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Sarah

What's in the trunk of your car? A teddy bear, a mixing bowl, a medieval arrow.

Who would play you in a movie? I'd play myself...but what I really want to do is direct.

Using only one word, describe yourself. Quirky

Author you love to hate: Most authors I hate, I hate begrudgingly, but I have to admit I love hating Stephanie Meyer, only because Reasoning with Vampires makes it so much fun.

What's your favorite smell? While I hate the taste of coffee, I love the smell.

If you had a super power, what would it be? The ability to stop time for everyone but myself without aging faster than everyone else as a result.  I have given this way too much thought.

What do you think your job is at Left Bank Books? Convincing myself not to spend every paycheck entirely on books.

Read the rest of Sarah's picks here.

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A Super Upsetting Cookbook about Sandwiches Cover Image
By Tyler Kord, William Wegman (Illustrator), Emma Straub (Foreword by)
$22.99
ISBN: 9780804186414
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - June 14th, 2016

This book should not exist. And yet it does. This is an addictive read, both hilarious and thought-provoking. Just when you think you've got a real handle on this whimsical and quirky narrative, it starts dropping truth-bombs about ethical consumerism and endangered species. Right now you are thinking this staff pick has been assigned to the wrong book. This is a sandwich cookbook. You're damn right it is. It's a sandwich cookbook I read cover-to-cover before ever entering the kitchen, and I would have been happy if I stopped there. But then I did enter the kitchen, and the magic started. This is not really a book for casual chefs. You're usually going to make three or four separate recipes before you start assembling the sandwich. And it is so. worth. it. The flavor combinations are unlikely, but delicious. These are both looks and tastes to impress without being fancy or fussy. This is a wonderful gift for people with an oddball sense of humor, foodies who don't take themselves too seriously, and collectors of the unconventional. -Sarah's Holiday Staff Pick, 2016


Animals with Tiny Cat Cover Image
By Viviane Schwarz, Viviane Schwarz (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780763698188
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - 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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Mascot Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062835628
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
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!).