randy

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet? Lois Long and Ulysses S. Grant. (Sorry, can't choose just one.)

What’s in the trunk of your car? Currently, jumper cables, lug wrench, tool box, Ryobi cordless drill-driver, bottle of motor oil, and old license plates.

If you had a super power, what would it be? Immortality. Is that a super power?

Favorite pair of shoes (past or present): Past - Doc Martin boots. Present - Chuck Taylor's.

What’s your sign? Really?

What sound do you love? Birds chirping at 4 a.m. (I get up really early.)

What do you think your job is at Left Bank Books?  Practical - buyer, merchandiser, and bookseller. Hopefully - provider of information that helps people better their lives and that strengthens the community.

Randy's Favorites:  Mystery  Fiction  Murakami & Magic Realism  Dystopia  Non-Fiction  Graphic Novels

 

2017 Staff Picks

Ultraluminous Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780374279660
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: MCD - December 5th, 2017

K is an escort with a heroin addiction who has just returned to New York after working for 7 years in Dubai. In what will be her one last year, she seeks out clients in the world of high finance, she falls in love with a veteran, and she remembers her time spent with the Sheikh, a bomb maker for hire. I was floored by the raw emotion evoked by the directness of Faw’s prose. And the last 5 pages are jaw dropping! - randy's December Staff Pick, 2017


Uncommon Type: Some Stories Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781101946152
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 17th, 2017

Wow! Here is a collection of stories that are at times funny, often moving, and all are really, really good, if not great. Welcome to Mars is perhaps my favorite. It’s Kirk’s 19th birthday and he joins his father to go surfing in what turns out to me a defining day in his life. And then there’s Alan Bean Plus Four which is a hilarious telling of a journey 4 friends take to the moon. Read it. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by Tom Hanks as a writer. -randy's November Staff Pick, 2017


With incredibly well-developed characters and an absorbing story that often reads like a thriller, Manhattan Beach is amazingly beautiful. Anna works in the Brooklyn Naval Yard as a diver during WWII. She’s lost her father, and as she becomes entangled with Dexter, a club owner, her mother moves back to the Midwest. She is fiercely independent and is one of the best characters I’ve read in a long time! There’s a reason Jennifer Egan won the Pulitzer. - randy's October Staff Pick, 2017


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By Deon Meyer, K. L. Seefers (Translator)
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802126627
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - September 5th, 2017

What a great read! A gripping tale of survival and rebuilding following a pandemic killing off 95% of humans. The story is engaging and the characters are spot on. I never saw the end coming and loved it. randy's September Staff Pick, 2017


It Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781501142970
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner Book Company - January 5th, 2016

I was more than pleasantly surprised. While it is scary, it is a quite impressive feat of storytelling. Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with It, the Losers are summoned back to Derry, ME to finish It off. King does a beautiful job of weaving these 2 timelines together, and along the way, he shares tales from Derry’s past that seamlessly carry the story forward. A really beautiful story, if not horrifying at moments. randy's August Staff Pick, 2017


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$16.00
ISBN: 9780525431947
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor Books - May 30th, 2017

This is the story of a separated couple and their unborn child who also happens to narrate. It's mother is having an affair and planning the murder of it's father. The characters are richly developed, the perspective is totally original, and it is wonderfully quirky! randy's July Staff Pick, 2017


Stephen Florida Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781566894647
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Published: Coffee House Press - June 6th, 2017

At its core, Stephen Florida is a coming of age story. Losing his parents at 14, Stephen goes to live with his grandmother. Orphaned again when his grandmother dies of heart disease, he promises her that he’ll go to college and win a national championship. Stephen is an obsessive and Habash puts us in his mind and takes us for a wonderful, bumpy ride through his final season - a final season where family, love, and friendship begin to take their proper place in Stephen’s life…maybe. randy's June Staff Pick, 2017


A Man Lies Dreaming Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781612195605
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Published: Melville House Publishing - May 2nd, 2017

A Man Lies Dreaming is the story of Wolf, a down on his luck P.I. in 1939 London. Hired by Isabella Rubinstein to find her sister Judith, Herr Wolf is drawn into a world he once ruled over with an iron fist. Such a great idea for a crime novel! Lavie Tidhar creates a world that surprises page after page. And each time you start to feel empathy towards Herr Wolf, you are not so subtly reminded of who he really is. If you love detective stories, 20th Century history, or simply a great story, you’ll love this! -randy's May Staff Pick, 2017


Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781566894951
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017

Fleeing the threat of death in Central America, thousands of undocumented children seek asylum each year. In this essay, you will see how dangerous their journey through Mexico is and that this is only the beginning of their ordeal. As an immigrant and court translator, Luiselli is able to share their stories. She also challenges us to take responsibility for our role in creating such dangerous circumstances instead of simply building a wall. - randy's April Staff Pick, 2017


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Mikhail and Margarita Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609453756
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - March 14th, 2017

Set in 1930's Russia, Mikhail and Margarita is a story about love and trust and survival in the Moscow literary community. A community closely watched by Stalin himself. Ostensibly, this is about a love triangle, but its true strength and pleasure comes from how well each character's own story stands alone. I loved it! randy's March Staff Pick, 2017


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$18.00
ISBN: 9781250117984
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Published: Picador USA - February 14th, 2017

The Lost Time Accidents is Waldy's letter to a woman with whom he is obsessed. The letter is his family's history with the Lost Time Accidents, and the experimentation by Waldy's great uncle, The Black Timekeeper, with Holocaust victims. Along the way we meet his two reclusive aunts, his father - a science fiction writer who unwillingly becomes inspiration for a new religion based on the Lost Time Accidents, and Mrs. Haven, wife of the founder of this religion, and the intended recipient of this letter. This is not about time travel. It's about the hold families have on one another. And it's a great read! randy's February Staff Pick, 2017


We Eat Our Own Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501128318
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner Book Company - September 6th, 2016

This book is wonderful. The story is compelling which is enough reason to love it but it's also a well crafted commentary about a darker side of humanity written with simply beautiful prose. You will love it! randy's January Staff Pick, 2017