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Hollow Kingdom Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781538745823
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 6th, 2019

I loved this debut novel by Kira Jane Buxton in ways I truly didn’t expect to, as a book about zombies is not something I would normally choose. But this book made me cry, it made me laugh out loud, it made me rethink the seemingly minute decisions I make on a daily basis. It has the immediacy and ferocity of a great young adult novel, the softness and emotion of a well-told romance, and sophisticated moments of poetry that took my breath away. S.T. the talking crow is the complicated, relatable, hilarious protagonist I never knew I needed.


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. I definitely tend to pick up titles that strike my current mood.

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Where the Crawdads Sing Cover Image
$20.80
ISBN: 9780735219090
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 14th, 2018

This book had a little bit of everything that I love: a likable main character who pulls at your heartstrings, murder mystery, atmosphere, drama, coming of age, and romance. It's a beautifully written and thoughtful story, which evokes emotion, and transports the reader back in time to the Marsh. To the reader who appreciates nature’s effortless beauty honored in fiction; to those who seek a love story every bit true as it is tender; to the one who needs a tantalizing murder/mystery to spice things up, and for those who tend to root for the underdog — this one’s for you!


Jackie

If you catch her on a certain day, Jackie might say her favorite book is The Last Unicorn. She’s a Gemini and a Slytherin, and her life’s quest is to secure all the books and secure the grand library. She lives with an evil cat named Thorn, and she loves sleeping and writing poems and singing while washing the dishes.

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Wildwood Dancing (Wildwood Dancing Series) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780375844744
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 25th, 2008

This middle-grade book of Transylvanian folkore somehow manages to be a retelling of 12 Dancing Princesses plus Princess and the Frog PLUS witches and vampires. My favorite bits are Jena's relationship with Gogu, her magical pet frog and the midnight dances in the faerie realm. Read it! It's fun!


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The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780756405892
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Published: DAW - April 7th, 2009

For all of The Name of the Wind's size and popularity, I still think of it as an intimate, personal book, and what I love best about it is that it is at its heart a fairy story, but extremely detailed in the telling. This is a book about storytelling, the folly of heroes and the duplicity and danger of faeries; it's got a school for magic and a nomadic theatre troupe, an imperfect but cocky protagonist, and all kinds of heart. I would read it a thousand times if I could.


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Mermaid in Chelsea Creek Cover Image
By Michelle Tea, Jason Polan (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781938073366
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Published: McSweeney's McMullens - May 14th, 2013

Michelle Tea, poet and author of Valencia, researched Polish folklore and the mermaid of Warsaw to write this odd, visceral, YA book. I love this gritty, offbeat fairytale, and came away with an intense desire to eat handfuls of salt, steal into Baba Yaga's perilous enchanted garden, and dive into the nearest body of mucky water to see if I might grow fins. Read it! Join me!


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The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories: 75th-Anniversary Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Angela Carter, Kelly Link (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143107613
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Published: Penguin Classics - May 26th, 2015

Angela Carter's collection of sharp, wise, scary little fairy tales is forever perfect and forever in my heart. If you've read it, you know. If you haven't, you're going to remember this moment for the rest of your life. I know I remember the first time I saw a copy of it, and asked, wide-eyed 'WHAT'S THAT?', fell headlong into its pages, then emerged with delicate, elegant cuts all over from its perfect, pointed words. Every story is better than the last and the first one is the best.


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Uprooted: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804179058
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Published: Del Rey - March 2016

Uprooted has all the right things: a magical and menacing wood, detailed world building rooted in fairytales, lushly described spellwork, a mysterious wizard, a satisfying romance, a protagonist that feels like the best version of yourself, the you that exists in an ideal world. Maggie Stiefvater said, "Reading Uprooted was like rediscovering a favorite old sweater, familiar and beloved." Couldn't agree more.


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My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9781606999592
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Published: Fantagraphics Books - February 14th, 2017

Set in 1960's Chicago, and written from the perspective of a young kid investigating the murder of her upstairs, neighbor, this book is framed as the personal notebook of Karen Reyes. The art is breathtaking and the story is both touching and compelling. There's so much in this book to love and invest in, but the most lovable of all is Karen, and her funny, clever, and wise perspective as she grows up and learns about the world.


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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Robicheaux: A Novel (Dave Robicheaux ) Cover Image
$16.99
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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$27.95
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
$17.00
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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Upon a Burning Throne 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
$27.99
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
$25.00
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
$15.00
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 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: A New Verse Translation 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
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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).


Trista

I read widely, but my favorites tend to be literary fiction, reissued 20th-century women's writing, and innovative and experimental literature.

