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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Titus Groan Cover Image
By Mervyn Peake, Anthony Burgess (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781585679072
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - June 26th, 2007

If Edgar Allan Poe had written a fantasy trilogy akin to J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings," this would be it. The text is thick with poetry, the world is rich and dark, and the characters are utterly unforgettable. A++++++

-- Stephanie


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Reincarnation Blues: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399178481
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Published: Del Rey - August 22nd, 2017

Milo is on his 9,995th life and only has 5 more chances to achieve perfection. The lives he leads take place both thousands of years before our time and also thousands of years after (and of course, many in the middle). Part historical fiction, part science fiction, part romance - this book is absolutely heartbreaking, undeniably hilarious, and easily found a spot on the list of my top 10 favorite books ever. Think Neil Gaiman meets Tom Robbins meets David Mitchell, and expect to be hooked from beginning to end.

-- Stephanie


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The Changeling: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812995947
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - June 13th, 2017

How do we protect our children? Our loved ones? Ourselves? And how do we find our way back to each other after failing to do so? Yes, this is a modern retelling of the changeling fairy tale, but it is also loaded with love, folklore, social criticism, and a little bit of horror while remaining steadfastly literary throughout. LaValle asks a lot of difficult questions in this novel. He also writes like an angel. You fall into his prose from the beginning - and you'll desperately want his characters to succeed despite knowing that things will go very, very wrong first.

-- Stephanie


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The Folly of the World Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316190350
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Published: Orbit - December 18th, 2012

Both witty and gripping, this is easily the best piece of historical fiction I have ever read. The Saint Elizabeth Flood hits Holland in 1421 - drowning thousands of people and entire towns. It is in this flooded realm and amid an ongoing civil war that a cut-throat, a con man, and a feral girl weave a (very) dark and intoxicating tale. It's so good that I missed my subway stop twice!

-- Stephanie


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The Manual of Detection: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143116516
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Published: Penguin Books - January 26th, 2010

Espionage, secrets, perpetual rain, and a criminal mastermind plotting to put an entire city to sleep; this books feels like a meticulous dream. If you like good ol' detective fiction with a heavy dash of surrealism then this is the book for you.

-- Stephanie


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Palimpsest: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780553385762
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Published: Spectra - February 24th, 2009

In "Palimpsest," Valente's characters unexpectedly find themselves traveling to a strange and wonderful city in their dreams. The catch is they can only get there by having sex with other travelers before falling asleep. As the city begins to feel more and more like home, their struggle to get there and stay - so that they won't have to wake up and return to our world - gets harder. "Palimpsest" is the most visceral and erotic portal fantasy I've ever read - the desperation of every character is as palpable as if it were your own. Valente is better known for her Middle Grade books ("The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making" etc.) but this adult novel is not to be passed over.

-- Stephanie


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River of Stars Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780451416094
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Published: Berkley - April 2014

Think George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" but set in the East and with a smaller cast of characters. Fast-paced, memorable, and beautifully written.

-- Stephanie


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A Natural History of Hell: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781618731180
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Published: Small Beer Press - July 19th, 2016

Unsettling, poetic, and playful - Jeffrey Ford has an otherworldly talent for turning the familiar into the strange and the strange into the familiar. He is probably writing your dreams. If you are looking for something dark and thoughtful and completely unlike anything else you've read, look no further than these 13 stories. (Particularly good for fans of Neil Gaiman, Lemony Snicket, and China Mieville)

-- Stephanie


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The Dark and Other Love Stories Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780393285895
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 14th, 2017

These are love stories about the parts of us that are a little bit dangerous and scared of our own potential - the parts of us that we forget about during the day. Willis never fails to find something hard in something soft or coax something sweet out of something bitter. This collection is rife with nostalgia for every questionable decision made out of boredom. I read it in one day.

-- Stephanie


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The Neverending Story Cover Image
By Michael Ende, Ralph Manheim (Translated by)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780140386332
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Published: Puffin Books - January 1993

This is a book within a book that tells the stories of two ten-year-old boys. Atreyu is brave an on a great quest to save Fantasia from the "Nothing" - a disease that literally turning his world into nothing. And Bastian, who is insecure and hiding from reality - who will be called upon to do what Atreyu cannot to save and rebuild Fantasia. Funny, creative, smart, and full of unique characters and adventure; you will wish this book actually doesn't have an ending.

-- Stephanie


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Crush (Yale Series of Younger Poets) Cover Image
By Richard Siken, Louise Glück (Foreword by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780300107890
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Published: Yale University Press - April 11th, 2005

Aptly titled, "Crush" juxtaposes the lighthearted anxiety of having a crush on someone against the crushing weight of losing them. This book of poems is simultaneously delightful and absolutely devastating. Siken can write an ending line unlike any other poet, and his words will feel like a weight inside you.

