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Kitchen By Banana Yoshimoto, Megan Backus (Translator) Cover Image
By Banana Yoshimoto, Megan Backus (Translator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802142443
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Published: Grove Press - April 17th, 2006

"This is my favorite book.
Of all time.
And our bookstore didn't carry it...
So!

What better than to bring it back than with a good ol' staff pick.

A Japanese classic, Yoshimoto brings stillness, beauty and originality in storying about death, self, friendship, and love. "

- kai


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Shakespeare for Every Night of the Year By Colin Salter (Editor) Cover Image
By Colin Salter (Editor)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781849948241
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Published: Batsford - April 9th, 2024

I love poem-a-day collections as a contemplative tool, and you can't really go wrong with some Shakespeare to engage your mental faculties.- Stacey


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Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (FSG Classics) By Joan Didion Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780374531386
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 28th, 2008

Some of Joan Didion's best essays, written in the beginning of her extensive journalism career. Each essay narrates the beauty and individuality of California in the 60s. A must read!

- Olive


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The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother By James McBride Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594481925
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 7th, 2006

Whether you’re looking for a gift for Mother’s Day, a deeper context for McBride’s novels, or just a good story, this book is on point. Alternating between his mother’s Jewish childhood in the South during the Depression and his own experiences as a Black child in NYC in the ‘60’s-‘70’s, McBride depicts his mother as a force of nature.

- Rachael


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Fifty Beasts to Break Your Heart: And Other Stories By GennaRose Nethercott Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593314180
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Published: Vintage - February 6th, 2024

It is very rare that every short story in a collection blows me away, but GennaRose has done it. I was left completely breathless over her prose, heartbroken over her characters, and in desperate need for just one more story. Read it in one go or savor each word, but don't let this one pass you by.

- Jen


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Whale Fall: A Novel By Elizabeth O'Connor Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593700914
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Published: Pantheon - May 7th, 2024

This is a beautiful and poetic novel that narrates the story of a young woman who is trying to discover herself through the fog of her isolated island community's lifestyle and the opinions of others. It is an unforgettable story that will stick with you for weeks, like sea spray and sand after a stormy day on the beach.

- Emma


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Fangirl Down: A Novel (Big Shots #1) By Tessa Bailey Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063308367
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Published: Avon - February 13th, 2024

A heart warming grumpy-sunshine romance, Josephine Doyle is Wells Whitaker's #1 fan. When his golf game starts hitting some bogeys, Wells recruits Josephine as his new caddy. A guaranteed HEA with some spice along the way, how will Josephine get Wells to believe in himself again?

- Halle


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How to End a Love Story: A Novel By Yulin Kuang Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063310681
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Published: Avon - April 9th, 2024

If you love Emily Henry, you'll love How to End a Love Story by Yulin Kuang! When two prolific writers are assigned to work on the same TV show, their complicated history forms a wedge between both their professional and personal relationships. This book is a romance novel, yes, but it's also a complex exploration of forgiveness, what it means to move on, and how figures in our rearview mirror can carve out a permanent spot in our hearts.

- Cindy


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The Book Censor's Library By Bothayna Al-Essa, Ranya Abdelrahman (Translator), Sawad Hussain (Translator) Cover Image
By Bothayna Al-Essa, Ranya Abdelrahman (Translator), Sawad Hussain (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781632063342
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Published: Restless Books - April 30th, 2024

Nothing I could say about this book I think can capture the true hold it has on me. In it we meet the New Book Censor who, living in a 1984-esque world, finds himself captivated and hypnotized by banned books. Just like the New Censor, I found myself bewitched by this book.

- Katherine


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Dracula Daily: Reading Bram Stoker's Dracula in Real Time With Commentary by the Internet By Matt Kirkland Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781524884703
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 19th, 2023

Never before have you seen Dracula like this. Dracula Daily isn't just an internet sensation bringing together people year after year, and this book is not just "Dracula with commentary." By reading each diary entry and letter in the order they would have been written, Kirkland is forcing us to really take the time and sit in how horrific some of Dracula's story are. How long was Jonathan Harker really trapped in that castle? How quickly did Lucy Westenra go from perfectly happy to on deaths door? Grab your copy now to get ready for Jonathan Harker's first diary entry --his journey starts May 3rd!

- Katherine


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The Iguanodon's Horn: How Artists and Scientists Put a Dinosaur Back Together Again and Again and Again By Sean Rubin, Sean Rubin (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sean Rubin, Sean Rubin (Illustrator)
$21.99
ISBN: 9780063239210
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Published: Clarion Books - March 19th, 2024

Science and art come together to interpret, and reinterpret, the dinosaur we call Iguanodon.

- Robin


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Go Forth and Tell: The Life of Augusta Baker, Librarian and Master Storyteller By Breanna J. McDaniel, April Harrison (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593324202
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Published: Dial Books - February 6th, 2024

- kai


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We Are Water Protectors: (Caldecott Medal Winner) By Carole Lindstrom, Michaela Goade (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Carole Lindstrom, Michaela Goade (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250203557
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 17th, 2020

Water is important, and so is this book. ~ Stacey

- Mia


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Meet the Mushrooms! By Sonali Fry, Melanie Demmer (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sonali Fry, Melanie Demmer (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781664351066
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Published: Tiger Tales - January 2nd, 2024

Introducing the magic of fungi with catchy rhymes and whimsical illustrations, Meet the Mushrooms is a fun book to read aloud with your kiddo.

- Murphy


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Where Sleeping Girls Lie By Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250800848
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - March 19th, 2024

Boarding school, rich elite kids, dead bodies... what more could you want in a novel? Pitched by the author as Black Mean Girls with murder. You do not want to miss this one!

- Connor


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