Books for When It Feels Like the World is Ending

The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780143036494
Availability: ON HAND in at least ONE of our stores. Click through or call for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Penguin Books - October 4th, 2005

#1 New York Times bestseller

“Barry will teach you almost everything you need to know about one of the deadliest outbreaks in human history.”—Bill Gates

"Monumental... an authoritative and disturbing morality tale."—Chicago Tribune 


The Plague (Vintage International) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780679720218
Availability: ON HAND in at least ONE of our stores. Click through or call for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Vintage - May 7th, 1991

“Its relevance lashes you across the face.” —Stephen Metcalf, The Los Angeles Times • “A redemptive book, one that wills the reader to believe, even in a time of despair.” —Roger Lowenstein, The Washington Post 


To Calais, in Ordinary Time Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781786896742
Availability: NOT on our shelves now. Usually ships from warehouse in several days.
Published: Canongate Books - April 7th, 2020

Three journeys. One road.

England, 1348. A gentlewoman flees an odious arranged marriage, a Scots proctor sets out for Avignon, and a young plowman in search of freedom is on his way to volunteer with a company of archers. All come together on the road to Calais.


Staff Pick Badge
Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague Cover Image
$26.95
Temporarily Unavailable
ISBN: 9780393609455
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 7th, 2019

A spine-chilling saga of virulent racism, human folly, and the ultimate triumph of scientific progress.


Station Eleven Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780804172448
Availability: ON HAND in at least ONE of our stores. Click through or call for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST NATIONAL BESTSELLER An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse—the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humani


The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780385495226
Availability: ON HAND in at least ONE of our stores. Click through or call for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Anchor - June 15th, 1999

The bestselling landmark account of the first emergence of the Ebola virus.

Now a mini-series drama starring Julianna Margulies, Topher Grace, Liam Cunningham, James D'Arcy, and Noah Emmerich on National Geographic.


Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780393346619
Availability: NOT on our shelves now. Usually ships from warehouse in several days.
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 9th, 2013

A masterpiece of science reporting that tracks the animal origins of emerging human diseases, Spillover is “fascinating and terrifying … a real-life thriller with an outcome that affects us all” (Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction).


The Andromeda Strain Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781101974490
Availability: ON HAND in at least ONE of our stores. Click through or call for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Vintage - January 24th, 2017

First published fifty years ago, The Andromeda Strain redefined the science fiction genre, and immediately established Michael Crichton as one of the brightest voices in contemporary literature worldwide.

"I love anything Michael Crichton writes."--Stephen King


The Stand Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307947307
Availability: ON HAND in at least ONE of our stores. Click through or call for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Anchor - August 7th, 2012

Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and tangled in an elemental struggle between good and evil remains as rivetingeerily plausibleas when it was first published. The New York Times called it "the book that has everything. Adventure. Romance. Prophecy. Allegory. Satire. Fantasy. Realism. Apocalypse.


Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond Cover Image
$18.00
Temporarily Unavailable
ISBN: 9781250118004
Published: Picador - February 14th, 2017

Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize | A New York Times Editor's Choice

“[A] grounded, bracingly intelligent study” —Nature


Doomsday Book: A Novel (Oxford Time Travel) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780553562736
Availability: ON HAND in at least ONE of our stores. Click through or call for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Spectra - August 1st, 1993

“A tour de force.”—The New York Times Book Review

Connie Willis draws upon her understanding of the universalities of human nature to explore the ageless issues of evil, suffering, and the indomitable will of the human spirit.


Black Wave Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781558619395
Availability: ON HAND in at least ONE of our stores. Click through or call for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Amethyst Editions - September 13th, 2016

This metaliterary end-of-the-world novel is a Gen-X queer girl's version of the bohemian counter-canon (New York Times).


Oryx and Crake (The MaddAddam Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780385721677
Availability: ON HAND in at least ONE of our stores. Click through or call for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Anchor - March 30th, 2004

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale


Annihilation: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374104092
Availability: ON HAND in at least ONE of our stores. Click through or call for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: FSG Originals - February 4th, 2014

A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE FROM ALEX GARLAND, STARRING NATALIE PORTMAN AND OSCAR ISAAC

The Southern Reach Trilogy begins with Annihilation, the Nebula Award-winning novel that "reads as if Verne or Wellsian adventurers exploring a mysterious island had warped through into a Kafkaesque nightmare world" (Kim Stanley Robinson).


Warm Bodies: A Novel (The Warm Bodies Series #1) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781439192320
Availability: NOT on our shelves now. Usually ships from warehouse in several days.
Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - November 1st, 2011

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

“Gruesome yet poetic…highly original.” —The Seattle Times
“Dark and funny.” —Wired
“A mesmerizing evolution of a classic contemporary myth.” —Simon Pegg
“A strange and unexpected treat…elegantl


Little Brother Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780765323118
Availability: NOT on our shelves now. Usually ships from warehouse in several days.
Published: Tor Teen - April 13th, 2010

Marcus, a.k.a "w1n5t0n," is only seventeen years old, but he figures he already knows how the system works–and how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school's intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems.


Chaos Walking: The Complete Trilogy: Books 1-3 Cover Image
$36.00
ISBN: 9781536207064
Availability: NOT on our shelves now. Usually ships from warehouse in several days.
Published: Candlewick - November 6th, 2018

Read it before you see it! The astonishing series by Patrick Ness that inspired a major motion picture—now in one ready-to-devour boxed set.

Dubbed by Publishers Weekly “one of the most important works of young adult science fiction in recent years,” the Chaos Walking trilogy includes three highly acclaimed novels, in paperback:


The Divine Comedy: Volume 1: Inferno Cover Image
By Dante Alighieri, Mark Musa (Translated by), Mark Musa (Introduction by), Mark Musa (Commentaries by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780142437223
Availability: NOT on our shelves now. Usually ships from warehouse in several days.
Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002

An acclaimed translation of Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy Volume 1: Inferno that retains all the style, power and meaning of the original

A Penguin Classic


Brave New World Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060850524
Availability: ON HAND in at least ONE of our stores. Click through or call for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - October 17th, 2006

Now more than ever: Aldous Huxley's enduring masterwork must be read and understood by anyone concerned with preserving the human spirit

"A masterpiece. . . . One of the most prophetic dystopian works." —Wall Street Journal 


The End of Eternity: A Novel Cover Image
$19.79
Temporarily Unavailable
ISBN: 9780765319197
Published: Orb Books - March 29th, 2011

One of Isaac Asimov's SF masterpieces, this stand-alone novel is a monument of the flowering of SF in the 20th century. It is widely regarded as Asimov's single best SF novel and one every SF fan should read.


Crisis in the Red Zone: The Story of the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History, and of the Outbreaks to Come Cover Image
$28.00
Temporarily Unavailable
ISBN: 9780812998832
Published: Random House - July 23rd, 2019

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An urgent wake-up call about the future of emerging viruses and a gripping account of the doctors and scientists fighting to protect us, told through the story of the deadly 2013–2014 Ebola epidemic
 


And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, 20th-Anniversary Edition Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780312374631
Availability: ON HAND in at least ONE of our stores. Click through or call for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - November 27th, 2007

Upon it's first publication twenty years ago, And The Band Played on was quickly recognized as a masterpiece of investigative reporting.


The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria, and Hubris Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780393254754
Availability: NOT on our shelves now. Usually ships from warehouse in several days.
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 9th, 2019

A Financial Times Best Book of the Year

A medical historian narrates the last century of scientific struggle against an enduring enemy: deadly contagious disease.