Claire's Staff Picks

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Animal: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982122126
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - June 8th, 2021

This is the book that I've been waiting for forever. Lisa Taddeo delivers, with flare, a female protagonist who is deeply honest and profoundly disturbing. I listened to this on libro.fm and was on the edge of my seat as the narrator unravelled her story and pulled me deeper and deeper into her world. A masterclass in writing and storytelling. 


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Burntcoat: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062657107
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Published: Custom House - November 2nd, 2021

Wow. Sarah Hall's writing is, as ever, a dream that I never want to wake up from. This book is magnificent and heart-breaking. It follows the story of a young artist as she falls in love during a global pandemic and explores themes of art, grief, identity, family and home. I absolutely love all of Hall's work and already want to read this one again. 


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Five Tuesdays in Winter Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802158765
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Published: Grove Press - November 9th, 2021

A beautiful collection of ten short stories that explore love and the desire for connection in its many forms: a mother on holiday with her sullen teenager, a bookstore owner in love with his employee, a grandfather sitting by the bedside of his comatosed granddaughter. This book made me feel as though I was peeking into the lives of friends in their most intimate moments. For those who loved her previous book, Writers & Lovers, this endearing collection won't disappoint. 

Also, a brilliant ending.


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Tales from the Cafe Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781335630988
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Published: Hanover Square Press - October 12th, 2021

Following on from his first book, 'Before the coffee gets cold', Kawaguchi transports us back to the magcal cafe- Funiculi Funicula -  that allows people to travel in time to talk to their loved ones. A super sweet, heartwarming book this was a perfect one to listen to whlst driving. (In fact, sometimes I kept driving just to keep listening.) A collection of four short stories, each one an emotional trip into the lives of the characters, the narrator really brings them to life and I was reduced to tears at the intersection on more than one occasion. Perfect for anyone who's ever imagined what it would be like to talk to a lost loved one, or who wishes for a little magic in their lives. 

(Recommended to read with a nice hot coffee.)


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Certain Dark Things: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250785589
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Published: Tor Nightfire - September 7th, 2021

Once an out-of-print cult novel, Certain Dark Things has risen from the dead! If you like vampires and fancy a gothic romp around Mexico City then this is the book for you. I must admit that the only other vampire book I've read is Dracula (also great read, fyi) and while it certainly plays on those tropes - the book is dedicated to Germán Robles - it creates something exciting and different. Perfect for listening to on these dark fall evenings. 


Transcendent Kingdom: A novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984899767
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Published: Vintage - July 6th, 2021