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Marketing Coordinator. Enjoys science, nature, & food writing, historical & speculative fiction, fantasy & books about books. ~Bookie since 2017~

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Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982168438
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Published: Scribner - September 28th, 2021

Just brilliant.


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Mrs. March: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781631498619
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Published: Liveright - August 10th, 2021

This delectable trainwreck is a masterwork of psychological suspense. I could not put it down!


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Afterparties: Stories Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063049901
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Published: Ecco - August 3rd, 2021

An incredible debut collection... It is a tragedy that we have lost this writer so soon.


The Wolf and the Woodsman: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062973122
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Published: Harper Voyager - June 8th, 2021

Fans of Naomi Novik's Spinning Silver will LOVE The Wolf and the Woodsman, a fresh take in folklore-based fantasy, with grisly romance and weird magic, infused with the scent of paprika. In a land of ambulatory trees, witches in disguise, flesh-hungry sprites, our protagonists navigate their woundedness and political peril to find themselves. This story of a woman born between worlds, cultures, and peoples, learning to wield her inborn power, is addictive, grimdark-sexy, and thought-provoking.


Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781954118003
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 6th, 2021

How does one observe without objectifying? Systematize without soulnessness? Empathize without sentimentality? Humanity has painted itself into a strange, solitary corner of the ecosystem; biologist Catherine Raven's numinous, nature-centric memoir nudges us out of that corner and into the glorious midst of it all. With wry grace and exquisite discernment, she invites the reader to witness her left and right brains learn how to play together. Science alone cannot carry us; our understanding of the world languishes in the absence of stories. Raven's elegantly self-deprecating struggle to synthesize the logical and the ludicrous is a gift to anyone who ever balked at assigning meaning to earth's sublimity.


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Shadowplay Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781609456986
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Published: Europa Editions - October 12th, 2021

O'Connor chronicles the dark despair of the act of writing itself through the lens of London's famous Lyceum Theater. A book-within-a-book of the highest caliber, it treads the boards from the dazzling spectacle of Shakespeare to the quiet desperation of everyday life. It's also occasionally, as befits a story of Dracula's creator, creepingly spooky...  Very good reading as the nights (hopefully) turn to chilly autumn. Shadowplay made me laugh, weep, and most importantly, begat a sense of intimately knowing its real-life muses: Abraham Stoker, Ellen Terry, and and Henry Irving.


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Love in the Big City Cover Image
By Sang Young Park, Anton Hur (Translator)
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802158789
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Published: Grove Press - November 9th, 2021

I read Love in the Big City laughing, grimacing, and frequently with tears in my eyes, hooked and invested from page one. Sang Young Park's rendering of our yearning for love and companionship, dry yet humane, is a joy to read. The narrator's voice is so honest and gritty, yet vulnerable - I found myself wanting to reach out and reassure him. I wept for this character who feels absolutely real, so well-rendered is his inner life and journey. Sang Young Park is a writer to watch!


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Cairo Circles Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781951213367
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Published: Unnamed Press - October 12th, 2021

How can we figuratively and literally go home again, once we've expanded our circles? How do we reconcile our inner states and desires with those projected upon us by society and family? In Cairo Circles, Doma Mahmoud gracefully explores how expectations - socioeconomic, cultural, emotional - both separate and bring us together, how our circles are both cuttingly drawn and ineffably fluid, intersecting and refracting, creating complex new geometries of being. Mahmoud manifests these soul-jostlings through a cast of characters rendered with incisive sympathy, beauty, and humor - compelling, real characters that linger long after the last page. A fabulous debut!


How to Resist Amazon and Why: The Fight for Local Economics, Data Privacy, Fair Labor, Independent Bookstores, and a People-Powered Future! (Real World) Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781621067061
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Published: Microcosm Publishing - March 9th, 2021

Gold Diggers: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984882035
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Published: Penguin Press - April 6th, 2021

Maxwell's Demon Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802149206
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Published: Grove Press - April 6th, 2021

Nightbitch Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780385546812
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Published: Doubleday Books - July 20th, 2021

Aroooooooo! This is Kafka for the modern woman, a visceral exploration of the resentments bubbling up beneath dreams deferred. Pairs well with a heaping plate of steak tartare.


