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The January 6th Report By Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol, David Remnick, Jamie Raskin Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250877529
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Published: Celadon Books - December 27th, 2022

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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Forestborn By Elayne Audrey Becker Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250752178
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Published: Tor Teen - August 30th, 2022

Forestborn features a beautiful but deadly magical forest, a painstakingly stoked slow-burn romance, and a frank exploration of the complexity of trauma. You'll get lost in the vivid world, and Becker’s writing is detailed and exceptionally effective so it only gets better and better with each reread.


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Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation By Linda Villarosa Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385544887
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Published: Doubleday - June 14th, 2022

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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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I'm Glad My Mom Died By Jennette McCurdy Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982185824
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 9th, 2022

From the eyes and experiences of a child-actress, Jeanette McCourdy recounts her life with a heavy focus on how her mother developed, impacted, and controlled too many aspects of her life. It’s a fascinating and heavy read—and the lasting effect it leaves will make you really think about how you view celebrities. They are just as human as everyone else and the lasting thought this book leaves is: “I wish her the best”. -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager


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State of Terror: A Novel By Louise Penny, Hillary Rodham Clinton Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781982173685
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Published: Simon & Schuster/St. Martin’s Press - June 28th, 2022

Louise Penny brings her superb writing and character development while Hilary Clinton provides an inside knowledge of the political world. Together they have written an edge of your seat political thriller. -- Scott P., Aspen Grove and Park Meadows Store Manager


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Taste: My Life Through Food By Stanley Tucci Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982168018
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Published: Gallery Books - October 5th, 2021

Taste is for every foodie out there. If you enjoy learning about food, talking about food, and especially cooking food. Tucci recounts his relationship with cooking throughout both his childhood and his adult life. Including some hilarious stories involving french sausages and recipes that make me want to go buy the ingredients right then and there; this is one of my favorite pieces of nonfiction from a celebrity. -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager


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Tread of Angels By Rebecca Roanhorse Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781982166182
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - November 15th, 2022

Packed into this bite-sized read is a brilliant, magical western setting, featuring a divided society of angels, combined with family relationships, romance, and murder. This world and characters are a treat from a powerful voice in the fantasy genre. -- Josh C., Book Buyer


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Big Swiss: A Novel By Jen Beagin Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982153083
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Published: Scribner - February 7th, 2023

A woman who anonymously transcribes sessions for a sex therapist recognizes a patient's voice and instigates a relationship with her. This novel is about honesty, communication, trauma and healing. And sex - lots of sex. An inventive, transgressive and phenomenal read. -- Jeremy P., VP of Buying


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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

 

When Frank Bruni awoke one morning with vision problems in one eye, he didn't worry much about it - until he found out it was due to a stroke. Beauty of Dusk is a meditation on that upheaval - but it's also an inquiry into aging, dying, relationships, hardships, and perseverance. Mostly optimistic in the end, it's the type of book that feels like a conversation with the author. -- Jennifer M., Book Buyer


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When They Tell You To Be Good: A Memoir By Prince Shakur Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781953534422
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Published: Tin House Books - October 4th, 2022

This memoir of trauma, identity, and race will move you. Move you to tears. Move you to action. Move you to enact change. Shakur’s exploration of becoming a radical activist in college is revelatory. He is the voice for readers forgotten by publishing. -- Adam V., Director of Events


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Night of the Living Rez By Morgan Talty Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781953534187
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Published: Tin House Books - July 5th, 2022

This is one of the most well-written and interesting short story collections I have read this year. Talty, a citizen of the Penobscot Indian Nation where he grew up, tells twelve searing stories about an Indigenous family and community that explore addiction, poverty, ancestry and the present. -- Kathy B., Adult Book Buyer


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Days Come and Go By Hemley Boum, Nchanji Njamnsi (Translator) Cover Image
By Hemley Boum, Nchanji Njamnsi (Translator)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781949641356
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Published: Two Lines Press - November 1st, 2022

A powerful cultural family saga set in Cameroon and France, this book had me re-reading parts after I finished it. Anna, an outcast in her birth village, ends up in a shotgun marriage with the once-idealist scion of a powerful political family. Anna's daughter Abi, living in France, tries to repair her relationships in the fallout of a vitriolic divorce, and the sudden presence of terrorism in her and her son Max's life. And Tina and Jenny, Max's closest friends (despite living in another country), Anna's semi-adopted children-of-interest, who fall into the thrall of Boko Haram. It's a book that plants itself in your heart and mind, and I cannot recommend it enough. -- Jennifer M., Book Buyer


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The Depth of the Lake and the Height of the Sky By Jihyun Kim Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781782507420
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Published: Floris Books - April 19th, 2022

Wordlessly, a city kid and his dog explore and become immersed in the natural world on a summer visit to grandparents. Beautiful. -- Kate B., Children's Book Buyer


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As Glenn as Can Be By Sarah Ellis, Nancy Vo (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sarah Ellis, Nancy Vo (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781773064680
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Published: Groundwood Books - April 1st, 2022

Glenn Gould was a child prodigy and a fabulous classical musician. He was quirky and had defined likes and dislikes but what he really loved was to play the piano. He had a loud and different career and this beautiful book tracks his music and his mind and his world. -- Kate B., Children's Book Buyer


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Still This Love Goes on By Buffy Sainte-Marie, Julie Flett (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Buffy Sainte-Marie, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781771648073
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Published: Greystone Kids - September 27th, 2022

A gorgeous, lyrical picture book about nature, community, connection, and Native life. -- Jennifer M., Book Buyer


