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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery By Alan Bradley Cover Image
$13.60
ISBN: 9780385343497
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Published: Bantam - January 19th, 2010

With a main character reminiscent of Wednesday Addams and Eloise, this charming murder mystery is part humor, part chills, all heart. Flavia will win your favor and save the day.

Jennifer


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The Moomins and the Great Flood By Tove Jansson Cover Image
$13.56
ISBN: 9781770463288
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - August 14th, 2018

A true classic, the Moomins are back and ready to go on adventures! Join them on their first and most exciting, as they search for a home to call their own.

Jennifer


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Fears of a Setting Sun: The Disillusionment of America's Founders By Dennis C. Rasmussen Cover Image
$15.16
ISBN: 9780691241418
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Published: Princeton University Press - November 8th, 2022

It will come as a surprise to many, as it did to me, almost all the Founding Fathers, save Madison, were so disillusioned by what had become of the experiment of the republic they helped create they did not expect it to survive much longer past their lifetimes. Rasmussen explains why.

Dale


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Snackable Bakes: 100 Easy-Peasy Recipes for Exceptionally Scrumptious Sweets and Treats By Jessie Sheehan Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9781682687376
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Published: Countryman Press - May 3rd, 2022

I was content to be five cookbooks past the point where I swore to not buy anymore cookbooks.....but then I found a really good recipe for vanilla cream scones and well, here we are.

John


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Helltown: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer on Cape Cod By Casey Sherman Cover Image
$21.59
ISBN: 9781728245959
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Published: Sourcebooks - July 12th, 2022

Fans of true crime: you won't want to miss this one! The case of the Cape Cod serial killer from the late 60's, Tony Costa, went largely forgotten due to the Manson murders that happened a few months later, stealing the spotlight of national news. Costa brutally killed at least 4 young women in the vibrant hippie town of Provincetown, MA. This case also haunted up-and-coming local writers/rivals Kurt Vonnegut and Normal Mailer, who took a keen interest in launging their own investigations of the murders (Vonnegut's daughter was an acquaintance of Costa's). Superbly researched, Helltown is shocking, disturbing and compelling, reading like horror novel. Who knew idyllic Cape Cod could have such a dark chapter?

Babbie


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The Mouse Who Carried a House on His Back By Jonathan Stutzman, Isabelle Arsenault (Illustrator) Cover Image
$15.19
ISBN: 9781536216790
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Published: Candlewick - August 30th, 2022

Meet a magical house, a generous mouse, and a whole lot of new friends in this tale about the power of a warm welcome. Playful and elegant cutouts make this a must-read!

Kendall


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Soup Club: 80 Cozy Recipes for Creative Plant-Based Soups and Stews to Share By Caroline Wright, Willow Heath (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Caroline Wright, Willow Heath (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781524868925
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - November 9th, 2021

Ahhhh, fall! The time of year where I become a goblin who thinks of nothing but soup. You too can sink into cozy mode with this cookbook that trumpets the power of soup. Sure to warm your heart and tummy

Kendall


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These Witches Don't Burn By Isabel Sterling Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780451480347
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Published: Razorbill - April 28th, 2020

It's Salem and queer witches and a mysterious evil plot. What else could you ask for?

Hazel


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Chouette: A Novel By Claire Oshetsky Cover Image
$13.59
ISBN: 9780063066687
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Published: Ecco - August 2nd, 2022

Strange, unnerving, but tender... one of those books that gets under your skin. I've never read anything quite like it and I know it will stay with me for a while.

Katie


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How to Make Friends with a Ghost By Rebecca Green Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9781101919019
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Published: Tundra Books - September 5th, 2017

This handy guide will tell you all you need to know to find and care for your very own (adorable) friendly ghost. A sweet story with Halloween vibes.

Katie


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The English Understand Wool (Storybook ND Series) By Helen DeWitt Cover Image
$14.36
ISBN: 9780811230070
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Published: New Directions - September 27th, 2022

What a strange delight! DeWitt is an absolute genius and this story of a brilliant young woman discovering she was raised by criminals (and then leaning into that discovery) is a great introduction to DeWitt's work. Throw in a delectable anti-authoritian streak and you have a fun and intelligent single-sitting read.

Josh


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What Is a River? By Monika Vaicenavičiene Cover Image
$15.16
ISBN: 9781592702794
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - March 30th, 2021

It's a good question, and one that might take you in more directions- philosophical, geographical, and aesthetic directions- than you'd think. In this gorgeous picture book, a young girl and her grandmother sit on the banks of a river contemplating its depths. Not only will the art, done in a mix of pencil, watercolor, gouache, and more, delight you, you'll learn so many fun facts about rivers!

Catherine


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Mrs. Caliban By Rachel Ingalls, Rivka Galchen (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Rachel Ingalls, Rivka Galchen (Introduction by)
$11.16
ISBN: 9780811226691
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Published: New Directions - November 28th, 2017

What an absolute gem of a book! I'm so glad it's back in print and can get the love it deserves. Succinct, sincere, and utterly original, this short book has everything you didn't know you needed in your next read (a romance with a 6 ft 7 lizard man? yes).

Catherine


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Race Cars: A children's book about white privilege By Jenny Devenny, Charnaie Gordon (Editor) Cover Image
$16.19
ISBN: 9780711262904
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - May 4th, 2021

Multiple parents have informed me that their children had profound experiences reading this book, the story of a black car who faces obstacles that the white cars don't. A simple allegory with weighty impact.

Rachael


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The Complete Tarot & Oracle Journal: (With Metal Closures and Two Ribbon Markers) By Selena Moon Cover Image
$23.96
ISBN: 9781922579621
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Published: Rockpool Publishing - October 1st, 2022

This book/journal is great for anyone who reads tarot (or wants to)! A great way to practice is to write down your interpretations & revisit them later, and this journal has spaces for both. The opening section has card spreads & reading tips, but the rest of this book is all you! This is a beautiful tool to get to know your intuition.

Murphy


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