The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765387561
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Published: Tor Books - October 6th, 2020

A classic tale of a wish gone wrong, modernized. Addie LaRue lives in small-town France in the 1700's and burns to escape her provincial life. She makes a bargain with a dangerous entity but is not careful about the parameters of the deal. She gains a sort of immortality but is cursed by being almost instantly forgotten by everyone she meets. Her story reaches modern-day New York where she meets a handsome young bookseller who, against all odds, seems to defy the curse and REMEMBERS her. This is a story about stories, books and writing, creation and art, and about how we use them to deal with life's disappointments, especially  mortality. It clever twist of fairy tale and mythological motifs makes it a natural match for  fans of Anne Rice, Naomi Novik, Alix E. Harrow, & Erin Morgenstern.


Toil & Trouble: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250752000
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - November 17th, 2020

Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525522317
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Published: Penguin Books - March 9th, 2021

Qualityland Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781538732960
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 7th, 2020

The Midnight Bargain Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781645660071
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Published: Erewhon - October 13th, 2020

Regency chaos magick sorceresses with creepy dystopian patriarchy problems. A quick, fun, romantic read - it's all that's fun about Austen: the details of beautiful people in beautiful dresses dancing beautiful dances - but under the surface there's substantial exploration of feminist concerns that is ALSO reminiscent of Austen.

Please do tell the details of your whalebone corset while you draw a circle to invite a lucky spirit to inhabit you for the night in order to aid you in escaping an unhappy marriage! *swoon*


Tyll: A Novel Cover Image
By Daniel Kehlmann, Ross Benjamin (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525562726
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Published: Vintage - March 9th, 2021

Fresh Water for Flowers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781609456764
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Published: Europa Editions - May 4th, 2021

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Hollow Kingdom Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781538745830
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 7th, 2020

So good, simultaneously funny and heartbreaking. I'd recommend it to pretty much anyone who doesn't mind a corvid dropping lots of curse words. Helen McDonald, author of H is for Hawk and Vesper Flights, says that "Hollow Kingdom is a nature book for our own age, an exuberant, glittering, hard-hitting mashup of Dawn of the Dead and The Incredible Journey. It's an adventure lit by strange myths, brand-names, television and smartphone screens, a fable with teeth and claws about animals making new lives amongst the ruins of humanity. It's transformative, poignant, and funny as hell."


Nottingham: A Novel Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250195616
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Published: Forge Books - September 15th, 2020

Destroy Your Safe and Happy Lives Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781644280300
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Published: Rare Bird Books - November 12th, 2019

This is one for people who, like me, really really miss live music. It's a fantastic specimen of music writing. Jack Carneal looks upon on his music career as a touring drummer, especially one summer when his band played that little thing called Lollapalooza.

Highly entertaining, lively but introspective writing addresses how you square simply surviving with taking the artist's journey.

Super funny, self deprecating, just a great piece of music journalism and memoir in general.


Falastin: A Cookbook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780399581731
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Published: Ten Speed Press - June 16th, 2020

The Ralph Nader and Family Cookbook: Classic Recipes from Lebanon and Beyond Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781617757945
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Published: Akashic Books - April 7th, 2020

Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307455802
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Published: Vintage - March 30th, 2021

A Winter's Promise: Book One of the Mirror Visitor Quartet Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9781609456078
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Published: Europa Editions - May 12th, 2020

Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358505020
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Published: Mariner Books - April 20th, 2021

The Shapeless Unease: A Year of Not Sleeping Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802148834
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Published: Grove Press - May 18th, 2021

The Western Wind Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802147721
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Published: Grove Press - October 15th, 2019

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Trouble the Saints: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250175359
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Published: Tor Books - August 10th, 2021

Shorefall: A Novel (The Founders Trilogy #2) Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781524760380
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Published: Del Rey - April 21st, 2020

Foundryside: A Novel (The Founders Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525573845
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Published: Crown - May 21st, 2019

Miss Austen: A Novel of the Austen Sisters Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250252210
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Published: Flatiron Books - March 16th, 2021

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The Other Bennet Sister: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250787620
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Published: Picador - April 6th, 2021

A worthy addition to the Austen canon, The Other Bennet Sister gives voice to a much-maligned character from Pride and Prejudice, sister Mary, the awkwardly bookish middle child. We see the events from the original story afresh through her eyes, and find out what happens after all her more glittering sisters are married off. Is poor bespectacled Mary doomed to spinsterhood or, even more terrifying, the itinerant life of a governess? The reader keenly feels the pain of living in the shadow cast by siblings gifted more liberally with those characteristics society and fiction reward - vivaciousness, beauty, elegance. Hadlow seamlessly and respectfully fits this side-story into the Austenverse while provoking new insights into the characters you thought you knew inside-out.


