Hi, I'm Cliff, the not-so-new Children's Specialist here at Left Bank Books. I'll read anything weird or slightly off-putting. I also read A LOT of children's books (obvi). My favorites are ones that make me laugh so hard I cry, or scare me so much I cry, or cry so hard I cry more. I guess I just like crying. Also mysteries! 


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My Best Friend's Exorcism: A Novel By Grady Hendrix Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594749766
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Quirk Books - July 11th, 2017

Absolutely amazing! It's as though John Hughes wrote the Exorcist and set it to the music of my '80s themed dreams.

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Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education By Mychal Denzel Smith Cover Image
ISBN: 9781568589770
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Published: Bold Type Books - October 3rd, 2017

To simply call this book amazing would be to do it a disservice. It's so much more than that. This book serves as a tribute to all of the young, black, marginalized girls, boys, men and women who've unjustly lost their lives and futures at the hands of a system that refused to see them. With this book Mychal demands that you see them.

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The Forest Feast for Kids: Colorful Vegetarian Recipes That Are Simple to Make By Erin Gleeson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419718861
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - February 16th, 2016

I've owned Forest Feast since it was released and it is one of my favorite cookbooks ever. I have now gifted Forest Feast for Kids to my son and it is becoming one of his as well. Not only is it ridiculously delicious; it is also amazingly simple and just about the most gorgeous cookbook I (we) have ever seen. Two (four) thumbs WAY up!

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The Minimalist Kitchen: 100 Wholesome Recipes, Essential Tools, and Efficient Techniques By Melissa Coleman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780848755263
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Published: Oxmoor House - April 10th, 2018

Next to my cast iron skillet this is the most used thing in my kitchen. I picked up this book thinking i'd pick up a tip or two and look at some pretty pictures. Little did I know this book would make me completely revamp the way I do (almost) EVERYTHING. From meal planning and shopping to the way I organize my fridge and pantry, this book has top to bottom reshaped my culinary life for the better.

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Simple Cake: All You Need to Keep Your Friends and Family in Cake [A Baking Book] By Odette Williams Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399581427
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Published: Ten Speed Press - March 12th, 2019

Exactly what it say. Simple Cake is a no-frills (okay, SOME frills) cookbook focused on the basics. A book I'd put up against any frill-heavy cookbook on the shelf.

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My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love By Dessa Cover Image
By Dessa
ISBN: 9781524742317
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Published: Dutton - August 27th, 2019

My Own Devices? More like Chicken Soup for the Melancholy Soul. Almost no one can articulate heartbreak as well as Dessa.

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Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: Stories By Raphael Bob-Waksberg Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525432722
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Published: Vintage - May 19th, 2020

Much like love, this book is absurd, hilarious, and above all else heartfelt.

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The End of the Day By Claire North Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316316743
Availability: Special Order
Published: Redhook - April 4th, 2017

Claire North is not of this world. There is more heart in her pen than in the chest cavity of any person I've met.