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Store Re-Opening Guidelines

We are thrilled to invite you, our cherished customers and neighbors, back into the store!

Please bear in mind that the covid-19 pandemic is NOT over yet.  In order to ensure your safety and ours, the following guidelines MUST be followed during this initial phase of re-opening.

  1. You MUST wear a face mask while in the store.
  2. Please limit handling of books and merchandise. There is hand sanitizer at the front of the store for your use.  (Please be spare)
  3. Maintain proper social distancing practices.  Remain at least 6 feet away from other customers and staff.
  4. Please limit your time in the store to 20 minutes or less.
  5. In store seating is not available during this time.
  6. Be nice to everyone.

Thank you for your understanding and compliance.  We are VERY HAPPY to see you again. smiley

Staff Picks

Sharks in the Time of Saviors: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374272081
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: MCD - March 3rd, 2020

Sharks in the Time of Saviors is an impressive debut novel about belief and disillusion.  In the mid 90s, a Hawaiian family believes that their middle son is destined for a greater purpose when he is saved by sharks after falling into the ocean. From that stunning opening, the disarmingly lyrical writing propels a story filled with sadness, rage and redemption on the mainland and in Hawaii, where Nainoa’s family have struggled for generations to survive.


The Resisters: A novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525657224
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Published: Vintage - January 12th, 2021

In this novel, Gwen’s family are Surplus and forced to live on water, like all the other people of color. Gwen’s talent as a baseball pitcher takes her to the Netted exclusive university and eventually to play against ChinRussia in the Olympics, all while her mother, Eleanor, battles the injustices of authoritarian AutoAmerica in court. The Believers is an exciting mixture of dystopian science fiction, underdog tale and coming of age story, told with a light touch, humor and heart.

Richard, Breakwater Books


Interior Chinatown: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307948472
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Published: Vintage - November 17th, 2020

Willis Wu has played Generic Asian Man and Background Oriental Making Weird Face on the procedural cop show Black and White but he aspires to play Kung Fu Guy, the pinnacle for any Asian male.  Written in the form of a script and set in a Chinese restaurant, this humorous novel lampoons Asian stereotypes and Hollywood clichés while telling a heartfelt family story about the immigrant experience.  When Willis realizes that his dream role may not be all it’s cracked up to be, it forces him to begin exploring the world outside of Interior Chinatown.

Richard, Breakwater Books


Enter the Aardvark Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316496131
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 5th, 2021

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525562023
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Published: Penguin Press - June 4th, 2019

Eat a Peach: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781524759216
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Published: Clarkson Potter - September 8th, 2020

Godshot Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781948226486
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Published: Catapult - March 31st, 2020

Trust Exercise: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250231260
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - May 5th, 2020

Beheld Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781635573220
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 17th, 2020

The Betrayal of the Duchess: The Scandal That Unmade the Bourbon Monarchy and Made France Modern Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781541645455
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Published: Basic Books - April 14th, 2020

This account of the civil war waged in 19th century France by duchesse de Berry to regain the throne for her eleven year old son, the heir to the Bourbon dynasty, manages to be both a page turner and an insightful historical analysis. Filled with intrigue and cross-dressing, it documents her betrayal by a confidant, the son of the chief rabbi of France, which sparks a wave of antisemitism that lasted decades.

Richard, Breakwater Books


Filthy Beasts: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982122768
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 14th, 2020

From the description of this book, I anticipated a familiar glance into the world of East Coast wealth and privilege.  What I found instead was a riches to rags journey into the heart and mind of a young man coming to terms with his own identity while at the same time holding it all together for himself and his brothers in the center of his mother’s unraveling.  Written with wit, humor, clarity and shameless self reflection, Filthy Beasts stayed with me for days after I put it down.  Mr. Hamill is a gifted storyteller.  You will want to hear from him again. 

Paul, Breakwater Books


Between the World and Me Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: One World - July 14th, 2015

The Underground Railroad: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780345804327
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Published: Anchor - January 30th, 2018

Exhalation: Stories Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781101947883
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Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019

Exhalation by Ted Chiang

Exhalation is a collection of nine science fiction stories.  The stories deal with heady subjects including a time portal through which various characters can visit the past but not change it told in the style of the Arabian Nights, a sentient being performing a live dissection of the inner workings of his own brain, the raising and training of digitally created beings, a scientist disproving young earth creationism and a tale derived from quantum mechanics where a scam is perpetrated through communication with parallel selves in alternate versions of the universe.  While the stories take some concentration and dedication, perseverance is rewarded in the end.  Each one is an inspiring work of storytelling, intellect and imagination.

