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Just One Damned Thing after Another

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Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St. Mary's Book One Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781597808682
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Published: Night Shade Books - June 7th, 2016

The first in a new series of the Chronicles of St Mary. I could dismiss this as "Connie Willis lite" but it's such wild engaging fun that the comparison doesn't matter.  A time traveling adventure full of mad brave historians, some romance and a few laughs thrown in; it deserves to be a huge hit and your new addiction.

Susannah


Something New

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Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781626722491
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Published: First Second - May 3rd, 2016

In her newest memoir, Lucy Knisley chronicles her experiences dealing with the wedding industry and all the social and cultural expectations around getting married. It’s humorous and heartwarming, combining memoir, DIY, and criticism in one thoroughly enjoyable read- especially if you’re a 20 or 30 -something with a mailbox full of invites.

 

Marika


Mercury : A Novel

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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062437501
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Published: Harper - September 27th, 2016

Beautifully written, best-selling author Margot Livesey’s latest novel tells the haunting story of a seemingly ordinary suburban family, yet beneath everyday life are secrets, obsessions, failures and loss.  And when Mercury - a Thoroughbred - appears, life is never the same.

Nathan


Against Everything

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Against Everything: Essays Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781101871157
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Published: Pantheon Books - September 6th, 2016

I seldom encounter academic cultural criticism. If the purpose of cultural criticism is inform/outrage/irritate/excite us, and academia's function too often seems to bewilder one with jargon, the two are uneasily conflated. Greif resists such a division, and his essays give us the rare treat of clear writing--a sign of clear thinking--probing deeply into issues about which there is much talk, but rarely enough thought. Clever, articulate, and insightful: the kind of voice you wish appeared in every social conversation.

Matthew


Bottom’s Dream

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By Arno Schmidt, John E. Woods (Translator)
$70.00
ISBN: 9781628971590
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press - September 23rd, 2016

What do you get for the reader who’s already read everything? Arnot’s Schmidt’s massive, ambitious novel is finally in English in this beautiful edition. For lovers of language, literature, and the infinite possibilities created by putting one word after another on a piece of paper. 

Josh


Prisoners of Geography

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Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything about the World Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501121470
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Published: Scribner Book Company - October 11th, 2016

Could a single chain of mountains keep a country from achieving prosperity? Could war break out over a single dam on The Nile? You wouldn't think a book about geopolitics would be the engaging page-turner that it is. Why couldn't geography have been like this when I was in school?

John


They’re Not Like Us

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They're Not Like Us Volume 1: Black Holes for the Young Cover Image
By Eric Stephenson, Simon Gane (Artist), Jordie Bellaire (Artist)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781632153142
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Published: Image Comics - July 21st, 2015

Hearing thoughts, controlling minds...the characters in this book are not like us. But is separating oneself from society the best way to deal with being an outcast? An interesting plot, complex characters, plus beautiful art...I couldn’t put this down!

Marika


In the Company of Women : Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs

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In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from Over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781579655976
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Published: Artisan Publishers - October 4th, 2016

A beautifully designed book featuring profiles of inspiring women in business and art. The perfect gift for creatives and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Katie


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