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The Stand-In By Lily Chu Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781728242620
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Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca - May 3rd, 2022

  This adorable romantic comedy is a classic character building story with plenty of teasing moments of romance, self-doubt, and finding yourself in a better place than you started. The book takes place in the 2-3 months that Gracie finds herself posing as Fangli, learning her entire life, mannerisms, and relationships along the way. Even helping Fangli with her own mental health that Gracie has suffered with too! If you want a cheesy romance/find-yourself book, this will be the one for you! -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager


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How to Win the War on Truth: An Illustrated Guide to How Mistruths Are Sold, Why They Stick, and How to Reclaim Reality By Samuel C. Spitale Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781683693086
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Published: Quirk Books - October 25th, 2022

In brief, How to Win the War on Truth is a history and dissection of propaganda: what is it, how is it disseminated, and why does the human brain fall for it? Spitale and Whincup literally illustrate types of propaganda - from consumerism to politics - how it's deployed, and who benefits from its use. Clear, illuminating, and highly recommended. -- Jennifer M., Book Buyer


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We Are the Light: A Novel By Matthew Quick Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781668005422
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - November 1st, 2022

A small Pennsylvanian suburb uses art to heal from a shocking act of violence. Told over a series of letters to his Jungian analyst, Lucas Goodgame’s journey from high school counselor to reluctant hero is an emotional and uplifting one. This novel has small town drama, national themes and a lot of heart. -- Jeremy P., VP of Buying


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What the Fact?: Finding the Truth in All the Noise By Dr Seema Yasmin Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781665900034
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 20th, 2022

For anyone feeling overwhelmed by the plethora of misinformation, disinformation, falsehoods, and other methods of muddling reality, this book is a fantastic resource. In accessible, conversation language, rife with examples real & hypothetical, Dr. Seema Yasmin breaks down the different types of bad info, how it spreads, why it spreads, and how to navigate, compensate, and even change it. While specifically aimed at the YA crowd, What the Fact!? has invaluable data for everyone in today's media landscape. -- Jennifer M., Book Buyer


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It Looks Like Us By Alison Ames Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781645676188
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Published: Page Street Kids - September 27th, 2022

It Looks Like Us provides a horrifying tale set in Antarctica. I loved the remote setting and how it factors into the isolation of the characters as they fight against the monster stalking them. The monster concept was intriguing and led to a number of thrilling and engaging scenes. There's a great cast of characters and I loved how their relationships developed through their fight to survive. A fun read and one horror fans will enjoy with these five teens on their arctic expedition. -- Josh C., Book Buyer


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Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America's Cheap Goods By Amelia Pang Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781643752068
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Published: Algonquin Books - January 4th, 2022

I have honestly been checking for 'Made in China' on all my stuff, more than I ever have before in my life. This book, and the story of Sun Yi, and Chinese labor camps, will stoke questions not only about Chinese labor and production, but of labor and value everywhere. -- Jennifer M., Book Buyer


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Choice Words: Writers on Abortion By Annie Finch (Editor), Audre Lorde (Contribution by), Dorothy Parker (Contribution by) Cover Image
By Annie Finch (Editor), Audre Lorde (Contribution by), Dorothy Parker (Contribution by)
$28.95
ISBN: 9781642591484
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Published: Haymarket Books - April 7th, 2020

This anthology features fiction, essays, poetry, drama, and excerpts on the underrepresented and often maligned subject of abortion. In an attempt to redress this dearth of literature, Finch has selected pieces from multiple points of view, and highlighting as many facets of abortion care as possible. An excellent collection, and as relevant as ever. -- Jennifer M., Book Buyer


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This Is Happiness By Niall Williams Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781635576313
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - August 31st, 2021

Noel Crowe, now an old man, looks back on a Irish spring season when the rains stopped and the village got electricity and Noel made a marvelous friend. This is a beautiful story of reminiscence, pastoral beauty, family and community. -- Kate B., Children's Book Buyer


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The Last Sun (The Tarot Sequence #1) By K. D. Edwards Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9781633884236
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Published: Pyr - June 12th, 2018

I have recommended this book so many times, and everyone I know who has read it, LOVES IT. The tarot cards come to life in this urban fantasy set in New Atlantis. Rune Saint John is the last of the Sun Throne, exiled by the Arcana and struggling on boxed mac n’ cheese. He and his sarcastic companion Brand are tasked with finding the missing son of Lady Judgement, finding themselves faced with trials uncovering the mystery of Rune’s family, their death, and his trauma. -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager


I didn't really know what to expect when I picked up At the Existentialist Cafe - I wanted something outside my comfort zone - but am I glad I did. Clearly passionate about her subject, Bakewell roots existentialist philosophy in its era - with a mix of history, biography, and explaining the philosophy itself. And she reveals an activist side to existentialism that is as relevant in the twenty-first century as it was in the twentieth. A fascinating and thought-provoking read. -- Jennifer M., Book Buyer


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Bloodchild and Other Stories By Octavia E. Butler Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781583226988
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Published: Seven Stories Press - October 4th, 2005

A brilliant collection of short stories and essays by one of the greatest minds in science fiction.
As you enter into the grotesquely beautiful universe of Octavia Butler, you will find yourself confronted not only by insectile aliens and epidemics, but also by masterfully intertwined interpretations of society that critique social constructs of gender, speech, race, class, and religion. In Bloodchild and Other Stories, Butler artfully brings into question the purpose of violence, addiction, the evils of capitalism, and the functions of society. She also gifts the readers Afterwords between the stories, giving this collection an intimate, personal feel like none other.
Allow Butler to unlock your mind and stir your imagination as you experience the genius that is… Bloodchild. -- Alex M., Bookseller


