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The Spring Colors Book List

Get your bookshelf into shape for spring! These novels have beautiful covers with designs in green, pink, purple, and more. And we promise the content between these covers is worth a read as well.

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    Detransition, Baby Book Cover Picture
    Detransition, Baby Book Cover Picture

    Detransition, Baby

    by Torrey Peters

    This provocative debut is about what happens at the emotional, messy, vulnerable corners of womanhood that platitudes and good intentions can’t reach. Torrey Peters brilliantly and fearlessly navigates the most dangerous taboos around gender, sex, and relationships, gifting us a thrillingly original, witty, and deeply moving novel.
    Detransition, Baby Book Cover Picture
    Detransition, Baby Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    What Are You Going Through Book Cover Picture
    What Are You Going Through Book Cover Picture

    What Are You Going Through

    by Sigrid Nunez

    A woman describes a series of encounters she has with various people in the ordinary course of her life. In each of these people, the woman finds a common need: the urge to talk about themselves and to have an audience to their experiences. The narrator orchestrates this chorus of voices for the most part as a passive listener, until one of them makes an extraordinary request, drawing her into an intense and transformative experience of her own.
    What Are You Going Through Book Cover Picture
    What Are You Going Through Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    It's Not All Downhill From Here Book Cover Picture
    It's Not All Downhill From Here Book Cover Picture

    It’s Not All Downhill From Here

    by Terry McMillan

    Loretha Curry’s life is full. A little crowded sometimes, but full indeed. Loretha is not one of those women who think her best days are behind her—and she’s determined to prove wrong her mother, her twin sister, and everyone else with that outdated view of aging wrong. It’s not all downhill from here. But when an unexpected loss turns her world upside down, Loretha will have to summon all her strength, resourcefulness, and determination to keep on thriving, pursue joy, heal old wounds, and chart new paths.
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    It's Not All Downhill From Here Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    The Dating Plan Book Cover Picture
    The Dating Plan Book Cover Picture

    The Dating Plan

    by Sara Desai

    The Dating Plan Book Cover Picture
    The Dating Plan Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    The Idiot Book Cover Picture
    The Idiot Book Cover Picture

    The Idiot

    by Elif Batuman

    The Idiot is a heroic yet self-effacing reckoning with the terror and joy of becoming a person in a world that is as intoxicating as it is disquieting. Batuman’s fiction is unguarded against both life’s affronts and its beauty–and has at its command the complete range of thinking and feeling which they entail.
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    The Idiot Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    The Other's Gold Book Cover Picture
    The Other's Gold Book Cover Picture

    The Other’s Gold

    by Elizabeth Ames

    The Other’s Gold follows four friends as each makes a terrible mistake, moving from their wild college days to their more feral days as new parents. With one part devoted to each mistake, this complex yet compulsively readable debut interrogates the way that growing up forces friendships to evolve. A joyful, big-hearted book that perfectly evokes the bittersweet experience of falling in love with friendship, the experiences of Lainey, Ji Sun, Alice, and Margaret are at once achingly familiar and yet shine with a brilliance and depth all their own.
    The Other's Gold Book Cover Picture
    The Other's Gold Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Sissy Book Cover Picture
    Sissy Book Cover Picture

    Sissy

    by Jacob Tobia

    From Jacob’s Methodist childhood and the hallowed halls of Duke University to the portrait-laden parlors of the White House, Sissy takes you on a gender odyssey you won’t soon forget. Writing with the fierce honesty, wildly irreverent humor, and wrenching vulnerability that have made them a media sensation, Jacob shatters the long-held notion that people are easily sortable into “men” and “women.”
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    Sissy Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Unmarriageable Book Cover Picture
    Unmarriageable Book Cover Picture

    Unmarriageable

    by Soniah Kamal

    Unmarriageable Book Cover Picture
    Unmarriageable Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    Must I Go Book Cover Picture
    Must I Go Book Cover Picture

    Must I Go

    by Yiyun Li

    Lilia Liska has shrewdly outlived three husbands, raised five children, and seen the arrival of seventeen grandchildren. Now she has turned her keen attention to the diary of a long-forgotten man named Roland Bouley, with whom she once had a fleeting affair. This is a novel about life in all its messy glory, and of a life lived, by the extraordinary Lilia, absolutely on its own terms. With great candor and insight, Yiyun Li navigates the twin poles of grief and resilience, loss and rebirth, that compass a human heart.
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    Must I Go Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    The Chicken Sisters Book Cover Picture
    The Chicken Sisters Book Cover Picture

