudia Kalb uses biographical resources and modern psychology to investigate the mental health of prominent figures form history.
Martin Luther King Jr James Melvin Washington I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World
History, Biography. 210 pages. A collection of the Civil Rights leaders most important speeches and writings.
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Lucy Cooke The Truth About Animals Stoned Sloths Lovelorn Hippos and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife
Science. 336 pages. Lazy worker ants, drunk moose, and no good cheating penguins are just some of the less than majestic animal behaviors outlined in this funny tour of the animal kingdom.
Anne Sverdrup Thygeson Buzz Sting Bite Why We Need Insects
Science. 256 pages. A look at the enormous world of these tiny creatures and how life on earth could not exist without them.
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Judith S Beck Deborah Beck Busis The Diet Trap Solution Train Your Brain to Lose Weight and Keep It Off for Good
General Non-fiction. 256 pages. Dr Judith Beck offers solutions for escaping the pitfalls of bad diets.
Candace B Pert Deepak Chopra Molecules of Emotion The Science Behind Mind Body Medicine
Science, Psychology. 368 pages. Candace Pert breaks down the links between our emotions and their physical effects on our bodies.
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Jane McGonigal SuperBetter The Power of Living Gamefully
Psychology, science. 480 pages. After a concussion nearly ends her life a game designer uses the tools of her profession to turn her recovery into a game.
Rutger Bregman Utopia for Realists How We Can Build the Ideal World
Politics, Economics. 336 pages. A journey through humanities wildest and best ideas for making the most of our lives together.
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Andreas Wagner Life Finds a Way: What Evolution Teaches Us About Creativity
Science. 320 pages. Biologist Andreas Wagner draws parallels between our biological evolution and the evolution of our ideas.
Barbara Natterson Horowitz Kathryn Bowers
Science, Psychology. 368 pages. An examination of the transition between childhood and adulthood across the animal kingdom.
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Steven Johnson How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
General Fiction, history, science. 320 pages. From accidental genius to educated failure Steven Johnson tracks the history of good ideas and how we couldnt be the same without them.
Alanna Mitchell The Spinning Magnet: The Electromagnetic Force That Created the Modern World And Could Destroy It
Science, History. 336 pages. Alanna Mitchell reveals the potential cataclysm lurking within the earths magnetic field.
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Tim Green Derek Jeter Baseball Genius: Baseball Genius 1
Kids, sports. 352 pages. When Jalen DeLuca tries to steel balls from a famous players batting cage to sell so he can stay on his baseball team, he gets caught by the player. But when Jayden demonstrates he can predict the pitches of any major league pitcher, the two strike up a deal.
Franklin W Dixon Sports Sabotage
Kids, Mystery. 112 pages. Frank and Joe investigate a sabotage before Field Day at Bayport Elementary.
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Stan Kirby Captain Awesome Saves the Winter Wonderland
Kids. 128 pages. Captain Awesome and Nacho Cheese Man team up to save the Sunnyview Elementary holiday spectacular from a villainous plot.
Stan Kirby Captain Awesome and the Missing Elephants
Kids. 128 pages. Captain Awesome and his awesome friends save the zoo.
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Marcus Weeks What Would Nietzsche Do: Philosophical Solutions to Everyday Problems
general fiction, philosophy. 192 pages. Explore the philosophy of Nietzsche through a series of hypothetical questions to and answers from the philosopher.
Sarah Tomley What Would Freud Do: How the Greatest Psychotherapists Would Solve Your Everyday Problems
General fiction, psychology. 192 pages. Explore the psychological concepts developed by Freud and other psych superstars through a series of questions and answers about confronting everyday life.
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Carolyn Keene The Perfect Escape
Kids, mystery. 160 pages. Nancy uncovers a mystery at a beauty pageant in New York City.
Carolyn Keene Mardi Gras Masquerade
Kids, mystery. 144 pages. Nancy and friends investigate when things begin to go missing in a haunted mansion.
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Carolyn Keene The Stolen Show
Kids, Mystery. 192 pages. Nancy and friends uncover a jewel fencing operation while helping out at a dog show.
Carolyn Keene Sabotage at Willow Woods
Kids, Mystery. 167 pages. Nancy investigates when it appears someone is trying to sabotage a local political campaign.
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Carolyn Keene High Risk
Mystery, Kids. 160 pages. Nancy Drew must help a friend save her land from a megacorp while taking flying lessons.
