September 2021

Unidentified Suburban Object

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Unidentified Suburban Object By Mike Jung Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545782272
Availability: Available to Order from Supplier: Arrives at Store in a Week(ish)
Published: Scholastic Inc. - May 30th, 2017

This is a delightful story about how a Korean American middle-grader, Chloe, feels about growing up in a town where no one else looks like her except for her family. It's hard to give a true and wonderful review w/out spoilage but what feels like a contemporary story at the beginning does take a turn into another genre that is quite exciting.


The Breathless Zoo

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The Breathless Zoo: Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing (Animalibus #1) By Rachel Poliquin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780271053738
Published: Penn State University Press - May 15th, 2013

In the introduction of The Breathless Zoo, author Rachel Poliquin remarks on an exhibit of taxidermied polar bears retrieved from across Great Britain: "If the bears provide a critique of past collecting practices, they also make material the intrinsic worth of preserving animals." This can be taken as a summary for the entirety of The Breathless Zoo, a beautiful, melancholy exploration of the practice of taxidermy and its complicated history. If you, like me, have ever wandered through a natural history museum and felt both awed and discomforted by the animals on display, this book is for you.



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Skyhunter (Skyhunter Duology #1) By Marie Lu Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250802699
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Published: Square Fish - August 31st, 2021

Maybe you know Marie Lu from the Legend series. Or the Warcross duology. But I'm willing to bet that Skyhunter, Marie's newest young adult sci-fi duology, has flown under your radar. Set in a military base and the midst of several warring countries, Skyhunter is full of dark twists and turns and thoughtful commentary on race, sexuality, and the consequences of colonization. The stakes are ridiculously high, the suspense a veil of smoke. Skyhunter is a must-read for fans of dystopian.


A Lesson in Vengeance

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A Lesson in Vengeance By Victoria Lee Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593305829
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Published: Delacorte Press - August 3rd, 2021

Sapphic dark academia, pulling on the complicated and witchy bonds of female relationships and weaving them into a fantastic tapestry you can’t look away from. It’s witchy and addictining and you’ll find yourself pulling back layer after layer of secrets. If this book had come out when I was in highschool, it would be my whole personality. It made me absolutely and completely feral, and I loved every second of it.


Footnotes From The World's Greatest Bookstore

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Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores: True Tales and Lost Moments from Book Buyers, Booksellers, and Book Lovers By Bob Eckstein, Garrison Keillor (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Bob Eckstein, Garrison Keillor (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780553459272
Availability: Available with a Delay: On Order at Supplier: Email for More Info
Published: Clarkson Potter - October 4th, 2016

As your new Porter Square Books: Boston Edition is getting ready to share a fantastical new book world with you (secret bookshelf passageways!?!), explore the other amazing book havens around the world. Eckstein beautifully compiles not only illustrations of our fellow independent book stores, but he also shares little anecdotes and thoughts from fun minds like Neil Gaiman, Terry Gross, and even David Bowie. Celebrate the Porter Square: Boston Edition beginning with a hearty bookstore loving book!


The World Gives Way

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The World Gives Way: A Novel By Marissa Levien Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316592413
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Published: Redhook - June 15th, 2021

The word "timely" is used too often in reviews, but after a year where the rich got richer and the poor were faced with everything from mass unemployment to death, a story about an indentured servant who works in a world where the rich work to save themselves after destroying world after world is exactly that.  Despite the inevitable end that this book promises, Levien weaves hope and humanity into every line.


Beyonce: Shine Your Light

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Beyoncé: Shine Your Light By Sarah Warren, Geneva Bowers (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sarah Warren, Geneva Bowers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781328585165
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Published: Clarion Books - June 4th, 2019

Celebrate the queen, Beyonce’s, September birthday with this bright, brilliant biography! We get to sing and dance with Beyonce from her childhood to her adulthood, realizing what drove her to who she is today. A lovely and inspiring book that recognizes the story behind such a powerful musical icon. 


The Manningtree Witches

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The Manningtree Witches: A Novel By A. K. Blakemore Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646220649
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Published: Catapult - August 10th, 2021

When the Witchfinder General comes to town, he warps reality to fit his needs. That's what happens to the women of Manningtree when Matthew Hopkins purchases a local inn and decides he sees witches. A fictionalized version of the true tale of Hopkins's first witch hunt, The Manningtree Witches is much more about the women he persecuted, and the ways that they were victimized by or survived the maelstrom he started. 



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