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The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett

Dunnett’s historical fiction reads like epic fantasy in its breadth of memorable characters, complex political intrigues, and extremely detailed world building. If you thought Game of Thrones was too dense, skip this one. If you want to hear a villainous rogue speaking in Shakesperean riddles while engaged in madcap adventures, this is your new favorite series! - Clara

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780525565246
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Published: Vintage - May 14th, 2019

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa

This is a heartbreaking dystopian novel set on an unnamed island oppressed under heavy surveillance. Objects from the island begin disappearing, and the memory police ensure physical objects vanish along with the people who remember them. Ogawa's writing is surreal and unsettling, but the eeriness is balanced by moments of beauty. - Natalie O.

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By Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder (Translated by)
$25.95
ISBN: 9781101870600
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Published: Pantheon - August 13th, 2019

Vietnamese Food Every Day by Andrea Nguyen

You can't go wrong with any of award-winning author Andrea Nguyen's outstanding cookbooks which are often a deep dive into a particular dish or ingredient (tofu, pho, bahn mi, dumplings). Nguyen is a fantastic teacher who makes even the most detailed recipes doable, but Vietnamese Food Any Day is perhaps her most accessible yet. (My 12-year-old daughter is even cooking from it!) By using ingredients that are commonly found at local grocery stores, Nguyen makes it easy to incorporate delicious Vietnamese food into busy weeknight cooking. From Shaking Beef to Rice Paper Rolls to Shrimp in Coconut Caramel Sauce, Nguyen shares quick dishes that don't compromise on flavor. This cookbook is a game-changer at our house, and will likely be at yours, too. - S.B.

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$24.99
ISBN: 9780399580352
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Published: Ten Speed Press - February 5th, 2019

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates has already established himself as an important cultural voice on race relations. Now with his first novel, he adds to the conversation in ways best left to provocative fiction, exploring the cascading damage done when enslaved families are sold away from each other. Hiram Walker is an orphan of this crime and this is his remarkable story of deciding to leave his situation and become involved as a singular conductor in a slightly mystical, still historical Underground Railroad. The result is a captivating, resonating read. - Melinda

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590597
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Published: One World - September 24th, 2019

Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry

This is a powerful character novel about two brutal Irish gangsters well past their prime. Maurice and Charlie have long corrupted and harmed themselves and those around them. They are now in search of Maurice’s daughter Dilly at the Spanish ferry terminal in Algeciras. In lyrical prose, Kevin Barry tells the story of how the life, loves, and fraught friendship of these two men brought them to this place. This is writing to savor and linger over with every turn of the page. - Trey

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ISBN: 9780385540315
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Published: Doubleday - September 17th, 2019

The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott

I couldn’t put this book down. Who doesn’t like spies? Especially if they are women trained as secretaries. Sally and Irina are drawn into the world of espionage at the height of the Cold War through the recently formed CIA. Their mission? Smuggling literature into Russia as a way to ignite democracy and a sense of freedom. I was fascinated by how these women moved between two worlds, working as secretaries during the day and involved in clandestine operations after hours. - Laurel Maxwell, Bookshop Santa Cruz Bookshop Ambassador

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780525656159
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Published: Knopf - September 3rd, 2019

The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

How do you see? How do you see strength? Evil? Resilience? Tragedy? Hope? Hopelessness? Love? Lefteri asks these questions in The Beekeeper of Aleppo. This story is about a young man, Uri, his wife Afra, and their escape from war-torn Aleppo. They experience the unimaginable loss of war and it’s up to Uri to get all he has left—his wife—to the safety of the UK. Uri and Afra are gentle people and so is the book. It doesn’t hide the horrors the two suffer, but the revelations of these atrocities are veiled and tragic, not bloody or graphic. The text reflects Uri’s spirit and perspective. Lefteri spent time volunteering in refugee camps and has worked with refugees in the UK. Her deep knowledge of their plight, both acute and long term, has produced an empathetic account of survival and love. This is a must-read. - Judi Heher, Bookshop Santa Cruz Book Group Amabassador

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ISBN: 9781984821218
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Published: Ballantine Books - August 27th, 2019

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

Fans of Strout’s Olive Kitteridge will be thrilled with this follow-up. Olive remains as brutally honest and irritable as ever, her world packed with complexities that befuddle and amuse her. The genius of Strout’s juicy prose is found in her characters and how their stories illustrate what it is to be human: vulnerable, sweet, disappointing, heartbreaking, heartwarming. We recognize ourselves and our neighbors in these stories—and maybe our book group members, too! - Jennifer Wood, Bookshop Santa Cruz Book Group Ambassador

Don’t miss a special evening celebrating Olive, Again with A Literary Soirée with Elizabeth Strout on October 29th.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780812996548
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Published: Random House - October 15th, 2019

Arias by Sharon Olds

When Sharon Olds sings truth, whether on the global or the familiar, in the resistance or in the bedroom, one cannot help but listen. Arias is her 15th collection, and its voice and range speak just as fully to her particular mind and our current humanity (or lack thereof) as ever. Smart, evocative, and exacting, her work is one of my favorite lyrical lodestars, both expanding my boundaries and attending me home. - Melinda

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$18.95
ISBN: 9781524711603
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Published: Knopf - October 15th, 2019

Invisible Kingdom written by G. Willow Wilson illust. by Christian Ward

I’ve been a fan of G. Willow Wilson since the first Kamala Khan Ms. Marvel comics came out. Wilson is now blasting off into space, creating a world reminiscent of Saga, with intrigue, political chess games, and daring escapes across the galaxy. Christian Ward’s art is full of candy-jar colors, bringing this space epic to vibrating life. This is perfect for the comic book fan who wants to get into stories outside of the superhero genre. - J Gallo

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By G. Willow Wilson, Christian Ward (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781506712277
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Published: Berger Books - November 5th, 2019

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