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Lanny: A Novel Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781555978402
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 14th, 2019

Max Porter plays by his own rules. As with his first novel, GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS, LANNY contains its own shifting structure, its own malleable logic. It looks very little like the novels you might be used to. The book is, in a word, unruly. But isn't that exactly what a book about unleashed creativity, wild environs, and the chaos of human relationships should be? LANNY mesmerizes with its playful juxtapositions of tenderness and cruelty, beauty and grime.


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Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781571313782
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Published: Milkweed Editions - July 9th, 2019

In compact, lyrical essays, Margaret Renkl captures the fleeting brutal beauty of life. Renkl's keen observations of suburban nature -- birds, butterflies, and brambles -- give depth and texture to the narrative she shares about her parents, her daily life, and her child's clear-eyed curiosity. Like Helen Macdonald's H IS FOR HAWK, Renkl's LATE MIGRATIONS reads as a grief memoir bound up with deeply attentive nature writing. Renkl's poetic prose is accompanied by lovely illustrations from her brother, Billy Renkl.


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The Archive of Alternate Endings Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781945814822
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Published: Dzanc Books - May 7th, 2019

A moving, inventive portrayal of sibling relationships, stories hidden and reclaimed, and catastrophes both intimate and epic. This book weaves various iterations of Hansel and Gretel through time and space, using the orbit of Halley's Comet to connect the various narrative strands. The result is a slim but powerful novel that skillfully keeps the reader in a delicate tension between the personal traumas of the characters and the awe-inspiring magnitude of the cosmos.


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Confessions of the Fox: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399592270
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Published: One World - June 26th, 2018

Part 18th-century swashbuckling adventure romp, part meta-textual campus novel. In Confessions of the Fox, Jordy Rosenberg offers a new version of an old story in this ambitious, bawdy tale. Jack Sheppard was known in the 1700s as an infamous thief and jailbreaker, or, to London common folk, as a beloved celebrity rogue. Confessions of the Fox revisits this legend with a gender-bending twist, which feels plausible, resonant, and true. This novel offers an alternative history that celebrates the self-discovery, love, and acts of resistance of a transgender man who flies in the face of early capitalism and corruption.


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Conversations with Friends: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780451499066
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Published: Hogarth - August 7th, 2018

Conversations with Friends is a fresh and wholly modern take on established literary tropes of adultery, coming-of-age, and female friendship. This accomplished debut novel centers on a bisexual communist spoken-word poet with endometriosis named Frances as she learns to navigate relationships as an adult. Sally Rooney writes her characters with wit, intelligence, and subtlety. As the story of friendship, romance, and jealousy unfolds, Frances gradually becomes aware of her own powers: she's more capable of banter, of seduction, and of true feelings than she initially knows... or cares to admit.


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Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501189555
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Published: Atria Books - September 11th, 2018

In RAGE BECOMES HER, Soraya Chemaly serves a heaping portion of sociological research about how misogyny manifests in contemporary culture. Each chapter ignites fury on behalf of women in a different way. The anger I experienced while reading this book never dulled. In hindsight, Chemaly's copious examples of gender inequalities and violence toward women should fatigue a reader, but they don't. Chemaly has found a way to sustain her reader's righteous indignation throughout this well-researched book. Still, I was deeply grateful for the final chapter, which pivots from why women should be angry to offering specific, practical suggestions of how we can own that rage, how we can put it to use to improve our lives, our communities, and society at large.


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Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501133091
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Published: Scribner - September 18th, 2018

Sarah Smarsh upends conventional depictions of working class life in the American heartland in this book. She tells incisive, moving stories of personal experiences and her family's history in Kansas, and in doing so, she lays bare the real reasons many people suffer financial insecurity. HEARTLAND documents how generations can remain trapped in poverty despite working hard. Smarsh details all the factors beyond an individual's control -- such as exposure to toxic, hazardous work environments; gender norms that force women to choose between domestic violence or itinerant lifestyles; and wages that can't keep pace with the commodity-driven American Dream. Smarsh contextualizes these issues in their historical, political, and geographical landscape to provide a compelling, personal perspective on labor and class in the heartland.


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Friday Black Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781328911247
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Published: Mariner Books - October 23rd, 2018

The sharpest social critique in masterful short stories, Friday Black dives deep into the dehumanizing forces of racism and consumerism in American culture. Adjei-Brenyah pulls the reader in, down into those too-real depths, challenging us to recognize our world -- complete with insidious violence and glimmers of hope. These are stories for fans of George Saunders, but told from the heart of African American experience today.


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Melmoth: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062856395
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Published: Custom House - October 16th, 2018

A dark secret hidden for decades. A ghostly observer haunting from the shadows. Sarah Perry's Melmoth stalks present-day Prague and centuries past, drawing readers into the deepest cruelties of humanity, always asking: Who witnesses to our worst moments? Can we bear that implacable gaze?


