Book Groups

Class: Steve Stein - Food and Culture Book Group

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 3:00pm
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Four Mondays: Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9, 2019 & Jan. 13, 2020 • 3:00 – 5:00 pm • Tuition: $100

Three of our four fall  books take us to foreign lands in search of answers to the familiar question: how shall food and dining enhance life’s enjoyment? The third book - by Alice Waters - addresses the same matter, but more locally.

(Note that the book list has changed since the July/August newsletter was published.)

  • October:      The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist
                        Who Transformed What America Eats
    - Daniel Stone 
  • November:  Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India - Jeffrey Madhur
  • December:  Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook - Alice Waters
  • January:      Food Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 Extraordinary Places to Eat Around the
                        Globe
    (National Geographic Anthology)

The moderator, Steve Stein, The moderator, Steve Stein, worked in the food and lodging industry for many years. He now spends more time reading and writing than booking room reservations or planning events.

The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101990599
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Published: Dutton - February 5th, 2019

The true adventures of David Fairchild, a late-nineteenth-century food explorer who traveled the globe and introduced diverse crops like avocados, mangoes, seedless grapesand thousands more—to the American plate.


Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781400078202
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Published: Vintage - October 9th, 2007

The enchanting autobiography of the seven-time James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and acclaimed actress who taught America how to cook Indian food.


Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307718297
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Published: Clarkson Potter - May 22nd, 2018

The New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed memoir from cultural icon and culinary standard bearer Alice Waters recalls the circuitous road and tumultuous times leading to the opening of what is arguably America's most influential restaurant.
 


Food Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 Extraordinary Places to Eat Around the Globe Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781426205071
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Published: National Geographic - October 20th, 2009

For pure pleasure, few experiences are as satisfying as a chance to explore the world’s great culinary traditions and landmarks—and here, in the latest title of our popular series of illustrated travel gift books, you’ll find a fabulous itinerary of foods, dishes, markets, and restaurants worth traveling far and wide to savor.


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Class: Pamela Feinsilber - Meet the Author Book Group

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
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Four Mondays: Sep 23, Oct 21, Nov 18 & Dec 16, 2019 • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm • Tuition: $100

We’ll have intimate conversations with the authors of... a life-affirming novel about an obese parent who wants to make his son's suicide "mean something" by losing 200 pounds; ten powerful, subtle stories—"imagine [Elena] Ferrante telling a family's story from prismatic perspectives"—spanning 30 years; a bold, "often bleak but poignant" tale of a woman who tries to escape terrible wartime events in a San Francisco bookstore; and an acclaimed, "keenly observed" debut novel in which a frazzled new mother flees to the high desert with her baby. Pamela Feinsilber is a Path to Publishing editor, book editor, and freelance writing consultant.

  • September: The Weight of Him - Ethel Rohan
  • October:      My Old Faithful: Stories - Yang Huang
  • November:  Through the Bookstore Window - Bill Petrocelli
  • December:  The Golden State - Lydia Kiesling

Pamela Feinsilber is a Path to Publishing mentor, book editor, and freelance writing consultant.

The Weight of Him: A Novel Cover Image
$34.99
ISBN: 9781250092120
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 14th, 2017

"Deeply moving and memorable." —Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist and Hunger

"First-time novelist Rohan shows impressive acuity in portraying the many facets of Billy's and his family's grief." --Booklist


My Old Faithful (Juniper Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781625343369
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Published: University of Massachusetts Press - March 23rd, 2018

Showing both the drama of familial intimacy and the ups and downs of the everyday, My Old Faithful introduces readers to a close-knit Chinese family. These ten interconnected short stories, which take place in China and the United States over a thirty-year period, merge to paint a nuanced portrait of family life, full of pain, surprises, and subtle acts of courage.


Through the Bookstore Window Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781945572906
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Published: Rare Bird Books, a Vireo Book - March 13th, 2018

"I don't know if I sought out bookselling, or whether bookselling sought me out. But when you are hiding from a past that can blow up in your face at any minute, immersing yourself in the stories of others may be a good place to hide."


