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E. Shaver, bookseller

Independent booksellers since 1975 in the heart of historic Savannah, Georgia and the home of the delightful customer favorites Bartleby, Mr. Eliot, and Skimbleshanks. 

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The Crane Wife by CJ Hauser

A July 2022 Read This Next! Title

This book! I loved it! Hauser made me feel less alone in the world, with her wit and frank yet conversational tone, she lets the reader know that life is messy and doesn’t always go as planned, and not only is that ok, it can be wonderful.

The Crane Wife by CJ Hauser, (List Price: $28, Doubleday, 9780385547079, July 2022)

Reviewed by Jessica Osborne, E. Shaver bookseller in Savannah, Georgia

E. Shaver, bookseller
326 Bull St.
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 234-7257
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Copperfish Books

Copperfish Books opened in 2012 just outside of downtown Punta Gorda. In 2016, we moved to Marion Avenue and in October of 2020 we moved a few blocks away to W. Virginia Avenue. We LOVE Punta Gorda and LOVE being downtown.

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The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain

Three cheers for Albert Entwistle! I snuggled into this heartwarming "it’s never too late" coming-out story right away and loved watching this gentle man bloom. Albert is painfully lonely, staying far in the back of the closet and avoiding human connections all his adult life. But forced retirement at age 65 pushes him to completely change his life, and he finds that everyone he knows has been rooting for him all along.

The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain, (List Price: $15.95, A John Scognamiglio Book, 9781496737755, June 2022)

Reviewed by Serena Wyckoff, Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda, Florida

Copperfish Books
212 W. Virginia Ave #112
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
(941) 205-2560
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Fountain Bookstore

Opened in 1978, the Fountain Bookstore is an independent, general, full-service bookstore serving the Metro Richmond area and the world!  

You will find enthusiastic booksellers happy to talk about their favorite books at Fountain and you will also find a quirky selection of cards, gifts, and more!

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Drunk on All Your Strange New Words by Eddie Robson

This book features a young woman who is a translator for an alien species that has come to Earth but that doesn’t have a spoken language. She translates their thoughts into English so other humans can understand them. She finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation and she wants to keep her job and stay out of jail. I found this short novel charming and it’s a real love song to the written word and paper books. For lovers of Douglas Adams and John Scalzi.

Drunk on All Your Strange New Words by Eddie Robson, (List Price: $26.99, Tordotcom, 9781250807342, June 2022)

Reviewed by Kelly Justice, Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia

Fountain Bookstore
1312 East Cary St.
Richmond VA 23219
(804) 788-1594
fountainbookstore@gmail.com

Page 158 Books

We are a locally-owned community bookstore in beautiful downtown Wake Forest. We sell new books and book-related gifts, as well as host Wake Forest Lit Fest and other author events.

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Magic Season by Wade Rouse

They say truth is better than fiction and with Magic Season I completely agree. Wade and his rigid engineer father had a contentious relationship for quite awhile. When Ted learns he is dying Wade returns home for one final season of the one thing the men share a passion for-The St Louis Cardinals. This is inspiring and heartwarming and told with Wade’s poignant sense of humor. It gives hope to any one suffering from a desire to have a close relationship with a parent. There is always a chance for your team in baseball and a relationship with your parent.

Magic Season by Wade Rouse, (List Price: $27.99, Hanover Square Press, 9781335475176, May 2022)

Reviewed by Suzanne Lucey, Page 158 Books in Wake Forest, North Carolina

Page 158 Books
415-B Brooks St.
Wake Forest, NC 27587
(919) 435-1843
info@page158books.com

Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews

Epilogue is independently owned and operated by Miranda and Jaime Sanchez, both Chapel Hill locals, alongside a talented and dedicated team.

Epilogue aims to be a place where people can gather, whether to cultivate new ideas, learn old ones, or escape into the welcoming atmosphere that books, chocolate, and coffee all provide.

All are welcome here.

