Randy

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.

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.)

Here are my favorite books neatly grouped together:  The Standards  Indigenous Literature  Murakami and More  Murder and Mayhem  What the What?!

And if you like talking about what you just read, join our Humble Beginnings book club to discuss the first novels from some of our favorite writers.

Absolute Favorites!

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The Cat Who Saved Books: A Novel Cover Image
By Sosuke Natsukawa, Louise Heal Kawai (Translated by)
$24.99
ISBN: 9780063095724
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Published: HarperVia - December 7th, 2021

Spot on! We don't always remember why we love books and the importance they carry. Here's a reminder. And, it's a great story that's part coming of age and part fable. I loved it!


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The Break Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781487001117
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: House of Anansi Press - March 6th, 2018

My favorite book from 2018 and easily in my top 5 all time! (It's January 2020, and after reading for the third time, I'm pretty sure it's my all time favorite.) - randy


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The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781492670124
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 7th, 2019

Wow! An incredibly original take on the locked-room mystery. THE. BEST. MYSTERY. I'VE. READ! - randy


The Glass Hotel: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525521143
Availability: Ships quickly (1-7 days)
Published: Knopf - March 24th, 2020

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Sputnik Sweetheart (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780375726057
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Published: Vintage - April 9th, 2002

Perhaps there are better Murakami novels, but Sputnik Sweetheart is my favorite. K and Sumire are friends from university. K stoically pines for Sumire but Sumire is only interested in writing until she meets Miu. One day, while Miu and Sumire are vacationing in Greece, Sumire just disappears. Such a beautiful story summed up best by K - When the orbits of these two satellites of ours happened to cross paths, we could be together. Maybe even open our hearts to each other. But that was only for the briefest moment. - randy


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Wolf in White Van: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250074713
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Published: Picador - September 1st, 2015

Disfigured at 17, Sean lives a solitary life supplementing his insurance checks guiding people through Trace Italian, a role-playing game he created while in recovery. When two players take the game a little too seriously, Sean is held to account. John Darnielle does a masterful job weaving the present into the past. Another title long listed for the National Book Award that I love! - randy