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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Happy-Go-Lucky By David Sedaris Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316392457
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 31st, 2022

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The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu: A Novel By Tom Lin Cover Image
By Tom Lin
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316542142
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - June 21st, 2022

Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?: A Memoir By Séamas O'Reilly Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316424257
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 7th, 2022

Cold Storage: A Novel By David Koepp Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062916440
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Paperbacks - May 17th, 2022

Carolina Moonset By Matt Goldman Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250810144
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Published: Forge Books - May 31st, 2022

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Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Novel By Shelby Van Pelt Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063204157
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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


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The Broken Room By Peter Clines Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9798200862085
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Blackstone Publishing - March 1st, 2022

If H.P. Lovecraft wrote a screenplay for Jason Statham, it might come close to this.  High-octane gore with a relentless pace. I absolutely loved it. ~ Dana


Olympus, Texas: A Novel By Stacey Swann Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984897404
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor - May 17th, 2022

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The Blacktongue Thief By Christopher Buehlman Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250799975
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Published: Tor Books - May 10th, 2022

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Gallant By V. E. Schwab Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062835772
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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. 

 


The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven By Nathaniel Ian Miller Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316592550
Availability: May be available in our Warehouse - will ship in 3-7 days
Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 26th, 2021

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Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law By Mary Roach Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781324001935
Availability: May be available in our Warehouse - will ship in 3-7 days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 14th, 2021

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

Harlem Shuffle: A Novel By Colson Whitehead Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385545136
Availability: May be available in our Warehouse - will ship in 3-7 days
Published: Doubleday - September 14th, 2021

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Hench: A Novel By Natalie Zina Walschots Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062978585
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - November 9th, 2021

One of the best superhero/supervillain books I've read.   Walschots flips the whole superhero narrative and tells it from a unique POV - it's funny, clever, and smart as hell.    ~ Dana  

 


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Anxious People: A Novel By Fredrik Backman Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501160844
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Published: Washington Square Press - July 6th, 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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The Body: A Guide for Occupants By Bill Bryson Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780804172721
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Published: Anchor - January 26th, 2021

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Deacon King Kong: A Novel By James McBride Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735216730
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 2nd, 2021

Moonflower Murders: A Novel By Anthony Horowitz Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780062955463
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 30th, 2021