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Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret By Craig Brown Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780374538392
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 21st, 2019

If you watched the TV show, The Crown, then you know Princess Margaret was the much more compelling one! This book really gives you 99 glimpses of Princess Margaret that makes you love and hate her at the same time. Everyone in the book has an opinion of her, but did anyone really know her???


Review by Rosa

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The Truth About Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife By Lucy Cooke Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781541674080
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Basic Books - April 30th, 2019

 

With suggestive humor and a bit of orneriness, Cooke clears up crazy misconceptions about some of the world’s more mysterious and underappreciated species. Throughout, she dissects these past theories for signs of human superiority, a binary physical understanding, and a little too much of the woodsy musk from a beaver's “gonads.” What’s left: Hyenas are avid feminists, Eels keep their coitus quiet, and Sloths are pretty much the ultimate survivalists. You can devour this all at once or savor each chapter as an individual essay, but you will be amazed by the truth (and bestiary sketches) either way.


Review by Katelynn

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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel By Ocean Vuong Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525562047
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 2021

Writing a review for this book is gonna be hard but I'm going to try. This may be the I best book I've read this year. So many raw and stunning sentences just waiting for you to fall in love with.  Told through letters from a son to a mother, I underlined the hell out of my copy. It broke my heart but it also put it back together. Read this and join the Ocean Vuong fan club with me. 


Review by Rosa

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Tears of the Trufflepig: A Novel By Fernando A. Flores Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780374538330
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: MCD x FSG Originals - May 14th, 2019

If Haruki Murikami had been born in Mexico and raised in southern Texas, this is the book he would have written. It's futuristic and hallucinogenic look at that region gives us a unique and welcome lens to view the border. 


Review by Robert

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Beautiful Darkness By Kerascoët, Fabien Vehlmann, Helge Dascher (Translated by) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781770463363
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - October 30th, 2018

Child logic and base ferality attempt to work together in this beautifully bleak fable. A group of fairies are forced to leave their previous 'home' and survive the wilderness. If you are looking for a sweet moral ribbon to tie around this tale, you wont find it. It is lost; buried in the woods amongst the maggots. 



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Magic for Liars: A Novel By Sarah Gailey Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250174628
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Tor Books - May 5th, 2020

If The Dresden Files and The Magicians had a book baby, this would be it. Our heroine is an ordinary private eye hired to solve a murder at a boarding school for magical teenagers. Unfortunately, it's also the school where her magical twin sister, Tabitha, works. As Ivy gets further involved in the inner workings of the school, its faculty, and its students, she questions her sanity and skill. Can she keep up appearances, find the killer, and reunite with Tabitha?

Excellent storytelling with a plot that had me guessing "whodunnit" until the last 50 pages.



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Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence By Kristen R. Ghodsee Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781645036364
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Bold Type Books - March 3rd, 2020

The word "feminism" has never been so ubiquitous, but it's in danger of being reduced to a new way to make women buy things. In this fantastic book (which is only partially about sex), Kristen Ghodsee makes a powerful case for the power of universal social programmes like childcare, healthcare, and parental leave to grant women economic, social, and political independence.


Review by Stephen

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Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White By Michael Tisserand Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780061733000
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Harper Perennial - November 13th, 2018

Krazy Kat remains a marvel even more than a century after its debut. Anarchic and wondrous, it stands among the most innovative and influential strips in all of comics history.

But my staff pick isn't Krazy Kat, it's Krazy by Michael Tisserand: a richly detailed and endlessly compelling biography of the strip's visionary creator, George Herriman. From the complex racial politics of New Orleans to the hyper-competitive world of newspaper comics publishing, Tisserand deftly lays out the cultural and historical contexts that informed Herriman's brilliance.


Review by Theo

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The White Card: A Play By Claudia Rankine Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978396
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Graywolf Press - March 19th, 2019

Many of us hope that we would not end up on the wrong side of the potent conversations in this electrifying play. But there are so many wrong sides. The lines Rankine draws here are blurry and moving fast - the discomfort is the point. Rankine does here what all great dramatists do - distills the complex noise of our time into a clear mirror. When we catch a glimpse of ourselves we are forced to try to do better.


Review by Robert

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An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace By Tamar Adler, Alice Waters (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Tamar Adler, Alice Waters (Foreword by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781439181881
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Scribner - June 19th, 2012

Need to learn to cook? This book will teach you. Lesson one: How to Boil Water.

And if you know how to cook read this anyways - it makes the tedium of daily cooking feel like magic.


Review by Allie

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