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$14.00
ISBN-13: 9780307275936
Availability: On Our Shelves (as of this morning)
Published: Vintage, 10/2006
Who but James Baldwin could write so beautifully about racism, love, prison, family, and social injustice? This is a story about all of those, told through the lives of young lovers Tish and Fonny in 1970s Harlem. Through it was originally published in 1974, Baldwin's social commentary and exceptional writing style remain powerfully relevant. If Beale Street Could Talk is simultaneously sweet and painfully sad -- a novel that is honest, moving and just wonderful.

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9780811216081
Availability: On Our Shelves (as of this morning)
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation, 10/2005
A strange and slow collection of dark stories about memory from a fantastic German author. Creepy in a good way.

The True Deceiver (Paperback)

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781590173299
Availability: On Our Shelves (as of this morning)
Published: NYRB Classics, 12/2009
This is an excellent book to read in late autumn or winter. The dark and complex characters in The True Deceiver perfectly compliment both the setting (small town Scandinavian winter), and Jansson's writing style. The result is an engrossing novel that can be read in one sitting (as I did) or savored over a few days -- either of which will leave you feeling contemplative and satisfied. A great book.