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Alex is the lone boy on staff...'better come in and wish him luck!  (Actually, Alex has been a longtime Saturn customer and is a prolific reader with a good eye for what young guys like to read, and he has quite a following among all kinds of customers...) When not working at Saturn, he's killing it up at NMU. He returns to us on breaks - because that's just what our staffers do!

 

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Jar of Hearts Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250154194
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Published: Minotaur Books - June 12th, 2018

Everyone is shocked when high powered executive Georgina Shaw is arrested for the murder of her best friend fourteen years ago. Georgina is surprised too, but only because she never thought she’d get away with it for this long…

I’m not usually one for mystery-thrillers, but Jill said that Jar of Hearts was a winner, and Jill is seldom wrong about these things. I ended up reading this book in two sittings. (I would have finished it in one, but unfortunately work got in the way.)


The Order of Time Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780735216105
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 8th, 2018

Carlo Rovelli is one of my favorite science writers because of the poetic nature of his writing.  In his newest book, The Order of Time, he explains the nature of space-time, stripping away some common misconceptions about the way time works and replacing them with a vision of the universe that is strange and beautiful all at once.

I only understood about half of what Rovelli writes in this book, but that's okay.  You don't need a PhD to appreciate the beauty of Rovelli's language, which is filled with more imagination and wonder than any other science author I've read.  I like to think that I learned a little while reading this book, but mostly I was just awestruck at the beautiful picture Rovelli has painted. 


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The Slow Regard of Silent Things (Kingkiller Chronicle) Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780756410438
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Published: Daw Books - October 28th, 2014

I initially read this novella because, against my better judgment, I read Patrick Rothfuss' other two books despite knowing that the third has been in the works for seven years, and at this point I'll take whatever I can get.  

What I got was a story that was more than a little strange.  It has only one character (unless you count implied characters, which I don't) and no real conflict to speak of.  Despite that, or maybe partly because of it, I found this book to be enjoyable.  Haunting, certainly, but beautiful too. 


When the English Fall Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781616205225
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Published: Algonquin Books - July 11th, 2017

When a massive solar storm renders modern technology useless, the only people who are not immediately affected by the catastrophe are the Amish. Their larders are stocked and their farms have been operated by hand for hundreds of years. However, as the English (the Amish phrase for non-Amish Americans) society collapses, bands of looters begin to leave the cities in search of supplies.

Told from the perspective of an Amish farmer named Jacob, When the English Fall is a story of maintaining faith in the face of extreme violence and hardship.


Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: A Book Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062569028
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 27th, 2017

Inspired by the twitter account @jonnysunEveryone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too is the story of Jomny Sun, a little alien with a big heart who was sent to Earth to observe humans.  While he doesn’t meet any humans, Jomny does meet an introverted Hedgehog who wants to succeed as an artist, an egg that is anxious over what it will hatch into, an owl who is worried he isn’t wise enough to be an owl, and many other quirky creatures. 

The spelling in this book is awful, but the writing is beautiful.  Told in over 300 pages of simple illustrations, Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too discusses complex topics including the importance of friendship, what it means to be an artist, mortality, and how to make a difference in your own life, to name but a few.


Neverwhere: Author's Preferred Text Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062476371
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Published: William Morrow - November 29th, 2016

Richard Mayhew is an average guy living an average life. He has a typical corporate job in London and a girlfriend who is way out of his league. That all changes when he stops to help a young woman whom he finds unconscious on the sidewalk. This event quickly drags Richard into a world that exists just below his, a world populated by people who fell through the cracks of London and into magic and mystery.

Neverwhere is the first novel by Neil Gaiman that I’ve had the pleasure of reading, and I’m positive it won’t be the last. The poetic prose and air of mystery in this book kept me turning pages until I was out of pages to turn.


The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101875681
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 7th, 2017

In 1986 Christopher Knight walked out into the wilderness of Maine with nothing except for a desire to be alone.  He did not re-enter society for 27 years.  In that time, he spoke only one word and had no physical contact with other human beings.  Over the course of nearly three decades, he broke into cabins roughly 1000 times in search of food and other essential supplies.  This is his story, told for the first time by Michael Finkel, based of of numerous interviews with Knight himself, as well as with the law enforcement officers who eventually apprehended him.


The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories about Facing the Unknown Cover Image
By Catherine Burns (Editor), Neil Gaiman (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781101904404
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Published: Crown Archetype - March 21st, 2017

The Moth is a storytelling group based in NYC that holds a wide range of themed storytelling events across the country and abroad. All These Wonders is a collection of some of these stories from figures including comedian Louis C.K., former child soldier and human rights activist Ishmael Beah, and many others you’ve never heard of. Funny, heartwarming, haunting, and thought-provoking, All These Wonders is a book that will be at the forefront of my mind for quite some time.


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And Then You're Dead: What Really Happens If You Get Swallowed by a Whale, Are Shot from a Cannon, or Go Barreling Over Niagara Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143108443
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Published: Penguin Books - April 4th, 2017

Have you ever been watching a movie or television show and there’s a scene where someone gets sucked out of a plane window, or struck by lightning, or buried alive, and have you ever wondered, “Is that really how that happens?” Well, I have. I ask that question all the time. That’s why I loved And Then You’re Dead, by Cody Cassidy and Dr. Paul Doherty, because this book has all the answers. In each chapter, you’ll learn exactly what happens when you get sucked out of a plane window, or struck by lightning, or buried alive, or any number of implausible scenarios. Far from being as grim and gruesome as you would expect this book to be, And Then You’re Dead is gleeful and fun to read. I recommend this book if you’re like me and you’ve ever wondered what would happen if you were struck by a penny that was dropped from the top of the Empire State building. Spoiler alert: if it’s a penny you’ll live, but if it’s a ballpoint pen…


Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393353327
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 18th, 2017

Turn on any news station for longer than ten minutes and you will likely see and hear a politician give his or her opinion on a scientific issue. Generally, these opinions are loaded with logical fallacies designed to promote a policy. In Not a Scientist, David Levitan dismantles the most prominent of these fallacies using numerous, real-world examples that are hilarious until you realize that they actually worked. Read this insightful book and be ready the next time you hear the words “I’m not a scientist, but…”