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Universal Harvester: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250159991
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Published: Picador - February 6th, 2018

Life in a small town takes a dark turn when mysterious footage begins appearing on VHS cassettes at the local Video Hut. So begins Universal Harvester, the haunting and masterfully unsettling new novel from John Darnielle, author of the New York Times Bestseller and National Book Award Nominee Wolf in White Van.


How Much of These Hills Is Gold: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525537212
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 6th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES  NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR

ONE OF NPR'S BEST BOOKS OF 2020 

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 BOOKER PRIZE

FINALIST FOR THE 2020 CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE


Fever Dream: A Novel Cover Image
By Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell (Translated by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399184604
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 6th, 2018

"Genius." —Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker

"Samanta Schweblin’s electric story reads like a Fever Dream." —Vanity Fair

Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize!

Experience the blazing, surreal sensation of a fever dream...


The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062968821
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Published: Ecco - April 13th, 2021

Los Angeles Times Bestseller

IndieBound Bestseller

One of USA Today’s “5 Books Not to Miss”

One of Forbes’ “Best Summer Reads"


The Dog Stars (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
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.
 


Ninety-two in the Shade (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679752899
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Published: Vintage - May 30th, 1995

Tiring of the company of junkies and burn-outs, Thomas Skelton goes home to Key West to take up a more wholesome life. But things fester in America's utter South.


The Strange Library Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Ted Goossen (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780385354301
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Published: Knopf - December 2nd, 2014

From internationally acclaimed author Haruki Murakami—a fantastical illustrated short novel about a boy imprisoned in a nightmarish library.
 


The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780770436452
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Published: Hogarth - July 19th, 2016

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena—dazzling, poignant, and lyrical interwoven stories about family, sacrifice, the legacy of war, and the redemptive power of art.


Stories of Your Life and Others Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101972120
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Published: Vintage - June 14th, 2016

From the author of Exhalation, an award-winning short story collection that blends "absorbing storytelling with meditations on the universe, being, time and space ... raises questions about the nature of reality and what it is to be human" (The New York Times).


McGlue (Fence Modern Prize in Prose) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781934200858
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Published: Fence Books - November 4th, 2014

Selected for the inaugural Fence Modern Prize in Prose by Rivka Galchen.

Short-fiction genius Ottessa Moshfegh's first novel is a gorgeously sordid story of love and murder on the high seas and in reeky corners of mid-nineteenth-century New York and points North. McGlue is a wonderwork of virtuoso prose and truths that will make you squirm and concur.--Gary Lutz


Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812985405
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 6th, 2018

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE

The “devastatingly moving” (Peoplefirst novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented


 You Have Arrived at Your Destination : An exclusive SIGNED short story by Amor Towles Cover Image
$11.00
ISBN: 9781732970403
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Published: IBD Publishing - April 1st, 2020

A near-future science fiction story from AMOR TOWLES! When Sam's wife first tells him about Vitek, a twenty-first-century fertility lab, he sees it as the natural next step in trying to help their future child get a "leg up" in a competitive world.


The Silence: A Novel Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781982164553
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Published: Scribner - October 20th, 2020

From one of the most dazzling and essential voices in American fiction, a timely and compelling novel set in the near future about five people gathered together in a Manhattan apartment, in the midst of a catastrophic event.

Don DeLillo completed this novel just weeks before the advent of Covid-19. The Silence is the story of a different catastrophic event.


The Song Is You: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780743291729
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 19th, 2008

From Edgar® -nominated novelist Megan Abbott, who makes “devotees of Cain and Chandler fall down and beg for mercy” (The Hollywood Reporter), The Song Is You imagines a thrilling conclusion to the still unsolved since 1949 Black Dahlia murder case.

