Booksellers Favorites of 2020

Curious what our booksellers were up to in 2020? Like many folks, Ariana’s reading came in stages last year. “I had ‘before the pandemic reading’ and was keeping track and had a plan, and then the pandemic hit and all I could read was poetry. As the year wore on I found some great narratives and historical fiction that captivated me and really informed my experience of 2020.”

Cassie says, “I stepped out of my comfort zone with this year’s reading. I learned a lot about indigenous cultures with the help of Tommy Orange, Zitkála-Šá, and Leslie Marmon Silko.” 

Jeanette had a similar experience: “Nearly all of my favorite books from last year were written by BIPOC authors, but two that particularly stood out to me were written by indigenous authors: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer and Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger. Their storytelling is so beautiful and effective and I treasure how much I enjoyed and learned from these books.” 

Kaycee’s reads this year were definitely indicative of some trends we saw for 2020. “I read exclusively Horror this year. Novels like Down Days, Mexican Gothic, and Devolution were comfortable literary escapes. I jumped around from dystopian pandemics to page-turning thrillers, and I don’t regret a single page!” 

A lot of Nora’s reading was for school, “But I have loved everything my English teachers have assigned so far. Other than that, I read light books with fun and easy stories.” 

Comfort was also on Jessica’s mind. “I read so many light and cozy reads this year, with lots of laughs and kissing. I was very grateful for some contemplative reads at the beginning of the pandemic that attuned my attention and observation -- they made for great listening while walking the dog around the neighborhood.” 

Kasey also chose a new reading path. “Typically I read a lot of non-fiction, specifically memoirs and essays, but this year I found myself reading almost exclusively fiction. With social distancing I instead made my social connections through the highly developed characters in Writers & Lovers, Conversations with Friends, and Before the Coffee Gets Cold, among many others.” 

Anna’s favorite books included Wow, No Thank You -- a snarky, raw, and hysterically funny read. “It was a perfect read for the beginning of quarantine.” She also liked Shuggie Bain, and found World of Wonders to be “a great end of the year soul-purging read, a reminder to delight in the natural world.”

Matt says his reading list was “as chaotic as 2020! Which is why the standout for me was the humorous and mindful Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosch.”

Kathy enjoyed tightly plotted fiction with high stakes, the many poets sharing essays, as well as a broad range of non-fiction that included some fascinating nature reading, and true crime. “ In The Magical Language of Others by E.J. Koh - Koh translates letters written to her by her mother – and is mindful of every word chosen.  Using her mastery of language to guide us through four generations of family history, Koh blends feelings of love and longing for her culture and the relationship with her mother. Beautifully written.”

There were many beloved titles from last year, and we hope you can find something from our booksellers to treasure as we did last year. Be sure to check out our 2020 Bestsellers list too. 

 

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The Cold Millions: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062868084
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Published: Harper - October 27th, 2020

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rough house: a memoir Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780870710339
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Published: Oregon State University Press - September 30th, 2020

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Plain Bad Heroines: A Novel Cover Image
By Emily M. Danforth, Sara Lautman (Illustrator)
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062942852
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Published: William Morrow - October 20th, 2020

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Skunk and Badger (Skunk and Badger 1) Cover Image
By Amy Timberlake, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781643750057
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 15th, 2020

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Hamnet Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525657606
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Published: Knopf - July 21st, 2020

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SLAY Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781534445437
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

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Such a Fun Age Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525541905
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - December 31st, 2019

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A Good Girl's Guide to Murder Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781984896391
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Published: Ember - January 5th, 2021

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My Autobiography of Carson McCullers: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781951142292
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Published: Tin House Books - January 5th, 2021

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The Book of Atlantis Black: The Search for a Sister Gone Missing Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781947793774
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Published: Tin House Books - August 4th, 2020

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Wanderlust: A History of Walking Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780140286014
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Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 2001

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Postcolonial Love Poem: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450147
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 3rd, 2020

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The Butchers' Blessing Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781947793781
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Published: Tin House Books - November 10th, 2020

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A Children's Bible: A Novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781324005032
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 12th, 2020

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How Much of These Hills Is Gold: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525537205
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 7th, 2020

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Wow, No Thank You.: Essays Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780525563488
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Published: Vintage - March 31st, 2020

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Shuggie Bain: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802148506
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Published: Grove Press - October 13th, 2020

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Leave the World Behind: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062667632
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Published: Ecco - October 6th, 2020

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The Cold Vanish: Seeking the Missing in North America's Wildlands Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538747575
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 7th, 2020

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The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780307278449
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Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

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A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735225312
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Published: Penguin Books - March 24th, 2020

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Stuff You Should Know: An Incomplete Compendium of Mostly Interesting Things Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250268501
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Published: Flatiron Books - November 24th, 2020

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Counting Creatures Cover Image
By Julia Donaldson, Sharon King-Chai (Illustrator)
$20.99
ISBN: 9780593324530
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Published: Dial Books - November 24th, 2020

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World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781571313652
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 8th, 2020

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Godshot Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781948226486
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Published: Catapult - March 31st, 2020

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The Death of Vivek Oji: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525541608
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 4th, 2020

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Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power (The Lamar Series in Western History) Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780300255256
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Published: Yale University Press - October 13th, 2020

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I Miss You When I Blink: Essays Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982102814
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Published: Atria Books - April 7th, 2020

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Before the Coffee Gets Cold Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781335430991
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Published: Hanover Square Press - November 17th, 2020

