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The Night Circus

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$13.60
ISBN: 9780307744432
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Published: Anchor - July 3rd, 2012

This is a book that I always come back to every year. This story never leaves me. The characters are so familiar to me that I often wonder how they’re doing and what city they are in now. The way Erin Morgenstern writes is like nothing I’ve ever experienced and every time I read The Night Circus, I discover a new key detail that I missed before. To put it simply, this books is magic.

Sinny


Science Comics: The Brain

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By Tory Woollcott, Alex Graudins (Illustrator)
$10.39
ISBN: 9781626728011
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Published: First Second - October 16th, 2018

I love science comics! They help make complex topics accessible in a fun, colorful way. I have a particular soft spot for The Brain volume for personal reasons. The brain is still a mystery it seems, but that doesn't mean there's not plenty to learn! A knowledge of brain functionality helps to develop understanding for how people experience the world differently.

Stacey


Act Your Age, Eve Brown

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Act Your Age, Eve Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters #3) Cover Image
$12.79
ISBN: 9780062941275
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Published: Avon - March 9th, 2021

I've loved every entry in Talia Hibbert's series about the Brown sisters, and this one is no exception. Prepare for British snarkiness, an imperfect but perfectly lovable cast, and multiple moments that will have you burst out loud with laughter. As with all books in the series, the inclusivity and genuine care Hibbert extends to her characters makes this the epitome of a feel-good romance. I definitely recommend the audiobook on Libro.fm as well!

Leila


Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake

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$12.79
ISBN: 9781538703328
Availability: Available at Wholesaler
Published: Forever - May 18th, 2021

My favorite television show is The Great British Baking Show, my favorite genre of book is romance, and my favorite type of romance is those featuring bisexual characters—this book combines all three of those into a book that may even surpass Hall's incredible Boyfriend Material in my heart and mind. If you like any or all of the above—read this book about a bisexual single mom going on the country's biggest baking show on a journey that will take her far beyond the trials of soggy bottoms and fallen trifles. 

April


Pumpkin'

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$14.39
ISBN: 9780062880451
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 25th, 2021

This book made me cry happy tears . . . more than once. The story of Waylon, a fat, gay teen boy in small-town Texas trying to find out who he is and what he wants in life during his senior year of high school pulled all my best heartstrings. He's waiting to bring out the "real Waylon" until after graduation, but after trying drag, getting nominated for homecoming queen, and meeting a boy who might be more than he seems—maybe it's time for the real Waylon after all. 

April


Thinking Inside the Box

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Thinking Inside the Box: Adventures with Crosswords and the Puzzling People Who Can't Live Without Them Cover Image
$14.40
ISBN: 9780525522102
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Published: Penguin Books - March 16th, 2021

If you've ever found yourself wondering what a 14 letter word for "crossword fan" might be, this book is for you. You'll also learn about the origins of crossword puzzles, the history, and why "oreos" show up in so many puzzles. You might even find yourself wanting to make your own! (I can now tell you from experience, it is HARD.)

Shana


The Archive of Alternate Endings

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$13.56
ISBN: 9781945814822
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Published: Dzanc Books - May 7th, 2019

The Archive of Alternate Endings weaves together multiple tales which are each unique and separate and exceptional. Here are some themes that run through the stories: queer stories and when they don't get told, the story of Hansel and Gretel, Haley's Comet, the bond between siblings. Read the first page of this book, if it's for you, you'll know immediately.

Katherine


Morningside Heights

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$21.56
ISBN: 9781524748357
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Published: Pantheon - June 15th, 2021

What starts out looking like a predictable female-English-student-has-affair-with-handsome-young-professor story quickly demonstrates that it is going to cover a lot more ground. They meet and marry in the 70s - but fast-forward 30 years, when the prodigy Spence, now in his late 50s, is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's  The novel deeply explores the relationships among husband, wife, children, and the outside (and increasingly foreign) world, and poignantly chronicles his descent into middle-aged madness without being maudlin or sentimental. It’s beautifully and sensitively written, funny, and driven by a don't-put-it-down plot.

David


Anne of Manhattan

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$12.79
ISBN: 9780063020740
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 1st, 2021

Anne of Manhattan is a sweet, funny, and sexy modern retelling of Anne of Green Gables. Anne, Diana, Gilbert, and more as millennials is a story I didn't know I wanted! This is a refreshing spin while also serving a good trip down memory lane. 

Heather


Simplicity At Home

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Simplicity at Home: Japanese Rituals, Recipes, and Arrangements for Thoughtful Living Cover Image
By Yumiko Sekine, Jenny Wapner (With), Nao Shimizu (Photographs by)
$22.00
ISBN: 9781797202952
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Published: Chronicle Books - February 9th, 2021

Outside of working at the bookstore, for the past year, like most of you, I've spent a huge amount of time at home. This thoughtful book helps me look at my space differently and reminds me that everything doesn't haven't to be overhauled to be a loving & comfortable space.

Sinny


Finlay Donovan is Killing It

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$21.59
ISBN: 9781250241702
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Published: Minotaur Books - February 2nd, 2021

When struggling mystery writer Finlay Donovan is overheard discussing her new novel with her agent over lunch, she's mistaken for a contract killer and inadvertently accepts an offer to dispose of a problem husband in order to make ends meet. When the target actually ends up dead (and not by Finlay's doing!) she discovers that real life crime is a lot more complicated than its fictional counterpart. This book is very funny and painfully relatable (and the audiobook is great!).

Rebecca


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