Tournament of Books 2021

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Monday, March 1, 2021 - 11:00am to Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 6:00pm

It's time for the 2021 Tournament of Books! Each of these staff picks go head-to-head March Madness style to reveal the supreme pick at the end of the month! We have a special addition to this year's lineup: If any of the following authors win the bracket this year, we will donate 10% of the proceeds from the Tournament of Books to the charity of the author's choice!

 

Madeline Miller - CIRCE - Charity: RAICES

Casey McQuiston - RED, WHITE, AND ROYAL BLUE - Charity: NYC Anti-Violence Project

Grady Hendrix - THE SOUTHERN BOOK CLUB'S GUIDE TO VAMPIRE SLAYING - Charity: Independent Restaurant Coalition

Natalie Jenner - THE JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY - Charity: North American Friends of Chawton House

TJ Klune - HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA - Charity: The Trevor Project

Celesta Rimington - THE ELEPHANT'S GIRL - Charity: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

 

Pick up your bracket in-store or print one out HERE, fill it out, and turn it in for a chance to win a $25 GIFT CARD

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A Very Punchable Face: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781101906323
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown - July 14th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In these hilarious essays, the Saturday Night Live head writer and Weekend Update co-anchor learns how to take a beating.

“I always wanted to punch his face before I read this book. Now I just want to kick him in the balls.”—Larry David


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Action Park: Fast Times, Wild Rides, and the Untold Story of America's Most Dangerous Amusement Park Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143134510
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - June 30th, 2020

"Citizen Kane does Adventureland." —The Washington Post

The outlandish, hilarious, terrifying, and almost impossible-to-believe story of the legendary, dangerous amusement park where millions were entertained and almost as many bruises were sustained, told through the eyes of the founder's son.


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Big Summer: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501133510
Availability: Not In Stock - Usually Available in 1-5 Days
Published: Atria Books - May 5th, 2020

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“Sexy and satisfying, Big Summer is the perfect quarantine read.” —USA TODAY

“The beach read to end all beach reads.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Big fun, and then some.


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28 Summers Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316428644
Availability: Not In Stock - Usually Available in 1-5 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - February 9th, 2021

A "captivating and bittersweet" novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Summer of '69: Their secret love affair has lasted for decades—but this could be the summer that changes everything (People).

When Mallory Blessing's son, Link, receives deathbed instructions from his mother to call a number on a slip of paper in her d


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The Bookshop on the Corner: A Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062467256
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 20th, 2016

Nina Redmond is a librarian with a gift for finding the perfect book for her readers. But can she write her own happy-ever-after?


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The Bookshop on the Shore: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062850188
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 25th, 2019

A grand baronial house on Loch Ness, a quirky small-town bookseller, and a single mom looking for a fresh start all come together in this witty and warm-hearted novel by New York Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan.


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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780765387561
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Books - October 6th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
USA TODAY BESTSELLER
NATIONAL INDIE BESTSELLER
THE WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER

Recommended by Entertainment Weekly, Real Simple, NPR, Slate, and Oprah Magazine
#1 Library Reads PickOctober 2020


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House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781635577020
Availability: Backordered - Usually Ships in 14-90 days
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 2nd, 2021

A #1 New York Times bestseller!

Sarah J. Maas's bestselling Crescent City series begins with House of Earth and Blood, which follows the story of half-Fae and half-human Bryce Quinlan as she seeks revenge in a contemporary fantasy world of magic, danger, and searing romance.


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The House in the Cerulean Sea Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250217318
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Books - December 29th, 2020

A NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, and WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER!
A 2021 Alex Award winner!
The 2021 RUSA Reading List: Fantasy Winner!
An Indie Next Pick!
One of Publishers Weekly's "Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2020"
One of Book Riot’s “20 Must-Read Feel-Good Fantasies”


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Johannes Cabal the Detective (Johannes Cabal Series #2) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780767930772
Availability: Not In Stock - Usually Available in 1-5 Days
Published: Anchor - July 12th, 2011

Johannes Cabal returns in this fearfully funny and terrifically twisted tale of murder and international intrigue . . . five thousand feet off the ground.
 


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The Jane Austen Society: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250248732
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - May 26th, 2020

* INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER *

"This novel delivers sweet, smart escapism."
People


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Circe Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316556323
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - April 14th, 2020

"A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess's story," this #1 New York Times bestseller is "both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right" (Alexandra Alter, The New York Times).


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The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires: A Novel Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781683691433
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Quirk Books - April 7th, 2020

The New York Times Best Seller
A Barnes & Noble Best Fiction Book of 2020
A Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist

Steel Magnolias 
meets Dracula in this '90s-set horror novel about a women's book club that must do battle with a mysterious newcomer to their small Southern town, perfect for murderinos and fans of Stephen King.

