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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1: Squirrel Power Cover Image
By Ryan North (Text by), Erica Henderson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780785197027
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Published: Marvel - September 1st, 2015

Searching for a superhero comic that's actually, well, comical? Look no further! Ryan North's tale of college student/mutant crime fighter Doreen Green is laugh-out-loud funny, the artwork by Erica Henderson is a brightly colored retro delight, and Squirrel Girl herself is an immensely likable heroine who's actually capable of solving problems instead of just punching them really hard. A quirky, refreshing treat for all ages. (P.S. make sure to read the hilarious footnotes at the bottom of the pages - full of bonus laughs at no extra cost!)

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Time Will Clean the Carcass Bones: Selected and New Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781556595028
Availability: Special Order
Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 18th, 2017

A collection to sit with and savor. Perillo's poems are elegant and gutsy, packing everyday incidents with portents of mortality, love, sex, and human yearning. If you're looking for a contemporary poet who examines our world with both depth and humor, Lucia Perillo should definitely be on your list.

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Lives of the Monster Dogs: A Novel (FSG Classics) Cover Image
By Kirsten Bakis, Jeff VanderMeer (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780374537142
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 9th, 2017

That rare marvel, a book that manages to be an astounding feat of imagination and a heartbreaking character study at the same time. This book will thrill you with its invention and make you ache with its sad, beautiful meditation on life, mortality and what makes us human.

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Smokefall: A Play Cover Image
ISBN: 9781468314229
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Published: Abrams Press - April 25th, 2017

Seeing this play in Chicago two years ago pushed all my buttons - moved me emotionally, challenged me intellectually, made me laugh, cry, and awed me with its insanely imaginative examination of the changing nature of the American family. A bold, ambitious, but still very human work for our times, this is my favorite new play of the decade.

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Radiance: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765335296
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Tor Books - October 20th, 2015

This book is a window into half a dozen of the most creative worlds I've encountered in a long time, rendered in just as many genres. It's also a mystery, a challenge, a story about fathers and daughters, a cautionary tale, and a contemplation of just what drives us human beings to make art in the first place. Difficult, ambitious, but ultimately rewarding, If you crave something different, this is for you.

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The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374536893
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - March 14th, 2017

That rare book that acts equally well as both an in-depth study for theatre folk who love musicals and an introductory primer for people who just don't get why that person on stage started singing. Viertel explores musical theatre by breaking it down into its component parts (the opening number, the "I Want" song, etc), then devoting a chapter to each to see what really makes them tick. Using examples from wide variety of Broadway shows, and peppered with juicy insider anecdotes, Jack Viertel is a fun, sometimes curmudgeonly, but always informative guide to just how and why the musical theatre developed in the way that it did.

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The Wicked + the Divine Volume 1: The Faust Act (Wicked & the Divine Tp #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632150196
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Published: Image Comics - November 25th, 2014

Hands down the most addictive comics series currently running. Every ninety years, a pantheon of twelve gods take human form, inspire humanity, are worshiped as the ultimate rock stars for two years, then die. But this time something is different. A complex, riveting pop culture fantasy-mystery with dynamic art and a fascinating, diverse cast of characters that continue to show unexpected depth as the series goes on. Edgy, intelligent, full of shocking twists and reversals, this is the grown up comics series you've been looking for.

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The Sandman: Overture Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, J.H. Williams III (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781401265199
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Published: Vertigo - November 15th, 2016

A concentrated blast of unbridled imagination. If you know Neil Gaiman mainly from his novels and short stories, you're missing out on some of his most masterful and inventive writing. Enter a world where Dream is a being and stars are capable of thoughts, feelings, and sometimes madness that can devour worlds. The Sandman Overture, being a prequel, works as an excellent self-contained entry point to a sprawling epic that can often seem intimidating to delve into. Add J.H. Williams III's mind-bending hallucinogenic art to Gaiman's dizzying amount of ideas per page, and have you a feast for the eyes and mind not to be missed.