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Adjustment Day Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393652598
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 1st, 2018

Startlingly relevant and endlessly entertaining, Chuck Palahniuk’s Adjustment Day will have you gasping, weeping, shaking in your booties and clenching the arms of your chair in anticipation. It is present-day America and things are bleak. A youth bulge - an influx of young males saturating the population - is making lawmakers and high-standing government officials nervous. Volatile and hungry for glory, youth bulges have been responsible for every economic downfall, bloody revolution, and mass tragedy in the history of the world. In an effort to cull this dangerous demographic, WWIII will be signed into existence right under the noses of the general public and bevies of young men will be sent to their bloody deaths. Little does the government know that a book has been circulating, “Adjustment Day,” and that it’s inciting anger and rebellion in the very youth they plan to massacre. Soon, Adjustment Day will be upon them, and there is nothing they can do to stop it.

- TIANNA


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A Noise Downstairs: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062678256
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Published: William Morrow - July 24th, 2018

AVAIL. 7/24/18

There are three things you need to know about Paul Davis. Firstly, he was brutally attacked by his friend - a friend he caught in the dead of night attempting to dispose of two mutilated bodies. Secondly, Paul has been hearing noises – noises that he shouldn’t be hearing, noises that no one else hears, noises that have no reasonable explanation. Lastly, nothing in his life is as it seems – not the murders that landed his colleague in jail and him in a therapist's office; not the typewriter his wife gave him as a gift to inspire him; not even the chronic memory problems he’s experienced since he was knocked out. Worse even, there’s a possibility he may never find out. Linwood Barclay’s A Noise Downstairs will have you guessing until the very last page just what is haunting the life of our broken protagonist.

- Tianna


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The Adulterants Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781941040874
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Published: Tin House Books - March 6th, 2018

Emotionally striking, heartbreaking, and equally as heart-warming, Joe Dunthorne's The Adulterants gives an insightful look into the intimacies of modern-day marriage and the flawed coping mechanisms of a pitifully dark-humored husband. We live through a series of breakneck stages - false security, uncertainty, fear, denial, mania - as Ray Morris unwittingly sabotages his own marriage, all the while remaining self-defyingly indifferent. The perfect example of a fairytale-gone-awry, The Adulterants will have you rooting for the resurrection of Ray’s seemingly brain-dead life, remaining dumbly optimistic as you watch his relationship become the public disaster he and his wife so often commiserated. 

- Tianna


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Pretend I'm Dead Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781501183935
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 15th, 2018

Hellaciously funny and unforgivably honest, Jen Beagin’s debut novel Pretend I’m Dead will strum your heartstrings and have you laughing maniacally in public. Mona, a painfully awkward and all-too relatable heroine, lives a sordid life cleaning other people’s houses, taking pictures, and making all the wrong decisions. Haunted by the memories of her morbid childhood and the subservient reality of her present-day life, she uproots herself and moves to Taos, New Mexico with only her own wry humor and Bob – a made-up deity standing in for God – to keep her company. With unforgettable characters, stark realism, and a hilarious look at the lives of those who are tumbling aimlessly towards their destiny, Pretend I’m Dead is a must-read for anyone who finds themselves laughing at all the wrong moments and crying when they should be happy.

- Tianna


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Heartbreaker Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525511731
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Published: Random House - August 21st, 2018

AVAIL. 8/21/18

Billie Jean Fontaine is the new world’s Caddy Compson and, likewise, Heartbreaker a sparkling, modern vision of William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury. Fiery, courageous, flawed; Billie is a wildly enigmatic and untamed feminine power that whirlpools the adoration, hatred, and awe of all those who cross her flaming path. Now she’s missing. Once known as the only woman to arrive on “the territory” - a small utopian township founded by a reclusive cult leader and frozen in the year of 1985 - she is now the only woman to have ever left as well. Told from three hypnotically vivid points of view, Heartbreaker will have you immersed in not only the strangeness of the town off the north highway but in the captivating personalities- and secrets- that inhabit it.

