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The History of Bees: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781501161384
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Published: Atria Books - June 5th, 2018

It has been long since I have willingly lost sleep to finish a book I chose to read out of pleasure instead of necessity. I am absolutely in love with this book. The way the stories are intertwined is so beautifully crafted, I wish I could go back and re-read this book again for the first time and rediscover the plot over again. I loved the short chapters that held my attention and begged me to keep learning about the complex lives of William, George, and Tao. This book is so beautiful and I feel lucky to have discovered it. What an incredible story with a powerful lesson on the importance of bees and our lives connected to them, all with an aura of hope for the future.


Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come: One Introvert's Year of Saying Yes Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781449499235
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - May 28th, 2019

As an ambivert, I related hard to this book. The experiences and subsequent reactions to the crazy shenanigans she put herself through made me laugh and blush more than I thought I was going to. I initially went into reading this book because I appreciated the cover and the synopsis Jessica Pan provides. but I came out of this book with such a greater knowledge of what it means to be introverted and extroverted and how saying "yes" really isn't the worst thing in the world.  

I would highly recommend this book if you're (a) looking for ideas and ways to expand your comfort zone, (b) wanting to laugh at someone else's various successes and/or failures for putting themselves out of their comfort zone, or (c) just wanting to read a really fun story of what it is like to like to continually grow and do things we never thought we would do in our lives. 


Maggie M.'s Picks

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!


Kim's Picks

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!


Tenley's Picks

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.


Summer of '69 Cover Image
$22.40
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.


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.


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.


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. 


Cheryl's Picks

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The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143127741
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Published: Penguin Books - September 8th, 2015

Trauma, the new epidemic of our generation, or rather the epidemic that has always been there, we are just finally starting to talk about it. Every time I pick up this book I learn something new not only about myself, but about the study of human nature. Van der Kolk takes a leap, deep inside the developing human mind, exposing the past, while guiding the way to a more positive life and future.


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Jane: A Murder Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781593766580
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Published: Soft Skull Press - September 13th, 2016

Maggie Nelson explores the twisted past of her murdered aunt in Jane: A Murder. This book is not only a collection of poetry meditating on the loss of the aunt she never knew, but also acollection of police reports, newspaper articles, and diary entries from Jane herself. Jane: A Murder explores violent and sudden loss from all perspectives, and its impact on a community.


Turtles All the Way Down Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780525555377
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Published: Penguin Books - June 11th, 2019

The best of John Green's works. Green delves deep into the brain of a teenage girl, sometimes making it difficult to read, as he explores the complexities of anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. This presence of mental illness along with a little romance and mystery make this one hard to put down. 


Lilly's Picks

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.


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.


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.


Amanda's Picks

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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
$22.36
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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Dandy Cover Image
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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The Orphan of Salt Winds Cover Image
$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.


Seth's Picks

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Idiot Wind: A Memoir Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781786897367
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Published: Canongate Books - August 2019

An engaging 'On The Road' style memoir.  After a disastrous drug, depression, death, and debt filled life in 1980's New York City, Kaldheim hits the highway, flat broke, in search of a fresh start.  Train hopping, hitch-hiking, homeless shelters, and loads of interesting characters. 


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Go-Bots Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781684054749
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Published: IDW Publishing - July 23rd, 2019

These are not the Go-Bots you are thinking of! Tom Scioli takes your favorite cheap Transformers knock-offs and composes his own bizarre psychedelic masterpiece through a kaleidoscopic Jack Kirby lens.  A ton of manic, goofy fun!

 


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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525510871
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Published: Random House - June 18th, 2019

I can't quite put my finger on why, but I found this story of the disolution of the marriage of a NYC doctor and his successful agent wife totally fascinating.  Maybe it's the missing spouse, maybe the shifting perspectives, maybe (probably) the gender politics, or maybe the peek into lives I don't relate to.  I read it all in one fantastic vacation day!


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FKA USA: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250108890
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Published: Flatiron Books - June 18th, 2019

A post (or maybe pre) apocalyptic road trip that mixes The Stand with Idiocracy by way of Terry Gilliam.  Our loveable loser of a hero has to transport a talking goat across the chaotic territories Formerly Known As the United States, now a series of corporate nation states or lawless tribal wastelands, in order to prevent a possibly second end of the world. A little gross, a lot crass, very funny, but terrifyingly too close to now than it might seem.


