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Escaping Exodus: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062867735
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Harper Voyager - October 15th, 2019

A space odyssey, a class and gender struggle, and subtle eco-criticisms are brilliantly melded together in Drayden's latest work. I laughed at weird new phrases and...sticky situations; I cried with each broken heart, abused body, and stolen future; I cheered for certain shifts in power and moves for societal change. More than anything, I want to delve back into these confounding yet relatable characters, and learn as much as I can about the world within this captivating opera (which can probably teach us some much needed information about our own). Plus, I think this book's readability has finally turned me into a budding fan of the sci-fi genre, so yay!


Review by Katelynn

Pew: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374230920
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 21st, 2020

A narrator with no discernable age, gender or race appears in a small southern town and gets taken in by the local church. Meanwhile, the town prepares for its anual "Forgiveness Festival", of which the narrator is told little. beautiful prose, eclectic characters and just the right amount of disorientation. Think 'Midsommar' meets Marquez, told as only Catherine Lacey could tell.  


Review by Connor

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The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781501173240
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Scribner - January 2nd, 2018

I absolutely adore anything related to minimalism or decluttering, and I'm also a fan of Scandinavian home practices like hygge and lagom. This book ticked all the boxes for me and then some! Whether meaning to or not, Magnusson had me laughing hysterically - even while considering my own mortality and how I can lighten the burden for anyone left to "death clean" after me. It also gave me helpful talking points for starting the death cleaning process with my  elderly family members while they are still here to make their own decisions.


Review by Claudia

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The Unexpected Genius of Pigs Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780008383893
Availability: Unavailable - due in 2-4 weeks
Published: HarperCollins - June 23rd, 2020

The Unexpected Genius of Pigs is an endearing, informative, and all-out fun book about one British family's experience when the two teacup piglets they adopted turned out to be enormous, earth-tilling, ear-splitting hogs. Part memoir, part scientific research, and part observation - this quick read had me considering whether or not my family had what it takes to become pig-keepers (we don't but I sure wish we did!).


Review by Claudia

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The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life Cover Image
By Julie Bogart, Susan Wise Bauer (Foreword by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143133223
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: TarcherPerigee - February 5th, 2019

With many schools transitioning to online learning, as well as some families choosing to homeschool amidst the pandemic, this book is an excellent and timely resource for anyone with school-aged kids. Whether you're looking for a ground-up training on building your own complete curricula, or just wanting to keep your child motivated while distance learning, Bogart offers a wealth of knowledge and experience on secular learning. I wish I could put this in the hands of every parent I know! 

 


Review by Claudia

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Tigers, Not Daughters Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616208967
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - March 24th, 2020

What's most striking about this story is how much you care. From the first page, I was entranced and had no real interest in doing anything else with my life until I got to the last page. The story follows three sisters who are being haunted by their late sister's ghost. And yet, it's also not really about that at all. It's about grief, sisterhood, survival and taking back power. Not to mention that the writing is such that it constantly leaves you in an aftermath of wonder. I'm positive I'll be thinking of the Torres sisters for years to come.


Review by Claire

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Ghost Squad Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338280128
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Scholastic Press - April 7th, 2020

This sweet, spooky tale of two best friends who accidentally release a curse on their town and then team up with a witchy grandma and a slightly magical cat named Chunk to fix it, is a pure delight! With nods to Harry Potter, Ghostbusters, and the Goonies, it's an adventurous tale of unbreakable friendship and the power of found family. Quite simply, it's enchanting.

 


Review by Claire

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Today Tonight Tomorrow Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534440241
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Published: Simon Pulse - July 28th, 2020

Rowan and Neil have been academic rivals throughout high school and the annual last-day-of-school scavenger hunt is the final opportunity for Rowan to truly best Neil. But when a conspiracy among their classmates causes the two to join forces, will they be able to reprogram their autopilot response to sabotage one another?

Rachel Lynn Solomon makes an enemies-to-lovers playground out of Seattle in this endearing all-in-one-day love story. I dare you not to fall in love with these characters and this city when you're done.


Review by Claire

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American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735223608
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Published: Penguin Books - June 11th, 2019

One of the best non-fiction books of the year. In alternating chapters that focus on past and present, Bauer elegently lays out the brutal history of for-profit prisons in America, and writes about his experience both as a former prisoner and working as a guard in the private prison industry. This is an essential read for anyone interested in criminal justice or law enforcement. 


Review by Anje

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Unnatural Magic Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984805843
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Published: Ace - November 5th, 2019

A gripping murder mystery in a smartly constructed world of magic, mages, and trolls. This multiple POV narrative chronicles the complex political and religious forces that affect ambitious student magician Onna, charming soldier Jeckran, and compassionate half-troll Tsira. The interplay of power, revenge, and zeal execute slowly but purposefully as Onna's career and Tsira's pursuit converge in wealthy city Hexos.


Review by Danielle

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