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Fabled Life of Aesop (Staff Pick)

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The Fabled Life of Aesop: The extraordinary journey and collected tales of the world's greatest storyteller By Ian Lendler, Pamela Zagarenski (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ian Lendler, Pamela Zagarenski (Illustrator)
$15.19
ISBN: 9781328585523
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Published: Clarion Books - March 10th, 2020

Pamela Zagarenski is a wonderful illustrator. Also pick up some of her Sacredbee greeting cards, available periodically in store (at the time of writing we have one of her thank you cards) and on Etsy.

- James


Martin Chuzzlewit (Staff Pick)

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Martin Chuzzlewit By Charles Dickens, Patricia Ingham (Introduction by), Patricia Ingham (Notes by) Cover Image
By Charles Dickens, Patricia Ingham (Introduction by), Patricia Ingham (Notes by)
$11.20
ISBN: 9780140436143
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Published: Penguin Classics - August 1st, 2000

Not one of Dickens's best known books, or necessarily one of his best loved. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed it. (It's also available as an audiobook on Hoopla, if that's more your style.)

- James


The Book of Disquiet (Staff Pick)

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The Book of Disquiet: The Complete Edition By Fernando Pessoa, Jerónimo Pizarro (Editor), Margaret Jull Costa (Translated by) Cover Image
By Fernando Pessoa, Jerónimo Pizarro (Editor), Margaret Jull Costa (Translated by)
$27.95
ISBN: 9780811226936
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Published: New Directions - August 29th, 2017

"The ultimate futility of all accomplishment, the fascination of loneliness, the way sorrow colors our perception of the world"--so Pessoa's "favorite themes" have been described. Compliment with Richard Zenith's translation for Penguin Classics and his Pessoa: A Biography, both also 20% off this month.

- James


The Fate of Fausto (Staff Pick)

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The Fate of Fausto: A Painted Fable By Oliver Jeffers Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780593115015
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Published: Philomel Books - September 17th, 2019

A refreshingly depressing children's book, inspired by the legend of the man who sells his soul to the devil. Adult readers can pair with Goethe's Faust I&II (also a staff pick this month), Mann's Doctor Faustus, and Bulgakov's Master & Margarita.

- James


Faust I & II (Staff Pick)

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Faust I & II, Volume 2: Goethe's Collected Works - Updated Edition (Princeton Classics #5) By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Stuart Atkins (Editor), Stuart Atkins (Translator) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780691162294
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Published: Princeton University Press - April 6th, 2014

Little different than reading Shakespeare for the strength of its poetry.

- James


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
$22.99
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 (The Annotated Books) 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


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