December 2017

Christmas Days

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Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days Cover Image
$12.80
ISBN: 9780802127228
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Published: Grove Press - November 14th, 2017

Like being at a good British friend's home - one who tells fascinating, sometimes spooky stories. In between there's talk of her recipes and family. It's not always specifically about Christmas, but you feel you are making your way through the season fortified by her rich tales and food.

- Molly


1Q84

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$14.40
ISBN: 9780307476463
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Published: Vintage - January 22nd, 2013

The novel unfurls into a twisting mass of parallel lives and fated occurrences. Just when the reader believes they are finally on the path of truth, Murakami masterfully unearths new connections and twists, keeping you on your toes. As with the characters, the reader finds themselves falling into a new world and back again, making each person reconsider the reality around them.

Cissa


Nopi

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$32.00
ISBN: 9781607746232
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 20th, 2015

This is completely worth the $40 merely for the recipe for Roasted Pork Belly with Crushed Butternut Squash and Walnut Salsa alone. (P192). Not food you'd whip up on a school night - but the flavor combinations are SO clever, SO interesting and totally doable, this just might be the last cookbook you need.

Susannah


everyone's a aliebn when ur a aliebn too

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Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: A Book Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062569028
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 27th, 2017

As a bookseller, I read a lot of books. I’ve read a whole heap of staff-pick-able ones in the past few months. But this little aliebn has stayed with me since July; I've read and re-read it and found something new every time. Funny, poignant, and earnest, this book about a lonely alien his animal friends offers plenty of insight on what it means to be human.

Kate


Into the Drowning Deep

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$20.80
ISBN: 9780316379403
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Published: Orbit - November 14th, 2017

The mermaids in this book are sea creatures from the depths of the Mariana Trench, and they do not want to be a part of your world. They just want to eat the ship full of scientists that have come to their territory seeking answers. Mira Grant masterfully brings to life (and, in many cases, death) a diverse cast of scientists and mermaids in this extremely well-researched, science fiction/horror take on mermaids. Read if you want to be terrified of the sea forever.

Shana


Translation as Transhumance

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By Mireille Gansel, Ros Schwartz (Translator)
$11.96
ISBN: 9781558614444
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Published: Feminist Press - November 14th, 2017

Truly brilliant and beautiful work on the nature of translation and how powerful the ability to reach across languages can be. One of those rare books you wish you’d read years earlier. Highly recommended to writers (it changed how I think about American English), readers of works in translation, and readers in general looking to extend their horizons.

Josh


An Atlas of Countries that Don't Exist

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An Atlas of Countries That Don't Exist: A Compendium of Fifty Unrecognized and Largely Unnoticed States Cover Image
$23.96
ISBN: 9781452158686
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 30th, 2016

When I first heard about this book, I assumed these were made up places. They aren't. This atlas is full of real states with complex histories that have disqualified them from being official countries. Some are contemporary, some historical, while others have seen their recognition reneged in recent decades. You'll find everywhere from Lakotah (80,000 mi² within the United States), to Taiwan or Catalonia, to a concrete platform off the coast of England, and many more.

 

Matthew


Handcrafted Maine

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Handcrafted Maine: Art, Life, Harvest & Home Cover Image
By Katy Kelleher, Greta Rybus (Photographer)
$31.96
ISBN: 9781616895679
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - July 18th, 2017

Maine is a state where many people take a risk and create their own jobs. This book honors hardworking and creative people with beautiful photographs and journalistic-like details. This is a great gift for a creative person or Maine-iac!

 

Heather


Bean to Bar Chocolate

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Bean-To-Bar Chocolate: America's Craft Chocolate Revolution: The Origins, the Makers, and the Mind-Blowing Flavors Cover Image
By Megan Giller, Michael Laiskonis (Foreword by)
$15.96
ISBN: 9781612128214
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Published: Storey Publishing - September 19th, 2017

As someone who devours at least two bars of at least 80% chocolate a week (and lives dangerously close to Taza), I found this book fascinating. From process, descriptions of fair-trade versus direct trade, to types of bars to creative pairings, this is THE book on chocolate today. Just remember to include a few bars when you gift it!

Marika


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