Recommended Preorders

A bookstore is at heart a place to browse, to let serendipity and chance guide you, and though that experience will always be our primary focus, it's also important to seek different avenues of conveying our loves of books to you. That's where this page comes in handy.

Offering preorders is a way to share our excitement about upcoming books and offers benefits to authors, publishers, and us, your bookseller. You can preorder any forthcoming book on our site or in the store, so we'll limit our selection here to books of particular interest to us.

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Fathoms: The World in the Whale Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982120696
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - July 28th, 2020

"In the whale, the world," writes Rebecca Giggs early on in this astonishing piece of environmental writing. In a book about whales, the world, one could say after reading here about subjects as disparate as solar flares and mass strandings; the relationship between charisma and consumption; whale baths at health spas; and so much more. Giggs has immense talent and an eye for the essential detail, with prose that shimmers like a calm sea. Her book is a masterpiece.

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The Lying Life of Adults Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
ISBN: 9781609455910
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Europa Editions - June 9th, 2020

It's a new Ferrante novel. Need we say more?

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Vesper Flights Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802128812
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Grove Press - August 11th, 2020

Helen MacDonald's 'H is for Hawk' is a favorite of ours and so her forthcoming essay collection is a perfect follow-up to that memoir. These deeply considered essays cover a lot of what you'd expect: MacDonald investigates the human relationship with animals, especially birds, teases out the implications of climate change, considers more autobiographical elements, and more. Beautifully written, with characteristic insight and erudition, Vesper Flights offers further proof that this is one of our best writers working today.

The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem: From Baudelaire to Anne Carson Cover Image
By Jeremy Noel-Tod (Editor), Jeremy Noel-Tod (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780141984568
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Classics - July 14th, 2020

If I were forced to choose only one genre of book to read for the rest of my life, I'd cheat a little and say "poets writing prose." So, I'm very much looking forward to this anthology, which includes poets from a wide range of eras and styles.

Why We Swim Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616207861
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Algonquin Books - April 14th, 2020