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Book Cover for: The Latecomer, Jean Hanff Korelitz

The Latecomer

Jean Hanff Korelitz
Ron CharlesRon Charles

Like a latter-day Edith Wharton, Korelitz simultaneously mocks and embraces these upper-class combatants. Other readers will hear in this vivisection of a dysfunctional family a Franzenesque attention to the great forces pulsing through American culture.

Paperback, 2023

$18.99$9.49 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: Creatures of Passage, Morowa Yejidé

Creatures of Passage

Morowa Yejidé
Ron CharlesRon Charles

RT @dataylor1: Novelist Morowa Yejidé and Edward P. Jones talk about her novel Creatures of Passage, and re-creating a vanishing city. My p…

Hardcover, 2021

$41.95$20.98 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Twain Mark

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Twain Mark
Ron CharlesRon Charles

There is, apparently, no statute of limitations on spoilers. Today, a Gentle Reader takes us to task for incidentally revealing the endings of Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” and Leo Tolstoy's “War and Peace.” https://t.co/vDopclahhE

Paperback, 2014

$14.99$7.49 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: The Books of Jacob, Olga Tokarczuk

The Books of Jacob

Olga Tokarczuk
Ron CharlesRon Charles

So happy to see "The Books of Jacob," written by Olga Tokarczuk and translated by Jennifer Croft, on the longlist for #2022InternationalBooker Prize. https://t.co/D6ag4oFhTo

Paperback, 2023

$20.00$10.00 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: Loot, Tania James

Loot

Tania James
Ron CharlesRon Charles

James is a master miniaturist who can create the illusion of a saga in a chapter. And she’s not afraid to radically reset the novel’s place and tone. Her pages feel as full as a 19th-century bildungsroman, with collapsing kingdoms, sailing ships and elaborate schemes.

Hardcover, 2023

$28.00$14.00 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: Attack of the Black Rectangles, A. S. King

Attack of the Black Rectangles

A. S. King
Ron CharlesRon Charles

I’ve read *a lot* of smart takes on censorship this year, but honestly the best thing I’ve run across recently is a new middle grade novel from @Scholastic called “Attack of the Black Rectangles,” by @AS_King. More in today's newsletter: https://t.co/x4SYB1L49Z

Hardcover, 2022

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Book Cover for: Tremor, Teju Cole

Tremor

Teju Cole
Ron CharlesRon Charles

Cole continues to demonstrate just how elastic a novel can be and how trenchant he is. His book crosses national boundaries just as confidently as it crosses literary ones... To read some of these chapters is to see the essay form in its most elegiac, elastic and epiphanic mode.

Hardcover, 2023

$28.00$14.00 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone, Diana Gabaldon

Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone

Diana Gabaldon
Ron CharlesRon Charles

Diana Gabaldon's "Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone" debuts at No. 1 on the indie bookstore bestseller list. https://t.co/pnOMcA4IYB

Paperback, 2022

$22.00$11.00 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: Nightcrawling: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club), Leila Mottley

Nightcrawling: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)

Leila Mottley
Ron CharlesRon Charles

Last week, 19-year-old Leila Mottley released her debut novel, “Nightcrawling,” with @AAKnopf. And then @Oprah picked it for her book club. And now it's on the bestseller list. And damn if it isn't also really good.... https://t.co/NgBiDfAiXG

Paperback, 2023

$17.00$8.50 + Free shipping50% off your first book
Book Cover for: The Unfolding, A. M. Homes

The Unfolding

A. M. Homes
Ron CharlesRon Charles

The dialogue in these cringingly hilarious scenes sparks off the page with such vibrancy that I felt as if I were in the room where it happened.

Paperback, 2023

$19.00$9.50 + Free shipping50% off your first book