Richard,

Breakwater Books


Nothing to See Here Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062913463
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Published: Ecco - October 29th, 2019

The Glass Hotel: A novel Cover Image
Title not available
ISBN: 9780525521143
Availability: Backordered
Published: Knopf - March 24th, 2020

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

The glass hotel in this novel is the Hotel Caitte, built on a small island off the north coast of Vancouver Island. It is only accessible by boat and is a luxury hotel owned by Jonathan Alkatis who works in finance. This hotel is not so much the focus of the book as the center point where the characters paths cross and chance meetings are made that will affect all their futures. Jonathan becomes involved with Vincent (a woman) who leaves the hotel to start a new life with him. You'll discover that Jonathan's financial empire is built on a Ponzi scheme whose collapse will affect multiple characters in this story. The narratives skip forwards and backwards. It is a very inventive and mesmerizing novel. 

Sue, Breakwater Books


The Henna Artist Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780778309451
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Published: Mira Books - March 3rd, 2020

Lakshmi is only 17 years old when she turns her back on an abusive arranged marriage and escapes to Jaipur.  There she establishes a new independent life as a henna artist for the aristocratic ladies of the pink city.  Well established and with a house of her very own near completion, Lakshmi’s past finds her when the abandoned husband turns up unexpectedly, along with her 13 year old sister whom she did not know existed.  An inspiring read and a reminder of the value that lies within.  

Paul, Breakwater Books


Just Kids Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060936228
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Published: Ecco - November 2nd, 2010

Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735224315
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Published: Penguin Books - May 7th, 2019

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

With its recent run in the streaming world, this book is rightfully enjoying a second surge in popularity.  The story takes place in Shaker Heights, a well to do planned community outside of Cleveland in the late 90's.  It's a beautifully crafted story of two families, with very different lifestyles, whose lives become intertwined for a few months.  The author uses the characters to explore different kinds of mothers and the choices they make.  She also explores some aspects of what it was to be Asian in this community.  The book has the winning combination of a story lines that grab you from the beginning, interesting characters that I cared about and beautiful writing. I found the book impossible to put down once I started it.

Jen, Breakwater Books


Still Here: The Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250758057
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Published: Picador - November 10th, 2020

Still Here: The Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch by Alexandra Jacobs

Still Here chronicles the singular life of the Broadway actress and singer Elaine Stritch, from her Catholic upbringing in Detroit, Michigan through her triumphant, award winning one-woman show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty.  In between, Stritch goes on a date with drama school classmate Marlon Brando, understudies Ethel Merman in Call Me Madam and brings the house down as Joanne in Company, singing the Stephen Sondheim classic, The Ladies Who Lunch, all the while carousing her way through the bars of Manhattan.  While the mere facts of her life would be entertaining for any theater aficionado, Jacobs sensitively explores the complexities of Stritch’s insecurities with the opposite sex, her savage wit, her perfectionism as an actress and her alcoholism.

Richard,

Breakwater Books


Lab Girl Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101873724
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Published: Vintage - February 28th, 2017

Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren 

Hope Jahren’s father taught physics and earth science for forty-two years.  The laboratory he worked in was her childhood playground.  Hope knew from a very young age and with unwavering certainty that she would grow up to become a scientist.  And so she did.  A geochemist and geobiologist to be precise.  She’s made a career out of her endless fascination with things that grow from the ground and with the ground itself.  With this engrossing memoir you will be fascinated with the science as well, told with respect and reverence for the study but with simplicity and the familiarity of an old friend reciting a brownie recipe.  In and among these extraordinary revelations is her story of perseverance and success in a vocation primarily populated with men and her lifetime friendship with her inimitable lab partner.  You’ll like her and you’ll root for her, and you will never look at a tree the same way again.     

 

Paul,

Breakwater Books


The Song of Achilles: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062060624
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco - August 28th, 2012

Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway Cover Image
Title not available
ISBN: 9781451672176
Availability: Backordered
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 11th, 2016

Unfettered and Alive Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781743318416
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Published: Allen & Unwin - March 1st, 2019

The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385543781
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Published: Nan A. Talese - September 10th, 2019

Dune (Penguin Galaxy) Cover Image
By Frank Herbert, Neil Gaiman (Introduction by), Brian Herbert (Afterword by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780143111580
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 25th, 2016

Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty and Change Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781611806809
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Published: Shambhala - May 21st, 2019

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780385494786
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Published: Anchor - October 19th, 1999

Redhead by the Side of the Road: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525658412
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Published: Knopf - April 7th, 2020

Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler

Once again, Anne Tyler takes us back to her beloved Baltimore with a story about Micah Mortimer.  Micah is a likable oddball who lives rent free in the basement apartment of a small building in exchange for being its super. He is a very organized 43 year old geek who also runs a one man on-call tech help service called "Tech Hermit".  We follow Micah as he goes about his orderly life and suddenly someone messes with his routines - actually two upsets: his girlfriend is threatened with eviction from her apartment and a young man shows up claiming that Micah is his father. These upsets will cause him to re-evaluate himself and his life. This is a heartwarming story filled with humor and compassion. Anne Tyler is my favorite author and she never disappoints. 

Sue, Breakwater Books