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Post Script!: All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

by Kramerbooks

In All the Birds, Singing Jake is a sheep farmer on a desolate British island and her sheep are being killed one by one. Reminiscent of a 19th century Gothic novel (moors, wolves, mysterious strangers appearing at the door in the middle of the night), Wyld's novel creates an eerie landscape where everyone is suspect.

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Post Script!: Augustus by John Williams

by Kramerbooks

John Williams is no longer quite the secret he was just a few short years ago, thanks in large part to the newly "rediscovered" novel Stoner. Yet it is his third book, Augustus, which won the National Book Award in 1973, and which remains largely unknown (though the recent publication of a New York Review Books edition of the novel should help to rectify that). Williams' novel abandons the singular narrative of his earlier works (the aforementioned Stoner, and the equally excellent Butcher's Crossing) in favor of a multi-pronged epistolary approach.

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Post Script!: 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

by Kramerbooks

For the lover of books, 84 Charing Cross Road is a must read. This slim volume chronicles the twenty-year correspondence between Helene Hanff, a feisty New York writer, and Frank Doel, a London bookseller specializing in rare and antique books. Ms. Hanff, Mr. Doel, and eventually Mrs. Doel and other Marks & Co. employees develop a warm and humorous correspondence which covers topics as far ranging as rationing in post-WWII England, politics in America, and the trials, tribulations, and joy of life on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Staff Pick: All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

by Mike

Who doesn't want to be a cowboy at heart? This is the Story of John Grady Cole, a young Texan who scraps his way through the rough and tumble frontier of Mexico's ranchland with nothing more than his horse, gun, and John-Wayne-like conversational skills. Gritty, thrilling, and expansive: this is a true American story.

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Post Script!: Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald

by Kramerbooks

One of the best experiences a bookseller can have is finding a customer who trusts their judgement implicitly. A customer who, when a bookseller hands them a book and says "you must read this", reads whatever it is without question.

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Staff Pick: Old Filth by Jane Gardam

by Jake

Funny and touching, a very British portrait of a widower and his frenemy-turned-neighbor. Sir Edward Feathers, aka "Old Filth," Retired Solicitor and former "Raj Orphan," is an utterly original creation. This is the first book in a trilogy. Lucky you.

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Fall Events Preview - Fiction, Part 1

by Sarah

We always look forward to fall and are especially excited about the great books and authors on our calendar this year. Stay tuned for more previews of upcoming events! 

 

 

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Staff Pick: Gutshot by Amelia Gray

by Lauren

These stories will unsettle you. Gray revels in the grotesque, absurd and visceral, testing the reader's mettle as she goes. In one story, a woman makes love to a shack as her decrepit mother watches. In another, a father and son spend weeks carving up a whale heart that appears in their living room. More than merely grisly, this collection is imbued with wit and humor that make for an engaging--if bizarre--read.

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Staff Pick: The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith

by Rebecca

Some might call this novel’s overarching impetus naiveté, but the story brims with the charming clarity of a young woman’s heart, its emotions uncensored and unadulterated. From its dismal, urban start to its daring, oft-cited conclusion, only some kind of faith in true love – or maybe just a simple taste for Sapphic intrigue – will bear the reader along the psychosomatic tumult of this book’s story.

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Staff Pick: The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye

by Nancy

In the cut-throat world of 1845 NYC, a disfigured cop finds a girl running through the street in a blood-soaked nightgown. What follows is the mad hunt for a serial killer through the city’s underbelly, involving gangs of urchins, a manipulative madame, and ruthless politicians. Faye’s riveting plot is matched only by the beautiful language she weaves from the colorful diction of 19th century NYC.

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1845: New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two events will change New York City forever.

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