    The Chicken Sisters

    by KJ Dell’Antonia

    In tiny Merinac, Kansas, Chicken Mimi’s and Chicken Frannie’s have spent a century vying to serve up the best fried chicken in the state–and the legendary feud between their respective owners, the Moores and the Pogociellos, has lasted just as long. No one feels the impact more than thirty-five-year-old widow Amanda Moore, who grew up working for her mom at Mimi’s before scandalously marrying Frank Pogociello and changing sides to work at Frannie’s. Tired of being caught in the middle, Amanda sends an SOS to Food Wars, the reality TV restaurant competition that promises $100,000 to the winner. But in doing so, she launches both families out of the frying pan and directly into the fire. . .
    The Chicken Sisters Book Cover Picture
    The Chicken Sisters Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    The Girl with the Louding Voice Book Cover Picture
    The Girl with the Louding Voice Book Cover Picture

    The Girl with the Louding Voice

    by Abi Daré

    The unforgettable, inspiring story of a teenage girl growing up in a rural Nigerian village who longs to get an education so that she can find her “louding voice” and speak up for herself, The Girl with the Louding Voice is a simultaneously heartbreaking and triumphant tale about the power of fighting for your dreams.
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    The Girl with the Louding Voice Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Spring Book Cover Picture
    Spring Book Cover Picture

    Spring

    by Karl Ove Knausgaard

    Utterly gripping and brilliantly rendered in Knausgaard’s famously sensitive, pensive, and honest style, Spring is the account of a shocking and heartbreaking familial trauma and the emotional epicenter of this singular literary series.
    Spring Book Cover Picture
    Spring Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    We Ride Upon Sticks Book Cover Picture
    We Ride Upon Sticks Book Cover Picture

    We Ride Upon Sticks

    by Quan Barry

    In the town of Danvers, Massachusetts, home of the original 1692 witch trials, the 1989 Danvers Falcons will do anything to make it to the state finals—even if it means tapping into some devilishly dark powers. Against a background of irresistible 1980s iconography, Quan Barry expertly weaves together the individual and collective progress of this enchanted team as they storm their way through an unforgettable season.
    We Ride Upon Sticks Book Cover Picture
    We Ride Upon Sticks Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.95

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    Well-Behaved Indian Women Book Cover Picture
    Well-Behaved Indian Women Book Cover Picture

    Well-Behaved Indian Women

    by Saumya Dave

    From a compelling new voice in women’s fiction comes a mother-daughter story about three generations of women who struggle to define themselves as they pursue their dreams.
    Well-Behaved Indian Women Book Cover Picture
    Well-Behaved Indian Women Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    Clock Dance Book Cover Picture
    Clock Dance Book Cover Picture

    Clock Dance

    by Anne Tyler

    Willa Drake has had three opportunities to start her life over: in 1967, as a schoolgirl whose mother has suddenly disappeared; in 1977, when considering a marriage proposal; and in 1997, as a young widow trying to hold her family together. So she is surprised when in 2017 she is given one last chance to change everything, after receiving a startling phone call from a stranger.
    Clock Dance Book Cover Picture
    Clock Dance Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.95

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    Spring Book Cover Picture
    Spring Book Cover Picture

    Spring

    by Ali Smith

    What unites Katherine Mansfield, Charlie Chaplin, Shakespeare, Rilke, Beethoven, Brexit,  the present, the past, the north, the south, the east, the west, a man mourning lost times, a woman trapped in modern times? Spring. The great connective. With an eye to the migrancy of story over time and riffing on Pericles, one of Shakespeare’s most resistant and rollicking works, Ali Smith tell the impossible tale of an impossible time. In a time of walls and lockdown, Smith opens the door.
    Spring Book Cover Picture
    Spring Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $15.95

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    Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss Book Cover Picture
    Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss Book Cover Picture

    Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss

    by Rajeev Balasubramanyam

    Professor Chandra is an internationally renowned economist, divorced father of three (quite frankly baffling) children, recent victim of a bicycle hit-and-run—but so much more than the sum of his parts. He needs to take a break, start enjoying himself. In short, says his doctor, he should follow his bliss. Professor Chandra doesn’t know it yet, but he’s about to embark on the journey of a lifetime.
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    Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Boy, Snow, Bird Book Cover Picture
    Boy, Snow, Bird Book Cover Picture

    Boy, Snow, Bird

    by Helen Oyeyemi

    Boy, Snow, Bird Book Cover Picture
    Boy, Snow, Bird Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    It Is Wood, It Is Stone Book Cover Picture
    It Is Wood, It Is Stone Book Cover Picture

    It Is Wood, It Is Stone

    by Gabriella Burnham

    It Is Wood, It Is Stone Book Cover Picture
    It Is Wood, It Is Stone Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    Twice Shy Book Cover Picture
    Twice Shy Book Cover Picture

    The Aftermath

    by Sarah Hogle

    When Maybell inherits a charming house in the Smokies from her Great-Aunt Violet, she seizes the opportunity to make a fresh start. But not only is the house falling apart around her, but she also has to share everything with Wesley Koehler, the groundskeeper who’s as grouchy as he is gorgeous. As the two slowly begin to let their guard down, they might learn that sometimes the smallest steps outside one’s comfort zone can lead to the greatest rewards.
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    Twice Shy Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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