V.I.B. (very impressive book) Picks

 

Every now and then we encounter a new book that we’re so excited about we want to shout it from the rooftops, so we've created a special tag to distinguish it from the rest: Tattered Cover V.I.B. (very impressive book)! That means it’s a true stand-out in a season of many excellent and compelling new books. 

 

Our latest selection is:

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

Turtle Alveston, fourteen, prefers target practice with her Sig Sauer to vocabulary homework.   She is not a character in a dystopian novel but rather a remarkable and damaged teen living with her father on the Northern California coast.   Turtle and her father, a survivalist, live an unconventional life and though they are well known in the area, the locals generally shake their heads and leave them be.   When Turtle develops a crush on a local boy she begins to understand that her life needs a serious change of direction.  She also understands that crossing her father is dangerous business.    Gabriel Tallent writes with a naturalist’s eye and the coast of Mendocino County is a character itself, beautiful and dangerous, welcoming and wild.   My Absolute Darling is a page turner brilliantly conceived and written, but beyond that, challenging, thought provoking and a book to inspire lively debate. -- Cathy Langer, lead buyer

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ISBN: 9780735211179
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 29th, 2017

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Cold Mountain Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802126757
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Published: Grove Press - June 13th, 2017

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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501116841
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Touch Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735212121
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 30th, 2017

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American War Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780451493583
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 4th, 2017

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Exit West Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735212176
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

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Rabbit Cake Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781941040560
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Published: Tin House Books - March 7th, 2017

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The Impossible Fortress Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781501144417
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 7th, 2017

The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today's America Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781594631580
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 10th, 2017

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780761169086
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Published: Workman Publishing - September 20th, 2016

News of the World Cover Image
$22.99
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 4th, 2016

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780670026197
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Published: Viking - September 6th, 2016

You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062388674
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Published: Harper - August 25th, 2015

The Light of Paris Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399158919
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - July 12th, 2016

Homegoing Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781101947135
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 7th, 2016

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Redemption Road Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780312380366
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - May 3rd, 2016

The Nest Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062414212
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Published: Ecco Press - March 22nd, 2016

13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl: Fiction Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Books - February 23rd, 2016

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780804172707
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Published: Anchor Books - January 26th, 2016

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The Past Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062270412
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Published: Harper - January 5th, 2016

Bestselling British writer Tessa Hadley's The Past brings four middle-aged siblings and their families together for what might be their last summer holiday in the family's country home. Old family dynamics and surprising new twists make for a delightful, entertaining and thought-provoking novel. Hadley's storytelling deftly weaves the family's past, with all its ghosts and memories, jealousies and nearly unconditional love in with its present reality of squabbling and deep affection. Each player in The Past is uniquely engaging: from fading beauty Alice with her ex-boyfriend's 20 year old son Kasim, in tow, sister Frans's odd and captivating young children Ivy and Arthur, Harriet, lonely and harboring a dark and secret longing, and all the others, each with an agenda, all under one roof. The perfect storm for an utterly wonderful, brilliantly crafted novel. The Telegraph calls The Past keenly intelligent, and I certainly agree. A wonderful way to begin your reading year. -- Cathy Langer, Tattered Cover Lead Buyer


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City on Fire Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385353779
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 13th, 2015

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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062281203
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Published: Ecco Press - September 15th, 2015

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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - September 1st, 2015

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Speak Cover Image
$27.99
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The Rocks Cover Image
$27.95
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Everything I Never Told You Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Press - June 26th, 2014

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Everything I Never Told You Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Books - May 12th, 2015

The World Before Us Cover Image
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Published: Hogarth - March 31st, 2015

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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 20th, 2015

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Descent Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781616203047
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780553418842
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Neverhome Cover Image
$26.00
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Published: Little Brown and Company - September 9th, 2014

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ISBN: 9780062315281
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Published: William Morrow & Company - July 2014

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Euphoria Cover Image
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The Painter Cover Image
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 6th, 2014

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The Night Guest Cover Image
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The Bone Season Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620401392
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - August 20th, 2013