Loot by Tania James

Staff Pick

James's Loot is one of the most engaging novels I’ve read in a long time.  It centers on Tipu’s Tiger, an actual artifact that was taken from Mysore in Southern India after the British invaded and killed Sultan Tipu.  James follows Abba, a 17-year-old woodcarver who is conscripted into service to help a French clock maker carve this figure of a life-sized tiger mauling a British man--a tiger that contains a working organ.  As Abba's life is upended during the project, the story moves across the ocean to France. James's mix of facts and fiction makes for an amazing tale.  

 

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780593535974
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Published: Knopf - June 13th, 2023

Absolution by Alice McDermott

Staff Pick

This rich and beautiful novel is set in Saigon during the Vietnam War and is told from the point of view of American wives performing their duty as "helpmates" to their husbands--and their husbands' careers. Teeming with the cacophony of the streets. the chaos of the markets, the smells and heat of the city, the narrative focuses on Tricia, a young bride, who meets Charlene, a gorgeous mother of three, and quickly gets drawn into her orbit of charity work for local causes--some of which have not been carefully enough thought through.

 

 

 

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780374610487
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 31st, 2023

When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill

Staff Pick

If you’re looking for a feminist fantasy, this powerful and imaginative book is it. The story unfolds in 1955 America, when, in a mass dragoning, hundreds of thousands of women step out of their skins, stretch their dragon wings, and fly away from their lives, leaving behind jobs, children, and husbands.  Those who remain try to ignore this event, but one little girl, Alex Greene, breaks the silence with her story of growing up without loved ones and then reconciling with them when they return.  

 

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780593466575
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Published: Anchor - May 16th, 2023

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