Carolyn Keene Once Upon a Thriller
Mystery, Kids. 135 pages. A series of crimes in town resemble plots from a famous mystery writers books. Is she to blame?
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Kwei Quartey The Missing American
Thriller, Mystery, 421 pages. This sunshine noir book about a PI in Ghana investigating an American who has gone missing after being duped by an internet romance scam. (Softback)
Walter Mosley Trouble is What I Do
Thriller, Mystery, 288 pages. Engaging noir about an African-American PI in NYC. (Softback)
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Beth Ferry Swashby and the Sea
Children, Humor. 32 pages. Highly-regarded storybook about an old fisherman who finds kids too noisy.
Carole Lindstrom We Are Water Protectors
Children 40 pages. This acclaimed childrens story by a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe in North Dakota tells a story explaining their bond with the land and water.
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Christina Soontornvat A Wish in the Dark
Older kids, YA, Fantasy. 384 pages. This is an adventure story of a boy who escapes prison and a girl seeking him, in a world where a Governor has a monopoly on light. Billed as a sort of magical Thai version of Les Miserables.
Burgess and Cochran Drawing on Walls: A Story of Keith Haring
Older kids, YA, Biography, Art, 64 pages. Joyful inspiring biography of artist Keith Haring, touching on the energy of New York City as well as the grittier aspects of AIDS.
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Jon Scieszka The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
Children, Kids, all-ages, 52 pages, amusing post-modern take on fairy tales that works for 6 year olds and 60 year olds, from Little Red Running Shorts to a recursive version of Jack the Giant Killer. Enjoy!
Richardson Parnell Cole And Tango Makes Three
Children, Kids, 32 pages, an illustrated story based on the true events of two male penguins who formed a family and with a penguin chick in the Central Park Zoo.
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Michel Faber D: A Tale of Two Worlds
Kids, 304 pages, One day the letter D just starts disappearing, I mean isappearing, and only one kid seems to notice and is off on adventures to try to fix it. Echos of Dickens and Narnia, this is a tale of free will, friendship and courage.
Norton Juster The Phantom Tollbooth
Kids, 256 pages. When a tollbooth appears in his bedroom, Milton figures he has nothing better to do, so he steps through...
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Agustina Bazterrica Tender is the Flesh
Horror, Sci-Fi. 224 pages. Marcos works in the local meat processing plant. He knows talking to the product is forbidden, but Marcos cant forget what we used to call the livestock - humans. Translated from the original Spanish. Warning: gruesome and gory!
Grady Hendrix The Southern Book Clubs Guide to Slaying Vampires
Horror. 404 pages. A womens book club teams up to protect suburbia from a dangerous and strikingly handsome vampire. Warning: gets gruesome and gory!
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Lia Louis Dear Emmie Blue
Romance, 311 pages. Emmie at 14 sends off a balloon with her email address, and meets a young man she hopes to be her soulmate. They lose touch, but at 30 he gets back in touch, and she knows her dreams are about to come true... or are they? Light, uplifting, well-written, everyone is talking about this one.
Jasmine Guillory Party of Two
Romance, 312 pages, Lawyer Olivia meets a charming man only to later find out he is the junior senator from the opposing party. Possibly the best book yet by Jasmine Guillory - charming, entertaining, and smart!
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Daniel Kahneman Thinking Fast and Slow
Psychology, Economics, 499 pages. This is the pop-science bible of behaviorial economics and the psychology of how humans make not obviously rational decisions. Not only will you learn about things like prospect theory and endowment effects, this book walks you through some of the original experiments and analysis. An important, readable summary of this field by one of its legends.
Thomas Schelling Micromotives and Macrobehavior
General Non-Fiction, Psychology, Economics. 272 pages. A classic, readable book by of essays on how small preferences of individuals can add up to predictable large-scale behavior. The author won the Nobel Prize in 2005 and is famous for the red phone that connected the White House to Moscow to help defuse nuclear situations.
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Atul Gawande Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
General Non-Fiction, Psychology, 282 pages. Award-winning, engaging, wise, thoughtful book that talks through what it is like to get old, and the effect of different choices in those end years. If you have aging parents (or are aging), read this sooner rather than later.
Daniel Lieberman Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding
General Non-Fiction, Psychology, Science. 446 pages. Harvard professor of human evolutionary biology explains how we were not evolved to exercise, and and other associated interesting facts about what our bodies have been evolved to want. Witty, scholarly, life-changing.
