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Staff Pick: The Door by Magda Szabo

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This is a remarkable novel about the relationship between two women, a writer and her servant, set in Budapest in the 1960s. In beautiful prose, the author describes decades of the complex and often bizarre lives of Magda and Emerence, pushing the reader to reflect on many issues, particularly intimacy and respect.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Fiction, Part 2

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Holiday Gift Guide: Fiction, Part 1

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Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving
As always, Irving the author investigates himself in a robust, complex story about a writer finding his way - yet again. It’s charismatic, written in classic Irving fashion, yet it escapes the New England of his earlier works. It’s a global tale of the search for one’s own past.

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Staff Pick: The Dig by Cynan Jones

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Set in contemporary, rural Wales, Jones describes the parallel lives of a hard working sheep farmer and a marginal, violent lout. Their lives eventually touch after a tense narrative, told in a sparingly beautiful prose style. In it is one of the most moving depictions of grief that I can ever remember reading.

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Staff Pick: Here by Richard McGuire

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The book as object: an exquisite thing. These stories float around the room even when the room doesn't exist.

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From one of the great comic innovators, the long-awaited fulfillment of a pioneering comic vision. Richard McGuire's Here is the story of a corner of a room and of the events that have occurred in that space over the course of hundreds of thousands of years. Pantheon Books, $35.00

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Holiday Gift Guide: Politics and Current Events

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Holiday Gift Guide: History and Biography

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Holiday Gift Guide: Cookbooks

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If there is anything we love as much as books, it is food (looking at you, Afterwords Café)! These gorgeous, tempting, helpful books are the perfect things to sate not only the body but the mind. 

Kramerbooks' Holiday Gift Guide, Cookbooks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life by Ruth Reichl 

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Staff Pick: Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls edited by Karen Finneyfrock

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Hi girls and not girls,

You all should read this book if only to feast on phrases like, "I'd never met my fist, and then I did" (page 64) and "...when I was still small enough / to fit all of my self and worries inside a bathtub" (page 32). Most of us have fists and, if we're lucky, bathtubs, but we could all use some more courage (and bad-ass poems).

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Staff Pick: All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

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This is the funniest book on a family member's suicide that I've ever read AND it's autobiographical. I wish we could all process our pain to hilarious effect.

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