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Knots: Stories Cover Image
By Gunnhild Oyehaug, Kari Dickson (Translator)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780374181673
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 11th, 2017

A fantastic collection of short stories written the way they oughta be: brief, powerful, and engaging. That, and what I assume is a very Norwegian sense of humor. Fans of Lydia Davis and Joy Williams, this book is for you!


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Shadowbahn Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735212015
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Published: Blue Rider Press - February 14th, 2017

If the idea of a novel about the Twin Towers suddenly reappearing intact in the middle of the Badlands doesn't scare you off, then let me coax you along a little further. The concept is high, yes, but this blend of mixtape liner notes, speculative fiction, and family history is terrifically written. Somehow familiar and far-out at the same time, SHADOWBAHN is strangely addictive.


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Universal Harvester Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780374282103
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 7th, 2017

This is a deep, dark story about the consumptive power of loss and grief, and the fissures they crack open in our lives. Haunting images and grave suggestions are scattered throughout by a steely, mysterious narrator that refuses to let you set the book down.


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Future Sex: A New Kind of Free Love Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780865478794
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 11th, 2016

Witt’s curious reportage and honest questions continually lead to thoughtful insights in this collection about love, life, sex, commitment, marriage, and self-worth in the 21st century. If you’ve ever sat in wonder at the universe of sexual proclivities and variety of modern relationships, this book is sure to pique your interest.


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Cannibals in Love Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374536633
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Published: Fsg Originals - September 20th, 2016

Sometimes a novel isn't really a novel, but rare is the book that walks that fine line successfully. Mike Roberts has done so here, with a smooth, conversational style that belies the depth of his intentions. A great and refreshing read, like they all should be.


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The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781455537266
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 18th, 2017

Fans of HBO's The Wire will be fascinated by this personal account of life on the streets of Baltimore, MD. Watkins provides insight into the highs and lows—financial, psychological, and spiritual—of the drug game through a profound self-awareness and a truly endearing narrative voice.


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Tomas Young's War Cover Image
By Mark Wilkerson, Phil Donahue (Foreword by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781608466504
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Published: Haymarket Books - April 26th, 2016

Without a veteran in your life, the cost of war may sometimes slip from mind. Books like this, and men like Tomas Young, ensure that as a nation and a society, we never disregard the value of human life or forget the simple truth of peace.


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Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780465025275
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Published: Basic Books - March 22nd, 2011

In the ebullient style that made him one of the most popular scientists of his age, Richard Feynman gives us a spectacular crash course in physics. From balance and momentum to his groundbreaking work in quantum electrodynamics, Feynman continually elucidates each of his "pieces" with style, wit, and his trademark vigor.


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The Sellout Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250083258
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Published: Picador USA - March 1st, 2016

After seven long years, one of my all-time favorite authors returns with another novel you just can't put down. Taking dead aim at those who would dare use a term like "post-racial", THE SELLOUT is as funny, smart, and tuned-in as Beatty has ever been.


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Egotrip's Book of Rap Lists Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780312242985
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Published: St. Martin's Press - December 3rd, 1999

From the staff of the now defunct but highly influential rap mag Ego Trip is what I consider the greatest book ever written on the subject. Packed with amazing facts, infinite hip-hop wisdom, and the collective's smart-ass sensibility, it's a book you can pick up and put down until the spine breaks. They don't call themselves "the arrogant voice of musical truth" for nothing.


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Oreo Cover Image
By Fran Ross, Danzy Senna (Introduction by), Harryette Mullen (Afterword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811223225
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - July 7th, 2015

A loose retelling of the tale of Theseus, OREO is an overlooked classic now back in print after 40 years. It is a wickedly funny look at race, culture, and betweenness—even if it's sometimes hard to tell what truly lay on either side.


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The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly: Poems Collected and New Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060926960
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 12th, 1996

Imbued with the wild spirit of his short but powerful classic JESUS' SON, but polished with the literary gold of his epic masterpiece TREE OF SMOKE, Denis Johnson's poetry is every bit as good as his prose. I love to loan this collection out, never get it back, and buy it all over again.


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Wolf in White Van Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250074713
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Published: Picador USA - September 1st, 2015

A story that operates as a window into one reclusive mind, but speaks volumes about the whole of humanity, Darnielle's debut novel is damn near flawless. Its message and meaning adapt and change with more and more attention and grip hard at something hidden within.


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The Sheltering Sky Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062351487
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Published: Ecco Press - September 9th, 2014

A friend once handed me this book and simply said, "read it, I know you'll like it." He was right. Loaded with meaning and resonant prose throughout, this 65th anniversary edition proves that THE SHELTERING SKY remains a good story, well told (as the man says...). Read it, I know you'll like it.


Sarah C's Picks

The Little Book of Life Hacks: How to Make Your Life Happier, Healthier, and More Beautiful Cover Image
By Yumi Sakugawa, Yumi Sakugawa (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250092250
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 2nd, 2017

In her beautiful, humorous, & creative way, Sakugawa reimagines the classic self- help guides for the modern world. Whether you are looking to learn quirky ways to throw the best apartment party, smart ways for keeping fresh flowers longer, honest ways to fall in love with yourself, or even just different delicious uses for nutella (including nutella wontons!), this book has got you covered!


Lumberjanes Beware the Kitten Holy: Vol. 1 Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781608866878
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Published: Boom Box - April 7th, 2015

Friendship! Adventure! Girl power! In this middle grade graphic novel series, a group of friends follow leads on a potentially dangerous mystery at their summer camp for "hardcore lady types". These ladies represent diversity in race, gender, sexuality, and personality; however, all are great examples of strong, caring, and open- minded leaders. At the forefront, the series is a fun adventure story that will keep you on the edge of your feet!


