Cahokia Jazz by Francis Spufford

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Spufford's genius for navigating the what-if crossroads of alternate history is on full display in his take on Cahokia. At once a city of secrets, a roiling mixture of Jazz Age corruption, booming Mississippi industry, and rich Indigenous tradition, the city-state features a complex political tapestry--of which the gruesome and possibly ritualistic murder that precipitates the plot is only one thread. Amid an ensemble of pitch-perfect noir characters, the protagonist, Joe Barrow, brings a fresh note of honesty as he uproots a tangled web of conspiracy and questions his own troubled loyalties along the way.

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ISBN: 9781668025451
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Published: Scribner - February 6th, 2024

Saevus Corax Deals with The Dead by K.J. Parker

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The leading man of a new fantasy trilogy from the prolific and hilarious K.J. Parker, Saevus Corax is manipulative, selfish, cuttingly funny, and—against his better judgment—a big fat hero. Thrown squarely into the midst of the politico-religious machinations he abandoned years ago along with his birthright, Saevus applies the savvy he's gained as a mediocre playwright and a fairly excellent battlefield salvage contractor to keep ten steps ahead of his enemies. The thrill of Parker's writing is being let in on the plan just enough to root for his protagonist, but never enough to anticipate the next twist.

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ISBN: 9780316668903
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Published: Orbit - October 3rd, 2023

The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America by Julian Montague

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At last, a comprehensive taxonomy of our ubiquitous yet overlooked urban companion: the stray shopping cart. Amateur spotters will find a helpful primer to the various categories and types, from Bus Stop Discards to Transient Imposters. Seasoned parking lot habitués will appreciate the poignancy of the gathered photos and Montague's reflections on our changing urban environment. This offbeat cultural study is perfect for those who have everything—including boundless curiosity.


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ISBN: 9780226829104
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 30th, 2023