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The Life-Changing Magic of Chess: A Beginner's Guide with Grandmaster Maurice Ashley By Maurice Ashley, Denis Angelov (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Maurice Ashley, Denis Angelov (Illustrator)
$11.99
ISBN: 9781419773396
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Published: Magic Cat - April 2nd, 2024

Maurice Ashley, an African-American grandmaster, is widely well-regarded in the chess scene for his brilliant lectures and writing. He stresses important life lessons in addition to the chess, like seeing mistakes as opportunities for learning rather than setbacks. If you like, feel free to ask me about my chess journey / chess.com handle!

- Lee


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Little Shrew By Akiko Miyakoshi, Akiko Miyakoshi (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Akiko Miyakoshi, Akiko Miyakoshi (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781525313035
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Published: Kids Can Press - June 4th, 2024

I aspire to be as cozy and content as Little Shrew!

- Sophie


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Weslandia By Paul Fleischman, Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Paul Fleischman, Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)
$7.19
ISBN: 9780763610524
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Published: Candlewick - August 1st, 2002

Let's see if your summer projects can top off Wesley's... see how quirky Wesley makes a whole civilization out of his head.

- kai


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The Big Book of Blooms (The Big Book Series) By Yuval Zommer, Elisa Biondi (With), Scott Taylor (With), Barbara Taylor (With) Cover Image
$15.96
ISBN: 9780500651995
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Published: Thames & Hudson - May 5th, 2020

A beautiful book for the budding gardener and naturalist.

- Stacey


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Bee: A Peek-Through Board Book By Britta Teckentrup Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780593648896
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Published: Doubleday Books for Young Readers - May 2nd, 2023

Just such a lovely little book.

- James


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The Shadow and the Ghost By Cat Min Cover Image
By Cat Min
$15.19
ISBN: 9781646143689
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Published: Levine Querido - April 2nd, 2024

This one hit me right in the feels. A magical story that follows the evolution of a friendship, with illustrations beautiful enough to be framed art prints.

- Murphy


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It’s Boba Time for Pearl Li! By Nicole Chen Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780063228627
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Published: Quill Tree Books - March 5th, 2024

This is the perfect middle grade book for the summer time. Tea, friendships, amigurumi, and learning how to run a small business in order to save her local Boba store from closing!

- Kaliisha


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I Love You, Blue By Barroux Cover Image
By Barroux
$14.40
ISBN: 9781947888364
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Published: Flyaway Books - March 22nd, 2022

With the help of a small lighthouse keeper and a whale named Blue, this charming picture book is the perfect read to get excited to be near the ocean this summer! Through fun illustrations and a heartfelt tale of friendship, this story also contains a fun and gentle way to introduce the importance of keeping our ocean friends safe by not littering!

- Emma


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On the Bright Side By Anna Sortino Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780593697863
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - July 2nd, 2024

Ever felt like nothing’s going right? Ellie has loved going to a boarding school for the deaf since she was 11. Now, she’s forced to go to public school for her senior year and live with her not-so-accepting parents. Meanwhile, Jackson’s leg mysteriously went numb during the big game last year, and now both his future on the soccer team and his health are unclear. Luckily, they seem to find some solace with each other, as Jackson learns some hard truths and Ellie learns how to find her freedom.

- Halle


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Eat Cool: Good Food for Hot Days: 100 Easy, Satisfying, and Refreshing Recipes that Won't Heat Up Your Kitchen By Vanessa Seder Cover Image
$15.98
ISBN: 9780789345080
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Published: Rizzoli Universe Promotional Books - March 26th, 2024

If you like me have been fighting for your life against the summer heat, you’ll love this collection of recipes. Eat Cool is a non-traditional cookbook curated around staying cool in the hot weather. Highly appreciated with these temperatures!

- Tony


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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel By Ocean Vuong Cover Image
$14.40
ISBN: 9780525562047
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Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 2021

Ocean Vuong's poetic background translates to some of my favorite prose ever written, especially for a debut novel! He explores the often difficult, yet transformative ways we navigate relationships, whether with lovers, friends, or family. Equally lacerating and lovely, a queer coming-of-age story and a must-read.

- Lee


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Cuckoo By Gretchen Felker-Martin Cover Image
$15.19
ISBN: 9781250794666
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Published: Tor Nightfire - June 11th, 2024

What could make a conversion therapy camp more horrifying? Everything that happens in this book. Ps. Supporting queer authors from Mass is SO cuckool.

- Hannah


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Couplets: A Love Story By Maggie Millner Cover Image
$12.80
ISBN: 9780374612818
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 6th, 2024

Rhyming couplets might make you think of mother goose, but Maggie Millner uses them to reflect on the erotic, self-immolating intensity of a new love affair. Plus, she pulls off poetry's best magic trick: balancing language on that thin, delightful edge between nonsense and insight.

- Sam


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The Book of Goose: A Novel By Yiyun Li Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9780374606343
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 20th, 2022

Explores the tortured, brilliant, and shocking friendship of two French girls and the book they publish about rural, postwar France. Li's storytelling and character building is truly unmatched, and the short chapters were great for my even shorter attention span. Highly recommend for fans of Elaina Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend.

- Miles


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Camellia Street By Mercè Rodoreda, David Rosenthal (Translator), Sandra Cisneros (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Mercè Rodoreda, David Rosenthal (Translator), Sandra Cisneros (Foreword by)
$11.96
ISBN: 9781940953861
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Published: Open Letter - November 20th, 2018

I discovered the writing of Mercè Rodoreda through the narrator in Lynn Steger Strong's novel Want. Camellia Street is bleak and lyrical at once in the same way that Jean Rhys' novels are. Abandoned at birth, The rootless narrator navigates poverty in post-civil war Barcelona by relying on her body and sex work to survive.

- Katie H


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