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Lucy by the Sea: A Novel By Elizabeth Strout Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593446065
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Published: Random House - September 20th, 2022

Starting moments after the close of Oh William!, Elizabeth Strout’s latest finds Lucy Barton in lockdown with her first husband William in a small town in Maine. The joy of Lucy is in her astute observations; the peril is that her heightened sensitivity and sometimes passive nature can lead her into many a fraught relationship. I loved the way Strout showed that Lucy is a citizen of Strout’s Yoknapatawpha, with appearances not just by Bob Burgess, but also Olive Kitteridge’s aide at the assisted living center. Reading Lucy by the Sea recaptures every small memory of early COVID, from the panic about surfaces and the desire to escape urban environments to the eventual politicization of the virus, so beautifully that I was willing to relive them.

— Daniel Goldin


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Less Is Lost (The Arthur Less Books #2) By Andrew Sean Greer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316498906
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 20th, 2022

If you think you heard the last of Arthur Less, last seen in his Pulitzer-Prize-winning, around-the-world journey, you’re wrong. This time the writer in a pretty much continuous midlife crisis must navigate the United States as he is shaken by the death of an old lover, and despite a seemingly perfect current beau, Arthur takes a whole bunch more gigs, most of which do not go as planned, as he searches for some variation on inner fulfillment and maybe some acceptance from his dad. But sometimes it seems not everybody wants more Less. Greer is tops in capturing types and bringing them to glowing life, from his late lover’s widowed ex to the impulsive science fiction writer who demands Less interview him (but why?!). On top of that, Greer can make any situation funny, even German translation, and yet, through all the guffaws, there's a chunk of heart too.  

— Daniel Goldin


The Bullet That Missed: A Thursday Murder Club Mystery By Richard Osman Cover Image
$21.60
ISBN: 9780593299395
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - September 20th, 2022

What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions By Randall Munroe Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780525537113
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 13th, 2022

The Marriage Portrait: A novel By Maggie O'Farrell Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9780593320624
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Published: Knopf - September 6th, 2022

The Old Place By Bobby Finger Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593422342
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - September 20th, 2022

The Mosquito Bowl: A Game of Life and Death in World War II By Buzz Bissinger Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780062879929
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Published: Harper - September 13th, 2022

Sacred Nature: Restoring Our Ancient Bond with the Natural World By Karen Armstrong Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593319437
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Published: Knopf - September 6th, 2022

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Carrie Soto Is Back: A Novel By Taylor Jenkins Reid Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593158685
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Published: Ballantine Books - August 30th, 2022

A riveting, fast-paced, and enthusiastic look at the world of tennis through the eyes of Carrie Soto, the world's finest athlete. It's been five years since Carrie Soto retired as the reigning champion of women's tennis, and it's all about to be taken away by powerhouse Nicki Chan. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Carrie decides to step back onto the court to remind everyone who the world's greatest player is. Taylor Jenkins Reid delivers a gripping comeback novel with a fierce character you will be rooting for until the very last page. A must read!

— Jen Steele


Fairy Tale By Stephen King Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781668002179
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Published: Scribner - September 6th, 2022

The Ink Black Heart (A Cormoran Strike Novel) By Robert Galbraith Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316413039
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Published: Mulholland Books - August 30th, 2022

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Ithaca By Claire North Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316422963
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Published: Redhook - September 6th, 2022

How do I even begin to write a rec?! Simply put, Ithaca is one of the best Greek myth retellings I have ever read! Hera, Mother Goddess, Goddess of Queens tells the story that only women tell and poets will ignore, the story of Penelope, Queen of Ithaca. Watch the mortals cry, grieve, rage, and love along with Hera. Penelope is so much more than what the poets have told us; she is strength, grace, brilliance, and cunning. Claire North delivers an elegant novel of epic proportions that will take your breath away. 

— Jen Steele


Indigenous Continent: The Epic Contest for North America By Pekka Hämäläinen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631496998
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Published: Liveright - September 20th, 2022

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Happy-Go-Lucky By David Sedaris Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316392457
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 31st, 2022

David Sedaris offers a heartfelt and earnest new collection of essays that left me laughing one minute, agreeing with his astute observations and contemplative the next. If you have the chance, I recommend listening to the audiobook. It's like being at one of Sedaris's show, which is a completely unique experience.

— Jen Steele


Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands By Kate Beaton Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781770462892
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - September 13th, 2022

The Enigma of Room 622: A Novel By Joël Dicker, Robert Bononno (Translated by) Cover Image
By Joël Dicker, Robert Bononno (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780063098817
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Published: HarperVia - September 13th, 2022

The Bad Angel Brothers: A Novel By Paul Theroux Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780358716891
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Published: Mariner Books - September 6th, 2022

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Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe By David Maraniss Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476748412
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 9th, 2022

Swedish King Gustav V apparently told Jim Thorpe, as he handed him a gold medal at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, that he was “the most wonderful athlete in the world.” Thorpe was certainly admired and sought after worldwide for his unmatched athleticism and talent. Everyone wanted to see him, wherever he went. He was on World Series teams, he was there at the inception of the NFL, and later he had many small Hollywood film roles, befriending the biggest stars of the day. Thorpe was often used as a novelty as well, a drawing card constantly subject to racial stereotypes, and as time passed he became more actively involved with indigenous people’s rights. As a man, Jim Thorpe had serious human flaws and struggled constantly to succeed, but he was personally kind and generous, offering a huge smile to all. He never seemed inclined to pity himself or stop chasing his dreams. The extraordinary details of his life, including many connections to Wisconsin and Milwaukee, are endlessly fascinating, and Maraniss makes them exceptionally smooth reading. He wraps Thorpe's life into the story of America, and he’s blunt about our cruel contradictions in such an intelligent way that my progressive anger feels completely validated. This is a top-flight history lesson that separates the truth from the myth of a legendary and iconic American!