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Machines Like Me: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385545112
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Published: Nan A. Talese - April 23rd, 2019

It's a bizarre android love triangle!  In this alternate history, Alan Turing developed artificial intelligence, the U.K. lost the Falklands War, and Margaret Thatcher got the boot.  You might have a crush on your neighbor, but watch out!  She might be more interested in your shiny new robot.


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This Searing Light, the Sun and Everything Else: Joy Division: The Oral History Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780571345373
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Published: Faber & Faber Social - April 23rd, 2019

Get hip to the Alpha and Omega of post punk and goth with Jon (England's Dreaming) Savage's comprehensive story of the rise and tragic fall of Joy Division, leading up to the birth of New Order.  Band members, family, and friends tell the tale in my favorite of music bio formats, the oral history!

 


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Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781524798628
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 5th, 2019

You loved "A Star Is Born"! You love Fleetwood Mac!  Mash them together and you have this fun and breezy fictional oral history of your new favorite made up supergroup.  It's Behind The Music in book form!


Do Angels Need Haircuts? Cover Image
By Lou Reed, Anne Waldman (Foreword by), Laurie Anderson (Afterword by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9781944860219
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Published: Anthology Editions - August 14th, 2018

In August of 1970, a 28-year-old Lou Reed quit the Velvet Underground, moved home to Long Island, New York, and embarked on a fascinating alternate creative path: poetry. Spending months in relative isolation, the musician refashioned himself, publicly vowing to never again play rock and roll. Reed wrote verse and contributed his work to journals and small press publications.


Space Battleship Yamato: The Classic Collection Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781626929128
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Published: Seven Seas - April 9th, 2019

The americanized cartoon version of this Japanese classic was the first introduction to anime and manga for a lot of old nerds like me.  A space faring, rip roaring cosmic Lord of the Rings with a bit of Robotech thrown in for good measure.


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Wolf in White Van: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250074713
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Published: Picador - September 2015

Between this delightfully disturbing novel and his other book "Universal Harvester", the prolific songwriter of the long-running Mountain Goats has found himself the voice of yesterday's forgotten Dungeons & Dragons metal loving dirtbags.  The darker side of your "Ready Player One"s and "Stranger Things", if you will.  And you must!!!


Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011 Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062233103
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Published: Dey Street Books - November 13th, 2018

A super fun and gossipy oral history on the early 2000's NYC "Rock Revival" scene.  All the dirt on the Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, the Yeah Yeah Yeah's, and more, straight from the artists and friends that were there.  Dig out that crusty old ipod in that shoebox under your bed and enjoy!


Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc. Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101985267
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Published: Dutton - November 13th, 2018

A breezy rock memoir from the singer/songwriter or Wilco that's more conversational than controversial that chronicles band dynamics, addiction, recovery, and family.  I might've subtitled it "How To Survive & Thrive In Rock & Roll", but it's got a pretty lengthy title without my help.  I love a good music bio, and this one still surprised me with how engaging, fun, and interesting the story was through Tweedy's common sense lens.  You will enjoy whether a fan of the band or not!


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Marvelocity: The Marvel Comics Art of Alex Ross (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
By Alex Ross, Chip Kidd, J. J. Abrams (Introduction by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9781101871973
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Published: Pantheon - October 2nd, 2018

To say Alex Ross is the Norman Rockwell of traditional comic art is an understatement.  Using real life models as a reference, he brings the golden, silver, and modern comic ages to life in a way that the movies don't even come close to.  This fantastic art book takes you into his process, showcases his decades of Marvel art , and include a great new fully painted Alex Ross Spider-Man story.


Powers Book One Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781401287450
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Published: Jinxworld - November 27th, 2018

Is it dynamic superhero action or is it gritty crime noir?  Why choose?  It's both!  From the creator of your favorite new Spidey, aka Miles Morales, Brian Michael Bendis crafts moody CSI in tights.  Not for kids, but dark fun for fans of the comics looking to dive a little deeper.


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