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.

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It Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501142970
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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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ISBN: 9780525431947
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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

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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

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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

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ISBN: 9781566894951
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017

leeing 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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ISBN: 9781609453756
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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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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

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ISBN: 9781501128318
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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