Ghosts Of Booksellers Past

While these booksellers themselves aren't necessarily ghosts, their recommendations still stand even after they've left our stores.



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The Martian: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780553418026
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Published: Broadway Books - October 28th, 2014

The Martian is full of wit, humor, survival, and verve. When Mark Watney is left for dead on Mars he must figure out how to survive while cut off from all communication with Earth. Split between Watney’s point of view and the rescue mission back home, Andy Weir uses just the right amount of science to make you feel like you’re there and understand without ever overwhelming you. A classic survival story meets classic sci-fi, both updated for today’s world. Easily the most fresh and enjoyable sci-fi I’ve read in a long, long time.

-- Cari


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The Door (NYRB Classics) Cover Image
By Magda Szabo, Len Rix (Translated by), Ali Smith (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590177716
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Published: NYRB Classics - January 27th, 2015

A story of the ultimate love and ultimate betrayal between two Hungarian women. As Magda says of Emerence, there are some books that are “capable of arousing the finest feelings in [you], and also the most base.” This is one you won’t soon forget.

-- Cari


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A True Novel: A Remaking of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781590517062
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Published: Other Press - October 28th, 2014

Wuthering Heights told through the lens of the traditional Japanese true novel, this story within stories touches the heart of class relations and unrequited love. You get all of the drama of Bronte’s characters without the need to hate them and such restrained poetry that it will haunt you long after you finish--after all, what is true?

-- Cari


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Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking Cover Image
By Samin Nosrat, Wendy MacNaughton (Illustrator)
$37.50
ISBN: 9781476753836
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 25th, 2017

So much more than a book of recipes! This book gets into the *how* and *why* of good cooking-- think Alton Brown's "Good Eats" with the quirkiness dialed down. The only cookbook that has earned a permanent place on my shelf. Bonus-- really cool illustrations throughout!

-- Adam


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The Oracle Year: A Novel Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780062686633
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 3rd, 2018

I always love reading debut novels from authors who generally work in other mediums-- Charles Soule usually writes comic books, having worked on the more recent incarnations of Daredevil, She-Hulk and various Star Wars characters. He brings all of those sensibilities to this novel, it is full of a “show-don’t-tell” style befitting someone who isn’t used to getting the space for exposition, with richly drafted characters all the way through. His protagonist, a twentysomething bassist struggling to make his way in the Manhattan music scene, wakes up one day with 108 predictions for the future in his head. He doesn’t know why or how, but one by one they all come to be, with or without his intervention. Look for this to be a movie within a year or two.

-- Adam


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Stephen Florida Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781566894647
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Published: Coffee House Press - June 6th, 2017

This strange, engrossing novel is the most powerful debut I have ever encountered. Stephen's story is one of singular obsession and futility, of creating his own meaning and constructing a whole reality, a whole self around it. What follows is surreal, affecting, and entirely unique. Be forewarned-- Stephen's voice will remain in your head long after you put this book down.

-- Adam


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Spaceman of Bohemia Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316273442
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 20th, 2018

I have never come across a novel that manages to be both so fantastical and so deeply human as Kalfar's debut. Having grown up in the Czech Republic, Kalfar channels that complicated history into his astronaut-turned-celebrity protagonist, exploring how the weight of the past enfeebles our push towards a brighter future. At times zany and surreal, but still one of the most affecting novels I have ever read

-- Adam


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The King Is Always Above the People: Stories Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594631726
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 31st, 2017

Daniel Alarcon's new collection had me in goosebumps after the first two pages. The premiere story in this collection, 'The Thousands', portrays such limitless hope in the face of constant heartbreak in sparse, economic, and yet somehow still intensely emotional prose. These deeply human stories of migration and uncertainty, of small triumphs in a long history of failures, will resonate as deeply with you as they have with me.

