November Staff Picks for Bibliophiles

"Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book." –Anonymous

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The Story of Arthur Truluv Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781400069903
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Published: Random House - November 21st, 2017

85 year old Arthur Truluv is living a lonely routine, visiting with his dead wife at the graveyard everyday. Arthur’s neighbor Lucille, also elderly, is dealing with the loss of the love of her life. Seventeen year old Maddie, whose mother died when she was two weeks old, is still affected by her loss. These three characters, all lonely and alone, “find” each other and choose to carve out their own version of a family, making a lively and interesting home full of love and laughter. The warmth and charm of the characters tug at your heart. If you enjoyed A Man Called Ove or Our Souls at Night I think you will find this equally delightful!

- Recommended by Virgie


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Future Home of the Living God Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062694058
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Published: Harper - November 14th, 2017

Cedar Hawk Songmaker is 26 years old and pregnant.Although she loves her adoptive, hippy parents, she feels a need to find her birth parents, Ojibwe Indians. Cedar’s pregnancy comes at an inopportune time; the government, tinkering with genetic repairs, has seized medical data bases and are rounding up all pregnant women, declaring it a crime to harbor or help a pregnant woman. Cedar wants none of this. She fights to keep her child, in her own way, and realizes that it’s not the past that haunts her, but the future! This dystopian novel, written by award winning author Louise Edrich, is a real thriller!

- Recommended by Virgie


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Artemis Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780553448122
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - November 14th, 2017

The years of waiting for Weir’s next book are over! Following his massively successful debut novel The Martian, Weir returns to science fiction with Artemis. This new story follows Jazz Bashara, a petty smuggler struggling to get by in Artemis, the only city on the moon. In trying to pull off her biggest job yet, she becomes embroiled in a conflict that could decide the fate of the city and everyone in it. While Weir’s story may at times require a willful suspension of disbelief, it is nonetheless replete with his characteristic nerdiness and snark. And while the dialogue may sometimes seem off and the technical knowledge of vacuum welding excessive, the book remains a wildly fun and engaging read for fans of science fiction and nerdy trivia.

- Recommended by Will


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The Forever War Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780312536633
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Published: Griffin - February 17th, 2009

While the genre has expanded, there remain two pillars of military science fiction. One is Starship Troopers, and the other is The Forever War. The latter is the story of William Mandella, conscripted into the military and forced to fight in a conflict with no end in sight. With battlefields spanning lightyears, the effects of time dilation strip Mandella of his identity and his home. A ragdoll caught in the gears of a machine, he struggles to find his place in a society equally as alien to him as the enemy he fights. Drawing from his experiences in the Vietnam War, author Joe Haldeman has created a novel that has withstood the test of time and is a staple for sci-fi readers worldwide. Also available as an ebook.

- Recommended by Will


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Dark Matter Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101904244
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Published: Broadway Books - May 2nd, 2017

Have you ever wondered what direction your life could have taken if you made a different choice? What impact would it have made on your career...or possibly your entire life? After he is kidnapped one night, Jason Dessen finds out in this scifi love story as he desperately searches different dimensions of the present while trying desperately to return to his beloved wife and son. Maybe the grass isn’t always greener on the other side… Also available as an audiobook.

- Recommended by Katie G.


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All the Crooked Saints Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780545930802
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 10th, 2017

Everybody has their problems or vices, and some people will do anything for a solution - even if it means seeking out the Soria’s, a family of miracle workers, in the Colorado desert. But what these miracle-seeking-pilgrims don’t understand is that some issues can only be fixed from the inside. The one thing the Sorias  can do is make the problem physically obvious - for one pilgrim, that means suddenly having a donkey head; for another, it means an endless rainstorm over her head and a wedding dress covered in butterflies. Interference in the personal journeys of these pilgrims has the potential to bring death and destruction on the Soria family, so they do their best to ignore the pilgrims who get ‘stuck’ on their ranch compound - that is until the arrival of a boy and a burnt out radio host, whose accidental friendship has the potential to either cure or unravel everything that these people have been repressing.

- Recommended by Megan


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The Queen of the Tearling Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062290380
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - April 14th, 2015

A good fantasy novel (especially one with a strong female protagonist) is hard to resist, and Erika Johansen’s Tearling trilogy is more than just a good fantasy novel. Nineteen year old Kelsea has been hidden in the woods since she was a baby, waiting for the day when she will leave her foster parents and assume her place as the heir to the Tearling throne. There’s just a few complications - the Tearling has been cowed into servitude towards a cruel kingdom with an even crueler mistress, the government is rife with corruption, and the current regent (Kelsea’s uncle) is both useless and destructive. Johansen pulls no punches in her writing - Kelsea needs to figure out quickly what kind of leader she is going to be and who she can trust, on top of the mysterious powers she seems to have inherited along with the throne. What’s so deliciously creative about this series is the sci-fi elements Johansen seamlessly blends in alongside castles, queens, and kingdom politics.

- Recommended by Megan


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Something Wicked This Way Comes Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781501167713
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 24th, 2017

Something Wicked This Way Comes is a beautifully written narrative that magnificently blends fantasy and horror. It is an absolute journey into the mind, and anazlyses the natures of good and evil that each individual possesses. Jim and Will are two wild boys who stumble across what appears to be a carnival like any other - but they quickly find that everything at Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show are not at all what they seem. In the poetic fashion that Bradbury is famous for, he shows us that we must always be careful what we wish for…

- Recommended by Marissa


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Look Who's Back Cover Image
By Timur Vermes, Jamie Bulloch (Translator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781681449524
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Published: Maclehose Press Quercus - May 10th, 2016

In one moment, it is 1945, and Adolf Hitler is hidden in his bunker as the Allies come sweeping through Nazi Germany. In the next moment, it is the year 2011, and Hitler finds himself stranded in this strange time with no idea how he got there. All he knows is that he must begin again, he must once again rise into power. But how can he achieve this in a world where he has become so infamous, that people think he is just a dedicated actor with a twisted sense of humor? This hysterical satire is a brilliant social commentary for many reasons; to read the inner monologues and thinking of this character and watch as he uses modern technology and social constructs to push his master plan really does give an interesting outlook on how fragile our systems can be. An exceptionally interesting read.

- Recommended by Marissa