May 2021

Fatima's Great Outdoors

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Fatima's Great Outdoors By Ambreen Tariq, Stevie Lewis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ambreen Tariq, Stevie Lewis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984816955
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Published: Kokila - March 30th, 2021

It's finally camping season! Join Fatima and her family on an adventure in the forest in this charming and beautifully illustrated picture book, based on the author's own childhood. The joy in this book is contagious.

Kate


From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry

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From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement By Paula Yoo Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781324002871
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Published: Norton Young Readers - April 20th, 2021

A deep dive into the 1982 murder of Vincent Chin, and its impact almost 40 years later. It's an important story, but better than that, it's an incredibly well-written book, with great storytelling pulling together the research and context.

Sarah


You are Never Alone

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You Are Never Alone By Elin Kelsey, Soyeon Kim (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Elin Kelsey, Soyeon Kim (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781771473156
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Published: Owlkids - April 15th, 2019

This was a "found on the shelves" title for me that demanded my immediate attention. The words so beautifully illustrate our dependence on the Earth and the interconnectedness of creatures great and small. Soyeon Kim's illustrations, with gorgeous colors and amazing cutouts, really add dimension and make this a book worth treasuring.

Stacey


The Rock from the Sky

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The Rock from the Sky By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536215625
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Published: Candlewick - April 13th, 2021

A hilarious dark comedy in multiple acts, The Rock From the Sky will bring readers through an entire range of emotions before the final page. Sharp and funny, this is sweetly absurdist and sure to be enjoyed by adults just as much as children.

Marika


Legends of a Common Stream

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Legends of the Common Stream By John Hanson Mitchell Cover Image
$22.95
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ISBN: 9781625345813
Published: Bright Leaf - April 30th, 2021

 

Mitchell returns to Beaver Brook and the environs of Scratch Flat, the setting for several of his earlier, perhaps best-known works, musing about the myths and legends from a wide range of global traditions that have connected peoples with the land. In passages of pure poetry he once again shows us we need look no further than our own backyard to rekindle that relationship with the natural world.

 

Dale


The Final Revival of Opal & Nev

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The Final Revival of Opal & Nev By Dawnie Walton Cover Image
$27.00
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ISBN: 9781982140168
Published: 37 Ink - March 30th, 2021

 

Dawnie Walton’s debut novel is both timely and nostalgic, packed equally with wit and tension. Told in the form of snippets of interviews with main and side characters alike, Walton deftly uses skills gleaned from a career as a music journalist and LIFE magazine archivist to lift this story right off the page - by the end you’ll be shocked you can’t look up Opal’s old records.

Leila


The Ex Talk

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The Ex Talk By Rachel Lynn Solomon Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593200124
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Published: Berkley - January 26th, 2021

 

The last thing public radio producer Shay wants to do is start a podcast with her insufferable work rival Dominic--by pretending to be exes doling out relationship advice, no less!--but when the alternative is unemployment, she grits her teeth and throws herself into the project. As the podcast takes off, Shay and Dominic must figure out how to navigate the lie about their past in an industry that values truth...just as unexpected sparks begin to fly. Solomon's debut romantic comedy is smart, sexy, and a whole lot of fun!

Rebecca


Written in the Stars

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Written in the Stars: A Novel By Alexandria Bellefleur Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063000803
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Published: Avon - November 10th, 2020

 

We've got fake relationships and opposites attract romance in this delightful Sapphic romance. Tight-laced actuary Darcy Lowell is not going to let her brother set her up again after a disastrous first date with astrologer Elle Jones. But when she realizes dating Elle could get her brother off her back . . . she gets the idea to fake date her. Swoons ensue. If you like Boyfriend Material, this is a must-read.

April


The Conjure-man Dies

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The Conjure-Man Dies: A Harlem Mystery (Detective Club Crime Classics) By Rudolph Fisher, Stanley Ellin (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Rudolph Fisher, Stanley Ellin (Introduction by)
$15.99
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ISBN: 9780008216474
Published: Collins Crime Club - January 7th, 2021

 

Both smart and clever, this rich and entertaining mystery is an unjustly overlooked classic. Set in Harlem in the 1920s, and inspired by Golden Age of Mystery authors like Dorothy Sayers & Agatha Christie, The Conjure-Man Dies plays with mistaken identity, the person you least expect, locked rooms, and other tropes of the mystery genre.  A real tragedy we only got one Perry Dart & John Archer novel.

Josh


Floret Farm's Discovering Dahlias

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Floret Farm's Discovering Dahlias: A Guide to Growing and Arranging Magnificent Blooms By Erin Benzakein, Julie Chai (With), Jill Jorgensen (With), Chris Benzakein (By (photographer)) Cover Image
By Erin Benzakein, Julie Chai (With), Jill Jorgensen (With), Chris Benzakein (By (photographer))
$24.95
ISBN: 9781452181752
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 9th, 2021

 

Dahlias are a trendy flower, but with so many different varieties, colors, and shapes, it's easy to see how incredible they are. This book is an excellent guide to planting, growing, and harvesting dahlias, with beautiful photos to boot. If you're local and are interested in planting from tubers in the future, be sure to check out the family-owned and operated FiveFork Farms in Upton, MA.

Heather


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