Staff Picks

New Year's Sale 2021


A Taste of Heritage: Crow Indian Recipes and Herbal Medicines

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ISBN: 9780803293533
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Published: Bison Books - October 1st, 2006

This book by Alma Hogan Snell, has recipes included, but even richer than the food, are the stories that come from Native American culture. With November comes gratitude and reflection, so this year, I am reflecting on the change that needs to happen in the United States and where that begins. For me, I'm starting with my Thanksgiving dinner table and doing away with the colonized tradition and starting anew by going back to the past with indigenous recipes.


The Magicians: The New Class

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By Lev Grossman, Lilah Sturges, Pius Bak (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781684155651
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Published: Archaia - August 25th, 2020

Whether you're a fan of the dearly departed TV show, a devotee of the original novels, or just a passerby looking for a gripping, diverse, "adult Harry Potter"-style tale of magic and murder, this is the graphic novel for you. This is a fresh new take on one of my favorite franchises and I was instantly hooked. More please.


One to Watch

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ISBN: 9780525510444
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - July 7th, 2020

Bea Schumacher is a stylish plus-size fashion blogger very happy with her life...until she agrees to become the star of the reality TV show The Main Squeeze (read: The Bachelorette) under the condition that she not fall in love. Enter a whole lot of entertaining hijinks and smart interrogations of beauty standards, reality TV, and the business of romance. Perfect for fans of layered love stories and the aforementioned TV franchise.


Red, White, and Royal Blue

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ISBN: 9781250316776
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 14th, 2019

I'm hoping if enough people read this book over and over again we will be magically transported into a world where a woman is president, there is no plague, and the biggest scandal of the season is the president's son having an affair with a prince of England. At the very least, you can be transported to that world for as long as it takes to read this book, which is the kind of soothing mental vacation you may need this month.


The Arrest

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ISBN: 9780062938787
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Published: Ecco - November 10th, 2020

I loved this book! It's witty and sharp, and probably exactly what Maine would look like in an apocalypse. The main character, Journeyman, is a wayward soul who found himself in Maine at the time that all technology died. His life is interrupted when a person from his past arrives in a "supercar", and chaos ensues.



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ISBN: 9780374110031
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - August 25th, 2020

This new translation of Beowulf is everything the version you (perhaps begrudgingly) read in high school was not. The language is fresh and florid, brimming with alliteration and bravado and modern slang. Headley translates the characters of this age-old poem into people we can recognize, instead of the granite giants of legend. It is, in a word, readable, and delightfully so. Her introduction is also its own work of art; it would be worth the purchase for that alone. 


The Ten Thousand Doors of January

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ISBN: 9780316421973
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Published: Redhook - May 12th, 2020

January Scaller lives a quiet, lonely life in her guardian's mansion, waiting for her father to return from his trips around the world and longing to go on adventures with him, until the day she discovers a mysterious book. The book tells the story of a star-crossed romance that spans multiple worlds, and before long, January realizes that this story is entwined with her own. Ten Thousand Doors is a beautiful love letter to portal fantasies and the power of the written word.



Plain Bad Heroines

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By Emily M. Danforth, Sara Lautman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062942852
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Published: William Morrow - October 20th, 2020

Plain Bad Heroines was not just up my alley, but had packed a bag and moved into my bedroom. A short list of things you’ll find in this novel; curses, lesbians, gilded-age society scandals, yellow jackets, a heaping dose of snark, multiple narratives that weave together beautifully, footnotes, historic queer icons, and the nagging sense that the line between what’s real and what isn’t has been blurred.This is the sort of New England Gothic that I can never get enough of. It’s the perfect autumn read for you and your best friend that you’re secretly in love with, trust me.  


Where the Wild Ladies Are

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By Aoko Matsuda, Polly Barton (Translator)
ISBN: 9781593766900
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Published: Soft Skull Press - October 20th, 2020

Enthralling, smart, and relatable, these stories offer commentary on society, gender, and power...and feature ghosts. Each story in this book is a retelling of a traditional Japanese ghost tale. A thin thread connects them, growing gradually stronger until the end, making this a superb choice for those novel-enthusiasts looking to try more short stories.



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ISBN: 9781951142131
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Published: Tin House Books - October 13th, 2020

Reading Negotiations is like grabbing a piece of metal so cold it feels like fire in your palm. Birdsong leverages both the eye-contact of direct confessional poetry and the ambiguity and complexity of more fluid poetic forms and expressions to create a collection that is equal parts pain and power. A challenging, exciting, even startling debut.


Before the Ever After

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ISBN: 9780399545436
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 1st, 2020

I always love Jacqueline Woodson's work, but even with my high expectations her new book has no problem living up to the hype. This is a timely family story and I love how it portrays a vibrant family while raising awareness to some of the more tragic angles of sports. You'll fall in love with the characters as well as Woodson's always excellent verse. Perfect for fans of Kwame Alexander's The Crossover.