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Dim Sum Palace By X. Fang Cover Image
By X. Fang
$18.99
ISBN: 9781774881989
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Published: Tundra Books - September 12th, 2023

Following Liddy's dreamlike state through Fang's brilliant storytelling is just as (dare I say maybe even more?) delicious as having actual dim sum.

- Kai


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Nat Enough: A Graphic Novel (Nat Enough #1) By Maria Scrivan, Maria Scrivan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Maria Scrivan, Maria Scrivan (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338538199
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Published: Graphix - April 7th, 2020

These days, with social media, it is easier to compare ourselves to others and feel “Nat Enough” now than ever before. This adorably relatable middle grade graphic novel seeks to remind us that being our silly selves, even if it leads to feeling embarrassed, is always the best option! And maybe it will even get the cute boy in class to notice us….

- Emma

 


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The Book of Accidents: A Novel By Chuck Wendig Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399182150
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Published: Del Rey - March 15th, 2022

A modern masterpiece of horror. Twisting and dark, mixing familial trauma, coming of age, and terror so well-it's truly sublime. Don't let the length deter you- you will fly through these pages at a dead sprint.

- Jen


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The Parliament By Aimee Pokwatka Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250820976
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Published: Tordotcom - January 16th, 2024

Full disclosure: this book made me weep like a child. This is a book about grief, and trauma, and how that changes us, especially as children. It's a shockingly plausible horror story interwoven with a fantasy story that both rescues and reflects our protagonists from their own story.

- Katherine


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The Fate of Fausto: A Painted Fable By Oliver Jeffers Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780593115015
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Published: Philomel Books - September 17th, 2019

A refreshingly depressing children's book, inspired by the legend of the man who sells his soul to the devil. Adult readers can pair with Goethe's Faust I&II (also a staff pick this month), Mann's Doctor Faustus, and Bulgakov's Master & Margarita.

- James


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Faust I & II, Volume 2: Goethe's Collected Works - Updated Edition (Princeton Classics #5) By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Stuart Atkins (Editor), Stuart Atkins (Translator) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780691162294
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Published: Princeton University Press - April 6th, 2014

Little different than reading Shakespeare for the strength of its poetry.

- James


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Grandma's Roof Garden By Tang Wei, Kelly Zhang (Translated by) Cover Image
By Tang Wei, Kelly Zhang (Translated by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781646147014
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Published: Levine Querido - January 16th, 2024

I have been waiting for a book that rivals my favorite garden book from my childhood, and HERE IT IS. The audible gasp of delight when I discovered this book! I then handed it to everyone I could. I love Grandma, I love her garden, I lover her cat, and the rich, deep colors and line style make the veggies feel almost within grasp.

- Stacey


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The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone By Olivia Laing Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250118035
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Published: Picador - June 6th, 2017

"You can be lonely anywhere, but there is a particular flavour to the loneliness that comes from living in a city, surrounded by millions of people.” By exploring the private lives of prolific artists who used loneliness as a lens through which to view the world and art as a vehicle to express this confusing, complicated, and paradoxical emotion, Olivia Laing takes a closer look into the meaningful ways in which loneliness shapes our understanding of humanity.

- Cindy


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The Garden Maker's Book of Wonder: 162 Recipes, Crafts, Tips, Techniques, and Plants to Inspire You in Every Season By Allison Vallin Kostovick Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781635865318
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - August 29th, 2023

A charming book for the chaos gardeners among us.

- Stacey


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The Wheel of the Year: An Illustrated Guide to Nature's Rhythms By Fiona Cook, Jessica Roux (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Fiona Cook, Jessica Roux (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781524874803
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 24th, 2023

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You, Again: A Novel By Kate Goldbeck Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593448120
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - September 12th, 2023

Very few romance books draw me in. You, Again did that from the start! A fumbling comedian, a criticized chef, and multiple unexpected chance meetings set within New York City? What more could you ask for?

- Kaliisha


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A Magic Steeped in Poison (The Book of Tea #1) By Judy I. Lin Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250767080
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - March 29th, 2022

Magic mixes with East Asian culture meets Iron Chef in a web of palace intrigue. Tea master in-training Ning competes to be the imperial master of tea and save her sister's life.

- Mia


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Stella By McCall Hoyle Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781639930555
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Published: Shadow Mountain - September 6th, 2022

Stella is a bomb-sniffing beagle who has gone through an accident where she lost her human partner. Written from Stella's perspective, follow her journey as she recovers from her ordeal and finds her new calling as a seizure alert dog for 11-year old Cloe.

- Halle


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Hangman: A Novel By Maya Binyam Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374610074
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 8th, 2023

This bite-sized story follows an anonymous narrator visiting his home country on a disorienting journey that felt both winding and punchy. I'm looking forward to reading it again!

- Cindy


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The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession By David Grann Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307275905
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Published: Vintage - January 11th, 2011

You've read his books about lost cities, murderous reigns of terror, and mutiny on the high seas, but did you know he wrote about a professional imposter, the hunt for the giant squid, and the people tunneling hundreds of feet beneath New York City?

- John


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