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An Upper Valley native, Emma moved back to the area after 5 years working in sunny Los Angeles. After nearly a decade at Hanover-based INGO Grassroot Soccer she joined the Norwich Bookstore in late fall, 2020. Dedicated to all things garden- and tennis-related…with a fondness for Ottolenghi and appealing book covers.

 

 

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We All Want Impossible Things: A Novel By Catherine Newman Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780063230897
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Published: Harper - November 8th, 2022

The characters, the relationships… it’s all worth the tears that are guaranteed. Funny and devastating throughout.  -Emma C.


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Death Drives an Audi By Kristian Bang Foss Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781912681327
Availability: Special Order (email to check availability)
Published: Parthian Books - November 1st, 2021

Hilarious and tragic; just how I like 'em. Winner of the 2013 EU Prize for Literature. A terrifically bizarre road trip from Denmark to...well, let's just see how far this pair can get!  -Emma C.


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The Unseen Body: A Doctor's Journey Through the Hidden Wonders of Human Anatomy By Jonathan Reisman Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250246622
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Published: Flatiron Books - November 9th, 2021

A fascinating and informative behind-the-scenes tour of the human body. Dr. Reisman is an engaging guide to how our organs function and what he sees when they don't work well. His well-traveled and open-minded perspective on treatment and care makes for an enjoyable read. I learned quite a lot and I'd recommend The Unseen Body to anyone who wants to bone up on their anatomy...pun intended.  -Emma C.


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The Colony: A Novel By Audrey Magee Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374606527
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 17th, 2022

On a quiet rustic island, The Colony exposes complex topics (colonialism, authenticity, even Art) and manages to be --as John Self of Air Mail put it-- "provocative but not shouty." Beautifully written and often funny. Longlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize and thoroughly deserving.  -Emma C.


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Love Marriage: A Novel By Monica Ali Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982181475
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Published: Scribner - May 3rd, 2022

Two families meet for the first time to toast the newly engaged couple. What could go wrong? Nothing really, at first, but as the bride's mother says, 'life is not simple'... Against the backdrop of modern London, Ali weaves together the family members' stories, their personal histories, and their future hopes and ambitions. I loved it.  -Emma C.


Orwell's Roses By Rebecca Solnit Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593083376
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Published: Penguin Books - October 18th, 2022

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction
Finalist for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography

“An exhilarating romp through Orwell’s life and times and also through the life and times of roses.” —Margaret Atwood


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Mayflies: A Novel By Andrew O'Hagan Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780771068119
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Published: McClelland & Stewart - May 17th, 2022

My favorite kind of book - utterly hilarious then surprisingly moving. Mayflies is about the friendship of two Scottish men during different points in their lives. They're rough and tumble kids, passionate and thrill-seeking young men, then in their 50's confronting mortality. After I finished the book, I realized I missed the characters - it was that good.


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Zorrie By Laird Hunt Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781635578430
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - November 1st, 2022

Reading Zorrie is a bit like turning the pages of a generations-old family photo album with an ancient relative telling you about the places and people in the pictures. At first, Zorrie the character and Zorrie the novel appear simple, but I found that weighty topics abound - sometimes just outside the frame of view. Zorrie is a quick read, but it sinks in slowly and powerfully.


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Having and Being Had By Eula Biss Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525537465
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 31st, 2021

Even the cover art, which drew me to the hardcover book in the first place, plays a part in Eula Biss’s examination of our economic system at a personal level. (The cover contains details from a conceptual art project by Danica Phelps: in brief, every green line represents a dollar of income, a red line represents a dollar spent…) 
Though relevant to any readers, this book is likely to resonate with the author’s (and my own) demographic [College-educated liberal American woman under 45-ish, especially with family and friends in academia...too specific?] as we confront societal, familial, and personal expectations in our career paths and life choices. Eula Biss grounds her shrewd observations in research, studies, and history. 
Frankly, it’s quite satisfying to have someone articulate and reflect on one's own ruminations in a published book ...especially with an appealing and clever cover. 


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Burnt Sugar: A Novel By Avni Doshi Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781419752933
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 1st, 2022

A novel shortlisted for the Booker Prize is always worth a try, but Burnt Sugar is not to be missed. Avni Doshi’s depiction of the relationship between a mother and daughter is filled with raw honesty and brutal humor — not unlike the 2020 Booker winner, Shuggie Bain (which I thoroughly enjoyed as well.)


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Milk Blood Heat By Dantiel W. Moniz Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802159441
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Published: Grove Press - February 8th, 2022

A collection of intense short stories that capture pivotal moments in ordinary lives. Moniz's intimate stories are quick, tight, and often jarring. They will haunt you and you’ll want to read them again.


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