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Afterward

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780735231894
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - February 19th, 2019

 

Kalanthe and Olsa were on an epic adventure a year ago. They fell in love and came back heroes. But now, Kalanthe, an apprentice knight, needs to marry to pay off her debts, and Olsa isn't rich enough to qualify. Olsa is one of the most recognized people in the kingdoms, which makes her work as a thief frustratingly difficult. Told half in flashbacks and half in the more complicated post-adventure present, this story is a fascinating exploration of the question so many high fantasy novels ignore: what comes next?

Shana


The Language of Thorns

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By Leigh Bardugo, Sara Kipin (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250122520
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Published: Imprint - September 26th, 2017

 

This collection of fairytales includes both clever retellings and entirely new stories that still feel wonderfully familiar. The accompanying illustrations are beautiful, and feel as much a part of the stories as the words do. I wanted to read this over and over.

Ari


Out of Salem

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$19.95
ISBN: 9781609809010
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Published: Triangle Square - March 26th, 2019

 

A delightful, literary buffet of zombies, werewolves, and other magical beasties. Most - if not all - of the consequential characters identify as at least one of the following (and potentially more): queer, trans, nonbinary. And to top it off, the ending is lovely. Though the conclusion is left open-ended enough to continue the story, it is warmly satisfying on its own and doesn't beg for a sequel.

Stacey


Seasons: Desert Sketches

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By Ellen Meloy, Annie Proulx (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781948814010
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Published: Torrey House Press - April 16th, 2019

 

Short, sweet, and bitingly funny, this collection--originally recorded as audio essays for NPR--will have you raring get outside and enjoy the spring weather! This is some of the best work I've read about the red rock deserts of Utah (my home country!), besieged by oil & mineral leases and left with diminished protections under the current Department of Interior. It might inspire a trip to Bears Ears or Canyonlands as well. ;)

Kate


Boy Swallows Universe

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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062898104
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Published: Harper - April 2nd, 2019

 

Wow, what a book. This book was a blockbuster success in Australia and it deserves every bit of hype.  The momentum of the writing is irresistible, the humor is both dark and laugh-out-loud, and the characters are deliciously compelling.  You won't need a bookmark because you won't put it down.

David


Lost Time

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By Jozef Czapski, Eric Karpeles (Translated by), Eric Karpeles (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781681372587
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Published: NYRB Classics - November 6th, 2018

 

One of the most beautiful statements on the power of reading I’ve ever read. Whether you know Proust or not, Czapski’s story of using literature to stay sane and build community in a Soviet prison is profoundly moving. Even more impressive, his reading of Proust is absolutely brilliant; insightful if you’ve read Proust and a great place to start if you haven’t.

Josh


Middlegame

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ISBN: 9781250195524
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Published: Tor.com - May 7th, 2019

 

Roger lives for words. His sister Dodger lives for numbers. They were created to take control of the world, but first they have to figure out how to do it without losing themselves in the process. Good thing they can rewind and try again however many times they want. I read this book twice since it was published and I know I'll read it again soon. It's like Undertale crossed with Escape from Witch Mountain. It's not like anything else you've ever read.


 

Shana


War and Peace

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ISBN: 9780544876804
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - May 7th, 2019

 

The final title of Hamilton’s 3-volume biography of FDR as commander-in-chief is a triumph. Compulsively readable yet with a masterful command of his source material, Hamilton gives us a fresh and detailed view of the last two dramatic years of FDR’s life from the wartime summit in Tehran, through the landings at D-Day, his election to a fourth term and the dying president’s  final Big Three conference at Yalta.

 

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