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Houses of Ravicka

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780997366662
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Published: Dorothy a Publishing Project - November 1st, 2017

 

What do you hear when you hear a house settle? Why do you dream when you move to a new apartment? What is your sense of direction? Houses of Ravicka is something like Escher noir written by Charlie Chaplin and edited by Gertrude Stein. Gladman is a genius, one of our greatest contemporary experimental writers & Houses is a breathtaking exploration of what it means to live in and with cities.

Josh


Poet X

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780062662804
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Published: HarperTeen - March 6th, 2018

 

A novel in verse. Acevedo writes lyrically of being a teenager, a Latina, a twin, a Catholic, a daughter - and all her identities swirl together as we witness the creation of a poet. As soon as I finished the book I felt I had to start reading her poetry immediately.

David


Barbed Wire Heart

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ISBN: 9781538744093
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 6th, 2018

 

Harley has worked for her father Duke since she was sixteen, dreading the day she will succeed him as North County's most dangerous drug lord. But her time has run out. The Springfields, her family's biggest rivals, are coming after her in an attempt to pressure Duke. Harley must choose: follow in her father's footsteps--or burn the whole thing down. A fierce and feminist thriller, Barbed Wire Heart is chilling, atmospheric, and just about unputdownable.

Rebecca


Annihilation

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ISBN: 9780374104092
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - February 4th, 2014

 

This book captured me from the very beginning and never let me go. The horror-ecological-sci-fi (my new hybrid genre) aspects of the book made me feel claustrophobic in a thrilling way as I raced to finish, staying up all night in the process. This first book in Vandermeer's trilogy has us following a stoic biologist who enters into an alien world where nature has taken back what mankind has ruined, with deadly results.

Cissa


Winter

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780399563331
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Published: Penguin Press - January 23rd, 2018

 

Winter, the second book in the Seasons Quartet, continues in the same vein as Autumn with vignettes about items, events, and people Knausgaard encounters in the season. I found the essays in turns funny, endearing, and haunting. A few of my favorite essays are "Winter Sounds", "Guests", and "Winter Boots".

Heather


Bygone Badass Broads

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By Mackenzi Lee, Petra Eriksson (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781419729256
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Published: Abrams Image - March 13th, 2018

 

Celebrate women's history month with this hilarious & inspiring collection of women! From warriors to scientists, business moguls to revolutionaries, this book brings to light the massive impact women have had on a history that has largely written them out. Plus, the illustrations are GORGEOUS!

Kate


Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

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ISBN: 9780345408778
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Published: Random House Trade - September 18th, 2012

 

Helen Mirren will soon star as the great lady, but the whole astonishing story is here. A 14 year old girl from minor German nobility is picked to marry the grandson of Peter the Great. Through improbable twists and turns, she uses dazzling intellect and political savvy to embody and lead Russia. This historical telling is a satisfying wow, from Pulitzer prize winning author, Robert Massie.

Molly


The Wicked Deep

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ISBN: 9781481497343
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Published: Simon Pulse - March 6th, 2018

 

Penny lives in a small town that is still haunted by its decision to drown three young women two hundred years ago for enchanting the local men. Now, every year the spirits of the women they killed come back and drown the young boys of the village in retribution. But what happens when Penny falls for a newcomer who seems to be drawing more attention than is safe for this small town in the midst of drowning season.

Cissa


The Truth as Told By Mason Buttle

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ISBN: 9780062491435
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 23rd, 2018

 

A walk in Mason Buttle’s shoes is a lesson in navigating life and all it’s complexities. His life is not easy, but he sees it clearly. He is relentlessly bullied, he struggles with learning disabilities, but Mason understands loyalty and kindness, and as a friend, there is no one better.

Robin


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