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Set in a crumbling English castle populated by a quirky and delightful cast of characters, the diary entries of the witty, charismatic, and "consciously naive" Cassandra Mortmain make up a coming of age story so utterly charming that I couldn't stop smiling while reading.Katie
When Ellie's grandfather develops an anti-aging potion that turns him into a 13-year-old boy, she acquires a new housemate, plots the rescue of a prized jellyfish, and learns what it means to be a scientist.
First-time author and illustrator Gemma Mernio makes it hard to decide which is more charming, her drawings or her text. This book is fun right from the start, and ends with a delightful surprise!
Brown Girl Dreaming is SUCH a wonderful, atmospheric book. I really learned to value poetry as a means to create a nuanced world, rich with detail, yet spare in words. I wanted to stay with her and never leave because she has created a living, breathing childhood. Not to be missed.
Nine months ago Sophie finally got clean. Four months ago her best friend Mina was killed in what the police think was a drug deal gone wrong. Two days ago Sophie was released from involuntary rehab with one mission: find the person who really killed Mina before they get to her too. A complex love story wrapped up in a heart-pounding mystery, for fans of Ellen Hopkins or a darker John Green.
Seven girls at a boarding school combine their wits and talents to protect each other when their headmistress is poisoned. A wonderfully twisted tale of murder, intrigue and unladylike behavior.
A heartbreaking, affecting family drama that deserves all the praise it’s gotten. Great fiction moves you to re-examine your own emotions and gives fresh insight and empathy into the situations of those around you - and this is great fiction.
Artificial intelligence meets human vengeance. Once Justice of Toren, a ship responsible for the lives of thousands, the soldier Breq is confined by treachery to one human body and one human mission: revenge on the ruler of the Radch empire. This debut novel swept the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke, and Locus awards. For fans of innovative, mind-bending science fiction.
Even if you've never touched a sewing machine, you'll be planning a trip to the fabric store by the time you finish this history of American clothing. Dress isn't just a matter of fashion here: it's politics, domestic science, economics, and a barometer of women's roles in an evolving world.
I am not a Christian let alone do I believe (or even care) whether a God exists or not. But like Bill Henderson, I do believe there are sacred places in this world and the Blue Hill Peninsula is among them.This book chronicles Bill’s construction by hand of a “cathedral” on his land built with local stone over a period of years during which he also is diagnosed, then battles a life-threatening cancer. The spirit of the place and the people who dwell there help to make this memoir both moving and memorable.
One of the most exciting new voices in comics, Emily Carroll’s unsettling fairy tales are atmospheric and lyrical, conveying a loneliness and vulnerability that connects the reader immediately with her unfortunate heroines. Carroll is a master of sowing subtle menace into the tone and settings of her stories, allowing her to achieve the most rare thing of all in horror comics—stories that are actually scary, and long before any monster appears on the page.
I enjoyed this book so much that I tried to take my time finishing it in an attempt to make the pleasure last a little longer. I met with very limited success. Douglas and Connie Peterson embark on a month long excursion in Europe with their almost adult son Albie. Their marriage is shaky and Albie is chafing at the idea of another family trip especially one that seemingly has so much at stake. If you liked Nicholls' previous book ONE DAY or are a Jojo Moyes fan you are going to want to read this one.
Who ever said being an adult was easy? Done with humor and poise, Brown helps those new (or not) navigate their way through the facets of adulthood without condescension, from decorating an apartment on a budget and writing thank-you notes for just about everything, to how to cultivate meaningful relationships in your career and personal life.
Unlike anything you've ever read, THROWN is a philosophical exploration of what it means to be alive through the lens of Mixed Martial Arts. The work of an intense intellect, THROWN uses the lives of two fighters to struggle with the biggest questions of experience, very directly fighting for meaning and significance in our chaotic and confusing world. A major work by a major mind.