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Meghara

I'm a bookseller and a sidelines buyer. I real all kinds of things, but I gravitate toward sci-fi, victorian novels, and essay collections.   

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Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780525575443
Availability: Backordered
Published: Clarkson Potter - October 22nd, 2019

If you (or someone you love) has amassed more books than seems reasonable, you may want to take a moment and flip through Nina Freudenberger's beautiful new coffee table book. In a series of short essays and beautiful photographs, she explores the different ways people collect, organize, and live among their books. Perfect for the bibliophile in your life.


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Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780358023937
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 8th, 2019

Tuesday Mooney does not like social occasions; she prefers reruns of the X-Files to the company of other people. But when Boston's most eccentric billionaire dies leaving a literary treasure hunt through the city, she's drawn out of her shell and into an adventure that will require her sharpest wits and quickest thinking. If you have a book lover or a fan of puzzles on your list, Tuesday Mooney offers a satisfying combination of humor, adventure, and substance. 


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Binti: The Complete Trilogy Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780756415181
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Published: DAW - February 5th, 2019

Though each of the novellas in this trilogy were released over the past four years, the complete collection was released in one volume earlier this year. It follows the title character as she runs away from her tribe to attend a prestigious university off planet. As soon as she boards her ship, however, she learns that warring species and aliens with vendettas make for a dangerous journey. It's a thrilling, socially conscious, and thought-provoking trilogy. Bonus: Check out her YA novels Akata Witch and Akata Warrior; they're both wonderful and immersive.


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My Dark Vanessa: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062941503
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Published: William Morrow - March 10th, 2020

15-year-old Vanessa’s affair with her English teacher is an all-consuming obsession that continues to haunt her into adulthood. This book lets us peer into the mind of a survivor of sexual assault and understand the complexities and far-reaching consequences of this kind of abuse. Beautifully written, heartbreaking, and completely gripping.


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Binti Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780765385253
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Published: Tor.com - September 22nd, 2015

I picked this up on a whim and was instantly hooked. Binti runs away in the middle of the night to hitch a ride on a spaceship to attend a prestigious intergalactic university. When her ship is hijacked by an enemy species called the Meduse, she must call on the culture she left behind to help her survive.


Mark the II

I'm a bookseller and I facilitate the Read the Resistance book group. I tend to read all over the place -- contemporary fiction, hard-boiled mystery, picture books -- but my favorites are always the ones that make me laugh.

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French Exit: A Novel Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062846921
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Published: Ecco - August 28th, 2018

Patrick DeWitt is a comic master, and this "tragedy of manners" has him at his dark and hilarious best. The novel follows a once rich but recently insolvent widow and her distressingly dependent adult son who liquidate their fortune and move to Paris where, despite the delightful cast of characters surrounding them, things do not improve. There is only one direction for the pair, and it is downhill. The novel is, in this way, like being in a runaway shopping cart: yes, disaster is inevitable, but in the meantime you're having more fun than you've had in ages, and you can't stop laughing.


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The Topeka School: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374277789
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 1st, 2019

This complex, compulsive novel takes us to the Midwest of the 90s for a story that is many things at once: a young poet’s coming of age in a culture of toxic masculinity; an auto-fictional account of family psychology; an exploration of the ways language has led us to our present political moment. Most impressive is that Lerner manages to bring these various threads together into a wonderfully addictive, completely original book. I blasted through it in a couple of nights, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. A necessary read.


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The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525576709
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - February 19th, 2019

“It’s worse, much worse, than you think.” So begins this incredible, lucid, positively terrifying report on the future of our planet. By some magic, Wallace-Wells brings together vast amounts of grim research into an absolute page-turner, one whose heart still beats with hope. If you count yourself among the many billions that call Earth home, read this book. While you still can.


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Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525510543
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Published: Random House - August 6th, 2019

Is there anything Jia Tolentino can’t write a killer essay about? No. No there isn’t. These nine essays about our present moment crackle with wit and insight. Whether writing about barre class, Little Women, or ecstasy (drug and spiritual state), Tolentino has an uncanny ability to reveal the unsightly workings of our hypercapitalist, internet-driven culture, and to make sure you enjoy every moment of it.


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The Grammarians: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374280116
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - September 3rd, 2019

Do you love words? Do you ever find yourself not only consulting but reading an actual, physical dictionary? Have you ever wondered if there’s a synonym for ‘armpit’? (There is!) Then look no further than this wondrous, hilarious novel about language-obsessed twins who’s lives are forever shaped by words. Naturally, the language is brilliant—sharp, playful, and so very funny (the zinger-to-page ratio is a solid 10-to-1). And the characters are equally brilliant, so witty and flawed and alive. All the comedy leads to a truly beautiful conclusion. For all its delight in strange and rare words, this book is about that most familiar one: love. And I absolutely loved it.


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What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525560371
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Published: Penguin Press - March 19th, 2019

This beautiful, startling memoir from poet Carolyn Forché has all the intrigue and drama of a thriller. In shimmering prose, she recounts her time in El Salvador in the deadly years before its deadlier civil war. There are dangerous encounters and near escapes, but at heart this is the story of a poet awakening to the world outside her, learning to pay attention, to be a witness in the name of justice. I couldn’t put it down.


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Barn 8: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450154
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 3rd, 2020

This is a novel about a chicken heist, and what a magnificent novel it is! Beautiful, zany, hilarious, profound...there simply aren't enough adjectives. Populated by a cast of revolutionaries, egg farmers, and chickens (those extraordinary chickens!), every page vibrates with energy and shimmers with insight. How does Unferth do it? She'll crack you up one moment, break your heart the next, then crack you up all over again. In the end, you won't know if the tears on your face are from laughing or crying, and you won't care one bit. I certainly didn't.


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This Land: How Cowboys, Capitalism, and Corruption are Ruining the American West Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780735220980
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Published: Viking - July 16th, 2019

A blistering, no-nonsense, necessary screed on the continued destruction of our public lands. This book often had me in states of near apoplectic rage, but that’s the power of Ketcham’s reporting.


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Outline: A Novel (Outline Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250081544
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Published: Picador - February 9th, 2016

With this loose trio of novels, told almost entirely through conversation, Cusk has created something completely new and completely wonderful. Each one is supremely intelligent, incredibly funny, and totally absorbing.


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Bunny: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525559733
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Published: Viking - June 11th, 2019

There are so many ways to describe this novel: A gothic horror comedy set in a creative writing program. A modern day Frankenstein with a satirical bite. A dark yet lyric send-up of a twee culture…But how about I just go with this: The most compulsive, unique, and pleasurable reading experience I’ve had in a very long time. Fantastic.


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Night Boat to Tangier: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385540315
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Published: Doubleday - September 17th, 2019

This story of two aging Irish gangsters is just brimming with beauty and humor. It's like Beckett doing The Sopranos, with a surprising tenderness at its core. And since this is Kevin Barry, the language is pure magic! Lyric, idiomatic, inventive, utterly lovely. Much of the novel has our grizzled gangsters passing the night in a ferry terminal, and I could have passed many more with them.


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The Dry Heart Cover Image
By Natalia Ginzburg, Frances Frenaye (Translated by)
$12.95
ISBN: 9780811228787
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Published: New Directions - June 25th, 2019

A marvel of a book, as brilliant as it is brisk. Told in beautifully clear, unsentimental prose, the novel begins with the narrator shooting her husband "between the eyes." What happens from there is a thrilling exploration of desire, disappointment, and rage. Read it in a single sitting. Forget it never.


