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Paul is Dead

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781534316294
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Published: Image Comics - June 9th, 2020

This is an absolute must for Beatles fans! I’ve read so many books on the “Paul Is Dead” conspiracy that I was hesitant when I saw this coming out, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a fresh twist, rooted in reality, but with plenty of nods to my favorite urban legend. As for the art, I dare you to find a more beautiful graphic novel; each page is a treat!

 

Caleb


What It's Like to Be a Bird

This is simply a beautiful book, and truly a work of art. From the wonderful illustrations, many of them roughly life-size, to the fascinating little essays scattered throughout (“Why don’t woodpeckers get concussions?” is only one of many), this book is a pure delight, and one I will treasure for many years.

 

James


I Capture the Castle

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780312201654
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 15th, 1999

This is the book I turn to when I need cheering up. Set in a crumbling English castle populated by a quirky and delightful cast of characters, the diary entries of the witty, charismatic, and "consciously naive" Cassandra Mortmain make up a coming of age story so utterly charming that I couldn't stop smiling while reading.


 

Katie


Sansei and Sensibility

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ISBN: 9781566895781
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Published: Coffee House Press - May 5th, 2020

Yamashita continues to make her case as one of our of greatest living writers with this collection of stories, narratives, and imaginative engagements with Jane Austen. Yamashita's intelligence, sense of humor, and mastery over multiple prose styles cracks open our notions of identity, culture, and community creating space for new ways of reading about and thinking about how we become who we are.

 

Josh


The Man in the Red Coat

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780525658771
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Published: Knopf - February 18th, 2020

In Belle Epoch France, Dr. Samuel Jean Pozzi was known as Le Medecin de l’Amour – the love doctor. Devastatingly handsome, dynamic and brilliant, Dr. Pozzi was an eminent gynecologist and surgical innovator. His portrait was painted by John Singer Sargent in 1881 and this picture inspired Julian Barnes to explore this captivating doctor’s life and the many well-known figures he knew – Proust, Bernhardt, Wilde – first names not necessary.

 

Nathan


The Golden Age, Book 1

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ISBN: 9781250237941
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Published: First Second - February 11th, 2020

A high fantasy adventure of peasant uprisings, stolen thrones, and secret treasure, The Golden age is a winner for YA and adult fantasy fans. The artwork is simply magnificent, drawing inspiration from Disney's Sleeping Beauty. The intricate, fluid line-work and astonishing palette will marvel readers.

 

Marika


Apeirogon

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ISBN: 9781400069606
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Published: Random House - February 25th, 2020

A masterpiece of storytelling. Of two real people, an Israeli and a Palestinian man, who both lost teenage daughters (one to a suicide bomber and one to an Israeli soldier's bullet) and who have become close friends and allies in a attempt to reshape common understanding of the conflict.  The novel is brilliant, empathic, illuminating - it will cause you to rethink much of what you "know" and ask questions you didn't know to ask.  The book is not political, it simply weaves together an incredible number of stories and perspectives and history. 

David


Wonderbook

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$24.99
ISBN: 9781419729669
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - July 3rd, 2018

Trying to start that new sci-fi/fantasy novel during quarantine? Just looking for some inspiration to keep your spirits up? Do you enjoy reading snippets about storytelling from some of your favorite authors? How about creative and zany illustrations? This book's for you!

Stacey


Glass Hotel

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ISBN: 9780525521143
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Published: Knopf - March 24th, 2020

Mandel's book is like the glass in her title: her language glitters yet also offers clarity and reflection, and her characters are like broken shards, mesmerizing in one light, and dangerously ordinary in another. Combining the humanity and structure of Station Eleven with the brutal realism of her earlier works, The Glass Hotel is an exceptional novel. 

Marika


Finna

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ISBN: 9781250245731
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Published: Tor.com - February 25th, 2020

Is this capitalist hellscape the best of all possible verses in the multiverse? When an elderly customer at a big box furniture store (not that one) goes through a portal, it's up to two minimum wage workers to risk life and limb to retrieve her. Very diverting, very queer, very relatable for all people who have worked retail.

Rebecca


Wicked Enchantment

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ISBN: 9781574232370
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Published: Black Sparrow Press - April 7th, 2020

Wanda Coleman, a poet laureate of anger and honesty, lived resistance and shouted rebellion, has always been the poet America needed, though sometimes it seemed like she was the only one who knew that. With this new book of poems selected and introduced by Terrance Hayes, perhaps America will finally know it too. 

Josh


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