March 2022

Abarat

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Abarat By Clive Barker, Clive Barker (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Clive Barker, Clive Barker (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062094100
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Published: HarperCollins - August 30th, 2011

Abarat is Clive Barker's dark twin to Alice in Wonderland. The heroine, Candy, is no sweet British girl who trips down a rabbit hole, but a morbid teenager from Chickentown, Minnesota who jumps into a magical sea, rather than return home. Candy is swept off to the Abarat, an archipelago where each island is a different hour of the day. Christopher Carrion, the Prince of Midnight, literally lives and breathes his own nightmares, and he remains one of the most terrifying villains I've ever read! A great read for teens, brave kids, & adults too.

Murphy


Levon

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Levon: From Down in the Delta to the Birth of the Band and Beyond By Sandra B. Tooze Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781635769135
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Published: Diversion Books - August 31st, 2021

I loved the way Tooze describes the sultry musical landscape of Levon Helm’s formative years in the Mississippi Delta and his life beyond The Band. A well-researched account of Helm’s musical style and personal journey for both new and die-hard fans.

Kate M


Oscar Lives Next Door

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Oscar Lives Next Door: A Story Inspired by Oscar Peterson's Childhood By Bonnie Farmer, Marie Lafrance (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Bonnie Farmer, Marie Lafrance (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781771471046
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Published: Owlkids - September 15th, 2015

This delightful book tells the childhood story of the great Oscar Peterson.  He is famously known as a jazz pianist, but his first love was the trumpet. What changed? Peterson’s early days in old Montreal unwind, like the magic of his playing, in the lyrical flow of Marie Lafrance’s beautiful illustrations.

Robin


The Liar's Club

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The Liars' Club: A Memoir By Mary Karr Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143035749
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Published: Penguin Books - May 31st, 2005

As someone who’s been a skeptic of memoirs, The Liar’s Club helped remind me of the power that they can carry. Mary Karr wrote it beautifully and with an often dark sense of humor.  Reading her work was a simultaneously heavy and uplifting experience, that I highly recommend.

Seamus


Heroes' Feast

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Heroes' Feast (Dungeons & Dragons): The Official D&D Cookbook By Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, Michael Witwer, Official Dungeons & Dragons Licensed Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781984858900
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 27th, 2020

Full disclosure, I've never played Dungeons and Dragons, but that cinnamon bread was delicious, and my dad said the oatmeal cookies were better than Toll House cookies.

John


Our Violent Ends

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Our Violent Ends (These Violent Delights) By Chloe Gong Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534457720
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - November 16th, 2021

This action-packed sequel to These Violent Delights, a 1920s retelling of Romeo and Juliet in Shanghai except they are heirs to rival gangs, is a beautiful summation of Gong's thoroughness as a writer. Without spoiling the events of the end of the last book, the story continues with a changed Juliette and Roma. The usual "I hate you but we have to work together" fanfare continues but now, the stakes are so much higher and Shanghai is even bloodier. Come for the Shakespearean influences, stay for Gong's expertise on the beginning of a turbulent history in China.

Engel


Must Love Books

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Must Love Books By Shauna Robinson Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781728240732
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - January 18th, 2022

Are you a college student suffering from an existential crisis because you're just not sure what you want to do with your life yet? Are you already in the workforce, but don't have a clue what you're doing? If so (and even if not), this is the perfect book for you! Shauna Robinson's Must Love Books follows Nora, a run-down editorial assistant whose identity is a little too (read: way too) closely tied to the job she hates. This book is a brilliant contemplation on what it means and takes to be content--in romantic and platonic relationships, in the workplace... and in life.

Cindy


The Chandelier

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The Chandelier By Clarice Lispector, Magdalena Edwards (Translated by), Benjamin Moser (Translated by) Cover Image
By Clarice Lispector, Magdalena Edwards (Translated by), Benjamin Moser (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811228718
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Published: New Directions - May 28th, 2019

Lispector is unique in the way she is able to distill a single moment, parsing the experience of what it’s like to have a human brain, overthinking. Her second novel stands as a brilliant meditation on conscious thought from the writer known as “Brazil’s Virginia Woolf.”

Rachael


Special Topics in Being a Human

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Special Topics in Being a Human: A Queer and Tender Guide to Things I've Learned the Hard Way about Caring for People, Including Myself By S. Bear Bergman, Saul Freedman-Lawson (Illustrator) Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781551528540
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 12th, 2021

If you've ever felt dissatisfied with an apology, or struggled to remember someone's pronouns, or grappled with a big decision, this book is for you!  Self help books are great in theory, but in practice, it's often hard to find time to sit down and read them through. Bear's book is illustrated and broken into manageable chunks, so it's easy to pick up and set down for folks who are overscheduled or struggle with attention span (or both, like me)! Best of all, he even includes handy cheatsheets at the end of each topic, so you can snap a picture and take the highlights with you for later when you've forgotten the details. 

Murphy


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