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All The Colors of Life Cover Image
By Lisa Aisato, Olivia Lasky (Translated by)
$19.20
ISBN: 9781646900114
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Published: Arctis - October 5th, 2021

Lisa Aisato's beautiful illustrations paired with Olivia Lasky's translations weave seamlessly together, creating a stunning story of what it means to be human.

Jane


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Fungarium: Welcome to the Museum Cover Image
By Ester Gaya, Katie Scott (Illustrator)
$30.39
ISBN: 9781536217094
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Published: Big Picture Press - April 6th, 2021

The creators of the ‘Welcome to the Museum’ series turn their sights and significant talents to the kingdom of fungi! Mushrooms are finally having their day in the sun and mycologists young and old will thrill in these glorious yet scientifically accurate representations of this most magical of kingdoms. A ticket to the Fungarium includes entry to four galleries that explore fungal biology, fungal diversity, fungal interactions and fungi and humans. Interesting and sometimes macabre fun facts abound.

Wendy


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The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel (Winternight Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$13.60
ISBN: 9781101885956
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Published: Del Rey - June 27th, 2017

If you have ever asked me for a fantasy recommendation, chances are I’ve mentioned this book. I have read it over and over; I find it gripping and comforting all at once. It is beautifully lyrical, a dark fairytale with teeth set in the snowy landscape of old Rus where pagan beliefs are being slowly weeded out by Christianity. Vasya is a vibrant heroine who does not fit in the world the Christians want. If I can give you one last book before I go, it has to be this one that I love so much.

Meaghan


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Capote's Women: A True Story of Love, Betrayal, and a Swan Song for an Era Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9780593328088
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - October 12th, 2021

The true story of the glamorous women who were unknowing subjects of Truman Capote’s last unpublished masterpiece, Answered Prayers. Leamer uncovers webs of unsung feminine influence woven across oceans and empires, taking peeks inside the most powerful (and scandalous) social circles of mid-century politics, thanks to Capote’s wicked case of writer’s block and an obsession with his fabulous flock of “swans” that I absolutely now share.

Kate M


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The Moosewood Cookbook: 40th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781607747390
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Published: Ten Speed Press - November 4th, 2014

Discover (or Rediscover) the simple roots of vegetarian cooking with the Moosewood Cookbook.  What better way to slow down, gather back together, and eat more plants? Note: I know if you're my age and you live in Cambridge, you probably already own this classic ;) But wouldn't it be great to share it with the next generation? 

Wendy


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The Magician: A Novel Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9781476785080
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Published: Scribner - September 7th, 2021

This brilliant novel imagines the fascinating life of German writer Thomas Mann (The Magic Mountain, Death in Venice).  Tóibín, the author of such novels as Brooklyn and The Master, weaves Mann’s family life and his working life into a vivid story of great highs – the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1929 and lows  - the suicides of his two sons and fleeing the Nazis.  Yet Mann, steady and stoic, comes alive in this complex and beautifully written book.

Nathan


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Black Water Sister Cover Image
By Zen Cho
$13.60
ISBN: 9780425283431
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Published: Ace - May 11th, 2021

The first time Jessamyn Teoh hears the voice, she's in the process of moving back to Malaysia with her family. She's not really excited about the move, but her job prospects in the USA haven't been great post-degree, so what's she going to do? After the move, Jess comes to realize that the voice she has been hearing is her late Ah Ma, her maternal grandmother. Seeking answers, she discovers her life has boundaries carved by the gods, ghosts, and gangsters that her family warned her about avoiding...and whether she will find her way out of it all will depend on her quick thinking, and maybe a clever solution or two.

Mish


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The Best of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: Favorite Recipes from BreadIn5 Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781250277435
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 12th, 2021

I no longer fear yeast on a list of ingredients.

John


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Somebody's Daughter: A Memoir Cover Image
$22.39
ISBN: 9781250305978
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Published: Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book - June 1st, 2021

Ford does a beautiful job encapsulating the raw honesty of her coming-of-age story. A poignant and important read that will stick with you after finishing.

Jane


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Writers & Lovers Cover Image
$13.60
ISBN: 9780802148544
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Published: Grove Press - February 16th, 2021

This book hits a level of relatability that just feels purely human. I didn't realize how deep I was sucked in until I hit the last page. If you are looking for your next comfort read, this is it.

Jane


$40.00
SKU: 9781912339983

You can see her work at the ICA now, or you can take it home with you to admire. (Or both. Nothing wrong with both.) Captivating, thought-provoking photographs

Sarah


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Briar Girls Cover Image
$15.19
ISBN: 9781534488427
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 16th, 2021

Briar Girls manages to incorporate the feelings and aspects of beloved fantasy classics like Stardust and Tamora Pierce’s Tortall, drawing from tropes such as the sleeping princess, and a curse placed by a witch, while transforming these things into something completely new. Join Lena on her journey into the Silence and encounter a tale filled with betrayal, quests, revenge, monsters, chases, escapes….really everything you could want from a fantasy novel.

Katherine


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If You Come to Earth Cover Image
By Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
$15.19
ISBN: 9781452137797
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 15th, 2020

Sophie Blackall's If You Come to Earth is a touching picture book exploring the depths of human existence--not in a "why are we here sort of way," but rather "we're here so let's just make the best of it." With stunning illustrations and a simple but gripping writing style, this book is sure to be one that keeps all readers of all ages engaged.

Cindy


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Chirri & Chirra, the Snowy Day Cover Image
By Kaya Doi, Yuki Kaneko (Translator)
$12.76
ISBN: 9781592702039
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - November 7th, 2017

This book = a cup of hot chocolate! With its simple but stunning illustrations, it exudes warmth and sweetness as we follow two sisters on their winter day adventure. Perfect to cozy up with little loved ones to start the holiday season.

Kai


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Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright!: An Animal Poem for Each Day of the Year Cover Image
By Nosy Crow, Britta Teckentrup (Illustrator), Fiona Waters (Editor)
$32.00
ISBN: 9781536217186
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Published: Nosy Crow - October 19th, 2021

Love at first sight! A wonderful selection of animal-centric poems and gorgeous illustrations. I probably would have worn the covers off this book if I had it as a child.

Stacey


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