Book Picks From Our Staff

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September 2022

 

On the Rooftop: A Novel By Margaret Wilkerson Sexton Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780063139961
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Published: Ecco - September 6th, 2022

A Reese’s Book Club Pick

“An utterly original and brilliant story.” –Reese Witherspoon

A stunning novel about a mother whose dream of musical stardom for her three daughters collides with the daughters’ ambitions for their own lives—set against the backdrop of gentrifying 1950s San Francisco


Lucy by the Sea: A Novel By Elizabeth Strout Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593446065
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Published: Random House - September 20th, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From Pulitzer Prize–winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout comes a poignant, pitch-perfect novel about a divorced couple stuck together during lockdown—and the love, loss, despair, and hope that animate us even as the world seems to be falling apart.


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

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • The author of HamnetNew York Times best seller and National Book Critics Circle Award winner—brings the world of Renaissance Italy to jewel-bright life in this unforgettable fictional portrait of the captivating young duchess Lucrezia de' Medici as she makes her way in a troubled court.


If I Survive You By Jonathan Escoffery Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374605988
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Published: MCD - September 6th, 2022

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2022 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION. NATIONAL BESTSELLER.


Less Is Lost (The Arthur Less Books #2) By Andrew Sean Greer Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316498906
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 20th, 2022

In the follow-up to the “bedazzling, bewitching, and be-wonderful” (New York Times​) best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning Less: A Novel, the awkward and lovable Arthur Less returns in an unforgettable road trip across America.

“Go get lost somewhere, it always does you good.”

For Arthur Less, life is going surprisin


Sweet, Soft, Plenty Rhythm: A Novel By Laura Warrell Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593316443
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Published: Pantheon - September 27th, 2022

GMA BUZZ PICK Passion and risk, fathers and daughters, wives and single women, jazz and soul: a "gorgeously written debut" (Celeste Ng, best-selling author of Little Fires Everywhere) about the perennial temptations of dangerous love, told by the women who love Circus Palmer—trumpet player and old-school ladies’ man—as they ultimately discover the power of


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

A breathtaking new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Anxious People and A Man Called Ove, The Winners returns to the close-knit, resilient community of Beartown for a story about first loves, second chances, and last goodbyes.

Over the course of two weeks, everything in Beartown will change.


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

The #1 bestselling, award-winning author of Life after Life transports us to a restless London in the wake of the Great War—a city fizzing with money, glamour, and corruption—in this spellbinding tale of seduction and betrayal.


Delphi: A Novel By Clare Pollard Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982197896
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - August 2nd, 2022

For readers of Jenny Offill, Deborah Levy, and Olivia Laing, an exquisite debut novel about a classics academic researching prophecy in the ancient world, just as the pandemic descends and all visions of her own family’s future begin to blur.

Covid-19 has arrived in London, and the entire world quickly succumbs to the surreal, chaotic mundanity of screens, isolation, and the di


The Two Lives of Sara By Catherine Adel West Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780778333227
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Published: Park Row - September 6th, 2022

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by Ms. Magazine, The Root, Popsugar, Bustle, and many more

"An utterly absorbing and dazzling novel about the stories we tell to stay alive and the secrets we keep to protect ourselves." -- Nancy Jooyoun Kim, New York Times Bestselling author of The Last Story of Mina Lee


The Deceptions: A Novel By Jill Bialosky Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781640090248
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Published: Counterpoint - September 6th, 2022

An explosive tale of art and myth, desire and betrayal, from New York Times best-selling author Jill Bialosky


Lark Ascending By Silas House Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781643751597
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Published: Algonquin Books - September 27th, 2022

“This beautiful book is shot through with such tenderness and humanity, such love and courage and beauty and hope, that it feels almost like a prayer.” —Margaret Renkl, author of Late Migrations

A timely, powerful story of survival set in the not-too-distant future, reminding us to always hold on to hope, even in the worst of times.
 


Didn't Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta By James Hannaham Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316285278
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - August 30th, 2022

In this “razor-sharp” and “dangerously hilarious” novel that “hooks readers from the beginning” (Los Angeles Times), a trans woman reenters life on the outside after more than twenty years in a men’s prison, over one consequential Fourth of July weekend—from the author of the PEN/Faulkner Award winner Deliciou


Back to the Garden: A Novel By Laurie R. King Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593496565
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Published: Bantam - September 6th, 2022

A fifty-year-old cold case involving California royalty comes back to life—with potentially fatal consequences—in this gripping standalone novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series.