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The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe: How to Know What's Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake By Dr. Steven Novella, Bob Novella (With), Cara Santa Maria (With), Jay Novella (With), Evan Bernstein (With) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781538760529
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - December 3rd, 2019

In a world increasingly full of misinformation and "fake news", we could all do with a course in critical thinking. From the hosts of the popular podcast, The Skeptics Guide to the Universe is a must read for everyone. -- Scott P., Aspen Grove and Park Meadows Store Manager


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The Skeptics' Guide to the Future: What Yesterday's Science and Science Fiction Tell Us About the World of Tomorrow By Dr. Steven Novella, Bob Novella (With), Jay Novella (With) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781538709542
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 27th, 2022

Predicting the future is hard, but that won't keep people from trying. A fun and skeptical look into the science of futurism, from the hosts of the popular podcast "The Skeptics Guide to the Universe". Fans of both science and science fiction will enjoy this look at what may be in our future, while also learning from the mistakes of past futurists. -- Scott P., Aspen Grove and Park Meadows Store Manager


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She Gets the Girl By Rachael Lippincott, Alyson Derrick Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534493797
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 5th, 2022

I ADORED this book! An enemies to lovers must read, Alex Blackwood is a headstrong, flirt determined to prove to her off and on again girlfriend that she can be serious about their relationship. Molly Parker on the other hand is the complete opposite, learning how to break out of her shell in College and just as determined to make her long-time crush see her for who she really is. Alex and Molly team up, ready to get their girls. With a dash of feelings involved. Written by two partners in crime themselves, I squealed the entire night I was reading it! -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager


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Alone By Megan E. Freeman Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781534467576
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Published: Aladdin - May 3rd, 2022

An instant classic in the "survival" genre. Taking place in Colorado, a young girl is left to survive on her own with just a dog as a companion. Great for young readers and adults as well. -- Scott P., Aspen Grove and Park Meadows Store Manager


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Blood Like Magic By Liselle Sambury Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534465282
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - June 15th, 2021

This is a fantastic mix between sci-fi and urban fantasy and also my favorite book of 2021! Voya is faced with her calling, the test to become a full witch, and with her family's help she may succeed..but she must kill her first love or risk the end of the Toronto witches. This is an amazing take on a real world witch novel, mixed with themes of family and discovery. The ending will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very final page! -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager


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Yolk By Mary H. K. Choi Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781534446014
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 1st, 2022

This book is the most realistic young/new adult book I’ve read in a while. Jayne Baek, a broke college student who has so much on her mind she can’t keep her life straight. Her sister June however is the opposite, a perfect daughter with her life in order… until she gets cancer and Jayne is the only one who knows. And maybe it’ll force Jayne to wonder if maybe she needs help too. -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager


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Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) By Neal Shusterman Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781442472433
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 28th, 2017

Imagine a world where death was impossible. That’s the future that Neal Shusterman has written in this book, where Scythe’s decide who has to die permanently in order to keep the population from getting too out of control. Add in an AI that makes the world go ‘round called Thunderhead and you’ve got the recipe for a crazy, and amazing, dystopian trilogy. After starting his books with Unwind I loved this one just as much! -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager


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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book 1 The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book 1) By Rick Riordan Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781423163374
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - April 4th, 2017

This is another amazing Riordan trilogy set in the Percy Jackson universe following Magnus Chase (Annabeth’s Cousin) and his Norse lineage. He also fits in how the Norse gods fit in with Greek gods, Allah, and many others. I especially love the representation this series has to offer as it jumps from places like Jotunhein and Niflheim to our own Earth. I’d recommend this to anyone in need of a fun read! -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager


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The Demon King (A Seven Realms Novel #1) By Cinda Williams Chima Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781423121367
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 31st, 2010

This is a classic fantasy novel with heart, mystery, and testament. Han has never fully fit in anywhere. The clan who took him in doesn’t trust him, his thieving days are over, and he has his family to take care of. Not to mention the silver cuffs around his wrists, impossible to take off, weigh heavy on his mind. Until he finds the amulet. Until his whole life is ruined after taking it. Until Raisa ana’Marianna comes across his path and their fates are woven since. I loved this book, even after multiple reads. -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager


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Avatar, The Last Airbender: The Rise of Kyoshi (Chronicles of the Avatar Book 1) By F. C. Yee, Michael Dante DiMartino (Other primary creator) Cover Image
By F. C. Yee, Michael Dante DiMartino (Other primary creator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419735042
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Published: Amulet Books - July 16th, 2019

Any lover of either The Last Airbender or Legend of Korra should read these books! They dive deep into what kind of a person Kyoshi was before she was the Avatar and what began her legendary journey. Not only is she beautifully brutal but we truly learn about Kuruk’s laid back “travels”! -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager


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Unwind (Unwind Dystology #1) By Neal Shusterman Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781416912057
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 2nd, 2009

Unwind is one of my favorite books of all time and these connecting covers are beautiful! Perfect for anyone who wants a dark dystopian following the aftermath of a war around abortion and birth control. Parents are now allowed to “unwind” their kids from 13-18, harvesting every part of their body for those in need. Technically, they don’t die since their parts live on in others, making it a completely legal process. Neal Shusterman writes a perfect near-future with twists and turns as the characters try to live on as themselves, not in others. -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager


The last of the Native American tribes to succumb to the western expansion of white settlers, the story of the Comanches is incredible.  -- Scott P., Aspen Grove and Park Meadows Store Manager


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Disrupting the Game: From the Bronx to the Top of Nintendo By Reggie Fils-Aimé Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781400226672
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Published: HarperCollins Leadership - May 3rd, 2022

This is great paired with the audiobook through Libro.FM. Reggie Fils-Aime is the former President of Nintendo of America and his book is a testament to his climb up the corporate ladder. Sprinkled with his own business suggestions, learning about his way from the Bronx to the top of NoA and his relationships with Satoru Iwata and other various video games figures was incredibly eye-opening. His marketing experience within Nintendo helped form their success with the DS, the Wii, and later on with the beginning of the Switch. Any game lover, in the industry or not, would love to give this a read! -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager 


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1491 (Second Edition): New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus By Charles C. Mann Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781400032051
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Published: Vintage - October 10th, 2006

What do we know about America before Columbus? Most of what we learned in school about Native American culture was influenced by the Europeans who wrote it down. Charles Mann examines what the indigenous peoples of the Americas were really like. -- Scott P., Aspen Grove and Park Meadows Store Manager


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Darkest Minds, The (Bonus Content) (Darkest Minds Novel, A) By Alexandra Bracken Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781368022453
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - January 2nd, 2018

After a weird virus gives children different abilities, they’re taken by the government and detained in camps to keep them from causing more destruction than they have already. After years in her camp, Ruby surprisingly escapes and finds herself on the run with two other escapees on their way to find a safe haven for kids like them. I’ve read this book around three times, and every time I love Bracken’s take on the superhuman novel. -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager


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High Score By Destiny Howell Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338746716
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Published: Scholastic Press - June 28th, 2022

High Score is charming with a vibrant cast of characters and clever premise. DJ and his crew of friends orchestrate the biggest heist at a local arcade to save DJ's friend from the school bully. I absolutely adored this group of friends and the obstacles they overcome to thwart the school kingpin. Howell scores big with this whimsical and witty friendship story. -- Josh C., Book Buyer


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The Tryout: A Graphic Novel By Christina Soontornvat, Joanna Cacao (Illustrator) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338741261
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Published: Graphix - September 6th, 2022

Stand Tall! Be Loud!! Game Face On!! You deserve to be here as much as anyone else!! -- Kate B., Children's Book Buyer


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Attack of the Black Rectangles By A. S. King Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338680522
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 6th, 2022

A book about censorship in books. Someone is blacking out phrases in children's books citing morality. Some 6th graders approach the school board and the whole town about this issue and discover the power of the truth - stopping the censorship. Relevant to our times! -- Kate B., Children's Book Buyer


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This Other Eden: A Novel By Paul Harding Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781324036296
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 24th, 2023

Based on historical events of Malaga Island, this lyric and probing novel tells the story of the US government and science (in the form of Eugenics) converging on Apple Island, off the coast of Maine. In the early 20th century, the racially diverse but poverty stricken population is deemed unfit to care for themselves and are relocated, with the exception of one light skinned boy, who is “saved” by a missionary. Harding has written an exquisitely crafted work, brimming with humanity and horror. -- Jeremy P., VP of Buying


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Beyond Measure: The Hidden History of Measurement from Cubits to Quantum Constants By James Vincent Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781324035855
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 1st, 2022

One of those books that examines the little things we rarely think about. Beyond Measure is a fascinating account of how human beings have kept track of time, distance, and piles of grain; of why we felt we needed to; of what prompted changes to measurement; and of how our quest for accuracy and consistency has shaped our understanding the world. -- Jennifer M., Book Buyer


Even Though I Knew the End By C. L. Polk Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250849458
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Published: Tordotcom - November 8th, 2022

This book is the perfect blend of Faustian drama, urban fantasy, and hard-boiled detective noir. Chicago in the 1940s, and Helen Brandt, pariah P.I., must identify the White City Vampire serial killer before her soul is due in Hell - time she would much rather spend with Edith, her true love, Girl Friday, and so much more. I loved this book. -- Jennifer M., Book Buyer


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White Horse: A Novel By Erika T. Wurth Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250847652
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Published: Flatiron Books - November 1st, 2022

Readers will recognize essential Denver landmarks (including Tattered Cover!) in this horror novel by Erika T. Wurth. The protagonist Kari tries to uncover the reason behind her mother’s disappearance, which remains unsolved like that of many other missing Indigenous women. As Kari unravels the past, she gets closer to a new future. White Horse hits the perfect horror notes, and Wurth is a writer to watch. -- Kathy B., Adult Book Buyer


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Lavender House: A Novel By Lev AC Rosen Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250834225
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Published: Forge Books - October 18th, 2022

In a rapidly changing post World War 2 San Francisco, a gay cop is arrested during a vice squad raid of a bar. In the depths of his despair, he’s approached by a very rich socialite in need of a private detective to discreetly solve the murder of her wife. He soon discovers that nothing is what it seems amongst the residents of a beautiful, sprawling mansion, where everyone can seemingly live freely as their true selves. This is a 1940’s film noir style detective murder mystery that’s totally queer, without being campy.  -- Jennifer M., Book Buyer


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What Moves the Dead By T. Kingfisher Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250830753
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Published: Tor Nightfire - July 12th, 2022