On October 7, 1949, dark-haired starlet Jean Spangler kissed her five-year-old daughter good-bye and left


Sisters: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593188958
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 25th, 2020

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

“[A] skillfully crafted gothic mystery . . . Johnson pulls off a great feat in this book.” —Financial Times

“It reminded me, in its general refusal to play nice, of early Ian McEwan.” —The New York Times Book Review


Everything Under: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978266
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 23rd, 2018

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 MAN BOOKER PRIZE

An eerie, watery reimagining of the Oedipus myth set on the canals of Oxford, from the author of Fen


Barkskins: A Novel Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780743288798
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Published: Scribner - April 11th, 2017

Now a television mini-series airing on National Geographic May 2020!
A Washington Post Best Book of the Year & a New York Times Notable Book


From the Pulitzer Prize–­­winning author of The Shipping News and “Brokeback Mountain,” comes the New York Times bestselling epic about the demise of the world’s forests: “


Greenwood Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984822017
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Published: Hogarth Press - February 9th, 2021

A magnificent generational saga that charts a family's rise and fall, its secrets and inherited crimes, from one of Canada's most acclaimed novelists

Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize - "A rugged, riveting novel . . . This superb family saga will satisfy fans of Richard Powers's The Overstory."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)


My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies Cover Image
By Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips (Artist)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781534308466
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Published: Image Comics - October 16th, 2018

Newsweek's Best Comic Books of 2018
Thrillist's Best Comics & Graphic Novels of 2018

The first original graphic novel from the bestselling creators of CRIMINAL, KILL OR BE KILLED, THE FADE OUT and FATALE.


Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles Cover Image
By Mark Russell, Mike Feehan (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781401275211
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Published: DC Comics - August 28th, 2018

2019 GLAAD Media Award Winner for Outstanding Comic Book


The Flintstones Vol. 1 Cover Image
By Mark Russell, Steve Pugh (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781401268374
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Published: DC Comics - March 28th, 2017

Hanna-Barbera has created some of the most recognizable animated characters of all time. As part of DC Comics' re-imagination of cartoons like SCOOBY-DOO, THE FLINTSONES, JOHNNY QUEST, SPACE GHOST, and WACKY RACERS, these new series will be infused with modern and contemporary concepts while keeping the heart and soul of the classic animation.


March (Trilogy Slipcase Set) Cover Image
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)
$49.99
ISBN: 9781603093958
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - September 6th, 2016

The award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy is complete! Celebrate with this commemorative set containing all three volumes of March in a stunning new slipcase designed by Nate Powell and Chris Ross and colored by José Villarrubia.


The Cold Millions: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062868084
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Published: Harper - October 27th, 2020

“One of the most captivating novels of the year.” – Washington Post 

NATIONAL BESTSELLER


The Third Man Cover Image
$15.00
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ISBN: 9780140286823
Published: Penguin Books - May 1st, 1999

Rollo Martins' usual line is the writing of cheap paperback Westerns under the name of Buck Dexter. But when his old friend Harry Lime invites him to Vienna, he jumps at the chance. With exactly five pounds in his pocket, he arrives only just in time to make it to his friend's funeral. The victim of an apparently banal street accident, the late Mr.


The Thin Man Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780679722632
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - July 17th, 1989

In Dashiell Hammett's famous crime novel, we meet one of the detective-story master's most enchanting creations, Nick and Nora Charles, a rich, glamorous couple who solve homicides in between wisecracks and martinis. At once knowing and unabashedly romantic, The Thin Man is a classic murder mystery that doubles as a sophisticated comedy of manners.


Armored Hearts: Selected & New Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781556590726
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 1st, 1995

Armored Hearts, combining new poems and a selection from previous volumes, offers the power of idiomatic narrative at its naked best. It is refreshing to read a poet who is not obliquely vague, who tells a story cleanly and convincingly, and yet who will not close down mysterious and complicated things about life that simply defy such closure.--Atlanta Journal-Constitution


A Devil Comes to Town Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781642860139
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Published: World Editions - May 7th, 2019

"A Devil Comes to Town is a brilliant form of torture...a huge amount of fun."--Lisa Grgas for The Literary Review

A small Swiss village full of aspiring writers + The devil in the form of a hot-shot publisher = An international bestseller by the author of the Italian literary sensation The Luneburg Variation


Mysteries of Winterthurn: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
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ISBN: 9780062795748
Published: Ecco - December 11th, 2018

In Mysteries of Winterthurn, the brilliant young detective-hero Xavier Kilgarvan is confronted with three baffling cases—"The Virgin in the Rose-Bower," "The Devil's Half-Acre," and "The Blood-Stained Gown"—that tax his genius for detection to the utmost, just as his forbidden passion for his cousin Perdita becomes an obsession that shapes his life.


