Holiday Staff Picks 2022

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O Caledonia: A Novel By Elspeth Barker, Maggie O'Farrell (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Elspeth Barker, Maggie O'Farrell (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781668004616
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Scribner - September 20th, 2022

Misfit Janet navigates sibling rivalry, the judgment of her family, Calvinism, and her own bad reputation in this lyrically beautiful AND nicely grotesque novel-- the natural meeting of I Capture the Castle and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, with a dash of Roald Dahl. It starts and ends unhappily; there's no especially likeable characters; the mood is best described as squalid. The perfect book for a rotten, unlovable child turned wayward woman. -Emily


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Family Traits: The Fantastic Bestiary of a Father and His Sons By Thomas Romain, Itsuki Romain, Ryunosuke Romain Cover Image
$29.99
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ISBN: 9781772940923
Published: Udon Entertainment - March 26th, 2019

Courtesy of animator-illustrator Thomas Romain, the most wholesome art book you've ever seen. Each spread features an original character drawn and invented by one of his two young sons, and then his own depiction of the same character. Looking at the second drawing, you see Thomas's incredible talent, and his love for his children. Looking at the first, you see the enthusiasm and imagination he's nurtured in them. It's also impossible not to smile reading their respective descriptions (Romain the elder: "Like many artists of my generation, I find Akira Toriyama to be a big source of inspiration." Romain the younger: "The two left arms do normal attacks, and the two right arms specialize in magical attacks.") The perfect gift for any artist, however young or old. -Graham


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Night Fisher By R. Kikuo Johnson Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781683964704
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Fantagraphics - October 12th, 2021

Masterful brushwork; lived-in environments; chiaroscuro compositions that brilliantly balance richness and sparcity. Nail-biting scenes propelled by careful, deliberate pacing, brought to life with naturalistic dialogue and character acting. And a sense of place so strong that the island-paradise Hawaii of popular stereotype is completely flushed from your mind. It's truly hard to imagine this book is Johnson's first release, because every page is a masterclass on visual storytelling. Its nondidactic story, simple enough on the surface, churns with class tensions and adolescent confusion. Night Fisher leaves you with not much more than an incandescently vivid slice of life, like your own teenaged memories, compressed by the passage of time into raw, irreducible feeling. -Graham


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The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781536227796
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Candlewick - September 27th, 2022

Fantastic book about friendship and making the best of it in tough situations. Plus, record party in a wolf's belly. Wonderful illustrations. Love how Klassen draws animals. Look at the duck walk! -Joe


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The Whalebone Theatre: A novel By Joanna Quinn Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593321706
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Knopf - October 4th, 2022

In the years between wars, the Seagrave siblings - Cristobel, Flossie, and Digby - grow up in a Dorset manse. Fueled by Cristobel's imagination, they establish a summer theater in the skeleton of a beached whale. As WWII looms, all three serve in one way or another as undercover agents. All in all, a whale of a book that touches every emotion. -Jean


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Bread Head: Baking for the Road Less Traveled By Greg Wade, Rachel Holtzman Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9780393866742
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 27th, 2022

I'm obsessed with the art and science behind bread and yeast. I love how yeast from different landscapes tastes and feels different. Like terroir in wine. Bread Head covers multiple preferments, types of wheat, and dishes from around the globe! Check out the paratha recipe! I plan to spend my winter months heating my cozy apartment with the hearth of baked goods coming to life! And this book will definitely help! -Milan


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Night of the Living Rez By Morgan Talty Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781953534187
Availability: Not in Our Store - Available to Order
Published: Tin House Books - July 5th, 2022

These interconnected stories are beautifully written and deeply moving. The book and Morgan Talty deserved much more attention than they received.  For fans of Louise Erdrich and Tommy Orange… My favorite book of 2022. -Nick


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The Jesus Cow: A Novel By Michael Perry Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062289988
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Harper Perennial - May 17th, 2016

Perfect for everyone who moved away and misses the Midwest, fans of Kitchens of the Great Midwest and Lager Queens of Minnesota, and anyone looking for a funny but smart book. Harley Jackson just wants to enjoy his quiet farm life. But when a calf born on Christmas Eve arrives with the face of Jesus staring out from the pattern on its hide, Harley’s life is turned upside down. Soon he’s running a religious theme park in the middle of Wisconsin and wondering if he can ever have a normal Christmas again. Jesus Cow is a warm but clear-eyed ode to smalltown life and a laugh-out-loud funny visit to the loving heart of the Midwest. -David


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The Gospel According To Jesus Christ By José Saramago Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780156001410
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: HarperVia - September 28th, 1994

The Portuguese legend revises the New Testament in his ironic, free-wheeling style. Jesus isn't a buzzkilling paragon of morality, but a flesh and blood man full of desire, lust, and doubt. It's the kind of irreverent fun that would have the religious right breaking out their pitchforks, but fortunately they don't read novels in translation. If they actually gave Saramago's gospel a go, they'd have to reckon with the truth: it's an improvement on the source material. -Hank


NYTimes's Best Books of 2022

The New York Times has announced their Best Books of 2022, and we have almost all of them on our shelves! (The remaining one, An Immense World, is awaiting restock at time of writing.) These might become harder to keep stocked in the leadup to Christmas, so buy one today on our website and we'll set it aside for you. Alternatively, we have all of these titles marked in the store with special tags. If you missed any of these when they released, now you know they're definitely worth reading!

