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This Year's Favorites

Here are some books we loved in 2022 and are recommending the  holidays! 

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Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel By Bonnie Garmus Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780385547345
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Published: Doubleday - April 5th, 2022

I could not put this down! Elizabeth Zott grabbed me and didn't let go. Her determination to make it as a female chemist in the 1960's lands her as the host of an unconventional televised cooking show. Think Julia Child plus chemical cooking processes with a fiercely feminist view. LOVED!

- Lori


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The Marriage Portrait: A novel By Maggie O'Farrell Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593320624
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Published: Knopf - September 6th, 2022

Hamnet author O'Farrell has done it again! 15 year old Lucrezia de Medici, who as a child touched a tiger but has never left the rooms of her families' palazzo, is forced into a doomed marriage with a powerful duke. Like the Rennaissance paintings described in this riveting historical,  O'Farrell's portrait of Lucrezia has many secret underpaintings - from a guileless girl, a dreaming artist, to a fierce woman.  I was captivated! 

- Nancy


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An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us By Ed Yong Cover Image
By Ed Yong
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593133231
Availability: Backordered
Published: Random House - June 21st, 2022

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Papyrus: The Invention of Books in the Ancient World By Irene Vallejo, Charlotte Whittle (Translated by) Cover Image
By Irene Vallejo, Charlotte Whittle (Translated by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780593318898
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Published: Knopf - October 18th, 2022

I love this!! If you are interested in:  books, writing, ancient history, Mary Beard, beautifully written essays, James Joyce, hieroglyphs, Borges, the role of libraries up to today,  the "Google Effect", Greek myths, and everything else - this is the book for you!!

- Nancy


The Winners: A Novel (Beartown Series) By Fredrik Backman Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781982112790
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Published: Atria Books - September 27th, 2022

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Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution By R. F. Kuang Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063021426
Availability: Backordered
Published: Harper Voyager - August 23rd, 2022

So So Good. Dark academia. Oxford. Translators and magic and imperialism. I couldn't put it down!

- Lori


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Olga Dies Dreaming: A Novel By Xochitl Gonzalez Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250786173
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 4th, 2022

I was immediately caught up in Olga's ambitious and complicated life!  (Her creative  comebacks and insults are an added bonus!) Romance, family complications, the whims of the uber rich, the foils of politicians, gentrification of the old neighborhood and the so called American Dream all come together in this funny, poignant and fast paced novel.  

- Nancy


Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks By Patrick Radden Keefe Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385548519
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Published: Doubleday - June 28th, 2022

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Counterfeit: A Novel By Kirstin Chen Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063119543
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Published: William Morrow - June 7th, 2022

A totally addictive caper - along the ride with the two scammers (one a perfect wife, mother, and lawyer) there are some serious inquiries about the many incarnations of status and what is behind those things/titles/trophies/admissions we just have to have. It's a great read and the perfect length! 

- Nancy


Trust By Hernan Diaz Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593420317
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 3rd, 2022

All This Could Be Different: A Novel By Sarah Thankam Mathews Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593489123
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Published: Viking - August 2nd, 2022

The Maid: A Novel By Nita Prose Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593356159
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 4th, 2022

The Rabbit Hutch: A novel By Tess Gunty Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593534663
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Published: Knopf - August 2nd, 2022

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The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir By Ingrid Rojas Contreras Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385546669
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Published: Doubleday - July 12th, 2022

A beautiful memoir about amnesia, family, inherited insight, and spirits. Pair with Contrera's novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree. I loved this memoir!

- Caitlin


Kiki Man Ray: Art, Love, and Rivalry in 1920s Paris By Mark Braude Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781324006015
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 9th, 2022

Easy Beauty: A Memoir By Chloé Cooper Jones Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982151997
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2022

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Thank You for Listening: A Novel By Julia Whelan Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780063095564
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Published: Avon - August 2nd, 2022

From the hilarious opening on a flight en route to Las Vegas, to the explanation of how a female narrator can do all the voices (yes, even the men), I loved Julia Whelan's new romance. Funny, biting, tender and definitely sexy, this was a delight from beginning to end.

- Lori


The Enigma of Room 622: A Novel By Joël Dicker, Robert Bononno (Translated by) Cover Image
By Joël Dicker, Robert Bononno (Translated by)
$29.99
ISBN: 9780063098817
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Published: HarperVia - September 13th, 2022

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Legends & Lattes: A Novel of High Fantasy and Low Stakes By Travis Baldree Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250886088
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Published: Tor Books - November 8th, 2022

This book is like a cozy blanket and a mug of hot cocoa (or coffee) on a rainy day. Viv has decided she's done with quests and starts out on a new adventure: opening a cafe in a city that's never heard of coffee. Full of found family and baked goods!

- Becca


Shrines of Gaiety: A Novel By Kate Atkinson Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780385547970
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Published: Doubleday - September 27th, 2022

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Corporate Rock Sucks: The Rise and Fall of SST Records By Jim Ruland Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780306925481
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Published: Hachette Books - April 12th, 2022

Now it can be told -- the unexpected rise and ignominious fall of the house that Black Flag built! As teen punks growing up in the early '80s my friends and I would swap rumors, mostly gleaned from 'zines about SST's feuds with its bands and its legal troubles. Thanks to Jim Ruland, a longtime zinester himself, we finally get the clearest picture of SST's glory and carnage.

- Brad


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Book Lovers By Emily Henry Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593334836
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Published: Berkley - May 3rd, 2022

Just as steamy, snarky, and sweet as Beach Read, this is one of my new comfort audiobook "listens". With a nod to the small town romances so many of us love and Nora Ephron movies, I'd happily get lost in Sunshine Falls and Nora and Charlie's slow burn romance. Love Love Love.

- Lori


Fellowship Point: A Novel By Alice Elliott Dark Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781982131814
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Published: Scribner / Marysue Rucci Books - July 5th, 2022

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The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches By Sangu Mandanna Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593439357
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Published: Berkley - August 23rd, 2022

I LOVED THIS. The most perfect cozy witchy romance with strong The House in the Cerulean Sea vibes. You will fall in love with these characters!

- Lori


Signal Fires: A novel By Dani Shapiro Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593534724
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Published: Knopf - October 18th, 2022

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Our Missing Hearts: A Novel By Celeste Ng Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593492543
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Published: Penguin Press - October 4th, 2022

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The Violin Conspiracy: A Novel By Brendan Slocumb Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593315422
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Published: Vintage - December 6th, 2022

I loved this. A page-turning mystery fantastically plotted and paced.  A love letter to classical music that also exposes the prejudice and racism in that world. So many twists and turns! I was totally immersed. Would be great for book clubs!

- Lori


Shotgun Seamstress: An Anthology By Osa Atoe Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781593767396
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Published: Soft Skull - November 29th, 2022

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Daughters of the New Year By E. M. Tran Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781335429230
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Published: Hanover Square Press - October 11th, 2022

I loved this!!! It starts out funny and bittersweet but becomes darker and more portentous as it moves backward in time to its surprising conclusion, which is also its beginning. So good!

- Brad