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The Weight of Ink

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780544866461
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - June 6th, 2017

A British academic is invited to examine a cache of letters found in a boarded-up closet in a 17th century house outside London. The novel alternates between the lives of London Jews of the 1600s whose lives are reflected in the letters, and the contemporary academics who are trying to piece together their stories. Enlightenment philosophy, London's plague and Great Fire, and 17th-century Jewish messianism are all artfully woven into this compelling work of historical fiction.


The Hour Of Land

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781250132147
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Published: Picador USA - July 3rd, 2017

Tempest Williams is one of my favorite writers (and a fellow Utahn!), and she's at her finest in this collection of essays on America's National Parks. They are personal and political, informative and immediate, a reflection on our messy relationship with wild spaces that's by turns heartbreaking and uplifting. If you're looking for a book to inspire you to get outside this summer, this is the one!


Pete with No Pants

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781452144016
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 2nd, 2017

Pete is an adorable lump of an elephant who wants to tell jokes. As he plays, he tries to figure out what he is through comparisons. A sweet, humorous story of perception and the confusing, ongoing search for identity, Pete's journey provides an entry point into conversations of categorization and point-of-view while also being a giggle-inducing storytime pick.


The Dragon With a Chocolate Heart

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ISBN: 9781681193434
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - May 30th, 2017

When Aventurine is trapped in a puny human body by an enchanted cup of hot chocolate, she knows she must do all it takes to regain her true dragon form. But what will she do about her weakness for chocolate...and the humans that make it? A completely charming adventure and a feisty heroine.


I Love You, Michael Collins

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ISBN: 9780374303853
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - June 20th, 2017

Mamie starts writing to Michael Collins, the astronaut who's going to stay behind when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the moon, for a school assignment, but she keeps writing to him throughout the summer of 1969, as everyone seems to be leaving her behind.


A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue: Audio

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and VirtueGet ready to swoon over this book. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder meets Sorcery and Cecelia in this delicious historical romp. Monty and Percy, BFFs since forever, and, Monty hopes, maybe something more, are headed off on their grand tour. Despite severe prohibitions of alcohol, sex, and other vices, Monty is determined to have a decadent time.

Seveneves

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780062334510
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 17th, 2016

Seveneves is so much more than science fiction set in space. It feels preparatory, as Stephenson tends to spend a lot time on the technicalities of orbital mechanics, but Stephenson also makes it clear what would really matter in such a catastrophic situation. Political and philosophical existentialism with a great narrative. It is compellingly readable  (in the way you would think a story about the moon blowing up and humanity ending would be).


Beren and Luthien

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By J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (Editor), Alan Lee (Illustrator)
$30.00
ISBN: 9781328791825
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - June 1st, 2017

After emerging from the horror of the First World War, J.R.R. Tolkien gave us a world of hobbits, elves, and wizards; feasts and adventures. However, this is Tolkien's most personal story, so much so that the names of Beren and Luthien are engraved on the tombstone he shares with his wife.


Fen

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977740
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 2nd, 2017

If Karen Russell wrote stories set in the wilds of rural England rather than rural Florida, you might get something like Daisy Johnson's Fen--strange stories of girls growing up and on the outskirts of an unwelcoming world. Johnson writes with a cutting voice, elegantly dissecting daily injustices and incremental brutalizations, and the transformations women make to survive.


Outlander

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$9.99
ISBN: 9780440212560
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Published: Dell Publishing Company - June 2nd, 1992

If you haven't read it or you've seen the show but haven't read the books- this is your time to pick it up. It's full of rugged Scottish charm, whirlwind romance, heartache, page turning adventure and well developed characters. You will fall in love with Claire, Jamie and the Scottish highlands, and you'll think of them every time you put it down. Truly a modern classic for a reason and one every book lover should pick up.


The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

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ISBN: 9781401324643
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Published: Hachette Books - September 11th, 2012

Do you need a laugh out loud read for the train, plane or beach? For a relaxing few hours catching a summer breeze? Take this book home for a wild, funny ride through Allan Karlsson's 100 years, and give it to a good friend when you are done. They will thank you.


A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause

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$15.95
ISBN: 9781941411483
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Published: Sarabande Books - July 11th, 2017

I’m going to say something and you’ll think I’m making this up by I assure you I’m not. Ready? If you read this book you will be moved by descriptions of Marcel Marceau’s acts. Part meditation, part lyrical interpretation, part biography, Wan’s extended consideration of the world’s greatest mime is beautiful weird, like a photograph of a really leggy insect on a sharply outlined twig against a crisp woodland backdrop.


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