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Shuna's Journey By Hayao Miyazaki, Alex Dudok de Wit (Translated by) Cover Image
By Hayao Miyazaki, Alex Dudok de Wit (Translated by)
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250846525
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Published: First Second - November 1st, 2022

A newly translated Miyazaki story! Shuna's Journey is a strange, almost grim adventure. In it can be found the thematic and visual roots of several Ghibli classics, especially Princess Mononoke and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. Great for seasoned Ghibli fans and newcomers alike!

Piera


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Women Holding Things By Maira Kalman Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780062846679
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Published: Harper Design - October 18th, 2022

I love everything Maira Kalman does, but this is particularly perfect. Through paintings and short captions, Kalman beautifully evokes the stories and complexities of women’s lives. A gift for every woman you know.  

— Katie


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My Self, Your Self By Esmé Shapiro Cover Image
$15.19
ISBN: 9781774880234
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Published: Tundra Books - September 27th, 2022

What's not to love about this book? Charming illustrations of cute little creatures who tell a tale all about loving yourself and the selves around you. Perfect book for anyone looking for a little warmth this November.

Jane


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Each Night Was Illuminated By Jodi Lynn Anderson Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9780062393579
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Published: Quill Tree Books - September 20th, 2022

A tale of personal discovery that unfolds within a framework of deftly handled contemporary issues and a bizarre friendship. Is it a ghost story? Is it a haunting? Is it imagination? Your call. But it's a fresh and contemporary teen read with an old soul. Though you may not identify with the nunnery portions, you'll be hard pressed not relate to the bigger picture and enjoy how everything unfolds.

Stacey


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A Normal Pig By K-Fai Steele, K-Fai Steele (Illustrator) Cover Image
By K-Fai Steele, K-Fai Steele (Illustrator)
$14.39
ISBN: 9780062748577
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Published: Balzer + Bray - June 4th, 2019

An ode and a handbook to being your wonderful and unique self, no matter what anyone else thinks of you! Gaining a wider perspective helps the polka-dotted pig Pip stand up a little taller.

Kendall


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A Million Sea Creatures: Marine Cuties to Color By Lulu Mayo Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781454711582
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Published: Union Square Kids - October 18th, 2022

I really can't get enough of Lulu Mayo's coloring books. They're so adorable and perfect for when you need to just release. They're also perfect for fidgety hands that need something to do for the brain to focus.

Stacey


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The Wolf Suit By Sid Sharp Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781773217208
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Published: Annick Press - October 25th, 2022

Bellwether Riggwelter is a sheep who enjoys simple pleasures like blackberries, dancing, and flowers. But the forest is a dangerous place for a kind, soft sheep like him. So Bellwether schemes up the ingenious idea of sewing himself a wolf suit to blend in with the forest's most fearsome predators.What follows is a modern-day folktale about being yourself and standing up against what scares you. This graphic novel is absolutely delightful- the art style, the story, and the twist at the end! You'll never see it coming, and that makes it all the better.

Catherine


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Mrs. March: A Novel By Virginia Feito Cover Image
$12.80
ISBN: 9781324091967
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Published: Liveright - June 14th, 2022

In my mind, this book is like Rebecca meets Mrs. Dalloway meets The Silent Patient: gothic psychological thriller that follows the unraveling psyche of an Upper East Side housewife. As a reader, you'll find it as difficult as the titular character does to differentiate between what's real and what's made up in her mind. Also, there's an upcoming movie adaption with Elisabeth Moss!

Catherine


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Vita Nostra: A Novel By Marina & Sergey Dyachenko Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9780063054158
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Published: Harper Voyager - January 19th, 2021

I was influenced by a recent tweet from Alexis Henderson and various authors to check out this book. Vita Nostra is cut from the same cloth as Lev Grossman's The Magicians series. A slow unraveling of a story, reading this book echoes the sensation of giving someone your hand and trusting them to lead you somewhere magical.

Engel


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The Atlas Paradox (Atlas Series #2) By Olivie Blake Cover Image
$22.39
ISBN: 9781250855091
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Published: Tor Books - October 25th, 2022

The very anticipated sequel to The Atlas Six, The Atlas Paradox is rich with (increasingly) feral characters, chaos, moral decay, and corruption. It's a perfect early holiday gift for that friend or foe who was talking your ear off about it last year.

Engel


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Hiders Seekers Finders Keepers: How Animals Adapt in Winter By Jessica Kulekjian, Salini Perera (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jessica Kulekjian, Salini Perera (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781525304859
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Published: Kids Can Press - October 4th, 2022

Hiders Seekers Finders Keepers is a sweet and cozy book perfect to share with your little one as the seasons turn. One of my favorite things about this book is that because the science and animal facts are presented separately from the narrative, you can tailor how educational you want to get for the age and interest of whoever you're reading to.

Katherine


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One Hundred Saturdays: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World By Michael Frank, Maira Kalman (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Michael Frank, Maira Kalman (Illustrator)
$22.40
ISBN: 9781982167226
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - September 6th, 2022

Over the course of six years Frank, with much kindness and patience, elicits from Stella Levi her profoundly moving story of the Juderia of Rhodes, a community of Jews who lived on the island for hundreds of years and were brutally deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz in 1943. Frank’s loving portrait of Levi is luminescent.

Dale


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Winter Counts: A Novel By David Heska Wanbli Weiden Cover Image
$13.59
ISBN: 9780062968951
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Published: Ecco - July 6th, 2021

The antihero of this book may be Virgil Wounded Horse, a Lakota vigilante who busts teeth and bone when federal law enforcement proves negligent, but the true star of this crime novel is the setting: Rosebud Indian Reservation. Can Virgil bring peace to the reservation while taking down the man who’s bullied him since childhood? Reconcile his lifestyle with the Lakota beliefs he’s been estranged from since his father’s death? Battle the larger forces that plague his home?

Rachel


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Inland: A Novel By Téa Obreht  Cover Image
$14.40
ISBN: 9780812982756
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 26th, 2020

I wanted to love Obreht's The Tiger's Wife, but I felt like I was missing the significance of the tiger (Lol. Hello, Life of Pi). Anyway, this gem requires only that you hitch up and enjoy the ride. Themes are dark and dangerous, but Obreht's prose is seething with empathy and I can't wait to get back to it each night.

Wendy


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smART: Use Your Eyes to Boost Your Brain (Adapted from the New York Times bestseller Visual Intelligence) By Amy E. Herman, Heather Maclean (With) Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9781665901215
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 25th, 2022

Make trips to the museum about more than the gift shop. An art history lesson for the whole family, SmART gives kids the foundational tools they need for seeing and thinking about the would around them. I wish I had it for my 19-year-old.

Wendy


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