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To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

BUY BOOK A bid ol’ space story. Ya got ancient alien artifacts. Ya got inquisitive human...

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Its oceans 11 and my fair lady plus magic. Ya got the charismatic thief and...

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson | BUY BOOK Oh man! This is an epic...

Life of the Party by Olivia Gatwood

Life of the Party by Oliva Gatwood | BUY BOOK An ode to womanhood, true crime,...

Lovely War by Julie Berry

Lovely War by Julie Berry | BUY BOOK Historical fiction meets Greek mythology in this stunning...

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Sympathizer | Viet Thanh Nguyen | BUY BOOK   Review By Sophie | State Street Bookstore The...

House in the Cerulean Sea | TJ Klune

  House in the Cerulean Sea | TJ Klune | BUY BOOK   Review By Sophie | State...

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous | Ocean Vuong

  On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous | Ocean Vuong | BUY BOOK   Review By Sophie | State...

Giovanni’s Room | James Baldwin

GIOVANNI’S ROOM | James Baldwin | BUY BOOK   Review By Sophie | State Street Bookstore Giovanni’s Room...

Where The Truth Lies | Anna Bailey

WHERE THE TRUTH LIES | Anna Bailey | BUY BOOK   Review By Georgette Coan | Manager...

Come on Over: 111 Fantastic Recipes for the Family That Cooks, Eats, and Laughs Together |Jeff Mauro

COME ON OVER: 111 Fantastic Recipes for the Family That Cooks, Eats, and Laughs Together...

A Gentleman in Moscow | Amor Towles

A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW | Amor Towles | BUY BOOK Review by Sophie Devarenne Set in a...

Parable of the Sower | Octavia Butler

PARABLE OF THE SOWER | Octavia Butler | BUY BOOK REVIEW by Sophie Devarenne | State...

The Black Panther Party | David F. Walker

THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY: A Graphic Novel History | BUY BOOK Review by Dan Gibas |...

The Zookeepers’ War: An Incredible True Story from the Cold War | J. W. Mohnhaupt

THE ZOOKEEPER'S WAR | J. W. Mohnhaupt | BUY BOOK REVIEW I don’t usually read history books...

A Little Life | Hanya Yanagihara

A LITTLE LIFE | Hanya Yanagihara | BUY BOOK REVIEW This book follows four friends from their...

In the Dream House | Carmen Maria Machado

IN THE DREAM HOUSE | Carmen Maria Machado | BUY BOOK REVIEW by Sophie Devarenne In this...

Three Women | Lisa Taddeo

THREE WOMEN | Lisa Taddeo | BUY BOOK BOOK REVIEW In this extraordinary work of journalism, Lisa...

Good Neighbors | Sarah Langan

GOOD NEIGHBORS | Sarah Langan | BUY BOOK BOOK REVIEW A book that can only be described as...

The Wife Upstairs | Rachel Hawkins

THE WIFE UPSTAIRS | BUY BOOK BOOK REVIEW A rivalry between friends, dead spouses, a young woman...

Just As I Am | Cicely Tyson

JUST AS I AM | BUY BOOK BOOK REVIEW When asked by Gayle King, in one of...

Fangs | Sarah Andersen

FANGS | BUY BOOK BOOK REVIEW "A love song between a vampire and a werewolf," but it's...

Women, Race, and Class | Angela Y. Davis

WOMEN, RACE, AND CLASS | BUY BOOK BOOK REVIEW In Women, Race, and Class, celebrated activist, author...

Black Bottom Saints | Alice Randall

BLACK BOTTOM SAINTS | BUY BOOK BOOK REVIEW A fun historical romp through Detroit's Black Bottom district,...

The Girls of Bracken Hill | Kate Moretti

THE GIRLS OF BRACKEN HILL | BUY BOOK BOOK REVIEW Seventeen years after her sister vanished, Hannah...

March (Trilogy Slipcase Set) | John Lewis

MARCH (Trilogy Slipcase Set) | BUY BOOK This three-volume history of the civil rights movement in...

Night Boat to Tangier | Kevin Barry

NIGHT BOAT TO TANGIER | BUY BOOK BOOK REVIEW This stunningly poetic novel tells the stories of...

A Children’s Bible | Lydia Millet

A CHILDREN'S BIBLE | Lydia Millet | BUY BOOK This new thrilling novel by Lydia Millet...

The Valedictorian of Being Dead | Heather Armstrong

Heather Armstrong has struggled with depression her whole life, but after an especially rough 18-month...

The Hatching | Ezekiel Boone

ISBN: 9781501125058 BUY HERE This is the first novel in a trilogy of epic proportions reminiscent...

The Forever War | Joe Haldeman

ISBN: 9780312536633 | BUY HERE This is the best SF war novel and best SF title...

Such a Fun Age

ISBN: 9780525541905 | BUY HERE Emira is just doing her job and babysitting her young charge....

The Only Woman in the Room | Marie Benedict

A well-written portrait that captures the resilience of Hedy Lamarr. Stretching from the 1930s in...

The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and the Struggle for American Freedom

THE ZEALOT AND THE EMANCIPATOR | H. W. Brands | BUY BOOK The simplest way to...

The Midnight Library | Matt Haig

REVIEW Have you ever wished you could relive key moments in your life? After you've committed...

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue | V.E. Schwab

REVIEW This was a welcome surprise after reading a number of books that stunk. In France...

I Miss You When I Blink | Mary Laura Philpott

ISBN: 9781982102807 | BUY HERE Contrary to popular opinion, the title of this book is NOT...

It Can’t Happen Here | Sinclair Lewis

Originally published in October 1935, this novel describes the rise of a demagogic populist politician...

The Outsiders | S. E. Hinton

ISBN: 9780142407332 BUY HERE This story is for anyone who is searching for a little reassurance...

Big Lies in a Small Town

ISBN: 9781250087331 | BUY HERE The novel opens in 2018 in North Carolina, where artist Morgan...

Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir

ISBN: 9780593083338 | BUY HERE Rebecca Solnit does a fantastic job writing about her humble roots...

The Kingdom of Copper | S.A. Chakrabort

The continuation of the Daevabad trilogy goes deeper down the rabbit hole. Taking place five...

When You See Me | Lisa Gardner

ISBN: 9781524745004 | BUY HERE Lisa Gardner. FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy and Sergeant DD Warren...

The Giver of Stars | Jojo Moyes

ISBN: 9780399562488 | BUY HERE A novel that takes place during the Great Depression and follows...

All the Broken People | Leah Konen

ISBN: 9780593085479 | BUY HERE Lucy King leaves her hometown behind and moves to a rustic...

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

ISBN: 9780307279286 | BUY HERE Not a story for anyone who wants a light read. In...

Three Books About The Haymarket Tragedy

Several years ago, I joined a discussion group on Chicago history at my neighborhood library. The...

Extreme: An Anthology for Social and Environmental Justice

An Anthology for Earth Day This year will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. (The...

The Last Wish (Introducing the Witcher)

ISBN: 9780316438964 | BUY HERE A lot of people don't realize this series began all the...

The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War

THE WAR BEFORE THE WAR | Andrew Delbanco | Buy Here Andrew Delbanco—a professor of American...