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Starling House: A Reese's Book Club Pick By Alix E. Harrow Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250799050
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Published: Tor Books - October 3rd, 2023

Opal is trying her best to give her brother a better life.  When an opportunity arises to make more money cleaning the infamous haunted house, she takes it!

- Vanessa, Books Inc. Chestnut


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What the River Knows: A Novel (Secrets of the Nile #1) By Isabel Ibañez Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250803375
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Published: Wednesday Books - October 31st, 2023

An adventure down the Nile in search of Cleopatra’s tomb.  Full of history, witty banter and mystery.

- Vanessa, Books Inc. Chestnut


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Anna O: A Today Show and GMA Buzz Pick By Matthew Blake Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063314153
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Published: Harper - January 2nd, 2024

A sleepwalking murder case; the accused has been in a sleep coma since the incident, and a sleep psychologist arrives in an attempt to wake her up

- Vanessa, Books Inc. Chestnut


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Invitation to a Banquet: The Story of Chinese Food By Fuchsia Dunlop Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393867138
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 7th, 2023

An engaging and informative walk through the history of Chinese food.  Dunlop is the first westerner to train at the Sichuan Institute of Higher Cuisine, and has spent years travelling and cooking in China.  You’ll have a better understanding of Chinese cuisine after reading this, whether it be simple tofu or an elegant banquet.

- Earle, Books Inc. Chestnut


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The Mantis: A Novel By Kotaro Isaka, Sam Malissa (Translated by) Cover Image
By Kotaro Isaka, Sam Malissa (Translated by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9781419769474
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - November 7th, 2023

The author’s third foray into his own weird world of hired killers, this one features Kabuto, who fears nothing except his wife’s unhappiness.

Mark, Books Inc. Chestnut 


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The Psychology of Time Travel: A Novel By Kate Mascarenhas Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781639101290
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Published: Crooked Lane Books - October 11th, 2022

Do you have what it takes to be a time traveling agent of the Time Travel Conclave? Take the test after reading about four female scientists inventing time travel in 1967, a time travel related murder in 2018, cool phrases like echoing and zeitigzorn, meet agents who are sociopathic, and discover quite an extreme form of jet lag.

- Charlie, Compass Books SFO


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Poor Deer: A Novel By Claire Oshetsky Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063327665
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Published: Ecco - January 9th, 2024

Poor Deer is a fantastic reminder that only we can see the burdens that we carry. They write about the way we shape our memories of trauma, guilt and loss in order to cope in such an earnest and heartfelt way.

- Lindsay, Books Inc. Palo Alto


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Hiroshima By John Hersey Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593082362
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Published: Vintage - June 23rd, 2020

A haunting chronicle of survival amidst nuclear devastation. Hersey paints a poignant portrait of ordinary lives forever altered by the atomic bomb. A powerful testament to humanity's resilience and a call for global awareness, this journalistic masterpiece transcends time with its indelible impact. 

- Kevin, Books Inc. Opera Plaza 


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Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma By Claire Dederer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525655114
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Published: Knopf - April 25th, 2023

As a huge fan of some geniuses who happen to be horrible people i needed this! 

- David Thorn, Books Inc. Opera Plaza 


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On the Origin of Species (Word Cloud Classics) By Charles Darwin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781645178644
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Published: Canterbury Classics - December 20th, 2022

A masterpiece that reshaped our understanding of life. A must read for all curious minds. 

- Vin, Books Inc. Opera Plaza 


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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics By Daniel James Brown Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143125471
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Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2014

A thrilling, moving story well told. Out of the depression, through intense rivalries (against CAL among others), on to the '36 Olympics in Hitler's Berlin. A favorite book of mine. 

- Tom, Books Inc. Berkeley


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They Called Us Enemy By George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, Harmony Becker (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781603094504
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - July 16th, 2019

This graphic memoir by George Takei points a light on this dark time in American history. Presenting the real story of Japanese interment during WWII from the perspective of Takei's youth, this is an important story for anyone to read. 

- Alex, Books Inc. Berkeley 


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Good Dog, Carl (Classic Board Books) By Alexandra Day, Alexandra Day (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Alexandra Day, Alexandra Day (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780689807480
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Published: Little Simon - February 1st, 1996

These cute, simple stories about the bond between a baby and her dog will appeal to dog-owners and dog lovers. Carl is the hero of mischievous babies everywhere! Also: try to spot your dogs expression in days lovely art. 