- Tianna


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Fever Dream Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399184604
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 6th, 2018

Samanta Schweblin has created what I can only call the singularly most silently unnerving, psychologically daunting novel I have had the pleasure of reading to date. Amanda is laying in a rural hospital bed with a young boy sitting beside her. He says his name is David. Something about him is strange, isn't it? But what is it? How did she get here? Who is he? Where is her daughter? Follow Amanda on a strange journey into her own psyche and watch in horror as she relives every grueling second leading up to the moment it all went wrong. Reading Fever Dream is like watching a nightmare in full consciousness; you can't stop it, you can't explain it, but you know there is something deathly wrong waiting for you. Fever Dream will instill in you a sense of helplessness so intense that it will take you weeks to shake it off.

- Tianna


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Cult X Cover Image
By Fuminori Nakamura, Kalau Almony (Translator)
$27.95
ISBN: 9781616957865
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Published: Soho Crime - May 22nd, 2018

The deep, dark depths of the human condition are explored at a remarkably dangerous scale in Fuminori Nakamura's latest novel, Cult X. What begins as a seemingly simple, missing-persons case turns into a wildly divergent journey that will have you critically thinking about your government, your society, and your own motivations by the time you finish the novel. With deceptions so real to fool all and characters whose true nature is a question even to themselves, you will never see your world the same again.

- Tianna


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Mister Tender's Girl Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781492656500
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - February 13th, 2018

Alice has done everything in her power to bury her horrifying past, and now it’s barreling towards her with the force of a thousand suns, threatening to consume the little normalcy she has fought so hard to construct. Brutally attacked when she was fourteen, she's haunted by “Mister Tender,” a fictional creation of her father’s, and by the catastrophic mess he left in his path. Now, years later, the demonic pop-culture character has returned, and once again is threatening her sanity and well-being. Mister Tender’s Girl will stop your heart dead in your chest and will have you questioning the motives of those close to you long after you turn the last page.

- Tianna


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All the Crooked Saints Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780545930802
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 10th, 2017

Bicho Raro is a sacred and mystical place; there you will find the Soria family, capable of performing miracles which manifest your darkest fears into tangible adversaries, and pilgrims, those who travel from miles around to have the Soria miracle performed upon them in the hopes that they will be able to conquer their inner turmoil once and for all. These two vastly different groups are not permitted to speak, lest a Soria’s darkness be brought upon them all by attempting to aid a pilgrim. However, when young Daniel Soria falls in love with a woman who bares her shame in the form of wet butterflies, he is unable to keep himself from running to her aid. When his darkness falls upon him it is left to the inhabitants of Bicho Raro to work together and find a way to conquer the ultimate taboo once and for all.

- Tianna


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No Saints in Kansas Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781616956837
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Published: Soho Teen - November 14th, 2017

Everybody loves a good book, but what if one of the most notorious true crime novels in literary history didn’t tell the whole story? In Amy Brashear’s reimagining of Truman Capote’s 1966 non-fiction novel detailing the murder of the Herb Clutter family (In Cold Blood) we are  privy to a whole new perspective. Carly Fleming, a city girl who is misplaced in a small Kansas farming community, struggles with the death of her secret friend, Nancy Clutter. Not only is she presented with the difficult task of being an outsider who is trying to deal with her grief in a close-knit community, she also is driven to prove the innocence of Nancy’s boyfriend, Bobby. However, the trouble she gets into with the local authorities and the turmoil she causes within her own family has nothing on the fury of the Holcomb, Kansas community when they learn that her father will be defending the real murderer in court. No Saints in Kansas is an imaginative spin on a classic and is a must-read for anyone who appreciates a little fiction with their true-crime history.

- Tianna


Great American Read

Josseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness Herman Melville, Moby Dick Great American Read John Kennedy Toole, Confederacy of Dunces Alice Walker, The Color Purple