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Our Country Friends by Gary Shteyngart

“If you think your pandemic bubble was complicated, wait till you read Our Country Friends. Gary Shteyngart tells the tale of a group of friends and friends of friends who take refuge in a country house in upstate New York, planning to wait out the pandemic in good and interesting company.  I can testify to the ‘interesting’ part.  The mix of a psychiatrist and her husband (a Russian-born novelist), their precocious child, a wildly successful Korean app designer, an international playboy, an inflammatory Southern essayist, and a struggling Indian-American writer leads to the creation of new friendships and the destruction of old ones.  Over six months, romances develop, and betrayals wreak havoc, and that’s before the ACTOR arrives and shakes up everything.  Through it all, this unlikely chosen family is forced to consider what and who really matter to them. Our Country Friends is funny, surprising and relevant to the times we are living in.”

–Peggy Tharpe (OTB Staff)

Escargot by Dashka Slater

“The humor and warmth of this book made me laugh out loud and fall in love with snails!”

–Joe Garland (OTB Staff)

The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery 

“This is one of the most fascinating non-fiction books I have ever read. I was astounded and amazed by what I learned about the life of an octopus. The writer ‘chronicles scientists’ growing appreciation of the octopus’s problem-solving as she tells a love story.’ Yes, the octopus is a creature that feels and demonstrates emotion. They are clever, creative, complex, and spirited. Who knew? You will love this book!

–Mary Ellen Hartje (OTB Owner)