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Ungrateful Refugee

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ISBN: 9781948226424
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Published: Catapult - September 3rd, 2019


A refugee who escaped Iran under threat of religious persecution in 1989, Dina Nayeri writes with lyricism and incredible clarity about the refugee experience. She weaves her own story in with those of fellow Iranian refugees, as well those waiting in the camps in Greece today to show the insidious power of Western privilege, the hopelessness of the asylum seeker, and to make the plea for dignity for the misplaced. A necessary read.


Let's Be Weird Together

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ISBN: 9781523507733
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - December 10th, 2019



From the creator of the eminently adorable Instagram account @sadanimalfacts (featuring such tragic true tidbits as, ‘rhinos make a squeaking sound to call for their friends when they’re lost’). This wonderful, all-inclusive celebration of the weirdness of love features notable couples through history, animal courting rituals, and all the strange things we do when we’re half of a pair. I’m tossing you a softball here, folks: get this sweet, silly book for your partner for in lieu of the Hallmark card. Or for yourself, if you’re a single, hopeless romantic like me!


If We Were Villains

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ISBN: 9781250095299
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 17th, 2018


It's time for another meeting of Caleb's Artsy-Academics-With-Dark-Secrets Book Club! If We Were Villains is the tale of a cohort of acting students who get a little too caught up in the menace and magic of Shakespeare. It's not so much about how a crime happens as about how crime affects those in its wake. Perfect for fans of The Secret History! 



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ISBN: 9781946724243
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Published: Acre Books - October 15th, 2019


I'm finding my words insufficient for describing what Hicks has achieved with this book of poetry, so I'm going to quote Tyrese Coleman: “These poems explore Black femme power and the reclaiming of those harmed bodies...and embracing the nonbinary femme body through a miasma of language and imagery that conjures Christian, Afrofuturist, and Voodoo mysticism; it’s all beautifully visceral and real.”



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By Ling Ma
ISBN: 9781250214997
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Published: Picador - May 7th, 2019


Candace Chen, one of the last people alive in New York City after a fungal infection spreads across the world, spends her days as the sole employee of a defunct publishing company. Darkly and dryly humorous, the novel is a zombie horror story, an office satire, a coming of age narrative, an immigrant saga, and a mediation on the perils and pleasures of nostalgia. 

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Michelangelo: God’s Architect

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ISBN: 9780691195490
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Published: Princeton University Press - November 19th, 2019


William E. Wallace’s lifetime of research clearly informs this wonderfully written account of the last two decades of Michelangelo’s life when he designs and directs the construction of the new St. Peter’s in Rome. Wallace convincingly immerses you what is was like to live in sixteenth -century Rome as well as providing great insight into the genius of Michelangelo’s artistry. 


Cast Iron: The Ultimate Book of the World's Most Prized Cookware with More Than 300 International Recipes

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ISBN: 9781604338881
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Published: Cider Mill Press - October 22nd, 2019


Cast Iron, The Ultimate Cookbook is absolutely worth its weight! Mouth watering recipes plus an excellent  section on cast iron care and keeping. This cookbook is essential for your kitchen! 


Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers

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ISBN: 9781571315205
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 10th, 2019


Jake Skeets’s poems sometimes sound like gears grinding in an old pickup truck you’ve barely kept going for years, sometimes like a heavy pint glass being slammed down on a sticky bar moments before someone says something they’ll always regret, and sometimes like a tender, consoling whisper. This collection will take your breath away and give it back with something added.



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ISBN: 9780451491954
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Published: Berkley - September 11th, 2018


When Marlee discovers that her NFL-player boyfriend has been cheating on her, she vows to never date an athlete again. There's just one problem: Gavin Pope, the new hotshot quarterback. If you like steamy romance (and independent women) with a side of sports, this fun, fast-paced novel is for you. Perfect for fans of Jasmine Guillory.


Polar Bear Explorer’s Club

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By Alex Bell, Tomislav Tomic (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534406476
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 12th, 2019

A magical, wintery adventure filled with fairies dinosaurs, and mustachioed mayhem. Stella is out to prove girls can be explorers too, and maybe break some other misconceptions while she’s at it.