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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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Upstream: Selected Essays By Mary Oliver Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143130086
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Penguin Books - October 29th, 2019

"Teach the children...stand them in the stream, head them upstream, rejoice as they learn to love this green space they live in, its sticks and leaves and then the silent, beautiful blossoms. Attention is the beginning of devotion." Mary Oliver is the only writer that makes me second-guess killing any rogue spider that comes near me, because her reverence for nature is more than mere observation - her writing becomes a spiritual experience in these essays.


Review by Sarah C.

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel By George Saunders Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812985405
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 6th, 2018

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE

The “devastatingly moving” (People) first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented


Review by Sarah C.

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Dear Martin By Nic Stone Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781101939529
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Published: Ember - September 4th, 2018

Don't be fooled by this novel's lack of length - it packs a serious punch. Stone tackles heavy and important topics - police brutality and racial profiling - in a nuanced and innovative way. The main character Justyce writes letter to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to process the racial tensions at his prep school and his (and our) society at large. A timely and honest book with unmistakable voice and heart. 



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The Reader By Traci Chee Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780147518057
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Published: Speak - September 5th, 2017

Can you imagine not knowing what a book is or looks like but somehow still understanding how powerful an object it is? Enter Sefia, whose father entrusted her with such a rectangular object before he was murdered. Then, her aunt gets kidnapped and Sefia begins to unlock the mysteries and magic of reading this book, which might be the only way to save her aunt and uncover the details behind her father's death. This self-reflexive read will leave you enthralled. 



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Worm Loves Worm By J. J. Austrian, Mike Curato (Illustrator) Cover Image
By J. J. Austrian, Mike Curato (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062386335
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 5th, 2016

Worm loves Worm, and they want to get married. Thing is, all of their friends have ideas about what Worm and Worm need to get married. Worm and Worm want to appease their friends but they don't really care if they wear rings, bow ties, veils. Worm and Worm want to get married because they love each other. This beautifully straightforward picture book celebrates love above all else, and it demonstrates how easy it is to rewrite "how it's always been done."



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The Dam Keeper, Book 1 By Robert Kondo, Dice Tsutsumi Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781626724266
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Published: First Second - September 26th, 2017

Pig has been a diligent and devoted protector of Sunrise Valley ever since his father, the Dam Builder, walked into the deadly fog. Pig keeps the Dam safe and secure so the fog doesn't roll in and destroy the entire town. But the fog keeps getting stronger and, one day, breaks off a piece of the dam—with Pig, Hippo, and Fox inside. The animated feel (both creators worked for Pixar) will leave readers breathless and eagerly awaiting the second installment!



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The Tea Party in the Woods By Akiko Miyakoshi, Akiko Miyakoshi (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Akiko Miyakoshi, Akiko Miyakoshi (Illustrator)
$21.99
ISBN: 9781771381079
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Published: Kids Can Press - August 1st, 2015

This Little Red Riding Hood-inspired tale is like a cup of hot tea on a cold night! Kikko sets out to her grandmother's house when her father forgets the pie to bring. Kikko discovers him entering an unfamiliar and grand house, and upon peeking inside, she sees all the animals of the forest are having a tea party! Miyakoshi's textured black and white charcoal illustrations bring an extra woodsiness and warmth to the story. Perfect for animal-lovers, tea-party enjoyers, and forest explorers! 



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Ladycastle By Delilah S. Dawson, Ashley A. Woods (Illustrator), Rebecca Farrow (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Delilah S. Dawson, Ashley A. Woods (Illustrator), Rebecca Farrow (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781684150328
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: BOOM! Studios - October 24th, 2017

Ladycastle is part comic, part musical (!?), part genderbent Knight's Tale, and all awesome. Frankly, it's also suitable for most ages, and it has less to do with physical combat and more to do with changing the status quo according to the strengths (and there are many: blacksmithing, etiquette- and chivalry-teaching, horiticulturing, practicing medicine, and library-keeping) of the individuals in this excellent series. Please read now. 



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A Line in the Dark By Malinda Lo Cover Image
$17.99
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ISBN: 9780735227422
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - October 17th, 2017

Jess and Angie are best friends, so when Angie comes out and starts dating Margot, a rich girl from a different high school, Jess tries to be supportive. Jess has secretly loved Angie for a long time - and she doesn't plan on losing their relationship to the shark-infested waters of Angie's new, cliquish social circle so easily. But then a girl goes missing after a wild house party, with Jess and Angie right in the middle of it. And both of them are lying. Spooky, contemporary queer YA packed with morally complex female characters!


Review by Christina

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