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2 A.M. in Little America By Ken Kalfus Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781571311443
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Published: Milkweed Editions - May 10th, 2022

2 AM flips the script on the refugee experience. A bold and thought-provoking book about the consequences of extremism, otherness, and the universal longing for home and connection. A must-read for our times.

Read if you liked: Exit West

--Kathy, Book Buyer


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A History of Wild Places: A Novel By Shea Ernshaw Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982164805
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Published: Atria Books - December 7th, 2021

Missing persons and found identities. Love and deception. Utopia and reality. A darkly enthralling and ultimately compulsively readable psychological mystery. Highly recommended.

--Kate M., Book Buyer


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All My Rage: A Novel By Sabaa Tahir Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780593202340
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Published: Razorbill - March 1st, 2022

A tale of friendship becoming love by way of Pakistan to California, to high school, to Mom dying, to jail and college - fueled by rage. A great story!

--Kate B., Book Buyer


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All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries By Martha Wells Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780765397539
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Published: Tordotcom - May 2nd, 2017

Funny, witty, and awkward around humans, Murder Bot, a self-described “heartless killing machine,” just wants to watch their serials. Instead they keep having to prevent their clients from getting murdered on a survey mission that seems rigged to sabotage them.

Read if you like: The Expanse

--James, Bookseller


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Anonymous Sex By Hillary Jordan, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781982177515
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Published: Scribner - February 1st, 2022

Contemporary erotic short stories written by some of today’s most renowned authors. But here’s the thing - you just don’t know who wrote what story. It’s anonymous sex in the most unfulfilling (but safe) ways.

--Jeremy, VP of Buying


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antes que isla es volcán / before island is volcano (Raised Voices) By Raquel Salas Rivera Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807014578
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Published: Beacon Press - April 5th, 2022

It’s incredibly difficult to grapple with creation in any form of art especially when the scope of said creation varies so vastly: how does one create themself, how is one created, is any of that different from the creation of a land mass? A pleasure to read and much less a collection of poetry and more an experience in collective creation.

--Steve, Bookseller


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The Aquanaut: A Graphic Novel By Dan Santat, Dan Santat (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Dan Santat, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780545497619
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Published: Graphix - March 1st, 2022

I devoured this. The Aquanaut is an endearing story with a strong focus on family, both the one you're born into and the one you find. A group of sea creatures wandering around the surface in a scuba suit makes for plenty of comical moments, pairing well with the heartfelt family story. The narrative is great on its own but is elevated to another level with Santat's incredible illustrations. This is a book that offers wide appeal and will entertain all.

--Josh, Book Buyer


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Bad Vibes Only: (and Other Things I Bring to the Table) By Nora McInerny Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982186715
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Published: Atria/One Signal Publishers - October 11th, 2022

Content warning: this book contains the subtle yet devastating shocker that Millennials are reaching middle age. In this anti-motivational collection of essays, McInerny discusses disappearing opportunities, beauty, therapy, #parenting, #compassion, and the whole hashtag approach to modern living. Insightful and wonderfully written, this book is for anyone who’s ever wanted to acknowledge the negative without getting mired in hopeless negativity.

Read if you like: Jenny Lawson or Samantha Irby

-- Jen,  Book Buyer


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The Beauty of Dusk: On Vision Lost and Found By Frank Bruni Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982108571
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - March 1st, 2022

An illuminating, uplifting, and sincere exploration of strength and adaptability in the face of physical handicap and personal hardship. Bruni takes deep dives into his own ups and downs and the likewise personal yet varied insights he has gained from others since the stroke that left him blind in his right eye. Readers will ultimately be left with a poetic and resonant reflection on the gifts that arise from inevitably yet gracefully growing old and, above all, from being more empathetic and ever more resilient.

--Kate M., Book Buyer


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Being a Dog: A Tail of Mindfulness By Maria Gianferrari, Pete Oswald (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Maria Gianferrari, Pete Oswald (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063067912
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Published: HarperCollins - April 5th, 2022

Join a young child and their dog as they experience every minute of the day to its fullest.
 

--Kate B., Book Buyer


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Besos for Baby: A Little Book of Kisses By Jen Arena, Blanca Gomez (By (artist)) Cover Image
By Jen Arena, Blanca Gomez (By (artist))
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316230377
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Published: LB Kids - September 2nd, 2014

In English and Spanish, everyone, including Mom and Dad and the sun and the wind, has kisses for baby. Much love.

--Kate B., Book Buyer


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Bird House By Blanca Gómez (Illustrator), Blanca Gómez Cover Image
By Blanca Gómez (Illustrator), Blanca Gómez
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419744082
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - April 20th, 2021

A young girl and her abuela find a wounded bird and nurse it and free it. With colorful and detailed illustration, this book is filled with love.