— Tim McCarthy


If I Survive You By Jonathan Escoffery Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374605988
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Published: MCD - September 6th, 2022

Natural History: Stories By Andrea Barrett Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781324035190
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 13th, 2022

Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization By Neil deGrasse Tyson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250861504
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - September 20th, 2022

The Witch and the Tsar By Olesya Salnikova Gilmore Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593546970
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Published: Ace - September 20th, 2022

Magnificent Rebels: The First Romantics and the Invention of the Self By Andrea Wulf Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525657118
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Published: Knopf - September 13th, 2022

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Nona the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Series #3) By Tamsyn Muir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250854117
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Published: Tordotcom - September 13th, 2022

This third installment in The Locked Tomb series feels like the beginning of the end, with a story that had me under its thrall from beginning to end. Muir's humor and incredibly distinct character voices shine through as usual, but Nona is decidedly brighter than the previous two books' narrative styles. Even through Nona's sunny eyes, readers will see signs of a coming apocalypse around every turn: chaos and uncertainty surrounding her as she goes to school, pets a very good dog named Noodle, and plans a party. And just as pressing as the chaotic present is the unraveling of the past, chapters which I had to hold myself back from skipping to in order to find out how the path of humanity veered toward a future of Necromancers in space 10,000 years from now. Where many dystopian and sci-fi books fail when it comes to a “how we got here” storyline, Muir handles it as expertly as the character dynamics and truly, perfectly unhinged humor. Now is the perfect time to dive into The Locked Tomb series!

— Oli Schmitz


The Rising Tide: A Vera Stanhope Novel By Ann Cleeves Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250204530
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Published: Minotaur Books - September 6th, 2022

Lessons: A novel By Ian McEwan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593535202
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Published: Knopf - September 13th, 2022

Solito: A Memoir By Javier Zamora Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593498064
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Published: Hogarth - September 6th, 2022

The Unfolding: A Novel By A.M. Homes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735225350
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Published: Viking - September 6th, 2022

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Painting Beyond Walls By David Rhodes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781571311412
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 13th, 2022

In a sort of prelude to the main narrative, August Helm (last seen at the age of 10 in Jewelweed) is working as a graduate student at the University of Chicago when two significant events occur – he falls in love with a wealthy and beautiful corporate executive, and he interrupts his boss having sex with a student. Both do not end well. With his tail between his legs, he returns to Words, Wisconsin in the Driftless region, where familiar friends and family await. But things are different – folks have aged, relationships have formed, and most notably, a compound of super-wealthy city dwellers have carved out a private space where they live a luxurious life a bit in fear of the locals – kind of a rural gentrification. Can August navigate this new life without repeating his past mistakes? And can David Rhodes continue his conversation about community and culture while weaving in class conflict, the roots of power, the biology of attraction, and some speculative elements? It’s a tall order, but I think he succeeds mightily, as long as you accept and even savor the philosophical digressions and a completely unexpected resolution.

— Daniel Goldin


All That's Left Unsaid: A Novel By Tracey Lien Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063227736
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Published: William Morrow - September 13th, 2022

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The Two Lives of Sara By Catherine Adel West Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780778333227
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Published: Park Row - September 6th, 2022

It’s early 1960s Memphis, and Sara King, on the run from trouble in Chicago, has taken a job at a boarding house run by Mama Sugar, the aunt of her close friend. There she finds a new community of friends, found family, and even a possible beau, but there’s trouble too, in the form of Mama Sugar’s errant son and the even shadier type after him to repay a loan. Steeped in Memphis’s Civil Rights struggles and packed with a treasure trove of references great Black writers, musicians, and artists, West’s second novel is a powerful and emotional story of a woman trying to find her place in a world. And while the book works completely on its own, readers of Saving Ruby King will savor West bringing one of the secondary characters of that novel to vivid life.

— Daniel Goldin


On the Rooftop: A Novel By Margaret Wilkerson Sexton Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063139961
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Published: Ecco - September 6th, 2022

The House with the Golden Door: Volume 2 By Elodie Harper Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781454946625
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Published: Union Square & Co. - September 6th, 2022

The Big Bang of Numbers: How to Build the Universe Using Only Math By Manil Suri Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781324007036
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 20th, 2022

Suspect By Scott Turow Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781538706329
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 27th, 2022

The Black Period: On Personhood, Race, and Origin By Hafizah Augustus Geter Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593448649
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Published: Random House - September 20th, 2022

Black Snow: Curtis LeMay, the Firebombing of Tokyo, and the Road to the Atomic Bomb By James M. Scott Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781324002994
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 6th, 2022

They Called Me a Lioness: A Palestinian Girl's Fight for Freedom By Ahed Tamimi, Dena Takruri Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593134580
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Published: One World - September 6th, 2022

Unleashed: A Novel By Cai Emmons Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593471449
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Published: Dutton - September 6th, 2022