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Rebecca Makkai’s The Great Believers (Viking, $27) travels through the years, merging past and present with two narratives, one about the AIDS crisis in Chicago in the 1980s, the other about a mother searching for her daughter in Paris in 2015. The stories are connected by subplots, characters, and themes, all propelled by Makkai’s riveting narration. Chicago was hit heavily by AIDS, and yet there are few books written about the city in that time of crisis. Makkai went the extra mile with research and in-person interviews for the novel, and her dedication shows in the intricate and skillful way she chronicles the epidemic from its beginnings until almost the present day. Get this incredible novel for someone who will savor commitment to reading a layered and rich book. This novel is an immersive education, both in history and in storytelling.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780735223523
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Published: Viking - June 19th, 2018

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The Mere Wife (MCD, $27) , by Maria Dahvana Headley, is the perfect gift for anyone on your list who likes fierce and smart retellings of canonical works that turn the original stories on their heads and make you rethink things you had learned in school. The Mere Wife is a re-invention of Beowulf, set in suburbia and done in Headley’s gorgeous prose and with her flair for fantastic and immersive storytelling. The novel hits you hard whether you know every line of the original or have never read it. Headley has taken apart the original story, rewove and repurposed the pieces, crafting a dark and beautiful fable about war, trauma, power of women, and what it means to keep those you love safe.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780374208431
Availability: Backordered
Published: MCD - July 17th, 2018

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Catherynne Valente’s Space Opera (Saga, $19.99) reads as if Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, and David Bowie had a baby, except this baby is even funnier, more glamorous, more queer, more, well, everything. Space Opera is over the top, it is fabulous, sparkly, and incredibly entertaining. Valente's prose brims with stage effects and makes your whole self vibrate with color and glam and pure joy. And yet it is also a book about the times we live in and how we treat those who are different, and how we deal with dictators (or a whole planet of them), and make wars, and make love. This is the book everyone on your list needs this year.

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$19.99
ISBN: 9781481497497
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - April 10th, 2018

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