--Kate B., Buyer


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Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole By Susan Cain Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780451499783
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Published: Crown - April 5th, 2022

This latest poignantly insightful and approachable read from Susan Cain is chock full of resonant research, genuine storytelling, and personal biography. Cain comprehensively examines the inevitable yet powerful sentiments of sorrow and longing and how they can, in fact, explain and ultimately enrich our histories and lives. This is a quick read with the potential to leave you with the bittersweet yearning explored within for more.

-- Kate M., Buyer


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The Blur By Minh Lê, Dan Santat (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Minh Lê, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593377468
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2022

A child who is always on the move and time flying - it's all a blur!! Perfect for graduation.

--Kate B., Book Buyer


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The Book of Form and Emptiness: A Novel By Ruth Ozeki Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399563645
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Published: Viking - September 21st, 2021

At turns heart-wrenching and hopeful, this novel follows the wife and son of a Japanese jazz musician following the latter's untimely and tragic death and explores their varied and subsequent grief and letting go. We are encouraged to question what is real and most important, and as a result, are left feeling buoyed by the the reminders that our things do not make us and when it can all vanish in an instant, we, and not our things, endure.

--Kate M., Book Buyer


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Book of Night By Holly Black Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250812193
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Published: Tor Books - May 3rd, 2022

Book of Night is a weird magical world that never feels too heavy handed in its world-building or trite with its blood-hungry, shape-shifting shadows. The main character, Charlie Hall, will pull at readers heart strings as she cons her way through the Shadow-Magic underworld, or piss off readers with her slew of bad decisions. Holly Black is fantastic at making readers question their own moral convictions juxtaposed with her protagonist's actions. Was it the right thing to do or what was necessary? Do morals even matter when a violent kingpin of Shadow Magic is closing in and threatening everything you love?

--Zach, Bookseller


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The Bookshop of Dust and Dreams By Mindy Thompson Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593110379
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - October 26th, 2021

Whimsical and bittersweet. Perfect for book lovers who want a time travel-inspired read. While the interplay between the good, light-natured magic of the bookstore at the heart of this story and the looming and insidious dark magic becomes intense amid the backdrop of WWII, this story of family, friendship, and coping with loss and grief resonates today. Great for fans of the Pages & Co. series and mature mid-grade readers.

--Kate M., Book Buyer


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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood By Trevor Noah Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399588198
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Published: One World - February 12th, 2019

After I read this book, I felt like I knew Trevor Noah as deeply as a close friend. He tells you his story about growing up as a colored person in South Africa during the Apartheid, born to a black Xhosa mother and a white Swiss father at a time when such a union was illegal. He lived between worlds, neither black nor white, in a country of severe systemic racism. If that sounds too heavy and serious, take heart! Trevor weaves his stories with laugh-out-loud humor as he accounts the most ridiculous, heart-breaking, comical, and thought-provoking moments in his life on a journey of breaking out of the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that threatened his own mother’s life.

--James, Bookseller


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Boys and Oil: Growing Up Gay in a Fractured Land By Taylor Brorby Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781324090861
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Published: Liveright - June 7th, 2022

A memoir of growing up gay in rural America. At times a celebration of the land and culture of his North Dakotan roots, this is also a damning indictment of parts of contemporary America, toxic masculinity, and our environmental policies. His writing is thoughtful, poetic and beautiful. I came out in 1993 and am infuriated that stories like Taylor Brorby’s still need to be told in 2022.

--Jeremy, VP of Buying


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The Change: A Novel By Kirsten Miller Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063144040
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Published: William Morrow - May 3rd, 2022

Three women, exiled to the edge of society when they reach middle age, unite to find a serial killer on the loose in a fictional Long Island town. There’s murder, a dash of witchcraft, and family drama in this entertaining and satisfying novel.

Read if you liked: Big Little Lies

--Kathy, Book Buyer


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Children of Chicago By Cynthia Pelayo Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781951709709
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Published: Agora Books - January 25th, 2022

Fairytales? Murder? Horror? Mystery? A little bit of true crime? Detective Medina takes you through it all. Just read the back, I promise it won’t disappoint!

--Joseline, Bookseller


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Chorus: A Novel By Rebecca Kauffman Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781640095182
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Published: Counterpoint - March 1st, 2022

Seven siblings grow up on a farm and deal with life and their mother's early death/suicide in different yet connected ways and ultimately there forms a chorus of love.

--Kate B., Book Buyer


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Cold as Hell By Rhett C. Bruno, Jaime Castle Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9798200710676
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Published: Blackstone Publishing - May 24th, 2022

Cold as Hell throws a character like Harry Dresden and Geralt of Rivia into the Wild West. Undead, James Crowley, is thrown into action against a number of supernatural elements that make for a wild adventure and feel as if they belong in this western setting, providing a strong genre mashup. This world provides plenty to explore in future installments.

