Staff Picks

Are You Scared, Darth Vader?

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Star Wars: Are You Scared, Darth Vader? Cover Image
By Adam Rex, Adam Rex (Illustrator)
$14.39
ISBN: 9781484704974
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Disney Lucasfilm Press - July 3rd, 2018

 

Think a group of costumed kids can't scare Darth Vader? In the words of the iconic Sith Lord, I find your lack of faith disturbing. Adam Rex's impeccable comedic timing makes this book a laugh-out-loud joy from start to finish (and yes, more than one Porter Square bookseller was literally laughing out loud).

Kate


Gravity Falls Lost Legends

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Gravity Falls: Lost Legends: 4 All-New Adventures! Cover Image
By Alex Hirsch, Asaf Hanuka (Illustrator), Dana Terrace (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781368021425
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Disney Press - July 24th, 2018

 

It's rare to find a piece of tie-in media that is such a work of love for the characters, the world, and the fans, but Lost Legends delivers. Like the original show, it is equal parts spooky, hilarious, and sweet. It's packed with secrets, Easter eggs, and secret codes. Also? It's just plain fun.

Shana


Ship It

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781368003131
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Published: Freeform - May 1st, 2018

 

This book was everything I was looking for and more. Fandoms? Check. Cute girlfriends? Check. Fanfiction? Check. Accepting parents trying to be cool and supportive? Check. Overall, this is just a fun and feel good read, perfect for summer.

Cissa


Blame It On Bianca del Rio

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Blame It On Bianca Del Rio: The Expert On Nothing With An Opinion On Everything Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780062690876
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Published: Dey Street Books - May 29th, 2018

 

The drag queen of mean proves that reading really is what? Fundamental. Serving both Tea and Shade and giving us all life; she’s a snarky, un-PC, raucous and no-holds barred drunk person at a party who decides that now is totally the time to tell you what’s wrong with you! Joan Rivers would be SO proud. House down boots, Bianca!!!

Susannah

 

Yass, Queen!! Bianca has spoken and I for one am listening. The true Dr Phil is spilling all the tea.  Friend won’t hold your hair while you vomit? Sashay away. Boyfriend won’t shave for you? Dump him, honey. Bianca del Rio has no filter, and I’m living for it. Werk it, girl.

Cissa


Where Now: New and Selected Poems

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$30.00
ISBN: 9781556595127
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - July 4th, 2017

 

I discovered Laura Kasischke's poetry shortly after my grandmother passed away, when the poet's corporeal descriptions of grief felt particularly poignant. My appreciation for her poetry has only grown over the years. Her beautiful and sometimes heart-wrenching depictions of how we remember our experiences, our relationships and losses, and our mortality reveal something new to me every time I read them.

Stacey


America Vol 1

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America Vol. 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez Cover Image
By Gabby Rivera (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Joe Quinones (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781302908812
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Marvel Comics - October 31st, 2017

 

America Chavez is the superhero we all need. A Latinx lesbian who can punch star shaped holes between dimensions and is studying at “Sotomayor University,”  America is fierce and fun and loving and I cannot get enough. (And you can read this without extensive comics knowledge.)

 

April


Dinner at the Center of the Earth

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Dinner at the Center of the Earth: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781524732738
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Published: Knopf - September 5th, 2017

 

If you've read Englander before prepare to be surprised - the writing is brilliant as usual, but unlike his previous work it's plot-driven and quite political - practically a thriller. As in his other work, the characters in the story struggle with empathy and conscience and moral ambiguity, but this time in a novel of today's Israel-Palestine with spies and generals and double crossing and informants. A compelling, non-stop read.

 

David


The Plains

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By Ben Lerner (Introduction by), Gerald Murnane
$16.95
ISBN: 9781925355901
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Published: Text Publishing Company - April 18th, 2017

 

Here is a masterpiece of unusual substance. The author himself is a peculiar fellow (worth reading about), but this novel has been described as feeling "less like something you've read than something you've dreamed." It is just that. Haunting, mesmerizing prose that picks you up and leaves you suspended, making you care more about the aesthetic quest of the Australian plains than you ever dreamed possible. The Plains goes deep, exploring a world aesthetic, spiritual, and cosmic, all the while impossible to articulate.

 

Matthew


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