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Bethanne Patrick is a writer and book critic who blogs as The Book Maven. A graduate of Smith College with a master's from the University of Virginia, she hosts an online author interview show for PBS affiliate WETA
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The Mountains Sing
by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai (Mar 16, 2020)
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An epic account of Viet Nams painful 20th century history, both vast in scope and intimate in its telling . . . Moving and riveting. VIET THANH NGUYEN, author of The Sympathizer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize With the epic sweep of Min Jin Lees Pachinko or Yaa Gyasis Homegoing and the lyrical beauty of Vaddey Ratners In the Shadow of the Banyan, The...
The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home
A Welcome to Night Vale Novel
by Joseph Fink (Mar 23, 2020)
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From the New York Times bestselling authors of Welcome to Night Vale and It Devours! and the creators of the hit podcast, comes a new novel set in the world of Night Vale and beyond.In the town of Night Vale, theres a faceless old woman who secretly lives in everyones home, but no one knows how she got there or where she came from...until now. Told...
by TaraShea Nesbit (Mar 16, 2020)
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One of Vogue's Most Anticipated Books of 2020From the bestselling author of The Wives of Los Alamos comes the riveting story of a strangers arrival in the fledgling colony of Plymouth, Massachusettsand a crime that shakes the divided community to its core.Ten years after the Mayflower pilgrims arrived on rocky, unfamiliar soil, Plymouth is not the ...
Separation Anxiety
A Novel
by Laura Zigman (Mar 02, 2020)
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From bestselling author Laura Zigman, a hilarious novel about a wife and mother whose life is unraveling and the well-intentioned but increasingly disastrous steps she takes to course-correct her relationships, her career, and her belief in herselfJudy never intended to start wearing the dog. But when she stumbled across her son Teddys old baby sli...
Deacon King Kong
A Novel
by James McBride (Mar 02, 2020)
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From James McBride, author of the National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird, comes a wise and witty novel about what happens to the witnesses of a shooting.In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .45 from his pocket, an...
The City We Became
A Novel (The Great Cities Trilogy (1))
by N. K. Jemisin (Mar 23, 2020)
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Five New Yorkers must come together in order to defend their city from an ancient evil in the first book of a stunning new series by Hugo award-winning and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin.Every great city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She's got six.But every city als...
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How to Be an Artist
by Jerry Saltz (Mar 16, 2020)
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"Inspiration leaps off the pages from Jerry Saltz's new book on creativity. . . . This book is for the artist or non-artist, for the person who gets plain English, for the person who understands that practical talk can coax out the mystical messages that lie underneath." Steve Martin Art has the power to change our lives. For many, becoming an arti...
The Night Watchman
by Louise Erdrich (Mar 02, 2020)
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Based on the extraordinary life of National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrichs  grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C., this powerful novel explores themes of love and death with lightness and gravity and unfolds with the elegant pr...
Sharks in the Time of Saviors
A Novel
by Kawai Strong Washburn (Mar 02, 2020)
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"Sharks in the Time of Saviors is the story of a family, a people, and a legend, all wrapped in one. Faith and grief, rage and love, this book pulses with all of it. Kawai Strong Washburn makes his debut with a wealth of talent and a true artist's eye." --Victor LaValle, author of The ChangelingIn 1995 Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on a rare family vacation...
We Ride Upon Sticks
A Novel
by Quan Barry (Mar 02, 2020)
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From the author of the widely acclaimed She Weeps Each Time You're Born comes a new novel, at once comic and moving. Set in the coastal town of Danvers, Massachusetts (which in 1692 was Salem Village, site of the origins of the Salem Witch Trials), it follows the Danvers High field hockey team as they discover that the dark impulses of their Sa...
A Lady in Waiting
by Anne Glenconner (Oct 16, 2019)
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An extraordinary memoir of drama, tragedy, and royal secrets by Anne Glenconner--a close member of the royal circle and lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret. As seen on Netflix's The Crown. Anne Glenconner has been at the center of the royal circle from childhood, when she met and befriended the future Queen Elizabeth II and her sister, the Prin...