Walk Through Walls: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101905043
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Published: Crown Archetype - October 25th, 2016

This book is perfect for lovers of art, and those interested in feminism! Although I have always been intrigued and inspired by her preformance art, Marina Abramovic lets her readers into the deep, personal aspects of her life. This was a book I did not want to put down and stayed with me long after.


The Lion and the Bird Cover Image
By Marianne Dubuc (Created by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781592701513
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - May 6th, 2014

This beautiful children's book illustrates the touching friendship between a lion and a bird. When the bird has to fly south for winter, the lion is afraid of what will come of their relationship. It ends with the notion that "sometimes life is like that"- an important reminder for children and adults.


The Missing Piece Meets the Big O Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060256579
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Published: HarperCollins - January 24th, 2006

This book- perfect for children and adults- is so great on so many different levels. Although the characters are shapes, Silverstein uses them in a brilliant way to tell a heart-warming story.  This book tells the story of a missing piece on a journey to find the shape to make it whole. It is amusing, depressing, magical, and uplifting all at the same time. Children may find the story amusing, but adults may find it also exemplifies the pressure and struggle of finding the perfect partner.


Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451666175
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Published: Touchstone Books - October 29th, 2013

In this hilarious graphic novel memior, Allie Brosh uses comedy to talk about depression in a realistic and progressive way. It definitely made me laugh and cry at the same time. And as a plus- this book features two hilarious and lovable messed up dogs. What more could you ask for?


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Milk and Honey Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781449474256
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 6th, 2015

This beautiful but brutal book of poetry is moving to say the least. Kaur takes you on a journey of self-acceptance, love and loss, and healing through her poetic style and images. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in poetry, most of all young woman and feminists.


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The Book of Mistakes Cover Image
By Corinna Luyken, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735227927
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Published: Dial Books - April 18th, 2017

An astounding debut by Corrinna Luyken, The Book of Mistakes follows an artist through the adventure of drawing the perfect picture, taking it a step too far, and the creative journey back. It reminds us that mistakes give the opportunity to experiment, to play, and to have great ideas! It is absolutely stunning and perfect for children and adults alike. 


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Since We Fell Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062129383
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Published: Ecco Press - May 9th, 2017

The latest mystery from the author of Gone, Baby, Gone, Shutter Island, and Mystic River. And in typical Dennis Lehane fashion, the moment you think you know what's happening everything shifts and everything you thought you knew is quickly unraveling. Since We Fell is the emotional rollercoaster that you immediately get back in line to ride again!


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Oh No, George! Cover Image
By Chris Haughton, Chris Haughton (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780763676520
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 24th, 2015

This charming story is written in the perfect dog voice! Poor George wants to be good, he hopes he'll be good... but as we all know sometimes when it comes to chasing cats and chocolate cake hoping isn't enough. In high contrast color design, Oh no, George is a story of temptation and redemption... or is it?


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Summerlost Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780399187216
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Published: Puffin Books - May 9th, 2017

This was my favorite read of 2016. Summerlost, by Ally Condie bestselling author of the Matched series, is a coming-of-age mystery that has secret adventures, Shakespeare, speaks honestly about loss and how the right friendships can help you move forward. This is Ally Condie's first middle grade novel, and I can't wait for her next.


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Tuck Everlasting Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780312369811
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Published: Square Fish - August 21st, 2007

Doomed to--or blessed with--eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem.


Sam's Picks

Pax Cover Image
By Sara Pennypacker, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062377012
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 2nd, 2016

When done right there's something magical about books told from the point of view of an animal. With this sensitive and lovely story Pennypacker carries the torch passed down from Felix Salten (Bambi) and Sterling North (Rascal). When Peter and his fox Pax are seperated by an impending war to be reunited both must face an epic journey that will test and ultimately redeem them. A great read for children of all ages.
 


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By John Williams, Michelle Latiolais (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590171981
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Published: New York Review of Books - January 16th, 2007

This unrelenting portrait of the greedy squandering of our precious natural resources is both a beautiful excursion into the heart of human darkness and a brutal story that squarely combats the myth of the West. A forerunner of Cormac McCarty, this is an underappreciated great that clamors for a wider audience.


In Sunlight or in Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper Cover Image
By Lawrence Block (Editor)
$25.95
ISBN: 9781681772455
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Published: Pegasus Books - December 6th, 2016

I can't think of a more evocative narrative muse than Edward Hopper. Apparently Lawrence Block feels the same because he asked a diverse group of author friends (Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates and more) to pick a painting and write a story about it. This carefully curated collection features ensnaring tales from all genres so strong it's hard to pick a favorite. With its full color plates, this would make a lovely gift for fans of Hopper's broody genius or anyone intruiged by the intersection of artistic mediums.


New Boy Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780553447637
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Published: Hogarth Press - May 16th, 2017

Chevalier resets Othello, the classic story of jealousy and revenge, as a tale of schoolyard bullying set in the 1970s. In her masterful hands knowing how the story ends only increases the tension and the casual racism of the period makes it, sadly, feel as timely as ever. The best entry yet in the Hogarth Shakespeare series.


You Will Know Me Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316231060
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 25th, 2017

A dark exploration of the world of competitive gymnastics that portrays the agony and urgency of desire, the unknowablility of others and the burden of expectation. A crime novel where the crime is only the catalyst for an examination of a family's unraveling. Abbott at her very best.


The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250118035
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Published: Picador USA - June 6th, 2017

Equal parts a memoir about moving solo to the big city and a criticism of visual artists (Darger, Warhol, Hopper) who prominantly feature loneliness in their work, this book is a weird hybrid that totally works. My favorite book of 2016!


Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781594749810
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Published: Quirk Books - September 19th, 2017

If you spent time in the 70's or 80's reading cheap horror paperbacks that you bought off a drugstore rack with die cut or foil covers have we got a book for you! Browse these old covers (Orca or Crabs: The Human Sacrifice anyone?) and go back in time. A MUST for horror fans.