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Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735220171
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019

Unlike anything else. A surreal, sometimes brutal, always beautiful trek through a world based on African myth and history. Part adventure story, part love story -- it is also a story about story-telling. Give yourself over to this book and it will take you places you've never been and never knew you needed to go.


Amanda

I am the store's general manager and I love to read mystery/thrillers, true crime, memoirs, as well as feminist and social justice non-fiction books. I usually always have at least three books going at any given time -- one on my nightstand, an audiobook, and a library book. I definitely tend to pick up titles that strike my current mood. I'm also the proud mom of three cats, Mr. Oscar Wilde, Fitzgerald, and Maya. I love chai tea lattes and listening to live music. My fiance and I love to travel; one of my goals when traveling is to visit at least one library or bookstore in the town we're visiting. I prefer mountains over the beach. 

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Know My Name: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735223707
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Published: Viking - September 24th, 2019

I remember feeling inspired, impressed, and in awe of Miller’s victim impact statement as Emily Doe when it came out in 2016. Miller brings that same level of strength and eloquence to this stunning memoir. She takes back her power – after having been reduced to an unconscious victim – by writing beautifully and vulnerably about herself and her life, both before and after the assault. Her story shows us that we must do better, we must be better, in a society that so corruptly mistreats survivors of sexual assault.


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In the Dream House: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781644450031
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

Machado redefines what a memoir can be and do through her inventive and incredibly honest story that masterfully grapples with domestic violence in queer relationships. Her prose yet again blew me away, equal parts sensitive and staggering. Carmen's story is hard to describe due to its endless layers, but some words that come to mind are beautiful, devastating, lovely, strange, and utterly unique from any memoir I have experienced before. In the Dream House is essential reading that shines a light on an often neglected corner of the human experience.


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The Witches Are Coming Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316449885
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Published: Hachette Books - November 5th, 2019

Lindy West is back with a new collection of essays that are the ultimate clap back, sure to make you laugh, while simultaneously firing you up to change the world. Let’s face it, being a woman in today’s political climate is hard. Reading her essays made me feel like I wasn’t alone  I felt empowered and a sense of solidarity knowing that there are other women out there who are angry and who are actively fighting for change. Lindy doesn’t present anything with rose colored glasses, but rather gives us the blunt honesty that we desperately need. The witches are coming, and we can join and help them!


Terry

I owned a bookstore in Indiana for 36 years and am happy to be back serving customers. I read mostly character driven fiction.

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Apeirogon: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781400069606
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Published: Random House - February 25th, 2020

Apeirogon is centered on a day in the lives of Israeli Amir and Palestinian Rami both of whom have lost children in the ongoing conflict. They are real people fictionalized in this novel except for ten pages in the middle of the book in their own words. The book is broken into 1001 sections some a sentence long others a few paragraphs; they serve to a create quiet space amid the text to reflect on the last passage. Much as in the bird ringing stations on the West Bank, McCaan has netted and tagged Amir and Rami so that we may follow them on their journey. Apeirogon solidifies McCaan as one of the premier authors of his generation.


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The Red Lotus: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385544801
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Published: Doubleday - March 17th, 2020

Mutant rats carrying plague that cannot be treated with antibiotics, and the race to keep them out of the wrong hands propel this fast paced thriller.


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The Body: A Guide for Occupants Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385539302
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Published: Doubleday - October 15th, 2019

In The Body: a Guide for Occupants, Bill Bryson explores the wonders of the the vast systems that make up the human body. Almost every page contained some fact that astounded me and made me want to read it out loud to someone. Bryson is able to explain the complexities of science in language a layman can understand, but not without challenging the reader. He sent me searching the web numerous times.


Talking to Strangers Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316535625
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 9th, 2019

Why is it so difficult for even seasoned interrogators to determine when a stranger is telling truth? What does this tell us about our dealings with strangers in everyday life? I guarantee you will not look on others the same after you read this book.


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Out Stealing Horses: A Novel Cover Image
By Per Petterson, Anne Born (Translated by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978440
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Published: Graywolf Press - June 4th, 2019

With prose as spare and quiet as the Norwegian forests in which it is set; this novel still speaks with power and grace. One of my top 20 novels of this century.


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Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Vintage International) Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781400034710
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Published: Vintage - October 7th, 2003

This short novel is a mystical murder mystery, but also a deep dive into South American culture and mores of the 1980's.


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Akin Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316491990
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 10th, 2019

A 79 year old man with the 11 year old grand-nephew he just met in tow travels to Nice,France where he tries to unravel from some cryptic photos whether his mother was a Nazi collaborator or part of the resistance. This novel is as much an homage to Nice as a mystery; Donoghue’s descriptions of the history and sights of Nice made me put it on my bucket list.


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Opioid, Indiana Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781641290784
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Published: Soho Press - September 17th, 2019

If Holden Caulfield was growing up in contemporary rural America, Salinger might have written something like Opioid, Indiana. 17 year old Riggle is struggling to make sense of his town where drugs, poverty, and isolation are obstacles he must confront.


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Big Sky (Jackson Brodie #5) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316523097
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 25th, 2019

Kate Atkinson can do no wrong for me, and after several intriguing novels she has returned to Jackson Brodie and her mystery series with its plot twists and witty prose. Welcome back.


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A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143124870
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Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2013

A 104-year-old Zen Buddhist nun; a lunchbox with a mysterious diary; a few lessons in physics; original and captivating. 


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City of Thieves: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780452295292
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Published: Penguin Books - March 31st, 2009

The siege of Leningrad is the background for this tragi-comic novel that follows two jailed Russians ordered to find a dozen eggs for an officers daughter's wedding cake amid the chaos and horror of World War II.


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Atonement: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385721790
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Published: Anchor - February 25th, 2003

One of my favorite works of fiction this century. McEwan tells of a young girl's mistaken accusation that leads to her struggle to atone for the tragedies that ensue.


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The Phantom Tollbooth Cover Image
By Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780394820378
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Published: Yearling - October 12th, 1988

This classic is a great book to read a chapter at a time with an 8-12 year old, but it is also one the adult will enjoy.


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Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe?: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616208219
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Published: Algonquin Books - August 27th, 2019

Brock Clarke's novels always make me smile and sometimes laugh out loud as he allows us to revel in his character's foibles even as he treats them with gentle respect. So, pick up this book; get a few chuckles, and learn more about the teachings of John Calvin than you probably know.


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Florida Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594634529
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 21st, 2019

These short stories take place in the inland swamps of Florida where we encounter a pair of abandoned children, a homeless women and others in an eerie, perilous environment where man is more dangerous than the the snakes and alligators.


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Robicheaux: A Novel (Dave Robicheaux ) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501176869
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 4th, 2018

James Lee Burke writes landscape description as evocative as any contemporary author, and his mysteries have depth often exploring the violence that occurs when socioeconomic cultures clash.


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Gone So Long: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393244106
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 2nd, 2018

For those who prefer character driven fiction, Gone So Long will captivate you. A violent act changes the lives of Dubus' three main characters, and I cared deeply that they find peace with themselves and each other. It takes great talent for an author to make me feel this way.


A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143110439
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Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2019

Since so many protagonists in fiction today have some emotional defect, it is a pleasure to read a novel where the main character is a truly likable gentleman. Such a person is Count Rostov, banished to the Metropol Hotel after the Russian revolution he soon endears himself to staff and guests and becomes part of an intrigue to aid a young woman.


John

I'm a bookseller. 

My favorite things to read are fantasy, true crime, comic books, and history, especially about radical and working class political groups, and just anything weird.

 

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The Seep Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781641290869
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Published: Soho Press - January 21st, 2020

I honestly don't know how to review this book. Any attempts I would make to describe it, and the post-existential questions it poses, would not do it any justice. If you like political science fiction, or just weird stories, pick up this book. It reads incredibly quickly, and keeps a hold of your thoughts long after you put it down.