If T. Kingfisher is not a horror writer you're familiar with, What Moves the Dead is a perfect introduction to her work. This reimagining of The Fall of the House of Usher is a successful retelling and also takes the original story a number of intriguing directions. In this gothic tale you'll find creepy hares and an abundance of fungus, a recipe for a horrifyingly good time. -- Josh C., Book Buyer


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The Sunbearer Trials (The Sunbearer Duology #1) By Aiden Thomas Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250822130
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 6th, 2022

In the first of a duology, a lesser demigod takes on a Hunger Games-style gauntlet of challenges, up against forces both seen and unseen that threaten the security of their world. -- Bee L., Bookseller


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Acts of Violet By Margarita Montimore Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250815064
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Published: Flatiron Books - July 5th, 2022

Acts of Violet is one of the most uniquely written books I’ve ever read. Taking the format of letters, emails, newspapers, even podcast form. It follows Sasha, the sister of famous magician Violet Volk, who mysteriously went missing during her act in 2008. 10 years later, around the anniversary of her disappearance, Sasha has to come to terms with her rabid fanbase stirring up her life and tries to process and discover what truly happened that night; and even learn more about who her sister was. This book deserves every praise I have for it and has earned a spot on my favorites of 2022. -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager


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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 Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance By Edmund de Waal Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250811271
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Published: Picador - May 4th, 2021

This family memoir is beautiful, following the path of the possession of a collection of netsuke along with other beautiful objects of art. It ruminates on the value of things to the family and the stories connected. Love this book!! -- Kate B., Children's Book Buyer


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The Blacktongue Thief By Christopher Buehlman Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250799975
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Published: Tor Books - May 10th, 2022

This DnD-like adventure is bound to leave you wanting more! Kinch Na Shannon owes his guild more than he’s worth and takes on a dangerous quest in order to pay them back. In a deep, lore rich world, where goblins are waiting for war and magic seeps everywhere, Buehlman has written a story perfect for fantasy lovers that had me laughing out loud! -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager


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The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea By Axie Oh Cover Image
By Axie Oh
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250780867
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - February 22nd, 2022

Friends…when you pick up this book and go through its pages you will find the most exquisite, charming, heart-throbbing, mesmerizing, fairy tale. It’s magical, funny, ironically mundane, and a little bit tragic. Mina is clever, curious, and strong. She’ll answer your question with a question and remind you to call her by her name. Her friends are hilarious and loyal plus a little mysterious. The world building is literally out of this world. High fantasy readers will gush at the Korean touches the author spins into the story. The romance is gentle and epic and snappy all at once. Mina will remind you just how powerful the simplest of human desires are and show you the adventure that can come of them. This is one of those books I texted my friends about at two in the morning, begging them to put it at the top of their TBR. YOU SHOULD TOO. Axie Oh will not disappoint. -- Stef G., Bookseller


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Blade of Secrets (Bladesmith #1) By Tricia Levenseller Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250756787
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Published: Square Fish - June 28th, 2022

Ziva prefers her forge to people, having her sister deal with any social situations she may find herself in. Her ability to magic forged weapons makes her a sought after blacksmith throughout the land. Until she’s ripped from her comfort zone and placed in a position of life or death– for her and her kingdom she calls home. She must deal with her social anxiety and keep her deadly blade from entering the wrong hands. It was a very enjoyable read! -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager


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Vicious (Villains #1) By V. E. Schwab Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250183507
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Published: Tor Books - May 29th, 2018

This is one of the best superhero/villain stories I’ve read. Perfect for fans of morally grey characters and origin stories, Victor and Eli started off as college roommates with dangerous interests in near-death experiences that result in extraordinary abilities and a rivalry that even archenemies would call complicated.  -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager


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The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel (Winternight Trilogy #1) By Katherine Arden Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101885956
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Published: Del Rey - June 27th, 2017

Katherine Arden has such a beautiful narration for this Russian folklore fantasy. Her intricate characters find themselves between the old gods of the north and the Christian God they worship as they fight to survive the long winters. We ADORE this book and really believe all three books are worth the reads.  -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager


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La Siguanaba: And the Magical Loroco (El Cipitio #2) By Randy Jurado Ertll Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780990992998
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Published: Ertll Publishers - November 12th, 2019

In this novella, Ertll takes inspiration from the Salvadoran legend of La Siguanaba, a woman of great beauty who was cursed to roam the earth as a grotesque monster.

Modernity breathes life into reimagined versions of these folk characters as they move through life in a world far beyond their pre-colonial roots. La Siguanaba and the Magical Loroco is an explosion of wit, saucy profanity, and brackish absurdity all packed neatly into an absolute fever dream of a book. -- Kathy C., Bookseller


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Kindred By Octavia E. Butler Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807083697
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Published: Beacon Press - February 1st, 2004

As powerful now as it was when it came out in 1979. The best book by one of science fiction's all time greats. -- Scott P., Aspen Grove and Park Meadows Store Manager


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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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The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel By Mary Robinette Kowal Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780765378385
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Published: Tor Books - July 3rd, 2018

A great alternate history sci-fi series. What would have happened if the US invested in space exploration early? Strong and smart female characters make this one of my favorite sci-fi series. -- Scott P., Aspen Grove and Park Meadows Store Manager


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The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) By Patrick Rothfuss Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780756405892
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Published: DAW - April 7th, 2009

This is one of the best fantasy books I’ve ever read! Anyone in need of an adventure will fall in love with Koth’s retelling of his childhood and teens as Kvothe. He must live up to the legend surrounding his name, and relive days he never expected to return to. Patrick Rothfuss has such an emotional and rhythmic prose that from the first chapter I was hooked and couldn’t put it down. -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager


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The Merchant of Death (Pendragon #1) By D.J. MacHale Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780743437318
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Published: Aladdin - September 1st, 2002

Pendragon is perfect for someone who wants to get into the fantasy genre, without all of the dragons. A mix of science fiction and fantasy, this series takes place following Bobby Pendragon after his Uncle teaches him to become a “Traveler”: someone able to walk through space and time to different planets and time periods. He may be the only one able to save the universe of Halla from Saint Dane. -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager


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By Any Other Name By Lauren Kate Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735212541
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 1st, 2022

As the first romance book I’ve ever read, I was not disappointed! It had all of the cheese and heartwarming love that I was craving at the time. Lanie works as a romance editor, and when the opportunity to work with her favorite author comes up, she can’t refuse. Until she learns he’s not actually a woman. This is something that has actually happened in our own book world! Noa and Lanie must put aside their differences in order to get one more book out. And it may be the end of Noa Callaway. -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager


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The Last White Man: A Novel By Mohsin Hamid Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593538814
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 2nd, 2022

White people start waking up brown and need to process the change. Full of tension and dread but also hope, Hamid's novel is a wandering exposition on race, love and loss. -- Jeremy P., VP of Buying


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Our Missing Hearts: A Novel By Celeste Ng Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593492543
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Published: Penguin Press - October 4th, 2022

Our Missing Hearts captures the ferocity of nationalism, the depths of a parent's love, and the stories that must be told to keep memories alive. Superb. -- Kathy B., Adult Book Buyer


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How to Fall Out of Love Madly: A Novel By Jana Casale Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593447727
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Published: The Dial Press - August 2nd, 2022

I loved this sharply-observed story about three women in their 30's who grapple with the ways they’ve been influenced by the forces of gender, sex, and power. . -- Kathy B., Adult Book Buyer


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Lucy by the Sea: A Novel By Elizabeth Strout Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593446065
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Published: Random House - September 20th, 2022

Lucy and William, divorced with two adult daughters in NYC, end up quarantining together in coastal Maine. The setting, the tone and the love in the book are all expansive and lovely. -- Kate B., Children's Book Buyer


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Lore Olympus: Volume One By Rachel Smythe Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780593356074
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Published: Random House Worlds - November 2nd, 2021

A modern take on the myth of Persophone and Hades, Lore Olympus is one of my favorite graphic novels. It's a slow-burn romance with sprinkles of serious topics that build and develop the characters. I love Rachel’s way of making the world of Olympus modern as the world of earth is in ancient times. Not to mention the tension between Hades and Persephone!! -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager


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Jumper By Melanie Crowder Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593326961
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - June 21st, 2022

Colorado author Crowder takes us inside a class of smoke jumpers - who become so much more than colleagues. This is scary, real work and we all live with the wildfires here in the West. A realistic, harrowing tale. -- Kate B., Children's Book Buyer


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The Swimmers: A novel By Julie Otsuka Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780593321331
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Published: Knopf - February 22nd, 2022

Julie Otsuka has a unique, incomparable style that often eschews standard points of view in wonderfully profound ways, and The Swimmers is no different, weaving the macrocosmic with the micro; human nature with the individual; the metaphoric with gut-wrenchingly specific story of Alice, whose memory is going. Even having read Otsuka before, I was surprised at how this book affected me. -- Jennifer M., Book Buyer


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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow: A novel By Gabrielle Zevin Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593321201
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Published: Knopf - July 5th, 2022

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow is a beautifully written story about video games but also friendship, love, and creativity. What really stuck with me is two people coming together because of something they are passionate about. Whether or not that passion for you is video games, what I think can speak to all of us is the value and beauty of having a bond with someone because of something you love.  -- Josh C., Book Buyer


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I Was Better Last Night: A Memoir By Harvey Fierstein Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593320525
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Published: Knopf - March 1st, 2022

Harvey Fierstein is one of our gay national gay heroes/icons and his memoirs are as hilarious and poignant as you might expect. Full of NYC theater gossip and name drops, contemporary queer history and his personal wins and failures are all described with and honesty that is sometimes difficult to endure. Like his great play, “Torch Song Trilogy,” his story is affecting, hilarious and sometimes sad, but always deeply human. -- Jeremy P., VP of Buying


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All Down Darkness Wide: A Memoir By Seán Hewitt Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593300084
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Published: Penguin Press - July 12th, 2022

Sean and Elias met and fell in love while backpacking across South America. Back in Europe, they maintained a relationship, living between England and Sweden until their relationship was torn apart by mental illness. Sean Hewitt uses his poetic, beautiful verse to complement his meditations on queer love and relationships, nature and religion.  -- Jeremy P., VP of Buying


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Crying in the Bathroom: A Memoir By Erika L. Sánchez Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593296936
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Published: Viking - July 12th, 2022

I don't know if there can be such a thing as a perfect memoir, but this one comes close. Each essay/ chapter is so beautifully-crafted, it's inspiring. Sanchez's self-analysis is poignant & raw, and she writes touchingly about touchy subjects - suicidal depression, multicultural expectations, abortion, being brown in a world built by & for whites, and being loud & female in a world that wants women to quietly shrink into the background. Her first chapter is "The Year My Vagina Broke," so if you like ladies who discuss realities that not everyone wants to hear, this book is for you. -- Jennifer M., Book Buyer