The Golden State: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250238115
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Published: Picador - September 3rd, 2019

NATIONAL BOOK FOUNDATION 5 UNDER 35 PICK. LONGLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION'S FIRST NOVEL PRIZE.


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Class: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics Book Group - Friday (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, September 13, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
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Five Fridays: Sep 13, Oct 11, Nov 15, Dec 13, Jan 17 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $125 

Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. (Due to the large number of people registering, Pat has added a new Friday class. Book group members register for Tuesday or Friday.)  

September 13
Milkman - Anna Burns

October 11
Fever Dream - Samanta Schweblin

November 15
There There - Tommy Orange

December 13
Kudos - Rachel Cusk

January 17
Idaho - Emily Ruskovich

Pat Holt is the former book review editor of the SF Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

Milkman: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450000
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - December 4th, 2018

Winner of the Man Booker Prize

“Everything about this novel rings true. . . . Original, funny, disarmingly oblique and unique.”—The Guardian


Fever Dream: A Novel Cover Image
By Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell (Translated by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399184604
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 6th, 2018

"Genius." —Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker

"Samanta Schweblin’s electric story reads like a Fever Dream." —Vanity Fair

Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize!

Experience the blazing, surreal sensation of a fever dream...


There There Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525436140
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2019

National Bestseller

One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year

One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post, NPR, Time, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe
 
Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award


Kudos: A Novel (Outline Trilogy #3) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250207395
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Published: Picador - April 2nd, 2019

New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books of 2018 Amazon Editors' Top 100 of 2018

Rachel Cusk, the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of Outline and Transit, completes the transcendent literary trilogy with Kudos, a novel of unsettling power.


Idaho: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812984460
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 7th, 2017

LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER • A stunning debut novel about love and forgiveness, about the violence of memory and the equal violence of its loss—from O. Henry Prize–winning author Emily Ruskovich


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Class: Steven Stein - Food and Culture Book Group (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
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4 Mondays: June 17, July 15, Aug. 19, Sept. 16 • 3:00 – 5:00 pm • $100

“To eat well is to live well’ is a familiar saying that comes fairly close to the mark. The group continues its exploration of writers who’ve had lots to say about dining in and dining out - past and present. Newcomers welcome!

June 17
The Gourmand’s Way - Justin Spring

July 15 
An Edible History of Humanity - Tom Standage

August 19 
The Tummy Trilogy - Calvin Trillin

September 16 
Heat - Bill Buford

Steve Stein spent over 30 years in the food and lodging industry, and currently spends a little too much time dining around.

The Gourmands' Way: Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780374538019
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 16th, 2018

A Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction Book of 2017 and a Christian Science Monitor Best Book of 2017. Winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Award in Culinary History.


An Edible History of Humanity Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780802719911
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - May 3rd, 2010

The bestselling author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses charts the enlightening history of humanity through the foods we eat.


The Tummy Trilogy: American Fried; Alice, Let's Eat; Third Helpings Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780374524173
Availability: Backordered
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 30th, 1994

In the 1970s, Calvin Trillin informed America that its most glorious food was not to be found at the pretentious restaurants he referred to generically as La Maison de la Casa House, Continental Cuisine.


Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781400034475
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Published: Vintage - June 26th, 2007

A highly acclaimed writer and editor, Bill Buford left his job at The New Yorker for a most unlikely destination: the kitchen at Babbo, the revolutionary Italian restaurant created and ruled by superstar chef Mario Batali.


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Class: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics Book Group - Tuesday (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 10:30am
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Five Tuesdays: Sep 10, Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 10, Jan 14 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $125 

 

This class is full and has been closed. Go here to register for the Friday Contemporary Classics Book Group also offered by Pat Holt.

 

Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. (Due to the large number of people registering, Pat has added a new Friday class. Book group members register for Tuesday or Friday.)  