Frida Kahlo: The Story of Her Life Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9783791383880
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Published: Prestel Publishing - November 7th, 2017

This arresting graphic novel casts Frida Kahlo's life as one long conversation with Death appropriate, if you think, due to her poor health and tempestous love life, it really was her most constant companion. Works as both a primer for the Kahlo novice and a must have for fans.


Strange Weather: Four Short Novels Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062663115
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 24th, 2017

Horror is not simply slithering in the dark-it's at the mall on a weekday, it's at the mini mart, it rains down from a clear blue sky. Joe Hill knows this and after reading this collection of novellas (a hat tip to his father's Different Seasons?) you will too.


This Could Hurt Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062660763
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Published: Harper - January 9th, 2018

Ever had a 'work wife'? Ever been 'let go'? Ever been on a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP)? Ever sat through a meeting that should have been an email? If so, you will see yourself in this debut novel. All the dreams, schemes, backbiting, and Machivallian machinations are carefully and articulately laid out. Recommended for advancement to your bedside table!


Just Like Jackie Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062652911
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Published: HarperCollins - January 2nd, 2018

Robbie would like to stay cool under pressure like her namesake, the great Jackie Robinson, but circumstances make it tough. Charged with a burden she can never articulate nor put down she struggles to prevail and somehow form a family. Heartwarming and heartbreaking in the best possible way.


Kate's Picks

Sing, Unburied, Sing Cover Image
$20.80
ISBN: 9781501126062
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Published: Scribner Book Company - September 5th, 2017

"Sing, Unburied, Sing" is all power, grief, and love. This is an incredible novel, one that has stayed with me long after reading the last line.


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Orphan Island Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062443410
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Published: Walden Pond Press - May 30th, 2017

A National Book Award Longlist title

"A wondrous book, wise and wild and deeply true." --Kelly Barnhill, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon

"This is one of those books that haunts you long after you read it. Thought-provoking and magical." --Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series


The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781451697711
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Published: Atria Books - May 12th, 2015

Finalist for the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction

New York Times Bestseller

"Sy Montgomery's The Soul of an Octopus does for the creature what Helen Macdonald's H Is for Hawk did for raptors." --New Statesman, UK

Starred Booklist and Library Journal Editors' Spring Pick


My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781609450786
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Published: Europa Editions - September 25th, 2012

Soon to be an HBO series, book one in the New York Times bestselling Neapolitan quartet about two friends growing up in post-war Italy is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted family epic by Italy's most beloved and acclaimed writer, Elena Ferrante, "one of the great novelists of our time." (Roxana Robinson, The New York Times)


Boy, Snow, Bird Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594631399
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 6th, 2014

As seen on the cover of the New York Times Book Review, where it was described as "gloriously unsettling... evoking Toni Morrison, Haruki Murakami, Angela Carter, Edgar Allan Poe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Chris Abani and even Emily Dickinson," and already one of the year's most widely acclaimed novels:


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The Empathy Exams: Essays Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555976712
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 1st, 2014

From personal loss to phantom diseases, The Empathy Exams is a bold and brilliant collection, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize

A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Essay Collection of Spring 2014


The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977498
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 6th, 2016

A brilliant exploration of the natural, medical, psychological, and political facets of fertility


The Door Cover Image
By Magda Szabo, Len Rix (Translator), Ali Smith (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590177716
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Published: New York Review of Books - January 27th, 2015

One of The New York Times Book Review's "10 Best Books of 2015"
An NYRB Classics Original


A Sting in the Tale: My Adventures with Bumblebees Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250070975
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Published: Picador USA - April 28th, 2015

A FACINATING TRAVEL MEMOIR THAT WILL ALTER THE WAY YOU THINK ABOUT THE BUMBLEBEE


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The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781565126060
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - August 24th, 2010

In this moving memoir of health and illness Tova Bailey watches a snail on her night stand, living a life that mirrors the limitations of her own. What follows is an incredibly compelling story of companionship and beauty in the most unexpected of creatures.


The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781571313157
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Published: Milkweed Editions - October 11th, 2016

"In me, there is the red of miry clay, the brown of spring floods, the gold of ripening tobacco. All of these hues are me; I am, in the deepest sense, colored." From these fertile soils of love, land, identity, family, and race emerges The Home Place, a big-hearted, unforgettable memoir by ornithologist and professor of ecology J. Drew Lanham.


Rachel's Picks

 
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On a Magical Do-Nothing Day Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062657602
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Published: HarperCollins - September 12th, 2017

Rachel's Pick

My favorite children's book author and illustrator! Beautifully illustrated, touching story about discovering the wonders of the great outdoors and ditching your device. Playful, magical, and serene!!


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The Vegetarian Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781101906118
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Published: Hogarth Press - August 23rd, 2016

Rachel's Pick

Surreal and intense! Kang, who has won numerous awards including the Man Booker, has a direct, imaginiative way of writing that cuts straight to the bone and leaves you in awe. Full of desire, violence and introspection. Not for the faint of heart, this book is brilliant!


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Life Cover Image
By Cynthia Rylant, Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481451628
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Published: Beach Lane Books - June 27th, 2017

Rachel's Pick

Newberry Award-winner Cynthia Rylant and Caldecott honoree Brendan Wenzel team up to bring us this brilliant picture book. Life begins small but quickly GROWS! Animal friends, beautiful lyrical writing and amazing illustrations. This one is a keeper!!


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You Are Having a Good Time: Stories Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780374293864
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Published: Fsg Originals - July 5th, 2016

Named A Best Book of 2016 by Wall Street Journal, Vulture, Refinery29, Financial Times, and The Guardian


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A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories Cover Image
By Lucia Berlin, Stephen Emerson (Editor), Lydia Davis (Foreword by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374202392
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 18th, 2015

Rachel's Pick

Amazing short stories. Lucia Berlin takes you to another place and time. California, Arizona, Laundrymats, clandestine Mexican abortian clinics, beaches and deserts. I can't say enough praise about her writing technique and ability to tell a story I sometimes wish would never end.


