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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 sympathetic 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
$20.00
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 growing up and learning what it means to forgive someone and when it's time to say goodbye.


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Circe Cover Image
$27.00
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.


Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307476074
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Published: Vintage - March 26th, 2013

I don't think that I would ever want to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading about it! Strayed's novel reminded me of how beautiful yet dangerous the wild can be. Both poignant and funny, I recommend Wild to anyone who has ever craved adventure--even from inside of a book.


The Bronze Horseman Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061854149
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 8th, 2009

I read this book a few weeks into quarantine and could not put it down! It is now my absolute favorite book of all time. Personally, I find the Siege of Leningrad fascinating, and this book was a visceral portrayal of love during this soul-crushing period in history. From the momment I started this book, I was captivated. Tatiana and Alexander's romance is an adrenaline filled adventure that propels you through the novel. You will laugh, cry, and fall in love with these characters as they struggle to prove that their love is stronger than everything else that surrounds them.


The Night Circus Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307744432
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Published: Anchor - July 3rd, 2012

The Night Circus easily makes my list of greatest novels of all time. Erin Morgenstern's prose style is undeniably beautiful and unlike anyone else's. The attention to detail in everything from the circus tents to the characters' clothing to the very smell of burnt caramel in the air makes the novel come alive! The characters traverse this brilliantly-crafted world with multi-layered personalities, and the plot propels the reader forward with them. I do not have enough kind words to say about this book!


Yes No Maybe So Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062937049
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 4th, 2020

For a light-hearted YA novel, Yes No Maybe So tackles a variety of different subjects with surprising ease. The romance between a Jewish boy and a Muslim girl combined with the optimistic view about the political landscape was incredibly uplifting. I related to the teenage struggles of both characters and hope that these two writers do more collaborations in the future!


A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143110439
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Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2019

A Gentleman in Moscow is the perfect quarantine book. This novel followers the story of a former Russian aristocrat during his exile in a hotel. As he interacts with the regular cast of characters who embrace the hotel as their home, the count becomes a father, a lover, and a man with strong code of ethics. This was a beautifully written and well crafted novel.


Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Cover Image
$37.50
ISBN: 9780062316097
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Published: Harper - February 10th, 2015

For anyone who read Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel, I highly recommend Sapiens. This novel outlines the evolution of humans and attempts to answers questions about the creation of language, the switch from nomadic life to agriculture, and the death of early sapien relatives. While this book is not light, it is easily readable and thoroughly enlightening.


Memoirs of a Geisha Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780375400117
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Published: Knopf - September 23rd, 1997

I knew very ittle about Japanese Geisha culture or even Japan before reading this book, but I am now fascinated! Arthur Golden's novel sucks you into a world of beauty, pain, and strength as you follow a young girl through her Geisha training. Begining in a small fishing village and ending after the devastation of Word War II, this novel is an empowering narrative of fearless women who defy the odds and the power of love.


Roller Girl Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780803740167
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Published: Dial Books - March 10th, 2015

I was a huge Raina Telgemeier fan as a kid, and Roller Girl definately reminded me of Smile and Sisters. Jamieson perfectly captures the awful feeling of friends growing apart which is something I bet most of us can relate to. (Don't tell Raina, but I think Roller Girl is my new favorite graphic novel).


Yayoi Kusama Covered Everything in Dots and Wasn't Sorry. Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781838660802
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Published: Phaidon Press - March 18th, 2020

The eccentric and eclectic Yayoi Kusama is now in picturebook form! With pages full of polka dots, pumpkins, and lots of funky patterns, her story is one that even the youngest reader can enjoy.


Main Street #1: Welcome to Camden Falls Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780439868792
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - May 1st, 2007

I rarely hear anyone talk about the Main Street series, but these books were some of my favorites as a kid. After the sudden death of their parents, Flora and Ruby move to the small town of Camden Falls to live with their grandmother. The two sisters soon make friends with Camden Falls residents Olivia and Nikki and begin the next chapter in their lives. Even though the characters face difficult topics such as death, abuse, and new beginnings, the friendships they have made in Camden Falls help them persevere. This novel is a touching coming of age story for anyone who grew up with the March sisters or the Babysitters Club. 


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