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Thunderstruck & Other Stories
Elizabeth McCracken
This collection of nine stories comes from the author of The Giant’s House—a finalist for the National Book Award. Known for her humor, empathy, and descriptive language, Elizabeth McCracken takes on love and loneliness in these stories. Each one focuses on the choices made by characters who find themselves somewhere between heartache and joy, dismay and hope. Meet the author at Parnassus Books on June 3.

 

Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty
Diane Keaton
Academy Award winner and bestselling author Diane Keaton presents a funny, insightful look at beauty, aging, and self-awareness. The wisdom she passes along was earned over her years as a mother, daughter, actress, artist, and style icon. With her distinctive voice and unique personality, only Diane Keaton could have produced this witty chronicle of what it’s like to live and work in an industry and world fixated on physical beauty.

The Painter
Peter Heller
Peter Heller first caught our attention with his debut bestseller The Dog Stars, and now he’s back with a second novel that promises to be excellent. The character at the center of this story is Jim Stegner, an artist on the run from his past. Jim has lived hard, suffered the consequences of some poor choices, and seen more than his share of loss and violence. His life is a mix of well-intentioned decisions and dark impulses, and his search for stability and beauty takes him from New Mexico to Colorado and back again. He tries his best to forge a meaningful life, but he’s a human being—one with shadows in his heart—and it’s never as simple as just running away.

All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr
Anthony Doerr’s sweeping novel—ten years in the writing—tells the story of a blind French girl, Marie-Laure, and an orphaned German boy, Werner, whose lives are woven together over time. When the Germans occupy Paris in World War II, Marie-Laure and her father flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive uncle lives by the sea. Meanwhile, in Germany, Werner grows up with his sister, both enchanted with an old radio they find. He becomes a master of building and fixing radios, a talent that takes him into the military as a tracker of the Resistance. With its intricate yet thoroughly enthralling structure, the novel follows the journeys of these people and the relationships that hold them together.

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