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Imaginary Friend Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781538731338
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 1st, 2019

The deeper I got into this mammoth second novel by Stephen Chbosky, the harder I found to put it down. The large cast of characters are fully developed and and the writing style pulls you in and keeps you reading, even as the story turns in horrifying directions. Compelling, mesmerizing, and thoroughly terrifying, this is definitely one of my favorite books this year.


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Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don't Know You Have Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781538747087
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 27th, 2019

This is a book you probably don't want to read but definitely should. Although it may feel better to bury our head in the sand when it comes to climate change, in this book Tatiana Schlossberg explains clearly, easily, and entertainingly how ignorance isn't bliss, but a disaster waiting to happen. Nearly everything we do and buy has a much greater environmental impact than you would expect, and until we become fully aware of this impact, things aren't going to get any better for our planet. Read this book, and share it with everyone you know.


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Little Weirds Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316485340
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 5th, 2019

I don't really know what this book is, but its amazing. Jenny Slate has transfers her poetic, wonderfully messed up imagination and observations directly in this book, with absolutely no filter or fear. A strange mix of poetry and short stories, "Little Weirds" is gorgeous, affecting, and highly entertaining.


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The Twisted Ones Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534429567
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - October 1st, 2019

This awesomely creepy horror novel is so fun and fast to read, and puts such a deep sense of dread in you while you read it that you'll be jumping at every stray sound you hear while you read it. As our main character, Mouse, gets deeper into her hoarder grandmother's house, its only appropriate that this story gets more and more twisted. Fans of horror and folklore won't want to miss this one


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How to Be an Antiracist Cover Image
$21.60
ISBN: 9780525509288
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Published: One World - August 13th, 2019

Everyone who has ever said "I don't see color" or "I'm not racist" needs to read this book. Ibram X. Kendi describes with intelligence and elegance the ways racism is still present in American society, and how to fight it, it is not enough to be "not racist" but rather completely "antiracist." Through both personal stories and historical research, Kendi will make you think really hard about race and racism today.


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How to Give Up Plastic: A Guide to Changing the World, One Plastic Bottle at a Time Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143134336
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Published: Penguin Books - July 16th, 2019

A great, easy to read guide that'll not only help reduce your plastic use, but also make you re-evaluate what you buy and what you throw away. This book gives you incredibly easy to follow steps that help you move away from the incredibly wasteful throw-away culture we live in.


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Frogcatchers Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781982107376
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Published: Gallery 13 - September 24th, 2019

Jeff Lemire is one of my favorite comics creators, and Frogcatcher is another immediate favorite of mine. The art is so wonderfully creepy and story full of so many symbols and mysteries, I had to read it all again immediately after finishing it. This is one amazingly surreal little story that'll stay with you long after you read it.


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Opioid, Indiana Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781641290784
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Published: Soho Press - September 17th, 2019

This is not an addiction story, nor is it really about the opioid problem in America. Rather, it's a dreary coming of age story about a kid living in one of the many small midwestern towns that is seemingly only defined by its drug problems and depressing weather. Despite the overall downer tone that pervades this book, I am so glad I read it, and the characters and setting make it a very compelling read.


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Upon a Burning Throne (The Burnt Empire) Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781328916280
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Published: John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 16th, 2019

A truly epic fantasy novel, full of gods, demigods, demons, mortals, great families, and vast empires. A classic story from Indian mythology is retold and reworked, creating a thrilling story within a magical world. Fans of mythology and fantasy both should make sure to not miss this exciting new series.


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FKA USA: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250108890
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Published: Flatiron Books - June 18th, 2019

An absurd road trip starring a talking goat through the collection of territories, states, and companies that by the 2080s make up what was once the United States: what more could you want? Featuring a host of outrageous characters and hilarious footnotes that fill you in on the history and background info of this wacky post-apocalyptic story, this book will have cracking up regularly.


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The Falconer: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501193224
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Published: Atria Books - January 29th, 2019

"The Falconer" lets us into the mind of Lucy Adler, a high school senior growing up in New York in 1993 who excels at basketball and overthinking things. All of her insightful (and highly relevant to 2019) musings on NYC, boys, art, capitalism, and the realities of being a woman in a man's world are laid out throughout the book. At times heartbreaking, but always hopeful, this debut novel was highly enjoyable.


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Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385521314
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Published: Doubleday - February 26th, 2019

Seamlessly combining a near thirty year old unsolved crime with a gripping history of several IRA members during the worst of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, "Say Nothing" kept me enthralled throughout. Keefe provides an incredible amount of historical information, but never slows down the narrative. Don't let the huge number of citations fool you, this book is a surprising page-turner.


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I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781538713297
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 30th, 2018

This book is such a fun read. Framed by a cross country roadtrip that Abbi makes from NY to LA, this book goes similarly all over the place. It is clear that Abbi used this book to write about whatver she thought was important. Sometimes this takes the form of funny side-notes or tangents, other times in stories from her time in comedy and making Broad City. However, what this book really is about is Abbi trying to figure out who she is and what she wants, as this road trip was done right after discovered a new aspect of herself as Abbi just dated a woman for the first time, and then was devastatingly dumped. Funny, thoughtful and incredibly relatable, this book is wonderful.


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The Bus on Thursday: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374110444
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - September 18th, 2018

This was a super fun, quick read. Despite being a horror book, this is much closer to a dark comedy. Following a schoolteacher, Eleanor, this book takes us to the small, supremely strange town of Talbingo, Australia. Eleanor soon finds out that nothing seems to make much sense in Talbingo, and despite trying to assimilate into the town, she continues to embarrass herself. But the longer she stays in Talbingo, the clearer it becomes that something dark and eerie is going on out of her control. This book tells an interesting story about a super-strange town, but is ultimately more likely to remind you of a pretty weird rom-com than it is Twin Peaks.


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A Conspiracy of Truths Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781534412804
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - October 23rd, 2018

One of the most fun and unique fantasy novels I have ever read! Rather than following the stories or adventures of a great warrior or adventurer, the main character of "A Conspiracy of Truths" is a mysterious older traveler who purpose in life is to travel throughout the world, sharing stories. But when this man, who only goes by his title of "Chant" gets falsely arrested for witchcraft in an unfamiliar, highly bureaucratized country, he turns to his skills with stories to try and make friends with the right people and get out of prison. Despite Chant being stuck in a prison cell for most of the story, the novel is jam packed with political intrigue, fantastical folklore, and strong, often hilarious characters. The world Rowland creates is so fun and rich in history that I hope she writes more in this setting. I cannot recommend this enough for fans of fantasy, mythology, tall tales, and political thrillers alike.


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The Loneliest Girl in the Universe Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062660251
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Published: HarperTeen - July 3rd, 2018

First off, this book is not what it seems. When I started the story, which chronicles the life of Romy
Silvers, a 15 year old girl left the captain and sole survivor on a rocket sent from earth millions of
lightyears away to start life on a nearby, earth-like planet, I expected a standard coming of age drama
about a girl forced to grow up alone. But as I kept reading, things changed drastically, going from typical
YA drama to romance, and even to mystery and horror. One of my favorite things that a book can do is
genuinely surprise me, and go in a direction I was not expecting, and this book did that multiple times,
incredibly effectively. Once I thought I had the story figured out, the plot shifts in a way that completely
shifted everything upside down. Although this might sound chaotic, the strength of James’s main
character, Romy, keeps the book focused and that much more compelling, as I found myself connecting
with Romy, feeling her times of joy as well as sorrow. This is an incredibly unique book that I cannot
recommend highly enough.


