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The Map of Salt and Stars: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781501169052
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Published: Atria Books - March 12th, 2019

Incredible, lushly-written double tale in the best weaving of ancient myth and present day reality I have ever read. I absolutely loved that our two heroines were a 12 year old girl and a 17 year old young woman whose daring heroism was not only equal or superior to the male protagonists, it was the driving force of the plot.  Girls never get to be the heroes. This book was deeply satisfying on so many levels. - Kris


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Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399563249
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Published: Penguin Press - October 10th, 2017

I keep two copies of this – one to carry with me and one to keep at home.  It’s that good.  No matter where you open this transformative collection you’ll find a miracle on the page. It is a map from grief to peace through the “vast, incredible gift” of nature. - Jay


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The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492670124
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 7th, 2019

This has to be one of the most extraordinarily original concepts for a book I've ever come across. Aidan Bishop wakes up at a house party, but he is not himself, literally. He's actually in the body of someone else AND he's been tasked with solving the mystery of who killed Evelyn Hardcastle before time runs out. Each day, he's reborn again to relive the same day in a different body. This is one of the most intricately layered novels I've ever read with such a diverse cast of characters. What a wild ride! - Amanda

Wow! An incredibly original take on the locked-room mystery. THE. BEST. MYSTERY. I'VE. READ! - randy


Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307742483
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

Completely captivating and utterly horrifying. I could not put it down, and I was appalled by the information that I completely lacked. The Osage were the richest people in the world per capita during the oil boom. A string of unsolved murders and suspicious deaths prompted the government to respond with what would become the FBI. Grann does a fascinating job with narrative history. The story keeps growing and the ramifications of this history still live with us today. - Shane


October: The Story of the Russian Revolution Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781784782788
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Published: Verso - May 22nd, 2018

Detailed, cogent, deeply researched, this book serves to show how events which seem, from the outside and from the vantage of a present far removed, monolithic are anything but. The 20th Century was dominated by the contest of ideologies between a capitalist West and a communist East, and the idea omg "communism" became synonymous with the devil, with slavery, with all the worst nightmares of a dystopia SF imagination, and, ultimately, with failure---and all the time there was little recognition that the horror of Stalinism was as far from communism as is fascism. To label someone a communist still contains the baggage of a misrepresented ideology, which we see played out today in the rabid denunciations by some of socialism, which is almost equally misapprehended. Mieville account of the missteps and tragedies that led to the advent of Stalinism and a failure of the ideals of that first attempt to remake a system from autocratic to genuinely democratic is a good place to begin unlearning the myths and reappraising the realities. It is also another examination of how the minutiae, the conflicts, the personalities, and the unexpected snags in day to day struggle can undo the most ambitious optimism and leave us with inexplicable quagmires. Recommended. - Mark


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Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735220188
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 4th, 2020

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

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. - Mark the II


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Know My Name: A Memoir Cover Image
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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. - Amanda


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Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781477316481
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Published: University of Texas Press - February 1st, 2019

I am not a black man. I didn't come of age in the 80s with Hip Hop as my personal soundtrack. But I was absolutely captivated by Hanif Abdurraquib's memoir in the form of a tribute "album," paying homage to the rocket-to-fame brilliance of the forces behind A Tribe Called Quest. Gorgeously written, deeply considered, this deceivingly brief book threads biography, memoir, and social commentary into a perfect and satisfying read. - Kris


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Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts Cover Image
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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. - Meghara


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The Other, Better Me Cover Image
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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. - Sarah


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Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316478526
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 10th, 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. - Terry


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How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250251091
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Published: Picador - March 3rd, 2020

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 uncovers the United States' soft imperialism that persists to this day. - Jim


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Recursion: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524759797
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 10th, 2020

I'm convinced that Blake Crouch is THE science fiction/fantasy author of our time. As always, Crouch knows how to keep you on your toes and does a great job at mixing the thriller and sci-fi genres. Recursion will make you question time, memory, and life. Similar to Dark Matter, you can expect this book to get bigger and wilder than you ever imagined before even a hint of a solution rears its head. Ultimately a very emotional and human story, I highly recommend you pick up this one! - Amanda


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Barn 8: A Novel Cover Image
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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. - Mark the II


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The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765378385
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Published: Tor Books - July 3rd, 2018

A perfect blend of good science fiction, alternate history, and social activism, as told by one of the most engaging main characters in recent memory. Despite beginning with a huge disaster, there is a constant upbeat rhythm to these books that will engage, enthrall, and enthuse, actually make us feel good about our potential and the possibilities of the future. - Mark


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ISBN: 9780062133151
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Published: Walden Pond Press - June 24th, 2014

 

This book is AWESOME! Think Diary of A Wimpy Kid but as a Marvel movie. AND it's one of the funniest things I've read. - Cliff