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By Jesmyn Ward, Gina Triplett (Illustrator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781982131326
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Published: Scribner - April 7th, 2020

Two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward offers a stirring message of encouragement and empowerment in this lovely, slim volume of text and imagery. Navigate Your Stars is her electric 2018 commencement address at Tulane University finally in book form. Her own story of hard work and heartbreak before achieving success is grounded in the reality of frequent obstacles, while at the same time unapologetically hopeful. Her inspiring message of the importance of personal resiliency and the power of family bonds will be encouraging for graduates, job seekers, and anyone who is embarking on a new path or who simply needs affirmation that striving for a dream is worthwhile.

-Cindy


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Mrs. Mohr Goes Missing (A Zofia Turbotynska Mystery) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780358161462
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Published: Mariner Books - March 17th, 2020

Zofia Turbotynska is bored. As the wife of a professor in Cracow in 1893, she has certain gender and social expectations that she is at pains to exceed. She's also smart, energetic and, honestly, a busybody with no place to turn for intellectual stimulation. So when multiple residents of a local nursing home are found dead, Zofia is sure a murderer is on the premises and throws herself into investigating. Even though the local police department dismisses her discoveries, and her husband is blissfully clueless about what she does during the day, Zofia eagerly channels her intelligence and affinity for gossip into sleuthing. Set within the captivating atmosphere of Polish bourgeois society in the 1890s, this is an altogether entertaining and original whodunit. If Miss Marple were 40 years younger you'd have some idea of Zofia's determination and charm. This is the first of what are hopefully many Zofia Turbotynska mysteries!

-Cindy


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The Second Sleep: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525656692
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Published: Knopf - November 19th, 2019

In 1468, London priest Christopher Fairfax arrives in rural Axford, where the parish priest, Thomas Lacey, recently died. Fairfax plans to deliver the eulogy and leave, but soon realizes that Lacey may have been murdered. Fairfax knows England's history: in the distant past an apocalypse occurred, and the Church now holds complete authority over the country. Lacey, in a shockingly heretical act, owned books published before the apocalypse, and he may have been murdered because of the material he collected. Fairfax stays in Axford, both because he's obsessed with the forbidden information he's uncovering and also because he's attracted to a young widow. Her fiancé is a headstrong and brawny, the opposite of Fairfax, but becomes an indispensable factor in uncovering the unimaginable past. The Second Sleep is an audacious, genre-bending novel.

-Cindy


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$16.00
ISBN: 9781947845084
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Published: Ooligan Press - October 29th, 2019

Welcome to the small town of Odsburg, Wash., where mountain lions live in basements and a couple is so hungry they eat themselves, literally, out of house and home. Odsburg  is narrated by the only "socio-anthropo-lingui-lore-ologist" in existence, Wallace Jenkins-Ross. In transcripts of field recordings, candy wrappers and letters found in books, the surreal landscape of Odsburg takes shape and its inhabitants become whole. Ben Jemison sees people and objects as if they're burning, and believes that this isn't a disability but a metamorphosis. The "Existentialists In-Dependence Recovery and Support Group" credo says, in part, "I reach out for whatever stable surfaces might help to keep me upright and moving forward in a world...where everything seems so crumbly and chimeric and questionable." Odsburg, like Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor's little desert town of Night Vale, shows, through philosophical musing and existential uncertainty, the shared humanity and essential goodness of disparate people.

-Cindy


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$25.99
ISBN: 9781538556726
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Published: Blackstone Publishing - October 1st, 2019

Lyrical language and indigenous traditions elevate a typical dystopian road trip into something more nuanced. The story opens with hints of societal breakdowns caused by climate change. Archeologist Calliope Santiago is driving in New Mexico when long-dormant volcanoes erupt. Along with burning buildings, unbelievably, almost everyone disappears. Calliope, pregnant with twins, can't find her family. She and two surviving neighbors set out to search for their kin. Ghosts, dreams and murderous mythical creatures stalk the small group. None of it makes sense to Calliope, who doesn't believe in the Christian Rapture story but, as one indigenous survivor tells her, "The white man's bible is only one end-of-the world myth." This is an original, emotional story written by a master of imaginative language.

-Cindy


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The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780062889003
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 24th, 2020

If a faceless old woman lives in your home, never seen but injecting an almost imperceptible sense of unease into your life, you're probably a resident of the little desert town of Night Vale. In the newest story from the creators of the wildly popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale, the Faceless Old Woman recounts her story before she arrived in Night Vale. She had a blissful childhood in the Mediterranean hundred of years ago, but after tragedy struck she turned to a life of lawlessness and danger. When a trusted friend betrayed her, she vowed revenge--and this is what she's still seeking, centuries later, and Night Vale holds the key to her scheme. Certainly, listeners of the podcast will be delighted with this story, but readers who enjoyed Alice Isn't Dead and anyone looking for highly original adventure with a touch of the surreal will enjoy it as well.

-Cindy