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Hardback Fiction from our 2018 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2018 Summer Newsletter.

There There by Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange’s debut offers a contemporary glimpse of Native lives through a wide array of characters. There There lifts the figure of the Native American off the shrine built of white America’s guilt and sins. This novel has horror and rage and sadness and banality—and beauty, too: Orange writes of the humanity of his people who exist now: urban, dynamic, less “other,” more real. - Chorel

Don’t miss our free event with Tommy Orange at Bookshop Santa Cruz on June 18th, 2018.

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ISBN: 9780525520375
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Published: Knopf - June 5th, 2018

Circe by Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller is back, this time with a gorgeous story of Circe, the witch of ancient mythology. The writing is so juicy and delicious that it’s hard to tell if I’m falling under Circe’s spell or Miller’s. In a world so brutal, watching a woman forge her own path despite all odds inspired me and made me think hard about what we accept to be true and what might be known if we listen harder. - Jax 

Don't miss our June 13th, 2018 free book talk and signing with Madeline Miller for Circe.

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ISBN: 9780316556347
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 10th, 2018

The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

This deeply moving and gorgeously written narrative follows the intertwining stories of two young women: In 2011, Nour is a Syrian American girl who must escape the Syrian Civil War with her family, while 800 years earlier, Rawiya disguises herself as a boy and apprentices with the world’s best mapmaker in search of adventure. On the way, they find themselves walking similar paths through the Middle East and North Africa while they search for the meaning of family and home. - Stuart

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ISBN: 9781501169038
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Published: Atria Books - May 1st, 2018

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

Kushner’s new novel opens with the main character Romy Hall on the way to prison to serve a life sentence for murder. As much the story of Hall’s life in prison, it’s the story of her past—her childhood on the streets of San Francisco, her experiences as an exotic dancer, and the circumstances surrounding her crime. Kushner writes effortlessly, with compassion for people struggling to survive in modern California’s darkest corners. - Rico

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ISBN: 9781476756554
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Published: Scribner - May 1st, 2018

The Ensemble by Aja Gabel

I found a refracted reflection of myself in the lives of the four 20-something musicians at the center of Aja Gabel’s debut novel, The Ensemble. The alienation, hedonism, love, loss, and beautiful music in their lives is depicted with such ferocity that Gabel’s romantic yet sardonic prose began to whirl around in my head during the day’s quiet moments. If you liked Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere or Nell Zink’s Nicotine, you will like The Ensemble. - Gabe

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ISBN: 9780735214767
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 15th, 2018

Florida by Lauren Groff

Set in the steamy, seemingly dangerous landscape of Florida, Lauren Groff’s new stories play on the boundaries of humanity and wildness, the contradictions within human nature, and the conflicts faced by women in the assumed roles of motherhood and marriage. They are dark, exploratory, and as always with Lauren Groff, a thing of literary beauty. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9781594634512
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 5th, 2018

You Think It, I'll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld

What I love most about Curtis Sittenfeld is the sly truths she buries just below the amiable surface. These gems abound in her new short story collection, You Think It, I’ll Say It. Whether she is exploring a wronged woman doing wrong and then dwelling on it or the insecurity of being a new mother around the assurance of other new mothers, Sittenfeld writes life that is honestly, refreshingly real, and enjoyable, too. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9780399592867
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Published: Random House - April 24th, 2018

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

It’s been more than 25 years since Michael Ondaatje wrote the breathtaking novel The English Patient. In Warlight, two teens, Nathanial and Rachel, live in post–World War II London, where a cast of guardians watch them when their parents depart for foreign lands. Unbeknownst to them, their parents are fleeing because of the secret work they did during the war. “Mesmerizing from the first sentence, rife with poignant insights and satisfying subplots, this novel about secrets and loss may be Ondaatje’s best work yet,” says Publishers Weekly.

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ISBN: 9780525521198
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Published: Knopf - May 8th, 2018

Tin Man by Sarah Winman

Quite simply, this is a most lovely book. One that will quietly soothe the broken parts of your heart. From 1950 to 1996, from a British working-class town to Italy and back, this is about finding reasons to start living again when everything seems to have been lost. About rediscovering the joys in your past and the hope that there is more to come. Keep this one close and in your heart. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780735218727
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 15th, 2018

Last Stories by William Trevor

Trevor has long been one of my favorite short story writers. Like Thomas Hardy or Alice Munro, two writers he was often compared to, he could convey an entire life—its triumphs and sorrows—in a few deft sentences. When he died in 2016, the world lost one of its great artists. The stories collected here are the last he ever wrote. Each one makes clear the open-hearted, almost painful, compassion he felt for his characters. If you’ve yet to discover Trevor for yourself, this is a great place to start. - Rico

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ISBN: 9780525558101
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Published: Viking - May 15th, 2018


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