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Just Last Night: A Novel by Mhairi McFarlane - Book Review

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780063036857
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 4th, 2021

What a beautiful, carefully written piece based around the decades-long bond of four friends, the secrets, tension and vying hidden underneath, and what happens when tragedy strikes the group in a sudden and shocking way. We specifically follow Eve, a thirty-something goth girl who’s been in love with her friend Ed for as long as she can remember, and see her grow through the grief she’s suffering from. There is romance but not where you’d expect it, so at the heart of this story is how Eve grows beyond the confines of her little squad and learns to love herself first, above all else. I couldn’t put this one down! ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: A Novel by Olga Tokarczuk - Book Review

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By Olga Tokarczuk, Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525541349
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 11th, 2020

"One day we shall all be nothing more than corpses." This book asks to whose life do we assign value; if to humans, which humans; if to animals, which animals. Surprisingly warm and light, this book is unlike anything else. ~ Reviewed by Arabella Peterson


The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire - Book Review

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$19.95
ISBN: 9781603090742
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - August 7th, 2012

A graphic novel that is curiously eery, sentimental, and reminiscent of an episode of the Twilight Zone. Underwater Welder is another triumph from Jeff Lemire filled with his hauntingly beautiful illustrations, and a definite must read for fans of his other work ~ Reviewed by Samantha Beitler.


Nutshell: A Novel by Ian McEwan - Book Review

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780525431947
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Published: Anchor - May 30th, 2017

A delightful retelling of Shakepseare's Hamlet, Nutshell is a wild ride told from the unlikely perspective of a 9 month old fetus. In between listening to podcasts on current events, or choosing between his favorite blends of wine, the unnamed narrator learns about and attempts to stop the murder of his father at the hands of his mother Trudie, and his devious uncle Claude. Filled with prose that's both hilarious and poignant, Nutshell is unlike anything I've ever read in the best way possible. ~ Reviewed by Samantha Beitler


A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot #1) by Becky Chambers - Book Review

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$20.99
ISBN: 9781250236210
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Published: Tordotcom - July 13th, 2021

The first, in what I hope is a long series. Chambers' writing is a delight, and they really ask the big questions of life in this novel. One day a Tea Monk embarks on a journey into the wilderness, to seek out the sound of crickets. They find more than they bargained for, when they meet up with a robot, something they had believed to live only in the realm of myth and stories. The robot is on a mission to find out “what do people need?”, and that’s where the adventure begins. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara - Book Review

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780804172707
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Published: Anchor - January 26th, 2016

A phenomenally written character study of four college friends, following them throughout their lives. The story centers around Jude, a lawyer with a mysterious past that is slowly unraveled. Jude’s story is heartbreaking and tragic to the highest degree-it is a harrowing and deeply upsetting read. The redemption of A Little Life, however, comes from the stunning portrayal of genuine camaraderie and the importance of meaningful connections in our lives. The brutality of Jude’s story only further exaggerates the value of companionship and love, and highlights the high moments in each characters’ lives. Read with caution because this book will wreck you. ~ Reviewed by Madison Gallup


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