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Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780807019412
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Published: Beacon Press - August 28th, 2018

Unapologetically black, unapologetically queer, unapologetically feminist. Charlene Carruthers calls for an inclusive, intersectional approach to the ongoing project toward liberation for all people. Steeped in the Black radical tradition and experienced as an activist and organizer, Carruthers is a beacon we would do well to follow.


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Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501181795
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 2nd, 2018

Angry women transform the world. In Good and Mad, Rebecca Traister explores the hidden history of how women's rage has fueled progressive movements in America. In doing so, she elevates marginalized feminist voices and affirms the political power of women's fury for the contemporary moment. A must-read, which reveals how women's anger can stoke joy and community in the midst of shared frustration and pain.


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Florida Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594634512
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 5th, 2018

Swamps, storms, and snakes. These short stories by award-winning writer Lauren Groff explore the dangers of life in the untamed wilds of Florida. Here, family and relationships threaten characters just as much as hurricanes and venomous reptiles, but all are treated with deep respect as Groff captures their natural dignity. Groff has an eye for moments of calm and beauty amidst her clear-eyed descriptions of turmoil and cruelty. - Trista


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A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101903438
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Published: Hogarth - June 9th, 2015

This brutal tale of grief and trauma will challenge you. You may even want to throw the book across the room after the first few pages. BUT DON'T GIVE UP. You will acclimate to the fractured, half-formed narration, and you will be richly rewarded for the effort. McBride's lyrical and innovative style, which she has referred to as "stream of pre-consciousness," occupies the space in the mind where experiences and thoughts have not fully formed themselves into clear language. The resulting narrative voice shows how broken the unnamed narrator is -- but also does violence against the forces in the girl's life that work to keep her down. McBride deals with topics ranging from rape to brain cancer with delicate nuance and a burning fury.


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ISBN: 9780544954618
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Published: Mariner Books - March 14th, 2017

For any reader who has ever loved a dog. This debut novel follows the close relationship between a social misfit and his one-eyed dog. Baume (who trained as a visual artist) has a keen eye for details. Her close observations of nature translate into a sensory reading experience, and her close observations of human nature translate into a compelling narrative of isolation and companionship.


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The Uninvited Cover Image
By Dorothy Macardle, Luke Gibbons (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780992817077
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Published: Tramp Press - September 13th, 2016

Isolated on the weather-beaten cliffs of England, a house stands haunted. Siblings Roddy and Pamela Fitzgerald encounter--and then struggle to confront--the restless spirit that inhabits their new home. Will they be able to protect their young neighbor, Stella, from the enticing, suffocating forces that threaten to destroy her? Dorothy Macardle's chilling feminist ghost story from 1942 poses canny questions through uncanny events, troubling traditional conceptions of motherhood, romance, and family. This edition, issued by Tramp Press, includes reference to the 1944 film adaptation of the Fitzgeralds' paranormal investigation, which is available today through the Criterion Collection. PLUS, in Dorothy Macardle's follow-up, The Unforeseen, a skeptical, rational woman has prophetic visions of tragedies yet to come. Can she prevent the horrors she imagines before they come to pass?


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.


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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.


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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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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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$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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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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$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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$26.00
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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If I Was Your Girl Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250078414
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Published: Flatiron Books - June 26th, 2018

If I Was Your Girl is such a heartwarming coming of age story. It's a teenage romance featuring a transgender girl as the lead. We follow Amanda as she navigates her identity and balances that with being the new kid at school. Meredith Russo did an excellent job of catching some of the everyday issues of being transgender in the world. I will say, stick around for all of the author notes in the back.


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$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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ISBN: 9781368013789
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Published: Disney Lucasfilm Press - August 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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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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$17.99
ISBN: 9780316394031
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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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ISBN: 9781449489625
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - May 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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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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$14.39
ISBN: 9780062662804
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Published: HarperTeen - 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
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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
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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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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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$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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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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$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
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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 American 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. 

 


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Letters to a Prisoner Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781771472517
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Published: Owlkids - September 15th, 2017

Without using words, this book points to the profound power of human connection in the most trying of circumstances. A beautiful ode to hope and love, Letters to a Prisoner is bound to be cherished by those of all ages. Stephanie's Staff Pick, November 2017


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Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780525434436
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Published: Anchor - May 2nd, 2017

Originally a long-form piece filling an entire NYT Magazine issue, Anderson's account of the invasion of Iraq and its devastating aftermath is one of the few humanizing accounts of the region and its people that I've encountered in the genre. Following the lives of six individuals facing various circumstances and clinging to various allegiances, one can trace the unfolding of a world and its innocents. Stephanie's Staff Pick, June 2017


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