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Shoko's Smile: Stories By Choi Eunyoung, Sung Ryu (Translated by) Cover Image
By Choi Eunyoung, Sung Ryu (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143135265
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Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 2021

Reading this made me remember how dearly I love a good short story collection! Eun-young Choi, with absolute control and clarity of language, follows various young women in South Korea as they navigate adulthood, fraught relationships with family and friends, and the fine line between the personal and the political. "Shoko's Smile", "The Secret", and "Xin Chào, Xin Chào” are particularly outstanding, but every story in the collection packs a punch.

Catherine


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The Cabin at the End of the World: A Novel By Paul Tremblay Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062679116
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - July 2nd, 2019

Absolutely horrifying cinematic masterpiece. A young family is forced to make a difficult decision at the hands of four strangers.

Hannah


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The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer By Dean Jobb Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781643752501
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Published: Algonquin Books - July 5th, 2022

Only a few years after Jack the Ripper terrorized London, another murderer roamed the streets, leaving poisoned victims in his wake, as he already had across North America.

John


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Polysecure: Attachment, Trauma and Consensual Nonmonogamy By Jessica Fern, Eve Rickert (Foreword by), Nora Samaran (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Jessica Fern, Eve Rickert (Foreword by), Nora Samaran (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781944934989
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Published: Thornapple Press - October 23rd, 2020

If you've ever wondered how polyamorous people are able to have multiple healthy relationships when having even one healthy relationship is hard, Jessica Fern has some great ideas. Fern gives grounded, real world suggestions by breathing fresh life into attachment research with roots in the 60s and 70s. Polysecure brings a contemporary perspective to the ideas Dossie Eaton & Janet Hardy's laid out in the1997 classic, The Ethical Slut.

Murphy


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Ooko By Esmé Shapiro Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780735267121
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Published: Tundra Books - March 3rd, 2020

Making a friend can be hard. Ooko is not a fox to be deterred by the challenge. (Read this book if you want your heart to grow 3 sizes).

Murphy


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Chickadee: Criminal Mastermind  By Monica Silvie, Elina Ellis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Monica Silvie, Elina Ellis (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781525303388
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Published: Kids Can Press - June 7th, 2022

A charming picture book that follows a crime hardened chickadee who loves to steal from...get this... bird feeders. Sure to make you chuckle and to teach you something new about chickadees with informative backmatter.

Kendall


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Christine and Margaret Wertheim: Value and Transformation of Corals By Christine Wertheim (Artist), Margaret Wertheim (Artist), Udo Kittelmann (Editor) Cover Image
By Christine Wertheim (Artist), Margaret Wertheim (Artist), Udo Kittelmann (Editor)
$50.00
ISBN: 9783868326888
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Published: Wienand Verlag - August 30th, 2022

Entire coral reefs made with crochet! I almost didn't believe it at first. I really love that the book dives into the geometry and natural science behind the 3-D crochet designs. And of course there are even pictures of the real creatures that inspired the whole thing. This is a great book to stow away, waiting for the perfect time to surprise the yarn artist in your life.

Stacey


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All the Ways to Be Smart By Davina Bell, Allison Colpoys (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Davina Bell, Allison Colpoys (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781947534964
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Published: Scribble Us - September 3rd, 2019

With playful rhymes and whimsical illustrations, a timely reminder for back-to-school season that there are many different kinds of intelligence.

Katie


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Aces Wild: A Heist By Amanda DeWitt Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781682634660
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Published: Peachtree Teen - September 13th, 2022

A group of teenagers attempt a heist. In Las Vegas. The twist? They've never met in person before and they are all asexual. Their new code name? Aces Wild

Hazel


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Trust By Hernan Diaz Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593420317
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 3rd, 2022

The author of the much acclaimed and Pulitzer finalist, In the Distance, Hernan Diaz’s second novel, Trust, is a dazzling, suspenseful read with themes that Edith Wharton or Henry James might explore. Money, class, power, family, art are all entwined in four ingeniously linked sections written with rare insight and great elegance.

Nathan


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Look at This Blue By Allison Adelle Hedge Coke Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566896207
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Published: Coffee House Press - March 29th, 2022

In a prose sentence, describing an explicit connection between mass extinction and genocide can feel forced, or worse, dehumanizing, but through the grammar of poetry Hedge Coke creates an emotional experience that pushes in the opposite direction, showing that to truly value humanity one must truly value the earth and everything on it. Like Voyage of the Sable Venus & the works of Susan Howe, Hedge Coke’s use of poetry breaks open the limits of “rational” thought to expose profoud and powerful truths of the human experience on earth.

Josh


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The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish By Katya Apekina Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781937512750
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - September 18th, 2018

Two sisters have a radically different take on their parents’ relationship in this character-driven, emotional deep dive, which touches upon 1960s and 1990s New York/Louisiana and the Freedom Riders. Like the novelist at the center of the book, Apekina is unafraid of plumbing the psychological abyss for her art and, true to her title, trawls some gruesome and fascinating creatures. Still, Apekina’s compassionate treatment and brisk pacing make for a compelling, consistently enjoyable read.

Rachael


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All the Lonely People By Mike Gayle Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781538720172
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 2nd, 2022

Genre: Quirky Brits being quirky. Subgenre: Reclusive elderly man reluctantly reconnects with the world. Emotional state: Endearing but not sappy.

Sarah


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Blue: A History of the Color as Deep as the Sea and as Wide as the Sky By Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, Daniel Minter (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984894366
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 15th, 2022

A vibrant and stunning look at the history of the color blue. This book is sure to fascinate kids and spark their curiosity.

Katherine


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Other Birds: A Novel By Sarah Addison Allen Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250019868
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Published: St. Martin's Press - August 30th, 2022

Off the coast of SC on Mallow Island sits a stunning old building called The Dellawisp (named after the turquoise birds who live on the property.) The quirky tenants are are creative lost souls, and lonely strangers who are brought together through magical realism, food and a few lingering ghosts. It is an enchanting tale about learning how to trust, love and ultimately heal. I love the gentle, magical secrecy the author uses in all of her books! I did not want this book to end.

Babbie


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