The Man Who Died Twice: A Thursday Murder Club Mystery By Richard Osman Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781984880994
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - September 28th, 2021

An instant New York Times bestseller!

The second gripping novel in the New York Times bestselling Thursday Murder Club series, soon to be a major motion picture from Steven Spielberg at Amblin Entertainment


The Only Child By Kayte Nunn Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781613163429
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Published: Scarlet - September 20th, 2022

"Almost every graduating class had a girl who disappeared . . ."

A long-closed home for “fallen women” is the site of horrors old and new in this "taut, clever whodunit" (Kate Quinn) from the author of The Botanist’s Daughter.


The Hostage (A Delia Mariola Novel) By A. F. Carter Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781613163467
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Published: Mysterious Press - September 20th, 2022

In this new thriller from the author of The Yards, a cop tracks the kidnapped teenage daughter of a wealthy developer in a transitioning Rust Belt town


NATIONAL BESTSELLER

"Each author captures Christie—and Marple—perfectly, while also displaying just a bit of her own unique touch. . . . This new and entertaining collection by some of our favorite writers will hook a new group of readers to the formidable Miss Marple." — Rhys Bowen, Washington Post


The Mysterious Bookshop Presents the Best Mystery Stories of the Year 2022 By Sara Paretsky (Editor), Otto Penzler (Series edited by) Cover Image
By Sara Paretsky (Editor), Otto Penzler (Series edited by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781613163498
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Published: Mysterious Press - September 27th, 2022

Sara Paretsky selects the twenty best mystery short stories of the year, including tales by Michael Connelly, Jo Nesbo, Joyce Carol Oates, Colson Whitehead, and more!


Solito: A Memoir By Javier Zamora Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593498064
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Published: Hogarth - September 6th, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • READ WITH JENNA BOOK CLUB PICK AS FEATURED ON TODAY • A young poet tells the unforgettable story of his harrowing migration from El Salvador to the United States at the age of nine in this moving, page-turning memoir hailed as “the mythic journey of our era” (Sandra Cisneros)


Profiles in Ignorance: How America's Politicians Got Dumb and Dumber By Andy Borowitz Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781668003886
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - September 13th, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER * WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER * Named One of 7 Best Nonfiction Books of the Fall by Kirkus Reviews

Andy Borowitz, “one of the funniest people in America” (CBS Sunday Morning), brilliantly examines the intellectual deterioration of American politics, from Ronald Reagan to Dan


Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships By Nina Totenberg Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982188085
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 13th, 2022

Celebrated NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg delivers an extraordinary memoir of her personal successes, struggles, and life-affirming relationships, including her beautiful friendship of nearly fifty years with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Four years before Nina Totenberg was hired at NPR, where she cemented her legacy as a prizewinning reporter, and nearly twenty-two y


Like a Rolling Stone: A Memoir By Jann S. Wenner Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780316415194
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 13th, 2022

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Rolling Stone founder, co-editor, and publisher Jann Wenner offers a "touchingly honest" and "wonderfully deep" memoir from the beating heart of classic rock and roll (Bruce Springsteen).

Jann Wenner has been called by his peers “the greatest editor of his generation.&rdq


One Hundred Saturdays: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World By Michael Frank, Maira Kalman (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Michael Frank, Maira Kalman (Illustrator)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982167226
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - September 6th, 2022

Recipient of the Jewish Book Council’s Natan Notable Book Award

The remarkable story of ninety-nine-year-old Stella Levi whose conversations with the writer Michael Frank over the course of six years bring to life the vibrant world of Jewish Rhodes, the deportation to Auschwitz that extinguished ninety percent of her community, and the resilience and wisdom of the woman who


Stay True: A Memoir By Hua Hsu Cover Image
By Hua Hsu
$26.00
ISBN: 9780385547772
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Published: Doubleday - September 27th, 2022

From the New Yorker staff writer Hua Hsu, a gripping memoir on friendship, grief, the search for self, and the solace that can be found through art.


How to Speak Whale: A Voyage into the Future of Animal Communication By Tom Mustill Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781538739112
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 6th, 2022

What if animals and humans could speak to one another?


Wise Gals: The Spies Who Built the CIA and Changed the Future of Espionage By Nathalia Holt Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593328484
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - September 13th, 2022

From the New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Rocket Girls comes the never-before-told story of a small cadre of influential female spies in the precarious early days of the CIA—women who helped create the template for cutting-edge espionage (and blazed new paths for equality in the workplace) in the treacherous post-WWII era.