September 10 
Milkman - Anna Burns

October 8
Fever Dream - Samanta Schweblin

November 12
There There - Tommy Orange

December 10
Kudos - Rachel Cusk

January 14
Idaho - Emily Ruskovich

Pat Holt is the former book review editor of the SF Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

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Class: Carol Benet - Potpourri of Literary Prizes Book Group (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
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Five Mondays: Sep 16, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16, & Jan 20 • 1:00 - 3:00 pm • $130

The book group, led by Carol Benet, will read and discuss these books:

September 16
The Moor's Account - Laila Lalami  (AmericanBook Award & Arab American Book Award)

October 21
Milkman: A Novel - Anna Burns  (Booker Prize)

November 18
The Friend - Sigrid Nunez  (National Book Award)

December 16
Flights - Olga Tokarczuk  (National Book Award)
(The book shown below is the hardcover version. A paperback verson is due out in August 2019.)

January 20
Solar Bones - Mike McCormack  (IMPAC Award) 

Carol Benet received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley where she won an Outstanding Teaching Award. Carol Benet has been teaching her popular classes on literary awards at Book Passage for more than 25 years.  

The Moor's Account Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780804170628
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - August 18th, 2015

**PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST**
**NOMINATED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE**
**WINNER OF THE AMERICAN BOOK AWARD**

A New York Times Notable Book
A Wall Street Journal Top 10 Book of the Year
An NPR Great Read of 2014
A Kirkus Best Fiction Book of the Year


Milkman: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450000
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - December 4th, 2018

Winner of the Man Booker Prize

“Everything about this novel rings true. . . . Original, funny, disarmingly oblique and unique.”—The Guardian


The Friend: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735219458
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019

WINNER OF THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

ONE OF THE VIEW'S SUMMER READ 2019 PICKS!

"A beautiful book … a world of insight into death, grief, art, and love." —Wall Street Journal


Flights Cover Image
By Olga Tokarczuk, Jennifer Croft (Translated by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525534198
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 14th, 2018

2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST FOR TRANSLATED LITERATURE
WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE
NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2018 BY ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, THE WASHINGTON POST, BOSTON GLOBE, LITHUB AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 WARWICK PRIZE FOR WOMEN IN TRANSLATION


Solar Bones Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781616959531
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Soho Press - August 7th, 2018

Longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize
Winner of the Goldsmiths Prize
Winner of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year 
An Irish Times Book Club Choice


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Class: Steven Stein - Food & Culture Book Group (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, January 7, 2019 - 7:00pm

Four Mondays; Jan. 7, Feb. 4, Mar. 4, & Apr. 1, 2019 • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm • $100

The foods we choose, and the places we dine say a lot about how we live. This group will read four quite different books - each with an entertaining and informative narrative - that focus on food and dining, and their impacts on society.

Steve Stein spent over thirty years in the food and lodging industry before turning his attention to finance and economics. He’s probably also spent too much time at the dinner table.

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143038580
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - August 28th, 2007

One of the New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the Year

Winner of the James Beard Award

Author of How to Change Your Mind and the #1 New York Times Bestsellers In Defense of Food and Food Rules


Ten Restaurants That Changed America Cover Image
By Paul Freedman, Danny Meyer (Introduction by)
$23.95
ISBN: 9781631494987
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - October 23rd, 2018

A Washington Post Notable Book of the Year
A Smithsonian Best Food Book of the Year
Longlisted for the Art of Eating Prize

Featuring a new chapter on ten restaurants changing America today, a "fascinating . . . sweep through centuries of food culture" (Washington Post).


The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780446698979
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Twelve - March 23rd, 2009

If you think McDonald's is the most ubiquitous restaurant experience in America, consider that there are more Chinese restaurants in America than McDonalds, Burger Kings, and Wendys combined. New York Times reporter and Chinese-American (or American-born Chinese). In her search, Jennifer 8 Lee traces the history of Chinese-American experience through the lens of the food.


The Art of Eating: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780764542619
Availability: Backordered
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - February 20th, 2004

RUTH REICHL
"Mary Frances [Fisher] has the extraordinary ability to make the ordinary seem rich and wonderful. Her dignity comes from her absolute insistence on appreciating life as it comes to her."

