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Catapult co-owner Jen Powell reads at an admirable, slow & steady pace, getting far, far more out of her reading selections than her fellow booksellers. She worked at Warwick's and the Birch Aquarium Book Shop before career stints in advertising and graphic design. She has lived with Seth's out-of-control home library and blathering about books since 2002.

 

 

 

 

Alec MacGillis
Current price: $18.00
A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice“A grounded and expansive examination of the American economic divide . . . It takes a skillful journalist to weave data and anecdotes together so effectively.” —Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles TimesAn award-winning journalist investigates Amazon’s impact on ... Read More about
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“This funny and fresh take on a classic tale manages to comment on gender roles, racial disparities, and white privilege all while creeping me all the way out. So good.”—Zakiya Dalila Harris, author of The Other Black Girl Now in paperback, Steel Magnolias meets Dracula in this New York Times best-s ... Read More about
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Lydia Fitzpatrick
Current price: $17.00
A gripping and deftly plotted narrative of family and belonging, Lights All Night Long is a dazzling debut novel from an acclaimed young writer "Lights All Night Long is utterly brilliant and completely captivating. . . . One of the most propulsive, un-put-downable literary novels I've read in ages. ... Read More about
Chloe Benjamin
Current price: $18.00
A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: Washington Post • NPR • Entertainment Weekly • Real Simple • Marie Claire • New York Public Library • LibraryReads • The Skimm • Lit Hub • Lit Reactor  AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “A captivating family saga.”—The New York Times Book Review“This literary family saga ... Read More about
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The timely, funny and deeply relatable essay collection that celebrates the wonder of the human body and introduces Mara Altman as the love child of Mindy Kaling and Mary Roach. Mara Altman's volatile and apprehensive relationship with her body has led her to wonder about a lot of stuff over the yea ... Read More about
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Kassia St. Clair
Current price: $23.00
One of USA Today's “100 Books to Read While Stuck at Home During the Coronavirus Crisis”  A dazzling gift, the unforgettable, unknown history of colors and the vivid stories behind them in a beautiful multi-colored volume. “Beautifully written . . . Full of anecdotes and fascinating research, this e ... Read More about
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Yuval Noah Harari
Current price: $25.99
Official U.S. edition with full color illustrations throughout. #1 New York Times Bestseller The Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg,  now available as a beautifully packaged paperback From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity ... Read More about
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Margaret Atwood
Current price: $19.00
The bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale and The Testaments weaves together strands of gothic suspense, romance, and science fiction into one utterly spellbinding narrative, beginning with the mysterious death of a young woman named Laura Chase in 1945. Decades later, Laura’s sister Iris recou ... Read More about
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Nick Hornby
Current price: $18.00
Now a Hulu TV series starring Zoë Kravitz! "I've always loved Nick Hornby, and the way he writes characters and the way he thinks. It's funny and heartbreaking all at the same time."—Zoë Kravitz From the bestselling author of About a Boy, A Long Way Down and Dickens and Prince, a wise and hilarious ... Read More about
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Nicholas Christopher
Current price: $17.00
“A large, lavishly inventive novel . . . an American descendant of The Arabian Nights . . . erudite and artful entertainment.”—The New York Times Book Review  At a Manhattan planetarium in 1965, ten-year-old Enzo is whisked away from his young adoptive aunt, Mala. His abductor turns out to be a bloo ... Read More about
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David Benioff
Current price: $18.00
From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour and When the Nines Roll Over and co-creator of the HBO series Game of Thrones, a captivating novel about war, courage, survival — and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetime. During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov ... Read More about
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Geraldine Brooks
Current price: $18.00
“Plague stories remind us that we cannot manage without community . . . Year of Wonders is a testament to that very notion.” – The Washington PostAn unforgettable tale, set in 17th century England, of a village that quarantines itself to arrest the spread of the plague, from the author The Secret Ch ... Read More about
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Maria Semple
Current price: $16.99
A misanthropic matriarch leaves her eccentric family in crisis when she mysteriously disappears in this "whip-smart and divinely funny" novel that inspired the movie starring Cate Blanchett (New York Times). Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated ... Read More about
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Phoebe Robinson
Current price: $16.00
DON’T MISS PHOEBE ROBINSON’S COMEDY SERIES EVERYTHING’S TRASH—NOW ON FREEFORM! New York Times bestselling author and star of 2 Dope Queens Phoebe Robinson is back with a new, hilarious, and timely essay collection on gender, race, dating, and the dumpster fire that is our world. Wouldn't it be great ... Read More about
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