If you enjoyed Ocean Vuong's "Night Sky With Exit Wounds" then definitely read "Crush."

-- Stephanie


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Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780765385505
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Published: Tor.com - April 5th, 2016

Gentle yet brutal and charming yet unsettling, "Every Heart a Doorway" follows the inhabitants of a sanctuary for children who have stumbled into other realms and fairy lands - only to one day be cruelly returned to our world. Part fantasy, part realistic fiction, and part horror novella, this Gothic charmer is a love letter to anyone who has ever felt out of place.

-- Stephanie


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Don't Call Us Dead: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555977856
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 5th, 2017

Don't Call Us Dead is an absolute masterpiece, the kind of book that makes you believe in poetry's ability to change the world. Danez Smith lays out their body in all its vulnerabilities as a queer black HIV positive person living in a police state. The opening poem "summer somewhere" is especially gut-wrenching--both a eulogy for black boys and men killed by the state, and a call to re-imagine our definition of safety.

-- Gabby


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Salt Houses Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544912588
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - May 2nd, 2017

Much like Khaled Hosseni's novels about Afghanistan, Hala Alyan crafts an exquisite novel about Palestine, perpetual exodus, and the trauma that lives within family trees. Salt Houses does what literature does best: create radical empathy. A book as gorgeous as the cover.

-- Gabby


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An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062225801
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Published: Ecco - August 26th, 2014

A unique look at the life of the controversial Richard Dawkins. Those not familiar with his previous works may be stunned by the brutal honesty and often radical ideas. This is a useful read for anyone who appreciates science and supports its popularization.

-- Stacy


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Internal Medicine: A Doctor's Stories Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781631490873
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - October 12th, 2015

This book made me reconsider, for the tenth time, my pursuit of medicine. Holt will make you sad, nervous, and maybe a little bit discouraged. Don't let him. There is a greater message in this book, and by the time you are done reading it, you will feel that your life is ten times more precious than you thought it to be before you started.

-- Stacy


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The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307908230
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Published: Pantheon Books - May 5th, 2015

I wish I breezed through every book like I did through this one. Admittedly, I picked it to feel smarter, but ended up honestly loving every page. Mlodinow manages to compress all of human existence into 300 pages and does so adequately and with charm. You won't feel like you're reading a bulky textbook. Evolution, major inventions, mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, countless scientists (their perks, flaws, failures) -- all these subjects and many more are discussed with genuine fondness. Mlodinow writes about science with such great affection and tenderness, that you can't help but feel intense appreciation for devoted and passionate individuals like himself. If you have a soft spot for science, please read this book.

-- Stacy


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Why We Write About Ourselves: Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves (and Others) in the Name of Literature Cover Image
By Meredith Maran (Editor)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780142181973
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Published: Plume - January 26th, 2016

A heartwarming and honest book which I admired from start to finish. Unpretentious and straightforward, this collection gives you a look at 20 different authors who explain why they chose to write about themselves. Some humble, others egotistical--all of these writers make valuable points about introspection, vulnerability, and the difficulties that come with exposing your life to others. There are surprising common threads that weave through the pages, but ultimately each author has a unique and noteworthy take on the subject of self-exposure. I found this book to be thought-provoking, analytical, and profound in the most delightfully candid way.

-- Stacy


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The Haunting of Falcon House Cover Image
By Eugene Yelchin, Eugene Yelchin (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780805098457
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - June 14th, 2016

This story combines historical fiction with the supernatural when a boy inherits the ghosts of his Russian noble family’s past. He faces the room that was empty since the death of his grandfather and learns about his life with the help of the people he’s left behind. The story addresses the lives of Russian noble families from when they were supported by serfs to servants and cossacks through the main character learning about his family history. The eerie drawings throughout show the boy as he comes to understand the mystery behind the ghosts in his family home.

-- Anna


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Murder, Magic, and What We Wore Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553535204
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 19th, 2017

As a tireless fan of fantasy and historical fiction this story had everything to reel me in, it’s set in Regency England, there’s magic and frivolousness. Jones brings feminist themes by featuring strong women making a living for themselves. A maid is a main character and conspirator with the protagonist; class lines are crossed as they are made meaningless through the friendship of the women.

The voice of Annis in your mind is a great thing to have if you’re struggling to figure out what you’re good at and what’s worth working hard for. She’s determined to do things her way, and she puts herself in danger for good reasons.

This story is suggested for ages twelve and up; it earned this rating most likely because it deals with the topic of unwanted advances from a man. The story sends a positive message that unwanted advances are serious, and that good friends take care of you and make you feel stronger if it happens. In this story, all the blame falls on the man, and the women of the story band together universally in their severe dismissal of him. If you’re ready to bring up this topic with your reader, regardless of age, then this book can serve as a safe place to start.

-- Anna


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