Anje

Anje enjoys reading, gardening, attempting to fix her truck, incrementally honing her skateboarding skills, and trying to convince her old dog to go on hikes.

Eileen: A Novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781594206627
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Published: Penguin Press - August 18th, 2015

Oh Eileen. You are antisocial, you are untrustworthy, you are selfish and self-hating at the same time. You are obsessive, you are put-upon. The way you live your life makes my skin crawl.

So why do I love you so much? -Anje


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Lagoon Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781481440875
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - July 14th, 2015

The last sentence of this book gave me shivers. In addition, it contains a short chapter written from the perspective of a small bat that is so achingly, hauntingly beautiful it made my heart hurt.

And now I want to go to Nigeria, but I think I'll stay away from the water. -Anje


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Ancillary Mercy (Imperial Radch #3) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316246682
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Published: Orbit - October 6th, 2015

Ann Leckie writes sci-fi with the same sense of justice as Octavia Butler and Ursula Le Guin, with the addition of action sequences and space battles that I can only pray I will one day get to see on the big screen. Already read and loved the first two, but concerned that Leckie won't stick the landing? Don't worry, she does. -Anje


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The Witch's Boy Cover Image
$8.95
ISBN: 9781616205485
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 15th, 2015

This is an epic and eloquent story about a chronically underestimated boy, a fierce bandit girl, a brave young wolf, and an ancient feral magic. Kelly Barnhill writes about magic in a way that I've never seen before, and it is utterly spellbinding. -Anje 


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Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780547422558
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Published: Mariner Books - January 4th, 2011

Hands down the best writing I've ever found on hoarding. Written with respect, empathy, and wit, this book is a must read for anyone affected by hoarding or merely interested in the pull that physical objects have on all of us. Frost and Steketee obviously hold their patients in high regard, and it shows in the frank self-examinations that make up so much of this phenominal book. -Anje


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Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374534837
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Published: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giro - October 7th, 2014

Jesse Bering has written possibly the best book about human sexuality that I've ever read. Copiously researched, scientifically solid, and written in eminently accessible (and entertaining) language, this book is a must read for anyone who has ever felt even a twinge of shame about sex. Yes, that means you. -Anje


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Oryx and Crake (The MaddAddam Trilogy #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385721677
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Published: Anchor - March 30th, 2004

Snowman spends his days remembering a world dominated by multinational corporations. Ever since the pandemic his only companions are dangerous genetically engineered hybrid animals, and a tribe of herbivorous humans created in a lab that look to him for guidance. -Anje


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Any Empire Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781603090773
Availability: Backordered
Published: Top Shelf Productions - September 13th, 2011

Nate Powell makes comics for all those whose hearts this world is too small to hold. "Any Empire" is an uncomfortable yet all to familiar coming of age tale that examines war and the youthful fantasies of violence that it inspires. -Anje


After Birth Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780544273733
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - February 17th, 2015

"Who can say I'm not a good mother? Who can say I don't read the subject heading in the books? The HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR CHILD IF THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO ONE WITH ANY PRIMAL KNOWLEDGE AROUND TO GUIDE YOU GUIDES. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN THERE IS NO RECEIVED WISDOM WHATSOEVER. I keep them in an out-of-the-way drawer, like porn."

Smart. Scathing. Terrifying. A must read. -Anje


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Swallow Me Whole Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781603090339
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - December 2nd, 2008

Possibly one of the best portrayals of schizophrenia that I've ever seen. (At least from someone who isn't schizophrenic.) This story of two step-siblings, both of whom are dealing with mental illness, is as frustrating and heartbreaking as they come. Channelled through the prism of Powell's stark yet smothering illustrations, this book is perfect. -Anje


Men Explain Things to Me Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9781608463862
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Published: Haymarket Books - September 4th, 2014

Though it is a slim volume, I recommend resisting the urge to read this book in one sitting. Originally written as individual arguments, Solnit's essays are a pleasure to read and sift through. Her writing about the silencing of women is sure to fill some readers with a kind of nauseous recognition, but in the end Solnit's is a voice that lights up the darkness. -Anje


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The Gas We Pass: The Story of Farts Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780916291525
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Published: Kane/Miller Book Publishers - January 1994

Having to patiently endure your child's potty talk phase is agonizing enough, but there is nothing worse than UNINFORMED POTTY TALK. Shinta Cho believes that knowledge is power, and that it should be conveyed via ultra-cute drawings. -Anje


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Everyone Poops Cover Image
$16.80
ISBN: 9780613685726
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Published: Turtleback Books - January 1993

As a former pre-school teacher, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of teaching your child how their body actually works. With clear language and adorable illustrations, this book is ingenius in its simplicity. -Anje


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Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802123855
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Published: Grove Press - March 3rd, 2015

Carol Ruckdeschel is a woman who has never allowed her heart to be crushed into submission, who faces off with powerful people that seek to desecrate Cumberland Island, and who refuses to let their success echo through her compliance. -Anje


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Lock In: A Novel of the Near Future Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765381323
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Published: Tor Science Fiction - August 4th, 2015

A totally gripping, intelligently written sci-fi police procedural/mystery that explores the themes of physical disability and bodily autonomy. I cannot recommend this enough. Never read sci-fi or Scalzi? Start with this. -Anje


Mermaids in Paradise Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780393245622
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 3rd, 2014

Lydia Millet notices everything. Her tersely cogent observations about our culture stopped me in my tracks over and over again as I read this darkly hilarious book. I want to be her best friend. -Anje


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The Martian: A Novel Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780553418026
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Published: Broadway Books - October 28th, 2014

This book is pithy, satisfyingly stressful, and has made me want to study math and chemistry more than any class or lecture I've ever attended. Read it, then have your kid read it. -Anje


Firebug Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780805098624
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - September 23rd, 2014

You've done it again, McBride. I thought I'd reached my snarky/irreverent/cleverly-modified-to-meet-my-bizarre-tastes magical creature quota after your second book, BUT NO! You had this hidden up your sleeve just waiting to distract me from daily responsibilities... -Anje


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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making Cover Image
By Catherynne M. Valente, Ana Juan (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250010193
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Published: Square Fish - May 8th, 2012

A richly written heroine's journey. Employing beautiful, exhuberant language, Valente introduces us to a girl who builds a ship, saves a boy, frees a dragon, and liberates a world from the tyranny of a despotic queen. ALL children must read this. -Anje


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The Gun Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780743271738
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 6th, 2011

A compellingly written, painstakingly researched history of one of the most ubiquitous weapons ever made. A fascinating comparison of Soviet vs. American approaches to weapons development, and their very human consequences. -Anje


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Necromancing the Stone (Necromancer Series #2) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250034151
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Published: Square Fish - October 29th, 2013

Do you like witty banter, scathing pop culture references, and vengeful supernatural entities with both class and style? Of course you do, read this book. -Anje


Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save  Lives in World War II Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781400069330
Availability: Backordered
Published: Random House - July 15th, 2014

A fascinating true tale of bravery, adventure, and the social contract between humans and animals. There are passages in this book that made my heart sing. -Anje


Beat the Reaper: A Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780316032216
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 14th, 2009

I picked this up while lurking at another bookstore, and ended up having to buy it because I could not live with myself if I didn't finish it that night. Meticulously researched (with footnotes!), totally over the top, and not for the easily squeamish (unless you're into that). -Anje