Hollywood Park: A Memoir Once There Were Wolves Should We Stay or Should We Go Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship Double Blind Great Circle Klara and the Sun
The Murder of Mr. Wickham Bloomsbury Girls Hollywood Park: A Memoir No One Is Talking about This Beautiful World, Where Are You The Dictionary of Lost Words Songs in Ursa Major
The Guide The Lost Apothecary The Guide The Vanishing Half A Theater for Dreamers Mary Jane Double Blind
Bloomsbury Girls The Book of Form and Emptiness Should We Stay or Should We Go The Thursday Murder Club Damnation Spring Songs in Ursa Major Beautiful World, Where Are You

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By Magnolia's Bookstore
Hollywood Park: A Memoir

Hollywood Park: A Memoir

Mikel Jollett

$17.99 $16.73

What do you do if your childhood was a bit of a dystopian mess? If you're Mikel Jollet, you write Hollywood Park, a fascinating memoir of the lingering aftermath of being born into a cult and then raised by parents facing their own challenges. Jollet grew up to be a musician (Airborne Toxic Event) and the writing reflects his lyrical way with words. I really liked this book, and - bonus! - have since gotten interested in his music as well. --Debbie

Should We Stay or Should We Go

Should We Stay or Should We Go

Lionel Shriver

$16.99 $15.80

Very funny and smart book about the thing none of us face squarely: death. A healthy couple in their 50's, fearful of a degrading and/or painful old age, make a pact to commit suicide together at 80. As the age approaches, so do second thoughts. Shriver writes many different endings filled with what-if's. It's thought-provoking and a bit dark, yet playful and hilarious too. --Georgiana

Songs in Ursa Major

Songs in Ursa Major

Emma Brodie

$17.00 $15.81

If you have read all of Taylor Jenkins Reid, here's your next book! Very loosely based on the "love affair and mutual muse-hood" of Joni Mitchell and James Taylor, this is a great read - full of the feel of an island off New England, rising stardom and the 70's music scene. --Georgiana

Double Blind

Double Blind

Edward St Aubyn

$17.00 $15.81

The story of a crucial year in the lives of four people connected through the long friendship of two of them. One is a naturalist committed to rewilding a path in Sussex, one does genomic research, and the others are involved in creative enterprises. The book is deeply insightful, intelligent, compassionate and often very funny. It's highly entertaining while inspiring wonder and consideration of the interconnectedness of all manner of things: ecology, neuroscience, genetics, love, life..... --Georgiana

Beautiful World, Where Are You

Beautiful World, Where Are You

Sally Rooney

$18.00 $16.74

Sally Rooney ups the ante from Normal People in this novel with not one but two love stories and an explicit concern with how to live in this grim ol’ world of ours. Roughly half the book is epistolary: emails between two friends about capitalism, writing, beauty, sex and friendship. Plenty of other things happen too. Her dialogue, as ever, is on point, as well as her texting dialogue. One assumes that one of the protagonists is somewhat autobiographical, so one might enjoy that for Ms. Rooney’s rants about the publishing industry. —Ian (and Georgiana loved it too)

Bloomsbury Girls

Bloomsbury Girls

Natalie Jenner

$27.99 $26.03

By the author of The Jane Austen Society, which is one my favorite books. The characters in this book will become your best friends as they have mine; you’ll think about them and worry for them. The author’s commitment to her characters and their stories is an inspiration to be open to new friendships and perhaps to choose the unlikely path! —Sandi

The Guide

The Guide

Peter Heller

$17.00 $15.81

Fresh from the loss of his best friend on a canoe trip gone horribly wrong, Jack takes a job as a fly fishing guide in a luxury Montana fishing lodge. It's perfect until some things start seeming odd. Once again, Heller delivers deep feeling for the natural environment, indelible characters and a gripping plot. He is THE BEST! --Georgiana

The Murder of Mr. Wickham

The Murder of Mr. Wickham

Claudia Gray

$17.00 $15.81

Great fun for any mystery lover and especially for fans of Jane Austen. All of Austen's main characters have come together for a house party at Mr. and Mrs. Knightley's Donwell Abbey. When the despicable Mr. Wickham intrudes upon the party it becomes apparent that even though he appeared only in "Pride and Prejudice", he has made his malignant presence felt among the others. As the title proclaims, murder ensues... but who done it? --Sandi

Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship

Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship

Catherine Raven

$18.00 $16.74

I cared more about Fox than many of the human characters I have read about recently. He is a scrawny specimen, fond of playing with a battered forget-me-not. His hobbies include vole hunting, exhuming his cache of mice at snack time, sunbathing on a rock, dancing in the moonlight, and showing up at 4:15 every day to hear more of The Little Prince, as read to him by Catherine Raven. As a wildlife biologist, Raven knows not to anthropomorphize Fox, even as he becomes her best friend. This is nature writing at its best: clear-eyed, entertaining, and meaningful. —Yvette