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Yaa Gyasi Transcendent Kingdom
New York Times Bestseller, General Fiction, 264 pages. A big deep well-written story about a family from Ghana who has immigrated to Alabama, centered around a daughter studying neuroscience at Stanford, and the conflicting perspectives of science, and old ways. (Hardback)
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi A Girl is a Body of Water
General Fiction. 560 pages. Readers are loving this well-told story of a young woman growing up in Uganda trying to understand and question the old ways at the same time. Reviewer Marchpane says: The First Woman is a feast of Ugandan history, language, culture, mythology... (Hardback)
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Franklin W Dixon Galaxy X
Kids, Mystery. 164 pages. Joe and Frank head for the new frontier as a series of strange events threaten to close a new amusement park before opening day. Hardy Boys Galaxy X book 1 of 3
Franklin W Dixon Top Ten Ways to Die
Kids, Mystery. 176 pages. Joe and Frank must stop a plot to murder a rising rock star. Undercover Brothers 8.
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Franklin W Dixon Return to Black Bear Mountain
Kids, Mystery. 176 pages. The Hardy Boys hit the woods when their off the grid friend goes fully MIA. Hardy Boys Adventures 20.
Franklin W Dixon The Vanishing Game
Kids, Mystery. 134 pages. Joe and Frank are suspicious when a local amusement park ride goes off the rails. Hardy Boys Adventures 3.
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Franklin W Dixon Mystery of the Phantom Heist
Kids, mystery. 137 pages. Joe and Frank investigate when some local pranks get out of hand. Hardy Boys Adventures 2.
Franklin W. Dixon The Gray Hunters Revenge
Kids, Mystery. 138 pages. Joe and Frank wonder if ghosts might be real after a series of strange occurrences at their favorite writers home. Hardy Boys Adventures 17.
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Franklin W Dixon Death and Diamonds
Kids, mystery. 176 pages. When a fashion show and millions of dollars worth of diamonds comes to Bayport the Hardy Boys are tasked with making sure they dont go missing. Undercover Brothers 15
Franklin W Dixon Extreme Danger
Kids, mystery. 176 pages. Joe and Frank investigate a potentially intentional disaster at the Big Air Games. Undercover Brothers 1.
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Franklin W Dixon Peril at Granite Peak
Mystery, Kids. 160 pages. Joe and Frank bundle up and investigate when a series of suspicious accidents befall the guests at a snowed in ski resort. Hardy Boys Adventures 5
Franklin W Dixon A Con Artist in Paris
Mystery, Kids. 122 pages. Joe and Frank are enjoying Paris when an art thief strikes. Hardy Boys Adventures 15.
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Franklin W Dixon Into Thin Air
Kids, Mystery. 128 pages. The Hardy Boys are in for a ride after and amusement park owners daughter goes missing. Hardy Boys Adventures 4.
Franklin W Dixon Attack of the Bayport Beast
Mystery, Kids. 106 pages. Frank and Joe head for the woods as Sasquatch sightings are on the rise. Hardy Boys Adventures 14.
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Franklin W Dixon The Disappearance
Kids, Mystery. 153 pages. Frank and Joe investigate when a new friend goes missing. Hardy Boys Adventures 18
Franklin W Dixon The Missing Chums
Kids, Mystery. 192 pages. A classic for new readers and old fans alike, this is the 4th book in the original series first published in 1927.
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Franklin W. Dixon Dungeons and Detectives
Children, Mystery. 208 pages. The Hardy Boys are on the case after a comic book that is also a treasure map goes missing. Hardy Boys Adventures 19
Franklin W Dixon Tunnel of Secrets
Children, Mystery. The Hardy Boys fall into a mystery when a famous statue is swallowed by a sinkhole. Hardy Boys Adventures 10.
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Franklin W Dixon Showdown at Widow Creek
Children, Mystery. 122 pages. Saddle up with the Hardy Boys as they head out to lasso a horse thief. Hardy Boys Adventures 11.
Franklin W Dixon Stolen Identity
Children, Mystery. 144 pages. Frank and Joe do their best Watson and Holmes impression when an original Sherlock manuscript is stolen from a museum and someone seems to be trying to frame them for it. Hardy Boys Adventures 16.
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Giulia Enders Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ
Science, 273 pages. A very readable description of what scientists know about what is going on in your gut.
