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Brian
Fates and Furies Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594634482
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 13th, 2016

In Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff clearly illustrates that despite the love and bond that two people hold, their stories can be vastly different. Sometimes it makes you wonder if one of characters was delusional, if the existing circumstances actually created the lives they shared together. 

Lotto (Fates) came from a privileged family who paid for him to go to boarding school as well as college. The only challenge he faced was when his mother cut him off when he married Mathilde immediately after finishing college. His life almost seems too easy and perfect, making the reader wonder where the tragedy is in the book. 

In the second half of the book (Furies) the reader follows Mathilde's side of the story and the secret life that she led prior to meeting Lotto. The life that Mathilde reveals is not the fateful life that that seemed to exist around Lotto. Ultimately, the nature of their marriage is revealed, leaving a lasting impression of the importance of perspective on life and marriage.


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The Invoice Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781101905142
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Published: Hogarth Press - July 12th, 2016

In The Invoice, Karlsson illustrates how much more we would value moments of enjoyment if each and every one of those moments came at a price. Our protagonist exemplifies exactly how to live a fulfilling life with minimal effort, but there's a catch: for him, it has cost. As he fights to have the bill for his life reduced, he reflects on the greatest and worst moments of his life. He comes to realize that although he has suffered (as we all have), his suffering has been mostly beneficial. But how will he pay for it?


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The Stranger: The Graphic Novel Cover Image
By Albert Camus, Sandra Smith (Translator), Jacques Ferrandez (Illustrator)
$25.95
ISBN: 9781681771359
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Published: Pegasus Books - June 7th, 2016

Jacques Ferrandez captures Camus' classic with stunning artwork while also using dialog from the original book. Staying true to the original story and illustrating every scene as I had originally pictured it while reading, Ferrandez's graphic novel pays a great tribute to a ground breaking classic.


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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399184413
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 1st, 2016

This is a great book for those that have always wanted to understand physics, from simple concepts to the staggeringly complex, without pursuing a doctorate in astrophysics. A great read that will leave you in contemplation about the world that surrounds us all.


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Bucky F*cking Dent Cover Image
$30.16
ISBN: 9780374110420
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 5th, 2016

David Duchovny humorously illustrates what can happen when an estranged father reconnects with his son in order to work towards fixing past problems during a time of crisis. Underneath Duchovny's unorthodox characters is story of a newfound bound between father and son.