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Vox Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780440000785
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Published: Berkley - August 21st, 2018

Set in a near-future dystopia where all women in America are limited to speaking 100 words a day, this book brings up themes, like the psychological damage of censorship and the importance of language in our culture, that are incredibly thought provoking. However, these themes are perfectly encased in mysterious, almost spy-like thriller, making this book a thoughtful page-turner


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Paper Girls, Volume 1 Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781632156747
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Published: Image Comics - April 5th, 2016

Well it shouldn't be a surprise, but Brian K. Vaughn wrote another great comic book. Following a group of girls who deliver newspapers in their town in the 1980s, this comic originally gives off a vibe very similar to stranger things. But quickly, this small town nostalgia gives way to an absolutely crazy sci-fi/ time travel adventure. The characters are all fun, while Cliff Chiang's art style is a great compliment to Vaughn's crazy story.


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The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780756404741
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Published: DAW - April 1st, 2008

This novel is so much fun to read. Although the size is daunting, I got the same feelings of wonder reading this book as I got while reading the Harry Potter books for the first time. The world this book creates is so imaginative and fun to explore, and the main character is so charming , that this book took me no time to finish, and has left me waiting desperately for the conclusion to this epic.


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Beowulf Cover Image
By Seamus Heaney (Editor)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393320978
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 17th, 2001

In this edition, Heaney manages to provide a pleasant poetic line while not sacrificing translational accuracy of the classic epic. Each facing page contains the original Old English. Heaney's translation is good for students of the text who want to understand its development as well as anyone who wants an engaging, classic read of the first English Epic.


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Loudermilk: Or, the Real Poet; Or, the Origin of the World Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781593763909
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Published: Soft Skull Press - May 7th, 2019

Loudermilk made me understand and enjoy poetry more than any English teacher I have ever had. With a vast array of colorful characters, including a introverted poetry genius, and affable douchebag, and a celebrated short story author who finds she can no longer write, this take-off of "Cyrano de Bergerac" is consistently hilarious, and at times genuinely beautiful.

 


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Middlegame Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250195524
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Published: Tor.com - May 7th, 2019

In this incredible novel about two psychically linked twin geniuses created by alchemy, Seanan McGuire walks the line between horror and modern fantasy expertly. This book is like a puzzle, and the more you read the more clear the picture becomes, culminating in an amazing payoff. This book was just all around great.

 


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Riots I Have Known Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781501197307
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 21st, 2019

A hilarious story with one of the most memorable narrators I can remember. Our protagonist writes the final editorial of his widely-read prison magazine as a riot surrounds him and rages throughout his correctional facility. His final thoughts and memories pour out into this editorial with incredibly fun prose and unique language.

 


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Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250154088
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Published: First Second - April 2nd, 2019

Box Brown's graphic history of cannabis in America is a short, fun read that effectively relates how exactly weed became illegal and viewed as "the devil's lettuce." Easy to follow, with great illustrations and loads of information, this comic is bound to teach you something, (as long as you don't get too stoned when you read it).


Hank

Hank is the adorable son of Jim, our receiving manager. His picks are typically about trains, things that make noise, dogs, and social justice.

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Trains Go Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780811879422
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Published: Chronicle Books - January 25th, 2012

Choo Choo!!!


Gaston (Gaston and Friends) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442451025
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 3rd, 2014

Gaston is a little different from the rest of his family, and when he meets a burly brood of bulldogs everyone realizes that there may have been a mix-up when he was just a pup, but they soon learn that just because something might look right, doesn't mean that it feels right.


I Will Not Eat You Cover Image
By Adam Lehrhaupt, Scott Magoon (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481429337
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - September 6th, 2016

Theodore just wants some peace and quiet and shows a lot of patience (even though he's always grumpy about it) to the creatures that disturb him in his cave, but one noisy boy pushes the limits of Theodore's patience a little too far.


Dragons Love Tacos Cover Image
By Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780803736801
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Published: Dial Books - June 14th, 2012

"Hey kid, did you know that dragons love tacosTo be fair, who doesn't love tacos? This book is perfectly goofy and is just as fun for parents to read as it is for kids to have it read to them.


Star Wars: The Last Jedi Chewie and the Porgs Cover Image
By Kevin Shinick, Fiona Hsieh (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781484780763
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Published: Disney Lucasfilm Press - December 15th, 2017

Poor Chewie just wants something to eat (fun fact: Wookies are ALWAYS hungry) while Rey is off looking for Luke Skywalker, but can't find any food, and can't go anywhere without being followed by the Porgs that inhabit the island. What's a hungry Wookie to do?!


The Bad Seed Cover Image
By Jory John, Pete Oswald (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062467768
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Published: HarperCollins - August 29th, 2017

This sunflower seed does all kinds of bad and inconsiderate things; He tells long jokes with no punch lines, talks during movies,and lies about pointless stuff. Everywhere he goes, other seeds say "There goes a bad seed!", but how did he get to be so bad? Was he just a bad seed from the beginning, or did something happen to make him go bad? Is he always going to be a baaaaad seed?


Phoebe

Phoebe's picks by genre: YA Fiction, Sci-Fi, Graphic Novels   Phoebe's Favorite 5 Reads in 2018

 

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The Deep & Dark Blue Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780316486019
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 7th, 2020

A wonderful story dabbling in, sword, sorcery, and self-discovery. The fast paced plot of avenging family is well timed and punctuated with a beautifully handled transgender narrative that had me getting teary and feeling deeply for Hawke and especially Grayce. Great art and great characters!


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Love by Sophia (The Sophia Books) Cover Image
By Jim Averbeck, Yasmeen Ismail (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481477901
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - June 16th, 2020

A fantastic book about finding creative perspective and lobbying for your artwork! Heartwarming, insightful, and surprisingly informative! I loved it.


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The Derby Daredevils: Kenzie Kickstarts a Team: (The Derby Daredevils Book #1) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781419740794
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Published: Amulet Books - March 24th, 2020

This book wrestles with teamwork, friendship, and identity so lovingly. The characters are fiercely their own, and the story focus of roller derby makes for such a fun and absorbing read! LGBTQIA identities are handled incredibly well and casually in it, and never makes them feel like an othering situation.


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The Midwinter Witch Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338540550
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Published: Graphix - November 5th, 2019

This entire series is amazing. Each book wrestles with a different aspect of identity, and the Midwinter Witch does not disappoint. Perfect artwork to match well defined characters, and a story that doesn't shy away from handling hard topics like chosen family, and being a possibility model for others. Once again Molly Knox Ostertag has created a magnificent piece of art!


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Roller Girl Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780803740167
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Published: Dial Books - March 10th, 2015

When you start roller derby it quickly becomes clear that it's either not for you, or you're going to become obsessed and pursue any media about it relentlessly. Roller Girl did not disappoint. It's a heart warming coming-of-age read, and also an important lesson about dreams and expectations that I was personally grateful for at the beginning of my derby career. It's so heartfelt that I found myself tearing up at scenes, laughing at others, and feeling like I had grown by the end of it.


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Saga: Compendium One Cover Image
$59.99
ISBN: 9781534313460
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Published: Image Comics - August 27th, 2019

SAGA is an amazing space-opera-fairy-tale-family-epic that had me hooked right from the beginning. Fiona Staples artwork is not only stellar but perfectly matches the emotion and character of the series. As usual Brian K Vaughan has created fully realized characters that are incredibly defined and full of individuality. I'm not sure if there's an element to this series that I did not enjoy. It's simultaneously full of wonder and heart, but does not shy away from heavy or painful topics. It's just beautiful.