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Upgrade: A Novel By Blake Crouch Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593157534
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Published: Ballantine Books - July 12th, 2022

Science fiction and thriller mash-ups are one of my favorite things to read and Crouch is one of the best at crafting such action-packed, mind-bending narratives. Upgrade drops us into an accessible high-octane adventure, yet offers plenty to chew on in this realistic potential future, shaped by believable advancements of genetic engineering. -- Josh C., Book Buyer


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Doomsday Book: A Novel (Oxford Time Travel) By Connie Willis Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780553562736
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Published: Spectra - August 1st, 1993

Time traveling historians, what more can you ask for?!  -- Scott P., Aspen Grove and Park Meadows Store Manager


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Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music By Margarita Engle, Rafael López (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Margarita Engle, Rafael López (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544102293
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Published: Clarion Books - March 31st, 2015

A young girl in 1930's Cuba dreams of being a drummer. She is told that only boys can play drums. But she dreams and pushes and practices and finally is allowed to play in public. This beautiful and most colorful book throbs with the pulse of this young girl's talent. -- Kate B., Children's Book Buyer


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Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys: 50th Anniversary Edition By Michael Collins, Charles A. Lindbergh (Foreword by), Michael Collins (Preface by) Cover Image
By Michael Collins, Charles A. Lindbergh (Foreword by), Michael Collins (Preface by)
$19.00
ISBN: 9780374537760
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 16th, 2019

In my opinion, the best book written by any of the Apollo astronauts. Michael Collins writes an honest and inspiring recollection of his time as an astronaut. -- Scott P., Aspen Grove and Park Meadows Store Manager


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Farmhouse By Sophie Blackall Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316528948
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 13th, 2022

Welcome to life in a farmhouse with 12 happy, normal kids - when they all grew up and left the house fell apart - the scraps from the house made this beautiful book!! -- Kate B., Children's Book Buyer


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Aurora By Kim Stanley Robinson Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316526999
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Published: Orbit - June 5th, 2018

A unique take on the generation starship genre. One of my favorite Kim Stanley Robinson books.  -- Scott P., Aspen Grove and Park Meadows Store Manager


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Less Is Lost (The Arthur Less Books #2) By Andrew Sean Greer Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316498906
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 20th, 2022

Join Arthur Less on a hero’s odyssey around the United States in a camper named Rosina to find love, fortune and forgiveness. You encounter nearly every emotion in every chapter - I audibly sighed more than a few times at the sheer beauty and virtuosity of the writing. This is easily one of my favorite reads of the past few years. Less may get lost, but I’m so glad I found him in this incredible novel. -- Jeremy P., VP of Buying


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Children of Time By Adrian Tchaikovsky Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316452502
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Published: Orbit - December 11th, 2018

An incredible and unique book about humanity and first contact with aliens. I highly suggest not reading any synopsis, just jump in blindly and enjoy the ride. -- Scott P., Aspen Grove and Park Meadows Store Manager


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The Apollo Murders By Chris Hadfield Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316264532
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Published: Mulholland Books - October 12th, 2021

A thriller set in the Apollo era, written by a real astronaut! Part murder mystery, part political thriller. -- Scott P., Aspen Grove and Park Meadows Store Manager


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A Hard Kick in the Nuts: What I’ve Learned from a Lifetime of Terrible Decisions By Stephen Steve-O Glover, David Peisner (With) Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780306826757
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Published: Hachette Books - September 27th, 2022

In this memoir-humor filled-self help book, Steve-O recounts his life and time as a member of the Jackass crew and the tumulus lifestyle that came with it. He uses various points to offer advice to the reader, something he agrees is odd coming from someone with his experiences and addictions. It’s a fantastic point of view that those in need of a few pointers as they grow older may find both humorous and insightful. -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager


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We Have Always Lived in the Castle: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) By Shirley Jackson, Jonathan Lethem (Afterword by), Thomas Ott (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Shirley Jackson, Jonathan Lethem (Afterword by), Thomas Ott (Illustrator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143039976
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 31st, 2006

A book I truly cherish. Shirley Jackson brings her usual gothic spookiness to a heartfelt and haunting tale of two sisters living in isolation as the notorious outsiders of their small town. I love this book! -- Faith T., Bookseller


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The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On By Franny Choi Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063240087
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Published: Ecco - November 1st, 2022

It took one poem for this collection to become a favorite. Each poem is beautifully, viscerally of the moment; each poem its own discrete entity; but as a whole, they coalesce into a fluid meditation on the quotidian, ubiquitous, pervasive nature of the apocalypse. -- Jennifer M., Book Buyer


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How to Date a Superhero (And Not Die Trying) By Cristina Fernandez Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063114302
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - August 2nd, 2022

Such a cute book!! Astrid isn’t a superhero. She’s a premed student, filling up her schedule with classes and assignments and her boyfriend Max. She wouldn’t have the time to be a superhero… and then she finds out she’s dating one. Reading the fallout of her new double life was both heart wrenching and very relatable, and I’d highly recommend this to anyone in need of a standalone superhero novel! -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager


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Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American By Laura Gao, Laura Gao (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Laura Gao, Laura Gao (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780063067769
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Published: Balzer + Bray - March 8th, 2022

A memoir of life in Wuhan, then Texas and then San Francisco. A coming of age story in all three places that deals with being Asian American at this time but also being queer - Messy Roots! -- Kate B., Children's Book Buyer


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The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School By Sonora Reyes Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063060234
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 17th, 2022

