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Once and Future Queen

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$11.99
ISBN: 9781506702506
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Published: Dark Horse Books - November 14th, 2017

 

Rani Arturus just wants to win her chess tournament and maybe flirt with Gwen, the cute girl in the audience. Instead, she pulls Excalibur out of a stone and Merlin shows up wearing a space suit and now she, Gwen, and her childhood friend, Lance, must work together to protect the world from the Fae. A wonderful and unique twist on a classic tale.

Shana


Dumplin'

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$7.99
ISBN: 9780062327192
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Published: Balzer + Bray - March 14th, 2017

 

Willowdean Dickson, or Dumplin' as her mom calls her, is an unapologetic fat girl who wants to challenge the way we look at beauty--by entering the beauty pageant run by her mom. Willowdean is my winner for sure.

April


Asymmetry

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$20.80
ISBN: 9781501166761
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 6th, 2018

 

A spectacular debut. These two wholly disparate stories both feature rich dialogue, complicated characters and deep questions - and a final coda at the end answers some very fundamental questions. You will definitely be hearing about this writer again and this book is a wonderful place to start.

David


Creative Quest

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$22.39
ISBN: 9780062670557
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Published: Ecco - April 24th, 2018

 

How to be creative, for people who don’t believe in books on how to be creative. Questlove unpacks the (many, varied) processes of the artists he’s known and worked with. His advice is interspersed with stories from his life and fascinating dissections of what makes a creative piece work, from The Wizard of Oz to Norm Macdonald’s jokes to Da Vinci to D’Angelo. At the very least you’ll come away with a great
playlist.

Kate


Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

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ISBN: 9780062490421
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Published: William Morrow - April 24th, 2018

Brusatte takes us with him on his travels around the world fossil hunting with other equally dedicated and passionate paleontologists who together have been revising what we know  about the remarkable life on our planet millions of years ago.

Dale


This Little Art

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781910695456
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Published: Fitzcarraldo Editions - April 4th, 2018

 

Far more than a book about translation, This Little Art, is a beautiful treatise on the reading life and the creative life. Through examining her own struggles translating Roland Barthes’s lecture notes, Briggs wanders through the all the questions you typically encounter in translation to get to something more fundamental about the power of words and what happens when we try to communicate with each other.  

Josh


The Last Painting of Sara De Vos

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ISBN: 9781250118325
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Published: Picador USA - April 4th, 2017

 

A painting links a rare female artist of the Dutch Golden Age with a scion and grad student in "Mad Men" era Manhattan.  Developed, simpatico characters and finely wrought double-crossing in past and present Netherlands, Manhattan, and Sydney make this a very satisfying read. Great for summer, travel, or book groups.

Molly


Week at the Airport

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$13.60
ISBN: 9780307739674
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Published: Vintage - September 21st, 2010

 

Excited for your trip this summer? Most people think of airports as transitory spaces, purposed simply to move us on to more exciting destinations. We generally don't think of them as spaces in and of themselves: encompassing businesses, global enterprises, and employees' lives. Alain de Botton's week spent living in London Heathrow illumines much that is otherwise mysterious about airports. The perfect book to pack in your carry-on: thoughtful, fast paced, and above all, light weight.

Matthew


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