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Our Year of Maybe

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781481497763
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Published: Simon Pulse - January 15th, 2019

 

When Sophie decides to donate a kidney to her best friend (and secret crush) Peter, neither of them anticipates the way their friendship fractures in the aftermath. Our Year of Maybe is gorgeous and complicated and painful--your heart will hurt (in a good way!) after finishing this book.

Rebecca


There Are No Bears in This Bakery

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780399556654
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2019

 

Once again, Julia Sarcone-Roach has created the perfect story-time read-aloud. This delicious picture book features language that will delight your tongue like chocolate ganache and characters who will warm you like muffin straight from the oven. There are also little surprises, like the burst of jelly in the middle of your donut....did I mention you should probably have a snack on hand while reading?

Marika


Not My Idea

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$18.95
ISBN: 9781948340007
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Published: Dottir Press - September 4th, 2018

 

With Anastasia Higginbotham, there's no sugar coating. Not My Idea encourages white children to ask hard questions, to call out racism when they see it, to educate themselves about the history of white supremacy, and to recognize that fixing the problem is one of their societal responsibilities. A poignant book presented with creative mixed-media.

Stacey


Elvis is King!

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By Jonah Winter, Red Nose Studio (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399554704
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Schwartz & Wade - January 8th, 2019

 

This book is beautiful! The painstakingly rendered illustrations make you feel like you’re watching a favorite animated film, and the text will have you rushing to your stereo. Classics like Elvis never go out of style; long live the King!  

Caleb


How Long 'Til Black Future Month?

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780316491341
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Published: Orbit - November 27th, 2018

 

A chef who takes on a series of challenges from a visiting alchemist, sentient programs learning the boundaries of their world, and an avatar of death walking an abandoned city trying to find new purpose are only a handful of the weird delights to be found in this wonderful short story collection. Whether you've read Jemisin's novels or are discovering her for the first time, there's a story in here for you to fall in love with.

 

Ari


The Life of Frederick Douglass

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The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Narrative of a Slave's Journey from Bondage to Freedom Cover Image
By David F. Walker, Damon Smyth (Illustrator), Marissa Louise (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780399581441
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Published: Ten Speed Press - January 8th, 2019

 

A bullseye that is more than worth your time. This carefully crafted book nails the astonishing personal story and clearly explains layers of U.S. history and movements. For ages 12 to 112.

 

Molly


MOUTHFUL OF BIRDS

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780399184628
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 8th, 2019

 

Pick this up for a collection reads like Grimm fairy tales by way of contemporary Argentina: mysterious, bizarre, and darkly funny. Samanta Schweblin's prose is spare and startling.  It's the perfect book for a month of cold winter's nights!

 

Kate


Book of Essie

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$25.95
ISBN: 9780525520313
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Published: Knopf - June 12th, 2018

 

The Book of Essie is a searing, insightful dissection of the intersections of reality-tv celebrity, toxic Christianity and buried secrets that will make you think, examine your own participation in the culture surrounding reality TV, break your heart--and put it back together.

 

April


Getz/Gilberto

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João Gilberto and Stan Getz's Getz/Gilberto (33 1/3 Brazil) Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781501323959
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Published: Bloomsbury Academic - November 29th, 2018

 

What better way to spend a cold, snowy February day reading McCann’s book while listening to the classic album that help define the bossa nova sound of the early 1960s. Part of the terrific 33 1/3 series that explores in depth seminal recordings of many different genres, this volume places the Getz/Gilberto album in social, historical, and musical context along with expert discussions of each composition cut by cut.

Dale


Goodbye, Vitamin

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781250182555
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Published: Picador - July 10th, 2018

 

Feeling disengaged from the world, Ruth quits her job, leaves town, and arrives at her parents' home to find that her father is losing his memory and her mother is...not handling the situation well. At first glance the story seems like a tragedy, but Khong's incisive humor makes this utterly readable. For fans of Jami Attenberg, Goodbye, Vitamin is a quirky, tender look at the unexpected ways life can hit you.

Rebecca


Captain Marvel: Earth's Mightiest Hero Volume 1

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By Kelly Sue Deconnick (Text by), Chris Sebela (Text by), Dexter Soy (Illustrator), Emma Rios (Illustrator), Felipe Amdrade (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781302901271
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Published: Marvel - June 28th, 2016

 

This comic contains: time travel, dinosaur punching, cranky old ladies, and the debut of the new Captain Marvel. Read the story that made Carol Danvers one of the greatest heroes in the Marvel Universe and impress your friends by knowing more than them at the movie next month.

Shana


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