This book is a must read! I don’t know which had me hooked more, the internal dialogue and struggle that Yami is constantly facing, the unknown that she and Cesar must traverse through with their mother, or the waiting for the romance to stop building and finally blossom! It’s a book about love, acceptance, and realizing that everyone deals and lives with different difficulties in their lives. All of which are valid. -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager


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Termination Shock: A Novel By Neal Stephenson Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780063028050
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Published: William Morrow - November 16th, 2021

Neal Stephenson writes hard science fiction better than anyone today. Set in the near future, humanity is trying to adapt to the new normal of rising sea levels and unrelenting heat waves. Big ideas have the potential to make big changes, but at what cost? -- Scott P., Aspen Grove and Park Meadows Store Manager


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Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution By R. F. Kuang Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063021426
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Published: Harper Voyager - August 23rd, 2022

Perfect books are rare. There are many that are close, but there are few that have no fault. Kuang has achieved that rarity with Babel. It is a flawlessly executed tale. You will hope, you will love, you will cry. The magic system is elegant and beautiful. You'll leave wholly satisfied and yet yearning for more. It's an instant favorite. I cannot put into adequate words how I love this book. -- Brandon M., Used Book Buyer


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The Stars Did Wander Darkling By Colin Meloy Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063015517
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Published: Balzer + Bray - September 13th, 2022

The Stars Did Wander Darkling is the perfect gateway horror for the younger reader in your life. The writing is sharp, and scares are plentiful, providing a frightening yet fun adventure. The group of friends and their relationships with one another, bring the narrative to life as they discover and fight this evil infiltrating their town. Meloy delivers a horror kids can enjoy but one that fans of Stranger Things and adult horror readers will feel right at home with. -- Josh C., Book Buyer


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Yusuf Azeem Is Not a Hero By Saadia Faruqi Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062943255
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Published: Quill Tree Books - September 7th, 2021

Being a hero is more than having super powers or wearing a cape. Sometimes a hero is the one who inspires others to do what is right in the face of adversity.  -- Scott P., Aspen Grove and Park Meadows Store Manager


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Now Is Not the Time to Panic: A Novel By Kevin Wilson Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062913500
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Published: Ecco - November 8th, 2022

High school friends Frankie and Zeke create a piece of art one summer, and the consequences start to spin out of control. This is a story of youth, the times that shake us and make us, and the meaning and impact of art in our life. I absolutely loved this book, from the author of Nothing to See Here. -- Kathy B., Adult Book Buyer


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Seasons of the Storm By Elle Cosimano Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780062854254
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Published: HarperTeen - May 11th, 2021

For fans of Maggie Stiefvater and Lailani Taylor, this book is an emotional and suspenseful ride from start to finish. Jack Sommers is a Winter, an immortal physical embodiment of the season on earth. Every year he must hunt the season before him and be hunted by the season after, which is difficult when you’re in love with them. Jack and Fleur’s dilemma causes them to put unstoppable things in motion, changing their entire nature forever. -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager


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Felix Ever After By Kacen Callender Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780062820266
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 20th, 2021

Felix Love has never been in love. As a black, gay, transgender teenager that isn’t the toughest thing he’s had to deal with. Until someone publicly dead names him. Felix goes through gut-wrenching heartbreak and the possibility of love to find his true self and gender. This is such an amazing and sweet read that I read it in a day! -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager


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The Poppy War: A Novel By R. F. Kuang Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062662583
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Published: Harper Voyager - April 23rd, 2019

A haunting and powerful fantasy inspired by east asian history, if you want amazing lore, a heartfelt read, and intense war, this is for you. Rin’s ascension is riddled with a descent as well, and it’s a roller coaster following the beginning of her morally grey path.  -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager


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Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances By Leland Melvin Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062496737
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Published: Amistad - May 22nd, 2018

Leland Melvin will soon become one of your favorite astronauts. His journey to space is an inspiring story of hard work and a bit of luck. And he has the best astronaut photo ever taken! -- Scott P., Aspen Grove and Park Meadows Store Manager


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Seveneves By Neal Stephenson Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062334510
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 17th, 2016

My absolute FAVORITE book ever! Neal Stephenson writes the best hard science fiction today. The book deals with the aftermath of the moon exploding (don't worry its not a spoiler, its the first line in the book). -- Scott P., Aspen Grove and Park Meadows Store Manager


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Death on the Nile: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries #17) By Agatha Christie Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062073556
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 1st, 2011

Are you wondering where to start with Agatha Christie? Right here! Death On The Nile was my first introduction to the Queen of Mystery’s gripping writing with Hercule Poirot as the Sherlock Holmes of her stories. Follow him on his vacation turned murder as he’s swept up on a cruise down the Nile. -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager


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Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia By Christina Thompson Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062060884
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - April 5th, 2022

Instead of a definitive history of the Polynesian people, Thompson analyzes HOW we know what we know and how our knowledge and theories of the origins of the Polynesian people have changed over time. A fascinating read! -- Scott P., Aspen Grove and Park Meadows Store Manager


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Kitchen Confidential Updated Ed: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly By Anthony Bourdain Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060899226
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Published: Ecco - January 9th, 2007

If you want the raw, uncut version of events throughout Anthony Bourdain’s cooking life look no further! Kitchen Confidential is the nitty gritty of the back of house– and how truly at home many cooks feel while sweating and yelling their way through 60+ hour workweeks. Anthony Bourdain is frank with his recount of his rise and fall throughout the ranks as a chef and I truly loved every minute of it. -- Makayla R., Colfax Café Manager