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A World Full of Dickens Stories (Staff Pick)

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A World Full of Dickens Stories: 8 best-loved classic tales retold for children (World Full of...) By Angela McAllister, Jannicke Hansen (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.39
ISBN: 9780711247727
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - May 19th, 2020

The Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa once wept that he would never meet Dickens's characters in real life, yet one can still spend a lifetime living alongside them. Isn't it fitting then to begin as a child?

- James


Notes from a Dead House (Staff Pick)

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Notes from a Dead House (Everyman's Library Classics Series) By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by) Cover Image
By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by)
$24.00
ISBN: 9780307959614
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Published: Everyman's Library - February 2nd, 2021

Memoir loosely disguised as fiction. A lesser read text, but one that is nevertheless central to understanding Dostoevsky. Highly praised by Tolstoy. Pair with Notes from Underground and Crime and Punishment.

- James


A Stage Full of Shakespeare Stories (Staff Pick)

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A Stage Full of Shakespeare Stories: 12 Tales from the world's most famous playwright (World Full of...) By Angela McAllister, Alice Lindstrom (Illustrator) Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781786031150
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - September 6th, 2018

Drawing on both Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies, this is a fun way to introduce your children to the bard. Alice Lindstrom's collage-style illustrations really bring the stories to life.

- James


The Annotated Arabian Nights (Staff Pick)

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The Annotated Arabian Nights: Tales from 1001 Nights By Yasmine Seale (Translated by), Paulo Lemos Horta (Editor), Paulo Lemos Horta (Introduction by), Omar El Akkad (Foreword by), Robert Irwin (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Yasmine Seale (Translated by), Paulo Lemos Horta (Editor), Paulo Lemos Horta (Introduction by), Omar El Akkad (Foreword by), Robert Irwin (Afterword by)
$45.00
ISBN: 9781631493638
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Published: Liveright - November 16th, 2021

A delightful edition of one of the world's great story collections. Between Yasmine Seale’s translation, Paul Lemos Horta’s commentary, and the many artworks and illustrations, you won’t find a better introduction to to these tales.
- James


The Tale of Genji (Staff Pick)

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The Tale of Genji: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) By Murasaki Shikibu, Royall Tyler (Translated by) Cover Image
By Murasaki Shikibu, Royall Tyler (Translated by)
$36.00
ISBN: 9780142437148
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Published: Penguin Classics - November 26th, 2002

This fits into the category of books where reading it increasingly becomes a life experience. Royall Tyler's translation, notes, and appendices are the perfect blend of the scholarly and literary. And for anyone looking to get ahead on their holiday shopping, this is a beautiful edition and would make a lovely gift (although I’m not sure it would fit in a stocking).

- James


Fix & Stitch (Staff Pick)

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Fix and Stitch By Barbara Nass, Liza Woodruff (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Barbara Nass, Liza Woodruff (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534111707
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Published: Sleeping Bear Press - August 15th, 2023

Follow a tailoring squirrel as he fits out all his woodland friends when he should be getting ready for winter! Puns abound. The author also includes a note at the end, which offers subjects for discussion.

- James


Inferno (Staff Pick)

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The Inferno By Dante, Robert Hollander (Translated by), Jean Hollander (Translated by) Cover Image
By Dante, Robert Hollander (Translated by), Jean Hollander (Translated by)
$19.00
ISBN: 9780385496988
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Published: Vintage - January 8th, 2002

When it comes to Halloween reading, it doesn’t get much better than the Inferno. The notes and commentary by Robert Hollander illuminate the history and composition of the poem, and I love that his wife Jean (a poet) did the translation, which she renders skillfully into verse. Dante's Italian is also presented on the facing page for those who would like to explore the original text.

- James


The Rise of Zombert (Staff Pick)

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Rise of ZomBert (The Zombert Chronicles) By Kara LaReau, Ryan Andrews (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kara LaReau, Ryan Andrews (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536201062
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Published: Candlewick - July 14th, 2020

A middle-grade series about a cat with supernatural abilities that may or may not be a zombie? Talk about a stellar Halloween read. Follow up with books 2 & 3.

- James


The Art of Loving (Staff Pick)

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The Art of Loving By Erich Fromm Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061129735
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - August 6th, 2019

This is one of those books I read excerpts from for years before the time finally came to read it through. For anyone who wishes to be a little wiser about that wonderful thing we call love.

- James


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