Bookseller Faves of 2023...So Far

 

Discover the must-read books handpicked by our passionate booksellers at Tattered Cover Book Store. These captivating tales have captured our hearts and imaginations, making them the standout reads of the year. From thrilling mysteries to thought-provoking literary gems, this curated collection showcases the best of what 2023 has to offer. Whether you're seeking a gripping page-turner, a heartfelt story, or a mind-bending adventure, our booksellers have you covered.

Discover the hidden gems that have captivated our booksellers and find your next favorite read. Dive into "Bookseller Faves of 2023...So Far" and embark on a literary journey that will leave you inspired, entertained, and longing for more!

 

 

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I Have Some Questions for You: A Novel By Rebecca Makkai Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593490143
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Published: Viking - February 21st, 2023

l'm not a mystery reader by any means. But this book kept me on edge and held my attention until the very last plot twist. Our event with her was my first big-ticketed gig and it turned out great. Definitely, a book I'll always have a special connection to!  - Harli, Events Director


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Raw Dog: The Naked Truth About Hot Dogs By Jamie Loftus Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250847744
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Published: Forge Books - May 23rd, 2023

A hoot about hot dogs. - Brandon, Used Book Buyer


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George: A Magpie Memoir By Frieda Hughes Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781668016503
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - June 6th, 2023

This is a great pick for bird or animal lovers. Hughes writes about taking in an injured magpie chick as her marriage is falling apart. The magpie, goerge, is intelligent, curious, and very mischievous. - Karen, Bookseller


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Owner of a Lonely Heart: A Memoir By Beth Nguyen Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982196349
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Published: Scribner - July 4th, 2023

The author moved to the Midwest as a child as a refugee of the Vietnam War. She moved with her father and siblings. but was separated from her mother. Now, as an adult, she struggles to reconnect with her mom, who has moved to the United States. Raw and heartbreaking, as Nguyen tries to understand her place in the world. - Karen, Bookseller


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Sounds Fake But Okay: An Asexual and Aromantic Perspective on Love, Relationships, Sex, and Pretty Much Anything Else By Sarah Costello, Kayla Kaszyca Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781839970016
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Published: Jessica Kingsley Publishers - February 21st, 2023

As a loud proponent of accessible literature, I loved this book. It's an excellent guide for anyone new(er) to queer theory and/or aspect identities in general. It's written like a podcast episode or a conversation between friends, making it a friendly and fast read. I particularly enjoyed how different relationship lifestyles (meaning coupled, single, polyamorous, queerplatonic, etc.) were presented as a series of equally valid choices, rather than something forced on you by circumstance. I'd highly recommend it for anyone getting into queer theory or learning about the many ASPEC identities. - Bee, Bookseller


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Big Swiss: A Novel By Jen Beagin Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982153083
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Published: Scribner - February 7th, 2023

A sexy, hilarious story with some of the most unique characters I have ever read. Just messed up people going to therapy and doing shady things. Hilarity ensues. New York City as a character, which I always love. I laughed out loud in a way I haven't in a long time. - Casey, Westminster Manager


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Meru By S. B. Divya Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781662505096
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Published: 47north - February 1st, 2023

A sci-fi space opera that challenges us to reconsider what it means to be human and what our essential qualities are. Can we really learn from our mistakes, or is our tendency toward blind hope going to cause our end and the end of our planet? - Steve, Bookseller Manager


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Our Share of Night: A Novel By Mariana Enriquez, Megan McDowell (Translated by), Pablo Gerardo Camacho (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mariana Enriquez, Megan McDowell (Translated by), Pablo Gerardo Camacho (Illustrator)
$28.99
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ISBN: 9780451495143
Published: Hogarth - February 7th, 2023

It's so gripping that I'm recommending it even though I haven't finished it yet, and normally I don't like to recommend a book until I'm sure it sticks the landing. But this book, despite being 600 pages, is a solid 10/10 in terms of its can't-put-down-ness. - Jennifer, Bargain Buyer


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Poverty, by America By Matthew Desmond Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593239919
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Published: Crown - March 21st, 2023

Nonfiction that is so illuminating and eye-opening about our present moment that I want everyone and their dog to read it. A really accessible read, too. - Jennifer, Bargain Buyer


The Postcard By Anne Berest, Tina Kover (Translator) Cover Image
By Anne Berest, Tina Kover (Translator)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781609458386
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Published: Europa Editions - May 16th, 2023

