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Lower Ed

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Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781620970607
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Published: New Press - February 28th, 2017

A sociologist looks at why so many turn to for-profit colleges that don't deliver -- but it's so much more interesting than that sounds, because it's really an insightful and well-written critique of pretty much all of modern life.

Sarah


Cruel Mercy

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780399185113
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Published: Blue Rider Press - February 7th, 2017

McAvoy is a gentle Scottish giant, out of place and time almost in the local Humberside police. With the love and support of two women, his Irish traveler wife, Roisin, and his stalwart boss, Trish Pharoah, he is a force of nature. Mark's baddies are serial killers, criminal gangs and men with vendettas. Readers of Ian Rankin, Denise Mina and Mark Billingham will enjoy this great series and new character.

 

Susannah


Democrazy

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Democrazy: A True Story of Weird Politics, Money, Madness, and Finger Food Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735210721
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Published: Blue Rider Press - March 28th, 2017

I admit, I picked up this book expecting to enjoy reading about the downfall of a Republican congressman. Instead I read a memoir about a young, energetic man who was happy and eager to shake up the deadlocked bureaucracy that was (and still is) Washington DC. Democrazy left me feeling disheartened, but also encouraged me to spend more time engaged with someone from the "Other side."

John


Six Wakes

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780316389686
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Published: Orbit - January 31st, 2017

Six crew members wake into regenerated bodies after being murdered on a generation ship heading to a new planet. Their memories and logs from the last twenty-five years have been wiped, but they know this: One of them is the killer - and whoever it is may not even know it. This murder mystery is the literary equivalent of that scene in Butch Cassidy where he and Sundance leap off a cliff, swearing the whole way. A heart-pounding sci fi thriller.

Rebecca


Terms & Conditions

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781770462748
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Published: Drawn & Quarterly - March 7th, 2017

Okay, so it's the complete text of the iTunes Terms & Conditions User Agreement. But also: It's a stunning visual history of comics art by a virtuoso artist. Every page is re-imagined from a page of classic or contemporary comics, paying faithful homage to the original artists' style. It's beautifully bonkers, and delightful game of "identify the artist."

Alexander


Tell Me How it Ends

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Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781566894951
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017

Luiselli introduces us to one of the forgotten figures and tragic heroes of contemporary America: the child who risked everything to come here. Through stories about specific children and consideration of our immigration system, Luiselli sheds light on what most of us would choose to ignore and gives new meaning to the question: Why are we here?

Josh


We are Family

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By Patricia Hegarty, Ryan Wheatcroft (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781680100549
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Published: Tiger Tales - March 2017

Families come in many shapes and sizes and are created in lots of different ways.  This appealingly illustrated, all inclusive look at the daily life of ten diverse families fairly rollicks along in fun rhyming couplets.  Children will enjoy looking for the details in the pictures as well as the sentiments expressed.

Susannah


Nightlights

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$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


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