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You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi

A May 2022 Read This Next! Selection

Y’all, oh my GOD. Akwaeke Emezi has done it again and I love it so much. It is hot and messy and hot-messy and addicting. I thrive on drama and this novel delivers! Forget love triangles, this is a love star, five different points criss-crossing into something bright and beautiful and a little bit hard to look at. As fun and exciting as it is, it also touches on trauma and recovery, self-growth, and love. Utterly heart-wrenching and belly-laughter-inducing.

You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi, (List Price: $27, Atria Books, 9781982188702, May 2022)

Reviewed by Laney Sheehan from Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews
109 E. Franklin St. #100
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 913-5055
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Books on Broad

Books on Broad is an independent bookstore and coffee shop in downtown historic Camden, SC selling new, used, and collectible books. Visit us at our downtown location or on our website where over five million book and ebook titles are available for worldwide delivery or local pickup.

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Books on Broad
944 Borad St.
Camden, SC 29020
(803) 713-READ
books@booksonbroad.com

Bookish

Bookish: An Indie Shop For Folks Who Read opened its doors in August 2018. We have two locations nestled in two quintessential downtown hubs. Our Brunwick Place location focuses on local authors, new fiction and nonfiction titles, a curated selection of used books, and of our expanding children’s section with thoughtful and educational children’s programming. Bookish at the Bakery highlights local presses and the latest fiction and nonfiction. We are Fort Smith’s only independent bookstore that focuses on new titles and author events, our curated selection reflects the interests of our community.

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Bookish
115 N. 10th St.
Fort Smith, AR 72901
(479) 434-2917
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Books & Books

Books & Books is the Miami area’s premier location for like-minded people to gather, learn and discuss all with a common purpose: a love for books. Books & Books now has five locations, with its flagship store located in Coral Gables.

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Rosie and the Pre-Loved Dress by Leanne Hatch

I love the concept behind this adorable story. We’re big fans of recycling, reusing and giving new life to old things in our household, and I think anyone open to the idea would enjoy having this book in their at-home story time rotation.

Rosie and the Pre-Loved Dress by Leanne Hatch, (List Price: $17.99, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 9780593354483, June 2022)

Reviewed by Cristina Russell, Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida

Books & Books
265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 442-4408
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Book No Further

Book No Further is an independent bookstore offering new fiction and books on the latest hot topics, along with like-new books for those careful about the environment or their pocketbooks. BNF also carries the works of more than 50 local and regional authors, as well as books about or set in the Roanoke and New River Valleys and the surrounding areas.

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The Good Left Undone by Adriana Trigiani

Adriana Trigiani’s The Good Left Undone transports you through both time and place, moving effortlessly through four generations of the Cabrelli family and from country to country during one of Europe’s most trying times. It not only impresses the importance of family and the love we share with those we choose, but the importance of the stories and heirlooms that are passed down from one generation to the next.

The Good Left Undone by Adriana Trigiani, (List Price: $28, Dutton, 9780593183328, April 2022)

Reviewed by Doloris Vest, Book No Further in Roanoke, Virginia

Book No Further
112 Market St. SE
Roanoke, VA 24011
(540) 206-2505
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Avid Bookshop

Avid Bookshop is a fiercely independent, community-focused bookselling business with two shops in Athens, Georgia. In fall 2018, Avid Bookshop was chosen as the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year. Founded by Janet Geddis, Avid has been named by Flagpole readers as Athens’ Favorite Local Business for seven years in a row! As the country has become more fraught, Avid booksellers have become more outspoken about standing up for human rights, equality, and the freedom to read. We are a safe space and are proud to serve those here in Athens, Georgia and our website customers nationwide. 

We stay true to the “buy local first” mantra, choosing to support independent, locally-owned businesses for supplies whenever possible and opting to work with highly-rated, ethically sound national businesses when a local option isn’t available. When it comes to buying local first, we really do practice what we preach.  

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Time Shelter by Georgi Gospodinov

Nostalgia, memory loss and the European Union walk into a bar… Every section of this book feeds into the next like those nights where you wake up six times and experience the same dream, mutated sixfold. And just like the day after the dream, this book hasn’t ended for me, since I think fondly of it long after completion, sewing the remembered bits together as best I can into my own narrative (it’s minty mental mouthwash and lord knows I need it).

