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The Ugliest Monster in the World Cover Image
By Luis Amavisca, Erica Salcedo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9788417673765
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Published: Nubeocho - October 4th, 2021

Just in time for Halloween! These monsters are not scary, but they are pretty ugly! Who do you think is The Ugliest Monster in the World?


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The Cause: The American Revolution and its Discontents, 1773-1783 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631498985
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Published: Liveright - September 21st, 2021

Ellis, in his new one-volume history skillfully manages the large cast of characters and the diplomatic, political and military aspects to tell a compelling story of the American revolution. Informed by a consensus of current scholarship it is both elegantly written and entertaining.


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I Hold a Wolf by the Ears: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250798664
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Published: Picador - July 27th, 2021

These are not quite ghost stories, not quite straight up realism. There’s a sense throughout that something strange and otherworldly is happening in the corner of your eye.


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Taste: My Life Through Food Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982168018
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Published: Gallery Books - October 5th, 2021

Even if you do not agree with me that Tucci's The Big Night is probably the best food movie ever, you will still find this gustatory memoir a delightful, escapist read. Deliciously evocative, laugh-out-loud funny, and even including recipes for some of his favorites, I read this straight through in two sittings - slowing myself down by rereading particularly delectable passages, but eagerly anticipating what still lay in wait for me. Read this, and then watch (or re-watch) that movie.


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100 Things to do in a Forest Cover Image
By Jennifer Davis, Eleanor Taylor (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781786276339
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Published: Laurence King Publishing - August 11th, 2020

As we enter October, one thing one must know about New England is its autumnal scenery is a sight to behold. Really absorb and appreciate the natural beauty mother nature has to offer with this book--from guiding you to listen for the forest's melodies to offering fun forest adventure ideas for the little ones, "100 Things to do in a Forest" will get you to experience the fall fauna on a whole new level.


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Slewfoot: A Tale of Bewitchery Cover Image
By Brom
ISBN: 9781250622006
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Published: Tor Nightfire - September 14th, 2021


This book is everything I could want in an atmospheric book of witchcraft and haunting. Part fable, part horror story, part cobbled-together myth, it's a treat to read and a treat to hold; the author's gorgeous illustrations add another layer that I'm always wishing for but rarely get with adult fiction. Unlike a lot of New England witch trial narratives, this  one doesn't so much concern itself with the Christian god, but borrows heavily from American Indian lore. You should be reading Slewfoot this October.


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The Carrying: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571315137
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Published: Milkweed Editions - April 13th, 2021

October is a great month for feeling like you're on the verge of giving up. The edge is there. You can see it. The days are getting shorter and it's a long, long barrel to look down to the solstice, and, frankly, one of these days you're gonna lose it and scream your little head off in public. Ada Limón's The Carrying holds your hand right up to the edge and names all the trees along the way, and whether you scream or you don't, The Carrying will be there. full of dread and hope.


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The Arrival Cover Image
By Shaun Tan, Shaun Tan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780439895293
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 1st, 2007

The Arrival is great for kids (and grown-ups!) whose favorite part of picture books is the illustrations. Packed with delightfully imaginative detail and a masterclass in visual storytelling, The Arrival is a bittersweet (but mostly sweet!) narrative of immigration, loneliness, and making a new home in an alien world.


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Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny Cover Image
ISBN: 9780190933203
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Because of how it is sold to us we cannot accept a return of this title.
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - March 1st, 2019

Down Girl distills the most hard-to-understand aspects of feminism, misogyny, and the patriarchy into easier-to-understand terms, brought to enrapturing relevance by real-world, pop culture, and true crime-adjacent case studies that feel more like conversation than philosophy class. Kate Manne writes in a way that tackles tough concepts with ease and style- a must-read for feminists of any wave.

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The Secret History (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400031702
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Published: Vintage - April 13th, 2004

The rare book I wanted to re-read the second I finished it. This is one of my all-time favorites. 


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Grandfather Gandhi Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442423657
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 11th, 2014

Celebrate October 2nd, Mahatma Gandhi's birthday, with this beautifully illustrated biogaphy about the man whose name is synonymous with teaching peace. We get to know Gandhi through the eyes of his grandson Arun, who learns Gandhi is not only his grandfather, but also one to the world. A book that can teach and be treasured by all!


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¡Vamos! Let's Cross the Bridge (World of ¡Vamos!) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358380405
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Published: Versify - October 12th, 2021

The next delightful installment of the Vamos series is a visual feast! When everyone gets stuck on the bridge, the remedy is to throw a party. Readers will pour over the detailed illustrations in this dynamic picture book about transportation and community celebration.


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All the Feels: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063005587
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Published: Avon - November 16th, 2021

When Lauren is hired to keep a sexy actor in line, it seems like an easy gig compared to the ER therapy work she’s been doing. But all is not as it seems, and sparks are about to fly. Nuanced characters, thrilling pacing, and plenty of laughs make this a one-sitting read. If you enjoyed Spoiler Alert, Kiss Quotient, or Boyfriend Material, this romance novel is everything you’re lusting after.


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The Gilda Stories Cover Image
By Jewelle Gomez, Alexis Pauline Gumbs (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780872866744
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Published: City Lights Books - March 29th, 2016

Jewelle Gomez is the original queen of the modern vampire novel. This is a queer, creative, gothic treasure.


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Alice Isn't Dead: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062844149
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 31st, 2021

Freshly reprinted in time for Halloween. Jump into this creepy journey alongside Keisha and her wife Alice as they embark on a road trip where they are forced to hunt or be hunted- or so they thought it was that simple.