An American Dream: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812986136
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 17th, 2015

In this wild battering ram of a novel, which was originally published to vast controversy in 1965, Norman Mailer creates a character who might be a fictional precursor of the philosopher-killer he would later profile in The Executioner’s Song.


The Long Goodbye (A Philip Marlowe Novel #6) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780394757681
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - August 12th, 1988

Crime fiction master Raymond Chandler's sixth novel featuring Philip Marlowe, the "quintessential urban private eye" (Los Angeles Times). 


The Comedians Cover Image
By Graham Greene, Paul Theroux (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143039198
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 1st, 2005

Three men meet on a ship bound for Haiti, a world in the grip of the corrupt “Papa Doc” and the Tontons Macoute, his sinister secret police. Brown the hotelier, Smith the innocent American, and Jones the confidence man—these are the “comedians” of Greene’s title. Hiding behind their actors’ masks, they hesitate on the edge of life.


A Separation: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399576119
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 6th, 2018

A PBS NewsHour/New York Times Book Club Pick

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

Named a best book of the year by the New York Times, NPR, Huffington PostThe A.V. Club, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian, Refinery29, Town & Country, Harper's Bazaar, NYLON, BookRiot.


Florida Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594634529
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 21st, 2019

The universally-acclaimed return of the New York Times bestselling author of Fates and Furies and Matrix.


Tomato Red: A Novel Cover Image
By Megan Abbott (Foreword by), Daniel Woodrell
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316206211
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 24th, 2012

A sharp and funny addition to Daniel Woodrell's collection of "country noir" novels, featuring anti-hero Sammy Barlach and Jamalee Merridew, her hair tomato red with rage and ambition.


Trust Exercise: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250231260
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - May 5th, 2020

WINNER OF THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION

NATIONAL BESTSELLER


The Crying of Lot 49 Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780060913076
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - October 17th, 2006

“A puzzle, an intrigue, a literary and historical tour de force.” — San Francisco Examiner

The Crying of Lot 49 is Thomas Pynchon's highly original classic satire of modern America, about Oedipa Maas, a woman who finds herself enmeshed in what would appear to be an international conspiracy.


You Were Never Really Here (Movie Tie-In) Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9780525562894
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Published: Vintage - March 20th, 2018

Now a major motion picture starring Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here is a gritty, harrowing story of corruption and one man's violent quest for vengeance.


The Changeling Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781941040898
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Published: Tin House Books - April 10th, 2018

With a new introduction by Karen Russell, the 40th anniversary edition of The Changeling is a visionary fairy tale and a work of mythic genius by one of our best writers.


The Cabin at the End of the World: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062679116
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - July 2nd, 2019

 “A tremendous book―thought-provoking and terrifying, with tension that winds up like a chain. The Cabin at the End of the World is Tremblay’s personal best. It’s that good.”  — Stephen King


The Deepest South of All: True Stories from Natchez, Mississippi Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501177828
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 1st, 2020

Bestselling travel writer Richard Grant offers an entertaining and profound look at a city like no other.

Natchez, Mississippi, once had more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in America, and its wealth was built on slavery and cotton. Today it has the greatest concentration of antebellum mansions in the South, and a culture full of unexpected contradictions.


Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780679728757
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Published: Vintage - May 5th, 1992

An epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America's westward expansion, Blood Meridian brilliantly subverts the conventions of the Western novel and the mythology of the "wild west."


How to read more

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.

 

And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.

 

15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.

 

50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.

 

Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.

 

Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.

 

Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.

 

Outcome

Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.

 
 
 

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