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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
by Matthew Sullivan
MIDNIGHT AT THE BRIGHT IDEAS BOOKSTORE is a fiendishly clever novel about a Denver bookstore clerk who, in the wake of the suicide of one of her regular patrons, must unravel the puzzle he left behind in the pages of books. And in her attempt to uncover the hidden message left for her, Lydia's own troubling past is brought into question.

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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
Matthew Sullivan

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The Thirteenth Tale
by Diane Setterfield
In this bestselling novel, biographer Margaret Lea is approached by a well-loved but gravely ill author with a surprising request: she wants Margaret to capture her life story before it's too late. Although Margaret has never read the author's work, she's intrigued, and soon gets immersed in her strange and troubling history. Now both women will have to confront their pasts—and grapple with the ghosts that still haunt them.
The Thirteenth Tale
Diane Setterfield

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In this novel, biographer Margaret Lea is approached by a well-loved but gravely ill author with a surprising request: she wants Margaret to capture her life story before it’s too late. Although Margaret has never read the author’s work, she’s intrigued, and soon gets immersed in her strange and troubling history. Now both women will have to confront their pasts—and grapple with the ghosts that still haunt them.

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By the Book
by Julia Sonneborn
A book about books and a Jane Austen retelling—the jackpot! An English professor struggling for tenure discovers that her ex-fiancé has just become the president of her college—and her new boss. Funny, smart, and full of heart, this modern ode to Austen's PERSUASION explores what happens when we run into the demons of our past . . . and when they turn out not to be so bad, after all.
By the Book
Julia Sonneborn

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The Book of Lost Things
by John Connolly
High in his attic bedroom, 12-year-old David mourns the death of his mother. He is angry and alone, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in his imagination, he finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a land that is a strange reflection of his own world, populated by heroes and monsters, and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book . . . "The Book of Lost Things."

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The Book of Lost Things
John Connolly

High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother. He is angry and alone, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in his imagination, he finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a land that is a strange reflection of his own world, populated by heroes and monsters, and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book... The Book of Lost Things.

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Dear Mrs. Bird
by AJ Pearce
A charming, irresistible debut set in London during World War II, DEAR MRS. BIRD is the story of plucky Emmy Lake, who dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent but fumbles her way into a job as an assistant to a ferocious advice columnist instead. Her boss is very clear—any letters containing Unpleasantness must go straight to the trash bin—but Emmy is unable to resist responding.
Dear Mrs. Bird
AJ Pearce

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A Talent for Murder
by Andrew Wilson
Most people don't realize that Agatha Christie had her own real-life mystery during her lifetime—she went missing for 11 days. After learning about her husband's mistress, Agatha disappeared, leaving behind her car perched on a clifftop. The public went mad: Was she kidnapped? Had she run off with a lover? Taken drastic measures? Was it all a publicity stunt? When she resurfaced Agatha claimed amnesia, and no one knows the truth behind her secret vanishing. In A TALENT FOR MURDER, Andrew Wilson explores a fictional explanation for her whereabouts involving blackmail, murder, and putting Christie's formidable mind to the test.
A Talent for Murder
Andrew Wilson

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The Dirty Book Club
by Lisi Harrison
The book club in Lisi Harrison's delicious novel is a little different than most book clubs. Started in the 1960s by a group of women who were fed up watching men having all the fun, the Dirty Book Club has now been passed down to a younger group of women who explore timeless reads. The novel follows M.J. as she moves to California, joins the book club that's now 50 years in the making, and starts a new life for herself.
The Dirty Book Club
Lisi Harrison

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The Last Equation of Isaac Severy
by Nova Jacobs
Just days after mathematician and family patriarch Isaac Severy dies of an apparent suicide, his adopted granddaughter Hazel, owner of a struggling Seattle bookstore, receives a letter from him by mail. In it, Isaac alludes to a secretive organization that is after his final bombshell equation, and he charges Hazel with safely delivering it to a trusted colleague. But first, she must find where the equation is hidden.
The Last Equation of Isaac Severy
Nova Jacobs

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Asymmetry
by Lisa Halliday
A brilliant literary novel, ASYMMETRY is about a young American editor and her relationship with a famous and much older writer and about an Iraqi-American man detained by immigration officers on his way to visit his brother in Kurdistan. These two seemingly different stories interact and overlap to ask arresting questions about the very nature of fiction itself.
Asymmetry
Lisa Halliday

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The Debut
by Anita Brookner
THE DEBUT is a flawless novel about a quiet scholar who, at 40 years old, is convinced that literature has ruined her life and that she needs to make a fresh start. Wry, funny, and elegant, this novel is a must-read.
The Debut
Anita Brookner

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You
by Caroline Kepnes
YOU is a hypnotic tale of obsession, the dangers of social media, and murderous manipulation. When a bookseller encounters a beautiful customer, he tracks her down via her credit card and quickly inserts himself into her life.
You
Caroline Kepnes

Joe doesn’t like artisanal soda, trust fund kids, Dan Brown, Brooklyn hipsters, or Vice magazine. He does, however, like you, ever since you walked into his East Village bookshop looking like Natalie Portman. Shame that Joe is a cold-blooded killer and adept stalker. In the all-too-rare second-person narrative, YOU takes place inside the obsessed brain of Joe Goldberg, who’ll stop at nothing to make boho-wannabe Guinevere Beck (the “you” of Kepnes’s page-turning novel) his.

Crazy like: The lovesick and the just-plain-sick.

Best crazy moment: The DA VINCI CODE reading marathon.

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