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David says. “Honest and tender, this book is a perfect antidote to the quarantine reading blues.” The Regulator Bookshop

The Regulator Bookshop’s Elliot Berger and Sara Schwartz hold up two of their top recommendations for this holiday season.

a brutal poisoning claims the entire Aosawa clan, the supposedly solved case is reanimated through interwoven fragments of forgotten moments and missed clues,” David explains. The first of Japanese author Riku Onda’s works to be translated into English, David says all readers will enjoy this tale, which will leave them questioning every turn and pondering how our own experiences with mysteries can interfere with our judgment. FOR TH E S CI-FI FA N AT IC “Tell the Machine Goodnight” by Katie Williams

This novel is both a critique of modern life and a message of hope for our future. A cast full of interesting characters with very different views on the world help tell the story, but its central plot follows Pearl, a technician for a “happiness machine,” as she tries to connect with her teenage son. “[Her son’s] only happiness seems to come from eschewing happiness itself,”

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on Ninth Street has fed Durham readers’ minds for 44 years and offers a selection of books for everyone, curated with the nearby Duke University community in mind. While not currently open to in-store shopping, The Regulator offers curbside pickup, USPS shipping and delivery in Durham, Carrboro and Chapel Hill. Anyone can order books at regulatorbookshop.com or call 919-286-2700 for same-day pickup availability; check the website for updates on holiday hours.

F O R THE M U S I C A F I C I O N A D O “Step It Up & Go: The Story of North Carolina Popular Music, from Blind Boy Fuller and Doc Watson to Nina Simone and Superchunk” by David Menconi

“We love how many amazing writers surround us in the Triangle, and as music lovers, we also feel lucky to live here,” says Sara Schwartz of The Regulator Bookshop. This is why she says her recommendation is one of the most exciting books to be released this year: It offers the best of both worlds. Author David Menconi, known for his recurring music column in The News & Observer, tells the comprehensive story of our state’s musical history with love. “There’s no one more perfect to put our region’s musical heritage between two covers,” Sara says. “Step it Up & Go” makes a great gift for both music lovers and those interested in the evolution of society and culture in North Carolina.