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The Last Poets

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By Christine Otten, Jonathan Reeder (Translator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781642860030
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Published: World Editions - October 2nd, 2018

 

How does history become mythology? How do people become legends? What are the borders of poetry and performance and what do we see when we swagger along those jagged edges? The Last Poets were real people; poets & performers at the very roots of hip hop who lived, suffered, and fought with America’s racism. Like the best biopics, Otten’s novel tells the stories of these specific lives in a way that speaks volumes about the world that surrounds them and us.

Josh


We

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By Yevgeny Zamyatin, Natasha Randall (Translated by), Bruce Sterling (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780812974621
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Published: Modern Library - July 11th, 2006

 

Who knew that a sci fi dystopian novel could be reminiscent of Dostoevsky or Tolstoy? Written under an oppressive Soviet State, WE is eerily relevant still. Powerfully human, Zamyatin's political novel could have been written yesterday to reflect on the world we live in.

 

Matthew


Little & Lion

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$10.99
ISBN: 9780316349017
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 3rd, 2018

 

This is a captivating, beautiful YA novel that explores family, sexuality, identity, and dealing with a loved one's mental illness with compassion and insight, but also with raw honesty in depicting the realities of Suzette's life. This was the rare contemporary fiction YA that I couldn't put down and read in one sitting.

April


The Goblin Emperor

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ISBN: 9780765365682
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Published: Tor Fantasy - March 3rd, 2015

The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three older sons in line for the throne are killed in an "accident," he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving heir. A compelling character in a fascinating fantasy world!

Rebecca


Confessions of the Fox

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780399592270
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Published: One World - June 26th, 2018

 

One part sexy rogue’s tale, one part intellectual exploration of the nature of history, one part examination of how people are marginalized by the powerful, all wrapped up in a tale of frustrated love and surveillance, this wild novel wriggles through genres, tones, and themes like a Dickensian pickpocket disappearing into a crowded London street. You won’t read anything like it this year. One of my favorite books of 2018.

Josh


Class Action

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781328799203
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 3rd, 2018

 

I'm an adult, and I should read this keeping in mind the importance of education, and how things that seemed hard years ago weren't that hard in hindsight. But that being said I, like the protagonist, spent many, many days in grade school doing homework from the moment I got home until I went to bed. So I found this book extremely satisfying.

John


Belleweather

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ISBN: 9781492637134
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - August 7th, 2018

 

This novel moves between two timelines: a current-day historian is putting together an exhibit at a Long Island house museum (which seems to have a friendly but persistent resident ghost), while during the French and Indian War, a farm family plays host to a captured soldier. Delightfully satisfying romances in both timelines, plus a well-handled discussion of Northern slavery in the 1700s.

Sarah


Bottom of the Sky

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By Rodrigo Fresan, Will Vanderhyden (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781940953786
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Published: Open Letter - April 3rd, 2018

 

One part meditation on the early days of science fiction and one part meditation on the course of life into death, Fresan’s novel is utterly unique. For the first 100 pages you’ll think “This isn’t sci fi,” then something will happen to make you say, “Oh, yeah it is,” and then you’ll settle into understanding this beautiful book is in a genre all its own.

Josh


Hope Never Dies

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ISBN: 9781683690399
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Published: Quirk Books - July 10th, 2018

 

The dynamic duo we need! (Four more years?!) This hilarious caper finds Joe Biden feeling left out while his best friend Barack Obama vacations around the world with high-profile friends. But soon they're brought together while investigating the murder of an Amtrak train conductor. This book is perfectly corny and satirical. Thank you Andrew Shaffer!

 

Heather


Winter Tide

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ISBN: 9780765398086
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Published: Tor.com - June 12th, 2018

 

If you're into Lovecraft lore but aren't into bigotry and hate, this book is for you! Aphra Marsh doesn't like or trust the government after they raided her town and imprisoned her and her fellow Deep Ones, but helping her contact in the FBI is the only way to access the lost relics of her Innsmouth home, and possibly prevent a bigger disaster from befalling the entire country. Along the way, she learns she has more family than she knows. This book is beautifully weird.

Shana


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