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On Immunity: An Inoculation Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977207
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 15th, 2015

Rachel's Pick

I loved every second of this book...and I'm not a non-fiction reader. It is heartfelt, educational, and extremely well researched. Great from beginning to end, Eula Biss continues to amaze me with her skill as a writer! Pub date: September 30.


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The Complete Cosmicomics Cover Image
By Italo Calvino, William Weaver (Translator), Tim Parks (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780544577879
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Published: Mariner Books - September 8th, 2015

"We were peering into this darkness, criss-crossed with voices, when the change took place: the only real, great change I've ever happened to witness, and compared to it the rest is nothing." -- from The Complete Cosmicomics


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The Spectre of Alexander Wolf Cover Image
By Gaito Gazdanov, Bryan Karetnyk (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781782270089
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Published: Pushkin Press - December 17th, 2013

Rachel's Pick

Newly translated post-modern work by rediscovered Russian author Gaito Gazdanov. Extremely pleasurable read. Short yet potent. Explores ideas of death, guilt, dreams, reality....you'll want to savor each bite.


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The Blue Fox Cover Image
By Sjon, Victoria Cribb (Translator)
$10.00
ISBN: 9780374114459
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - April 30th, 2013

Rachel's Pick

This sweet novella instantly carried me to a dream-like snowy icelandic landscape. The plot moves between a fox hunt and the lives of the 19th century characters, creating an experience that is delightful, magical, and almost mythical. You might turn into a fox! Sjon has written lyrics for Bjork and his work has only recently been translated into English. Defintely worth the read!

 


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Natural Histories Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781609805517
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Published: Seven Stories Press - June 10th, 2014

Rachel's Pick

Collection of short stories go from everyday to absurd. Great for animal lovers as each story embraces the unique relationships between humans and our animal friends (or foes)! I can't say how much I loved reading this! Nettel has such a unique voice.


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There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister's Husband, and He Hanged Himself Cover Image
By Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Anna Summers (Translator), Anna Summers (Introduction by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780143121527
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Published: Penguin Books - January 29th, 2013

Rachel's Pick

Realist Fables. Heartbreakingly beautiful short stories, each ending with a desire to read the next. Spend a rainy afternoon having your heartbroken by Ludmilla...its exquisite.


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The Dark Cover Image
By Lemony Snicket, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316187480
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2013

Rachel's Pick

Delightful alternative to overly saccharin children's books. Jon Klassen illustrates this beautiful example of Snicket's storytelling that will prove entertaining even after the 20th read. Afraid of the dark?...read this.


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Jane, the Fox & Me Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781554983605
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Published: Groundwood Books - September 1st, 2013

Rachel's Pick

Originally published in Quebec, now availble in US. Fantastic illustrations accompany thouthful story of Helene and her life as a tween....along with bullies, camp, and day dreams. A great mix of graphic novel and picture book. Perfect for 11years and up...and up.


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How to Be a Woman Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062124296
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 17th, 2012

Rachel's Pick

Terrible Title, hilarious book! I laughed so hard I cried, several times. Better than Tina Fey's "Bossy Pants." Moran touches on several controverial issues with a warm-hearted feminist point of view that any woman can appreciate. Great gift for yourself....or better yet...your sister!


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The Passion According to G.H. Cover Image
By Clarice Lispector, Idra Novey (Translator), Benjamin Moser (Preface by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811219686
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - June 13th, 2012

The Passion According to G.H., Clarice Lispector's mystical novel of 1964, concerns a well-to-do Rio sculptress, G.H., who enters her maid's room, sees a cockroach crawling out of the wardrobe, and, panicking, slams the door --crushing the cockroach --and then watches it die.


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Magic for Beginners Cover Image
By Kelly Link, Shelley Jackson (Illustrator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812986518
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Published: Random House Trade - July 1st, 2014

Rachel's Pick

A collegue recommended this to me years ago, I only recently read it....and he was right!! I loved it! Fantastical Stories from the inside of a handbag, warrior rabbits, anything goes. Unnerving and bizarre yet strangely everyday and ordinary. You'll never look at a handbag the same. Kelly Link has a unique style that lingers and I can't wait to read her next!


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Vegetable Literacy: Cooking and Gardening with Twelve Families from the Edible Plant Kingdom, with Over 300 Deliciously Simple Recipes Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781607741916
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Published: Ten Speed Press - March 12th, 2013

Rachel's Pick

Every cookbook collection needs this book! It's perfect!


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Daily Rituals: How Artists Work Cover Image
By Mason Currey (Editor)
$24.95
ISBN: 9780307273604
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 23rd, 2013

Rachel's Pick

Enjoyable. Educational. Insightful snipets of the lives of artists, writers, musicians, and philosophers. Inspiring. Great gift. Want to know about Patricia Highsmith's snails? or Simone de Beauvoir's lovers? Yes of course!! Perfect addition to any library or collection.


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Letters to Anyone and Everyone Cover Image
By Toon Tellegen, Jessica Ahlberg (Illustrator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781906250959
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Boxer Books - January 1st, 2010

Award-winning author Toon Tellegen has whipped up an enchanting collection of short stories, all centered on a series of poetic letters written by his animal protagonists.


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Milk and Honey Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781449474256
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 6th, 2015

Reading this book is like going to group therapy. Starting with the section "the hurting" is a bold move on the author's part but once you commit, it is shockingly personal and relatable. I have loved every word.


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Imagine Wanting Only This Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781101870839
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Published: Pantheon Books - April 18th, 2017

This is a profound exploration of self and desire. Each frame takes you on a journey thgouth the life of a person who struggles to find who she is. There is something about a visual exploration of someone else's experience that makes you feel like a part of the story.


