Dana's Picks

Dana is the shop owner, and has been a bookseller for over twenty years.

Plotline pet peeves?
1. _________ had the perfect life, then _______ happens & everything goes to hell.
2. Dad/mom/grandparent dies & the main character returns home, where long buried secrets... blah blah blah...

Both are just plain lazy and formulaic.

Dogear or bookmark?
Bookmark--I have a stash and match them to the mood/subject of the book.

Any classics you refuse to read?
This isn't going to make me popular, but Austen & Dickens. Tried 'em. We didn't get along.

First book that made a big impression on you?
The Talisman by Stephen King when I was 11--it was the fattest book I had ever read; what a sense of accomplishment.
Then, at 15, Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut taught me how truly original and unconventional literature could be. It changed everything.

What's your most terrifying book experience?
I discovered I hated my book 30 minutes into a 4hr flight and didn't have a back-up.

Your mission as a bookseller?
To connect people to books that surprise them & open new words/avenues of reading.

Anything else of note??
1. There needs to be an 8th day of the week where nothing is expected of anyone except reading. The world would be a better place. Libroday?
2. I will always have a soft spot for the people who 1st introduce me to books I fall in love with.

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Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063204157
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - May 3rd, 2022

If Fredrik Backman and Sy Montgomery  ever had a literary love child, this is it. A novel of outcasts and octopuses (octopi?), it delves into loss and creating community in an utterly charming manner.  I usually run from a book described as "charming", so I was really surprised how much I loved this one.  ~ Dana


The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316592550
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 26th, 2021

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Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781324001935
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 14th, 2021

Firekeeper's Daughter Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250766564
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 16th, 2021

Harlem Shuffle: A Novel Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385545136
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - September 14th, 2021

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Gallant Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062835772
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Greenwillow Books - March 1st, 2022

Reminiscent of Shirley Jackson, Gallant is a haunting tale, beautifully rendered in both words and images. 

I'll read anything Schwab puts out - I don't even read the jacket copy to see what it's about & instead just dive right in.  She's that reliable.  This is technically YA, but will appeal to her adult fans as well. 

 


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How Much of These Hills Is Gold: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525537212
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - April 6th, 2021

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Hench: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062978585
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - November 9th, 2021

For fans of Bear and the NIghtingale,  TIme Traveler's Wife, and - yes, truly - The Night Circus

 


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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, Special Edition Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250830746
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Books - October 5th, 2021

Backman once said that he makes his settings very small so readers can really get to know the characters.  And this setting is very concentrated indeed - much of it takes place during an open house in a little apartment after a botched bank robbery. (In fact, some of my favorite scenes happen in the closet.)     He loves his characters and the reader does too. Even when - or especially when - they're at their most infuriating. Maybe because this is when they're most human and relatable.      This is one of my absolute favorites of the last few years.   ~ Dana


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Anxious People: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501160844
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Washington Square Press - July 6th, 2021

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Picnic In the Ruins Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781640093225
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Counterpoint - January 5th, 2021

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Blacktop Wasteland: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250252692
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Flatiron Books - June 1st, 2021

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The Body: A Guide for Occupants Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780804172721
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor - January 26th, 2021

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Deacon King Kong: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735216730
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - February 2nd, 2021

Moonflower Murders: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780062955463
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - November 30th, 2021

The Blacktongue Thief Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250621191
Availability: May be available in our Warehouse - will ship in 3-7 days
Published: Tor Books - May 25th, 2021

Project Hail Mary: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780593135204
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - May 4th, 2021