88 Names: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062854681
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 16th, 2021

Upright Women Wanted Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781250213587
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Published: Tordotcom - February 4th, 2020

Exhalation Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101972083
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Published: Vintage - June 30th, 2020

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735220188
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 4th, 2020

Agency (The Jackpot Trilogy #2) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101986943
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Published: Berkley - January 26th, 2021

Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking It All with the Greatest Chef in the World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524759650
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - July 21st, 2020

The Starless Sea: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101971383
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Published: Anchor - August 4th, 2020

Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250313188
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Published: Tordotcom - July 14th, 2020

The Ten Thousand Doors of January Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316421973
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Published: Redhook - May 12th, 2020

The History of Living Forever: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250619525
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Published: Picador - September 1st, 2020

The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Sarah Jacoby (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062393449
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 21st, 2019

Carl and the Meaning of Life Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780451474988
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2019

Foucault in California: [A True Story--Wherein the Great French Philosopher Drops Acid in the Valley of Death] Cover Image
By Simeon Wade, Heather Dundas (Foreword by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781597145374
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Published: Heyday Books - June 1st, 2021

Once Upon a River: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780743298087
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - July 2nd, 2019

Year of Wonder: Classical Music to Enjoy Day by Day Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062856203
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Published: Harper - October 30th, 2018

The Travelling Cat Chronicles Cover Image
By Hiro Arikawa, Philip Gabriel (Translated by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780451491336
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Published: Berkley - October 23rd, 2018

Little: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525534334
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 22nd, 2019

Meet Me at the Museum: A Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250295170
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 6th, 2019

Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781541699533
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Published: Basic Books - September 3rd, 2019

Spinning Silver: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399180996
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Published: Del Rey - May 7th, 2019

Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735224582
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Published: Penguin Books - June 25th, 2019

Mozart's Starling Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316370905
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - May 15th, 2018

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101981634
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Published: Penguin Books - April 23rd, 2019

The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America (Bird Books, Books for Bird Lovers, Humor Books) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781452174037
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 2nd, 2019

Magpie Murders: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062645234
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 27th, 2018

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735210639
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 8th, 2019

Soon: An Overdue History of Procrastination, from Leonardo and Darwin to You and Me Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062491596
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Published: Dey Street Books - December 31st, 2018

The Philosopher's Flight: A Novel (The Philosophers Series #1) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781476778167
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 19th, 2019

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life Cover Image
By Ed Yong
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062368607
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Published: Ecco - January 16th, 2018

Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781784785697
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Published: Verso - September 26th, 2017

The California Field Atlas Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781597144025
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Published: Heyday Books - September 5th, 2017

All the Birds in the Sky Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780765379955
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Published: Tor Books - April 11th, 2017

The Devourers: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101967539
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Published: Del Rey - February 21st, 2017

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781620408346
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - May 3rd, 2016

Neuromancer (Sprawl Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780441007462
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Published: Ace - July 1st, 2000

Why Fonts Matter Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781584236313
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Published: Gingko Press - May 1st, 2016

The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780756404741
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Published: DAW - April 1st, 2008

The Club Dumas Cover Image
By Arturo Perez-Reverte, Sonia Soto (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780156032834
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Published: Mariner Books - May 1st, 2006

The Shadow of the Wind Cover Image
By Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lucia Graves (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143034902
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Published: Penguin Books - January 25th, 2005

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393324822
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 17th, 2004

Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs #1) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345457684
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Published: Del Rey - March 4th, 2003

Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345443021
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Published: Del Rey - February 27th, 2001

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375725845
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Published: Vintage - February 13th, 2001

On a Pale Horse (Incarnations of Immortality #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345338587
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Published: Del Rey - September 12th, 1986