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Mark the II

I'm a bookseller and I facilitate the Read the Resistance book group. I tend to read all over the place -- contemporary fiction, hard-boiled mystery, picture books -- but my favorites are always the ones that make me laugh.

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This Land: How Cowboys, Capitalism, and Corruption are Ruining the American West Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780735220980
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Published: Viking - July 16th, 2019

A blistering, no-nonsense, necessary screed on the continued destruction of our public lands. This book often had me in states of near apoplectic rage, but that’s the power of Ketcham’s reporting.


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Outline: A Novel (Outline Trilogy #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250081544
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Published: Picador - February 9th, 2016

With this loose trio of novels, told almost entirely through conversation, Cusk has created something completely new and completely wonderful. Each one is supremely intelligent, incredibly funny, and totally absorbing.


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Bunny: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525559733
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Published: Viking - June 11th, 2019

There are so many ways to describe this novel: A gothic horror comedy set in a creative writing program. A modern day Frankenstein with a satirical bite. A dark yet lyric send-up of a twee culture…But how about I just go with this: The most compulsive, unique, and pleasurable reading experience I’ve had in a very long time. Fantastic.


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Night Boat to Tangier: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385540315
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Published: Doubleday - September 17th, 2019

This story of two aging Irish gangsters is just brimming with beauty and humor. It's like Beckett doing The Sopranos, with a surprising tenderness at its core. And since this is Kevin Barry, the language is pure magic! Lyric, idiomatic, inventive, utterly lovely. Much of the novel has our grizzled gangsters passing the night in a ferry terminal, and I could have passed many more with them.


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The Dry Heart Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780811228787
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - June 25th, 2019

A marvel of a book, as brilliant as it is brisk. Told in beautifully clear, unsentimental prose, the novel begins with the narrator shooting her husband "between the eyes." What happens from there is a thrilling exploration of desire, disappointment, and rage. Read it in a single sitting. Forget it never.


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Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735220171
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019

Unlike anything else. A surreal, sometimes brutal, always beautiful trek through a world based on African myth and history. Part adventure story, part love story -- it is also a story about story-telling. Give yourself over to this book and it will take you places you've never been and never knew you needed to go.