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This is the Mary Oliver book for your bookshelf (alongside all her other books, of course). Here, Oliver has personally chosen over 200 poems, selected from her most recent collection, Felicity, to her first from 1965, No Voyage and Other Poems. It is a pleasure to see the trajectory of her work over five decades of writing, but also to just dip in and out at your leisure, each time feeling awe. - Melinda

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Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399563249
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Published: Penguin Press - October 10th, 2017

Yrsa Daley-Ward is a debut poet who thrills me down to my bones. In this collection, she uses spare images to explore both the delights and deep cuts of youthful, obsessive first loves, most of them Sapphic. In some of her best pieces, Daley-Ward also explores mental health and the liminal space of a woman’s body; how people’s bodies and minds are not always honored; and how we can honor our own experiences anyway, wielding agency like a knife and a balm. - a.c.

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Bone Cover Image
By Yrsa Daley-Ward, Kiese Laymon (Foreword by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780143132615
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Published: Penguin Books - September 26th, 2017

Roddy Doyle is best known for the engaging dialogue that permeates the pages of his perfect Irish novels. Smile, his latest novel, is no exception. Except with this work, the playful Irish banter not only serves to transport you to the Irish pubs where recently divorced Victor Forde finds himself confronting his adolescence and current sense of belonging, it also leads you to question everything you just read once you turn the last page. - Casey                              

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Smile Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780735224445
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Published: Viking - October 17th, 2017

My most-loved short story collections are those that offer hoards of enjoyment in small, fully contained pieces. Five-Carat Soul possesses this trait, as McBride shows excellent range across the collection. The voices he produces in each story are unique and satisfying. I particularly enjoyed the final tale, “Mr. P and the Wind,” told by animals and influenced by their communication with humans. - Louise

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Five-Carat Soul Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735216693
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 26th, 2017

It is hard to imagine Ng outdoing herself after the success of her first novel, Everything I Never Told You, but she’s up to the task with the exquisite Little Fires Everywhere. Each member of the Richardson family, living in the rigidly structured suburban Shakers Heights community, is inexplicitly drawn two new freewheeling residents, the artist Mia and her teenage daughter Pearl. Ng’s mastery is in her ability to develop characters in many layers and then, with perfect pace and nuance, remove each layer to reveal an emotionally resonant understanding around themes of family, identity, and community. This book is on the top of my best-of-the-year list. - Casey, Bookshop Santa Cruz Owner

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Little Fires Everywhere Cover Image
$21.60
ISBN: 9780735224292
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Published: Penguin Press - September 12th, 2017

What is everyone were truly awake? In this bestselling follow up to The Power of Now, Tolle imagines a world in which all people have had a spiritual awakening, giving us a new Utopian blueprint. He expands on the message of being fully present, and offers an optimistic vision for all of civilization. In what can often seem like discouraging times, this is an inspiring book. - Jason

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A New Earth (Oprah #61): Awakening to Your Life's Purpose (Oprah's Book Club) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780452289963
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Published: Penguin Books - January 30th, 2008

Although just an afterthought for many, birds are smarter, and more creative and social than most people realize. From the cunning corvids to the thieving jays, the world of birds is as nuanced and interesting as any created by primates. This book may cause you to look up and around and, for the first time, see birds for the complicated creatures that they really are. - Aric

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The Genius of Birds Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399563126
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Published: Penguin Books - April 11th, 2017

I am drawn to works written in ancient days whether they are mythological, religious, fiction, or factual. The Sagas of the Icelanders is a little bit of all these, and contains tales of trial and tragedy that many people have never heard of. Although a tome, those with patience and an adventurous spirit will enjoy these Sagas from the first page to the last. - Aric

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The Sagas of Icelanders: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (World of the Sagas) Cover Image
By Various, Jane Smiley (Editor), Robert Kellogg (Introduction by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780141000039
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Published: Penguin Books - March 1st, 2001

Perfect writing and a tragic love story. This is about the marriage of two beautiful people, told in asymmetrical halves. Inspired by the classics, and fueled by passion, this book builds and bends, until it breaks your heart. Buy it to read great storytelling, but fall in love with the gorgeous language. - Jason

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Fates and Furies Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594634482
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 13th, 2016

This lengthened love letter will keep you enthralled until the very last twist. Our narrator is limited in her speech after being kidnapped and mutilated as a young girl and has returned to her village only to be shunned. Berry shows the true consequences of silence all the while tugging at your heart strings. - Grace

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All the Truth That's in Me Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780142427309
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Published: Speak - August 19th, 2014

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