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Gideon the Ninth

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$14.39
ISBN: 9781250313188
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Published: Tordotcom - July 14th, 2020

Lesbian necromancers in space! If that tagline didn't get you already, this book is perfect for anyone who loves impossible storylines. In this futuristic empire, what's left of humanity has settled across nine planets. As protectors of the Locked Tomb, the inhabitants of the Ninth are practitioners of necromancy, and its Reverend Daughter, Harrowhark, is in need of a cavalier so she can become one of God's hands. Gideon has a sword but wants nothing more to do with the Ninth. It's dark in a funny way, aesthetic--if you have a thing for skeletons, swords, and academia--and is one of my favorite books of all time. Gideon and Harrowhark are sure to stay in your brain forever (that's a little joke for Book 2).

Engel


The Sandman Omnibus Vol 1

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By Neil Gaiman, Various (Illustrator)
$120.00
ISBN: 9781401241889
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Published: Vertigo - September 3rd, 2013

If reading the book before watching the movie/TV show is your thing, you'll definitely want to check this out as the upcoming Netflix series is set to come out next year. Beyond that, Sandman is an incredible episodic story of Dream, one of the "endless" as he navigates everything from a quest to the underworld to a centuries-long friendship with a man he has made immortal. It's a sometimes funny, sometimes creepy, sometimes heartfelt, always wild story, and the art is rad. You should probably get it.

Dave


Howl's Moving Castle

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ISBN: 9780061478789
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Published: Greenwillow Books - April 22nd, 2008

If you've ever felt confused about the plotline of Hayao Miyazaki's movie and want more of Howl's overdramatic eccentricities, check out the book it was based on! It has the same vibes but it's funny, contextual, and this version of Howl and Sophie are, dare I say, better than the movie!

Engel


Food Lab

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ISBN: 9780393081084
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 21st, 2015

I like cookbooks a lot for the beautiful photography, but as someone who treats recipes more like suggestions than gospel, I find a lot of them limiting. "Best Ever Mac and Cheese!" Oh yeah? By who's criteria? How do you measure that? This book is focused on technique and bringing a spirit of experimentation into the kitchen. Including multiple versions of many dishes as well as explanations as to why they work, it's a wonderful resource for anyone who loves to cook.

Dave


Dinopedia

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By Darren Naish, Darren Naish (Illustrator)
$13.56
ISBN: 9780691212029
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Published: Princeton University Press - November 30th, 2021

If you, like me, are perhaps more-than-casually but less-than-professionally interested in dinosaurs - what we know and how we know it - this dense little volume will fascinate and delight. Darren Naish is one of the best science writers out there, clear and funny and endlessly readable, and WHAT is cooler and more interesting than dinosaurs? A lot of grownups who are not already dinosaur scientists may think of dinosaurs as essentially a Kid Interest, but while this book can certainly be enjoyed by a precocious dino enthusiast child, it was written with adults in mind. The kids were right all along: dinosaurs are cool as hell.

Piera


Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire

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By Susan Tan, Dana Wulfekotte (Illustrator)
$6.39
ISBN: 9781250144003
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Published: Square Fish - March 27th, 2018

Cilla Lee-Jenkins is a precocious, funny, irreverent kid with a huge imagination, so it only stands to reason that she's going to be a Best Selling Author Extraordinaire. But first she has to withstand the trials of second grade, navigate friendship, endure weird questions from strangers about "what" she is (um... a future author?), and worst of all: her mom is pregnant, and Cilla is NOT excited about it. This book is full of heart, humor, and hope, and it made me laugh out loud AND cry, IN FRONT OF STRANGERS. Also, the author is local and delightful!

Piera


Briar Girls

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ISBN: 9781534488427
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 16th, 2021

Briar Girls manages to incorporate the feelings and aspects of beloved fantasy classics like Stardust and Tamora Pierce’s Tortall, drawing from tropes such as the sleeping princess, and a curse placed by a witch, while transforming these things into something completely new. Join Lena on her journey into the Silence and encounter a tale filled with betrayal, quests, revenge, monsters, chases, escapes….really everything you could want from a fantasy novel.

Katherine


If You Come to Earth

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By Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781452137797
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 15th, 2020

Sophie Blackall's If You Come to Earth is a touching picture book exploring the depths of human existence--not in a "why are we here sort of way," but rather "we're here so let's just make the best of it." With stunning illustrations and a simple but gripping writing style, this book is sure to be one that keeps all readers of all ages engaged.

Cindy


Chirri and Chirra

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By Kaya Doi, Yuki Kaneko (Translator)
$12.76
ISBN: 9781592702039
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - November 7th, 2017

This book = a cup of hot chocolate! With its simple but stunning illustrations, it exudes warmth and sweetness as we follow two sisters on their winter day adventure. Perfect to cozy up with little loved ones to start the holiday season.

Kai


Comfort me with Apples

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ISBN: 9781250816214
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Published: Tordotcom - November 9th, 2021

As ominously perfect as Stepford Wives and as petrifyingly sinister as Bluebeard’s Wife, this book crawls under your skin and pulls you apart from the inside. Cat Valente could make a grocery list read like a timeless fable and reveals the inherent uncanny valley elements of an HOA like no other could. I could write odes to the ending, but it’s better if you experience it yourself, because it strikes a chord in you that will reverberate for days after you close the book.

As ominously perfect as Stepford Wives and as petrifyingly sinister as Bluebeard’s Wife, this book crawls under your skin and pulls you apart from the inside. Cat Valente could make a grocery list read like a timeless fable and reveals the inherent uncanny valley elements of an HOA like no other could. I could write odes to the ending, but it’s better if you experience it yourself, because it strikes a chord in you that will reverberate for days after you close the book.

Katherine


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