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Stage Dreams Cover Image
By Melanie Gillman, Melanie Gillman (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9781541572843
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Published: Graphic Universe (Tm) - September 3rd, 2019

I was so excited for this book the second someone handed my an ARC and told me that it was a queer western heist graphic novel. Stage Dreams does not disappoint, while being fast paced the characters are fleshed out, the story is clear and paced well, and the art hit some notes of transgender representation that I don't think I've ever seen before. It is a fun and exciting read that discusses queer identities without sacrificing plotting or losing any individual characterization.


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Nevada Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780983242239
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Published: Topside Press - March 7th, 2013

Nevada is a book I deeply identify. The inner monologue of Maria Griffiths is so eerily close to my own at times that I have to wonder how Imogen Binnie knows me so well. It's a darkly funny tale that is not afraid to spend 60 pages wrestling with a character's inner turmoil, only to call itslef out on the absurdness of it all in the next chapter. I've never felt so seen and so lovingly attacked at the same time.


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Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735218826
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 5th, 2019

You would think it would be impossible to write a book that was such a thorough combination of humor, gender/queer theory, heartbreak, warmth, personal experience, information, and sass. To that Jacob Tobia says, "Hold my drink," rolls up their velour sleeves, and gives us this amazing book. They clearly have so much to say and so much energy, but Sissy doesn't feel rushed and is completely absorbing.


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Queer Sex: A Trans and Non-Binary Guide to Intimacy, Pleasure and Relationships Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781785924064
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Published: Jessica Kingsley Publishers - April 19th, 2018

As a series of interviews between queer folx outside of the cisgender binary, this book opens up a world of conversation on a topic that I think is simultaneously difficult and necessary to approach. It quietly inspires you to set aside your shame and approach your experiences with honesty and compassion.


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The Hidden Witch Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338253757
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Published: Graphix - October 30th, 2018

A wonderful cast of characters, another great story about identity, and fantastic writing make The Hidden Witch an amazing addition to the Witch Boy series. The handling of emotions, friendship, and family form such a beautifully touching tale.


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Jack (Not Jackie) Cover Image
By Erica Silverman, Holly Hatam (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781499807318
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Published: little bee books - October 9th, 2018

Jack not Jackie is a really sweet story about acceptance and identity. Told from the perspective of an older sister learning to accept their brother's gender identity, it really captures the love of being in a supportive family.


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The Prince and the Dressmaker Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781626723634
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Published: First Second - February 13th, 2018

The Prince and The Dressmaker is a wonderful book that intertwines themes of coming of age, identity, and fashion in such a heartwarming way. The artwork is a wonderful fit to the story and really captures the emotions of the characters. 


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Jade City (The Green Bone Saga #1) Cover Image
$34.00
ISBN: 9780316440868
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Published: Orbit - November 7th, 2017

This book reads like an action mob movie with a flair of magically super powered brawls. It's fast paced, but also well fleshed out. The culture of the Green Bones has a wonderful depth that includes everything from the necessity of these ruling gang families to all the flaws of their pride.  It's a well thought out, well written, and fantastically delivered read.


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The Power Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316547611
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 10th, 2017

This is one of those amazing books where it hits you so hard and makes your blood pump so fast that you need to take a break to breathe through and process what you just read. Naomi Alderman writes in such a way that you can feel the impact of this power in every ounce of the book. The Power is incredibly well thought out and well written.


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Star Wars Lost Stars Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781368013789
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Published: Disney Lucasfilm Press - August 1st, 2017

Claudia Gray managed to accurately capture the feel of the Star Wars Universe while simultaneously exploring a new perspective that focuses less on heroes, and more on the people that are actually wrapped up in the mess of this intergalactic war. This was the Star Wars book I didn't know I needed. It has sent me down both a spiral of consuming Star Wars novels, and made me a strong fan of Claudia Gray.


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The Witch Boy Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338089516
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Published: Graphix - October 31st, 2017

 I find all of Molly's work fun and engaging. Witch Boy is no different. It's a wonderful graphic novel that takes a fun story and uses that as a vessel to introduce discussion on gender issues and the damages of forcing social norms. Meant for younger readers, but I think would be fun for anyone.


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Defy the Stars Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316394031
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 4th, 2017

By all accounts this should have been a pretty standard YA novel. Instead it took the tropes and turned them over to discuss things like what defines person-hood, what makes a person good or bad, and how do we stand up for the things we want to fight for. I'm not sure when it happened, but I was pulled in and could not put it down until I was done.


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Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781449489625
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - May 1st, 2018

Julia Kaye put the words to the confusing mess of thoughts I have had for a lifetime. I knew from that point this book was going to hit me on a deeply emotional level. Kaye uses her words and highly expressive illustrations to perfectly capture emotions that I've struggled with (and that I thought I was alone in experiencing). In the hour it took me to get through this book I was tearing up, laughing, smiling, sighing, and everything in between. Thank you Julia Kaye, if nothing else you have positively impacted my life by telling your story.


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The Stars Are Legion Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781481447935
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - February 7th, 2017

Kameron Hurley creates worlds like no other author. Between the disturbingly one of a kind world building, the wonderfully flawed characters, and the enthralling unreliability of the narrator this book fully absorbed me.


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The Poet X Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062662804
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Published: Quill Tree Books - March 6th, 2018

Poet X is a wonderful coming of age novel completely written in verse. It's beautifully written and navigates a wide variety of social roles and expectations. I think it can be summed up in the two lines: And I think about all the things we could be if we were never told our bodies were not built for them.

 


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Body Music Cover Image
By Julie Maroh, David Homel (Translator)
$26.95
ISBN: 9781551526928
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - November 14th, 2017

What an absolutely amazing collection of stories about all aspects of love and so many forms of love. The artwork fits perfectly with the theme and it explores so many aspects of relationships in a beautiful way.

 


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For Every One Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781481486248
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 10th, 2018

This has got to be one of the most appropriately named books out there. Jason Reynolds has managed to approach all of our insecurities in a way that inspires one to overcome their obstacles. It's beautifully unifying, incredibly heartfelt, and I feel fuller having read it.


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A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781620104996
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Published: Limerence Press - June 12th, 2018

Books like this are so important. It simultaneously analyzes the damaging qualities of our gendered language, why pronouns matter, how to support non-binary folx in everyday language, and how to stand up as an ally for your genderqueer pals. It's informative and filled with character. They recommend in the beginning of this book reading it then throwing it at people to inform them. I fully support this.


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Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250170972
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 6th, 2018

By the end of the first chapter of Children of Blood and Bone I was completely invested in the story. The world is fleshed out wonderfully and the characters are fully realized in a way that makes them easy to connect to and understand. It's a book that will consume you and pull you along for the magnificent ride

 


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The Princess and the Pit Stop Cover Image
By Tom Angleberger, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781419728488
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - July 10th, 2018

Listen, this book is awesome. The artwork is action packed. It's simply really fun to read. At 30 years old is it too late to say, "when I grow up I want to be her." I think it's important for media to de-gender things as boy interests or girl interests, and this does a great job of just that. Girls like race cars too.


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I'm Afraid of Men Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735235939
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Published: Penguin Canada - August 28th, 2018

This, to me, is one of those important books that talks to everyone. Everyone should listen. As enlightening as it is emboldening it makes me want to tear down the walls of our gender essentialism and misogyny. I’ve never read a book that so clearly illustrates that moment when a person approaches you on the street and you’re not sure if the violence that’s about to happen is because you’re a woman or because you are trans. Read this.


