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A Man Named Doll – Jonathan Ames

From the creator of HBO’s Bored to Death, here’s a deliciously noir novel about idiosyncratic private detective Happy Doll and his quest to help a dying friend in sun-blinded Los Angeles. “Quirky, edgy, charming, funny and serious.” —Lee Child

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Alright, Alright, Alright – Melissa Maerz

The definitive oral history of the cult classic Dazed and Confused, featuring behind-the-scenes stories from the cast, crew, and Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklater.

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Die Happy – Shaina Taub

Play on repeat: Singer-songwriter and mega-talent Shaina Taub’s extraordinary album of original songs. Stay tuned for news of her highly anticipated forthcoming album, Songs of the Great Hill.

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Arthur Moon

For all the cool kids, here’s the limited edition black vinyl from avant-pop group Arthur Moon, whose “music is ethereal at times and spacious, with lyrics that are often visual, somewhat like an abstract painting.” –NPR

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Beautiful Children – Charles Bock

The masterful debut novel by bestselling author Charles Bock.

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Bestiary Dark – Marianne Boruch

Author of several books (with some of the best titles, ever), including Cadaver, Speak and Eventually One Dreams the Real Thing, Marianne Boruch has a new poetry collection: Bestiary Dark is filled with the amazing animals of Australia, where she spent several months volunteering for an animal rescue.

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Blood Grove – Walter Mosley

The ever-awesome Walter Mosley returns with this crowning achievement in the Easy Rawlins saga, in which the iconic detective’s loyalties are tested on the sun-soaked streets of Southern California.

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Blood, Bones & Butter– Gabrielle Hamilton

Chef Gabrielle Hamilton’s memoir follows her unconventional journey through many kitchens over two hard-living decades before opening her acclaimed New York restaurant, Prune.

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Caught in the Act – Dona Ann McAdams

Caught in the Act is an exhilarating look at multimedia performance with front-row-center photographs by Dona Ann McAdams.

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Detroit City is the Place to Be – Mark Binelli

Sharp and impassioned, Detroit City Is the Place to Be is alive with the sense of possibility that comes when a city hits rock bottom. 

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Festival Days – Jo Ann Beard

A searing and exhilarating new collection from the award-winning author of The Boys of My Youth and In Zanesville, honoring “the beautiful, the sacred, and the comic in life.” —Sigrid Nunez

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How to Make White People Laugh – Negin Farsad

From the acclaimed writer, director and star of the hit documentary The Muslims are Coming, comes a memoir in essays about growing up Iranian-American in a post-9/11 world and the power of comedy to combat racism.

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Invisible Child – Andrea Elliott

The riveting, unforgettable story of a girl whose indomitable spirit is tested by homelessness, poverty, and racism in an unequal America from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Andrea Elliott.

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Judas and the Black Messiah – Shaka King

In this acclaimed film based on a true story, FBI informant William O’Neal infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton.

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Kajillionaire – Miranda July

Con-artists Theresa and Robert have spent 26 years training their only daughter, Old Dolio, to swindle, scam, and steal at every opportunity. During a desperate, hastily conceived heist, they charm a stranger into joining their next scam, only to have their entire world turned upside down.

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Landfall – Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet

This Grammy Award-winning song cycle explores catastrophic climate change, with galvanizing and cinematic scope.

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Matrix – Lauren Groff

Cast out of the royal court by Eleanor of Aquitaine and deemed too coarse and rough-hewn for marriage or courtly life, 17-year-old Marie de France is sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey.

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New York, My Village– Uwem Akpan

New York, My Village is a triumph of storytelling and a testament to the life-sustaining power of community across borders and across boroughs.

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North – Brad Kessler

A powerfully moving novel about the intertwined lives of a Vermont monk, a Somali refugee, and an Afghan war veteran by the author of the acclaimed memoir, Goat Song.

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Now I Spill the Family Secrets – Margaret Kimball

Margaret Kimball’s wonderfully illustrated memoir about coming of age in a family beset with mystery.

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Pure Color – Sheila Heti

Available for pre-order: Pure Colour is a galaxy of a novel: explosive, celestially bright, huge, and streaked with beauty.

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Ruthie Fear – Maxim Loskutoff

Anchored by its unforgettable heroine, Ruthie Fear presents the rural West as a place balanced on a knife-edge, at war with itself, but still unbearably beautiful and full of love.

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Second Nature – Nathaniel Rich

From the author of Losing Earth, this new book of nonfiction offers a beautifully told exploration of our post-natural world, proposing a new mode of ecological writing with real impact.

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The Alignment Problem – Brian Christian

Artificial intelligence and poetry converge in The Alignment Problem, advancing an unflinching reckoning with biases and blind spots as well as our unstated assumptions and often contradictory goals.

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From the Diary of Sally Hemings – Sandra Seaton

Reimagining the life of an enigmatic historical figure, this song cycle for voice and piano soars with lyrics by Sandra Seaton set to music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom.

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The Five Wounds – Kristin Valdez Quade

Kirstin Valdez Quade conjures characters that will linger long after the final page, bringing to life their struggles to parent children they may not be equipped to save.

2021 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize!

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The Holly – Julian Rubinstein

An award-winning journalist’s dramatic account of a shooting that shook a community to its core, the book outlines important implications for the future.

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The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance – Elna Baker

Brazenly honest, The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance is Elna Baker’s hilarious and heartfelt chronicle of her attempt to find love in a city full of strangers and see if she can steer clear of temptation and just get by on God.

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The Uncollected Stories of Allan Gurganus – Allan Gurganus

These meticulously crafted parables recall William Faulkner’s scope and Flannery O’Connor’s corrosive wit. Imbuing each story with charged drama, Gurganus, a sublime ventriloquist, again proves himself among our funniest writers and our wisest.

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The Way West – Peter Kayafas

An exhibition and book project, The Way West presents images from 10 years and thousands of miles of travel in the Plains States. Blazing along the backroads of America, Kayafas uses his camera to investigate the histories and traditions of people and their connection to the land.

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Very Cold People – Sarah Manguso

At once an ungilded portrait of girlhood at the crossroads of history and social class as well as a vital confrontation with an all-American whiteness, where the ice of emotional restraint meets the embers of smoldering rage, Very Cold People is a haunted jewel of a novel from one of our most virtuosic literary writers.

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