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Lab Girl Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781101874936
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 5th, 2016

In Lab Girl Hope Jahren speaks all of the truths that I have felt as a woman in science. At times I was reading with tears streaming down my cheeks thinking "yes, oh yes." Her writing is that of a true bibliophile adn her excitement for the trees she studies is infectious. You will be glad that you have read it.


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Between the World and Me Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 14th, 2015

One of the most important books you will read in 2016, Coates writes this book as a letter to his son, which creates the most moving dialog on race that I have read to date.


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Commonwealth Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062491794
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Published: Harper - September 13th, 2016

Ann Patchett's most recent book is a portrait of a family through generations. At times surprising and evocative of time and space, it is a pleasant book that inspires familial empathy.


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The Book of Night Women Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594484360
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 2nd, 2010

One of my favorite books of the last 15 years, this book stuns. After the first few chapters, you get into the rhythm of the dialect and experience the life of the characters with shimmering vibrancy. One of the most satisfying ends to a novel that I have ever read.


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Larose Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062277022
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Published: Harper - May 10th, 2016

The third installlment of the reservation created in Erdrich's novel Plague of Doves, LaRose has the familiar attention to detail and complex plot themes that runs through all of her writing. The social moral issues that spark the drama of this novel will keep you thinking long after you have read the last page.


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On Such a Full Sea Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594632891
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Published: Riverhead Books - December 2nd, 2014

In the Baltimore of the future, in this novel called “B-mor”, our heroine is leading a pleasant upper-middle class life in a structured compound with her loving family until the day her boyfriend is taken. This book chronicles the journey of Fan to find her missing partner in a highly segregated and classist society that isolates its citizens from one another creating a divided state. Told with haunting vision, this book stuck with me for months after reading it. I could not shake the visions of lawless countryside and over-regulated cities, where life exists in vastly different realities for the residents born to privileged or poverty, that ring true in our society. In the wake of Ferguson and the fall of Detroit, this book takes you to a not-too-distant reality that you can now see coming.


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The Hueys in None the Number Cover Image
By Oliver Jeffers, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399257698
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Published: Philomel Books - July 1st, 2014

I love this little book! The concept of zero is so hard to understand for little ones and Oliver Jeffers does a great job! Not only do we learn about what "none" is, but you also get to know other number friends and examples up through ten! It exposes kids to the importance of numbers in describing things while creating positive association with counting so the kids are less intimidated later in life. A great book for your curious little one!


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The Heaven of Animals: Stories Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781476729978
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 24th, 2015

In this amazing collection of short stories you are taken into some of the most difficult psychological situations and interpersonal miscommunications I have ever encountered in print.  These stories are at times uplifting, deeply disturbing, strikingly beautiful and gut wrentchingly true. From a paranoid kid with an obsession with honey to a completely heartbreaking instruction sheet on how to help your husband die. Though these stories are short, they are powerful and they will surely leave their mark.


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Moorish: Flavours from Mecca to Marrakech Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781742706955
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Published: Hardie Grant Books - June 10th, 2014

I made the Hummis bi Tahini (p.67) and it convinced me that I needed this in my life. Never has my kitchen produced hummus as creamy and delicious as this recipe.  Amazing.  Totally worth the purchase price if for that recipe alone. I can't wait to cook my way through this one!


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The Crane Wife Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143126171
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Published: Penguin Books - December 17th, 2014

This book is a truly different story told by gifted artist.  Part poetry, part love story, this book followes a man who's life has stalled until one day when he helps a crane that has crash landed in his back yard.  This chance encounter sets off a series of events that are more interesting at every turn. Inspired by the Decemberists song of the same title, this book is sure to please.


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The Invention of Wings Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143121701
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Published: Penguin Books - May 5th, 2015

I was very impressed with the latest novel from Sue Monk Kidd.  After the Mermaid Chair I was a bit skeptical but she really came around for her most recent novel.  This is the story of a young abolitionist minded girl from a slave owning family in Charlestown, and her salve.  The story really begins with the intersection of the two main characters when Hetty, a 10 year old slave, is given as a birthday present to Sarah, the eleven year old daughter of a slave owning family. The novel follows their life of struggle from both perspectives giving insight to the complex inner termoil both women faced as well as hardship and oppression from differing angles.  I was also very impressed with the fact that Sarah was an actual historical figure who's true story Kidd kept a close hold of throughout the novel.  It is well written, moving, and made me feel like a more informed person at the end. 


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Longbourn Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345806970
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Published: Vintage Books - June 17th, 2014

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Longbourn is a wonderful story aside from the wonderful story backdrop of Pride & Prejudice.  This is the story of the servants to Longbourn during the various plots that unfold in Pride & Prejudice, but it does not piggy back off of the original and makes you feel like you are reading the same story.  These characters are well developed and complex, with beautiful heartbreaking stories to tell that is all their own. For anyone who is a fan of Jane Austen, or period fiction in general, or the master-servant paradigm, this is a very interesting and moving book worth your time.

 


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The Signature of All Things Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143125846
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 24th, 2014

In Elizabeth Gilbert's return to the novel she has written about something close to my heart: a scientific woman.  Her artfully imagined tale winds through most of the nineteenth century, following a woman who has truly remarkable experiences in a time where a woman was usually more of an ornament than active participant in her own life. A perfect read for sitting on the patio as the autumn light wanes, this book is beautifully written with a central character you grow to love and admire. Great for fans of Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behavior and Ann Patchett's State of Wonder.


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Home Made Winter Cover Image
By Yvette Van Boven, Oof Verschuren (Photographer)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781617690044
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Published: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang - September 25th, 2012

Home Made Winter is the perfect cook book to turn those long cold nights into bountiful culinary experiences.  Learn  how to make apple cider (it takes a food processor and strong arms!) and fresh cheese!  I have found this indispensable in my winter kitchen so far and can't wait to see what the rest of the season brings.  There are also sections that showcase family favorite recipes for various winter holidays from the Feast of St. Nicholas to the celebration of the New Year.  I recommend sitting under a blanket with a warm mug of tea while browsing the pages for the first time, you will not be disappointed.