Once There Were Wolves

Once There Were Wolves

Charlotte McConaghy

$17.99 $16.73

Inti comes with her team of biologists to reintroduce wolves to the Scottish Highlands. The story of the team's struggles with local opposition from sheep farmers, as well as mounting challenges faced by Inti herself, is gripping. Great story and great writing! --Georgiana

Damnation Spring

Damnation Spring

Ash Davidson

$17.99 $16.73

This is the story of logging told in a fresh and relevant way. Shifting from Rich (tree topper) to his wife Colleen (a midwife), the author shows the effects of herbicide sprays on all aspects of life in a Northern California town. Drenched in the sounds and smells of the redwood forest, told with crisp chapters, closely observed details, and totally believable dialogue, this is a marvelous, moving novel. --Yvette

A Theater for Dreamers

A Theater for Dreamers

Polly Samson

$16.95 $15.76

Wow I loved this book! Set on the Greek Island of Hydra in 1960, it is told in the first person by Erica as she looks back on her months there as a very young woman. She has come from England with an introduction to a writer her mother knows and she becomes enamored of her and her place in the island's artist colony. Samson weaves a strong spell of the magic - sometimes light and sometimes dark - of the time and beautiful place. --Georgiana

The Book of Form and Emptiness

The Book of Form and Emptiness

Ruth Ozeki

$18.00 $16.74

If I begin by saying that this book is about a boy who starts hearing voices in the aftermath of personal grief, and that he then follows a specific book which talks directly to him, down into the basement of the public library where strange things happen... you might stop reading. The best thing is to simply dive straight into this original, heartbreaking yet hopeful novel and experience it for yourself. --Yvette

Klara and the Sun

Klara and the Sun

Kazuo Ishiguro

$16.95 $15.76

I didn't expect to be so drawn into the story of Klara, an "artificial friend" brought from a storefront for a sick young girl in the near future. She's programmed to know and intuit many things, but there are many others she has to learn on her own; and seeing the world open up to her understanding of things like love is captivating. --Georgiana

The Dictionary of Lost Words

The Dictionary of Lost Words

Pip Williams

$17.00 $15.81

Narrator Esme grows up, literally, under the table where the men collect the words for the Oxford English Dictionary. But as she gets older, she begins to wonder about the words not included, especially those referring to women's issues. Set at the end of the Victorian era, this novel vividly captures the changing times. It is entertaining historical fiction, with a timely statement about the power of words and those who do - and do not - have the power to record them. --Yvette

Great Circle

Great Circle

Maggie Shipstead

$18.00 $16.74

It is epic in scope, beautifully written and incredibly well researched, but the best thing is that it reads like an old-fashioned adventure novel. Marian Graves learns to fly running booze to Canada before moving on to become an Alaska bush pilot. But her big adventure is a pole to pole circumnavigation. In modern times, Hadley Baxter plays Marian in a movie and learns a secret about the famous female flyer. Buckle up and enjoy the ride. --Yvette

Mary Jane

Mary Jane

Jessica Anya Blau

$16.99 $15.80

It's 1970 and 14 year-old Mary Janes from a very straight-laced family, has landed a nanny job with the family of a "groovy" psychiatrist. She is so capable as she tries to reconcile the two divergent lifestyles. --Ruth

The Lost Apothecary

The Lost Apothecary

Sarah Penner

$17.99 $16.73

A wonderful melding of two timelines told by a trio of female voices. Each is standing at a crossroads; one is just becoming a woman, one is anticipating the end of her life, and one the end of her marriage. A small, blue apothecary bottle links the women and the timelines together. I could hardly bear to put the book down, such was the need to know the choice each woman makes and the consequences of that choice. --Sandi

The Vanishing Half

The Vanishing Half

Brit Bennett

$27.00 $25.11

Identical twins run away from their small Southern Black community at 16, and their lives take very different paths. While one ends up back in the same town, the other marries a white man and passes for white. The way their lives progress and intersect is story-telling at it's best - fascinating, thought-provoking and well told. Britt Bennett's writing is very good. --Georgiana

No One Is Talking about This

No One Is Talking about This

Patricia Lockwood

$17.00 $15.81

Like scrolling through the Internet, this novel (shortlisted for the Booker Prize) veers one from the very funny to the deeply moving. From the use of "sneazing" (definitely a funnier spelling) to descriptions of Proteus syndrome, Lockwood's style is both sharp and intimate. Moving past the cynicism found in "the portal" toward experiencing empathy and love in the "real world", the narrator shows us a better way to connect. --Yvette

The Thursday Murder Club

The Thursday Murder Club

Richard Osman

$17.00 $15.81

I'm giving a shout-out for one of my favorite books this year - the Thursday Murder Club. The story is set in a retirement village in the UK. It is clear early on that there is more to these retirees than one might think! Wonderful characters and an exciting plot have endeared this book to me. If this were a real place I'd move in and join the club! --Sandi