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ISBN: 9780374602451
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 20th, 2021

This is a unique novel. In Popisho, every character has a magical element, or a "cors". Some people can flavor food or change paint colors with their hands, and others have extra body parts. Taking place over a few days, Popisho tells the story of an island community preparing for the wedding of the governor's daughter, and dealing with their own issues.


The Empress of Salt and Fortune

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By Nghi Vo
ISBN: 9781250750303
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Because of how it is sold to us we cannot accept a return of this title.
Published: Tordotcom - March 24th, 2020

A young royal sent south for a political marriage must choose her allies carefully. When a new handmaiden is assigned to the isolated empress, she realizes there is much more to her than meets the eye... This incisive fantasy novella will stab you in the heart only to leave you yearning for more. (Luckily, there's a sequel!)


All you Knead is Love

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ISBN: 9780374314231
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - March 30th, 2021

Filipina-Spanish-American Alba goes to live with her grandmother in Barcelona, where she finds her people -- Abuela Lola, baker Toni, and Toni's son Joaquim -- and her place, a bakery that feels like home. Learning to bake helps Alba deal with her family's problems back in New York, but when Toni goes out of business, it's up to Alba to create a new space for everyone.


I Hate Running and You Can Too

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I Hate Running and You Can Too: How to Get Started, Keep Going, and Make Sense of an Irrational Passion Cover Image
ISBN: 9781579659882
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Published: Artisan - March 16th, 2021

Humorous, insightful, and strangely motivating, this short book, illustrated with laugh-inducing Semi-Rad charts, will inspire you to get out for a run...even if you're reading the book to procrastinate from running.  A great gift for runners, non-runners, and those who hate running!


The Brilliant Death

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ISBN: 9780451478467
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Published: Penguin Books - September 3rd, 2019

Though Teodora di Sangro can transform her enemies into inanimate objects, she keeps her magical abilities a secret. But when the ruler of Vinalia poisons her father, Teodora must master her powers to protect her family and discover who she was always meant to be. This gorgeous queer fantasy draws upon strega lore to paint a breathtaking story of love, self-actualization, and transformation. One of the best books I read in 2020.


Mike Nichols: A Life

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ISBN: 9780399562242
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Published: Penguin Press - February 2nd, 2021

Those who enjoy reading Show Biz biographies are in for a treat. Mike Nichols: A Life by Mark Harris is a well-written, researched and engaging biography of a colorful, unique and fascinating character.  Winner of an Oscar, eight Tony Awards, two Emmys, Mike Nichols was a man of many talents – acting, producing, directing; he was a consummate professional and beloved by those he worked with including: Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Elaine May, Elizabeth Taylor, Dustin Hoffman, Whoopi Goldberg, et al.


Laxmi's Mooch

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By Shelly Anand, Nabi H. Ali (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781984815651
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Published: Kokila - March 2nd, 2021

This is such a cute tale about a little girl who has a mustache, the bullying she faces for it, and how she overcomes it and begins to love her mooch (mustache in Hindi). It is so relatable. I wish I had this book growing up as I also was bulled for my mustache and facial hair. It's a beautiful story of self-love. And the illustrations are so cute!!


Between Two Kingdoms

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ISBN: 9780399588587
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Published: Random House - February 9th, 2021

Joauad’s memoir is a primer for all of us slowly emerging from lockdown.  Her young life was abruptly interrupted in her early 20’s when she received a devastating diagnosis followed by 3 and a half years of isolating treatment. Her very brave battle continued after her release from hospital as she took stock of what she’d lost, who she had become, and how to live again. You won’t be able to put this down.

The Survivors

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ISBN: 9781250232427
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Published: Flatiron Books - February 2nd, 2021

Jane Harper is back with another atmospheric suspense novel set on the Tasmanian coast. Kieran Elliott's life changed forever on the day a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences. When a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge. A sunken wreck, a missing girl, and questions that have never washed away... Jane Harper makes the setting and characters come alive so vividly you feel like you live in Evelyn Bay. Perfect for fans of Tana French.


The Firekeeper's Daughter

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ISBN: 9781250766564
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 16th, 2021

Firekeeper's Daughter is an emotional roller coaster that considers issues of justice, integrity, community, family, fairness, and trust, while also thrilling and enthralling. A masterpiece of YA fiction, Firekeeper's Daughter is going to rock the YA literary world like Angie Thomas did with The Hate You Give. I don't have the space to expound how brilliant this thriller is; a 2021 must-read.


First Become Ashes

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ISBN: 9781250216182
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Published: Tordotcom - April 6th, 2021

Lark has spent his life raised to believe that on his 25th birthday he will journey into the world to slay monsters and save the human race. However, three months before he’s supposed to do this, his home is raided by Federal Agents, who claim magic isn’t real, and that he has been in a cult this whole time. A fantastic story about trauma, healing, magic, and belief, this book had me questioning what was real and what was a lie. 

CW: Explicit sadomasochism and sexual content, as well as abuse and consent violations, including rape.