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How to be a T. Rex Cover Image
By Ryan North, Mike Lowery (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399186240
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Published: Dial Books - August 21st, 2018

The first step to being a T-Rex is to be awesome. The other first step to being a T-Rex (too cool for second steps) is to read this book because it will make you even more awesome. You'll laugh, you'll roar, and you'll make your brother jealous with your radical claws.

 


Jim

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Apollo Cover Image
By Matt Fitch, Chris Baker, Mike Collins (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781910593509
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: SelfMadeHero - July 24th, 2018

Wonderful re-telling and conceptualization of the moon landing as part history, part cultural myth and legend.


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God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525435907
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Published: Vintage - March 5th, 2019

Ah, my original home state! Texas is a place that invokes in many people's minds a kind of mythology, lore, and cultural sensibility that's as outsized as the state itself. God Save Texas is a look at the people, regions, and cultures of Texas that illustrate a place that's not as monolithic as we think, and how the idea of Texas is as much a truthful exaggeration as it is a microcosm of the rest of the country.


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Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781610394574
Availability: Backordered
Published: PublicAffairs - August 26th, 2014

From the genesis of SWAT teams, through the "war on drugs", and "tough on crime" stances of elected officials that created the warrior-cop mentality that has underscored abuses of authority, and civilian shooting deaths by police, particularly in communities of color, Rise Of The Warrior Cop is an absolutely essential read that traces how we arrived to the current disturbing trend of militarized police forces that often more resemble an occupying armed force than protectors of the public across the country.


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Lost St. Louis Riverfront 1930 - 1943 Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780980200287
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Published: St. Louis Mercantile Library at the Universit - April 1st, 2019

St. Louis has a rich architectural legacy that unfortunately has a tendency to get cannibalized. This book is a remarkable time capsule of the city's riverfront before construction of the Gateway Arch forever altered it.


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The Twilight Man: Rod Serling and the Birth of Television Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781643375717
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Published: Life Drawn - October 8th, 2019

Part biography, part history of television as a medium, the story of Rod Serling and his drive to tell a story in the emerging medium prove just as intriguing and surprising as an episode of the Twilight Zone.


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Am I Overthinking This?: Over-answering life's questions in 101 charts (Humor Books, Self Help Books, Books About Adulthood) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781452175867
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 13th, 2019

A book with a title that spoke to me and then humorously illustrates just how funny having this kind of thought process is.


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The Man They Wanted Me to Be: Toxic Masculinity and a Crisis of Our Own Making Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781640091818
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 7th, 2019

A poignant memoir that illustrates and analyzes the damaging effects of our mass culture's expectations of masculinity.


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How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374172145
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 19th, 2019

I'm a fan of history books that can dispense with the comforting myths of American history, and How To Hide An Empire manages to do just that with a balance of quirky, and sobering number of lesser known chapters of our history that uncover the United States' soft imperialism that persists to this day.


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Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781631494420
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Published: Liveright - September 10th, 2019

Deftly weaves post-WWII media studies, history, and biography to produce a sobering analysis of how a person, who is just as much a character as he is a real human being, ascended to the highest office in the land, and how the conditions of our evolving media environment, and that shape our minds enabled it.


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Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781610396004
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Published: PublicAffairs - November 10th, 2015

A fascinating look at modern Russia focusing on the use of popular television programming to advance the political and social agenda of the state by the Russian president, and the network of Oligarchs whose influence shape the culture and economy. The author draws on his own experience working in Russian television, interviews with a former gangster turned Oligarch/action movie producer, a fashion model/aspiring trophy wife, and a fabricated "opposition party" that is used to provide the veneer of fair elections, but in reality serves to reinforce the image of stability and power of the ruling party. The book illustrates a nation where post-Soviet new-money elites revel in gilded opulence, while everyone else is afforded cold, often brutal institutional nihilism. 


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The No Meat Athlete Cookbook: Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes to Fuel Your Workouts—and the Rest of Your Life Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781615192663
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Published: The Experiment - May 16th, 2017

Although this cookbook satisfies my particular niche dietary needs and is very helpful for my athletic aspirations, I think most people will find that you don't have to be athletically inclined, or even strictly vegetarian to benefit from the recipes in No Meat Athlete. The recipes are largely uncomplicated, and designed to help simplify meal planning with a focus on fresh ingredients, meatless protein alternatives, and a wide range of flavor profiles that make for filling, healthy, and flavorful eating.


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X-Men: Grand Design Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781302904890
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Published: Marvel - April 3rd, 2018

Sworn to protect a world that fears and hates them.” The X-Men have long been a stand out of the super-hero genre with mutants as something of a metaphor for the struggles of socially marginalized communities, but at its heart, the X-Men universe is sci-fi soap opera with complicated continuity, a large cast of misfit characters, retcons, and multiple alternate timelines that converge on each other which make for a world that can be intimidating to jump into for new readers but is a large part of the appeal for fans of the franchise such as myself. Ed Piskor’s Grand Design looks to streamline that unwieldy continuity, and make accessible almost 60 years of serialized stories into a concise narrative without shying away from the campiness of the era that spawned the original stories, and the anachronistic nature of Marvel continuity illustrated in his unique, funky, retro Silver Age style.


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Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399563140
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Penguin Press - November 7th, 2017

1968 was a consequential year in American history to say the least, and the presidential election of that year can be considered something of a flashpoint in modern American politics where party platforms and affiliations were cemented for the next several decades. Playing With Fire is written in such a compelling manner that despite the fact that the events of the book are documented history, you actually find yourself considering "what happens next?" as the story unfolds.

 


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An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (REVISIONING HISTORY #3) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807057834
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Published: Beacon Press - August 11th, 2015

Unflinching in it's honesty, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz has written one of the most essential chronicles of American history. An Indigenous Peoples' History Of The United States dispenses with the convenient and comforting mythologies of our national origins to pierce to the heart of the matter; the United States was formed through the plunder, slaughter, and displacement of the indigenous nations of the continent by Anglo-European imperial colonialism, and that bloody, shameful legacy is woven into the very fabric of America's national identity.

 


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Is This Guy For Real?: The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781626723160
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Published: First Second - February 6th, 2018

How did an oddball stand-up comedian and television actor become a reviled pro wrestling heel? For Andy Kaufman, his own... quirky form of character-driven performance art and life-long fascination with professional wresting were destined to converge. 

 


Sarah

I'm the store's Children's and Teen Specialist.  I mostly read anything in those sections (especially YA and picture books), plus plays, graphic novels, nonfiction about social justice issues, and weird avant-garde adult literary fiction that gets remaindered as soon as I recommend it.

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Accidental Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781547603589
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - July 7th, 2020

In a world where the news cycle removes incidents of gun violence from our view within days, it's refreshing to see a story focused on someone who doesn't get to forget: One of the toddlers behind an accidental shooting who, as a teenager, has to come to terms with the guilt, anger, fear and sadness resulting from her mother's death. Johanna had always been told her mother died in a car accident, so she is starting from square one in confronting her trauma. No punches are pulled here as PTSD effects manifest over time and every seeming solution falls short of her hopes. As hard as this is to witness, all is not bleak. Ultimately, Accidental is a testament to the healing power of community, love and forgiveness. An honest, wrenching and important read.


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$18.99
ISBN: 9781547603794
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - March 3rd, 2020

For fans of The Light Between Worlds and Seanan McGuire's Wayward Children series, Havenfall looks at what it's like not to be a traveler between worlds, but to be responsible for all those who are. Centering on the keeper of an inn that offers a neutral ground to denizens of other universes, you'll find a story filled with political intrigue, family secrets, steamy romance, heart-wrenching betrayal and more than a little magic. A satisfying story in its own right, Havenfall will leave readers aching for more of Byrn, Fiordenkill, Solaria, and that mystical world in-between.


