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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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$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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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


The Great Nadar – The Man Behind the Camera

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$22.40
ISBN: 9781101902608
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - July 11th, 2017

Photography lovers will relish this fascinating biography of the legendary French photographer known as Nadar.  A visionary with an abundance of panache, Nadar pioneered the use of aerial photography – he was an avid balloonist – and celebrity photography, photographing tout le monde de Paris – Bernhardt, Delacroix, George Sand, Victor Hugo, among others – he was the Andy Warhol of his time.  Nathan


In Other Lands

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By Sarah Rees Brennan, Carolyn Nowak (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781618731203
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Published: Big Mouth House - August 15th, 2017

Prepare to have every fantasy trope you know turned on its head. Elliot Schafer goes to school in the magical Borderlands and questions everything from his sexuality to the status quo. He's a pacifist in a culture that glorifies violence, and he's ready to change the world before he graduates. This is a hilarious story about friendship, growing up, and what one can do if they're smart, determined, and just a little bit obnoxious.

Shana


A Line in the Dark

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780735227422
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - October 17th, 2017

This unconventionally structured and intense YA thriller will appeal to fans of Gone Girl and other dark, female- centric mysteries. The story centers on queer romance, jealousy tangled up in friendship and class and race differences between teen girls at two different high schools in a small Massachusetts town. The unconventional shift in narration halfway through both allows for a more factual and removed look at the mystery and signals to the audience that Jess has lost control of her own story. One of the most artfully written YA books of the year, and a mystery sure to suck in both older teen and adult readers, this is one not to be missed.

April


Hortense and the Shadow

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ISBN: 9780316440790
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 7th, 2017

I've been following the O'Hara sisters on Instagram for over a year while I anxiously waited to read this book. I wasn't disappointed when I finally held a copy! The illustrations are simultaneously luminescent and dark, and the story of little Hortense who's afraid of her shadow is endearing.

Heather


The Witch Boy

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$12.99
ISBN: 9781338089516
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Published: Graphix - October 31st, 2017

This dazzling coming of age graphic novel explores the bravery needed to express your identity and the strength needed to convince others of its' validity. Filled with magic, unexpected friendship, and the monstrous, Ostertag has created a contemporary fantasy for anyone who's struggled with defining their-self.

Marika


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