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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
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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
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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” (Peoplefirst 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
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
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
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
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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