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Every Heart a Doorway Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780765385505
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Published: Tor.com - April 5th, 2016

In this book McGuire elegantly captures the awe and wonder of the fantasy world and how we all secretly yearn to have an adventure in one.


The Arrival Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780439895293
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 1st, 2007

Shaun Tan is an amazing artist and master storyteller.  In his graphic novel "The Arrival",  Tan wordlessly depicts the emotional journey his main character goes through when immigrating to a strange new land in hopes of building a better life for himself and his family.


I Want My Hat Back Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763655983
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 27th, 2011

A Humorous tale of a bear looking for his missing hat. This is the first book in Klassen's Hat Trilogy.


Alex's Staff Picks

Thornhill Cover Image
By Pam Smy, Pam Smy (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781626726543
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - August 29th, 2017

This bone chilling illustrated novel tells of a lonely orphan who faces her biggest monster while incorprating the story of a girl in the future who is slowly uncovering the mysteries that this orphanage has to hold. This story's writing style is similar to Brian Selznick's "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" while putting in its own haunting twist. This book is such a page-turner and quite the read. 


Real Friends Cover Image
By Shannon Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781626727854
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Published: First Second - May 2nd, 2017

"No one's destiny is to be alone", Hale explains in this heart-warming story of the sturggles of making friends. "Real Friends" is a book any shy kid who just wants to fit in can relate to. I absolutely adore this book!


Eleanor & Park Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250012579
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 26th, 2013

#1 New York Times Best Seller

"Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it's like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it's like to be young and in love with a book."-John Green, The New York Times Book Review


Maria's Picks

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Electric Arches Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781608468560
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Published: Haymarket Books - September 12th, 2017

Magnificent. Bursting with magic-realist-sci-fi imagination and ecstasy.

Author Roxanne Gay's review: "Again and again reading this collection I felt some blooming in my body, or some flock of herons batting into the air in my body, which I think was indicating something like joy at witnessing the imagination at work in these poems, the imagination borne of rigorous attention coupled with critical love. Thankfully, there's a word for all that: tenderness."


The Little Buddhist Monk & the Proof Cover Image
By Cesar Aira, Nick Caistor (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811221122
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 30th, 2017

Surreal. But with Aira, the strange is expected and both of these novellas take huge left turns at the end. Peppered with wisdom and humour, don't take this collection too seriously and just enjoy.


Vegan for Everybody: Foolproof Plant-Based Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and In-Between Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781940352862
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Published: America's Test Kitchen - April 4th, 2017

America's Test Kitchen is great because they really do test all options for recipes; for vegan meals, it can be hard to know which substitute to use, but they explain how different dairy and meat alternatives affect the overall taste and texture of foods. There are lots of amazing vegetable recipes, and every one I've tried has been easy and delicious. 


Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060929435
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 21st, 1998

A customer recommended this to me! Thanks to her because this is a beautiful, moving book integrating celtic philosophy into a meditation on life and identity. Imagine a lovely Irish man talking to you about nature and what we sometimes forget in the modern, busy world.  As Deepak Chopra described: "A rare synthesis of philosophy, poetry and spirituality... a powerful experience for those who read it." 


The Origin of Others Cover Image
By Toni Morrison, Ta-Nehisi Coates (Foreword by)
$22.95
ISBN: 9780674976450
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Published: Harvard University Press - September 18th, 2017

"Brevity is the soul of wit." Truly, only the most accomplished writers like Ms. Morrison could tackle issues of race, representation, and classic literature in 110 pages!! Please add to your list if you have never read her--it could be a great introduction. And if you love her then you already know you need this. 


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Ghosts Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780545540629
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Published: Graphix - September 13th, 2016

Adorable graphic novel recommended for middle grade readers about family, moving, and thinking about death (or life!)  in a new way. The characters are believable and sweet, so it's easy to like then and learn about topics like chronic illness (in this case Cystic Fibrosis) and cultural heritage (Dia de Los Muertos) with them!

More recommended books for Dia de Los Muertos and Latina characters:

  • El Libro de la Vida (The Book of Life Movie Novelization)  by Stacia Deutsch --available in Spanish----podemos ordeñar en español--
  • Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead by Judy Goldman and Rene Moreno
  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Ryan Muñoz--available in Spanish----podemos ordeñar en español--                                                            


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When Watched: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143128694
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Published: Penguin Books - August 9th, 2016

Stories like Core's not only address themes of love and connection without cliché but also teach readers through unique and often misunderstood vantages. Prose that will resonate with readers of any age, gender, and sexual orientation. heart


The Black Unicorn: Poems Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393312379
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 17th, 1995

Audre Lorde is official-unofficial required reading, especially in current times. A queer, black, radical poet and writer whose writing bridges gaps to the marginalized while exploring her own truths. Writing that is beautiful and primal, like forgotten incantations.


Anna's Picks

The Journal of Albion Moonlight Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780811222051
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - February 28th, 2017

If on a Winter's Night a Traveler Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780156439619
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Published: Mariner Books - October 20th, 1982

Italo Calvino imagines a novel capable of endless mutations in this intricately crafted story about writing and readers.


Evan's Picks

The Last Samurai Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780811225502
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 31st, 2016

Helen DeWitt's 2000 debut, The Last Samurai, was "destined to become a cult classic" (Miramax). The enterprising publisher sold the rights in twenty countries, so "Why not just, 'destined to become a classic?'" (Garth Risk Hallberg) And why must cultists tell the uninitiated it has nothing to do with Tom Cruise?