The Candy House: A Novel By Jennifer Egan Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781476716763
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Scribner - April 5th, 2022

Checkout 19: A Novel By Claire-Louise Bennett Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593420492
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Riverhead Books - March 1st, 2022

Demon Copperhead: A Novel By Barbara Kingsolver Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780063251922
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Harper - October 18th, 2022

The Furrows: A Novel By Namwali Serpell Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593448915
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Hogarth - September 27th, 2022

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

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

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

Strangers to Ourselves: Unsettled Minds and the Stories That Make Us By Rachel Aviv Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374600846
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 13th, 2022

Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation By Linda Villarosa Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385544887
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Doubleday - June 14th, 2022

We Don't Know Ourselves: A Personal History of Modern Ireland By Fintan O'Toole Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781631496530
Availability: Backordered
Published: Liveright - March 15th, 2022

Michelle Obama's "The Light We Carry" is available now!

 

Michelle Obama's new book of 'powerful stories and practical wisdom for staying balanced in an uncertain world' is on our shelves now! The Light We Carry is sure to be the big holiday dinner table conversation book this year--don't miss it!

 

The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times By Michelle Obama Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780593237465
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Crown - November 15th, 2022

Up All Night to Get Spooky

Obligatory though it may be, every year we jump at the chance to compile a list of horror novels, spooky children's books, spine-tingling comics, and other Halloween-flavored miscellany. Personally, I've found myself reading more and more horror in the past few years, even as (or perhaps because) our waking reality has proved so frequently terrifying. We are thrilled to share some of our favorite scary reads, and we promise that they will thrill you too.

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Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead By Barbara Comyns, Brian Evenson (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Barbara Comyns, Brian Evenson (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780984469314
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Dorothy, a publishing project - November 1st, 2010

Honk if you love ergot poisoning! -Emily


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The Last House on Needless Street By Catriona Ward Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250812643
Availability: Not in Our Store - Available to Order
Published: Tor Nightfire - September 20th, 2022

It won't just be the numerous reveals that leave your head spinning after this book, but the fascinating, exquisitely-voiced narrators (including ,yes, the gay Christian housecat). If you want a straightforward horror-thriller you might be disappointed, but if you're looking for something strange, disturbing, and beautiful you'll enjoy your time in this house. -Graham


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Fever Dream: A Novel By Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell (Translated by) Cover Image
By Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399184604
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Riverhead Books - March 6th, 2018

A dialogue between a dying mother and a boy who is dead or alive or a ghost or imaginary. Schweblin's narrative unspools in a continuous, unbroken thread of paragraphs, with phrases repeating like banshee chants. Fever Dream is an irreducible work, the kind that lingers in your mind far longer than any mere mass of words should. -Hank


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Cold Hand in Mine By Robert Aickman, Reece Shearsmith (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Robert Aickman, Reece Shearsmith (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780571311743
Availability: Backordered
Published: Faber & Faber - August 9th, 2016

Aickman is unsung, as 20th-Century horror writers go. Maybe he was an influence on your favorite horror writer, or on their favorite. But his work holds up shockingly well, feeling contemporary in its inscrutability. Governed by slow-building, subcutaneous dread rather than any particular logic or lore, these stories climax in quiet, inexplicable tableaus that stay burned in your mind. I'm just getting into Aickman so I can't tell you which of his other collections might be a better entry point, but I can tell you this one worked just fine for me. -Graham


Spontaneous Human Combustion By Richard Thomas Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781684427543
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Keylight Books - February 22nd, 2022

What Moves the Dead By T. Kingfisher Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250830753
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Tor Nightfire - July 12th, 2022

The Only Good Indians: A Novel By Stephen Graham Jones Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982136468
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Gallery / Saga Press - January 26th, 2021

Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke And Other Misfortunes By Eric LaRocca Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781803361499
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Titan Books - September 6th, 2022

There's a Ghost In This House By Oliver Jeffers Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780593466186
Availability: Not in Our Store - Available to Order
Published: Philomel Books - November 2nd, 2021

They Drown Our Daughters By Katrina Monroe Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781728248202
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Poisoned Pen Press - July 12th, 2022

Tomie: Complete Deluxe Edition (Junji Ito) By Junji Ito Cover Image
$34.99
ISBN: 9781421590561
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: VIZ Media LLC - December 20th, 2016

The Liminal Zone (Junji Ito) By Junji Ito Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781974726448
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: VIZ Media LLC - July 26th, 2022

Super-Dimensional Love Gun By Shintaro Kago Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781634429429
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Denpa Books - June 25th, 2019

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