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Nightlights

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By Lorena Alvarez (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781910620137
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Published: Nobrow Press - March 14th, 2017

A gorgeous graphic novel about the power of creativity and escapism...and the dangers that lie within each. The fantastical illustrations, filled with strange creatures and rendered in jewel-like colors, beg to be pored over. Alvarez’s slim graphic novel will entice fans of Pearson’s Hilda, Over the Garden Wall, and Song of the Sea and leave them begging for another installment.

Marika


Things I Should Have Known

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$14.39
ISBN: 9780544829695
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 28th, 2017

Chloe decides she needs to find her sister Ivy -- on the autism spectrum -- a boyfriend before she leaves for college. When Ivy connects with Ethan, Chloe finds herself spending a lot of time with his brother David, who she can't stand. But there are surprises ahead for all of them.

Sarah


The Winner’s Curse

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$10.99
ISBN: 9781250056979
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Published: Square Fish - March 3rd, 2015

Pay no attention to the awful cover, because this book kicks off one of the best fantasy trilogies of the last few years. Kestrel's people conquered and colonized Arin's country. But when Kestrel makes an impulsive decision binding Arin to her, the two must decide between their growing loyalties to each other and their loyalties to their countries, which are gearing up for war. A gripping political story of empire set in a richly drawn fantasy world.

Rebecca


Judas

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By Amos Oz, Nicholas de Lange (Translator)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780544464049
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - November 8th, 2016

This brilliant new novel by one of Israel's foremost writers and longtime left-wing political activists (often himself called a traitor) weaves together the stories of two "traitors" whose characterization as such, in Oz's telling, becomes much less clear: the biblical Judas, and a fictional early Zionist who was thrown out of the Zionist Congress because he advocated a unified Jewish-Arab state instead of what became modern Israel. The result is a nuanced story which manages to be full of ideas and philosophy while never being boring or pedantic.

David


Dreamland Burning

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780316384933
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 21st, 2017

This is historical fiction at its best. A blend of past and present tells the story of the Tulsa race riot of 1921. A tied-in mystery keeps the story moving, but it was the history of Greenwood that kept me from putting this book down.

Robin


Command and Control

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780143125785
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Published: Penguin Books - August 26th, 2014

Schlosser weaves together the history of WMDs along side the story of a real life nuclear incident (Code named a"Broken Arrow"). Equal parts engaging and terrifying, especially for a work of historical non-fiction.

John


The Devil in Silver

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780812982251
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - September 10th, 2013

After a series of bad decisions, including fighting a group of off-duty cops, lands Pepper in a mental institution, he soon finds there are worst things stalking the halls than the power-drunk doctors. In another stunning novel by Victor Lavalle, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is re-imagined as a parable on white saviorism and effective ally-ship. With a buffalo monster.

Alexander


The Complete Stories

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By Flannery O'Connor, Robert Giroux (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780374515362
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Published: Noonday Press - January 1st, 1971

There is no such thing as having too much Flannery O'Connor in your life or on your shelf. Whether you've never read her work before, or you've written a dissertation on it, O'Connor's stories are always worth reading. Whenever I read her, I walk away not knowing how I feel, but certain I've been changed.

Matthew


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