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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Summer and Bird Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142425053
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Puffin Books - August 7th, 2014

This is a fiercely imaginative story about two sisters lost in the woods. Summer and Bird are realistic, flawed girls who just want to find their parents (and learn to speak to the birds, of course).

-- Andrea


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Mr. Fox Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594486180
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 6th, 2012

Told through a man's short stories, his recurring main female character / muse / fantasy woman "comes to life" to teach him a lesson about killing off all the women in his books. It is dark, bizarre, charming, and cheeky all at once.

-- Andrea


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The Elegance of the Hedgehog Cover Image
By Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translated by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781933372600
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Published: Europa Editions - September 2nd, 2008

This satire on class is infused with philosopht and ramarkable wit. The writing is so beautiful, each sentence could be quoted on a poster. Picking a favorite books was nearly impossible until I read The Elegance Of The Hedgehog.

-- Andrea


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How to Be Happy Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781606997406
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Published: Fantagraphics Books - August 3rd, 2014

I picked this up on a whim and could not physically put it down until I finished it. Beautiful, heart-wrenching, hilarious and deeply weird all at the same time.

-- Skylar N.


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Hild: A Novel Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250056092
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Published: Picador - October 28th, 2014

Immersive tale of political intrigue and religious upheaval set in Dark Ages Britain. Told from the point of view of Hild, a historical figure, from childhood to early adulthood, Griffith brings her story to life with a keen eye for detail that adds a lush texture to an already compelling narrative. "Game of Thrones" for archaeology nerds and academics!

-- Skylar N.


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Pattern Recognition (Blue Ant #1) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780425192931
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Published: Berkley - February 3rd, 2004

Fast paced, brilliantly written adventure into the depths of various subcultures across the globe and incorporating Gibson’s obsessions at the time -- fashion, Japanese urban landscape, corporate sabotage and the Curta calculator. In typical Gibsonian fashion, his treatment of the viral video phenomenon back in 2003 is particularly prescient. GREAT vacation read and the most accessible introduction to Gibson’s ouvre.

-- Skylar N.


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ISBN: 9781597801584
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Published: Night Shade - May 2010

One of the most innovative examples of world-building in recent fiction, “The Windup Girl” is set in post-catastrophic Bangkok where global politics are driven by extreme food shortages and corporate monopolies on calories. Fast-paced, vividly descriptive, and engaging, this book explores the consequences of excessive bioengineering without ethical consideration. I wish I could read this again for the first time.

-- Skylar N.


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The Ghost Network: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781612194349
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Published: Melville House - May 5th, 2015

Molly Metropolis is the world's biggest pop star when she disappears. A journalist teams up with her personal assistant to puzzle over Molly's journal to try to find out if she willingly disappeared or if her obsession with an architecture cult and the Chicago public transit system lead her down a dangerous path. I'm not normally a mystery reader, but the weirdness of the plot and inventiveness of the narration sucked me in. I can't stop talking about this book.

-- John


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ISBN: 9780812998689
Availability: Not in Stock - Subject to Availability
Published: Random House - October 27th, 2015

Slade House only appears every nine years on the Saturday before Halloween. If you do manage to find the house, you're already dead. Two vampiric twins construct increasingly elaborate traps to lore our doomed narrators to the Slade House attic where something worse than death awaits. Few books are as unputdownable as this one, it will keep you up at night.

-- John


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