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Getz/Gilberto

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João Gilberto and Stan Getz's Getz/Gilberto (33 1/3 Brazil) Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781501323959
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Published: Bloomsbury Academic - November 29th, 2018

 

What better way to spend a cold, snowy February day reading McCann’s book while listening to the classic album that help define the bossa nova sound of the early 1960s. Part of the terrific 33 1/3 series that explores in depth seminal recordings of many different genres, this volume places the Getz/Gilberto album in social, historical, and musical context along with expert discussions of each composition cut by cut.

Dale


Goodbye, Vitamin

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Goodbye, Vitamin: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250182555
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Published: Picador - July 10th, 2018

 

Feeling disengaged from the world, Ruth quits her job, leaves town, and arrives at her parents' home to find that her father is losing his memory and her mother is...not handling the situation well. At first glance the story seems like a tragedy, but Khong's incisive humor makes this utterly readable. For fans of Jami Attenberg, Goodbye, Vitamin is a quirky, tender look at the unexpected ways life can hit you.

Rebecca


Captain Marvel: Earth's Mightiest Hero Volume 1

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Captain Marvel: Earth's Mightiest Hero Vol. 1 Cover Image
By Kelly Sue Deconnick (Text by), Chris Sebela (Text by), Dexter Soy (Illustrator), Emma Rios (Illustrator), Felipe Amdrade (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781302901271
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Published: Marvel - June 28th, 2016

 

This comic contains: time travel, dinosaur punching, cranky old ladies, and the debut of the new Captain Marvel. Read the story that made Carol Danvers one of the greatest heroes in the Marvel Universe and impress your friends by knowing more than them at the movie next month.

Shana


The Lost Man

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$27.99
ISBN: 9781250105684
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Published: Flatiron Books - February 5th, 2019

 

Jane Harper has a gift for invoking an incredibly strong sense of place. The brutal Australian outback is more than a backdrop to an intricately plotted and emotionally satisfying mystery that kept me guessing. The Lost Man is a tense, atmospheric page turner with well drawn, flawed, and relatable characters.  

Katie


Go Ahead In The Rain

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781477316481
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Published: University of Texas Press - February 2019

 

Abdurraqib catalogs musical history with a mythic, yet personal, reverence, sharing his heroes in a way that makes them accessible while canonizing them as larger-than-life icons. Whether you’re a longtime fan of A Tribe Called Quest or a total initiate, this book holds  something fresh for you; this is what all culture writing should aspire to.

 

Caleb


The Dreamers

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780812994162
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Published: Random House - January 15th, 2019

 

Is it redundant to say that a book about a sleeping sickness is written with a dream-like quality? And yet it's as fast-paced and urgent as a wildfire. This is a haunting and mesmerizing book. If you're a fan of Bird Box, this is an even better story of survival.

Heather


PARIS ON THE BRINK

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ISBN: 9781538112373
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Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - June 6th, 2018

 

Such was the ongoing intellectual ferment of the City of Light that even in the squalid Depression decade an extraordinary cast of characters lived singular lives and created exciting things, in spite of  - or perhaps stimulated by - the gathering geopolitical dread...

Gary


I can’t talk about the trees without the blood’

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I Can't Talk About the Trees Without the Blood (Pitt Poetry Series) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780822965589
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - September 18th, 2018

 

Tiana Clark is in the room with me, reciting her poetry. At least, that's how it feels when I read it. Her work is so emotionally rich and resonant. "I can't talk about the trees without the blood" is a powerful commentary about being a mixed-race woman in the US today.

Stacey


Lost Children Archive

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Lost Children Archive: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525520610
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Published: Knopf - February 12th, 2019

 

Finishing the book feels like the beginning of your own journey, to track down the literary and historic references, to critique a society and culture that "removes" people, to recover the moments from you own life when you first realized how big the world around you is, but without any kind of heavy-handed moralization or didactic injunctions. The characters are so thoughtful and rich that you're inspired to grow so you can have a conversation with them.

Josh


Sanity and Tallulah

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By Molly Brooks, Molly Brooks (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781368022804
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - October 16th, 2018

 

A fun story about two smart girls in their space station home with their three-headed kitten named Princess, Sparkle, and Destroyer of Worlds. What's not to love? I really enjoyed the relationship treatment in the story, both with the girls' friendship, their familial relationships, and the relationships amongst coworkers on the station.

Stacey


Lady’s Guide to Petticoats & Piracy

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The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2) Cover Image
$15.19
ISBN: 9780062795328
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - October 2nd, 2018

 

This is the 18th-century women-in-science pirate girl gang you've always dreamed of, tearing down ideas of patriarchy and colonialism as they swashbuckle their way across Europe and the Atlantic. Felicity is fierce, funny, and whip-smart. I didn't think I could love a book as much as Gentleman's Guide, but this one is just as good--and it's a companion novel, so you can pick this one up even if you haven't read the first one yet!

Kate


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