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The Preservation Kitchen: The Craft of Making and Cooking with Pickles, Preserves, and Aigre-Doux Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781607741008
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Published: Ten Speed Press - April 3rd, 2012

This food is incredible.  Each recipe gives you enough to make preserves for you and everyone you love to enjoy throughout the year.  Does your uncle love the rich chocolate stout that is so popular now?  Make some beer jam out of it and hand it out at Christmas parties!  The brandied sour cherries are to die for and the grilled skirt steak with fennel panzanella salad is a truly memorable meal.  I have personally tried several of these dishes and I can honestly say they are mind blowingly good.  It is like having Paul Virant at your side, coaching you through the elegant succulence of ordinary flavors coming to life under the right circumstances.


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Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration: 20 New Designs with Historic Roots Cover Image
By Denyse Schmidt, John Gruen (Photographer)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781584799009
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Published: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang - April 1st, 2012

In this lovely collection of quilting patterns and techniques Denyse Schmidt does not drag your attention from the patterns and workmanship suggestions with elaborate stories like some authors do.  There is a brief and beautiful introduction to where the pattern originated followed by simple, well thought out explanations of construction that quilters from the novice to the expert will be able to create.  She even gives fabric used in the projects from the book and includes a foldout template section at the back for the more complex designs. Truly a work of beauty and inspiration, every quilting home should have this on their shelf.


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The Round House Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062065254
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 24th, 2013

This book is a hauntingly descriptive tale of a brutal attack on an Ojibwe woman in the late 1980's as seen through the eyes of her early teenage son.  The story is engrossing and the writing is impeccable.  These people stay with you long after you close the book.


Ali's Picks


A color-coded guide to the books you should read.  

(Who knew Mariah Carey had such great literary taste?)

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Necropolis Cover Image
By Santiago Gamboa, Howard Curtis (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609450731
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Europa Editions - June 26th, 2012

Lordy, lordy, lordy. And I ask thee: what's not to love about some super-sensual metafiction set in Jerusalem featuring porn stars and televangelists? Hallowed by thy name, Gamboa.

Good for: 

  • Having an experience that you can't describe with words, only vague hand motions
  • Feeling awe at the ability of some writers
  • Getting lost in a story
  • Getting lost in a character


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The Argonauts Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781555977351
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 26th, 2016

There's not much I can say about this book that hasn't already been said by people way smarter and more qualified to speak than me. Just read it! 

Good for: 

  • Moments of incredible insight
  • Intellectual stimulation
  • Feeling culturally and politically relevant


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The Orphan Master's Son Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812982626
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Published: Random House Trade - August 7th, 2012

Well, well, well. So you want to know more about North Korea, huh? Are you sure? Once you know, you know, you can't unknow - but this book may make the knowing worth it.

It's beautiful and provocative and emotional, and it reminds us all that while North Korea is a stone-cold bummer, sometimes - rarely - a person's story can fuse with the story of his nation to give us something we really, really needed.

Good for:

  • Getting lost in a story
  • Getting lost in a character
  • Simple enjoyment of quality writing
  • Learning about North Korea
  • Feeling culturally and politically relevant
  • Moments of incredible insight


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Pippi Longstocking (Puffin Modern Classics) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780142402498
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Published: Puffin Books - April 21st, 2005

Pippi Longstocking is my hero, mentor, best friend, and probably distant relative.

Good for:

  • Not just your kids!
  • Smiling
  • Getting lost in a character
  • Falling in love with childhood


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House of Leaves: The Remastered, Full-Color Edition Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9780375420528
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Published: Pantheon Books - March 7th, 2000

WARNING: THIS BOOK WILL MESS WITH YOU. I'm being for real. This is a serious warning, because I don't want responsibility if you read this and then start observing small fractures in the fabric of your own reality - that's not on me. CAN YOU HANDLE IT? If you can, it might change your life.

Good for:

  • Pushing your mental and emotional boundaries
  • Getting lost in a story
  • Getting lost in a character
  • Feeling awe at the ability of some writers


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Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374531386
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 28th, 2008

Oh, Joan Didion. What can I say? Required nonfiction reading, I think; only remember to take a break every so often to smile and tell yourself that we're not slowly regressing into a chaotic, godless apocalypse... probably.  

Good for:

  • Intellectual stimulation
  • Feeling academic and impressing strangers
  • Moments of incredible insight


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The Third Reich Cover Image
By Roberto Bolano, Natasha Wimmer (Translator)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781250013934
Availability: Backordered
Published: Picador USA - November 27th, 2012

Possibly my favorite Bolano, which is saying something because I'm obsessed with him (RIP, Bob). This is one of the most atmospheric books I've ever read, by which I mean that while you read it an almost tangible layer of salt coats the air like his words have created weight around you, of their own volition, without you realizing it. It's got flavor. Includes: murder, mystery, war games, lust, and the beach.

Good for:

  • Getting lost in a story
  • Getting lost in a character
  • Pushing your emotional and mental boundaries
  • Having an experience that you can't describe with words, only vague hand motions
  • Feeling awe at the ability of some writers


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Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780307700667
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - January 17th, 2013

Well, this book is a buzz-kill... but the best kind, you know? The kind that illuminates some fascinating aspect of heretofore hidden civilization like aliens or global conspiracies or Hollywood cults - or, as in this case, all of these things. It's crazy! And while you may find yourself despairing at the perpetually confounding nature of human religious belief, you will have at least the smallest bit of awe at L. Ron Hubbard's sheer productivity, and the scope and mania of his vision. Wright did a respectable job distilling fact from fiction in his research, which is good news, because this is a story that involves a lot of propaganda.