JULIA CHILD


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Class: Pat Holt - Norwegian by Night (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 10:30am

Tuesday July 10 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $35


Join Pat’s book group for a lively discussion about Norwegian By Night. 

“This charming debut has the brains of a literary novel and the body of a thriller.” - SUSANNAH MEADOWS, NYT
 

Norwegian by Night Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780544292666
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Published: Mariner Books - May 6th, 2014

Crime Writers Association John Creasey Dagger Award winner
 
An ECONOMIST TOP FICTION TITLE OF THE YEAR
A FINANCIAL TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
A GUARDIAN BEST CRIME AND THRILLER OF THE YEAR
A KIRKUS REVIEWS BEST CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR

“A soulful, humane, and sparklingly funny novel.


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Class: Bill Petrocelli - Provocative Histories Book Group (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 6:30pm

Four Thursdays; Mar. 15, Apr. 12, May. 10, & Jun. 14 • 6:30-8:30pm • $100

**Regsistration closed, please call 415 927-0960 for waitlist**

There’ve been a wealth of scholarly, readable, and provocative works of history published in recent years. This book group includes books that look at the impact of slavery on the British empire, the events leading up to the U.S, Constitution, the struggle over the U.S.’s first foreign war, and then the struggle over slavery that lead up to the Civil War.

Author and attorney Bill Petrocelli is co-owner of Book Passage. His latest novel is Through the Bookstore Window.

March
 Adam Hochschild - Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels
in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves


April
 Joseph J. Ellis - The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second
American Revolution, 1783-1789


May
Amy S. Greenberg - A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln,
and the U.S. Invasion of Mexico


June
Bruce Levine - The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil
War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South

Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780618619078
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Published: Mariner Books - February 10th, 2006

From the author of the widely acclaimed King Leopold's Ghost comes the taut, gripping account of one of the most brilliantly organized social justice campaigns in history -- the fight to free the slaves of the British Empire.


The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804172486
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Published: Vintage - May 3rd, 2016

In The Quartet, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Joseph Ellis tells the unexpected story of America’s second great founding and of the men most responsible—Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, John Jay, and James Madison:  why the thirteen colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themsel


A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307475992
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Published: Vintage - August 13th, 2013

Often forgotten and overlooked, the U.S.-Mexican War featured false starts, atrocities, and daring back-channel negotiations as it divided the nation, paved the way for the Civil War a generation later, and launched the career of Abraham Lincoln. Amy S.


The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812978728
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 2014

In this major new history of the Civil War, Bruce Levine tells the riveting story of how that conflict upended the economic, political, and social life of the old South, utterly destroying the Confederacy and the society it represented and defended.


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Class: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 10:30am

Five Tuesdays; Feb. 12, Mar. 12, Apr. 9, May. 14, &  Jun. 11 , 2019 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $125

February
Less - Andrew Sean Greer

March
home Fire - Kamila Shamsie

April
History of Wolves - Emily Fridlund

May
What We Lose - Zinzi Clemmons

June
The Overstory - Richard Powers

..........

Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Holt is the former book review editor of the S.F. Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316316132
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 22nd, 2018

A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of "arresting lyricism and beauty" (The New York Times Book Review).

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
National Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of 2017


Home Fire: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735217690
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 4th, 2018

“Ingenious… Builds to one of the most memorable final scenes I’ve read in a novel this century.” —The New York Times

WINNER OF THE 2018 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION


FINALIST FOR THE 2019 INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD

LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE


History of Wolves Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802127389
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Published: Grove Press - November 7th, 2017

Finalist for the Man Booker Award. Finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Winner of the GLCA New Writers Award for Fiction.


What We Lose: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735221734
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Published: Penguin Books - June 5th, 2018

A National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree
NBCC John Leonard First Book Prize Finalist
Aspen Words Literary Prize Finalist
California Book Award First Fiction Finalist
Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Debut Novel Nominee
Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction & the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize


The Overstory Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780393356687
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2019

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize
New York Times Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book and a Washington Post, Time, Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018


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