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Grimm: The Illustrated Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm By Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grim Cover Image
$24.95
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ISBN: 9783899557886
Published: Little Gestalten - May 25th, 2017

A classic collection has been given a new makeover. This stylish edition has been stuff with gorgeous new illustrations by a highly curated selection of artists. A perfect gift for the young (or the young at heart) artist/book collector/designer/folktale enthusiast on your list. 


Review by Kitri

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Satania By Fabien Vehlmann, Kerascoet (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Fabien Vehlmann, Kerascoet (Illustrator)
$24.99
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ISBN: 9781681121437
Published: NBM Publishing - November 15th, 2017

Look, I cannot even begin to describe the fleshy gloriousness that is this book. Please...just dive in. 



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The Job of the Wasp: A Novel By Colin Winnette, Colin Winnette Cover Image
$16.95
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ISBN: 9781593766801
Published: Soft Skull - January 9th, 2018

This book is like Eileen meets A Confederacy of Dunces meets Sleep Away Camp, set against the backdrop of a possibly haunted boys orphanage. Come for the overly articulate but woefully unaware teenage narrator, stay for the Devils Backbone meets Lord of the Flies vibe.


Review by Anje

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Homesick for Another World: Stories By Ottessa Moshfegh Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399562907
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Penguin Books - December 5th, 2017

Between her two latest books — this story collection and her similarly excellent 2015 novel Eileen —Ottessa Moshfegh has become one of my favorite fiction writers working today. The stories in Homesick for Another World are dark and unredemptive; they find humor in misery and relish abjection. They are peopled with characters riddled with shame and self-loathing, leading to bizarre and sometimes cruel behavior. They are, in short, probably not for everyone. But readers with a taste for the bitter stuff will find Moshfegh’s writing delightfully distasteful and full of surprising moments and incisive commentary.


Review by Theo

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The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780763677541
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Candlewick - October 10th, 2017

We are the duck and the mouse, the wolf is artificial scarcity resulting in desperate poverty, and the hunter is capitalism.

Give your child the gift of fun as revolutionary praxis this holiday season!


Review by Anje

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Spill Zone Book 1 By Scott Westerfeld, Alex Puvilland (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Scott Westerfeld, Alex Puvilland (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250158727
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: First Second - July 10th, 2018

After a weird incident 3 years ago, Poughkeepsie has never been the same. Meat puppets populate the buildings, animals went wonky, and tornados of everyday objects hang in suspended motion. Despite the danger, Addison braves the quarantined zone to capture photos of these sci-fi wonders to sell on the black market. When a patron comes to her with a dangerous proposal to retrieve something from the zone, Addison must decide if a cool $1 mil is worth gambling with the zone's unearthly phenomena. SO GOOD.



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Uprooted: A Novel By Naomi Novik Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780804179058
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Del Rey - March 1st, 2016

We all know how this fairytale is supposed to go: in exchange for his protection, the dragon in the tower takes the most beautiful maiden in the village to serve him every 10 years. But sometimes the dragon isn't an actual dragon and he girl he chooses isn't the fairest of them all, but a feisty tomboy with special gifts. Sometimes, everything you thought you knew is uprooted. 


Review by Deborah

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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)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143039976
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Penguin Classics - October 31st, 2006

You might fall in love with Merricat Blackwood, the murderous narrator of this atmospheric, chilling read. You might enjoy the off-kilter, simple - not spare - language Jackson used to craft her story. Or you may simply eat up this delectable table of treachery, magic, madness, and posen. 


Review by Kitri

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Devotion (Why I Write) By Patti Smith Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9780300240221
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Yale University Press - September 4th, 2018

As part of the Why I Write lecture series, the legendary New York musician and author shares a short but engaging story she wrote while traveling by train. The story itself is book ended by the different authors of the past, as well as the current surroundings that inspire her writing (including a personal visit to the room where Camus wrote.) A minute but moving must for any fan of Smith's writing.


Review by Sarah C.

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Manhattan Beach: A Novel By Jennifer Egan Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781476716749
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Scribner - June 5th, 2018

Miles (and decades) away from the unconventional style of A Visit to the Goon Squad, Egan takes a chance on historical fiction and manages to create a beautifully-lush and character-driven story centered around WWII-era New York City. The most compelling voice belongs to a young and ambitious woman new to the once male-dominated workforce, and her story of navigation through a life of newfound independence will cause any reader to root for her survival in a world consistently telling her "no."


Review by Sarah C.

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