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The Last Days of Night

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780812988925
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 23rd, 2017

 

Before Apple was sued by Samsung over smartphones, before Microsoft was accused of having a monopoly in software, before Theodore Rosevelt broke up any of the large trusts, Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse went to court over who would light up America.

John


American Hippo

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$19.99
ISBN: 9781250176431
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Published: Tor.com - May 22nd, 2018

 

Take the gritty lawlessness of a western, combine it with vicious hippos that can and will snap a person in half with their giant jaws, then make everyone queer. That might give you an idea of what you're in for with American Hippo, but I don't think anything can really prepare you. Pick it up, and experience the delightful and bloody madness for yourself.

 

Shana


Horizon

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780394585826
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Published: Knopf - March 19th, 2019

 

This book is not for everyone though it is my kind of Summer reading. Its length and rich prose requires close and patient attention. In a sense it’s a summation of Lopez’s lifetime of travels to the distant corners of our planet documenting the interactions of myriad human cultures and the natural world. Terry Tempest Williams recently called it “a masterpiece”. Indeed.

Dale


Die

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$9.99
ISBN: 9781534312708
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Published: Image Comics - June 11th, 2019

 

D&D meets Jumanji in the biggest comic of 2019. As with all of Kieron Gillen's books, the characters and their humanity are what drives this, even amongst such a high-concept premise. And Stephanie Hans' artwork will take your breath away. This one is a game changer.

Caleb


Night at the Fiestas

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$15.95
ISBN: 9780393352214
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 7th, 2016

 

Roxane Gay called this collection "outstanding" and "nearly flawless," so that should tell you something.  The writing is beautiful, and each story so emotionally intense I had to take breaks while reading. Quade's strong and scrappy characters face their troubled lives with heart and tenacity in rural New Mexico.

Catherine, Writer in Residence Adult


The Silk Road

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$24.00
ISBN: 9781555978297
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 5th, 2019

 

A post-apocalyptic dream song sung in a labyrinth, this is another brilliant novel from Davis. The prose is so beautiful and the images so rich that the reader is drawn in so that "Reader" becomes as much of a character as the Botanist, the Ice Man & the Archivist. A mind trip in the best possible way. 

Josh


Good Talk

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ISBN: 9780399589041
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Published: One World - March 26th, 2019

 

This hard-hitting graphic memoir is framed around a son's questions about how the world works, but quickly goes much deeper as Mira explores topics of sexuality, politics, prejudice, and the reality of living as a person of color in a post-2016 USA. Heart-aching and fantastic.

Rebecca


Good Omens

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$7.99
ISBN: 9780060853983
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Published: William Morrow - November 28th, 2006

 

This has been one of my favorite books for over half my life. In a world that feels increasingly apocalyptic, this one -- with its fond-of-Earth angel and demon duo, witches and witch-hunters, motorcycle-riding Horsepersons, adorable hellhounds, and the occasional rain of fish -- is the funniest, most uplifting and irreverent apocalypse story you're going to find. And there's a tv show out now, if you like that sort of thing. 

Ari


Disappearing Earth

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780525520412
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Published: Knopf - May 14th, 2019

 

An atmospheric and complex character drama, told through a series of distinct and compelling perspectives. The chapters read like interconnected short stories following the recent disappearance of two young girls, and the undercurrent of social and racial tensions on the remote Russian peninsula of Kamchatka.  

 

Katie


A Book About Whales

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781419735028
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - May 14th, 2019

 

You may know that whales are mammals, but did you know they evolved from land mammals? Did you know that the world’s largest whale, the Blue Whale, is 98 feet long, and the smallest, the Pygmy Right Whale, is only 21 feet long? (That’s the size of an adult female Great White Shark.) I know, so many cool facts, and this book is full of them! Along with great illustrations, it’s hard to put down.

Robin 


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