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The Boy in the Earth Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781616958954
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Published: Soho Crime - April 24th, 2018

Yeah. This book is phenomenal. A few pages in, I wasn't sure if I would keep going. I would have missed out on an experience I won't soon forget. The amount of tenderness evoked by such a dark, violent narrative is a true testament to a great writer's ability to create empathy. - randy


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Tin Man Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780735218727
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 15th, 2018

As tragic as parts of this story are, you can always feel the bright yellow light that binds Ellis and Michael together. Beautiful and well written, Tin Man is a great read. - randy


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Scribe Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978181
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 2nd, 2018

What did I just read? Part post-apocalyptic nightmare, part ghost story, part Hatfields & McCoys, and totally awesome! - randy


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The Bear and the Paving Stone (Japanese Novellas #5) Cover Image
By Toshiyuki Horie, Geraint Howells (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781782274377
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Published: Pushkin Press - July 3rd, 2018

Fantastic read! The direct, simple description of the banal is perfectly balanced with the rich, deep examination of personal and familial history. The Bear and the Paving Stone is a superb example of storytelling with the beautiful, strong prose expected from the Akutagawa Prize winner. - randy


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Lake Success Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812997415
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Published: Random House - September 4th, 2018

Totally disgraced, middle-aged, self-absorbed hedge fund manager abandons his family and takes a Greyhound bus cross-country in search of his college sweetheart during the 2016 election? Ridiculously funny. And per usual, Shteyngart has his thumb on often ludicrous and always true pulse of our times. - randy


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Brother Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781635572049
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - July 31st, 2018

Francis has all the attributes -  loyalty, compassion, strength, defiance, love, etc., of someone we should all want in our lives. Unfortunately, in his world, they are not always valued.  With a devastating narrative, Chariandy creates a story that burrows in deep and will stay with you for a long time. It's absolutely beautiful! - randy


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Cove Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781936787845
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Published: Catapult - April 10th, 2018

A man slips out to sea with his father's ashes leaving only a note that says "Pick salad x". As a storm approaches, he's caught too far from shore and is struck by lightning. Suddenly, he finds himself adrift with no land in sight, he has no idea how long he's been unconscious, and he can't feel his arms. Intense, harrowing, beautiful, and great! - randy


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Random House Reader's Circle) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385341004
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Published: Dial Press - May 5th, 2009

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McGlue (Fence Modern Prize in Prose) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781934200858
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Published: Fence Books - November 4th, 2014

You find yourself locked in quarters. Your body is screaming for alcohol. You're several months from port. You just killed your only friend and everyone wants justice. You probably deserve it. A dark, twisted tale of a friendship and alcohol. Two thumbs up! - randy


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The Fifth Wall Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781574232288
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Published: Black Sparrow Press - May 15th, 2017

Sheila has always been ambivalent about her family. On a trip home to visit friends, she sets out to surprise her mother only to witness the most awful death you could imagine - her mother's suicide. And that's just the prologue. How do you deal with grief and PTSD at the same time? You set up a camera and film the slow destruction of your home. One of the most moving books I've read. - randy


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Man in the Dark Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780312428518
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Published: St. Martins Press-3pl - April 28th, 2009

As the weird world rolls on.

What parts of our lives are fated and for what parts do we own responsibility? With crazy great prose, Auster packs a lot into this little book. So many stories spread throughout the narrative, and they are all wonderful and with great purpose. Entirely enjoyed, and really, I loved this book! - randy


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The Sparrow (Ballantine Reader's Circle) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780449912553
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 8th, 1997

What a magnificent achievement! Led by the Jesuits, a group of scientists take off on an asteroid to make contact. We’ve found a planet with 2 species of “sentient” beings with souls to save. Russell doesn’t flinch when asking the moral questions we’re afraid to answer. And the “twist” at the end is mind blowing! - randy


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Neon in Daylight Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781936787753
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Published: Catapult - January 9th, 2018

 

Not just another escape to New York to avoid your life story. Solid prose and I loved the characters. Kate becomes involved with both Inez, a 19 year old prescription drug dealer, and Bill, a writer with only one, very successful title from some 20 years earlier. I really liked this story, and the ending is not quite expected. - randy


