Sarah B

WIth years of bookstore experience, she's your go-to for what folks-in-the-know are talking about. She makes sure we have the sought after books in stock.

These are on Sarah's staff picks shelf right now.   Unless someone just bought one.

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The Kill Jar: Obsession, Descent, and a Hunt for Detroit's Most Notorious Serial Killer Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501190001
Availability: On our shelves now. We will confirm availability.
Published: Gallery Books - February 26th, 2019

WARNING: Not for the faint of heart! Appelman investigates a series of
unsolved child murders that took place in Detroit in the 70s. Alont the
way he dives into the darkness of his own family history, and uncovers
unspeakable abuses of power by Michigan's powerful elites.


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The Current: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616209834
Availability: Not in stock at store. Will, in most instances, ship from our warehouse in 7-10 days
Published: Algonquin Books - November 5th, 2019

Two girls driving home from college are accosted and end up in the icy
river...reminding a community (and a detective) of an unsolved crime. Tim
Johnston continues to explore the relationships between fathers and
daughters - and the violence that exists just under the surface in rural
communities.


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Madness Is Better Than Defeat Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780804172189
Availability: On our shelves now. We will confirm availability.
Published: Vintage - January 15th, 2019

Beauman is one of the most creative writers working today! Two expeditions
arrive at a newly discovered temple in Honduras - one wants to take the
temple back to America, one wants to film a movie on location. A standoff
occurs. For years. Add in a touch of magical realism, a rogue CIA agent, a
shy British anthropologist, a Nazi on the run, an obsessed director...so
good!


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The Underneath Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781937512699
Availability: Not in stock at store. Will, in most instances, ship from our warehouse in 7-10 days
Published: Two Dollar Radio - May 15th, 2018

This intense, entertaining novel has so many layers - Kay discovers a
mysterious crawl space in her rental house with a menacing message carved
into the wall - as a journalist (with a history in unstable regions of
Africa) she can't resist investigating... Meanwhile Ben, a logger, tries
to save an abused boy from his drug addicted mother... This book will get
you!


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Sugar Run: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616209810
Availability: Not in stock at store. Will, in most instances, ship from our warehouse in 7-10 days
Published: Algonquin Books - October 8th, 2019

Released from prison after 17 years, Jodi has never lived as an adult in
the outside world. She meets Miranda, a single mother on the run with her
own troubled past. They return to Jodi's family holler in West Virginia
and attempt to create a home in a land that is itself under attack from
oil and gas companies. A taut, moving novel.


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Hark Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501146077
Availability: On our shelves now. We will confirm availability.
Published: Simon & Schuster - January 21st, 2020

Sam Lipsyte, the greatest satirist and humorist of our era, takes on our
obsession with wellness/self-help/gurus. We meet Hark, a (maybe?)
spiritual leader, and Fraz his (maybe?) accolade as they introduce the
world to "Mental Archery." It's the next greatest thing! Put on your yoga
pants and enjoy!


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Nobody Move: A Novel Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780312429614
Availability: On our shelves now. We will confirm availability.
Published: Picador - April 27th, 2010

“The God I want to believe in has a voice and a sense of humor like Denis
Johnson’s.” So says Jonathan Franzen (The Corrections), and I couldn’t
agree more. Denis Johnson’s latest book, Nobody Move, is a gripping noir
thriller that hijacked my attention for an entire afternoon. I read it
once all the way through, and then started again. You don’t want to miss
the story of Jimmy Luntz, a down-on-his-luck compulsive gambler on the
run, and the crack-shot, drunk Native American Anita. Together they
stagger through the dark, lawless underworld Johnson has created—a world
that chillingly mirrors our own.


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Interior Chinatown: A Novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780307907196
Availability: Backordered. Not in stock at store and may take a number of weeks to arrive.
Published: Pantheon - January 28th, 2020

Willis Wu is Generic Asian Man, but he dreams of someday being Kung Fu Guy! Master of metafiction Charles Yu is back with a savage and hilarious novel about how Asian Americans are portrayed in our media and treated in our society.

--Sarah B


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Under the Volcano: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061120152
Availability: Not in stock at store. Will, in most instances, ship from our warehouse in 7-10 days
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - April 10th, 2007

This novel is an often overlooked classic - consistently listed as one of the top 100 books of the 20th century. It's the story of Geoff, the British consul in Quanhnahuac Mexico who is drinking himself to death. His ex-wife has arrived attempting to save him. Full of amazing imagery, the menace of a looming World War 2, tequila and MEZCAL.


Sailor Song Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780140139976
Availability: On our shelves now. We will confirm availability.
Published: Penguin Books - July 1st, 1993

Remember when Robert Frost asked if the world will end in fire or ice? Ken Kesey had that in mind when he wrote this rollicking, hilarious novel of post-hippiedom... When a Hollywood movie crew arrives in a burnt out Alaska town to film a movie about a sea lion, age-old battles are revived and fought...


Sometimes a Great Notion Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780140045291
Availability: Not in stock at store. Will, in most instances, ship from our warehouse in 7-10 days
Published: Penguin Books - July 28th, 1977

Sweet, sad, funny and tragic this book is American icon Ken Kesey's best novel. His rugged Oregon upbringing and counterculture middle-age gave him rare insight into the conflicted nature of American character in the 20th century, and he poured it all into this amazing book.


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Seaview (Rediscovery) Cover Image
By Toby Olson, Robert Coover (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780976631163
Availability: May be on Backorder or may be Out of Print. May take a number of weeks to arrive if it arrives at all. We will confirm.
Published: Hawthorne Books - December 27th, 2006

Of all my favorite things in life, two I never imagined would converge are literature and golf. But in Toby Olson’s brilliant novel, Seaview, they do—and the result is something wildly original and yet comfortingly familiar. This is the story of Allen, a golf hustler, and his dying wife, Melinda, traveling together from Arizona to Connecticut. Along the way they pick up Pima Indian activist Bob White, with whom they develop a deep friendship, while throughout they are stalked by Allen’s coke-dealing former friend, Richard. This dark and beautiful novel builds to a climax on a cliff-side golf course, Seaview Links, that you will never forget. I strongly urge you to experience Seaview.


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Nobody Move: A Novel Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780312429614
Availability: On our shelves now. We will confirm availability.
Published: Picador - April 27th, 2010

“The God I want to believe in has a voice and a sense of humor like Denis Johnson’s.” So says Jonathan Franzen (The Corrections), and I couldn’t agree more. Denis Johnson’s latest book, Nobody Move, is a gripping noir thriller that hijacked my attention for an entire afternoon. I read it once all the way through, and then started again. You don’t want to miss the story of Jimmy Luntz, a down-on-his-luck compulsive gambler on the run, and the crack-shot, drunk Native American Anita. Together they stagger through the dark, lawless underworld Johnson has created—a world that chillingly mirrors our own.