The Breathless Zoo

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The Breathless Zoo: Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing (Animalibus #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780271053738
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Published: Penn State University Press - May 15th, 2013

In the introduction of The Breathless Zoo, author Rachel Poliquin remarks on an exhibit of taxidermied polar bears retrieved from across Great Britain: "If the bears provide a critique of past collecting practices, they also make material the intrinsic worth of preserving animals." This can be taken as a summary for the entirety of The Breathless Zoo, a beautiful, melancholy exploration of the practice of taxidermy and its complicated history. If you, like me, have ever wandered through a natural history museum and felt both awed and discomforted by the animals on display, this book is for you.


Footnotes From The World's Greatest Bookstore

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Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores: True Tales and Lost Moments from Book Buyers, Booksellers, and Book Lovers Cover Image
By Bob Eckstein, Garrison Keillor (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780553459272
Availability: Available at Wholesaler
Published: Clarkson Potter - October 4th, 2016

As your new Porter Square Books: Boston Edition is getting ready to share a fantastical new book world with you (secret bookshelf passageways!?!), explore the other amazing book havens around the world. Eckstein beautifully compiles not only illustrations of our fellow independent book stores, but he also shares little anecdotes and thoughts from fun minds like Neil Gaiman, Terry Gross, and even David Bowie. Celebrate the Porter Square: Boston Edition beginning with a hearty bookstore loving book!


The World Gives Way

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ISBN: 9780316592413
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Published: Redhook - June 15th, 2021

The word "timely" is used too often in reviews, but after a year where the rich got richer and the poor were faced with everything from mass unemployment to death, a story about an indentured servant who works in a world where the rich work to save themselves after destroying world after world is exactly that.  Despite the inevitable end that this book promises, Levien weaves hope and humanity into every line.


The Manningtree Witches

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ISBN: 9781646220649
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Published: Catapult - August 10th, 2021

When the Witchfinder General comes to town, he warps reality to fit his needs. That's what happens to the women of Manningtree when Matthew Hopkins purchases a local inn and decides he sees witches. A fictionalized version of the true tale of Hopkins's first witch hunt, The Manningtree Witches is much more about the women he persecuted, and the ways that they were victimized by or survived the maelstrom he started. 


Sabrina and Corina

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ISBN: 9780525511304
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Published: One World - April 7th, 2020

This thoughtful short story collection is a study of human connections and the landscapes they play out on. Unafraid truths about family, tradition, and women, separated by generations but tied by experience, rise from the soil of the now-American West that is Kali Farjado-Anstine’s ancestral home in this lauded debut. You can’t miss “Remedies,” “Ghost Sickness,” or “All Her Names,” or any of them, really. A necessary read before her first novel comes out in 2022.

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The Final Girl Support Group

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ISBN: 9780593201237
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Published: Berkley - July 13th, 2021

The Final Girl Support Group is a perfect dissection of and homage to the slasher films of the VHS era. Someone is killing final girls—can final girl Lynette figure out who it is in time to save them all? Thrilling, smart, and twisty, this one grabbed me from the start and wouldn't let go. 


Image Control

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ISBN: 9781640094536
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Published: Counterpoint - August 17th, 2021

Does our use of images in communication make us more susceptible to the rise of fascism? Whether you end up agreeing with Nathan’s fundamental argument, his insightful and provocative book asks important questions about information, images, art, and the responsibilities of content creators and moderators to create and moderate towards the world they want to see.



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