-- Adam


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The Last Samurai Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780811225502
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 31st, 2016

Helen DeWitt can do anything. She can fill a page with a treatise on ancient Greek linguistics without losing a complete layman's attention; she can write convincingly from the perspective of a grappling-with-his-budding-genius eleven year old boy; she can hammer you with erudition while telling a story deeply rooted in family and relationships. I'll read anything she puts on paper

-- Adam


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New American Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
By Ben Marcus (Editor)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780804173544
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Published: Vintage - July 21st, 2015

New American Stories is an anthology of, more than anything, the weird. Frustrated and weird characters, weird isolated suburban streets, explosive wars whose origins are weird and unclear. The American landscape that each of these stories suggests is bizarre but also familiar. The variation of work in this collection is expansive, from brief stories by relatively un-laureled young writers, to an eerie new story by Don DeLillo. The whole thing is exciting, valuable, and worth reading from front to back, or back to front, or in whatever order you want. The ideal place to read this book: the train. Whether your commute is short or blissfully long.


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Space Opera Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781481497497
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - April 10th, 2018

This book has gotten a lot of comparisons to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and in some ways, that's a valid comparison. They're both funny and have big, complex universes. In other ways, however, this is a superior book (and I say that as someone who has a Hitchhiker's tattoo). Valente's world has all of the whimsy of her Fairyland series or of Hitchhiker's but still isn't afraid to ask the Big Questions. Valente engages with politics, morality, and what it means to be human, and moreover she does it all while dousing everything in glitter and glam. It's a big, beautiful heart of a book, and I just loved it to pieces.

-- Jess


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Daughter of Smoke & Bone Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780316133999
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 5th, 2012

Part Saga, part Abarat, part American Gods, and part something entirely its own, this series about angels and demons is my current obsession. Taylor weaves a rich mythology through this complex and action-packed book, leaving me desperate for more of both the world and the characters.

-- Jess


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Uprooted: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804179058
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Published: Del Rey - March 2016

Uprooted is, quite simply, the lush, beautifully written, morally complex, darkly magical, feminist fantasy noel that you've been waiting for. Both the world and the characters give you plenty of reasons to fall in love with this tale that is rooted in a rich fantastical tradition. you won't want to put it down, even as you want it to last forever.

-- Jess


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The Sparrow: A Novel (The Sparrow Series #1) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780449912553
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 8th, 1997

The Sparrow is a book that is not afraid to ask the big questions - what does it mean to be human? To love? To believe in something? But what is so captivating about it is the way it asks these questions. Russell treats her characters with compassion and respect, all while weaving an engrossing story about aliens.

-- Jess


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The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780756404741
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Published: DAW - April 2008

This is the best book I've read in years. There is literally nothing not to love about this story (or its sequel, The Wise Man's Fear). Stories-within-stories, a unique and logical system of magic, compelling characters, beautiful writing - this is everything you want in your high fantasy and more.

-- Jess


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The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316229296
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Published: Orbit - August 4th, 2015

NK Jemisin is a master world-builder, here crafting a world that crackles with the tension of the upcoming end of the world and is populated with a memorable cast of characters. The Fifth Season follows several of these characters in an unexpectedly intricate plot that Jemisin deftly weaves together. This is an author at the height of her craft, and reading the Broken Earth trilogy is a joy.

-- Jess


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I Crawl Through It Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780316334082
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 16th, 2016

Life in I Crawl Through It is both totally surreal and all too realistic. Characters struggle with life both literal and metaphorical in this stunning, difficult, and weird book. You have to be willing to be very uncertain and unsettled, but this story is totally worth it.

-- Jess


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When the Moon Was Ours: A Novel Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250058669
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Published: A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin - October 4th, 2016

This magic-touched story tells of a girl who grows roses out of her wrist and a bout who hangs moons from the tress. The perfect blend of reality and fantasy, this beautiful novel explores identity, love, and myth in prose that took my breath away.

-- Jess


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Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781492620945
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - September 6th, 2016

By blending Latin American culture and elements of Wonderland with a dark note of the Underworld, Cordova creates a rich, complex, and magical world. The characters who inhabit this world are also beautifully drawn and complicated. Together, they make a labyrinth that you won't want to leave once you've entered it.

-- Jess


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Furyborn (Empirium Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781492656623
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - May 22nd, 2018

Beautifully written, full of myth and magic and mayhem, FURYBORN is a sweeping fantasy story that crosses centuries, with two fierce heroines at its heart whose powers over the elements could just as easily destroy the world as remake it. The result is lush, gorgeous, and sexy-- a very promising start to a new trilogy. Legrand is certainly a young new voice to watch.

-- Haley


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