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Hollow Kingdom Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538745830
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 7th, 2020

It all starts right here in Ravenna where S.T., a foul-mouthed domesticated crow, tells us the story of the demise of the human race. What does S.T. stand for, you ask? Something I cannot write here in this review. This book is touching and absolutely hilarious. An essential read for Seattlites, animal lovers, environmentalists, and fans of the zombie apocalypse. 


Review by Jessie

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781949199734
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Published: West Virginia University Press - September 1st, 2020

This small but mighty book is a palette cleanser for those who are rusty when it comes to short stories. We are thrown into the lives of Black women navigating themselves through the difficulty of religion and sexuality. Each short story has the complete potential of being a full length novel, and although we experience the characters for a short time, you are left wanting more. These short stories are intimate, personal and a religious experience.


Review by Javi

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Folklorn Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781645660163
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Published: Erewhon - April 27th, 2021

A Korean-American physicist goes as far as a research facility in Antarctica to escape the reach of her family and the mental illness that has been passed down through the generations. But when a literal ghost of her past appears in the snow, its beckoning from beyond pushes her to return home to a catatonic mother who left behind scribblings and carvings of their inherited folklore. Is it the ramblings of a troubled woman, or the secret revelations of a lost sister left behind in Korea?


Review by Sarah C.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780593085684
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 5th, 2021

Much praise has been given to Jones' debut novel, The Prophets, and every bit of it is deserved. At the heart of the story are Isaiah and Samuel, two young men who have found sanctuary in each other, despite being enslaved on the plantation known as Empty. Their love creates a sort of spiritual radiance unmatched on Empty, and seems to bring out the hope, curiosity, and ire of everyone around them, enslaved and free.
 
Jones' writing is beautifully intimate. While the story pulled me in right away, I found myself slowing down to soak in the spiritual depth of his words.


Review by Maggie

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781641292580
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Published: Soho Crime - March 30th, 2021

Cara Black has entertained us for over twenty years with her series featuring Aimee Ledue, a young, stylish PI who knows 1990's Paris inside and out. Who better to write a World War II thriller set in Paris starring young American widow Kate Rees who has been selected by the British and trained as a sniper with one goal: to assassinate Hitler on his brief, 3 hour stop in Paris.

If you love mysteries but also enjoy The Nightingale or The Alice Network, Cara Black has written a book for you! 


Review by Deborah

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Acts of Desperation Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316429856
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - March 9th, 2021

A story of lust, love, obsession, pain and ultimately self-discovery. Brutally honest and beautifully written. Could not put down. 


Review by Rosa

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By Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett (Translator), David Boyd (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781609456702
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Published: Europa Editions - March 23rd, 2021

Beginning with a hot summer trip in the middle of the city, Natsu hosts her sister and young niece, the latter who refuses to talk but spills her heart out about the fears of puberty onto the pages of her journal. Ten years later and in another sweltering summer, Natsu begins a rocky path towards motherhood as her fears of growing older and lonelier mirror that of her niece's past. Her journey reveals the complications that stand in the way of a single woman desiring a life that does not depend on the conventional company of men, especially in a world so ready to dispose of women at a certain age. 


Review by Sarah C.

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His & Hers: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250266095
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Published: Flatiron Books - March 30th, 2021

There is a complex web surrounding the characters in "His & Hers" stretching back twenty years to the night five sixteen year-old girls went into the woods together and two of them came out changed forever.  Now the sticky strings of the we have reached out and ensnared the grown women those girls have become.  Ringleader Rachel Hopkins has been killed in the very same woods and on the scene is BBC presenter Anna Andrews, one of the five original friends, as well as DCI Jack Harper who also has reasons to want Rachel dead.  Told in alternating chapters, "His & Hers" will keep you guessing until the very end.


Review by Deborah

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$12.99
ISBN: 9781534439917
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 13th, 2021

Control. College. Coach.

Three words define playing for the Wildcats, West Essex high school's celebrated varsity field hockey team. Over the next 48 hours, this group of newly-minted varsity girls will learn the limits of their friendship, perseverance, and dedication to a game that appears simply competitive. 

The story seems pretty at first: a group of girls bonding as a varsity squad the night before their first scrimmage. Yet, like all that's compelling in life, the truth reveals itself when you look close and dig deep. We are the Wildcats is a tightly wound narrative that ratchets higher and higher until the inevitable break.

 


Review by Danielle

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$15.95
ISBN: 9781496725196
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Published: Kensington - February 23rd, 2021

I am a giddy, joyous, absolute mess over this book. Every single character is someone I want to meet and I stayed up well into Nora’s golden hour of 4 am just to stay with them for as long as possible. We've all felt loneliness more acutely over the past year, but like traveling to Stars Hollow or some other world filled with characters that you just know, this book made loneliness the furthest thing from my mind. This transportive story of fate, found family, and all the facets of how we can love, is one I just desperately want everyone to be wrapped up in too.


Review by Claire

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