Good for:

  • Feeling culturally and politically relevant
  • Learning about Scientology
  • Getting lost in a story (the story of L.Ron Hubbard)


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Foucault's Pendulum Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780156032971
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Published: Mariner Books - March 5th, 2007

Trying to describe this book is difficult, but I will say that Umberto Eco is a strange one - and a genius. Nominally, it's about a group of friends in 1970s Italy who make up a fake conspiracy theory... but it's more than that,obviously. It takes you on fun (often funny) tangents into little crevices of history or into the orbit of meandering observations of life and people and art. Think: The Da Vinci Code, only written well.  

Good for:

  • Intellectual stimulation
  • Pushing your mental and emotional boundaries
  • Escaping into history
  • Smiling
  • Having an experience that you can't describe with words, only vague hand motions


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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307408853
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Published: Broadway Books - May 1st, 2012

If you like history and don't mind rooting around in its more shadowy corners, you'll enjoy Eric Larson's latest. It's a captivating, well-written, and well-researched account of Nazism's nascent evil establishing itself in Germany. Provides some interesting insights into the other side(s) of historical events.

Good for:

  • Intellectual stimulation
  • Feeling culturally and politically relevant
  • Learning about early Nazi Germany
  • Escaping into history


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Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780380813810
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 25th, 2004

Who doesn't love a good, quasi-heretical fictionalized history of Jesus Christ's childhood BFF, am I right?

Right. I'll preface this by admitting that I'm a preacher's kid, so naturally this book possessed an almost magnetic draw for me - and that, combined with six years of formal theological study, made it impossible for me not to read this. With that being said, this book (Christopher Moore's masterpiece, in my opinion) will truly enrich the lives of anyone who reads it, not just those unnaturally obsessed with religion, so long as they aren't easily offended. But honestly, Moore's portrayal of teen Jesus is kind of sweet, definitely beautiful, and seriously touching. And Biff is one of my all-time favorite characters in fiction (almost on par with Pippi.)

Good for:

  • Smiling
  • Getting lost in a character
  • Getting lost in a story
  • Offending all of your conservative, uptight coworkers


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Sputnik Sweetheart Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780375726057
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Published: Vintage - April 9th, 2002

WHAT IS THIS BOOK?! I mean, I guess it's fine. I read it in one day. Whatever.

Good for: 

  • Getting lost in a character
  • Having an experience that you can't describe with words, only vague hand motions
  • Simple enjoyment of quality writing
  • Getting lost in a story


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2666 Cover Image
By Roberto Bolano, Natasha Wimmer (Translator)
$24.00
ISBN: 9780312429218
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Published: Picador USA - September 1st, 2009

What Jason said.

Good for: 

  • Having an experience that you can't describe with words, only vague hand motions
  • Simple enjoyment of quality writing
  • Getting lost in a character
  • Moments of incredible insight

 

 


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Winter of the World Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780451419248
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Published: New American Library - August 27th, 2013

Good for:

  • Getting lost in a story
  • Getting lost in a character
  • Escaping into history


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White Noise Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140077025
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Published: Penguin Books - January 7th, 1986

I recently lost my Don DeLillo virginitiy and it was just as magical as I could have hoped and dreamed. What a man! What a writer! His style is perfect, and perfectly unique, and it suits the cadence of the book's plot so perfectly that, you know, it's perfect. It's a perfect book.

Good for:

  • Simple enjoyment of quality writing
  • Getting lost in a character
  • Moments of incredible insight
  • Smiling
  • Having an experience that you can't describe with words, only vague hand motions


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I and Thou Cover Image
$7.75
ISBN: 9788087830345
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available in 1-3 days.
Published: Important Books - July 7th, 2013

Read it. Just... read it. Ok?

Good for:

  • Moments of incredible insight
  • Intellectual stimulation
  • Feeling awe at the ability of some writers
  • Having an experience that you can't describe with words, only vague hand motions
  • Feeling academic and impressing strangers


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On Immunity: An Inoculation Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977207
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 15th, 2015

Eula Biss is an excellent writer: relatable, super smart, and not too showy. This book is skinny in size but kind of huge in implication — spanning a lot of the critical questions we ask ourselves as modern humans who must live and work in close proximity to each other. Biss explores the issues of infectious disease and parenting, the history of and debate on vaccination, and what it means to be "healthy" in age of technology. It's a great read and a great choice for book clubs. 

Good for: 

  • Feeling culturally and politically relevant
  • Intellectual stimulation
  • Moments of incredible insight
  • Feeling academic and impressing strangers


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Eileen Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143128755
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Published: Penguin Books - August 16th, 2016

A relatively quick read, Eileen gives a beautiful glimpse into a woman's life who has...had enough. It's part vignette, part character study, and all liberation. 

Good for: 

  • Simple enjoyment of quality writing
  • Getting lost in a character
  • Getting lost in a story


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The Sellout Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250083258
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Published: Picador USA - March 1st, 2016

This book is the fuck-you-mic-drop that we collectively need but rarely see done well. It's hilarious and poignant and quircky and a little perfect. 

Good for: 

  • Simple enjoyment of quality writing
  • Feeling culturally and politically relevant
  • Intellectual stimulation
  • Moments of incredible insight


Emma's Picks

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The Usual Santas: A Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers Cover Image
By Peter Lovesey (Foreword by), Mick Herron (Contribution by), Cara Black (Contribution by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781616957759
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Published: Soho Crime - October 24th, 2017

An stellar seasonal sampler of Soho Crime authors. The stories range from grisy to festive, from scary to funny, from heartbreaking to, well, almost heartwarming—these are crime stories, after all! You may find in these pages an author who is an old friend, or an author who'll be a favorite discovery. All around, a fantastic holiday read, & a great gift for the mystery reader on your list, too.