An amazing novel about a Russian/Polish/Palestinian/French family's agonizing journey through 20th-century pogroms. Brilliantly read by a young woman from Hawaii. - Kathy, Bookseller


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No Two Persons: A Novel By Erica Bauermeister Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781250284372
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Published: St. Martin's Press - May 2nd, 2023

Great tale about a novel and the life "it" leads and the lives "it" impacts. - Kathy, Bookseller


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You Are Here: Connecting Flights By Ellen Oh Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063239081
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Published: Allida - March 7th, 2023

A beautiful collection of short, interwoven stories by 12 Asian American authors about what it means to be Asian American. It really highlights the diversity we can find in our experiences. - Makayla, Barista


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Sounds Wild and Broken: Sonic Marvels, Evolution's Creativity, and the Crisis of Sensory Extinction By David George Haskell Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984881564
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Published: Penguin Books - March 7th, 2023

It's kind of like "Entangled Life" meets "Braiding Sweetgrass" in tone and maybe a bit more technical, but still lovely. - Mark, Book Reciever


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Witch King (The Rising World #1) By Martha Wells Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250826794
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Published: Tordotcom - May 30th, 2023

After nearly a decade of gallivanting expertly in sci-fi, Martha Wells returns to fantasy with a story of a demon who loses everything. I loved our aforementioned demon, Kai, from the second I met him and his heart-sworn friend Ziede. The found family aspects that Wells writes so well shine here, along with her powerful world-building and tense action sequences. I enjoyed every second with this book and can only pray Wells will grant us more time with Kai in the future. - Zachary, Bookseller Manager


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The Late Americans: A Novel By Brandon Taylor Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593332337
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 23rd, 2023

I will say, in general, I lean toward the happy ending, sprinkled with at least some laudable characters. However, I missed my light rail stop more than once while reading "The Late Americans" and I didn't really mind. Just don't say I didn't warn anyone that this book may shock and annoy the most casual of moralists. . - Gerald, Bookseller


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Light Bringer: A Red Rising Novel (Red Rising Series #6) By Pierce Brown Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780425285978
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Published: Del Rey - July 25th, 2023

Red Rising is one of my favorite sci-fi series. Brown's writing continues to excel with each new book. It's a great blend of Star Wars, Game of Thrones, and mythology, featuring immersive worldbuilding and cinematic action sequences. The perfect series for readers wondering what they should read after they've finished Dune.  - Josh, Book Buyer


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Starter Villain By John Scalzi Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780765389220
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Published: Tor Books - September 19th, 2023

If you haven't read any Scalzi before, what are you waiting for? This book was just a super fun read. A down-on-his-luck substitute teacher suddenly gets thrust into the world of supervillains when his long-lost uncle dies and leaves his supervillain business to him. This includes a volcano lair and genetically modified super-intelligent cats. Somehow, Scalzi makes the absurd feel plausible. I honestly laughed out loud multiple times while reading this book. - Scott, Aspen Grove Manager


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In Every Life: (Caldecott Honor) By Marla Frazee, Marla Frazee (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Marla Frazee, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781665912488
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Published: Beach Lane Books - February 7th, 2023

This gorgeous picture book celebrates the birth and life of each and every one of us. -Kate, Book Buyer


A Day of Fallen Night (The Roots of Chaos) By Samantha Shannon Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781635577921
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 28th, 2023

Even though it's a prequel to "The Priory of the Orange Tree," they can actually be read in either order, and they're both absolutely incredible! - Shannon, Bookseller


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Boys in the Valley By Philip Fracassi Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250879035
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Published: Tor Nightfire - July 11th, 2023

Fragassi does a phenomenal job of capturing both the great goodness and the terrifying cruelty that coexist in the heart of man, as well as the fragility of hope. I'd say it's the most nuanced take on faith I've read recently. Only, there's a healthy dose of gruesome horror thrown in too. I'd definitely recommend it to those who like Stephen Graham Jones. - Kend, Bookseller


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Age of Vice: A GMA Book Club Pick (A Novel) By Deepti Kapoor Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593328798
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 3rd, 2023

"Age of Vice" came out in January, and I still cannot stop thinking about it. It's a mystery mixed in with amazing storytelling from three different POVs that all converge right at the end. It'll hook you from beginning to end. - Makayla, Social Media