Daniel's Staff Recommendations

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The Five Wounds: A Novel By Kirstin Valdez Quade Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781324020219
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 25th, 2022

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Early Morning Riser: A novel By Katherine Heiny Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525659341
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Published: Knopf - April 13th, 2021

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Leonard and Hungry Paul By Ronan Hession Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781612199085
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Published: Melville House - May 11th, 2021

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Gold Diggers: A Novel By Sanjena Sathian Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984882035
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Published: Penguin Press - April 6th, 2021

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Swimming Back to Trout River: A Novel By Linda Rui Feng Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982129392
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 11th, 2021

We once treated punctuation as an art, but much the way the prescriptives triumphed over the descriptives in dictionaries, the grammar police created absolute rules for semicolons, and in that way, made them almost as rare as the iterrobang. Watson, historian, philosopher of science, and faculty member of Bard College’s Language and Thinking program, argues for the mark’s comeback, referencing the work of great semicolon users such as Herman Melville, Raymond Chandler, and Rebecca Solnit, and showing how artistic license can lead to a more joyfully nuanced reading life.


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Shape: The Hidden Geometry of Information, Biology, Strategy, Democracy, and Everything Else By Jordan Ellenberg Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984879059
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Published: Penguin Press - May 25th, 2021

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L.A. Weather: A Novel By María Amparo Escandón Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250802569
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 7th, 2021

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Punch Me Up To The Gods: A Memoir By Brian Broome Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780358439103
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Published: Mariner Books - May 18th, 2021

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The Guncle By Steven Rowley Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525542285
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 25th, 2021

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The Kindest Lie: A Novel By Nancy Johnson Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063005648
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 1st, 2022

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The Secret History of Food: Strange but True Stories About the Origins of Everything We Eat By Matt Siegel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062973214
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Published: Ecco - August 31st, 2021

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Night Came with Many Stars By Simon Van Booy Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781567927030
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Published: David R. Godine Publisher - June 8th, 2021

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The Bombay Prince (A Perveen Mistry Novel #3) By Sujata Massey Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781641291057
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Published: Soho Crime - June 1st, 2021

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Klara and the Sun: A novel By Kazuo Ishiguro Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593318171
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Published: Knopf - March 2nd, 2021

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Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood By Mark Oppenheimer Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780525657194
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Published: Knopf - October 5th, 2021

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Mary Jane: A Novel By Jessica Anya Blau Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063052291
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Published: Custom House - May 11th, 2021

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All the Lonely People By Mike Gayle Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781538720165
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 13th, 2021

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The Breaker (A Peter Ash Novel #6) By Nick Petrie Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780525535492
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - July 27th, 2021

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Clark and Division By Naomi Hirahara Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781641292498
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Published: Soho Crime - August 3rd, 2021

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Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP By Mirin Fader Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780306924125
Availability: Special Order - There is a small chance we can get this title
Published: Hachette Books - August 10th, 2021

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Karachi Vice: Life and Death in a Divided City By Samira Shackle Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781612199429
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Published: Melville House - September 7th, 2021

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Great Circle: A novel By Maggie Shipstead Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780525656975
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Published: Knopf - May 4th, 2021

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How to Find What You're Not Looking For By Veera Hiranandani Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525555032
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Published: Kokila - September 14th, 2021

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A Peculiar Combination: An Electra McDonnell Novel (Electra McDonnell Series #1) By Ashley Weaver Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250780485
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Published: Minotaur Books - May 25th, 2021

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Playing the Cards You're Dealt By Varian Johnson Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338348538
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 5th, 2021

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Milk Blood Heat By Dantiel W. Moniz Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802159441
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Published: Grove Press - February 8th, 2022

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Clarice the Brave By Lisa McMann Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593323373
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 12th, 2021

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Send for Me: A novel By Lauren Fox Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101972045
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Published: Vintage - September 7th, 2021

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Shoulder Season: A Novel By Christina Clancy Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250239631
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Published: St. Martin's Press - July 6th, 2021

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Murder at Wedgefield Manor: A Riveting WW1 Historical Mystery (A Jane Wunderly Mystery #2) By Erica Ruth Neubauer Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781496725882
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Published: Kensington - March 30th, 2021

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Ahmed Aziz’s Epic Year By Nina Hamza Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063024892
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Published: Quill Tree Books - June 22nd, 2021

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The Lives of Edie Pritchard By Larry Watson Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781643751429
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 8th, 2021

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These Precious Days: Essays By Ann Patchett Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780063092785
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Published: Harper - November 23rd, 2021

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You Can't Be Serious By Kal Penn Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982171384
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Published: Gallery Books - November 2nd, 2021

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Secrets of Happiness By Joan Silber Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781640094451
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Published: Counterpoint - May 4th, 2021

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Brood: A Novel By Jackie Polzin Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780385546751
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Published: Doubleday - March 9th, 2021

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French Braid: A novel By Anne Tyler Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593321096
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Published: Knopf - March 22nd, 2022

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Sea of Tranquility: A novel By Emily St. John Mandel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780593321447
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Published: Knopf - April 5th, 2022

After reading Sea of Tranquility, a novel that veers from a hundred years in the past to almost 300 in the future, I wondered if a new reader to Emily St John Mandel would love it as much as I did. I decided they would, with a caveat that they might have to stop everything and read the author’s previous novels. But for folks who’ve read Station Eleven and The Great Hotel, with both references that tie the story together and laugh-out-loud meta-commentary (you’ll know it when you get to it), the rewards are mind-blowing. 


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The Adventures of Miss Barbara Pym By Paula Byrne Cover Image
$34.99
ISBN: 9780008322205
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Published: William Collins - June 7th, 2022

Finally, after hearing about this biography for almost a year, it’s available in the United States, and I couldn’t be happier. Byrne chronicles the life of one of my favorite writers, whose work was acclaimed in the 1950s, couldn’t get published in the 1960s, and then was rediscovered in the late 1970s. The text flows in short, punchy chapters - you’ll discover that many of the excellent women (and not quite so excellent men) came from Pym’s own life - one that had more than its share of bad romances and a penchant for stalking people who captured her interest. I don’t think ‘spinster’ quite captures her! And even if you’ve read A Lot to Ask or A Very Private Eye, you don’t know the whole story - her longtime friend Hazel Holt offered readers an expurgated life (minus the Nazi boyfriend, for example). If you don’t know Pym’s work but you’re a Jane Austen fan, you’ll understand by the end why there are so many cross-over fans.