- Sophia, Books Inc. Berkeley 


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Great North Road By Peter F. Hamilton Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345526670
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Published: Del Rey - December 31st, 2013

A neo-noir cop mystery, expedition adventure, and cautionary sci-fi tale rolled into one pulpy and highly entertaining package. 

- Schyler, Books Inc. Berkeley


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Drowning: The Rescue of Flight 1421 (A Novel) By T. J. Newman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982177911
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - May 30th, 2023

First came Falling which was quite a ride. Now Newman's second book is here and don't miss it! It is not a sequel to Falling, it's all new! Seat of your pants, white-knuckle suspense, well done, with great characters! 

- Annette, Laurel Village 

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These Violent Delights: A Novel By Micah Nemerever Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062963642
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 14th, 2021

1970s Pittsburgh - two college students enter into the worlds most toxic relationship. A (sorta) love story full of obsession, violence, and murder. Wonderful prose and a morbid, suspenseful story, perfect for fans of Donna Tartt's "The Secret History." 

- Dylan, Laurel Village 


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Killers of a Certain Age By Deanna Raybourn Cover Image
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Published: Berkley - August 15th, 2023

Too much fun! Four sixty-year-old women who just happens to be a assassins are themselves targeted and say, "Hell no!" And then do what they do best. Loved it. 

- Liz, Berkeley 


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The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World By Patrik Svensson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062968821
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Published: Ecco - April 13th, 2021

Science has come up against many mysteries, but few have proven intractable and difficult to solve as the eel. This meditation on eels highlights the mysterious nation and life cycle, still largely unknown of these endangered creatures.

- Elena, Berkeley 


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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption By Bryan Stevenson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812984965
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Published: One World - August 18th, 2015

A powerful book about hope and mercy in the face of devastating injustice. Stevenson seeks out the victims of tremendous unfairness and fights for them. Challenging, inspiring, heart-breaking, hopeful. 

- Jeffrey, Berkeley 

 


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Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds By Adrienne Maree Brown Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781849352604
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Published: AK Press - April 18th, 2017

A perfect combination of self help and social science, Emergent Strategy shows how small acts can enact big change and bring us closer together. Important for activists or anyone engaged in social work of any kind.

- Alex, Berkeley  


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Stories to Keep You Alive Despite Vampires By Ben Acker Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781665917018
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 29th, 2023

Do you know every scary story there is? I bet you haven't heard the versions in this collection! Connoisseurs of creepy will find new tales and funny spins on classics herein, all told with an off the wall sense of humor. Doubters should turn to page 13 and read, "Diagnosis: Wolf" for a taste of what to expect from this hilarious anthology. 

- Dav, Berkeley 


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Foe: A Novel By Iain Reid Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781668009260
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - October 3rd, 2023

When I finished this book I immediately went back to the first page and read it again. CLASSIC

-David Thorn, Opera Plaza 


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An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us By Ed Yong Cover Image
By Ed Yong
$20.00
ISBN: 9780593133255
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 29th, 2023

Learn about all the different senses evolution has to offer from smelling to electric fields and more. 

- Vincent, Opera Plaza


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Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel By George Saunders Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812985405
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 6th, 2018

Just as beguiling, melancholy, and affecting as his short stories. George Saunders is a genius and you should read this book - it will restore your faith in... everything.

- Kevin, Opera Plaza


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The Reason for the Darkness of the Night: Edgar Allan Poe and the Forging of American Science By John Tresch Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250849403
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Published: Picador - October 4th, 2022

More than just a morose master of the macabre with an unfortunate proclivity to drink, Edgar Allan Poe was a forward thinker who strongly believed in advancement through science and reason. As much a man of science as literature, this portrayal of an American visionary will change the way you think about one of our premier public intellectuals. 

- Kevin, Opera Plaza


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Breaking Free: A saga of self-discovery by a gay Secret Service agent By Cory Allen Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781953610621
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Published: Nfb Publishing/Amelia Press - March 10th, 2023

Fascinating, heart-swelling, and humorous all at once, this relatable true story of finding "the right one", oneself, and what doesn't serve you while guarding the nation!

- Calla, Alameda