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It’s hard to imagine a Book Buyer who has read more or done more for launching authors than Sheryl Cotleur. With 30 years in the book business, she has what many readers would
 consider a dream job. She buys books for all eight of Copperfield's Books' stores in San Francisco's North Bay, and along with the job, she reads incessantly, while working with publishers, authors, and editors to discover the best new books. Over the past four years, her role has expanded beyond the bookstore to include serving as a jurist for a number of book awards and, in 2014, she was named as a judge for the National Book Foundation’s annual fiction awards, one of the nation’s most prestigious literary prizes. This year she is serving as a judge for the 2016 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.

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The Unmade World Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609531430
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Published: Unbridled Books - January 16th, 2018

This is just wonderful. Yarbrough paints a complex story that starts with a hint of a crime novel but it something else entirely.  Characters impacted by a terrible accident, both the victim and the perpetrator, struggle to find their way in situations where efforts to reverse the paths they are now on are almost beyond hope.  Heartbreakingly tender The Unmade World  is a psychologically astute novel that is also beautifully written.


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The City of Brass Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062678102
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Published: Voyager - November 14th, 2017

A fantasy novel that is smart and fun with truly engaging central characters, a strong female lead and the intrigue of being set entirely in the ancient Islamic world.  The first of a projected trilogy that leaves the reader desperate for the next book immediately.


Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977887
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 3rd, 2017

No wonder this debut collection of short stories was a finalist for the National Book Award. Machado explores in some of the most daring and remarkable ways the female experience. Not at all pedantic but lively, at times even surreal, and infused with gusty sex Machado’s women show up in their lives with all the verve they can muster. While unrelated short stories this reads like a novel.


Elmet Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616208424
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Published: Algonquin Books - December 5th, 2017

Another surprise of a debut novel that was shortlisted for this year’s Booker prize Elmet is a powerful story that carries a dark tone nonetheless it is un-put-down-able.  A quite & loving  father raises his 2 children off the grid in rural England while the local landowner, seemingly affronted by this man’s lack of obsequience towards him, attempts to exercise his perceived right to control this man and all town’s folk. Naturally conflict & violence ensue.  Elmet is a gorgeously written novel that says a great deal about the perversion of power while also paying homage to the natural world and a close knit family


The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781594634536
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 3rd, 2017

An extraordinary look inside present day Russia from the perspective of several families whose dreams are no different than most but whose challenges are almost beyond belief in terms of how the state impacts nearly every aspect of their lives.  A must read for those wishing to understand Russia better.


The People of the Sea: Celtic Tales of the Seal-Folk Cover Image
By David Thomson, Seamus Heaney (Introduction by), David Thomson (Foreword by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781786892461
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Published: Canongate Books - December 5th, 2017

This classic has been in and out of print several times. In the vein of Bill Bryson (decades before him) and easily as funny and charming Thomson travelled around small towns of coastal Ireland in the 1950’s asking folks about their selkie stories. These are stories woven in Irish folklore of beguiling seal women. Still old country but on the cusp of modernity Thomson gives you a such a gracious sense of the Irish folks and Ireland itself that is so enjoyable you will find yourself reading excerpts to friends.


Women & Power: A Manifesto Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781631494758
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - December 12th, 2017

That’s right – a selection of pointed and erudite essays that explores misogyny both historically and to underscore its pervasiveness in present day culture. You go girl! (woman)


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Petaluma Store

140 Kentucky Street
707-762-0563
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707-782-0228
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Santa Rosa Store

775 Village Court | 707-578-8938
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Sebastopol Store

138 N. Main Street
707-823-2618
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Novato Store

999 Grant Avenue
415-763-3052
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Healdsburg Store

106 Matheson Street
707-433-9270
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Napa Store

3740 Bel Aire Plaza
707-252-8002
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Calistoga Store

1330 Lincoln Street
707-942-1616
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San Rafael Store

850 4th Street
415-524-2800
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