Summer Reads

Summer Reads

 

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The Lark Ascending: The Music of the British Landscape Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780571338795
Availability: Not in stock at store. Will, in most instances, ship from our warehouse in 7-10 days
Published: Faber & Faber Social - September 17th, 2019

If you're like me and you love all things relating to the United Kingdom, its music, history, and rural conservation issues, snap up this book. King's catholic musical tastes embrace artists as disparate as Ralph Vaughan Williams, Kate Bush, Brian Eno, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Hawkwind, Ultramarine, and The Orb. -Alex


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The Worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien: The Places That Inspired Middle-Earth Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780691196947
Availability: Not in stock at store. Will, in most instances, ship from our warehouse in 7-10 days
Published: Princeton University Press - June 9th, 2020

Having never read Tolkien beyond the first few chapters of The Hobbit a few years ago (I liked it, but got distracted by other books), I can say that this new title has got me way more interested in exploring his immersive worlds of fantasy, mythology, history, Celtic folklore, and all-around pure Englishness. - Alex
 


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Sad Janet: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593086520
Availability: On our shelves now. We will confirm availability.
Published: Riverhead Books - June 16th, 2020

Working full time at a bookstore, it's not often that a cover grabs your attention with such force.  And then the summary!  This must be what summer reads are meant for.  I'm not sure if it's "apt for our times," as is suggested on the cover, or apt for the mid 90s?  As quoted by the summary on our website "Hilarious, bitterly wise, and surprisingly warm, Sad Janet is the depression comedy you never knew you needed."  A dog shelter in the woods and The Smiths.  Sounds perfect. -Gena


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Barracoon: The Story of the Last
By Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker (Foreword by), Deborah G. Plant (Introduction by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062748218
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Published: Amistad - January 7th, 2020

Posthumously released in paperback in January of this year, this is Zora Neale Hurston's record of a series of interviews with Cudjo Lewis, detailing his firsthand account of the raid that led to his capture and bondage fifty years after the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed in the United States.  This is a non-fiction read that provides context and history through a first hand account. Includes an insightful introduction from Alice Walker.  -Gena


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Index Cards: Selected Essays Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780811229517
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Published: New Directions - May 26th, 2020

Davey is an artist, photographer, writer and filmmaker, and the book takes on the quality of exactly what the title implies — blurbs perfect for picking up and putting down. This format is especially appealing with our attention spans pulled in so many different directions at once.  Covering much ground in a stream of consciousness, diaristic format, you can take this book with you anywhere, or look forward to some bits, and bob in your spare time. - Gena
 


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Exciting Times: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062968746
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Published: Ecco - June 2nd, 2020

Naoise Dolan is being called the next Sally Rooney. She's young and Irish, yes, but also
incredibly cynical and even more unabashedly Marxist than the author of Normal People. Loved this book! - Griffin
 


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Out of Egypt: A Memoir Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780312426552
Availability: Not in stock at store. Will, in most instances, ship from our warehouse in 7-10 days
Published: Picador - January 23rd, 2007

The author of Call Me By Your Name presents an eccentric and sun-soaked portrait of a childhood in Egypt before the exile of his Jewish family. Cosmopolitan grandmothers, figs, the Mediterranean sea--and so much more! - Griffin


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Gingerbread: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594634666
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 3rd, 2020

A twist on the fairy tale dessert trope, Helen Oyeyemi's book is a fun and fantastic work of imagination. - Griffin


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Luster: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374194321
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 4th, 2020

Edie a young 20s something in NYC  struggles with the enigma that is hookup culture, whilst constantly grappling with being the only black girl in the room. Absorbing, hilarious and downright gorgeous this story is unexpected, and exactly what you need to read this summer.--Sarah T


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Nine Bar Blues Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780997457896
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Published: Third Man Books - May 26th, 2020

The soul of music is the constant that weaves these tales of futurity and the black radical imagination together across cosmic and terrestrial landscapes.  --Sarah T.


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Anodyne Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781947793804
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Published: Tin House Books - August 18th, 2020

If you held the personal moments of your life held in the palm of your hand, what would they ask from you? In Queens poems we get glimpses into how memory, survival, love and joy speak back to these quiet questions. --Sarah T.


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The Vanishing Half: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525536291
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2020

--Kelly's summer pick


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The Index of Self-Destructive Acts Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781947793828
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Published: Tin House Books - May 5th, 2020

--Kelly's summer pick


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The Beauty of Your Face: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781324003380
Availability: Not in stock at store. Will, in most instances, ship from our warehouse in 7-10 days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 7th, 2020

--Kelly's summer pick


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Summer: A Novel (Seasonal Quartet) Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781101870792
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Published: Pantheon - August 25th, 2020

The final book in her seasonal quartet - you don't have to read Summer in the summer, but if you do, you will be rewarded with a very cool treat.  Everything Ali Smith writes is pure gold.  Whether she is bending time, exploring unexpected relationships, mashing up generations, she is always playful yet serious.  To sum up:  incredible, smart, and lovely.--Gena