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Females Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781788737371
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Published: Verso - October 29th, 2019

Females is written around Chu's thesis: Everyone is female, and everyone hates it. What unfolds is a sharply funny analysis of how we understand our gender, as well as a mining of Valerie Solanas written work for its genius and contradictions.


Future Home of the Living God: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062694058
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Published: Harper - November 14th, 2017

Future Home of the Living God is an eerily nearby story of the affects of climate change on government, the reconciliation of adoptive and birth parents, and pregnancy in an inconvenient time, all told by a narrator managing to keep... so calm. This was, unquestionably, my favorite book from 2017.


The Friend: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735219458
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019

I read many dog books in my youth and I am happy to say this is a treat for lovers of literary fiction! Read this if you like Max Porter and hated the ending of Old Yeller.


Literally Show Me a Healthy Person Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780999218600
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Published: Tyrant Books - September 12th, 2017

A book which reproduces the feeling of falling down the stairs or maybe crying in a bathtub. Start it because a book with sentences that would go viral on twitter couldn't possibly form a storyline, finish it because Wilder creates biting prose in tiny, funny-but-always-sad moments. For lovers of Melissa Broder and Miranda July.


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$16.00
ISBN: 9781608468560
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Published: Haymarket Books - September 12th, 2017

“If he don't ever buy you nothing
and I mean nothing -
I don't mean your birthstone,
I don't mean groceries, even -
I mean if he don't buy you an ice-cream cone,
I mean if he don't buy you time when you had none,
I mean if he don't buy your fantastic tales, calls them nonsense,
then he's gotta go.”
Eve L. Ewing, Electric Arches


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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: A Novel Cover Image
By Olga Tokarczuk, Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Translated by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525541332
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 13th, 2019

A unique, often hilarious, and undoubtedly strange take on the murder mystery by 2018's Nobel Prize winner. The perfect gift for fans of Leonora Carrington, animal-loving feminists, or anyone looking for a new, absorbing thriller.


Steppenwolf: A Novel (Picador Modern Classics) Cover Image
By Hermann Hesse, Basil Creighton (Translated by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250074829
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Published: Picador Modern Classics - November 3rd, 2015

Does urban existence have you overwhelmed with feelings of nihilism and isolation? Has society, solipsism, or the rational-paradigm left you feebly romanticizing your expedient end? Steppenwolf is the remedy. Harry Haller, a middle-aged, bourgeois intellectual wonders the streets of Zurich contemplating the futility of his existence, Goethe, and the razor blade that awaits him... Until Harry meets a delightful sprite, Hermine, who instructs him on the joys of being alive. This book will renew your wonder in the grand design.


Ecstatic Cahoots: Fifty Short Stories Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780374280505
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 3rd, 2014

A collection of flash fiction spanning the full range of human experience, told in the lyric and tender voice of a tragically under-read contemporary master. Dybek’s short stories frame the grayest corners of life and imbue that quotidian tickertape with rose-gold romance.


Venus in Furs Cover Image
By Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Joachim Neugroschel (Translated by), Larry Wolff (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140447811
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Classics - June 1st, 2000

The story which inspired that one Velvet Underground song. An erudite, wildly entertaining 19th century novel that delves into the philosophy of the submissive impulse. Follow Severin as he tends his obsessive desire to be possessed, in totality, by his idol of worship: the fur-clad, red-haired goddess Wanda Von Dunajew. Perfect for those wanting to dip a toe, but who find De Sade extreme.


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$12.95
ISBN: 9780375700521
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Published: Pantheon - September 8th, 1998

The Lover is a crystallized masterpiece accounting an affair Duras had when she was fifteen with a rich Chinese man twelve years her senior in French Indochina. Written just before Duras turned 70, it expresses the retrospective wisdom of a fifty-five year gestation in sparse and gutting prose. This narrative will inscribe its longing, despair, and tragic beauty on the very center of your being.


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$16.95
ISBN: 9780679741930
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Published: Vintage - October 31st, 1995

Do not let any Faulkner preconceptions disuade you from devouring this novel. It is, essentially, a page-turning romance of the highest caliber. Charlotte and Harry meet in 1937 New Orleans and experience an affair so consuming, they sacrifice all comforts, conformity, and hopes for normalcy in pursuit of bohemian passion. Their story is woven together with a convict's redemption narrative and the juxtaposition of these parallel fictions elevates each far beyond its individual possibility. 


