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Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
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The  New York Times  Bestseller

Named a Best Book of 2019 by  The Wall Street Journal, TIME, NPR, GQ, Vogue,  and  The Washington Post

"A fantasy world as well-realized as anything Tolkien made." --Neil Gaiman

"Gripping, action-packed....The literary equivalent of a Marvel Comics universe." --Michiko Kakutani,  The New York Times

The epic novel, an African  Game of Thrones , from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of  A Brief History of Seven Killings

In the stunning first novel in Marlon James's Dark Star trilogy, myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child. 

Available in paperback on 2/4

New Releases

Best New Poets 2019: 50 Poems from Emerging Writers
Entering its fifteenth year,  Best New Poets  has established itself as a crucial venue for rising poets and a valuable resource for poetry lovers. The only publication of its kind, this annual anthology is made up exclusively of work by writers who have not yet published a full-length book. The poems included in this eclectic sampling represent the best from the many that have been nominated by the country's top literary magazines and writing programs, as well as some two thousand additional poems submitted through an open online competition. The work of the fifty writers represented here provides the best perspective available on the continuing vitality of poetry as it is being practiced today.

Now available

Had I Known: Collected Essays by Barbara Ehrenreich
A self-proclaimed "myth buster by trade," Barbara Ehrenreich has covered an extensive range of topics as a journalist and political activist, and is unafraid to dive into intellectual waters that others deem too murky. Now,  Had I Known  gathers the articles and excerpts from a long-ranging career that most highlight Ehrenreich's brilliance, social consciousness, and wry wit.

Available 2/4

Here in the Real World by Sara Pennypacker
From the author of the highly acclaimed, New York Times bestselling novel  Pax  comes a gorgeous and moving middle grade novel that is an ode to introverts, dreamers, and misfits everywhere.

Ware can’t wait to spend summer “off in his own world”—dreaming of knights in the Middle Ages and generally being left alone. But then his parents sign him up for dreaded Rec camp, where he must endure Meaningful Social Interaction and whatever activities so-called “normal” kids do.

Available 2/4

Weather: A Novel by Jenny Offill
Lizzie Benson slid into her job as a librarian without a traditional degree. But this gives her a vantage point from which to practice her other calling: she is a fake shrink. For years she has tended to her God-haunted mother and her recovering addict brother. They have both stabilized for the moment, but Lizzie has little chance to spend her new free time with husband and son before her old mentor, Sylvia Liller, makes a proposal. She's become famous for her prescient podcast,  Hell and High Water , and wants to hire Lizzie to answer the mail she receives: from left-wingers worried about climate change and right-wingers worried about the decline of western civilization. As Lizzie dives into this polarized world, she begins to wonder what it means to keep tending your own garden once you've seen the flames beyond its walls.

Available 2/11

Little Constructions: A Novel by Anna Burns
The darkly comic second novel from the author of the Man Booker Prize winner  Milkman , now available in the United States.

In the small town of Tiptoe Floorboard, the Doe clan, a close-knit family of criminals and victims, has the run of the place. Yet there are signs that patriarch John Doe’s reign may be coming to an end. When Jetty Doe breaks into a gun store and makes off with a Kalashnikov, the stage is set for a violent confrontation. But while Jetty is making her way across town in a taxi, an elusive, chatty narrator takes us on a wild journey, zooming in and out on various members of the Doe clan with long, digressive riffs that chase down the causes and repercussions of Jetty’s act.

Available 2/18

Fantastic Fossils: A Guide to Finding and Identifying Prehistoric Life by Donald R. Prothero
In  Fantastic Fossils , Donald R. Prothero offers an accessible, entertaining, and richly illustrated guide to the paleontologist's journey. He details the best places to look for fossils, the art of how to find them, and how to classify the major types. Prothero provides expert wisdom about typical fossils that an average person can hope to collect and how to hunt fossils responsibly and ethically. He also explores the lessons that both common and rarer discoveries offer about paleontology and its history, as well as what fossils can tell us about past climates and present climate change.

Available 2/25

Apeirogon: A Novel by Colum McCann
From the National Book Award–winning and bestselling author of  Let the Great World Spin  comes an epic novel rooted in the real-life friendship between two men united by loss.

Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. They inhabit a world of conflict that colors every aspect of their daily lives, from the roads they are allowed to drive on, to the schools their daughters, Abir and Smadar, each attend, to the checkpoints, both physical and emotional, they must negotiate.

Available 2/25

Coming This Month in Paperback

Upcoming Events at Next Chapter Booksellers
Outside the Margins SFF Book Club: Semiosis by Sue Burke

Cracked Walnut presents Literary Lights

Diesel Heart: A Jazz/Blues/ Gospel Rendition presented by The Carters & Friends

Jay Weiner discusses Professor Berman: The Last Lecture of Minnesota's Greatest Public Historian

Toni Morrison Book Club discusses Beloved

Friday, February 21, 2019 - 5:00pm
Non-Fiction Book Club discusses Socialist Realism by Trisha Low

Next Chapter Book Club discusses Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel

A Book Club to Honor Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison Book Club
discusses Beloved

Join our bookseller Milan for a wide-ranging discussion of Toni Morrison's Beloved . No RSVPs are required.

Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope,  Beloved  is a towering achievement.

3:00pm, Sunday, February 16

Our February Book Club Selection
Girl, Woman, Other
by Bernardine Evaristo

Bernardine Evaristo is the winner of the 2019 Booker Prize and the first black woman to receive this highest literary honor in the English language.  Girl, Woman, Other  is a magnificent portrayal of the intersections of identity and a moving and hopeful story of an interconnected group of Black British women that paints a vivid portrait of the state of contemporary Britain and looks back to the legacy of Britain's colonial history in Africa and the Caribbean..

The Next Chapter Book Club is open to all, whether you have finished the book or not! Please join us on Sunday, February 23rd at 4:00pm as we discuss this novel!

February SFF Book Club Selection
by Sue Burke

Colonists from Earth wanted the perfect home, but they’ll have to survive on the one they found. They don’t realize another life form watches...and waits...

Only mutual communication can forge an alliance with the planet's sentient species and prove that humans are more than tools.

The Outside the Margins Speculative Fiction Book Club are meeting on Tuesday, February 4th at 5:00pm! Stop by!

2020 Calendars Are on Sale!
All 2020 calendars will be 25% off starting February 1st!

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