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The Rough Patch: A Caldecott Honor Award Winner By Brian Lies, Brian Lies (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Brian Lies, Brian Lies (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062671271
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Published: Greenwillow Books - August 14th, 2018

I can still recall how eagerly I popped in my cassette tape of Fantastic Mr. Fox as I went to bed every night for weeks (yes, I’m that old). Unsurprisingly, I still have a special place in my heart for a good story about foxes. These ones have a passion for gardening. Does it get any more delightful?

- James


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The Storyteller's Handbook: 52 Illustrations to Inspire Your Own Tales and Adventures By Elise Hurst, Elise Hurst (Illustrator), Neil Gaiman (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Elise Hurst, Elise Hurst (Illustrator), Neil Gaiman (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781970147766
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Published: Compendium Publishing & Communications - June 28th, 2022

A compendium of gorgeous, soulful ink-drawn story prompts to jog the whole family's imagination! Improvise during story time or instill the love of writing in young ones. Hours of wholesome, quality, analog entertainment!

- Wendy


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Chester van Chime Who Forgot How to Rhyme By Avery Monsen, Abby Hanlon (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Avery Monsen, Abby Hanlon (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780759554825
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 15th, 2022

A fantastic book with fantastic rhymes! Actually, wait- no rhymes. But that's what is so fantastic about it! This book is the perfect read-aloud book and is sure to get some giggles from your audience.

- Catherine


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The Spirit Bares Its Teeth By Andrew Joseph White Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781682636114
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Published: Peachtree Teen - September 5th, 2023

Knowing this author's style, those spirit teeth are probably in need of some extremely aggressive dental work. ( - Stacey)

- Engel


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Blindness By José Saramago Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780156007757
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Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 1999

A man stops at a red light. By the time it turns green, he's blind, & before long (almost) the entire population is infected by this unexplained contagion. One of the most dismal portraits of humanity I've ever read, yet still oddly uplifting. Absolute masterpiece!

- Alyssa


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Dearborn By Ghassan Zeineddine Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781959030294
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Published: Tin House Books - September 5th, 2023

Seriously hilarious. Set in my hometown of Dearborn, MI, this one is close to my heart. Zeineddine crafts each of his short stories with nuance, humor, and humanity, speaking not only to the Arab American experience, but also to the neither-here-nor-there feeling of the diaspora, and more generally, what it means to reconcile individuality with community. As the saying goes, a focus is not an exclusion, and this beautiful Arab work has something to offer everyone.

- Meghan, Writer in Residence


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Landscapes By Christine Lai Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781953387387
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - September 12th, 2023

Catastrophes are also quiet. Climate change will also change our hearts & minds. In what might be my favorite novel on the topic, Li uses the dissolution of previously grand English estate & the grumbling mental & emotional resolve of its archivist to explore the experiences and emotions of decay and disintegration. Art. Politics. A love triangle involving brothers. There is also great depth to this story beneath the big impacts of rising sea levels. A truly brilliant novel.

- Josh


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Terminal Boredom: Stories By Izumi Suzuki, Polly Barton (Translated by), Sam Bett (Translated by), David Boyd (Translated by), Daniel Joseph (Translated by) Cover Image
By Izumi Suzuki, Polly Barton (Translated by), Sam Bett (Translated by), David Boyd (Translated by), Daniel Joseph (Translated by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781788739887
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Published: Verso Fiction - April 20th, 2021

Edgy, dissociative characters battle existential dread, insidious technology, and social constraints while playing with gender and listening to a hip soundtrack in this 70’s/80’s Japanese sci-fi, newly translated for an English-speaking audience. Warning: some characters express transphobic or ageist sentiments.

- Rachael


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Desire: An Inclusive Guide to Navigating Libido Differences in Relationships By Lauren Fogel Mersy, Jennifer A. Vencill Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780807006788
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Published: Beacon Press - August 22nd, 2023

"Inclusivity" has turned into such a buzzword that I'm often skeptical when I see it, but Desire totally surpassed my expectations. The authors do an amazing job of framing different desire levels as a normal part of relationships, and the way they acknowledge their privilege in the introduction is refreshing. Desire feels like a spiritual successor to Come As You Are, and I want everyone to read this, regardless of whether they're in a relationship or single.

