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A Girl is a Body of Water

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$22.36
ISBN: 9781951142049
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Published: Tin House Books - September 1st, 2020

Makumbi writes small stories that somehow encompass the entire world, turning the story of one one woman into an x-ray revealing the bones of society. Broken bones. Healed bones. Brittle bones. Strong bones. Powerful and wise, A Girl is a Body of Water is like a long conversation with an elder; the struggle of life is no less difficult at the end, but you feel you understand it more and can struggle better tomorrow.

Josh


The Crossing Places

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$12.79
ISBN: 9780547386065
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Published: Mariner Books - September 28th, 2010

The Crossing Places: When bones are found near her house, forensic archeologist Dr. Ruth Galloway is called in to help the police. She becomes enmeshed in the search for two missing girls and continues to get entangled with police investigations throughout the series. This series has revitalized my reading life; I can't put them down. 

April


The Boy in the Field

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$21.59
ISBN: 9780062946393
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Published: Harper - August 11th, 2020

Once again Margot Livesey (Mercury, The Flight of Gemma Hardy) soars with her latest novel, The Boy in the Field. Lyrically written with her usual elegant prose, this book, ostensibly a mystery, is far more than that; it’s literary fiction at its best with subtle twists and turns of plot and characters who strive to understand the ways of the world.

Nathan


Action Park

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$13.60
ISBN: 9780143134510
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Published: Penguin Books - June 30th, 2020

Long ago, back when theme parks were open, back when crowds would fill them up,  was a park so wild and so dangerous people wore the scars it inflicted like badges of honor. This is the story of someone who worked there over the summers.

John


X + Y

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$22.40
ISBN: 9781541646506
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Published: Basic Books - August 25th, 2020

Reasons I want you to buy this book:

Ingressive: if you buy my staff pick, I gain power and prestige as a bookseller.

Congressive: Separating gender out allows us to approach behavior without getting into the technicalities of "not all men". I want everyone to read this book so we can start using the vocabulary Cheng introduces (ingressive and congressive). Her mathematical approach to gender has the potential to be truly groundbreaking, and I want to see where it leads!

 

Shana


Moleskine Notebook, Expanded, Large, Ruled, Sapphire Blue,

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$23.96
ISBN: 8053853606259
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Published: Moleskine - February 19th, 2020

Sometimes, we all need the most amazing notebook with plenty of pages to get us through a pandemic in September. If your life is a mess, this will not solve any of your problems, but it will make it so that you can transfer a lot of your mess onto paper and forget about it. If your life is perfect, then please share your secrets with us, but still get this great notebook.

Sinny


A HISTORY OF KINDNESS

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$12.76
ISBN: 9781948814256
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Published: Torrey House Press - June 2nd, 2020

Linda Hogan, the current Chickasaw Nation Writer in Residence, is (in addition to being an incredible writer) an environmentalist, historian, and activist. These facets all shine through her newest poetry collection. A History of Kindness examines the violence that has been done to the American landscape and its peoples, and responds to it with beauty, compassion, and hope. If you enjoy Mary Oliver or Braiding Sweetgrass, or if you just need a book to feed your spirit and anchor you to the natural world right now, pick this one up.

 

Kate


Transcendent Kingdom

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$22.36
ISBN: 9780525658184
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Published: Knopf - September 1st, 2020

It's nothing new to say that a book is the book we need right now, but Transcendent Kingdom is the book we need right now. Narrator Gifty is both eloquently observant and clinical as she recounts the struggle of her Ghanaian immigrant family to survive in America while being Black, while being poor, while facing addiction and depression and tragedy. But she still finds hope.

Meaghan


Pink Mountain on Locust Island

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$13.56
ISBN: 9781566895941
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 8th, 2020

I can never remember the exact title of this book but I'm not likely to forget the riveting characters anytime soon. They're flawed and fascinating, and even their most mundane actions are compelling. A perfect crossover title (Lau was only a teenager when she wrote it, which makes me want to scream), this one is full of the kind of lines that deserve to be written in fancy script all over your wall.

 

Caleb


Hangsaman

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By Shirley Jackson, Francine Prose (Foreword by)
$12.80
ISBN: 9780143107040
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Published: Penguin Classics - June 25th, 2013

In this novel, seventeen-year-old Natalie Waite embarks on her first semester of college. She is an interesting character with a lot of demons that may or may not be figurative, she doesn’t quite know either. Littered with existential spiels and a constant feeling of unease, Shirley Jackson perfectly executed the hard to swallow truth that sometimes the scariest place is simply one’s mind.

 

Hannah


Punching the Air

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780062996480
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Published: Balzer + Bray - September 1st, 2020

This powerful and moving novel in verse by Ibi Zoboi, written in collaboration with Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five, portrays the deep losses of those betrayed by our justice system.


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