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The Garden Maker's Book of Wonder: 162 Recipes, Crafts, Tips, Techniques, and Plants to Inspire You in Every Season By Allison Vallin Kostovick Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781635865318
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - August 29th, 2023

A charming book for the chaos gardeners among us.

- Stacey


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The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap By Stephanie Coontz Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780465098835
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Published: Basic Books - March 29th, 2016

It’s an election year - do you have your talking points ready? This updated mythbusting classic explores how nostalgia has skewed our perception of gender roles, government assistance, and child rearing — and gives evidence that people who pine for “greater” times are yearning for a past that never existed.

- Rachael


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The Book of Accidents: A Novel By Chuck Wendig Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399182150
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Published: Del Rey - March 15th, 2022

A modern masterpiece of horror. Twisting and dark, mixing familial trauma, coming of age, and terror so well-it's truly sublime. Don't let the length deter you- you will fly through these pages at a dead sprint.

- Jen


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The Parliament By Aimee Pokwatka Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250820976
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Published: Tordotcom - January 16th, 2024

Full disclosure: this book made me weep like a child. This is a book about grief, and trauma, and how that changes us, especially as children. It's a shockingly plausible horror story interwoven with a fantasy story that both rescues and reflects our protagonists from their own story.

- Katherine


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The End of the World Is a Cul de Sac: Stories By Louise Kennedy Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593540923
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Published: Riverhead Books - December 5th, 2023

Best accompanied with Linger by the Cranberries (specifically the acoustic version!) playing softly on repeat in the background, this book is for those who celebrate March as a month for the Irish, and devastatingly bleak weather that teases us with the idea of the spring to come.

- Emma

 


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The Warm Hands of Ghosts: A Novel By Katherine Arden Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780593128251
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Published: Del Rey - February 13th, 2024

Ghosts and the Great War collide in this humorous, heartbreaking speculative novel, in which a combat nurse searches for her missing brother. In the fall of 1917, Freddie Iven wakes after an explosion to find himself trapped underground with a wounded enemy soldier. In the early winter of 1918, Laura Iven receives a notice that her brother has died in combat, but something about it doesn't make any sense. In a world torn apart by war, the two siblings must decide whether life is still worth fighting for.

- Engel


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The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone By Olivia Laing Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250118035
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Published: Picador - June 6th, 2017

"You can be lonely anywhere, but there is a particular flavour to the loneliness that comes from living in a city, surrounded by millions of people.” By exploring the private lives of prolific artists who used loneliness as a lens through which to view the world and art as a vehicle to express this confusing, complicated, and paradoxical emotion, Olivia Laing takes a closer look into the meaningful ways in which loneliness shapes our understanding of humanity.

- Cindy


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What Do You Do with a Chance By Kobi Yamada, Mae Besom (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kobi Yamada, Mae Besom (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781943200733
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Published: Compendium Publishing & Communications - February 6th, 2018

When a chance comes our way, should we take it? Sometimes it’s hard to be brave. This story reminds us that if we can acknowledge our fear and lean into our curiosity, our excitement–truly anything is possible.

- Sophie


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Ra Pu Zel and the Stinky Tofu By Ying Chang Compestine, Crystal Kung (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593533055
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Published: Rocky Pond Books - January 2nd, 2024

A retelling of Rapunzel that is full of flavor and originality, featuring a fierce princess who knows and acts on what she wants and needs. IT'S DELICIOUS!

- Kai


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The Lucky Red Envelope: A lift-the-flap Lunar New Year Celebration: With over 140 flaps By Vikki Zhang Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780711285927
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Published: Wide Eyed Editions - December 5th, 2023

It's a seek-and-find game! It's a picture book! It's the perfect way to learn about celebrating Lunar New Year! Fun for adults and kids alike, Vikki Zhang's illustrations are delicate, clever works of art.

- Murphy


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Long Way Down By Jason Reynolds Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781481438261
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 2nd, 2019

When Will’s brother gets shot, he’s prepared to follow the rules: no crying, no snitching, get revenge. But as the elevator descends, at each floor someone will get on and complicate his decision. This novel-in-verse will be sure to appeal to fans of poetry, readers of all levels, and those affected by gun violence and incarceration.

- Rachael


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A World Full of Dickens Stories: 8 best-loved classic tales retold for children (World Full of...) By Angela McAllister, Jannicke Hansen (Illustrator) Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780711247727
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - May 19th, 2020

The Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa once wept that he would never meet Dickens's characters in real life, yet one can still spend a lifetime living alongside them. Isn't it fitting then to begin as a child?

- James


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Playing at the Border: A Story of Yo-Yo Ma By Joanna Ho, Teresa Martinez (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Joanna Ho, Teresa Martinez (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062994547
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Published: HarperCollins - September 28th, 2021

A heartwarming book about using music to bring people together!

- Alyssa


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A Toni Morrison Treasury: The Big Box; The Ant or the Grasshopper?; The Lion or the Mouse?; Poppy or the Snake?; Peeny Butter Fudge; The Tortoise or the Hare; Little Cloud and Lady Wind; Please, Louise By Toni Morrison, Slade Morrison, Joe Cepeda (Illustrator), Pascal Lemaitre (Illustrator), Giselle Potter (Illustrator), Sean Qualls (Illustrator), Shadra Strickland (Illustrator), Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Toni Morrison, Slade Morrison, Joe Cepeda (Illustrator), Pascal Lemaitre (Illustrator), Giselle Potter (Illustrator), Sean Qualls (Illustrator), Shadra Strickland (Illustrator), Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781665915540
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - August 29th, 2023

Toni Morrison re-imagines fables and they're paired with stellar artwork. "Treasury" is definitely the right word.

- Stacey


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So Let Them Burn (The Divine Traitors #1) By Kamilah Cole Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316534635
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 16th, 2024

What happens after the hero has already saved the world once? In this Jamaican-inspired fantasy novel, a gods-blessed heroine must choose between saving her sister or protecting her homeland... again.

- Engel


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