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The Great Glorious Goddamn of It All Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781335522535
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Published: Hanover Square Press - September 7th, 2021

At 99 years old, Weldon Applegate tells his coming of age story in classic tall-tale fashion. The son of a lumberjack, Weldon inherits the “Lost Lot,” a piece of seemingly untamable land desired by the infamous – and diabolical – Linden Laughlin, who will do anything to get what he wants. Set in the small town of Cordelia on the edge of modernization, be swept away to a place of old magic and legends amidst the snowy mountains, and follow Weldon as he fights to defend his family legacy. If you love a good yarn full of wit, charm, and poetic turns of phrase, then put this at the top of your booklist. 

-Rachel


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Nowhere Girl: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616208202
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 15th, 2021

Cheryl Diamond grew up on the run. Constantly moving countries, changing names, and dodging the law, the only source of stability in her life was her family. However, even this eventually becomes uncertain. In addition to exposing Diamond's unconventional upbringing, this memoir is an exploration of a family weighed down by secrets and generations of trauma. Deeply psychological, painfully honest, and in many ways stranger than fiction, Diamond shares her story with admirable vulnerability and a surprising amount of humor.

-Rachel


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ISBN: 9781250621191
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Published: Tor Books - May 25th, 2021

As one of the most highly anticipated fantasy books of 2021, my expectations were high, and I certainly was not disappointed. While struggling to thieve enough to repay his debts, our narrator, Kinch Na Shannack, meets a mysterious traveling soldier on a mission to the faraway East. The two forge an unlikely alliance and embark on an epic journey full of magic tattoos, intricate lore, flesh-hungry monsters, an adorable blind cat, and so much more. Buehlman allows his experience telling bawdy Irish tales at the Renaissance Faire to shine through Kinch’s voice in the best of ways; his humor and wit perfectly balance the tension-packed battle scenes and gruesome descriptions. Lovers of dark humor, unlikely heroes, and fantastical tales with elements of horror - this is a book you will not want to miss.

-Rachel


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Goodbye, Again: Essays, Reflections, and Illustrations Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062880857
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 20th, 2021

Who knew such meaning could be found in houseplants and scrambled eggs? In this collection of essays, short stories, and pen drawings, Sun brings new meaning to even the seemingly mundane and reveals his deeply personal experiences with anxiety, depression, and just being human. This book is for anyone who has ever felt lost in life; you are not alone, and will surely appreciate Sun’s raw honesty. Hilarious, heartbreaking, and just a tad hopeful, this book will leave you feeling sentimental and perhaps a bit less lonely.

-Rachel


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