Dwan's Picks

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Kabu Kabu Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781607014058
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Published: Prime Books - October 15th, 2013

Kabu kabu--unregistered illegal Nigerian taxis--generally get you where you need to go. Nnedi Okorafor's Kabu Kabu, however, takes the reader to exciting, fantastic, magical, occasionally dangerous, and always imaginative locations you didn't know you needed.


Who Fears Death Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780756407285
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Published: DAW - February 4th, 2014

Now optioned as a TV series for HBO, with executive producer George R. R. Martin!

An award-winning literary author enters the world of magical realism with her World Fantasy Award-winning novel of a remarkable woman in post-apocalyptic Africa. 


Kindred Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807083697
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Published: Beacon Press - February 1st, 2004

The visionary author’s masterpiece pulls us—along with her Black female hero—through time to face the horrors of slavery and explore the impacts of racism, sexism, and white supremacy then and now.


The Ballad of Black Tom Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765387868
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Published: Tor.com - February 16th, 2016

One of NPR's Best Books of 2016, winner of the Shirley Jackson Award, the British Fantasy Award, the This is Horror Award for Novella of the Year, and a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, World Fantasy, and Bram Stoker Awards

People move to New York looking for magic and nothing will convince them it isn't there.


Lovecraft Country: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062292063
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Published: Harper - February 16th, 2016

Soon to be a New HBO® Series from J.J. Abrams (Executive Producer of Westworld), Misha Green (Creator of Underground) and Jordan Peele (Director of Get Out)


Borne: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374115241
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Published: MCD - April 25th, 2017

Named one of the best books of 2017 by The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, PopSugar, Financial Times, Chicago Review of Books, Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Thrillist, Book Riot, National Post (Canada), Kirkus and Publishers Weekly

“Am I a person?” Borne asked me.


Annihilation: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374104092
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Published: FSG Originals - February 4th, 2014

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

The Southern Reach Trilogy begins with this Nebula Award-winning novel that "reads as if Verne or Wellsian adventurers exploring a mysterious island had warped through into a Kafkaesque nightmare world" (Kim Stanley Robinson).


Authority: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374104108
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Published: FSG Originals - May 6th, 2014

After thirty years, the only human engagement with Area X—a seemingly malevolent landscape surrounded by an invisible border and mysteriously wiped clean of all signs of civilization—has been a series of expeditions overseen by a government agency so secret it has almost been forgotten: the Southern Reach.


Acceptance: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374104115
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Published: FSG Originals - September 2nd, 2014

It is winter in Area X, the mysterious wilderness that has defied explanation for thirty years, rebuffing expedition after expedition, refusing to reveal its secrets. As Area X expands, the agency tasked with investigating and overseeing it--the Southern Reach--has collapsed on itself in confusion.


Meddling Kids: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385541992
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Published: Doubleday - July 11th, 2017

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"Freaky pleasure...it scratches a nostalgic itch for those who grew up on Saturday morning Scooby-Doo cartoons and sugar-bombed breakfast cereal"
--USA Today

"Deliriously wild, funny and imaginative. Cantero is an original voice."
--Charles Yu, author of How to Live in a Science Fictional Universe


Reincarnation Blues: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399178481
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Published: Del Rey - August 22nd, 2017

A wildly imaginative novel about a man who is reincarnated over ten thousand lifetimes to be with his one true love: Death herself.

“Tales of gods and men akin to Neil Gaiman’s Sandman as penned by a kindred spirit of Douglas Adams.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


Alif the Unseen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802121226
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Published: Grove Press - April 2nd, 2013

"G. Willow Wilson has a deft hand with myth and with magic, and the kind of smart, honest writing mind that knits together and bridges cultures and people. You should read what she writes."--Neil Gaiman, author of Stardust and American Gods


A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143124870
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Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2013

A brilliant, unforgettable novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozeki—shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award

“A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be.”


The Dog Stars (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307950475
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2013

Hig somehow survived the flu pandemic that killed everyone he knows. Now his wife is gone, his friends are dead, and he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, Jasper, and a mercurial, gun-toting misanthrope named Bangley.
 


Lisey's Story: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501138256
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Published: Scribner - June 28th, 2016

Soon to be a limited series starring Julianne Moore

The “haunting…tender, intimate book that makes an epic interior journey” (The New York Times), Lisey’s Story is a literary masterpiece—an extraordinarily moving and haunting portrait of a marriage and its aftermath.

Lisey lost her husband Scott two years ago, after a twenty-five


The Illumination (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307387776
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Published: Vintage - February 21st, 2012

Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, The Seattle Times, The Kansas City Star, and Philadelphia City Paper  

What if our pain was the most beautiful thing about us?

 


The Brief History of the Dead (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400095957
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Published: Vintage - January 9th, 2007

From Kevin Brockmeier, one of this generation's most inventive young writers, comes a striking new novel about death, life, and the mysterious place in between.

 


The Death of Bees: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062209856
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 22nd, 2013

A riveting, brilliantly written debut novel, The Death of Bees is a coming-of-age story in which two young sisters attempt to hold the world at bay after the mysterious death of their parents.