 


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Meddling Kids: A Novel (Blumhouse Books) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781101974445
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor - May 29th, 2018

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“The story proves as cleverly witty as its title. It's filled with high jinks both terrorizing and hilarious.” —USA Today
 


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Mexican Gothic Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525620785
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Del Rey - June 30th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “It’s Lovecraft meets the Brontës in Latin America, and after a slow-burn start Mexican Gothic gets seriously weird.”—The Guardian
 


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Dune Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780441013593
Availability: Not In Stock - Usually Available in 1-5 Days
Published: Ace - August 2nd, 2005

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Timothée Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, and Charlotte Rampling.


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Solutions and Other Problems Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982156947
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Gallery Books - September 22nd, 2020

INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

For the first time in seven years, Allie Brosh—beloved author and artist of the extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller Hyperbole and a Half—returns with a new collection of comedic, autobiographical, and illustrated essays.


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In Five Years: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982137441
Availability: Not In Stock - Usually Available in 1-5 Days
Published: Atria Books - March 10th, 2020

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A Good Morning America, FabFitFun, and Marie Claire Book Club Pick

In Five Years is as clever as it is moving, the rare read-in-one-sitting novel you won’t forget.” —Chloe Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Immortalists

Perfect for


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Nimona Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062278227
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Quill Tree Books - May 12th, 2015

Nimona is the New York Times bestselling graphic novel sensation from Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic. Kirkus says, “If you’re going to read one graphic novel this year, make it this one.”


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The Left-Handed Booksellers of London Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062683250
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 22nd, 2020

A girl’s quest to find her father leads her to an extended family of magical fighting booksellers who police the mythical Old World of England when it intrudes on the modern world. From the bestselling master of teen fantasy, Garth Nix.


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The Mysterious Benedict Society Cover Image
By Trenton Lee Stewart, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780316003957
Availability: Not In Stock - Usually Available in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2008

For fans of Lemony Snicket and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, this first book in the bestselling, award-winning Mysterious Benedict Society Series is not to be missed!


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The Elephant's Girl Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593121221
Availability: Not In Stock - Usually Available in 1-5 Days
Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - May 19th, 2020

A magical adventure about a girl with a mysterious connection with the elephant who saved her life, for fans of Katherine Applegate and Jennifer Holm.


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One of Us Is Lying Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524714680
Availability: Not In Stock - Usually Available in 1-5 Days
Published: Delacorte Press - May 30th, 2017

Streaming soon on Peacock, the television series event starring Cooper van Grootel, Annalisa Cochrane, Chibuikem Uche, Marianly Tejada, and Mark McKenna!


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We Were Liars Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780385741279
Availability: Not In Stock - Usually Available in 1-5 Days
Published: Ember - May 29th, 2018

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.


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The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780316310314
Availability: Not In Stock - Usually Available in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 4th, 2018

By #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue.

Of course I want to be like them. They're beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.


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Ace of Shades (Shadow Game #1) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781335499059
Availability: Backordered - Usually Ships in 14-90 days
Published: Inkyard Press - December 31st, 2018

"Ace of Shades has it all ...an utter delight."--Claire Legrand, New York Times bestselling author of Furyborn

"A rich, satisfying, complicated story. One of the best fantasy series I've read in years."--Christine Lynn Herman, author of The Devouring Gray


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The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735217737
Availability: Not In Stock - Usually Available in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019

NAMED A TOP 10 BOOK OF 2018 BY NPR and THE WASHINGTON POST
WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE IN CURRENT INTEREST
FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE NONFICTION AWARD


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Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World (Politics of Place #1) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501121470
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - October 11th, 2016

In this New York Times bestseller, an award-winning journalist uses ten maps of crucial regions to explain the geo-political strategies of the world powers—“fans of geography, history, and politics (and maps) will be enthralled” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram).

Maps have a mysterious hold over us.


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The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538715277
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 14th, 2020

Shortlisted for the 2020 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize

Named a Best Book of 2020 by The Guardian * The Telegraph

"One of America's most courageous young journalists" and the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Brain on Fire investigates the shocking mystery behind the dramatic experiment that revolutio


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I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer Cover Image
By Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn (Introduction by), Patton Oswalt (Afterword by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062319791
Availability: Not In Stock - Usually Available in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - February 26th, 2019

THE BASIS FOR THE MAJOR 6-PART HBO® DOCUMENTARY SERIES

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR:


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It Ends with Us: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781501110368
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atria Books - August 2nd, 2016

In this “brave and heartbreaking novel that digs its claws into you and doesn’t let go, long after you’ve finished it” (Anna Todd, New York Times bestselling author) from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of All Your Perfects, a workaholic with a too-good-to-be-true romance can’t stop thinking about her first love.

Lily hasn&r


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Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250316776
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 14th, 2019

* Instant NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestseller *
* GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD WINNER for BEST DEBUT and BEST ROMANCE of 2019 *

* BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR* for VOGUE, NPR, VANITY FAIR, and more! *

What happens when America's First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?


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