How Should a Person Be?: A Novel from Life Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250032447
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Published: Picador - June 25th, 2013

Sheila Heti's is an entirely individual perspective, style, and sensitivity. Categorized as part of that elusive genre, autofiction, How Should a Person Be? perceives the world of modern Toronto after Heti divorces her first husband and meets painter, Margaux Williamson. Framed by the complicated, shifting dynamics of a probing female friendship, this 'novel from life' points a wayward finger toward the creation of self with humor, grace, and vulnerability.


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The Grace Year Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250145444
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Published: Wednesday Books - October 8th, 2019

An exciting mix of horror, survival, romance, and friendship, this book is a roller coaster from start to finish. I could not put it down. Kim Liggett has truly outdone herself. With a strong female lead and suspenseful plot, this young adult dystopian novel is a great read for any Hunger Games or Handmaid's Tale lover out there.


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$7.99
ISBN: 9780316262262
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

A short and powerful read about a twelve-year old boy who is shot and killed by a police officer. As a ghost, twelve-year old Jerome watches on as his death tears apart his family and community. This book beautifully weaves historical and socio-political issues of race and police brutality in America and is an appropriate story for readers of all ages. Books like this one make change happen and spark important thought and action among young people.


Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481438285
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 8th, 2019

Yet another book by Jason Reynolds that I absolutely adore. This story follows various students on their way home from school; ten different tales for each block walked. While overall lighthearted and consumable, this book also deals with difficult topics, such as divorce, bullying, and death. Any reader can find at least one character to relate to, demonstrating the ways in which we are all dynamic and complex individuals that happen to share, at the very least, a walk home.


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A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780547577319
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Published: Clarion Books - October 4th, 2011

A true story about a young boy fighting for his survival during the second Sudanese Civil War, this book paints an excellent image of the reality faced by those living in a war-torn country. Accounts of hardship, family, death, and hope enable young readers to grasp with difficult topics, as well as build empathy and understanding. A great read!


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Maybe Cover Image
By Kobi Yamada, Gabriella Barouch (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781946873750
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Published: Compendium Publishing & Communications - September 15th, 2019

With absolutely stunning illustrations, this whimsical picture book takes readers on a journey through all of the endless possibilities life has in store for us. It is a gentle reminder that everyone has potential for greatness.


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I Am Human: A Book of Empathy Cover Image
By Susan Verde, Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781419731655
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 2nd, 2018

A delightful children's book about compassion. Susan Verde shows how each of us is instilled with amazing qualities, yet at the same time capable of making mistakes. The book teaches how to handle our imperfections with grace. Beautiful teamwork (again) with illustrator Peter Reynolds!


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Love That Dog: A Novel Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780064409599
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Published: HarperCollins - April 8th, 2008

Sharon Creech describes the heart-felt journey of a young boy's love for his dog.  The story is told through a poetry journal with the boy's teacher.  Be prepared to shed a tear!


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If Monet Painted a Monster Cover Image
By Amy Newbold, Greg Newbold (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780884487685
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Published: Tilbury House Publishers - October 1st, 2019

This book is a  fun cross between monsters and classic art.  The illustrations have vivid colors and a cute hamster who tends to all the art supplies.  The end of the book contains a section with a brief, kid-friendly description of each artist contained within.  Fun and educational!


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Up in the Leaves: The True Story of the Central Park Treehouses Cover Image
By Shira Boss, Jamey Christoph (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781454920717
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - March 6th, 2018

This is a true story about a young boy who finds refuge from the chaos of the city by building treehouses in the trees of Central Park.  Unfortunately, each of the treehouses is discovered and removed.  Over the course of eight years, Bob Redman builds a total of 13 treehouses in the Central Park trees! 

The author first met Bob Redman when she was looking for an arborist to help prune a tree for her!  Be sure to read the book jacket flaps for more fun facts.


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I See, I See.: (Children's Rhyming Book, Baby Shower Gift, New Baby Gift, Interactive Picture Book) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452183343
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Published: Chronicle Books - November 5th, 2019

What a clever way to introduce or discuss the topic of perspective with children!  R. Henderson has created a book that is read with two people sitting across from each other, allowing the illustrations to be viewed differently.  What one sees is not the same as what the other sees! This gem is likely to spark some good conversations!


