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The Secrets We Kept

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$21.56
ISBN: 9780525656159
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Published: Knopf - September 3rd, 2019

Inspired by the true story of the CIA’s role in the publication of Doctor Zhivago, Prescott imagines the lives of Boris Pasternak’s real life lover/muse Olga as well as the fictional Irina and Sally, spies involved in the mission to smuggle the novel into the Soviet Union. Espionage, forbidden love, and the zippy commentary of the Mad Men-era typing pool combine for an absorbing story.

Katie


Fountains of Silence

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$15.19
ISBN: 9780399160318
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Published: Philomel Books - October 1st, 2019

 

It’s the summer of 1957, and aspiring photojournalist Daniel Mattheson is staying in Madrid with his wealthy family at the luxurious Castellana Hilton. When he meets Ana, a hotel employee, he begins to understand the dark truth of life under Franco’s dictatorship and strives to capture a story through his photography. This is rich, character-driven historical fiction that will appeal to both teens and adults.

Katie


On Cussing

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$10.36
ISBN: 9781947793262
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Published: Tin House Books - March 26th, 2019

 

Beyond the simple joy of cussing, Dunn explores literary style, the challenges and opportunities of grammar, the history and usage of swearing, and, finally, how an arrangement of letters and words on a page can create a physical reaction in our bodies. The perfect gift for the writer, reader, language-lover, and sailor in your life. 

Josh


The Patch

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$13.60
ISBN: 9781250234889
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Published: Picador - November 19th, 2019

 

Now in paperback just in time for the holiday season, the seventh collection of McPhee’s essays and an all around “Best of” his body of work.   McPhee brings his inimitable talent for observation to bear on several arenas of the human experience… sports, the phenomenon of celebrity status, nature…employing wit, poetry, and his trademark “turn of phrase”.  His curiosity about all things never ceases to entertain.

 

Ellen


Order of Imagination

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Order of Imagination: The Photographs of Olivia Parker Cover Image
By Sarah Kennel (Editor)
$40.00
ISBN: 9780875772400
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Published: Peabody Essex Museum - June 11th, 2019

 

I’ve been following the work of Olivia Parker ever since David R. Godine published the first book of her work, Signs of Life, in 1978. If you didn’t see her career retrospective at the Peabody Essex Museum this fall, you’re too late. You missed an amazing exhibition, but you can still enjoy this catalog of that show

Dale


Lost Words

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By Robert MacFarlane, Jackie Morris (Illustrator)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781487005382
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Published: Anansi International - October 2nd, 2018

 

A magnificent ode to the disappearing natural world. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, and the intertwining of letters and images has a great effect. The concept is also very appealing for logophiles (such as yours truly).

 Stacey


Wild Life: Dispatches from a Childhood of Baboons and Button-Downs

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$22.40
ISBN: 9781538745151
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 12th, 2019

 

Keena Roberts split her childhood between a private school in Philadelphia and "Baboon Camp," a remote island in Botswana where her primatologist parents worked several months out of the year. Her resulting memoir, a story of a fish-out-of-water girl most comfortable with animals, is funny, touching, and deeply compelling.

Rebecca


East of West: The Apocalypse Year One

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$39.99
ISBN: 9781632154309
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Published: Image Comics - July 21st, 2015

 

East of West is Stephen King's The Stand with the genre trappings cranked up to 11. It's an apocalypse yarn that manages to center everything around the family, giving every emotional beat heart-wrenchingly high stakes. You won't find Four Horsemen as ghoulish and charming as these. Plus, now that the series has reached its finale the only cliffhangers are the ones you create for yourself.

Caleb


The Moth Presents - Occasional Magic

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By Catherine Burns (Editor), Meg Wolitzer (Foreword by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781101904428
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Published: Crown Archetype - March 19th, 2019

 

A PERFECT GIFT BOOK! There is something for absolutely everyone in this funny, touching, hair-raising collection of real-life encounters. Selected best storytelling entries from The Moth Radio Hour.

 

Molly


Unnatural Magic

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$12.80
ISBN: 9781984805843
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Published: Ace - November 5th, 2019

 

Part love story, part comedy of manners, part murder mystery, CM Waggoner’s debut novel is a story of magic that explores love, family, and gender in all their complexities. Onna Gebowa is a wizard of unparalleled talent searching for her place, the troll Tsira and her newfound human companion are on the hunt for the source of some mysterious troll murders, while navigating an increasingly dangerous world as a mixed race couple. This story is a heartfelt adventure, with a fascinating magic system to boot.

 

Meaghan


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