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Maryelizabeth's Enthusiastic Endorsements

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Terry's business partner, Maryelizabeth, is a passionate reader across multiple genres and formats, including ebooks and audio books!
 

 

 

Clark and Division Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781641292498
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Published: Soho Crime - August 3rd, 2021

A fascinating and different perspective with solid noir roots; Naomi's story of the post-Manzanar experiences of the Ito family in Chicago, and Aki's search for the truth behind her sister's death brought an entire new dimension of history alive to this West Coast reader.


Weird Kid Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062970602
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Published: HarperCollins - July 20th, 2021

Weird Kid has all of the elements I love in a Greg van Eekhout book -- a (growly) doggo, aliens, stupid bad humans,  genuine good clever humans, science, and a weird kid who finds his way by leaning into his weirdness, not despite it.


Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781524748067
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Published: Pantheon Books - July 13th, 2021

SEEK YOU resonated with me as a fascinating discourse by creator Kristen Radtke about the loneliness so many of us have experienced "together" during pandemic conditions. Her examination of loneliness in America began several years before COVID-19 impacted the globe, and includes sections exploring both an assortment of devices and platforms used for human communication, and also the array of internal and external attitudes and perceptions of what it means to be lonely, whether or not one is alone.


Resistance Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802158727
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - June 15th, 2021

Holy crap! This look down an all too possible timeline is completely mesmerizing and completely terrifying. All of Val's journalistic and storytelling skills are on display, and the story adapts well from her BBC radio script. Kathryn Briggs art is the perfect complement to the story, adding a sense of history & mythology to the meta-fictional in the age of the pandemic tale.


The Drowning Kind Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982153922
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - April 6th, 2021

Amazing, layered, deep dive into what the cost of getting one's wish granted can mean. Jennifer's writing has captivated me for more than a decade, and she just keeps improving. This is a fantastic book for the Shirley Jackson loving readership.


Machinehood Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982148065
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - March 2nd, 2021

Divya's MACHINEHOOD seemed both optimistic in its post-pandemic setting, and also in the idea that somehow, despite repeated stumbles and self-created obstacles, humanity can continue to move forward and improve on multiple levels -- and maybe even do so before totally destroying Earth.


Dead Space Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984803726
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Published: Berkley - March 2nd, 2021

Wallace's "locked room open to SPACE!!" murder mystery has an understandably grumpy protagonist who has survived nearly unimaginable loss, variable viewpoints on advanced AIs, and a future that contains both realized potential and some of the same old worst behaviors of humanity. Recommended.


Feelings: A Story in Seasons Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780593129753
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Published: Random House - March 2nd, 2021

Manjit's sparse prose combined with her expressive palette is moving and deeply resonant with those of us mired in quarantine, helping connect us with others empathetically as well as providing reminders of the outdoors seasons we have been isolated from.


The Echo Wife Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250174666
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Published: Tor Books - February 16th, 2021

THE ECHO WIFE is one of those compact books that takes longer to read than the page count would suggest, as the reader pauses and steps away to digest not only the events on the pages, but also the larger emotions behind them. If there was one gift of 2020, it was the way in which it helped develop our emotional muscles to be able to both appreciate the craft Gailey has exercised on the page, and also feel sad for the characters and their experiences. Another stellar work from one of my "must read" authors.


Last Night at the Telegraph Club Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525555254
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 19th, 2021

Ideally I'd love to see LAST NIGHT AT THE TELEGRAPH CLUB reach readers to the same extent that George Takei's THEY CALLED US ENEMY did, educating as well as engaging readers about the world of San Francisco's Chinatown during the 1950s (and beyond, as Malinda shares stories of Lily's family members). I also hope it reaches some of the readers of Ellen Klages' PASSING STRANGE, with its focus on the life of women who love women in historic San Francisco.


Pretty Little Wife: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063016408
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - December 29th, 2020

Dang! Gotta love the twists and turns of the assorted protagonists on both sides of the investigation into the disappearance of Lila Ridgefield's asshole husband. Kane manages to craft the rare thriller where readers will empathize with both the accused and the law enforcement pursuing them. Chilling and relatable.


Pretty as a Picture: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143110552
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Published: Penguin Books - December 29th, 2020

A compelling suspense read on its own, and a fascinating companion read to PLAIN BAD HEROINES.


The Hollow Places: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781534451124
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - October 6th, 2020

Know that feeling of irresistible dread? Like when you know you should leave a wound alone, but you just can’t help picking at the covering and peering? And then you are justifiably freaked out, and step away, until you are drawn back? T. Kingfisher has diluted that  sensation into a horrible compelling tincture in The Hollow Places, mixed into a horror cocktail leavened with splashes of contemporary irritations, and one of the Best Supporting Felines ever.


Plain Bad Heroines: A Novel Cover Image
By Emily M. Danforth, Sara Lautman (Illustrator)
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062942852
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Published: William Morrow - October 20th, 2020

I love reading horror in the summer; the chills evoked are particularly delicious. And I am always a receptive audience for anything with a Shirley Jackson comparison. I am anxious to put Plain Bad Heroines into the hands of impressionable readers of all genders this fall so they can delight in its layered seasonal gothic story, and glory in a haunted school, a meta-fictional telling of a film and the book that inspired it, and the haunting resonance of devilishly deep passions.


Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781534437678
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - October 13th, 2020

Black Sun is sure to receive much praise for the ways in which it encompasses cultural, class, gender-identity, and economic differences in its fantastic setting, but one cannot overstate its value as a work of fantasy, with giant insects, maritime matriarchies and more, and one of the best infusions of gods among humans I've read in ages. One of my top books of 2020. 


The End of Everything: (Astrophysically Speaking) Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982103545
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Published: Scribner - August 4th, 2020

If this isn't a 2020 mood, I don't know what is. 


Mexican Gothic Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525620785
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Published: Del Rey - June 30th, 2020

Something to Talk About Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593102527
Availability: Backordered
Published: Berkley - May 26th, 2020

The Rakess: Society of Sirens, Volume I Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062935618
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Published: Avon - April 28th, 2020

The City We Became: A Novel (The Great Cities Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316509848
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Published: Orbit - March 24th, 2020

Particularly recommending the fantastic audiobook edition, with select sound effects, and a truly exceptional and extraordinary narration by Robin Miles.