Laney's Picks

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Kingdomtide By Rye Curtis Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316420112
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 26th, 2021

The lives of two womenthe sole survivor of an airplane crash and the troubled park ranger leading the rescue missioncollide in this "gripping," (Vogue) "heart-pounding," (NPR) and "highly original" (LA Times) novel of tough-minded resilience.

Longlisted for the Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize


Writers & Lovers By Lily King Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802148544
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Published: Grove Press - February 16th, 2021

#ReadWithJenna Book Club Pick as Featured on Today
Emma Roberts Belletrist Book Club Pick
A New York Times Book Review's Group Text Selection


Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss By Margaret Renkl Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781571313782
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Published: Milkweed Editions - July 9th, 2019

Named a Best Book of the Year by New Statesman, New York Public Library, Chicago Public Library, and Washington Independent Review of Books

Southern Book Prize Finalist


Cleanness By Garth Greenwell Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250785664
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Published: Picador - January 12th, 2021

Longlisted for the Prix Sade 2021
Longlisted for the Joyce Carol Oates Prize
Longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize

A New York Times Notable Book of 2020
A New York Times Critics Top Ten Book of the Year


On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel By Ocean Vuong Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525562047
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Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 2021

An instant New York Times Bestseller! 

Longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction, the Carnegie Medal in Fiction, the 2019 Aspen Words Literacy Prize, and the PEN/Hemingway Debut Novel Award

Shortlisted for the 2019 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize 

Winner of the 2019 New England Book Award for Fiction! 


History of Wolves By Emily Fridlund Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802127389
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Published: Grove Press - November 7th, 2017

Finalist for the Man Booker Award. Finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Winner of the GLCA New Writers Award for Fiction.


A House Among the Trees: A Novel By Julia Glass Cover Image
$16.95
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ISBN: 9781101873595
Published: Anchor - May 1st, 2018

From the National Book Award–winning author of Three Junes, a richly imagined novel that begins just after the sudden death of world-renowned children’s book author Mort Lear, who leaves behind a wholly unexpected will, an idyllic country house, and difficult secrets about a childhood far darker than those of the beloved characters he created for young readers of all a


Eveningland: Stories By Michael Knight Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802127648
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Published: Grove Press - March 20th, 2018

A New York Times Editors' Choice

"The spirit of Eudora Welty broods over these adroitly crafted stories set in and around coastal Alabama, evoking a world coiled tight as a conch shell." --O Magazine


The Ministry of Utmost Happiness By Arundhati Roy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525434818
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Published: Vintage - May 1st, 2018

National Bestseller 

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 


One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post * The Boston Globe * Minneapolis Star Tribune * NPR * Newsday * The Guardian * Financial Times * The Christian Science Monitor 


Love in the Time of Cholera (Vintage International) By Gabriel García Márquez Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307389732
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Published: Vintage - October 5th, 2007

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER "A love story of astonishing power" (Newsweek), the acclaimed modern literary classic by the beloved Nobel Prize-winning author


The God of Small Things: A Novel By Arundhati Roy Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812979657
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - December 16th, 2008

WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An affluent Indian family is forever changed by one fateful day in 1969, from the author of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness


The Last Picture Show By Larry McMurtry Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781631493591
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Published: Liveright - March 20th, 2018

“McMurtry is an alchemist who converts the basest materials to gold.” — New York Times Book Review


The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel By Milan Kundera Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060932138
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 5th, 2005

A young woman in love with a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing; one of his mistresses and her humbly faithful lover—these are the two couples whose story is told in this masterful novel.


The Maytrees: A Novel By Annie Dillard Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061239540
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 10th, 2008

“Brilliant. . . . A shimmering meditation on the ebb and flow of love.”  — New York Times


Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh By John Lahr Cover Image
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 21st, 2015

National Book Critics Circle Award Winner: Biography Category
National Book Award Finalist
2015 Winner of the Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography
American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award
A Chicago Tribune 'Best Books of 2014'
USA Today: 10 Books We Loved Reading


Middlesex: A Novel By Jeffrey Eugenides Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312427733
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Published: Picador - June 5th, 2007

Middlesex is the winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

A dazzling triumph from the bestselling author of The Virgin Suicides--the astonishing tale of a gene that passes down through three generations of a Greek-American family and flowers in the body of a teenage girl.


Little, Big By John Crowley Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061120053
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 17th, 2006

John Crowley's masterful Little, Big is the epic story of Smoky Barnable, an anonymous young man who travels by foot from the City to a place called Edgewood—not found on any map—to marry Daily Alice Drinkawater, as was prophesied. It is the story of four generations of a singular family, living in a house that is many houses on the magical border of an otherworld.


The Elegance of the Hedgehog By Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator) Cover Image
By Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781933372600
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Published: Europa Editions - September 2nd, 2008

The international bestseller that has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. The Elegance of the Hedgehog is a moving, funny, atmospheric novel that exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us. 


The Private Lives of Pippa Lee: A Novel By Rebecca Miller Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312428334
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Published: Picador - August 18th, 2009

Rebecca Miller's novel The Private Lives of Pippa Lee is the study of a brave, curious, multilayered woman--an acutely intelligent portrait of the many lives behind a single name. Now a major motion film.

What part of our selves do we hide away in order to have a stable, prosperous life?


Station Eleven By Emily St. John Mandel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • A PEN/FAULKNER AWARD FINALIST • Set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse—the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.


Gratitude By Oliver Sacks Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451492937
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Published: Knopf - November 24th, 2015

“My predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved. I have been given much and I have given something in return. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.”
—Oliver Sacks


Stones from the River By Ursula Hegi Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780684844770
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 1st, 1997

From the acclaimed author of Floating in My Mother’s Palm and Children and Fire, a stunning story about ordinary people living in extraordinary times—“epic, daring, magnificent, the product of a defining and mesmerizing vision” (Los Angeles Times).