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The Other, Better Me Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062835659
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Published: HarperCollins - October 1st, 2019

Lola has a devoted mother, wonderful friends, neighbors who watch over her like family, and a big question mark where her dad should be. A journey of self-discovery with more than a couple unexpected turns, Lola grows and changes right in front of the reader, but remains a delightful companion throughout. Without getting preachy, this lovely book serves as a reminder of how to treat other people and what's really important


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ISBN: 9781681191089
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - September 3rd, 2019

On her first trip to her father's birthplace in Harlem, Amara knows she's going to find out more about her extended family, but she doesn't expect to learn secrets about her father's past, or to gain a sense of connection to the many African Americans who paved the way for her life in Oregon. Quietly powerful, this story of personal discovery is sure to inspire many trips to family photo albums and a lot of great memories.


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Dear Haiti, Love Alaine Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781335777096
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Published: Inkyard Press - September 3rd, 2019

Alaine would be worth spending time with no matter what, but the fact that she's navigating her first trip to her familial homeland, a possible expulsion, a non-profit start-up internship, a scandalized mother, a cute boy AND an ancient family curse gives her a lot of material to work with. The very real problems of Haiti balance out her breezy quips to present a nuanced outsider(ish) perspective on the island nation that leaves lots of room for more exploration (and maybe a follow-up on Alaine's college years?).


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$17.99
ISBN: 9780062317643
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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 1st, 2019

It's hard to believe the book gets better than the title, but it does. This WWII-era tale travels all over Chicago, dropping in on the stories of Great Migration factories and women war workers, while focusing its energies on a Catholic orphanage through the narration of an unmoored spirit searching for her own story. Every sentence is delicious, and they gradually accumulate to paint the picture of a class of people hungry for the sort of success America promises without often delivering and the plight of being a girl in a world that tells you all the meaningful sacrifices are made by boys.


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ISBN: 9780062955975
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 3rd, 2020

Coo is an utter charmer that will really resonate with anyone who has tried to juggle belonging to two conflicting communities. While she was raised by pigeons and speaks their language, Coo is human, and the human world is scary, especially when it becomes a direct threat to her flock. You will root so hard for Coo and her found family of all species (and probably not look at pigeons the same way again).


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ISBN: 9781250205933
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 3rd, 2019

This intimate look at a fifteen-year-old Dominican girl caught up in her family's pursuit of the American dream in the mid-1960s manages to both evoke the period and feel extremely timely, given current events. An examination of what it is to be undocumented in America thanks to no particular fault of your own, it's thrilling to see Ana slowly develop an understanding of her situation and the empowerment to make the best of it, not only for the husband and family she's been taught to support, but for herself.


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ISBN: 9781499809572
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Published: Yellow Jacket - September 17th, 2019

With The Woods, Toalson has created a unique and haunting fantasy world, made all the more poignant by its roots in a deep sense of loss. A story of family found and rediscovered, this will tick many of the traditional middle grade boxes (the notes of The Secret Garden echoing throughout aren't the only homage) while still feeling fresh and resonant.


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ISBN: 9781547601004
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - April 30th, 2019

December is used to moving in and out of foster homes and schools, with almost no constants in her life. It's a good thing she knows that she's really a bird, awaiting transformation, so those human connections wouldn't serve her well anyway. But when she starts to find herself liking her new foster mother and making a friend, what will become of all her plans for flight? Just like the birds she loves, December is slightly otherworldly and mysterious, but also like them, getting to know her is worth it to uncover the delicate and poetic beauty beneath her surface. Extraordinary Birds covers topics that could easily veer into heavy-handed moralizing, but instead Stark-McGinnis has given us simple stories of complex people and allowed the reader to make connections and come to conclusions on their own. A quiet but powerful debut from an author to watch.


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By Marinaomi, Marinaomi (Illustrator)
$11.99
ISBN: 9781541545267
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Published: Graphic Universe (Tm) - March 5th, 2019

Immediately after I finished Losing the Girl, the first book of the Life on Earth trilogy, I deemed the follow-up to be one of my most anticipated sequels in a long time. It does not disappoint. Missing prodigy Claudia Jones may be back, but she's brought with her more questions than answers and a seemingly magnetic pull on some of the players. The rest are still coping with the fallout from their actions in the first book and circumstances beyond their control. There's still definitely something strange looming in the background, confirmed beyond a doubt when Claudia's perspective is added to the mix. There's nothing else quite like this series out there, and I can't wait to see where it goes from here.


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By Shaun Tan, Shaun Tan (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781338298390
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - January 29th, 2019

Shaun Tan continues to one-up himself with every book. In Cicada, he uses barely 150 words (27 of which are "tok") and his trademark gorgeous illustrations to paint a vivid and painful portrait of the toll xenophobia takes on someone just trying their best to make it in a strange and unfriendly world. But be sure to read to the end, as things may not be what they seem.


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By Thomas Lennon, John Hendrix (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781419734915
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 5th, 2019

Middle grade readers aren't likely to recognize Thomas Lennon from his role on Reno 911! or as a prolific screenwriter, but soon they'll be telling the adults in their lives all about this hilarious new writer they've discovered. Lennon draws on his Irish ancestry to introduce us to the Garda, a law enforcement agency tasked with keeping leprechauns and other magical creatures in line, and its newest recruit, fifteen-year-old Ronan Boyle. Ronan's learning curve is steep as he is continually thrust into situations with new and dangerous creatures with little to no training or warning, but his droll narrative voice keeps things darkly amusing rather than just dark. The perfect blend of fantasy, adventure, humor and just a little bit of horror makes this a perfect middle grade read, and John Hendrix's vividly detailed illustrations complete the package in bringing Ronan's world(s) to life. Readers will be kept on their toes through the twists and turns of a story with a legitimately shocking ending and will be left champing at the bit for a sequel that I certainly hope is already on its way.


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ISBN: 9781547600021
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - June 4th, 2019

Leah Thomas is a master at identifying characters on the edge of society--the kind of people who only get noticed for what people think makes them odd or undesirable and then just as quickly ignored--and making them not only come to gloriously vivid three dimensional life, but making them your favorite people in the world. She has done it again with Wild and Crooked, illuminating not only the two characters at the center of the second generation of a small town murder case--the daughter of the murderer and the son of his victim--but also the other teenagers and adults who make their lives either painful or worthwhile or sometimes both. While Wild and Crooked ticks all sorts of boxes for diversity (Gus has cerebral palsy, several characters reside on the LGBTQIA spectrum), these inclusions never feel forced...just inclusive. Continuing her exploration of the ways people connect to create family out of both blood relations and friends, readers will leave Samsboro, Kentucky, feeling a part of it and wanting to meet all the rest of Thomas's creations.


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ISBN: 9781481442930
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - September 4th, 2018

Those who are familiar with Ellen Hopkins's earlier books will find it no surprise that she grapples with some tough issues here. But the gun violence made clear from the title is just one of many. She also delves into racism, classism, abusive relationships, teen parenthood, debilitating injury, fat-shaming, activism, immigration, homelessness, mental illness, and more. You might think this would lead to a scattered and unfocused narrative, but it instead serves as a striking illustration of the intersectionality of issues facing so many teens--and others--today. The powerful use of second-person narration to, as she puts it, put you in the skin of her characters forces you to relate in some way to even the least-forgivable of them, eliminating any ability to dismiss these societal ills as something that only happens to other people.