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Love You Head to Toe Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781771473040
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Published: Owlkids - March 15th, 2019

Love You Head to Toe is illustrator's Ashley Barron's first book.  In this book, she compares babies and their actions to different animals.  The comparisons flow throughout different adventures in the life of a baby.  Barron's cut-paper collage illustrations are quite delightful!  A sweet book just in time for new parents or as a valentine book for children.


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American Royals Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984830173
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 2019

This adorable story about the fictionalized royal family of the United States combines both simpathetic characters with elegant prose. Once I began this book, I was completely captivated by a world where America is lead by royalty and finished it within days! The tension between duty and love is woven throughout each character's story in a way that is simaultaneoulsly beautiful and heartbreaking.


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The Mists of Avalon: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780345350497
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 12th, 1987

Mists of Avalon is a wonderful addition to the longstanding tradition of the Arthurian Legend. Told from the perspective of Arthur's sister, Morgaine, this novel focuses on the women involved during the reign of King Arthur and their often underappreciated role in this enduring legend. Bradley harnesses the use of elegant prose to explore gender roles in the face of a cultural battle between Christianity and the dying Druid culture.


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Summer of '69 Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316420013
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 18th, 2019

Both a quaint beach read and a historical pearl, Summer of '69 pays homage to the tumultuous energy of the 1960s and its impact on a nation, a distant island, and a family. Elin Hilderbrand commanders this riveting world to captivate your attention until the very last page in one of the best books of the summer.


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The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780393338102
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 11th, 2010

For anyone who has ever wondered about the great mysteries of our universe, leading string theorist Brian Greene makes the sophisticated world of modern physics accessible to the ordinary reader through the use of clever anecdotes. A testament to the power of thought, this novel celebrates brilliance of humanity and asks us to accept the magnitude of our ignorance.


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Goodbye Stranger Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780385743174
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - August 4th, 2015

A book for anyone who remembers what it feels like to grow up and decide what it means to forgive someone and when it's time to say goodbye.


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Circe Cover Image
$21.60
ISBN: 9780316556347
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 10th, 2018

Poignant, powerful, and a timeless story, Madeline Miller's book is a a fresh take on the many interconnected stories of Greek mythology through the eyes of an unlikely heroine. 


Russian Winter: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061962172
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 5th, 2011

I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good book about ballet or communist Russia. Telling the story both through their experiences in Russia and their recollections of the past, the characters grapple with their love for art and each other in a time where both were deadly.


Lilly's Picks

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I Used to Be Charming: The Rest of Eve Babitz Cover Image
By Eve Babitz, Molly Lambert (Introduction by), Sara Kramer (Editor)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781681373799
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Published: NYRB Classics - October 8th, 2019

As a woman from the frontlines of '70s LA bohemia, Babitz writes with a voluptuous confidence that makes you want to be her best friend. Her writing is sharp, funny, and daringly witty.


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Make It Scream, Make It Burn: Essays Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316259637
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 24th, 2019

Leslie Jamison's new collection of essays is a mesmerizing hybrid of journalism, memoir, and criticism. As one of my literary heros Jamison has solidified her status as the definitive chronicler of human connection and the beauty of mundanity. For fans of Joan Didion, but with a more modern and less smug approach. 


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$16.00
ISBN: 9781938235542
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Published: Hub City Press - August 13th, 2019

In a quiet meditation on love and grief, local author Cross-Smith tells the story of the lives of three friends and how to go on living after a tragedy. Her debut novel is a slow and beautiful burn that will make your heart skip a beat.


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Sick: A Memoir Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062428738
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 5th, 2018

A honest and beautifully written memoir about living with a chronic illness. Beyond this, it's a remarkable story about living through trauma, toxic relationships and addiction that will remind the reader about the value of empathy.


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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062420718
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 12th, 2018

Written by one of my favorite leaders of the modern feminist movement, Roxane Gay's "Hunger" is a brutally honest account about living in her body. The simplicity of her langauge as well as the straightforwardness of her storytelling make the reader feel as though they are sitting across the table from a close friend. For Gay, writing about personal issues like sexual assault and overeating means being able to take up space and to use that space in order to help lead to more understanding.


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Hollywood's Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A. Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501125799
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Published: Scribner - January 8th, 2019

Eve Babitz may not be a household name but for anyone interested in what it was like to live in Los Angeles and Hollywood in the '60s and '70s this book is a must read. Party girl, artist, muse and writer, I immediately became obsessed with Eve and ordered two of her own books. Friends with Joan Didion and an "It Girl" of Hollywood, Babitz's writing has often been overlooked. She left me hungry for more.


