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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 - 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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$16.00
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.


Guidebook to Relative Strangers

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$25.95
ISBN: 9780393253757
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 13th, 2017

An absolutely brilliant essay collection covering race, motherhood, career, travel, and more. I don't usually take the time to appreciate individual lines in a book, but the sentences here had me stopping to savor each one.


A Sudden Appearance of Hope

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ISBN: 9780316335966
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Published: Redhook - January 24th, 2017

What do you do when you're forgotten by everyone you've ever met, from your parents down to the person you just spoke to five minutes ago? This is the life of Hope Arden, a woman incapable of ever being remembered once she's out of sight. Naturally, she becomes an international jewel thief. This is a solid fun-but-not-frivolous novel, one part techno-thriller, one part meditation on the meaning of identity in the face of obscurity or conformity.

Alexander


Giant of the Senate

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781455540419
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Published: Twelve - May 30th, 2017

Franken is an excellent raconteur in this entertaining but highly informative memoir of his political journey to the U.S. Senate.  Providing an account of his excruciatingly drawn out contested run-off election and a sneak peak into the inner workings of government, this funny man shows he is deadly serious about politics, Ted Cruz and Minnesota. Franken for 2020!

Susannah


The Wonder of Birds

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780812993530
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - May 30th, 2017

Jim Robbins’ book is a thoroughly enjoyable as well as fascinating look at the new surprises science is now teaching us about birds, what marvelous adaptations they have made to so many different and extreme environments and what they teach us about our own physiology and behavior.

Dale


The Bees

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780062331175
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Published: Ecco Press - May 12th, 2015

Flora 717 is a sanitation worker, one of the lowliest bees in a hive where work is paramount and worship of the Queen the only religion. But Flora is not like other bees. Her self-knowledge and curiosity make her a threat to the ways of her kin...but she may also be their only hope during a season that threatens the hive's very survival. Laline Paull delivers a totally weird and brilliantly imaginative chronicle based on observations of actual bees.

Rebecca


Democracy in America

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$22.00
ISBN: 9780226805368
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Published: University of Chicago Press - April 1st, 2002

Probably the best comprehensive analysis of American political thought, as observed by a foreigner documenting the socio-political climate of our country in its early years. Despite being written in the early 19th century, Tocqueville remains one of the most insightful and riveting thinkers on the subjects of both democracy and the United States. After the Constitution, probably the most useful text to understanding American politics.

Matthew


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