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Smart, funny, original, The Nix (Knopf, $27.95) by Nathan Hill tells the unlikely story of college professor Samuel Andresen-Anderson and the mother who deserted him when he was a child. An aspiring writer with a book overdue, Samuel needs to get down to work or return his substantial advance—unfortunately, long-since spent. But he succumbs to the lethargy of his stifling job and his distracting addiction to video games. When his mother appears on the nightly news, newly famous for bizarrely attacking a political candidate, Samuel thinks his problems may be solved. He sets out to write her story (a bankable project, his editor agrees) and in the process learns the complicated truth about his mother’s young adulthood and the events leading up to her desertion of her son.

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ISBN: 9781101946619
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Published: Knopf - August 30th, 2016

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ISBN: 9781101970348
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

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Brit Bennett, who hails from a beach town near San Diego, started writing her first novel, The Mothers (Riverhead, $26), in her teens. It took seven years (through Stanford and an MFA) to finish. Now twenty-six, she’s emerged as a star on the literary scene. Her terrific first novel explores the bonds between mothers and daughters, an unlikely pair of friends, and a man they have in common. There’s also a Greek chorus of older church “mothers” who try to steer the youngsters on the right path. Bennett deftly weaves in race, religion, abortion, and a few other hot button issues into this compelling, contemporary tale.

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ISBN: 9780399184512
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 11th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780399184529
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 10th, 2017

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It’s hard to believe that two decades have passed since this sprawling epic fantasy series first hit the shelves. Indeed, with a massively successful HBO television adaptation on the air and an eagerly anticipated sixth installment in the works, George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series has become a fixture of our cultural landscape. A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition (Bantam, $50) is a celebration of that legacy. Revisit the warring houses of Westeros—whose calculated moves against each other and in pursuit of the throne blind them to an even greater, looming threat from the North... Experience all the shocking narrative twists and turns that Martin has since become (in)famous for in this sometimes grim but refreshingly realistic and beautifully penned work. This new edition features the illustrative talents of over a dozen artists with gorgeous, full-page artwork preceding each chapter. Slight variances between the visual interpretations of Martin’s words and characters serve as testament to the story’s ability to resonate with so many different readers over the last twenty years and a short introduction by John Hodgeman reminds us why the more philosophical implications of the story remain as poignant as ever. A treat for the longtime fan and the first-time reader alike.

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By George R. R. Martin, John Hodgman (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780553808049
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Published: Bantam - October 18th, 2016