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Ultraluminous Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780374279660
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Published: MCD/Farrar Straus and Giroux - December 5th, 2017

K is an escort with a heroin addiction who has just returned to New York after working for 7 years in Dubai. In what will be her one last year, she seeks out clients in the world of high finance, she falls in love with a veteran, and she remembers her time spent with the Sheikh, a bomb maker for hire. I was floored by the raw emotion evoked by the directness of Faw’s prose. And the last 5 pages are jaw dropping! - randy's December Staff Pick, 2017


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Elmet Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616208424
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Published: Algonquin Books - December 5th, 2017

This is a great read. I found myself totally entranced by both the characters and the scenery. And the writing is beautiful. I'm stilling mulling over Vivien at the end. Does she know Danny will take off after his sister or is it just a convenient way to explain why Danny takes off looking for Cathy? I love having something to think through after finishing a story! - randy


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The Power Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316547611
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 10th, 2017

Wow! I can’t count how many times I said Wow! as I was reading The Power. This is an in your face look at what the world would be if women developed the ability to generate electricity with their bodies. It’s more than that though. It’s a look at what power is, how power is used, and why power is abused. Here’s a hint: there’s no one, easy answer. And it’s a fast, thrilling read with an ending that totally flips the script. - randy


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Uncommon Type: Some Stories Cover Image
$21.56
ISBN: 9781101946152
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 17th, 2017

Wow! Here is a collection of stories that are at times funny, often moving, and all are really, really good, if not great. Welcome to Mars is perhaps my favorite. It’s Kirk’s 19th birthday and he joins his father to go surfing in what turns out to me a defining day in his life. And then there’s Alan Bean Plus Four which is a hilarious telling of a journey 4 friends take to the moon. Read it. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by Tom Hanks as a writer. -randy's November Staff Pick, 2017


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Manhattan Beach Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781476716749
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 5th, 2018

With incredibly well-developed characters and an absorbing story that often reads like a thriller, Manhattan Beach is amazingly beautiful. Anna works in the Brooklyn Naval Yard as a diver during WWII. She’s lost her father, and as she becomes entangled with Dexter, a club owner, her mother moves back to the Midwest. She is fiercely independent and is one of the best characters I’ve read in a long time! There’s a reason Jennifer Egan won the Pulitzer. - randy


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Exit West Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735212206
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 27th, 2018

One of the most lyrical novels I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Nadia and Saeed are falling in love during the final throes of a civil war. They decide to leave. In doing so, they have to deal with all they are leaving behind and all they will encounter as they cross the globe. It was no surprise that it is a finalist for the Man Booker Prize. It’s my favorite to win! - randy


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Solar Bones Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781616958534
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Published: Soho Press - September 12th, 2017

It’s All Souls Day and the spirit of Marcus Conway is revisiting his life. I was totally absorbed by the depth of the connection between the corporeal and visceral in his memories of his family, his work, and his home. This is a story I felt much deeper than what I was able to see on the page. A really beautiful read that has been long listed for the Man Booker for a reason! - randy


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The Transmigration of Bodies Cover Image
By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781908276728
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Published: And Other Stories - July 5th, 2016

A dark, gritty read that I loved! And I'm not so sure it's dystopian as much as it is a drama reminiscent of Shakespeare. - randy


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

Such an engrossing read. Fifteen year old Linda forms a strong bond with Paul and his mother Patra as they hurdle towards a family tragedy. Set in the northern woods of Minnesota, Linda is navigating the world on her own and is marked for life by the choices she makes as well as the choices of others. A great debut novel! - randy


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Lincoln in the Bardo Cover Image
By George Saunders, George Saunders (Read by), Nick Offerman (Read by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780553397574
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Published: Random House Audio Publishing Group - February 14th, 2017

One of the most ambitious novels I’ve listened to, this is a creative and a wonderful imagining of the day of and the days following Willie Lincoln’s death. During a couple of visits to Willie’s tomb, Lincoln causes a great stir amongst the many souls living in a sort of purgatory and trapped in the cemetery. A very moving story about accepting the harder times in life and very apropos of the challenges Lincoln faced as president. With a wonderful cast, Saunders first novel is a great listen! - randy