Russia: Revolution and Civil War, 1917-1921 By Antony Beevor Cover Image
$38.00
ISBN: 9780593493878
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Published: Viking - September 20th, 2022

“Riveting . . . There is a wealth of new information here that adds considerable texture and nuance to his story and helps to set Russia apart from previous works.”—The Wall Street Journal

An epic new account of the conflict that reshaped Eastern Europe and set the stage for the rest of the twentieth century.


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Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel By Anthony Doerr Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781982168445
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Published: Scribner - September 27th, 2022

On the New York Times bestseller list for over 20 weeks * A New York Times Notable Book * A National Book Award Finalist * Named a Best Book of the Year by Fresh Air, Time, Entertainment Weekly, Associated Press, and many more

“If you’re looking for a superb novel, look no further.” —The Washington Post


The Sentence: A Novel By Louise Erdrich Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780062671134
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 6th, 2022

"Dazzling. . . . A hard-won love letter to readers and to booksellers, as well as a compelling story about how we cope with pain and fear, injustice and illness. One good way is to press a beloved book into another's hands. Read The Sentence and then do just that."—USA Today, Four Stars


Matrix: A Novel By Lauren Groff Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781594634505
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 6th, 2022

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

WINNER OF THE 2022 JOYCE CAROL OATES PRIZE

FINALIST FOR THE 2021 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION

One of Barack Obama's Favorite Books of 2021


The Magician: A Novel By Colm Toibin Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781476785097
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Published: Scribner - September 20th, 2022

A New York Times Notable Book, Critic’s Top Pick, and Top Ten Book of Historical Fiction

Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, NPR, Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg Businessweek

From one of today’s most brilliant and beloved novelists, a dazzling, epic family saga set a


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The Family Roe: An American Story By Joshua Prager Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781324036074
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 17th, 2023

Finalist for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction
Finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize
Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction
One of NPR's Best Books of 2021
A New York Times Notable Book of 2021
One of TIME's 100 Must-Read Books of 2021


Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone: A Novel (Outlander #9) By Diana Gabaldon Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781101885703
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Published: Bantam - September 13th, 2022

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Diana Gabaldon returns with the “vast and sweeping” (The Washington Post) new novel in the epic Outlander series.

War leaves nobody alone. Neither the past, the present, nor the future offers true safety, and the only refuge is what you can protect: your family, your friends, your home.


The Nine: The True Story of a Band of Women Who Survived the Worst of Nazi Germany By Gwen Strauss Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250853561
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 20th, 2022

"[A] narrative of unfathomable courage" —Wall Street Journal

The Nine follows the true story of the author’s great aunt Hélène Podliasky, who led a band of nine female resistance fighters as they escaped a German forced labor camp and made a ten-day journey across the front lines of WWII from Germany back to Paris.


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Beautiful Country: A Memoir of an Undocumented Childhood By Qian Julie Wang Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593313008
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Published: Anchor - September 27th, 2022

A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • The moving story of an undocumented child living in poverty in the richest country in the world—an incandescent debut from an astonishing new talent • A TODAY SHOW #READWITHJENNA PICK


Spirits of San Francisco: Voyages through the Unknown City By Gary Kamiya, Paul Madonna (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Gary Kamiya, Paul Madonna (Illustrator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781635579819
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 20th, 2022

The bestselling book from two prizewinning, critically acclaimed contemporary chroniclers of San Francisco-a rich, illustrated, idiosyncratic portrait of this great city-now in paperback.


Our Country Friends: A Novel By Gary Shteyngart Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984855145
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 6th, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GOOD MORNING AMERICA BUZZ PICK • ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New York Times Book Review, Financial Times, The Washington Post, Time, Los Angeles Times, New York Post, Town & Country, Good Housekeeping, Kirkus Reviews


The Family Izquierdo: A Novel By Rubén Degollado Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393866827
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 6th, 2022

A Kirkus Reviews Most Anticipated Book of the Fall

A masterful debut that weaves together the lives of three generations of a Mexican American family bound by love, and a curse.


Year of the Tiger: An Activist's Life By Alice Wong Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593315392
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Published: Vintage - September 6th, 2022

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • ONE OF USA TODAY'S MUST-READ BOOKS This groundbreaking memoir offers a glimpse into an activist's journey to finding and cultivating community and the continued fight for disability justice, from the founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project