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Ask Baba Yaga

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Ask Baba Yaga: Otherworldly Advice for Everyday Troubles Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781449486815
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 26th, 2017

 

Some of the questions posed are very traditional for an advice column, but the responses are all earthy, poetic, and a little sinister. I can easily picture Baba Yaga's claws clacking away as she type up her response. I enjoy the raw, truthfulness of some of the answers, but just a reminder that Baba Yaga is not an actual therapist. (This book was featured on BitchReads' list of "11 Books to Hex the Patriarchy" last October.)

Stacey


New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons

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The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons: A Semi-serious A-to-Z Archive Cover Image
By David Remnick (Foreword by), Bob Mankoff (Editor)
$60.00
ISBN: 9780316436670
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - October 2nd, 2018

 

It's not just enormous and hilarious, it's definitive and comprehensive and brilliant.  Bob Mankoff, longtime cartoon editor, has curated over 3,000 cartoons into categories (Adam and Eve, snowmen, and about 250 others) and has added sparkling, hysterical commentary.  There is no better gift you can buy for anyone who loves humor - or for yourself.

David


Sad Animal Babies

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781419729874
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 9th, 2018

 

Filled with fun facts about juvenile animals of all kinds! The drawings that accompany each fact are adorable and peppered with the author's poignant (and slightly painful) jokes. I had a tough time putting it down. Informational, cute, and great for cracking a smile and unleashing an "awwww" or two.

Stacey


Ask Baba Yaga

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Ask Baba Yaga: Otherworldly Advice for Everyday Troubles Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781449486815
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 26th, 2017

 

Some of the questions posed are very traditional for an advice column, but the responses are all earthy, poetic, and a little sinister. I can easily picture Baba Yaga's claws clacking away as she type up her response. I enjoy the raw, truthfulness of some of the answers, but just a reminder that Baba Yaga is not an actual therapist. (This book was featured on BitchReads' list of "11 Books to Hex the Patriarchy" last October.)

Stacey


Hope Never Dies

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Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery (Obama Biden Mysteries #1) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781683690399
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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


Are You Scared, Darth Vader?

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By Adam Rex, Adam Rex (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781484704974
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Disney Lucasfilm Press - July 3rd, 2018

 

Think a group of costumed kids can't scare Darth Vader? In the words of the iconic Sith Lord, I find your lack of faith disturbing. Adam Rex's impeccable comedic timing makes this book a laugh-out-loud joy from start to finish (and yes, more than one Porter Square bookseller was literally laughing out loud).

Kate


Blame It On Bianca del Rio

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Blame It On Bianca Del Rio: The Expert On Nothing With An Opinion On Everything Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780062690876
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Dey Street Books - May 22nd, 2018

 

The drag queen of mean proves that reading really is what? Fundamental. Serving both Tea and Shade and giving us all life; she’s a snarky, un-PC, raucous and no-holds barred drunk person at a party who decides that now is totally the time to tell you what’s wrong with you! Joan Rivers would be SO proud. House down boots, Bianca!!!

Susannah

 

Yass, Queen!! Bianca has spoken and I for one am listening. The true Dr Phil is spilling all the tea.  Friend won’t hold your hair while you vomit? Sashay away. Boyfriend won’t shave for you? Dump him, honey. Bianca del Rio has no filter, and I’m living for it. Werk it, girl.

Cissa


everyone's a aliebn when ur a aliebn too

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Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: A Book Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062569028
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 27th, 2017

As a bookseller, I read a lot of books. I’ve read a whole heap of staff-pick-able ones in the past few months. But this little aliebn has stayed with me since July; I've read and re-read it and found something new every time. Funny, poignant, and earnest, this book about a lonely alien his animal friends offers plenty of insight on what it means to be human.

Kate


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