Marnie and Nelly, left on their own in Glasgow's Hazlehurst housing estate, attempt to avoid suspicion until Marnie can become a legal guardian for her younger sister.


The Yellow Birds: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316219341
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 30th, 2013

Finalist for the National Book Award, The Yellow Birds is the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive in Iraq


Winter's Bone: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316066419
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Published: Back Bay Books - July 11th, 2007

"The lineage from Faulkner to Woodrell runs as deep and true as an Ozark stream in this book...his most profound and haunting yet." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review


The Devil All the Time Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307744869
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Published: Anchor - July 10th, 2012

In the backwoods of Ohio, Willard Russell’s wife is succumbing to cancer, no matter how much he drinks, prays, or sacrifices animals at his "prayer log." Meanwhile, his son Arvin is growing up, from a kid bullied at school into a man who knows when to take action.


Shadowbahn Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735212015
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Published: Blue Rider Press - February 14th, 2017

A LA TIMES' BEST BOOK OF 2017 (FICTION)

"A beautiful, moving, strange examination of apocalypse and rebirth.” - Neil Gaiman


Lexicon: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143125426
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Published: Penguin Books - April 1st, 2014

Stick and stones break bones. Words kill.

They recruited Emily Ruff from the streets. They said it was because she's good with words.

They'll live to regret it.

They said Wil Parke survived something he shouldn't have. But he doesn't remember.

Now they're after him and he doesn't know why.

There's a word, they say. A word that kills.


The Secret History of Las Vegas: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143124955
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Published: Penguin Books - January 7th, 2014

A gritty, riveting, and wholly original murder mystery from PEN/Hemingway Award-winning author and 2015 Edgar Awards winner Chris Abani


The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101983386
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 3rd, 2016

A dark and unexpected novel about a Dublin undertaker who finds himself on the wrong side of the Irish mob.


True Grit: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781590204597
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - November 5th, 2010

Perfume River Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802126955
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Published: Grove Press - August 8th, 2017

From one of America's most important writers, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, comes Perfume River, an exquisite novel that examines family ties and the legacy of the Vietnam war through the portrait of a single North Florida family.


Willnot Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781632864529
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - June 21st, 2016

In his celebrated career, James Sallis has created some of the most finely drawn protagonists in crime fiction, all of them thoughtful observers of the human condition: Lew Griffin, the black New Orleans private investigator; retired detective John Turner; the unnamed wheelman in Drive. Dr. Lamar Hale will now join the ranks of Sallis's finest characters.


Plainsong (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375705854
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Published: Vintage - August 22nd, 2000

National Book Award Finalist

A heartstrong story of family and romance, tribulation and tenacity, set on the High Plains east of Denver.


Tell the Wolves I'm Home: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812982855
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - June 4th, 2013

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The Wall Street Journal • O: The Oprah Magazine • BookPage • Kirkus Reviews • Booklist • School Library Journal
 


Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316204262
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 2nd, 2013

A misanthropic matriarch leaves her eccentric family in crisis when she mysteriously disappears in this whip-smart and "divinely funny" novel that inspired the movie starring Cate Blanchett (New York Times).


Upstream: Selected Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594206702
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Published: Penguin Press - October 11th, 2016

One of O, The Oprah Magazine’s Ten Best Books of the Year! 

The New York Times bestselling collection of essays from beloved poet, Mary Oliver
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A Poetry Handbook Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780156724005
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Published: Mariner Books - August 15th, 1994

With passion, wit, and good common sense, the celebrated poet Mary Oliver tells of the basic ways a poem is built-meter and rhyme, form and diction, sound and sense. Drawing on poems from Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, and others, Oliver imparts an extraordinary amount of information in a remarkably short space. “Stunning” (Los Angeles Times). Index.


On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439156810
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Published: Scribner - July 6th, 2010

Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.

“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing.


Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction Cover Image
By Jeff VanderMeer, John Coulthart (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781419704420
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 15th, 2013

Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316247757
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 26th, 2016

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST


ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
The New York Times, Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Vogue, NPR, Publishers Weekly, BookPage


In Other Words Cover Image
By Jhumpa Lahiri, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781101911464
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Published: Vintage - February 7th, 2017

National Best Seller


The Butterfly Mosque Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802145338
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Published: Grove Press - June 7th, 2011

The Butterfly Mosque, journalist G. Willow Wilson's remarkable story of converting to Islam and falling in love with an Egyptian man in a volatile post-9/11 world, was praised as "an eye-opening look at a misunderstood and often polarizing faith" (Booklist) and "a tremendously heartfelt, healing crosscultural fusion" (Publishers Weekly).


Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620404935
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - February 14th, 2017

Amazon’s Best Biographies and Memoirs of 2017 List

A moving celebration of what Bill Hayes calls "the evanescent, the eavesdropped, the unexpected" of life in New York City, and an intimate glimpse of his relationship with the late Oliver Sacks.


Make Trouble Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616206352
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 11th, 2017

From an icon of popular culture, here is inspiring advice for artists, graduates, and all who seek happiness and success on their own terms.

So what if you have talent?


 
 
 

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