Time Shelter by Georgi Gospodinov, (List Price: $27, Liveright, 9781324090953, May 2022)

Reviewed by Ian McCord, Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia

Avid Bookshop
1662 S. Lumpkin St.
Athens, GA 30606
(706) 850-2843
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Ernest & Hadley Booksellers

Ernest & Hadley Booksellers strives to provide a unique selection of new, used and rare books, and other creative materials from local, regional, and international sources. We seek the input of community members who have a deep love of books and wish to share that passion with others. With a village approach, we provide space for book clubs to meet, authors to hold book signings, and artists to exhibit their craft, as all are essential to our purpose.

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Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia

In this story that spans five generations of women in Cuba, Texas and Florida, you come away with a rather complex picture of immigration plights and political and social pressures. The recurring theme is a book—an aptly named book— that unites the women in a beautifully written, heart-wrenching story. It reminds us that every woman is created with multiple layers whether she knows it or not.

Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia (List Price: $26.99, Flatiron Books, 9781250776686, March 2021)

Reviewed by Easty Lambert-Brown, Ernest & Hadley Booksellers in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Ernest & Hadley Booksellers
1928 7th Street
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
(205) 632-5331
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Underground Books

Underground Books is a charmingly eccentric bookshop located below street-level in Carrollton, Georgia’s historic downtown. With an emphasis on scholarly used, rare, and antiquarian titles, book lovers will find delightful browsing opportunities in many genres. Explore selections of our more uncommon titles here on our website, where domestic shipping is always free.

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In a Garden Burning Gold by Rory Power

In this Greek-inspired fantasy, the adult debut of Wilder Girls author Rory Power, families rule with the power of saints or gods, and siblings find themselves on opposing sides of a brewing war. The world building was very unique and interesting to me, and I would recommend for fans of court politics in their fantasy.

In a Garden Burning Gold by Rory Power, (List Price: $27, Del Rey, 9780593354971, May 2022)

Reviewed by Megan Bell from Underground Books in Carrollton, Georgia

Underground Books
102 Alabama Street
Carrollton, GA 30117
Phone (678) 951-4689
info@undergroundbooks.net

Flyleaf Books

Flyleaf Books stocks new and used adult and children’s titles. We are locally owned and operated. We welcome special orders and host author events each week (now virtual!).

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Let’s Not Do That Again by Grant Ginder

A woman running for the US senate, a son who’s floundering in academia and in his love life, and a daughter who’s off protesting in France and beginning a relationship with a dangerous right-winger–what could possibly go wrong?! It’s safe to say that no one writes family dysfunction quite like Grant Ginder. Hilarious, shocking, and astoundingly entertaining, you’ll read this book in one sitting and be devastated when it’s over.

Let’s Not Do That Again by Grant Ginder, (List Price: $27.99, Henry Holt and Co., 9781250243775,  April 2022)

Reviewed by Jen Minor, Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Flyleaf Books
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 942-7373
info@flyleafbooks.com

Fiction Addiction

Founded in 2001, Fiction Addiction is the oldest independent bookstore in Greenville, South Carolina. We believe that books can change lives, no matter what you read–even vampire novels count!

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TJ Powar Has Something to Prove by Jesmeen Kaur Deo

Powerhouse debater and soccer star TJ is considered one of the most beautiful girls at her school. But when a meme starts circulating comparing her flawless beauty to her Sikh cousin’s natural hairiness, TJ decides to ditch her hair-removal routines to show herself and the world that it’s possible to be both hairy and beautiful. The world, though, seems determined to prove her wrong — except her debate rival Charlie, who doesn’t seem to care at all. A fun, flirty story that couches a cutting criticism of societal beauty standards, handled in a way that will win over readers regardless of personal opinions.

TJ Powar Has Something to Prove by Jesmeen Kaur Deo, (List Price: $17.99, Viking Books for Young Readers, 9780593403396, June 2022)

Reviewed by Melissa Oates, Fiction Addiction in Greenville, South Carolina

Fiction Addiction
1175 Woods Crossing Rd. #2
Greenville, SC 29607-4112
(864) 675-0540
info@fiction-addiction.com

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