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Mrs. Caliban By Rachel Ingalls, Rivka Galchen (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Rachel Ingalls, Rivka Galchen (Introduction by)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811226691
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: New Directions - November 28th, 2017

In this recent reissue of Ingalls' delightfully bizarre novella, we're introduced to the usual trope of bored housewife stuck in a loveless marriage during 50's suburban ennui. But before your eyes glaze over, in walks Larry - an amphibious frogman who has escaped from cruel captors at a research center, bringing in an element of B-horror creature feature love story that would have made Ed Wood go wild.


Review by Sarah C.

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Unearthed By Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner Cover Image
$9.99
Unavailable at this time.
ISBN: 9781484799833
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 4th, 2018

A sci-fi bender that details what would happen if Lara Croft and Indiana Jones reluctantly teamed up to decode an ancient alien message in an ancient alien temple. 

Read while waiting for OBSIDIO, the final book in the Third Place bookseller-beloved Illuminae trilogy.



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Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment (City Lights Open Media) By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780872867239
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: City Lights Books - January 23rd, 2018

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is not only a brilliant historian (she wrote “An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States”), but was also an avid gun enthusiast and belonged to an armed underground group. Who better to write a book arguing that the second amendment and white supremacy are inextricably bound, and that the mainstream gun debate is just one big false dichotomy? This book is going to make people on both sides of the gun debate uncomfortable, and it is a necessary discomfort. 


Review by Anje

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The End of Policing By Alex S. Vitale Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781784782924
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Verso - August 28th, 2018

I thought this was a concise, accessible read. If you already own a dog-eared copy of "Are Prisons Obsolete?" or have a pen pal through Black and Pink, then this book will be preaching to the choir. However, if you have no idea what those things are but do think that there must be a better way of handling social problems than just sending the police in, this book is a great place to start.


Review by Anje

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Love By Matt de la Peña, Loren Long (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Matt de la Peña, Loren Long (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524740917
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 9th, 2018

Start 2018 off with this magnificent book about the minute yet powerful ways love can manifest in our lives. Matt de la Peña's lyrical prose, accompanied by Loren Long's lovingly crafted illustrations, celebrates the strength of expressing love in the face of hardship and challenging circumstances. A tour-de-force to be read on repeat and shared often with all ages. 



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Grandma's Purse By Vanessa Brantley-Newton Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781984849762
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2019

Sometimes you need help becoming your most authentic self from the sweet treats, fancy fun, and signature flourishes nestled in Grandma's bottomless bag! A delightful ode to grandmas everywhere, their Mary Poppins-esque pocketbooks, and the little ones that adore them. 




Review by Kitri

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Spinning By Tillie Walden, Tillie Walden (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Tillie Walden, Tillie Walden (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781626729407
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: First Second - September 12th, 2017

At the insanely young age of 21, Tillie Walden is already an incredible talent, and Spinning is exactly the kind of moving, insightful coming-of-age tale for girls that my wife is always complaining don't exist.


Review by Stephen

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The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories By Denis Johnson Cover Image
$27.00
Unavailable at this time.
ISBN: 9780812988635
Published: Random House - January 16th, 2018

Denis Johnson is one of those authors I have a hard time talking about without lapsing into absurd superlatives, so I won't even try to restrain my praise for his latest (and, sadly, last) story collection. The title story alone is worth the price of admission, and ranks among the best short stories I have ever read; The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is as disarmingly funny and as sneakily sublime as anything Johnson has written. We are lucky that Denis Johnson, who sadly passed away last May, has graced us with this final masterpiece--it's as fine a swan song as any author could hope for.


Review by Theo

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