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Let's All Die Happy Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780822965145
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - October 23rd, 2017

Need some new poetry? Need to read some poems that time travel, serenade a dishwasher, or take a look at the trap of a romanticized youth? Need to read some poems that sound so good you want to read them aloud? You may need this book. If you've ever realized that the world is made of stories, & that, as Adair-Hodges puts it, "one day it is your finger on the spindle, / the next you are cursing the bobbin," then these poems—encompassing dating, childhood, aging, fairy tales, motherhood—these will speak to you.


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A Legacy of Spies Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735225114
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Published: Viking - September 5th, 2017

Le Carré invites us to return to the heart of the Cold War era—Legacy revisits a turning point in both Smiley’s career & the security of Britain’s intelligence service, but from the discomfiting vantage of hindsight, which is, of course, anything but 20/20. The story takes an unflinching look at the personal costs of espionage, & reminds us, as ever, that Smiley, if not always our government, tries to move towards peace. It’s a pleasure to visit with these characters, with their strengths & frailties, once again.


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The Windfall Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780451498915
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - June 27th, 2017

A midlife change in financial fortune starts off this debut novel—the Jhas have come into money, & so they move from their modest flat in East Delhi to a new, gated community. The Jhas & their neighbors, old & new, reckon with what money can & can’t change—& what it shouldn’t. Encompassing manners & romances, this generously observed social comedy is a perfect read for the end of the summer, or any time of the year when one is wishing for a modern Austen-esque novel to dive into.


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You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316270755
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Published: Little Brown and Company - June 13th, 2017

Alexie’s memoir examines his relationship with his mother, its unceasing love & its many-faceted failures. Fans of his semi-autobiographic novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian will want to dive into his life again, this time more directly. He uses poetry & prose to honor & to question his mother, his language always unfailingly splendid in its clarity. Alexie’s memoir reveals how our stories define us & free us through every telling.


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Magpie Murders Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062645227
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Published: Harper - June 6th, 2017

This murder mystery can satisfy readers looking for a cozy village puzzle as well as those looking for a sharper-edged modern thriller. This nested plot is both encomium & loving critique of mysteries’ popularity, whether televised or set in print. You’ve seen Horowitz’s writing on TV (Poirot, Midsomer Murders, Foyle’s War)—this foray into print is gripping, fun, & keeps the reader guessing till the end. 


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$16.00
ISBN: 9780307455925
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Published: Anchor Books - March 4th, 2014

Americanah is both a unfolding love story & an incisive look at constructions of race—Ifemelu is a transplant to the U.S. from Nigeria, and the story of the end of her time in the States and her return to Nigeria is bound up in her youthful love affair with the man she called Ceiling, and in all she has had to learn about how to be black in America, as well as all she has to learn about having been an expat upon her return to Nigeria. Like Austen, Adichie uses the framework of love lost & longed for to examine the society she, and the rest of us, move through. Her beautiful writing & her characters' intimate dilemmas reveal a multiplicity of layers in the world around & beyond us. 


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ISBN: 9780316085274
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 1st, 2010

"If only I had some summer reading that made me laugh," your kid says. "If only we could read something besides the Magic Tree House," you think. Don't let the movie's existence stop you--run right out and try Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon books. Gentler than the movie, and more outrageous, these books are fun to read aloud and exciting enough for the listener to pick up the book and read ahead when your voice is gone. Hiccup is the hero we all could be, and his efforts to find a new way to be the Viking leader his dad hopes him to be are funny and touching and never soppy. It's a great series. (And if you are wondering if your young reader will have the Monty-Python-appreciation gene, these books may be the predictor to soothe your fears.)


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Nation Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780061433030
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Published: HarperCollins - September 22nd, 2009

Enough story for readers of any age: tsunami, pirates, sharks, astronomy, beer, how we make meaning from tragedy, how we communicate, even mistaken priorities of colonialism--he packs a lot in. It's funny, heartbreaking, adventuresome and contemplative--classic Pratchett, even if not Discworld. A good introduction to a wonderful writer.


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$7.99
ISBN: 9780786838653
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Published: Hyperion Kids - March 1st, 2006

When I was 11, I'd've said these were the Greatest Books Ever. As a post-6th-grader, however, I can more modestly attest that Percy's adventures swept me away. Riordan's accomplished world-building & plotting make this a great adventure story, with enough humor & tension to keep readers of all ages rapt. Percy's own discovery of the world of Greek mythology provides an excellent introduction to the newcomer, and the story's layers of reference to Homer, Bullfinch, and beyond will provide satisfying touchstones to readers' further explorations of the myths themselves.


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The True Meaning of Smekday Cover Image
By Adam Rex, Adam Rex (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780786849017
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Published: Hyperion Books - May 1st, 2009

A very funny and surprisingly insightful novel. For any fan of Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, or Jasper Fforde. Or for those you hope will grow up to be fans of theirs, too.


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Half Magic Cover Image
By Edward Eager, N. M. Bodecker (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780152020682
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Published: Odyssey Classics - March 31st, 1999

Even more than a funny, kind, magic-filled (well, half-magic filled) adventure story, this novel is a delicious screwball comedy for the 12-and-under set.  A family of four kids finds a magic coin and has to work out the limits of its wishing power from first principles.  A hoot of a story!


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Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393339918
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 4th, 2011

Read this to feel good about your earthbound life, to marvel at the unsung details & work & research that send astronauts into space, and to laugh with Roach over the myriad detours her research into the science of space travel makes and at her own surprising discoveries. This one is as wonderful as her other books, too.


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The Paradise: A Novel (TV Tie-In) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143124702
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Published: Penguin Books - September 4th, 2013

The Paradise is an absorbing novel about the birth of marketing, department stores, and conspicuous consumption. Though it is the product of 19th-century France, it remains remarkably contemporary in its portrayal of rampaging capitalism's pros and cons as well as in its rendering of frenzied shoppers. And there is even a little love story to carry you along, too. Splendid, indeed!


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