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Order of Imagination

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Order of Imagination: The Photographs of Olivia Parker Cover Image
By Sarah Kennel (Editor)
$50.00
ISBN: 9780875772400
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Published: Peabody Essex Museum - June 11th, 2019

 

I’ve been following the work of Olivia Parker ever since David R. Godine published the first book of her work, Signs of Life, in 1978. If you didn’t see her career retrospective at the Peabody Essex Museum this fall, you’re too late. You missed an amazing exhibition, but you can still enjoy this catalog of that show

Dale


Lost Words

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By Robert MacFarlane, Jackie Morris (Illustrator)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781487005382
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Published: Anansi International - October 2nd, 2018

 

A magnificent ode to the disappearing natural world. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, and the intertwining of letters and images has a great effect. The concept is also very appealing for logophiles (such as yours truly).

 Stacey


Wild Life: Dispatches from a Childhood of Baboons and Button-Downs

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781538745151
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 12th, 2019

 

Keena Roberts split her childhood between a private school in Philadelphia and "Baboon Camp," a remote island in Botswana where her primatologist parents worked several months out of the year. Her resulting memoir, a story of a fish-out-of-water girl most comfortable with animals, is funny, touching, and deeply compelling.

Rebecca


East of West: The Apocalypse Year One

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$49.99
ISBN: 9781632154309
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Published: Image Comics - July 21st, 2015

 

East of West is Stephen King's The Stand with the genre trappings cranked up to 11. It's an apocalypse yarn that manages to center everything around the family, giving every emotional beat heart-wrenchingly high stakes. You won't find Four Horsemen as ghoulish and charming as these. Plus, now that the series has reached its finale the only cliffhangers are the ones you create for yourself.

Caleb


The Moth Presents - Occasional Magic

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The Moth Presents Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying the Impossible Cover Image
By Catherine Burns (Editor), Meg Wolitzer (Foreword by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781101904428
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Published: Crown Archetype - March 19th, 2019

 

A PERFECT GIFT BOOK! There is something for absolutely everyone in this funny, touching, hair-raising collection of real-life encounters. Selected best storytelling entries from The Moth Radio Hour.

 

Molly


Unnatural Magic

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781984805843
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Published: Ace - November 5th, 2019

 

Part love story, part comedy of manners, part murder mystery, CM Waggoner’s debut novel is a story of magic that explores love, family, and gender in all their complexities. Onna Gebowa is a wizard of unparalleled talent searching for her place, the troll Tsira and her newfound human companion are on the hunt for the source of some mysterious troll murders, while navigating an increasingly dangerous world as a mixed race couple. This story is a heartfelt adventure, with a fascinating magic system to boot.

 

Meaghan


Korean Home Cooking

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Korean Home Cooking: Classic and Modern Recipes Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781419732409
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 16th, 2018

 

Korean cooking has always looked intimidating to me, but I can tell you that this cookbook is the perfect introduction to Korean cooking for beginners! Some of my favourite recipes are: soy-marinated 7-minute eggs, kimchi stew, broiled branzino, marinated cucumbers, and vegetable fritters. You can find ALL the ingredients you need for this cookbook at HMart in Central Square. If you're short on time and money, some of the ingredients can be found at local grocers also. The recipes are very beginner friendly and there are great visual steps to help you out. If you love Korean food and want to make some delicious food at home, this book is for you and for everyone in your life that loves Korean food too. Cheers!

 

Sinny


Mythos

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Mythos: (Ancient Greek Mythology Book for Adults, Modern Telling of Classical Greek Myths Book) Cover Image
By Stephen Fry (Foreword by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781452178912
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 27th, 2019

 

When I was little, I read my copy of Daulaire's Book of Greek Myths so many times the spine broke and we had to keep it together with tape. This book brings back that feeling, except it's a beautiful hardcover, so it'll probably hold together longer.

 

Shana


The British Are Coming

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The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 (The Revolution Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781627790437
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - May 14th, 2019

 

Atkinson brings the same engaging narrative style and excellent researcher's eye for the telling detail to the American Revolution as he did for his masterly WW2/Europe trilogy. (And as a longtime citizen of Concord and history fan I'm a demanding audience!)

Gary


The Atlas of Boston History

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By Nancy S. Seasholes (Editor)
$40.00
ISBN: 9780226631158
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 10th, 2019

 

Visually stunning and beautifully designed, this comprehensive history of the city begins with its geological origins (under 4,000 feet of ice in the last Ice Age), through the periods before European colonization, 250 years as the most important city in North America, through the present day.  Many of the maps and illustrations are original for this volume, and the text represents the contributions of 40 historians, scholars and experts. It is that rare item, an indispensable reference book that is informative and gorgeous at the same time.

David


Lost Children Archive

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Lost Children Archive: A novel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780525520610
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Published: Knopf - February 12th, 2019

 

Lost Children Archive is a book that will undoubtedly move you. It’s the dual story of a family driving west, their relationships on a hinge; and children migrating across the southern border into the US. Valeria Luiselli writes sharply and poignantly, and she’ll leave you emotional, and with thoughtful questions. 

 

Heather


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