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Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore

by Robin Sloane


BOOK DESCRIPTION: The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco webdesign drone -- and serendipity sheer curiosity and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new job working the night shift at Mr Penumbra's 24Hour Bookstore After just a few days on the job Clay finds that this store is even more curious than the name suggests There are only a few customers but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything instead "checking out" impossibly obscure volumes from strange corners of the store The store must be a front for something larger Clay concludes and soon he's embarked on a complex analysis of the customers' behavior and roped his friends into helping to figure out just what's going on With irresistible brio Robin Sloan has crafted a literary adventure story for the twentyfirst century Mr Penumbra's 24Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like an establishment you have to enter and never want to leave.



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Ten Books and a Beer - Kick off event celebrating the tenth year of OBOC. Talk about your favorite books and hoist a glass. ORE DOCK BREWING COMPANY
10/6  Peter White Public Library book discussion. Open to the public.
10/12 Movie: Her at PWPL
 10/19-20 SNOWBOUND will be open for 24 HOURS!  Robin has generously agreed to come in for a signing at 1:00 a.m. (yes, you read that right).
 We'll probably have our book club this Monday night, too, but at a much more reasonable hour.
 10/20  AUTHOR VISIT - Presentation, Q&A, Book Signing  7:00 p.m. at NMU in JAMRICH HALL (Room 1100).


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ISBN: 9781250037756
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador USA - September 24th, 2013