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Stephen Florida Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566895163
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Published: Coffee House Press - June 12th, 2018

At its core, Stephen Florida is a coming of age story. Losing his parents at 14, Stephen goes to live with his grandmother. Orphaned again when his grandmother dies of heart disease, he promises her that he’ll go to college and win a national championship. Stephen is an obsessive and Habash puts us in his mind and takes us for a wonderful, bumpy ride through his final season - a final season where family, love, and friendship begin to take their proper place in Stephen’s life…maybe. - randy


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Tuesday Nights in 1980 Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501121050
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - May 2nd, 2017

James has synesthesia and all the colors and flavors created by his senses make him the perfect art critic. Raul leaves Argentina for New York and discovers his talent. This is a beautiful story about Soho in 1980, and this is a beautiful story about building and repairing our lives. - randy


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The Lost Time Accidents Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250117984
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Published: Picador USA - February 14th, 2017

The Lost Time Accidents is Waldy's letter to a woman with whom he is obsessed. The letter is his family's history with the Lost Time Accidents, and the experimentation by Waldy's great uncle, The Black Timekeeper, with Holocaust victims. Along the way we meet his two reclusive aunts, his father - a science fiction writer who unwillingly becomes inspiration for a new religion based on the Lost Time Accidents, and Mrs. Haven, wife of the founder of this religion, and the intended recipient of this letter. This is not about time travel. It's about the hold families have on one another. And it's a great read! randy's February Staff Pick, 2017


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It Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781501142970
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Published: Scribner Book Company - January 5th, 2016

I was more than pleasantly surprised. While it is scary, it is a quite impressive feat of storytelling. Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with It, the Losers are summoned back to Derry, ME to finish It off. King does a beautiful job of weaving these 2 timelines together, and along the way, he shares tales from Derry’s past that seamlessly carry the story forward. A really beautiful story, if not horrifying at moments. - randy


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Ghachar Ghochar Cover Image
By Vivek Shanbhag, Srinath Perur (Translator)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780143111689
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Published: Penguin Books - February 7th, 2017

Beautifully written, Ghachar Ghochar is a wonderful novella with moments of familial affection as well as shocking moments of meanness. What happens when a family’s fortune turns for the better? Of course, there’s the better house in the better neighborhood, the better prospects for marriage, and the better job which isn’t really a job at all. But there’s also a shift in the family dynamic that muddies the water and leads to a disastrous ending. - randy


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The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594481529
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 6th, 2005

This is the story of broken hearted Phil who takes out his bitterness on the Inner Hornerites when they spill over the border because Inner Horner is only big enough for 1 of its 6 citizens. Phil ends up deposing the president of Out Horner and goes about dismantling the Inner Hornerites. Saunders'creative genius shines bright in this fable that unfortunately resembles our current situation a little too closely. - randy


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Insurrections: Stories (University Press of Kentucky New Poetry & Prose) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780813174402
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Published: University Press of Kentucky - July 20th, 2017

These 13 stories take place in the fictional Cross River, MD. A largely black town formed in the early 19th century following a slave revolt. My favorite story is “Juba”. On his way to a job interview with an accounting firm, the narrator is mistaken for the infamous drug dealer, Juba, and is arrested. He is released and decides to track Juba down and finds that Juba doesn’t just deal drugs but plays an important role in conserving the culture of Cross River. What starts out with a frank, in your face, scene becomes a very transforming story that I loved! - randy


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We Eat Our Own Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501128318
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Published: Scribner Book Company - September 6th, 2016

This book is wonderful. The story is compelling which is enough reason to love it but it's also a well crafted commentary about a darker side of humanity written with simply beautiful prose. You will love it! - randy


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Mikhail and Margarita Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781609453756
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Published: Europa Editions - March 14th, 2017

Set in 1930's Russia, Mikhail and Margarita is a story about love and trust and survival in the Moscow literary community. A community closely watched by Stalin himself. Ostensibly, this is about a love triangle, but its true strength and pleasure comes from how well each character's own story stands alone. I loved it! - randy


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Nutshell Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525431947
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Published: Anchor Books - May 30th, 2017

