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Fiction Recommendations

Olive, Again

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 Ambassador

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

Beekeepers of Aleppo

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 Ambassador

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

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

This book is devastating and perfect. The small moments and mistakes that ruin a family are masterfully examined in Ng's debut novel. Misunderstandings, expectations and misguided priorities strain the relationships of the Lee family to a breaking point. Ng's portrait of this web of decisions and consequences is so delicate and earned it never feels like it's exploiting its reader. - Tori

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ISBN: 9780143127550
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Published: Penguin Books - May 12th, 2015

Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Lois is lost, consumed by her job, her gastrointestinal distress, and not much else. A chance take-out ad begins a strange journey that involves spicy soup, robot arms, secret underground farmers' markets, San Francisco culinary legends (that are definitely NOT Alice Waters), ancient legends, folk music, and a whole lot of sourdough bread. A perfect (quirky) millennial fable. - Jocelyn

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Sourdough: or, Lois and Her Adventures in the Underground Market: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250192752
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Published: Picador - September 18th, 2018

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

A darkly humorous, compulsively readable exploration of normativity through the eyes of a content but maladjusted young woman who, despite societal pressures, is simply not wired to conform. Perfect for helping anyone who has ever felt they're not living "the right way" become convinced otherwise. - Ksenia

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ISBN: 9780802129628
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Published: Grove Press - September 17th, 2019

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

I was nervous about this one. Sequels can either be exciting and fulfilling, or a total let down, and I didn’t want to lose any love for the story of Gilead and its people. Thankfully, The Testaments delivers on the promise The Handmaid’s Tale makes. It’s full of all the grace, wit, and feminism we’ve come to expect from Atwood, and on top of that, it's a roaring good story. - Jess

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ISBN: 9780385543781
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Published: Nan A. Talese - September 10th, 2019

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The original feminist dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale is a book by one of the most talented writers of our time. Certain truths within it can be painful to read, but there’s also so much beauty in this survival story of a woman who has all of her rights stripped away by a totalitarian, patriarchal regime. A true classic that every American ought to read. - Jess

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ISBN: 9780385490818
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Published: Anchor - March 16th, 1998

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

A nostalgic piece recalling first love and the obsession that ensues, this novel is narrated by an adolescent boy living in the Italian countryside in the 1980s who develops a passionate infatuation with a summer guest. Aciman's prose detailing the confusion and lust that consumes Elio is both captivating and sincere. A coming-of-age story that reminds us of the profundity of desire. - Natalie O.

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ISBN: 9780312426781
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Published: Picador - January 22nd, 2008

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

When the narrator’s friend, another writer, dies suddenly, she inherits his Great Dane. Among many problems, she lives in a tiny New York apartment—that doesn’t allow pets. What follows is a brilliant and moving meditation on friendship, love (both Platonic and romantic), art and grief. I found this a profound and beautiful reading experience. - Rico

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ISBN: 9780735219458
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019

Mars: Stories by Asja Bakic

Haunting, visceral, often funny and always powerful, these surreal, fabulist stories are nothing short of brilliant. Bakic, an emerging feminist speculative writer from the Balkans, is simply extraordinary, a talent not to be missed. - Ksenia

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By Asja Bakic, Jennifer Zoble (Translator), Ellen Elias-Bursac (Afterword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781936932481
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Published: Feminist Press - March 12th, 2019

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