- Murphy


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The Flowers of Evil: (Les Fleurs du Mal) By Charles Baudelaire, Aaron Poochigian (Translated by), Dana Gioia (Introduction by), Daniel Handler (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Charles Baudelaire, Aaron Poochigian (Translated by), Dana Gioia (Introduction by), Daniel Handler (Afterword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781324092919
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Published: Liveright - April 18th, 2023

Beaudelaire is one of those poets whose works I love and love to hate. Stylistically, his poetry straddles the transition of highly structured and metered poetry to the fluidity of modern poetry. Thematically, his works are flooded with mythology and spirituality. In his own time, he was considered either raunchy or brilliant. In my time I'd say: Edgar Allan Poe is to horror as Beaudelaire is to emo. And you can read it all in French for full affect.

- Stacey


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Wool: Book One of the Silo Series By Hugh Howey Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780358447849
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 20th, 2020

Imagine it's a hundred years after an event that left earth uninhabitable, and you are stuck living your life miles beneath the earth's surface in a silo bunker, never seeing the outside, except for through a small dirty camera. This dystopian book is filled with adventure, suspense, and writing that completely immerses you in the story and will have you hooked from the first chapter. If you enjoyed the show The 100, and/or are looking for a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat, look no further!

- Emma


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A Touch of Darkness (Hades x Persephone Saga) By Scarlett St. Clair Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781728258454
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Published: Bloom Books - August 13th, 2021

The first in a series that's coming to an end in November, and the book that made me a Scarlett St. Clair fangirl! A Hades x Persephone retelling, based in the alternate modern-day world of New Greece. Persephone, living as a mortal, is forced to embrace her inner goddess after meeting Hades, and manages to find love along the way ;)

- Halle


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101 Horror Books to Read Before You're Murdered By Sadie Hartmann Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9781645677802
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Published: Page Street Publishing - August 8th, 2023

It's never too early to plan for Halloween! Let Sadie Hartmann (aka Mother Horror) help you pick out your perfect spooky season read ahead of time! With over 100 books and authors to choose from, there is a horror novel here for everyone. With useful keys for genre, tropes, and content warnings, Mother Horror makes sure to give you the devious details without spoiling the story. Her endearing love for horror shines through every page! Whether you're new to horror or it's old hat, your next read awaits you.

- Jen


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The Night Eaters: She Eats the Night (The Night Eaters Book #1) By Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781419758706
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Published: Abrams ComicArts - October 11th, 2022

Funny meets violent in this wonderful graphic novel about a Chinese-American family with a past full of magic, mystery, and casual violence (but in like... a fun way...). Twins, Milly and Billy, are having a tough time keeping their restaurant afloat. Luckily their parents, Ipo and Keon, are in town for their annual visit. Ipo and Keon have supported their children through thick and thin and are ready to lend a hand—but they're starting to wonder if their support has made the twins incapable of standing on their own. When Ipo forces them to help her clean up the house next door—a hellish and run-down ruin that was the scene of a grisly murder—the twins are in for a nasty surprise. A night of terror, gore, and supernatural mayhem reveals that there is much more to Ipo and her children than meets the eye.

- Engel


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Stone Cold Fox By Rachel Koller Croft Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593547502
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Published: Berkley - February 14th, 2023

If you support women's wrongs, this book is for you. Sharp, witty, and at times even abrasive, Stone Cold Fox's titular character embarks on a morally abhorrent quest to marry into one of the richest families on the planet. Follow Bea's devious plots as she bursts into the upper echelon with freshly painted French tips and a false smile. She's a despicable character, but you won't be able to tear your eyes from the page. (Author Rachel Koller Croft makes sure of it.)

- Cindy


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