Matt Recommends

Matt is our Newsletter guru.

A designer by profession, I tend to judge a book by its cover.  Has that always worked out for me?  Not always.  However, I have found astounding books I've never heard of before because a publisher thought a great piece of literature deserves a great piece of art.

Favorite Genres: Magical Realism, Graphic Novels, out-of-the-ordinary Science and Historical Non-Fiction

5 Most Recent Books:

Strange Weather

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5 Favorite Children's Books:

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Strange Weather: Four Short Novels Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062663115
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow - October 24th, 2017

"The sign of a great author is when they create a character so despicable that you actually get angry at the writer for bringing them into the world. This is perfectly demonstrated in Joe Hill’s new short novel collection, Strange Weather. Hill runs the gamut in these 4 pieces: from playful sci-fi  to the horror of the mundane to very disturbing social commentary. In 'Snapshot,' a boy is terrorized by a man who’s instant camera can steal memories. 'Loaded' tells the story of a gun-obsessed mall cop who’s heroic actions come into question, leading to horrifying results. In 'Aloft,' a skydiver finds himself stuck on a sentient cloud with no way to escape. Finally 'Rain' shows what happens to the world when, for an unknown reason, shards of glass fall from the sky instead of water. I cannot recommend this collection enough. Joe Hill knocks it out of the park once again!"--Reviewed by Matt


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The Subsidiary Cover Image
By Matias Celedon, Samuel Rutter (Translator)
$19.79
ISBN: 9781612195445
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Published: Melville House Publishing - August 30th, 2016

Recommended by Matt


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The Heavenly Table Cover Image
$25.16
ISBN: 9780385541299
Availability: Currently Unavailable
Published: Doubleday Books - July 12th, 2016

"Pearl Jewett lived by a code that said the more suffering you’ve done in life, the better place at the heavenly table you’d get. It was a lesson that he forced upon his sons Cane, Cob and Chimney. But when Pearl dies in a ramshackle hovel on the Georgia/Alabama line, the boys take a page from their favorite dime-store novel and reinvent themselves as dangerous outlaws. So begins the story of The Jewett Gang and their infamous ride from the deep south to southern Ohio. Along the way, the reader is introduced to a cast of unique and dangerous characters: Ellsworth Fiddler, a poor farmer searching for his 
no-good, drunkard son; Vincent Bovard, a closeted homosexual preparing his men for The Great War and his ultimate death; a pimp named Sugar running away from some trouble he got into in Detroit; Pollard, a surly bartender with a disturbing secret in his back room. Like a Sam Peckinpah movie on the page, The Heavenly Table is a story of violent men using violent means to make a better life for themselves... with disastrous results."
 


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A Robot in the Garden Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9781492631262
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 10th, 2016

Ben’s life is a mess. His marriage is falling apart. He hasn’t had a job in years. He wallows in depression. And to top it all off, a strange robot named Acrid Tang wandered into his garden and won’t go away. Install’s lovely debut novel is an exploration of the unlikely friendship between a broken man and a ramshackle automaton. As the duo cross the world in order to find the robot’s maker, Tang shows Ben that sometimes you need to open your heart to others before you can learn to truly love yourself.


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Station Eleven Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804172448
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

One of Matt's 5 Favorite Books


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Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (Princeton Science Library) Cover Image
By Edwin Abbott Abbott, Thomas Banchoff (Introduction by)
$11.66
ISBN: 9780691165554
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Published: Princeton University Press - March 22nd, 2015

Recommended by Matt


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The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel) Cover Image
$6.29
ISBN: 9780142417003
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Puffin Books - January 6th, 2011

One of Matt's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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Flawed Dogs: The Shocking Raid on Westminster Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9780399252181
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Philomel Books - September 17th, 2009

One of Matt's 5 Favorite Children's Books


Someone to Run with Cover Image
By David Grossman, Vered Almog (Translator), Maya Gurantz (Translator)
$17.10
ISBN: 9780312421946
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Published: Picador USA - February 1st, 2005

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Sideways Stories from Wayside School Cover Image
By Louis Sachar, Adam McCauley (Illustrator)
$6.29
ISBN: 9780380731480
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Published: HarperCollins - December 28th, 2004

One of Matt's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Cover Image
$13.46
ISBN: 9780375714573
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Published: Pantheon Books - June 1st, 2004

Recommended by Matt


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The Little Prince Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780156012195
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - June 29th, 2000

One of Matt's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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The Monster at the End of This Book (Sesame Street) (Big Bird's Favorites Board Books) Cover Image
By Jon Stone, Michael Smollin (Illustrator)
$4.49
ISBN: 9780375805615
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - June 27th, 2000

One of Matt's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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House of Leaves Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780375703768
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pantheon Books - March 7th, 2000

One of Matt's 5 Favorite Books


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Breakfast of Champions Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385334204
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Press - May 10th, 1999

One of Matt's 5 Favorite Books


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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Vintage International) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780679775430
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - September 1st, 1998

One of Matt's 5 Favorite Books


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Cannery Row (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century) Cover Image
By John Steinbeck, Susan Shillinglaw (Introduction by)
$14.40
ISBN: 9780140187373
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Published: Penguin Books - February 1st, 1994

One of Matt's 5 Favorite Books


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