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AGGIE'S BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH SELECTIONS

A Registry of My Passage upon the Earth: Stories Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316477635
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 5th, 2020

Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780358006091
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 20th, 2020

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Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501160271
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 14th, 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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Writers & Lovers Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802148537
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Published: Grove Press - March 3rd, 2020

 

Casey Peabody, a vulnerable, young writer who lives in a potting shed in Boston, pays her bills by waitressing and walking her landlord dog, but refuses to give up her dream of being a published author one day. She’s reeling from a sudden death of her mother and a breakup with Luke, a fellow writer she met at the artist residency. Casey’s romantic life gets even more complicated when she’s torn between Oscar, an older, famous novelist, widower and father of two boys, and Silas, one of Oscar’s students. Lily King masterfully layers Casey’s hardship with money, loss of her mother, fallout with her father, her own medical scares, her unfailing artistic ambition and tangled love life. At the end, the future looks bright for Casey, and I realized that the book I’m holding is a palpable result of her grief, her sharp insight, and ultimately triumph and happiness. --Aggie


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Shuggie Bain Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802148049
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Published: Grove Press - February 11th, 2020

 

When you are awestruck, how do you put it into words? Douglas Stuart’s debut novel Shuggie Bain reads like a classic masterpiece, and the main protagonist Hugh Shuggie Bain is one of those unforgettable characters, well on his way to become a household name such as David Copperfield or Holden Caulfield. Shuggi is Agnes Bain’s youngest child, two older siblings gone because of Agnes’ alcoholism and neglect, and their father’s infidelity. The novel takes place in1980s and 1990s Glasgow, Scotland, on the river Clyde, a poverty stricken city during Margaret Thatcher presidency, its abandoned railroads and shipworks resembling “rotted dinosaurs.”  In that deprived, desperate world, what shines is Shuggie’s love and devotion for his Elizabeth Taylor look-alike mother, his desire to help Agnes overcome her addiction. At the same time, while caring for his mother, young Shuggie confronts his own sexuality, loneliness, bullying at school, and hunger at home. I don’t remember rooting so much for a character in a book, like I did for Shuggie, whose innocence and capacity for forgiveness illuminates the darkness of human suffering. Dear Shuggie, I already miss your pure, sweet heart, and sincerely hope Stuart Douglas writes a sequel to this extraordinary book. --Aggie


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Dear Edward: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984854780
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Published: The Dial Press - January 6th, 2020

 

Before his family airplane trip to Los Angeles from New York, twelve-year-old Eddie Addler was just an ordinary boy, with a mother, father, and a fifteen-year-old brother Jordan. After the plane crashes, killing everyone on board, the only survivor Eddie becomes Edward, the miracle boy who lived. His aunt Lacey and uncle John take him in, but his friendship with the young girl Shay next door is his new lifeline. When family members from the other passengers write to Edward because he was the last one to see or remember their loved ones alive, Edward's deeply personal story of recovery becomes alive with universal parallels. Dear Edward book is like a lantern leading us out of darkness; a beautiful, poignant story of community and the power of kindness. --Aggie


Disappearing Earth Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525436225
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Published: Vintage - April 7th, 2020

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On Swift Horses: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525538110
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 5th, 2019

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The Dutch House: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062963673
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Published: Harper - September 24th, 2019

 

The Dutch House tells the story of two loving siblings growing up in a grandiose mansion still filled with previous owner’s portraits. When their mother disappears without any explanation, the house fills with an aching absence. We follow Maeve and Danny throughout their adult lives as they try to understand why their mother abandoned them. --Aggie


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Inland: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812992861
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Published: Random House - August 13th, 2019

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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525562023
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Published: Penguin Press - June 4th, 2019

 

The autobiographical debut novel by Ocean Vuong, a young queer Vietnamese poet, might well be the most beautiful book in the world. Written in the form of a letter to his mother who cannot read, the book is a lyrical, tender testament to the mother/son/grandmother relationship and their immigrant experience. --Aggie


The Half-Acre Homestead: 46 Years of Building and Gardening Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780936070810
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Published: Shelter Publications - March 3rd, 2020

Children of the Land Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062825599
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Published: Harper - January 28th, 2020

The Magical Language of Others: A Memoir Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781947793385
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Published: Tin House Books - January 7th, 2020

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Three Women Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781451642292
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 9th, 2019

 

The most brilliant, raw, devastating writing on women’s sexuality. This exquisite non-fiction book reads like a page-turning thriller. The three stories about three women capture an entire universe of female longing and desire. Buy an extra copy for your best girlfriend! And your boyfriend, too! --Aggie


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Don't Read Poetry: A Book About How to Read Poems Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780465094509
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Published: Basic Books - May 21st, 2019

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Freeman's: California Cover Image
By John Freeman (Editor)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802147875
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Published: Grove Press - October 8th, 2019

 

This transcendent anthology, edited by John Freeman, captures all the different voices of contemporary California, allowing us to discover the mythological and geographical heart of this place. The stories and poems gathered here are like the trail of shimmering pebbles left to mark our way home. --Aggie


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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780062976581
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Published: HarperOne - October 22nd, 2019

 

The whimsical little book The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, reminiscent of treasured classics such as Winnie-the-Pooh and The Little Prince, is full of wonderful things. The conversations between four different creatures about friendship, kindness and courage are depicted with humor and grace. Each page is a small marvel of a simple, yet profound advice. The miraculous and magical ink and watercolor drawings contain hidden stories; this book is to be reread and cherished. We cannot think of a better book to create delight and pleasure in the reader. It should be on everyone’s gift list. --Aggie


The Measure of Our Lives: A Gathering of Wisdom Cover Image
By Toni Morrison, Zadie Smith (Foreword by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525659297
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Published: Knopf - December 3rd, 2019