The holiday rush is in full swing here at the store, but our amazing booksellers have still found the time to read some new books this week! Check out the page below to see what they’ve been reading this season. In the meantime, we’ll get back to filling those holiday orders for you.
A tale of sentient grimoires, dashing sorcerers, and a sword-wielding heroine, A Sorcery of Thorns
was just the book I wanted to read. This standalone fantasy novel was chock full of wonderful characters and beautiful magic throughout, so it was no wonder that I started and finished it on the same day. I mean, c’mon, a book with a demon butler (*clears throat* Black Butler
, who?) and badass librarians who sometimes have to fight the literature themselves?? There was no way I wasn’t going to absolutely love everything about this book. With a little bit of romance and a lot of action, you’ll want to read this book the first chance you get.
Harlot’s Ghost by Norman Mailer
Blame it on the ‘rona, but it felt like the right time to tackle Harlot’s Ghost
, Norman Mailer’s beefy 1,100-page “history” (it’s fiction) of the CIA. And while the jury’s still out, I have to admit that I’m utterly captivated by this fretful, paranoid spy novel that takes you behind the driver’s seat of the Company’s greatest failures and achievements. There’s enough Cold War-era sleuthing and J. Edgar Hoover s**t-talking for the whole family, but it’s the panicky frame narrative of an ex-agent possibly faking their own death in order to expose a delicately-orchestrated money-laundering conspiracy within the US government that’s got me going. It’s the kind of stuff Le Carré wishes he could write.
Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
Cooler than your coolest history teacher, Reynolds offers a fresh take on Kendi’s original, Stamped From the Beginning. The history of America’s racist past told from a decidedly modern voice; this is essential reading for middle school and beyond.
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