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Middlegame

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$29.99
ISBN: 9781250195524
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Published: Tor.com - May 7th, 2019

 

Roger lives for words. His sister Dodger lives for numbers. They were created to take control of the world, but first they have to figure out how to do it without losing themselves in the process. Good thing they can rewind and try again however many times they want. I read this book twice since it was published and I know I'll read it again soon. It's like Undertale crossed with Escape from Witch Mountain. It's not like anything else you've ever read.


 

Shana


War and Peace

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War and Peace: FDR's Final Odyssey: D-Day to Yalta, 1943–1945 (FDR at War #3) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780544876804
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - May 7th, 2019

 

The final title of Hamilton’s 3-volume biography of FDR as commander-in-chief is a triumph. Compulsively readable yet with a masterful command of his source material, Hamilton gives us a fresh and detailed view of the last two dramatic years of FDR’s life from the wartime summit in Tehran, through the landings at D-Day, his election to a fourth term and the dying president’s  final Big Three conference at Yalta.

 

Dale


The Parisian

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780802129437
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Published: Grove Press - April 9th, 2019

 

Mikhat Kamal arrives in France from Nablus in 1914 to study medicine. By the time he returns to Palestine, he has been subtly & indelibly changed by his experience. The next 20 years of the story takes him through currents of early 20th century Arab nationalism, Jewish settlement, & British rule in the years before Israeli independence, all through the lens of his dominating father's pressure to marry &join the family business. The writing is expansive & poignant, the story both intimate & wide-ranging.

 

David


5 Ingredients

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5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781250303882
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 8th, 2019

 

I love cooking, but I HATE shopping for food, so this cookbook has saved/changed my life. This has become an important part of Wednesday Night Dinner at my house: cook time under half an hour, cost under $20, and several meals worth of food that tastes as fancy as eating out! Try the Flaky Pastry Chicken Pesto (pg 114)!

Caleb


Last Hope Island

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Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812987164
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 6th, 2018

 

From the queen of The Netherlands to the Earl of Suffolk, Paratroopers to civilians turned underground rebels, traitors to double agents, the victories and defeats, triumphs and tragedies of the resistance during WW2.

 

John


If They Come for Us

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780525509783
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Published: One World - August 7th, 2018

 

April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate it with Fatimah Asghar's IF THEY COME FOR US. I started marking my favorite poems and eventually gave up when I realized every page was dog-eared. This collection entwines poems about the India/Pakistan Partition and Asghar's family history with personal explorations of queerness, the loss of her parents, and growing up as a Pakistani Muslim girl in post-9/11 America. There's truly something in here for everyone.

Kate


Normal People

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781984822178
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Published: Hogarth - April 16th, 2019

 

This is a beautifully written book about two young people struggling with anxiety, relationships, and social pressures. Set in Ireland, the book follows the on-again, off-again relationship of Connell and Marianne as they meet in high school and attend college together. Sally Rooney nails the millennial voice here.

Heather


X-Men Red Vol 1: The Hate Machine

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X-Men Red Vol. 1: The Hate Machine (X-Men Red (2018) #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781302911676
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Published: Marvel - September 18th, 2018

 

I love the X-Men. But honestly superheroing is not actually a practical way to make the world hate and fear you less. This is the X-Men team I never knew I always wanted, a group of people trying to save the world with compassion and truth rather than punching. Yes, some punching happens, but it is never presented as a solution to their problems.

 

Plus, they reprogram a mutant-hunting sentinel robot and paint rainbows on it. What's not to love?

 

Shana


We Play a Game

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By Duy Doan, Carl Phillips (Foreword by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780300230871
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Published: Yale University Press - March 20th, 2018

 

We Play A Game is intimate, poignant, playful, confessional, hilarious, strange, searing, and clever -- often all in the same poem.  Duy Doan writes about being Vietnamese-American, about the Tootsie Pop owl and soccer, about lovers and prayer, language and family.  Winner of the Yale Prize (2017), this book was recently named a Lambda finalist in the bisexual poetry category.

 

 

Catherine


Sea People

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ISBN: 9780062060877
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Published: Harper - March 12th, 2019

 

Sea People is a fascinating historical and anthropological detective story about the peoples that settled the wide expanse of Pacific islands we today call Polynesia. It’s a book as much about how we’ve learned their story as well as the epic itself of how these lands were populated.

Dale


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