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A Good Neighborhood: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250237279
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 10th, 2020

In a departure from her bestselling historical fiction, the author writes a story about a contemporary neighborhood in North Carolina. This book is a perfect book club selection for the new year because there is plenty to discuss about class, race, love, and more. The story of two completely different families who become neighbors poses many questions. What makes a neighborhood “good?” What does it mean to be a good neighbor? And above all, what does it mean to be a good person? A Good Neighborhood will stay with you long after you read the final page.


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The Grace Year Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250145444
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Published: Wednesday Books - October 8th, 2019

In this YA dystopian thriller, sixteen year old girls are banished to the wilderness for a year to release their “magic” and return purified and prepared for marriage. Tierney James realizes that her greatest threat may not be the elements or poachers of the wilderness; it may very well be the other girls. This fierce page-turner is a timely examination of women’s relationships with one another and survival in a fragmented society.


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The Ten Thousand Doors of January Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316421997
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Published: Redhook - September 10th, 2019

The Ten Thousand Doors of January took me on an adventure through generations, continents, and worlds. It is a beautiful mix of genres but ultimately a coming-of-age story about exploration, change, family, and true love. I was lost in January's world and fascinated by the book-within-a-book that had a completely different tone. If you need a magical escape, this is the book for you!


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Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781524731656
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Published: Knopf - May 21st, 2018

This true crime story about the fall of Silicon Valley startup, Theranos, and its CEO and founder, Elizabeth Holmes, is expertly researched and told. The details are so insane, I couldn't put it down. I'm fascinated by this story and the fact that Holmes was so magnetic she could sell a technology that never worked. Bill Gates also recommends this book!


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Skulls! Cover Image
By Blair Thornburgh, Scott Campbell (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534414006
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 23rd, 2019

"Skulls are safe and snug, like a car seat for your brain." I can't wait to share this book with my four year old. The information told in the main text focuses on the science of the skull in a fun and lighthearted way. It's a positive look at a very important part of our bodies. Scott Campbell's watercolor illustrations are lovely. Not your typical picture book, but it's so fun!


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The Stationery Shop Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982107482
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Published: Gallery Books - June 18th, 2019

Set during both the political upheaval in Tehran during 1953 and 60 years later, The Stationery Shop tells the story of young love torn apart and a country's changing future. It has excellent descriptions and character development. The book is a slow burn with a big payoff. It's a fascinating exploration of Iranian culture with a captivating love story.


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The Dreamers: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812994162
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Published: Random House - January 15th, 2019

In a small college town in California, a contagious illness quickly spreads among the residents. The infected cannot be roused from slumber and are displaying heightened levels of brain activity. It is clear they are dreaming, but of what? This is a thought-provoking novel written in clear and elegant prose. The book flows like a dream.


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By Ame Dyckman, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316362955
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2019

The story of a father trying to destroy the dandelion growing in his perfect lawn and his daughter's efforts to save and befriend it. This book is precious and has a valuable message.


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$15.95
ISBN: 9781947793224
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Published: Tin House Books - January 15th, 2019

The exceptional imagery used in this novel sets it apart from other historical fiction placed in Word War II. I felt as if I arrived at the marsh alongside the young orphan Virginia and felt the decay of the home in her later years. The events that haunt the elder Virginia are revealed in an unforgettable way.


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Dear Boy, Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062422514
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Published: HarperCollins - April 23rd, 2019

This is a companion book to the #1 NYT bestseller Dear Girl,. It is an inspirational picture book for boys ages 4-8. The lessons and advice are accompanied with stunning illustrations and it is the perfect book for caretakers to read with their own dear boy!


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Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316204262
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 2nd, 2013

This book is thoroughly entertaining. It is whip-smart, hilarious, and heartwarming all at the same time. Agoraphobic Bernadette is loving, eccentric, and gone. It is up to her teenage daughter Bee to find her. A modern day epistolary that will make you belly laugh.


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Underland: A Deep Time Journey Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393242140
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 4th, 2019

An engrossing journey through worlds underfoot and deep within. Filled with vivid imagery, beautiful language, and surprising connections.


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The Carrying: Poems Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781571315120
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Published: Milkweed Editions - August 14th, 2018

Daniel's Pick

A tender, clear-eyed marvel of a book.  ( Winner of the 2019 National Book Critics Circle Award ! )


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