Adults 8/23

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes With Death (Staff Pick)

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I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death By Maggie O'Farrell Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525436058
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Published: Vintage - March 26th, 2019

This memoir will have you white knuckling the pages the whole way through. O'Farrell is a genius with her words as she recounts the death experiences she has faced throughout her life.

- Jane


Daughter of the Moon Goddess (Staff Pick)

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Daughter of the Moon Goddess: A Fantasy Romance Novel (Celestial Kingdom #1) By Sue Lynn Tan Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063031319
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Published: Harper Voyager - October 11th, 2022

Xingyin, the secret daughter of the goddess Chang'e, has spent her life on the moon. But when she is discovered, she must flee from the home she has never left. Xingyin finds herself within the Celestial Kingdom, and is determined to free her mother from the prison that was once their home. Absolutely stunning and beautiful. A must read for fantasy lovers!!

- Connor


Community as Rebellion: A Syllabus for Surviving Academia as a Woman of Color (Staff Pick)

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Community as Rebellion: A Syllabus for Surviving Academia as a Woman of Color By Lorgia García Peña Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781642596922
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Published: Haymarket Books - May 31st, 2022

Through her story of building ways of teaching and learning opposed to the colonialist roots of the university system and surviving within that system, Garcia Pena describes a vision of community as a source of radical positive change. Though written for fellow academics, anyone imaging a better world can find tools, ideas, and inspiration from this powerful, important book.

- Josh


Shades of Grey: A Novel (Staff Pick)

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Shades of Grey: A Novel By Jasper Fforde Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143118589
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Published: Penguin Books - March 1st, 2011

The Giver meets 1984. In a world where social standing is determined by which colors you can perceive, what happens when a person who sees red falls in love with a lowly Grey...and she wants nothing more than to see him dead? Fforde's brilliant plotting will take you on a ride, and his immaculately timed wit will leave you wondering if you are, in fact, reading a dystopia.

- Meghan, Writer in Residence


Immortal Longings (Staff Pick)

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Immortal Longings (Flesh & False Gods #1) By Chloe Gong Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781668000229
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Published: S&S/Saga Press - July 18th, 2023

Set amidst a city teetering on the edge of physical and political ruin, Immortal Longings follows the unlikely alliance between a murderous ex-princess and an exiled aristocrat as they risk it all to participate in a deadly game where only the last to survive wins. Vicious, violent, and full of heart-stopping tenderness and betrayal, Immortal Longings is the bizarre, bloody endeavor your perverse heart craves.

- Cindy


Audubon Field Guide to New England (Staff Pick)

New to Boston, or know someone that is? This is my go-to reference as a Tennessee transplant with Lots of Questions. If you also find yourself asking, "What's that?" then this book is a great starting point.

- Murphy


Elegance of the Hedgehog (Staff Pick)

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog By Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator) Cover Image
By Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781933372600
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Published: Europa Editions - September 2nd, 2008

If you ask me about a book that reverberates in my mind unprompted, I will mention this one. It's a masterful portrait of human fragility and our need for companionship. Beware though, this story is as beautiful in its emotional devastation as it is in the precision of its plot.

- Stacey


The Name of the Wind (Staff Pick)

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The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) By Patrick Rothfuss Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780756405892
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Published: DAW - April 7th, 2009

If "slay" was a popular term when The Name of the Wind was first published, that probably would have been its blurb. In any case, it's MY blurb for it this month. If you're looking for a classic but INSANELY good high fantasy novel with the magic of The Lord of the Rings and humor of Castlevania (Netflix edition), this is the one to pick up. Slayed!

- Engel

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