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The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781512439762
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Published: Carolrhoda Lab (R) - February 1st, 2018

While it may take a few chapters to acclimate to the unique voice of the diarist of The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary, Macy Cashmere, once you're accustomed to her rhythms and expressions, you'll find it hard to get her out of your head. While plenty happens in this book, it's the characters that are the real highlight. Macy gives you increasingly nuanced insight into people who could all too easily descend into caricatures, including not only her friends and teachers, her parents and brother, but also neighborhood prostitutes and CPS workers. As you may have guessed, this is not always a happy book. Macy's world is one of extreme poverty and neglect that more privileged readers may have to remind themselves isn't a fantasy for far too many. But what she loves, she loves fiercely, and even through her filter of anger and pain, the reasons she keeps fighting shine through.


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Dig Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101994917
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 26th, 2019

I've said this so much, it's becoming a cliche, but A.S. King has outdone herself. In a sprawling narrative from seven different points of view, Dig. explores racism, mental illness, violence, loss, feeling unmoored and unfulfilled, and the ways people and families and societies perpetuate hatred and injustice. But this is A.S. King, so there's also a girl who can phase in and out of existence, a highly-trained flea circus, and a lot of potatoes. Her writing is truly beyond description, but if you haven't taken the plunge yet, you won't find a better opportunity to experience it.


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By Viviane Schwarz, Viviane Schwarz (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780763698188
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Published: Candlewick - March 13th, 2018

Viviane Schwarz's hugely expressive Tiny Cat is a charmer in this new format. Kids will get a kick out of how the spunky feline transforms into different animals with just a prop or two and everyone will appreciate that this isn't just a concept book, but a laugh-out-loud story arc.


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ISBN: 9780062835628
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Published: HarperCollins - September 11th, 2018

When we meet Noah, he has all the reasons in the world to be upset. Several months ago, his father died in a car accident, the same accident that left him in a wheelchair. He's lost his position on the Little League team...but not the teasing of the star pitcher. Most of his friends don't know what to say to him. Sometimes his mom doesn't either. But a new kid who doesn't know what he was like before the accident might be just what he needs. So what if he's a little (a lot) weird? Even kids (and adults) who haven't gone through the severe trials Noah has will recognize the type of resentment that sometimes gets directed at the wrong target and appreciate the work Noah does to get through it. Along the way, they'll love getting to know a set of characters that may not always act lovable, but will always be relatable. And they might just find out what it's like living with a seventeen-year-old dachshund and who's inside Fredbird's costume (shh, don't tell!).


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ISBN: 9780735232112
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 6th, 2018

Artemisia Gentileschi is a criminally-underappreciated artist and fascinating historical figure. Joy McCullough uses her story--and those of the Biblical women she captured in her paintings--as a jumping-off point to explore the ways society treats women and the ways women chafe at some of those treatments. Barely a line of this beautiful prose went by without me wanting to read it at someone. Best to settle for as many as possible reading the whole book and all the timeless difficult truths within.


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By Marinaomi, Marinaomi (Illustrator)
$11.99
ISBN: 9781541510449
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Published: Graphic Universe (Tm) - May 1st, 2018

It's hard to describe exactly what's going on in Losing the Girl. There are some odd things, to be sure: The sudden and complete disappearance of a 14-year-old prodigy, the loss of everyone's cell phone reception. But the suburban teens at the heart of this story barely take note of these events as they deal with their much more traditional interpersonal relationships and difficult decisions. I'm sure the background attractions are building to something spectacular, but for now I'm content to soak in the vivid atmosphere as the characters connect to and detach from one another, adrift in manner akin to MariNaomi's constantly shifting art styles. It's been a long time since I've been this excited for a sequel.


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ISBN: 9781419731402
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 25th, 2018

Nan Sparrow is the sort of heroine the word "plucky" was invented for. From her unconventional life traveling with her beloved Sweep with whom all difficulties turned into treasured memories, she has fallen into indentured servitude as a "climbing boy." Even though she's one of the best around, when she lodged in a chimney during a fire, she's sure she's a goner...until she awakens in the rubble of that chimney with a sentient bit of char rolling at her feet. Thus begins her new life on the lam with Charlie. Anyone who loved the strange but sweet relationship at the center of Anna and the Swallow Man will owe their whole heart to this heartfelt and satisfying story of found family that shows how even devastating loss can be transformed into beautiful remembrance.


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Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters: The Questioneers Book #1 Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781419733604
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 2nd, 2018

What more do I need to say than "Rosie Revere has a chapter book"? Anyone who has fallen in love with Rosie and her friends Iggy Peck and Ada Twist (brought together here as The Questioneers) knows that they'll be in for some unconventional problem-solving...and probably learning a thing or two about engineering. In this first installment, Rosie is recruited by her Great-Aunt and her friends, all former WWII riveters, to help an artistic member of their group who can't paint conventionally due to an injury. Through trial and error, Rosie is sure she can find a way to help before the big art contest...or can she?


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$17.99
ISBN: 9781250105714
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Published: Wednesday Books - September 4th, 2018

I can't get Sadie out of my head. A small Colorado town is rocked by the discovery of thirteen-year-old Mattie's body in a field. No one is ever even named as a suspect, and the crime starts fading away...until Mattie's older sister Sadie does missing. When her car and belongings show up three months later without a trace of girl, a true-crime podcast rolls into town. What follows is a story that alternates between Sadie's experiences during her absence and the podcast's deductions following close on heels. The best of concepts are so simple you can't believe it hasn't been done before, and this addictive back-and-forth on the effects of violent crime and the efficacy of its investigation is sure to breed imitators. Sadie's world is not a happy one, but it will suck you in and make you demand answers. It had me up into the wee hours of the morning and infiltrated my dreams that night. A novel this intense is a rare thing indeed, and you won't want to miss the experience.


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ISBN: 9780062866561
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Published: HarperCollins - October 16th, 2018

Venturing into realistic fiction for the first time, Tahereh Mafi tells the story of a high school sophomore attempting to navigate a post-9/11 world without sacrificing her Muslim identity...and also reconciling her intense feelings for her all-American-boy lab partner. She does not shy away from discussing the overwhelming amount of hatred and animosity expressed by entirely too many people, but the really difficult passages are wonderfully balanced by heady, swoony depictions of early romance exceeded only by those of Rainbow Rowell. As much adversity as she faces, both from without and within, Shirin is a wonderful person to spend a book with, and readers will find this story of prejudice, love, and breakdancing (yes, breakdancing) taking up residence in their hearts long after they've put the book down.


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$26.00
ISBN: 9781984830159
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 9th, 2018

This is at once a sweeping family epic and an intimate examination of grief, loss, and guilt. It's about brotherhood and immigration and cancer and horse racing and pets and a typewriter and, yes, building a bridge. But at the same time none of that matters as Zusak's writing is so beautiful, his sentences so well-formed, that you would gladly let him tell you just about anything, as long as he just keeps the words coming.

 


randy

Bookseller and buyer.

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Treasure Island!!! Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781609450618
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Published: Europa Editions - December 7th, 2011

Sadly, Treasure Island!!! is currently not in print...Yay!!! It is available again. It's a terribly funny story about becoming an adult (or failing to do so!). And there's a murder at which you can't help but laugh a little and it's okay. Pick this up. You won't regret it. - randy's March Staff Pick, 2020


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$16.99
ISBN: 9780143198055
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Published: Penguin Canada - September 24th, 2019

I am non-plussed. A voice clearer than one could imagine. There is so much strength in this story. It is as rewarding as it is hard to absorb. I will return to it. - randy's February Staff Pick, 2020


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$11.99
ISBN: 9780765395108
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Published: Tor.com - June 20th, 2017

Awesome! A quick little read with a lot of weight behind it. There are things in our past we should hold on to. I love this book! - randy's January Staff Pick, 2020


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