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Dark Archives: A Librarian's Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250800169
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Published: Picador - October 19th, 2021

Also affectionately known (by me) as the Human Skin Book Book. Rosenbloom is half of the duo that discovered a reliable way to test whether a book's cover is bound in animal or human leather and that testing journey takes her around the world. This delightful book (you read that right, delightful) is a studied and nuanced look at the history of bookbinding, the ways that cultural norms around death and dead bodies have changed, the true power of human mythmaking, and the scientific developments that have allowed us to test those myths. 

Meaghan


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A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984856029
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Published: Random House - January 12th, 2021

I’ve read a lot of books on ‘how to write,’ and this is the first one that genuinely resonated with me. George Saunders employs his straight-talking, big-hearted sense of humor as he guides you through the Russians. He slowly deconstructs the each story with discussions and suggested exercises that uncover the core strategies writers use to make good fiction. Keep a pencil nearby because you will take notes. Great for readers and writers alike.

Wendy


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Sustainable Gifting: Upcycle, Hand-Make & Get Creative with Zero-Waste Presents & Packages Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781743796818
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Published: Hardie Grant - April 13th, 2021

The best gifts are ones that come from the heart and are made by the hands (and books - books and crafts). I love the wide range of ideas presented in Sustainable Gifting for everything from the gifts themselves to the wrapping and labeling. Perfect if you're looking to make more gifts this season, and perfect for the eco-conscious crafter in your life.

Stacey


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Bear with Me Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780802855787
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Published: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers - August 24th, 2021

Fun antics, great word-play, and clever illustrations make this a great picture book as is. But the fact that there's something deeper below the surface? That makes it shine.

Stacey

 


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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307742483
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

Killers of the Flower Moon will intrigue, terrify, and infuriate. Gramm details a conspiracy that spans D.C. to the Oklahoman plains, telling the true story of a rash of murders targeting members of the Osage Indian Nation, after the Nation's land turned up incredibly oil-rich. Woven with the story of J. Edgar Hoover's pet project that became the FBI, and the larger-than-life characters who investigated the crimes during the roaring '20s, this immersive true crime mystery reveals the true villainy of the American West, even a century later.

Kate M


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Poison for Breakfast Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781324090625
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Published: Liveright - August 31st, 2021

One of Snicket's most unique works, a tale in which Snicket himself will spend the pages investigating his own poisoning. In classic Snicket fashion, this book takes you on an adventure filled with twists, turns, and a whole lot of wit. A fun read to escape into this November!

Jane


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The Ugliest Monster in the World Cover Image
By Luis Amavisca, Erica Salcedo (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9788417673765
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Published: Nubeocho - October 4th, 2021

Just in time for Halloween! These monsters are not scary, but they are pretty ugly! Who do you think is The Ugliest Monster in the World?

Robin


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The Cause: The American Revolution and its Discontents, 1773-1783 Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781631498985
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Published: Liveright - September 21st, 2021

Ellis, in his new one-volume history skillfully manages the large cast of characters and the diplomatic, political and military aspects to tell a compelling story of the American revolution. Informed by a consensus of current scholarship it is both elegantly written and entertaining.

Dale


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I Hold a Wolf by the Ears: Stories Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250798664
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Published: Picador - July 27th, 2021

These are not quite ghost stories, not quite straight up realism. There’s a sense throughout that something strange and otherworldly is happening in the corner of your eye.

Dave


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Taste: My Life Through Food Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982168018
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Published: Gallery Books - October 5th, 2021

Even if you do not agree with me that Tucci's The Big Night is probably the best food movie ever, you will still find this gustatory memoir a delightful, escapist read. Deliciously evocative, laugh-out-loud funny, and even including recipes for some of his favorites, I read this straight through in two sittings - slowing myself down by rereading particularly delectable passages, but eagerly anticipating what still lay in wait for me. Read this, and then watch (or re-watch) that movie.

David


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100 Things to do in a Forest Cover Image
By Jennifer Davis, Eleanor Taylor (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781786276339
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Published: Laurence King Publishing - August 11th, 2020

As we enter October, one thing one must know about New England is its autumnal scenery is a sight to behold. Really absorb and appreciate the natural beauty mother nature has to offer with this book--from guiding you to listen for the forest's melodies to offering fun forest adventure ideas for the little ones, "100 Things to do in a Forest" will get you to experience the fall fauna on a whole new level.

Kai


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Slewfoot: A Tale of Bewitchery Cover Image
By Brom
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250622006
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Published: Tor Nightfire - September 14th, 2021

 

This book is everything I could want in an atmospheric book of witchcraft and haunting. Part fable, part horror story, part cobbled-together myth, it's a treat to read and a treat to hold; the author's gorgeous illustrations add another layer that I'm always wishing for but rarely get with adult fiction. Unlike a lot of New England witch trial narratives, this  one doesn't so much concern itself with the Christian god, but borrows heavily from American Indian lore. You should be reading Slewfoot this October.

Meaghan


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The Carrying: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571315137
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Published: Milkweed Editions - April 13th, 2021

October is a great month for feeling like you're on the verge of giving up. The edge is there. You can see it. The days are getting shorter and it's a long, long barrel to look down to the solstice, and, frankly, one of these days you're gonna lose it and scream your little head off in public. Ada Limón's The Carrying holds your hand right up to the edge and names all the trees along the way, and whether you scream or you don't, The Carrying will be there. full of dread and hope.

Piera


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The Arrival Cover Image
By Shaun Tan, Shaun Tan (Illustrator)
$21.99
ISBN: 9780439895293
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 1st, 2007

The Arrival is great for kids (and grown-ups!) whose favorite part of picture books is the illustrations. Packed with delightfully imaginative detail and a masterclass in visual storytelling, The Arrival is a bittersweet (but mostly sweet!) narrative of immigration, loneliness, and making a new home in an alien world.

Arrival


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Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780190933203
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Because of how it is sold to us we cannot accept a return of this title.
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - March 1st, 2019

Down Girl distills the most hard-to-understand aspects of feminism, misogyny, and the patriarchy into easier-to-understand terms, brought to enrapturing relevance by real-world, pop culture, and true crime-adjacent case studies that feel more like conversation than philosophy class. Kate Manne writes in a way that tackles tough concepts with ease and style- a must-read for feminists of any wave.

Kate M


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