Trudi Montag is a Zwerg—a dwarf—short, undesirable, different, the voice


Lighthousekeeping By Jeanette Winterson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780156032896
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Published: Mariner Books - April 3rd, 2006

Lighthousekeeping tells the tale of Silver ("My mother called me Silver. I was born part precious metal, part pirate."), an orphaned girl who is taken in by blind Mr. Pew, the mysterious and miraculously old keeper of a lighthouse on the Scottish coast. Pew tells Silver stories of Babel Dark, a nineteenth-century clergyman.


Lila (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel By Marilynne Robinson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250074843
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Published: Picador - October 6th, 2015

A New York Times Bestseller
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER


A new American classic from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gilead and Housekeeping


Gilead (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel By Marilynne Robinson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312424404
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Published: Picador - January 10th, 2006

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER• OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION • NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER• A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK • MORE THAN 1 MILLION COPIES SOLD

“Quietly powerful [and] moving.” O, The Oprah Magazine (recommended reading)


Housekeeping: A Novel By Marilynne Robinson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312424091
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Published: Picador - November 1st, 2004

Winner of the Pen/Hemingway Award

A modern classic, Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent grandmother, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally of Sylvie, the eccentric and remote sister of their dead mother.


No One is Here Except All of Us By Ramona Ausubel Cover Image
$17.00
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ISBN: 9781594486494
Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2013

From the award-winning author of Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty and the new story collection, Awayland.


A Lesson Before Dying: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) By Ernest J. Gaines Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780375702709
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Published: Vintage - September 28th, 1997

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER A deep and compassionate novel about a young man who returns to 1940s Cajun country to visit a black youth on death row for a crime he didn't commit. Together they come to understand the heroism of resisting.


Other Voices, Other Rooms (Vintage International) By Truman Capote Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679745648
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Published: Vintage - February 1st, 1994

Truman Capote’s first novel is a story of almost supernatural intensity and inventiveness, an audacious foray into the mind of a sensitive boy as he seeks out the grown-up enigmas of love and death in the ghostly landscape of the deep South.


Homer & Langley: A Novel By E.L. Doctorow Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812975635
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 7th, 2010

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE, THE ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, THE KANSAS CITY STAR, AND BOOKLIST


What Belongs to You: A Novel By Garth Greenwell Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250117892
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Published: Picador - December 20th, 2016

Longlisted for the National Book Award in Fiction • A Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction • A Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction • A Finalist for the James Taite Black Prize for Fiction A Finalist the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize • A Finalist for the Green Carnation Prize A New York Time


Shadow Country By Peter Matthiessen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812980622
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Published: Modern Library - November 26th, 2008

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER •  “Altogether gripping, shocking, and brilliantly told, not just a tour de force in its stylistic range, but a great American novel, as powerful a reading experience as nearly any in our literature.”—Michael Dirda, The New York Review of Books


City of Thieves: A Novel By David Benioff Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780452295292
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Published: Penguin Books - March 31st, 2009

From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour and When the Nines Roll Over and co-creator of the HBO series Game of Thrones, a captivating novel about war, courage, survival — and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetime.


Giovanni's Room (Vintage International) By James Baldwin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345806567
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 2013

Set among the bohemian bars and nightclubs of 1950s Paris, this groundbreaking novel about love and the fear of love is "a book that belongs in the top rank of fiction" (The Atlantic).

In the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. 


Selected Stories By William Trevor Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9780143115960
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Published: Penguin Books - September 27th, 2011

“Trevor was our twentieth century Chekov."—Wall Street Journal


Spill Simmer Falter Wither By Sara Baume Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780544954618
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Published: Mariner Books - March 14th, 2017

A critically acclaimed debut novel praised as "unbearably poignant and beautifully told" (Eimear McBride), this captivating story follows a misfit man who adopts a misfit dog.

It is springtime, and two outcasts—a man ignored, even shunned by his village, and the one-eyed dog he takes into his quiet, tightly shuttered life—find each other, by accident or fate,


The Door (NYRB Classics) By Magda Szabo, Len Rix (Translated by), Ali Smith (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Magda Szabo, Len Rix (Translated by), Ali Smith (Introduction by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781590177716
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Published: NYRB Classics - January 27th, 2015

One of The New York Times Book Review's "10 Best Books of 2015"

An NYRB Classics Original


Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs By Sally Mann Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316247757
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 26th, 2016

This National Book Award finalist is a revealing and beautifully written memoir and family history from acclaimed photographer Sally Mann.


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Miss Jane: A Novel By Brad Watson Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393354386
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 11th, 2017

Longlisted for the National Book Award and a Washington Post Best Book of the Year

"Gorgeous…A writer of profound emotional depths." —New York Times Book Review


The Heaven of Mercury: A Novel By Brad Watson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393324655
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 17th, 2003

A National Book Award Finalist


Mothering Sunday: A Romance (Vintage International) By Graham Swift Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781101971727
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Published: Vintage - January 10th, 2017

From the Booker Prize-winning author, an intensely moving tale that begins with a secret lovers’ assignation in the spring of 1924, then unfolds to reveal the whole of a remarkable life. • Don’t miss the major motion picture starring Odessa Young, Josh O’Connor, Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù, Colin Firth, and more


Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel (The Arthur Less Books #1) By Andrew Sean Greer Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316316132
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 22nd, 2018

A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of "arresting lyricism and beauty" (The New York Times Book Review).WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
National Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of 2017