The Girl Who Drank the Moon Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616205676
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - August 9th, 2016

Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal
The New York Times Bestseller

An Entertainment Weekly Best Middle Grade Book of 2016
A New York Public Library Best Book of 2016
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2016
An Amazon Top 20 Best Book of 2016
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016


Rebecca's Picks

Goodbye, Vitamin Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781250109163
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - July 11th, 2017

Still reeling from a devastating breakup, 30-something Ruth returns to her childhood home to help care for her father. As his Alzheimer's becomes more and more debilitating, Ruth must come to terms with how her own life has turned out so far. Simple prose tackles family, loss, betrayal, and adulthood--and packs quite an emotional wallop.


Elizabeth and Zenobia Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419727245
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Published: Amulet Books - September 19th, 2017

Imagine Neil Gaiman and Edgar Allen Poe as gal pals searching for Narnia, and you'll have some idea of the wonderful strangeness of this book. Egged on by her unusual friend Zenobia, timid Elizabeth searches an old house for secrets and finds more than either of them bargained for. The spookiness level is exactly right for reading on a rainy fall day.


Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9780978866563
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Published: Microcosm Publishing - January 1st, 2009

Whether you're hardcore about using all-natural products or new to the chemical-free game, you're sure to find some useful advice in this adorable little book. Learn how to cure a headache, rid your kitchen of pests, and save tons of money on skin and hair products with the help of Raleigh Briggs' simple instructions and hand-drawn illustrations.


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

Mary Oliver has been one of my favorite poets for years because of the way she revels in the beauty of the natural world, and the way her poems can refresh my perspective and help me appreciate life's small joys. This new collection includes works from her very first collection published in 1963, all the way up to her most recent, from 2015. A book equally suited to reading one page from at a time or spending an entire afternoon with.


Sarah L.'s Picks

Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do about Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780815729129
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Published: Brookings Institution Press - June 1st, 2017

America is becoming a class-based society.


Ghosts of Greenglass House Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544991460
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Published: Clarion Books - October 3rd, 2017

Welcome back to the irresistible world of Greenglass House where thirteen-year-old Milo is, once again, spending the winter holidays stuck in a house full of strange guests who are not what they seem. There are fresh clues to uncover as friends old and new join in his search for a mysterious map and a famous smuggler's lost haul.


After the People Lights Have Gone Off Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781940430256
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Published: Dark House Press - September 30th, 2014

WINNER, Best Collection of the Year, THIS IS HORROR
NOMINATED, Best Collection of the Year, BRAM STOKER AWARDS
NOMINATED, Best Collection of the Year, SHIRLEY JACKSON AWARDS


As Brave as You Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481415910
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Published: Atheneum Books - May 9th, 2017

Kirkus Award Finalist
Schneider Family Book Award Winner
Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book

When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires--literally--in this "pitch-perfect contemporary novel" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) by the winner of the Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award.


American War Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780451493583
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 4th, 2017

"Powerful . . . As haunting a postapocalyptic universe as Cormac McCarthy created] in The Road, and as devastating a look as the fallout that national events have on an American family as Philip Roth did in The Plot Against America. . . .


Devin's Picks

This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316068222
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Published: Little Brown and Company - April 1st, 2009

Only once did David Foster Wallace give a public talk on his views on life, during a commencement address given in 2005 at Kenyon College. The speech is reprinted for the first time in book form in THIS IS WATER. How does one keep from going through their comfortable, prosperous adult life unconsciously? How do we get ourselves out of the foreground of our thoughts and achieve compassion?


1Q84 Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307476463
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Published: Vintage - January 22nd, 2013

"Murakami is like a magician who explains what he's doing as he performs the trick and still makes you believe he has supernatural powers . . . But while anyone can tell a story that resembles a dream, it's the rare artist, like this one, who can make us feel that we are dreaming it ourselves." --The New York Times Book Review


Journey of the Universe Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780300209433
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Published: Yale University Press - October 28th, 2014

Today we know what no previous generation knew: the history of the universe and of the unfolding of life on Earth. Through the astonishing combined achievements of natural scientists worldwide, we now have a detailed account of how galaxies and stars, planets and living organisms, human beings and human consciousness came to be. And yet . . .


The Well of Being: A Children's Book for Adults Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250092700
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Published: Flatiron Books - November 1st, 2016

The Well of Being, from Jean-Pierre Weill, is an illustrated inquiry into the art of happiness and what it means to be radically alive in our daily moments. Images and a graceful philosophic text invite us to awaken from our constructed stories that we may return to this world and live in the present.


The Plague Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780679720218
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 1991

A haunting tale of human resilience in the face of unrelieved horror, Camus' novel about a bubonic plague ravaging the people of a North African coastal town is a classic of twentieth-century literature.


Out of Your Mind: Tricksters, Interdependence, and the Cosmic Game of Hide and Seek Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781622037520
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Published: Sounds True - March 1st, 2017

In order to come to your senses, Alan Watts often said, you sometimes need to go out of your mind. Perhaps more than any other teacher in the West, this celebrated author, former Anglican priest, and self-described spiritual entertainer was responsible for igniting the passion of countless wisdom seekers to the spiritual and philosophical delights of India, China, and Japan.


The Philosophy Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained Cover Image
By DK
$17.95
ISBN: 9781465458551
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Published: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) - February 21st, 2017

Explore the history and concepts of philosophy, from the big thinkers to complex theories, with straightforward text and witty illustrations that demystify an often daunting subject matter. Now in paperback.


Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780062316097
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Published: Harper - February 10th, 2015

New York Times Bestseller

A Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg


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