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The Bad Guys

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$5.99
ISBN: 9780545912402
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Published: Scholastic Press - December 27th, 2016

Bad Guys is riotously funny. The first time I read Bad Guys, I seriously couldn’t stop laughing. The “heroes” are animals typically viewed as the villains: Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Shark, and Mr. Piranha. Sure, they may be accused of eating people – they may even eat each other (I’m looking at you, Snake!) – but it doesn’t mean they’re bad guys. OK, but is it so wrong if the bad guys just wanna be good? Lucky for us, at least three more books are on the way.

Carter


The Wish Tree

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By Kyo Maclear, Chris Turnham (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452150659
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 27th, 2016

On a snowy day, Charles and his toboggan set out to find a wish tree. Their quest is more about the journey than the outcome as they help friends along the way and enjoy the beautiful forest. But as night falls, it looks uncertain as to if they'll ever find what they seek. The lovely text of this luminous book begs to be read aloud over and over again; there's a small bit of magic on every page.

Marika


Pogue's Basics: Money

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Pogue's Basics: Money: Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That No One Bothers to Tell You) about Beating the System Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250081414
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Published: Flatiron Books - November 22nd, 2016

Whether it's saving $600 a year buying store brand groceries or $85 a year using hand towels instead of paper towels, buying David Pogue's new book might be one of the best investments you can make.

John


Never Caught

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Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501126390
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Published: Atria Books - February 7th, 2017

Dunbar tells the compelling story of Ona Judge, a dower slave of George and Martha Washington, who courageously escapes Philadelphia to Portsmouth, NH near the end of Washington’s second term as President, successfully evading Washington’s continued attempts to recapture her. A fascinating portrait of Washington as slaveholder and the lives of those he enslaved.

Dale


100 Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses

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$15.00
ISBN: 9781940450025
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Published: McSweeney's - October 11th, 2016

A collection of short stories, exploring cataclysm in its many forms, from the personal to the global--and often both together. The title piece of the book is a literal set of 100 tiny stories, each touching on apocalyptic themes in its own way. A playful, absorbing series of experiments; if Kelly Link and Lydia Davis wrote a book together, the result might be something like this.

Alexander


In Praise of Defeat

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$20.00
ISBN: 9780914671596
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Published: Archipelago Books - January 17th, 2017

This a powerful career spanning collection by a poet who was tortured and jailed for eight years for his political activism in Morocco. The poetry is dark and unsettling but also beautiful and uplifting. Laabi’s voice is one of proud, even exuberant defiance. This collection is a punch to jaw, but the kind of punch that lets you know you’re ready to fight.

Josh


City of the Lost

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ISBN: 9781250092168
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Published: Minotaur Books - January 17th, 2017

Homicide detective Casey tries to escape her past by moving to Rockton, a mysterious village in the Canadian wilderness where people with something to hide go to start new lives. Plus: a grouchy but attractive police chief, a manipulative best friend with secrets of her own, and a whole world of people who live off the grid in a very cold place.

Sarah


City of Sedition

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City of Sedition: The History of New York City During the Civil War Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781455584185
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Published: Twelve - August 2nd, 2016

Lincoln! Walt Whitman! Boss Tweed! John Wilkes Booth!  Riots! Political shenanigans!  All sorts of shenanigans! A fascinating, roiling period, beautifully documented.  (Martin Scorcese's Gangs of New York covers some of the same era.)

Gary


Silence

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By Shusaku Endo, William Johnston (Translator), Martin Scorsese (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250082244
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Published: Picador USA - January 5th, 2016

Silence is one of those books that grabs your soul and squeezes. In it, Endo explores the depths of human spirituality and psychology, both in their strengths and utter weaknesses. Producing a different response every time I revisit it, this book deserves to be read and reread. I will continue to be moved by it for years to come.

Matthew


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