This is the story of a separated couple and their unborn child who also happens to narrate. It's mother is having an affair and planning the murder of it's father. The characters are richly developed, the perspective is totally original, and it is wonderfully quirky! - randy


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Universal Harvester Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250159991
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Published: Picador USA - February 6th, 2018

It’s impossible to heap too much praise on John Darnielle! After Wolf in White Van, I tempered my expectations for his second book. Shouldn’t have! Someone is splicing graphic images into VHS tapes at the Video Hut. Stephanie wants to know who’s doing it and Jeremy, hesitantly, agrees to help her find out who. Darnielle’s writing creates a perfectly pitched tension that puts you in the story from the get go. And once he has you, his most beautiful prose carries you through to the end. - randy


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Sweetbitter (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101911860
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Published: Vintage - April 4th, 2017

There are a lot of books about moving to New York to make it. Sweetbitter fits this description, however, it’s refreshing to have a protagonist who isn’t looking to “make” it. Tess just wants to start her life. And, of course, her first job is in a restaurant. She falls into many of the cliches of restaurant work but she knows it and that’s what makes Sweetbitter so fun and Tess a wonderful character. Read it. You won’t be disappointed. - randy


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ISBN: 9781632861146
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - May 3rd, 2016

Frances heads to Norway looking for some space. She’s just been dumped, graduated from college, and can’t bear the idea of moving back to the one bedroom, Manhattan apartment she grew up in. Yasha heads to Norway to honor his father’s last request - to be buried as far north as possible. Of course, they meet and fall in love but that’s a small bit of the story. They’re looking for their own piece of the world and there is no better place to start than the boundless sunshine and wide open space of Norway in the summer. - randy


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The Gate (New York Review Books Classics) Cover Image
By Natsume Soseki, William F. Sibley (Translator), Pico Iyer (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590175873
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Published: New York Review of Books - December 4th, 2012

In a time of great cultural upheaval in Japan, Sosuke and Oyone marry without their parents’ consent.  Sosuke’s younger brother comes to join them creating a bit of an existential crisis for Sosuke.  The Gate is a story about understanding one’s lot in life even if you may not be able to accept it. The prose is beautiful. It’s easy to feel the influence Soseki has had on Haruki Murakami.  No hyperbole here, this is one of my favorite books of all times. - randy


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ISBN: 9781250074713
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Published: Picador USA - September 1st, 2015

Wolf in White Van is Sean's story. Disfigured at 17, he lives a solitary life supplementing his insurance checks guiding people through Trace Italian, a role-playing game played through the mail that he created while in recovery. When two players take the game a little too seriously, Sean is held to account. As we move forward through Sean's experience, we're taken further back to the night that changed his life. John Darnielle does a masterful job weaving the present into the past. Another title long listed for the National Book Award that I love. - randy


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Margaret the First Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781936787357
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Published: Catapult - March 15th, 2016

Typically, I stay away from historical fiction unless it's about the 20th century. I'm very happy I overcame my bias. Margaret Cavendish was shy, a bit insecure, loyal, creative, brave and many more wonderful things. Dutton's prose is beautiful and I fully enjoyed the creative way she tells Mad Marge's story. A definitive recommend. - randy


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Let the Great World Spin Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812973990
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Published: Random House Trade - December 1st, 2009

Set against the backdrop of Philippe Petite’s amazing high-wire jaunt between the Twin Towers, Let the Great World Spin is a look into the lives of a disparate group of New Yorkers in the early 1970’s. Rich or poor, saved or damned, black or white, American or immigrant - McCann does a wonderful job of showing the connection we all have with one another. - randy


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Welcome to Braggsville: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062302137
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 8th, 2015

Daron (or D'aron or Da'ron depending on who's speaking) never feels comfortable in Braggsville, Georgia, so he heads to the University of California - "Berzerkley" where he joins an assorted group of personalities who refer to themselves as the "4 Indians". Daron finally finds a place that feels like home. And then they all decide to return to Braggsville for spring break to protest the annual Civil War reenactment. Johnson's satire is pitch perfect as he tackles the all to common stereotypes of the grand ole US of A. This book is funny. This book is unsettling. This book is important. -randy