Book mentions in this thread

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    Popisho

    by Leone Ross

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    Monkey Boy

    by Francisco Goldman

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    Road Out of Winter

    by Alison Stine

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    Mexican Gothic

    by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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    Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

    by Gail Honeyman

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    The Swallowed Man

    by Edward Carey

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    Rich Thanks to Racism

    by Jim Freeman

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    What Comes After

    by JoAnne Tompkins

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    The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards)

    by Scott Lynch

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    The Sovereignty of Quiet

    by Kevin Quashie

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    Interior Chinatown

    by Charles Yu

    2020 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "One of the funniest books of the year. . . . A delicious, ambitious Hollywood satire." —The Washington Post From the infinitely inventive author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play. Willis Wu doesn’t perceive himself as the protagonist in his own life: he’s merely Generic Asian Man. Sometimes he gets to be Background Oriental Making a Weird Face or even Disgraced Son, but always he is relegated to a prop. Yet every day, he leaves his tiny room in a Chinatown SRO and enters the Golden Palace restaurant, where Black and White, a procedural cop show, is in perpetual production. He’s a bit player here, too, but he dreams of being Kung Fu Guy—the most respected role that anyone who looks like him can attain. Or is it? After stumbling into the spotlight, Willis finds himself launched into a wider world than he’s ever known, discovering not only the secret history of Chinatown, but the buried legacy of his own family. Infinitely inventive and deeply personal, exploring the themes of pop culture, assimilation, and immigration—Interior Chinatown is Charles Yu’s most moving, daring, and masterful novel yet. "Fresh and beautiful. . . . Interior Chinatown represents yet another stellar destination in the journey of a sui generis author of seemingly limitless skill and ambition.” —The New York Times Book Review
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    Language Arts

    by Stephanie Kallos

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    The Living Sea of Waking Dreams

    by Richard Flanagan

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    Speeches that Changed the World

    by Simon Sebag Montefiore

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    The Boys in the Boat

    by Daniel James Brown

    Traces the story of an American rowing team from the University of Washington that defeated elite rivals at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of such contributors as their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder and a homeless teen rower. By the author of Under a Flaming Sky. Reprint.
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    Medium Raw

    by Anthony Bourdain

    An instant New York Times bestseller and the follow-up to the mega-hit Kitchen Confidential In the ten years since Anthony Bourdain's classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business–and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw tracks Bourdain's unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood, in a series of takes-no-prisoners confessions, rants, investigations, and interrogations of some of the most controversial figures in food. Beginning with a secret, highly illegal after-hours gathering of powerful chefs that he compares to a mafia summit, Bourdain pulls back the curtain–but never pulls his punches–on the modern gastronomical revolution. Cutting right to the bone, Bourdain sets his sights on some of the biggest names in the foodie world, including David Chang, the young superstar chef; the revered Alice Waters; the Top Chef contestants; and many more. Medium Raw is the deliciously funny, shockingly delectable result, sure to delight philistines and gourmands alike.
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    Matrix

    by Lauren Groff

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    Firekeeper's Daughter

    by Angeline Boulley

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    The Woman with the Blue Star

    by Pam Jenoff

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    Antiquities

    by Cynthia Ozick

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    Swimming Back to Trout River

    by Linda Rui Feng

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    The Perfect Daughter

    by D.J. Palmer

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    Broken Horses

    by Brandi Carlile

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    The Authenticity Project

    by Clare Pooley

    'A joyous, funny read that leaves you all warm inside' Beth Morrey, author of Saving Missy 'Feel-good...full of hope. A quirky cast of characters you can't help but root for'Woman & Home, Book of the Month Read the warm, poignant and uplifting New York Times bestseller and Radio 2 Book Club pick, loved by readers. Six strangers with one thing in common: their lives aren't always what they make them out to be. What would happen if they told the truth instead? Julian Jessop is tired of hiding the deep loneliness he feels. So he begins The Authenticity Project - a small green notebook containing the truth about his life. Leaving the notebook on a table in his friendly neighbourhood café, Julian never expects Monica, the owner, to track him down after finding it. Or that she'll be inspired to write down her own story. Little do they realize that such small acts of honesty hold the power to impact all those who discover the notebook and change their lives completely. -------------- Readers are falling in love with The Authenticity Project: ***** 'A charming, funny and uplifting story.' ***** 'Full of optimism . . . I defy anyone not to pick it up and be both transported and delighted.' ***** 'An absolute gem of a book . . . brings both honesty and the perfect level of escapism to give you a warm fuzzy glow inside.'
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    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    by John Boyne

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    Our Lady of the Nile

    by Scholastique Mukasonga

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    Legion

    by William Peter Blatty

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    Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

    by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

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    The Vanishing Half

    by Brit Bennett

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    How Beautiful We Were

    by Imbolo Mbue

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    Ova Completa (Lost Literature)

    by Susana Thenon

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    Red Comet

    by Heather Clark

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    Conspiracy to Riot

    by Lee Weiner

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    The Rose Code

    by Kate Quinn

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    The Department of Sensitive Crimes

    by Alexander McCall Smith

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    Adverse Effects

    by Joel Shulkin MD

    Determined to help her amnesiac patients recover their lives, Boston psychiatrist Cristina Silva is achieving near-miraculous results by prescribing Recognate, a revolutionary new memory-recovery drug now in trials. She understands her patients' suffering better than most, because she's lost her memories, too. Desperate to become herself again, she pops the same experimental drug she prescribes to her patients. And, like them, she remembers a little more each day. Until one of her patients, a successful accountant, jumps from an eight-story window to his death. And as Cristina's memories return, with them come violent visions and an incessant voice in her head. Maybe the drug isn't safe after all. But discontinuing it would mean forgetting everything she's recalled and losing herself. Then an enigmatic, possibly dangerous man appears at Cristina's bus stop. He seems to know more about her life than she does and says she holds a secret that puts her life in danger. Perilously balanced between an unknown past and a terrifying future, if she wants to survive, Cristina must stay on the medication and unlock those memories before it's too late--even if the adverse effects of the drug could destroy her.
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    The Burning Page (The Invisible Library Novel)

    by Genevieve Cogman

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    The Blondes of Wisconsin (Volume 1)

    by Anthony Bukoski

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    Death on the Cherwell (British Library Crime Classics)

    by Mavis Hay

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    The Thursday Murder Club

    by Richard Osman

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    Draft No. 4

    by John McPhee

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    Piranesi

    by Susanna Clarke

    From the New York Times bestselling author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, an intoxicating, hypnotic new novel set in a dreamlike alternative reality. Piranesi's house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house. There is one other person in the house-a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known. For readers of Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane and fans of Madeline Miller's Circe, Piranesi introduces an astonishing new world, an infinite labyrinth, full of startling images and surreal beauty, haunted by the tides and the clouds.
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    The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again

    by M. John Harrison

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    The Girl With All the Gifts

    by M. R. Carey

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    Trick Mirror

    by Jia Tolentino

    ‘A whip-smart, challenging book. It filled me with hope’ Zadie Smith From one of the brightest young chroniclers of US culture comes this dazzling collection of essays on the internet, the self, feminism and politics.