Read if you like: The Witcher, The Dresden Files, Iron Druid Chronicles

--Josh, Book Buyer


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The Chosen and the Beautiful By Nghi Vo Cover Image
By Nghi Vo
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250820129
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Published: Tordotcom - March 29th, 2022

A dreamy retelling of The Great Gatsby through the perspective of a Queer and Asian Jordan Baker. The book is an exciting way to slip back into a favorite classic while also exploring an unheard perspective of the roaring twenties. The book digs itself into the roots of the original story while playfully roaming a whole new world filled with magical realism.

--Faith, Bookseller


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The Dark Lord Clementine By Sarah Jean Horwitz Cover Image
$8.95
ISBN: 9781643751337
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - April 20th, 2021

Being an evil dark lord is never easy, people are constantly trying to stop you, other times the crops you're trying to raise might try to eat you! Clementine must worry about all these things as she struggles to save her dark lord of a father from a terrible curse that has been placed upon him. A tale of finding goodness in the most unlikely of places, accepting who we are, and what it means to have a heart.

Read If You Like: Tale of Despereaux, School of Good and Evil, Okay Witch 

--John Michael, Bookseller


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Dead Silence By S.A. Barnes Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250819994
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Published: Tor Nightfire - February 8th, 2022

There is so much to love about S.A. Barnes' Dead Silence. The mix of sci-fi and horror is a great mash-up. If the idea of finding a luxury cruiser that is the equivalent of The Titanic in space wasn't cool enough, a haunted luxury cruiser in space is even better. The terror of discovering what happened to the ship and crew will keep you on the edge of your seat. It's one fantastic journey.

--Josh, Book Buyer


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Difficult Women By Roxane Gay Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802127372
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Published: Grove Press - November 14th, 2017

Roxanne Gay’s Difficult Women is a sorrowful, authentic, intense collection of short stories about women in the U.S. She puts together a medley of uncomfortable issues and uses female characters to show readers the ugliness that society so desperately tries to hide. Her writing is poetic but understandable, and hard but necessary. Some stories are more difficult than others, but all of them are important. Read it, share it, learn from it, and read it again!

--Stef, Bookseller


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Dress-Up Day By Blanca Gómez Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419744105
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - March 22nd, 2022

Dress-Up Day can be every day in this beautiful tale of a happy, friendly preschooler.

--Kate B., Book Buyer


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Eating to Extinction: The World's Rarest Foods and Why We Need to Save Them By Dan Saladino Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374605322
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 1st, 2022

A celebration of various foods on the verge of extinction from various cultures around the world and why we should work to preserve them. Saladino’s descriptions are vivid, crisp and absolutely delicious.

--Jeremy, VP of Buying


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The Extincts: Quest for the Unicorn Horn (The Extincts #1) By Scott Magoon Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781419752513
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Published: Amulet Books - March 29th, 2022

Combine 'Wild Kratts' with any superhero team, and you have 'The Extincts'. A globe-trotting found family that has to save the world, the local town, and each other. A fun, cinematic adventure for anyone who is curious about the world (check out the fun facts and experiment at the end!)

--Jen, Book Buyer


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Finlay Donovan Is Killing It: A Novel (The Finlay Donovan Series #1) By Elle Cosimano Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250830449
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Published: Minotaur Books - January 4th, 2022

This is the perfect summer beach read! A single mom and romance novelist finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. For fans of Netflix’s Dead to Me.

Read if you liked: Vera Kelly Is Not a Mystery

--Kathy, Book Buyer


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Fireborne (THE AURELIAN CYCLE #1) By Rosaria Munda Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780525518235
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Published: Penguin Books - December 29th, 2020

If you love dragon books, perfect! But if you’re tired of the trope, you might find this one to be refreshing. Rosaria creates a fascinating world where dragons are treated like weapons of mass destruction. It’s got the action and romance of an excellent YA fantasy with an undercurrent of political intrigue that’ll make you think.

Read if you like: An Ember in the Ashes

-- James, Bookseller


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Gallant By V. E. Schwab Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062835772
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 1st, 2022

Like a lot of V.E. Schwab's works, this one has a slow build but she continually pulls it off and immerses you into the story bit by bit as it develops around you. In this case, featuring demons and complex family history. This eerie tale is a blend of Gaiman and Holly Black while also distinctly "Schwab." This features the charm of her past work for young readers but will appeal to her adult readers too.

--Josh, Book Buyer


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The Golden Couple: A Novel By Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250273208
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 8th, 2022

This is a thriller - filled with lies and liars and deceits. The golden couple want their marriage fixed but they and their unconventional therapist are unaware of what they are up against. Not predictable at all - shall I say surprise ending??