Julia Rothman Ocean Anatomy
Science, 208 pages. Learn new stuff about the oceans and the creatures it feeds with this friendly book with charming illustrations.
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Sophie Hannah The Monogram Murders (Hercule Poirot Revisited)
Mystery, 320 pages. The Agatha Christie heirs engaged Sophie Hannah to write more books with Hercule Poirot as the detective. These are pretty fun mysteries with the famous little grey cells, but a bit different of course than the originals.
Sophie Hannah The Killings at Kingfisher Hill (Hercule Poirot Revisited)
Mystery, 355 pages. Another fun light mystery by Sophie Hannah with Hercule Poirot as the detective.
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Guy Gavriel Kay River of Stars
Fantasy, Historial Fiction. 639 pages. So thick it ships on its own. A fantastical, epic work of fiction set during the Song Dynasty.
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Steven Pinker Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
General Non-fiction. 576 pages of rational optimism, pointing out that people are living better and solutions tend to come from the Enlightenment ideals of reason, science, and belief that in problem-solving.
Ali Almossawi An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments
General Non-fiction, 56 pages. A short illustrated primer or reminder of the categories of bad thinking and arguments that people tend to make.
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Martha Grimes The Knowledge
Mystery, 368 pages, one of Grimes best detective stories, full of vim and vigor, from the knowledge that all london cabbies must have to spunky British street kids who follow their mark to Nairobi... Book 24 of the Richard Jury series, but jump on in.
Martha Grimes The Old Success
Mystery, 243 pages. This one is set on the Cornish coast, with a a beautiful French tourist who washes up murdered. Book 25 of the Richard Jury series, but jump on in.
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T. Kingfisher Clockwork Boys
Fantasy, 227 pages. Entertaining dialogue, lovable characters, creative plot and world-building. Book 1 of the Clocktaur War series.
T. Kingfisher The Wonder Engine
Fantasy, 370 pages. Entertaining dialogue, lovable characters, creative plot and world-building. Book 2 of the Clocktaur War series.
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Naomi Novik A Deadly Education
YA, Fantasy, Humor. 336 pages. A young girl begins to unlock the secrets of her high-stakes school for the magically gifted.
Kawo Tuniki Dragon Goes Househunting
Older Kids, YA, fun for adults too. Graphic Novel, Fantasy. 180 pages. Letty the dragon and her friend Hraesvelgr avoid dragon hunters and try to settle down in a new house. Technically this is volume 2.
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James Clear Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones
Psychology. 319 pages. One of the leading experts on how we form habits gives you practical strategies to master your habits.
Cal Newport Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
Psychology. 296 pages. This top-rated book offers both motivation and practical advice to help you focus better and handle the truly more distracting world we now live in.
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Patrick Rothfuss The Name of the Wind
Fantasy. 662 pages. An orphan steals into the best magic school and becomes a powerful wizard. Great story telling, character driven plot that feels epic and engrossing. It might take a few pages to get into, but many people think this is the best fantasy series in a long time. This is book one of the Kingkiller Chronicles - you will be glad there is more.
Tom Gault Youre All Just Jealous of My Jet Pack
Humor, 160 pages. Sophisticated silly slightly-absurd cartoons, from a cartoon envisioning Libraries of the Future, to the Feminist Fairy Godmother.
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Brandon Sanderson Rhythm of War
Fantasy. 1,232 pages. From the modern master of fantasy comes the highly anticipated sequel to the best selling Oathbringer. The Knights Radiants battle only becomes more difficult as new technological discoveries spur an arms race with the forces of evil. Ships alone for $3.98.
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Janusz Siedlecki We Were in Auschwitz
History, Psychology, Autobiography, 212 pages. This book was written by 3 Polish guys in 1945 about their time as prisoners in Auschwitz. It is mostly a collection of disconnected stories of what they lived through. Some of it has a surprisingly light matter-of-fact tone about how they coped with the unspeakable horrors. Warning: all of this is pretty graphic and horrific, and may not be appropriate for all ages or readers.
Czesław Miłosz The Captive Mind
Psychology, History, Autobiography. 272 pages. Won the Nobel Prize for Literature. This book considers the Russian occupation of Poland and how the Communists controlled the messages and work allowed by Polish intellectuals, artists, and writers. First published in 1953, it tells a tale of long-term deep propagandizing and societal control that is still relevant and interesting today. Another good companion to this is Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell (which we have).