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The Book of Love: A Novel By Kelly Link Cover Image
$31.00
ISBN: 9780812996586
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Random House - February 13th, 2024

I would have read and loved this book if it were just a messy story about teenagers in a band who kiss the wrong people. It is that and much, much more. Known for her shorter fiction, Kelly Link makes full use of the novel form to build an enchanting world grounded in the mundane but with magical twists: people turn into animals, supernatural beings vie for power, and four dead students come back to life and must complete a series of magical tasks to earn the power to stay. If you love weird slow burn puzzles that keep you guessing, read this book. If you want your heart to be touched, read this book.
 


Review by Jess

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Mortal Leap By MacDonald Harris, Steven G. Kellman (Afterword by), Jonathan Coe (Introduction by) Cover Image
By MacDonald Harris, Steven G. Kellman (Afterword by), Jonathan Coe (Introduction by)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781915812100
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Boiler House Press - March 29th, 2024

Out of print for over half a century, Mortal Leap is the very definition of a "lost classic."

It is a witty, captivating novel with the scope of a classic hero's journey but a mind all its own.


Review by Wes

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Tremor: A Novel By Teju Cole Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812997118
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Random House - October 17th, 2023

Part novel, part art criticism, part travelogue. Teju explores the contradictions of appropriating a culture's art in the act of celebrating it. Lyrical and insightful, while quietly shaking the figurative ground beneath your feet. 


Review by Trevor

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All Down Darkness Wide: A Memoir By Seán Hewitt Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593300084
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Penguin Press - July 12th, 2022

The first memoir from poet Sean Hewitt is a story of first love and finding yourself. It is also about mental illness, travel, poetry and loss. Told with elegant prose with help from a 19th century poet, this book has haunted me in the best possible way.

 


Review by Trevor

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In Ascension By Martin MacInnes Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780802163462
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - February 27th, 2024

A mysterious slow burn novel about the enigma of life on earth. Sci-fi for those not usually drawn to the genre. A character study about both exploration and escape. JG Ballad by way of Sebald. Utterly unique and transfixing.

 


Review by Trevor

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Banned Books for Kids: Reading Lists and Activities for Teaching Kids to Read Censored Literature By American Library Association (ALA) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781728266008
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Sourcebooks - September 18th, 2023

"The act of reading outside of your experience increases empathy. It broadens our understanding of humanity and our ideas about who we are and what we can be."- Jesmyn Ward

This book is a jewel of a resource for educators and caregivers alike. Help youth understand their right to free expression, information, and imagination. Includes discussion guides, writing prompts, and "read-alike" book suggestions for future reading.

 


Review by Sarah P.

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Raising Kids with Big, Baffling Behaviors: Brain-Body-Sensory Strategies That Really Work By Robyn Gobbel Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781839974281
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Jessica Kingsley Publishers - September 21st, 2023

Take heart caregivers who are feeling overwhelm, shame, and frustration raising children with regulation and sensory processing challenges! Robyn Gobbel has digested the last twenty revolutionary years of brain research for YOU. Her style is empathetic and practical. Whether your child has a vulnerable nervous system because of early neglect, trauma, or their own unique wiring, you need this book. Also, her podcast is fantastic!

 


Review by Sarah P.

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The School that Escaped the Nazis: The True Story of the Schoolteacher Who Defied Hitler By Deborah Cadbury Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781541751187
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Published: PublicAffairs - February 20th, 2024

Anna Essinger is a hero that has been overlooked by history. Her escape from Germany and the first 70 children traveling by the Kindertransport begun in 1933. Essinger's school received children up to and including those in hiding or concentration camps. She worked tirelessly to provide a home to children orphaned and broken by the horror of WWII. She was a true humanitarian and deserves recognition what she was able to provide for countless children. She and the children need to have their story told. You will feel better once you read this to know goodness exists.


Review by Sue

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Putin's Russia: The Rise of a Dictator By Darryl Cunningham Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781770465046
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - February 15th, 2022

If you ever had any doubts about Putin or wanted verification of his total power and how he got there, this is the book for you. I read this in half a day, all the facts and timelines of events are accurately depicted. This is a great book to share or recommend to others in light of our current political atmosphere. I highly, highly recommend!


Review by Sue

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Flirting with Danger: The Mysterious Life of Marguerite Harrison, Socialite Spy By Janet Wallach Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385545082
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Published: Doubleday - August 1st, 2023

Marguerite Harrison was a little-known American spy, journalist, adventurer, and feminist. She lived in a time when few women ventured out into public life. She broke the norms, challenged every barrier - whether it be social expectations or physical danger.

This is a fascinating story of a patriot and American hero. A true page-turner and must-read. Highly recommended story of a fearless woman in a time when few women defied the expected and forged ahead.


Review by Sue

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