--Kate B., Book Buyer


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Goliath: A Novel By Tochi Onyebuchi Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250782953
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Published: Tordotcom - January 25th, 2022

In Goliath, Onyebuchi shows an all too possible future in this 2050 setting. A well-crafted, frighteningly realistic version of an apocalyptic Earth is fueled by Onyebuchi's rich prose. You're guided through this nonlinear tale with a number of vignettes that tied together provide a narrative that is raw and pulls no punches in this thought-provoking read.

--Josh, Book Buyer


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Happy-Go-Lucky By David Sedaris Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316392457
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 31st, 2022

If there is a glimmer of humor or irony in something, no matter how dark or deep the subject, David Sedaris will find it. Along the way, he’ll also share poignant and personal stories as often as he’ll tell filthy and hilarious jokes. I'm very grateful for another volume of Sedaris’ essays full of wit and deep insight into the human condition.

--Jeremy, VP of Buying


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The Hawk's Way: Encounters with Fierce Beauty By Sy Montgomery Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781668001967
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Published: Atria Books - May 3rd, 2022

An enlightening and intriguing portrayal of hawks, their ancestry, predatory hunting skills, and their relationships with humans. From the author of Soul of an Octopus, whose love and admiration for these creatures leaps off the page.

Read if you liked: Soul of an Octopus, H is for Hawk

--Kathy, Book Buyer


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Hell of a Book: A Novel By Jason Mott Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593330968
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Published: Dutton - June 29th, 2021

Both funny and heartfelt, this is a hell of a book, intimately exploring racism and police violence.

--Kate B., Book Buyer


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Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth By Oliver Jeffers, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Oliver Jeffers, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780399167898
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Published: Philomel Books - November 14th, 2017

A lovingly told book about the planet, the things on it, and all the people we get to share it with. Well-illustrated and excellent for showing and teaching kids different concepts and words.

Read If You Like: What We’ll Build, Astrophysics for Babies, Change Sings

--Bookseller John Michael


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Hide By Kiersten White Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593359235
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Published: Del Rey - May 24th, 2022

This supernatural thriller introduces you to the deadliest game of hide-and-seek. Staying hidden at an abandoned amusement park for a week isn't so fun if getting found results in more than just losing out on $50,000. White masterfully juggles a full cast of characters, letting you get to know all of these competitors, the horrors they face, and how they do or don't fit in with their fellow participants. The pace is quick and you'll be entertained from start to finish.

--Buyer Josh


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Hilda: The Wilderness Stories: Hilda and the Troll /Hilda and the Midnight Giant (Hildafolk) By Luke Pearson Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781838740719
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Published: Flying Eye Books - November 2nd, 2021

An exciting and imaginative world with vivid creatures and characters. Hilda tells the tale of a young artist who draws all the things in her weird and wacky world that fascinate her all the while trying to make friends with all the creatures and beings she encounters.

Read If You Like: Amulet, Adventure Time, Phoebe & Her Unicorn

--Bookseller John Michael


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House of Leaves: The Remastered Full-Color Edition By Mark Z. Danielewski Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780375703768
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Published: Pantheon - March 7th, 2000

This book will change your life and make you believe in the monster that lives under your bed and in your closet and lurks in corner of your eye…Not a horror, but truly the most harrowing reading experience I have ever survived, and it did feel close at times.  As the letters and plot twist and turn, so will your mind, as MZD turns the postmodern genre upside down and inside out - literally.

--Store Manager Casey


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How It All Blew Up By Arvin Ahmadi Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780593202890
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 2021

When Amir almost gets outed as gay to his devout Muslim parents, he panics and runs away…all the way to Rome. Not sure how he’ll ever face his parents again, he discovers a found family of fellow gay Iranians, Americans, and Italians living in Rome. Amir settles into a life of dates at the Sistine Chapel, late nights drinking prosecco, and people who accept him for who he is, but he can’t escape his old life and the constant phone calls from his worried family. As a gay man who grew up in a loving, religious family, this book hit me close to home.

Read if you liked: Darius the Great Is Not Okay

--Bookseller James


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Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World By Andrea Pitzer Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781982113346
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Published: Scribner - January 12th, 2021

A detailed “adventure history” of the three voyages of the Dutch cartographer William Barents in his attempts to discover the Northeast Passage from Europe to Asia. With access to Barents’ own log as well as various other period documents, Pitzer recreates the trips and era in detail from the political and financial aspects to the polar bear attacks.

--VP of Buying Jeremy


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If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future By Jill Lepore Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781324091127
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Published: Liveright - September 14th, 2021

If/Then is the fascinating account of a struggling corporation that oversold itself in the realm of personal data collection, analysis, and prediction; a corporation at the dawn of the computer age, before the Internet. It is a history of a forgotten history. In many ways it is also a warning against the hubris of trying to perfect prognostication with technology. And my favorite part about this book is that it shows how something seemingly minor connects to so many other things.

--Buyer Jen