December 2021

Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire

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By Susan Tan, Dana Wulfekotte (Illustrator)
$7.99
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


Godine at Fifty

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Godine at Fifty: A Retrospective of Five Decades in the Life of an Independent Publisher Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9781567926767
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Published: David R. Godine Publisher - December 14th, 2021

One of the distinct pleasures of working in the book business over the many years of my career has been those times I spent perusing the catalogs of David R. Godine and sometimes meeting in a sales call with the man himself. A pleasure because Godine’s offerings were always out of the ordinary and the catalogs themselves were as carefully produced as you knew the books would be. I own many and have sold most of the books described in this celebration. It is a delight to read the backstory of the publishing of not only my favorites but also those I have yet to read and no doubt now will want to.

Dale


Three Novels

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Three Novels: Kingdom Cons, Signs Preceding the End of the World, the Transmigration of Bodies Cover Image
By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$25.95
ISBN: 9781913505240
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Published: And Other Stories - September 14th, 2021

Something happens when we draw lines on a map. Herrera’s trilogy, collected here in one volume for the first time, is a stunning and challenging exploration of the relationship between borders, power, & people. And you’ll want to break out the highlighter. Herrara’s prose is absolutely hypnotic and beautiful.

Josh


Chasing Homer

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By László Krasznahorkai, John Batki (Translated by), Max Neumann (By (artist)), Szilveszter Miklós (Performed by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780811227971
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Published: New Directions - November 2nd, 2021

Krasznahorkai has a unique way of writing- kind of in circles. This mirrors the tiresome life of our protagonist who is always on the run. This mixed with the gorgeous SOUNDTRACK (sorry, I’m pretty excited about it) that accompanies every chapter makes this mixed media masterpiece such an immersing experience. Oh, and the art is absolutely stunning.

Hannah


Briar Girls

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$18.99
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)
$18.99
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)
$15.95
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


Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright!

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By Nosy Crow, Britta Teckentrup (Illustrator), Fiona Waters (Editor)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781536217186
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Published: Nosy Crow - October 19th, 2021

Love at first sight! A wonderful selection of animal-centric poems and gorgeous illustrations. I probably would have worn the covers off this book if I had it as a child.

Stacey


The City Beautiful

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$19.99
ISBN: 9781335402509
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Published: Inkyard Press - October 5th, 2021

The boys in this book have to deal with antisemitism and homophobia, both internalized and external, in addition to the dybbuk possessing one of them and the murderer(s?) killing off Jewish boys around the Chicago World's Fair. The viciously queer and Jewish book I didn't realize I still needed.

Shana


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