Staff Picks

Grandpa’s Great Escape

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By David Walliams, Tony Ross (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062560896
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Published: HarperCollins - February 28th, 2017

Looking for more Roald Dahl-like kid adventure books? The UK’s #1 bestselling David Walliams is the writer you have been waiting for! Old age has taken Grandpa’s mind back to his glory days as a WWII fighter pilot. Grandson Jack does all he can to protect him and go along with the adventure. A funny romp through history, England, and letting go.

Molly


The Pearl Thief

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781484717165
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 2nd, 2017

The author of Code Name Verity (the BEST book I read in 2012!) returns with a prequel companion novel featuring Julie Beaufort-Stuart at the age of fifteen, a crumbling estate, a mysterious disappearance, and a fortune in missing pearls. Superb historical fiction from one of the best.

Rebecca


Pedal Power

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ISBN: 9780374305277
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - March 28th, 2017

As a cyclist who regularly commutes by bike, I run into issues with cars and traffic on a daily basis. But visiting Amsterdam and biking around was a revelation. Thanks to Allan Drummond, young readers can now get a look at why Amsterdam is such a bike-friendly city and may feel inspired to take part in local activism.

Marika


The Outer Beach

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The Outer Beach: A Thousand-Mile Walk on Cape Cod's Atlantic Shore Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393081305
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 9th, 2017

Finch has collected shorter pieces from his long career into a narrative as if walking the Outer Cape, from Monomoy to the Provincelands. This is a meditative book rich with close descriptions of the continuously shifting sands and the creatures encountered there.

Dale

See Robert here on May 9.


Old Filth

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781933372136
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Published: Europa Editions - June 1st, 2006

The nickname Old Filth stands for “Failed in London, Try Hong Kong.” Meet Eddie Feathers whos life encompasses the riches and emptiness of the fading British Empire. Jane Gardam’s writing is sublime, and where many fictional characters fade from memory, Eddie Feathers endears and endures. He is the quiet relative you always knew had an interesting life, but it was never fully discussed. Gardam is a bestselling author in England. Read this, and you’ll see why.

Molly


What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky

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What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735211025
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 4th, 2017

With her focus on complex and often tragically damaged parent/daughter relationships, Arimah delivers a collection of stories with as much emotional punch as careful attention to language and structure. Her penchant for circular structures especially gives her stories' most brutal moments a crushing inevitability that explores the many ways our past will always collide with our future--whether due to our own actions or those of our forebears.

 

Alexander


Calamities

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781940696270
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Published: Wave Books - September 6th, 2016

Gladman is one of our most exciting and innovative writers, stretching the boundaries of every genre and style she attempts. Calamities is a collection of short essays about everything from navigating the trivialities of daily life to the very nature of narrative and writing.  

Josh


Brideshead Revisited

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ISBN: 9780316216456
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Published: Back Bay Books - December 11th, 2012

In Brideshead Revisited, Waugh portrays every aspect in which one might pride oneself, and then eclipses it. Are you sophisticated? Meet Anthony Blanche. An aesthete? See Charles Ryder. Charming? Enter Sebastian. Erudite, heart-wrenching, and witty, Brideshead is a novel to which I am constantly returning, as Waugh masterfully captures humankind's intolerable wrestle with our loss of innocence and the hope of someday coming home.

 

Matthew


Last Things: A Graphic Memoir of Loss and Love

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ISBN: 9781573246989
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Published: Conari Press - May 1st, 2017

In this deeply affecting graphic memoir, Moss lays out the struggles of trying to live as her husband is dying of Lou Gehrig's disease. Her simple drawings reveal the pain and anguish her characters don't know how to express in words, making the format a perfect choice for the story.

 

Marika


Pumpkinflowers

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Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier's Story of a Forgotten War Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616206918
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 18th, 2017

Many consider Israel's engagement in southern Lebanon in the 90s to have been its most pointless. Friedman, a Canadian-Israeli journalist, has written a compelling account of that war, filtered through the lens of the small deserted outpost (the Pumpkin) in the no-man's land where he was stationed for his army service. Matti Friedman will be here on May 15.


David


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