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A History of My Brief Body Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781937512934
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - July 14th, 2020

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Writers & Lovers Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802148537
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Published: Grove Press - March 3rd, 2020

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Conversations with Friends: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780451499066
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Published: Hogarth - August 7th, 2018

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Death in Her Hands: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984879356
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Published: Penguin Press - June 23rd, 2020

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Sisters: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593188958
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 25th, 2020

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The Glass Hotel: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525521143
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Published: Knopf - March 24th, 2020

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The Down Days: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982121549
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Published: Skybound Books - May 5th, 2020

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Mexican Gothic Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525620785
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Published: Del Rey - June 30th, 2020

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Future Home of the Living God: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062694065
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 13th, 2018

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Barn 8: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450154
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 3rd, 2020

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Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984826787
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Published: Del Rey - June 16th, 2020

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Circe Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316556323
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 14th, 2020

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Solutions and Other Problems Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982156947
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Published: Gallery Books - September 22nd, 2020

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The Travelling Cat Chronicles Cover Image
By Hiro Arikawa, Philip Gabriel (Translated by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780451491336
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Published: Berkley - October 23rd, 2018

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Dark Matter: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101904244
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 2nd, 2017

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The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires: A Novel Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781683691433
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Published: Quirk Books - April 7th, 2020

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Vinland Saga 1 Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781612624204
Availability: Backordered
Published: Kodansha Comics - October 14th, 2013

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Head Lopper Volume 3: Head Lopper & the Knights of Venora Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781534313330
Availability: Backordered
Published: Image Comics - September 17th, 2019

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The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525537380
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 7th, 2020

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There There Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525436140
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2019

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Olive Kitteridge: Fiction Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812971835
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 30th, 2008

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Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780060838676
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Published: Amistad - March 19th, 2013

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Woman Hollering Creek: And Other Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780679738565
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Published: Vintage - March 3rd, 1992

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American Indian Stories (Modern Library Torchbearers) Cover Image
By Zitkala-Sa, Layli Long Soldier (Introduction by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781984854216
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Published: Modern Library - May 21st, 2019

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Invisible Cities Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780156453806
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Published: Mariner Books - May 3rd, 1978

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Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781571311771
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Published: Milkweed Editions - October 13th, 2020

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Get a Life, Chloe Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters #1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062941206
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Published: Avon - November 5th, 2019

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Elatsoe Cover Image
By Darcie Little Badger, Rovina Cai (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781646140053
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Published: Levine Querido - August 25th, 2020

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1Q84 (Vintage International) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307476463
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Published: Vintage - January 22nd, 2013

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Everything I Never Told You: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143127550
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Published: Penguin Books - May 12th, 2015

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Pugtato Finds a Thing Cover Image
By Sophie Corrigan (Illustrator), Zondervan
$17.99
ISBN: 9780310767817
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Published: Zonderkidz - August 4th, 2020

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Sulwe Cover Image
By Lupita Nyong'o, Vashti Harrison (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534425361
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 15th, 2019

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063070707
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 18th, 2021

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The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir Cover Image
By Thi Bui
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419718786
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Published: Abrams ComicArts - April 17th, 2018

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The House in the Cerulean Sea Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250217318
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Published: Tor Books - December 29th, 2020

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Ink & Sigil: From the world of The Iron Druid Chronicles Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984821256
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Published: Del Rey - August 25th, 2020

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Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781534437678
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - October 13th, 2020

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Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy #2) Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250313225
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Published: Tordotcom - August 4th, 2020

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Crazy Stupid Bromance (Bromance Book Club #3) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984806130
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Published: Berkley - October 27th, 2020

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Take a Hint, Dani Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters #2) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062941237
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Published: Avon - June 23rd, 2020

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Air Mail: Letters of Politics, Pandemics, and Place Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781948814386
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Published: Torrey House Press - October 13th, 2020

Vesper Flights Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802128812
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Published: Grove Press - August 25th, 2020

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How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781612198552
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Published: Melville House - December 29th, 2020

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Solutions and Other Problems Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982156947
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Published: Gallery Books - September 22nd, 2020

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We Are Water Protectors Cover Image
By Carole Lindstrom, Michaela Goade (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250203557
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 17th, 2020

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Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling Novel, A #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780425212868
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Published: Berkley - September 5th, 2006

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A Burning: A novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780525658696
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Published: Knopf - June 2nd, 2020

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The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062820709
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Published: Dey Street Books - January 26th, 2021

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The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501191886
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 11th, 2020

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The Imaginaries: Little Scraps of Larger Stories Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780553511031
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - February 4th, 2020

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A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel Cover Image
By Isabel Allende, Nick Caistor (Translated by), Amanda Hopkinson (Translated by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984820150
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 21st, 2020

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The Magical Language of Others: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781951142278
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Published: Tin House Books - January 19th, 2021

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The Meadow Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780805027037
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - April 15th, 1993

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The Night Watchman Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062671189
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Published: Harper - March 3rd, 2020

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The Vanishing Half: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525536291
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2020

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Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525564171
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Published: Vintage - September 1st, 2020

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Invisible Man (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679732761
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Published: Vintage - March 14th, 1995

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Trust Exercise: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250231260
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - May 5th, 2020

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Earthlings Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802157003
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Published: Grove Press - October 6th, 2020

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Frankly in Love Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781984812223
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Published: Penguin Books - September 1st, 2020

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Yes No Maybe So Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062937032
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Published: Balzer + Bray - December 15th, 2020

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Picture Us In the Light Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781484734117
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 13th, 2019

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