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Turtles All the Way Down Cover Image
Chicago: A Novel Cover Image
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Called Out: A Novel of Base Ball and America in 1908 Cover Image
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White American Youth: My Descent Into America's Most Violent Hate Movement--And How I Got Out Cover Image

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Sadie

 

Three Things I Like: doing nothing, eating everything, & Harry Potter

Currently reading: Almanac of the Dead by Leslie Marmon Silko

The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062110848
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Published: Harper Perennial - December 31st, 2013

Circe Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316556347
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Published: Little Brown and Company - April 10th, 2018

Reincarnation Blues: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399178481
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Published: Del Rey - August 22nd, 2017

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250170972
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 6th, 2018

The Night Circus Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307744432
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Published: Anchor - July 3rd, 2012

Throne of Glass Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781619630345
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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - May 7th, 2013

Ana

Three Things I Like: swords, tea, and cheese.

Currently Reading: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250170972
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 6th, 2018

The Changeling: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812985870
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - March 6th, 2018

Six of Crows Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250076960
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Published: Square Fish - February 6th, 2018

Tony

Three Things I Like:  Pitbulls, Poetry and Monster Movies

Currently Reading: The Changeling by Victor Lavalle

The Changeling: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812985870
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - March 6th, 2018

Tabitha

Three Things I Like: eating literally non-stop, glitter, and the sky

Currently Reading: Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction by J.D. Salinger

Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316766944
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 30th, 2001

Call Me by Your Name: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250169440
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Published: Picador - October 3rd, 2017

Jane Eyre Cover Image
By Charlotte Bronte, Erica Jong (Introduction by), Marcelle Clements (Afterword by)
$5.95
ISBN: 9780451530912
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Published: Signet - April 1st, 2008

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe: A Novel Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780425286555
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 27th, 2016

Konner

 

Three Things I Like: napping, writing, and macaroni & cheese

Currently Reading: The Inner Life of Animals

The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion--Surprising Observations of a Hidden World Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781771643016
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Published: Greystone Books - November 7th, 2017

Portia

Three Things I Like: binge watching Netflix, comedy, and never ending bowls of pasta

Currently Reading: News of the World by Paulette Jiles

News of the World: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062409218
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 20th, 2017

All Our Wrong Todays: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781101985137
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Published: Dutton - February 7th, 2017

Elan Mastai has written the perfect time travel book.  Wait, scratch that.  He has written the perfect book.  What could become an overwhelmingly scientific account of time travel is instead a great book filled with laughter and crying and "oh god this is so good wait what's happening I CAN'T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN" feelings.  I read this book in 100 page increments, finding it physically painful to put down.  Definitely at the top of my list of best books I have read this year (even though it, sadly, doesn't come out until next year).  I can't wait until I can put this in customers' hands.  I guess I will just have to make do with my co-workers for now...


The Girls: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812998603
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Published: Random House - June 14th, 2016

Carry On: A Novel Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250049551
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 6th, 2015

Rowell's take on the "Chosen One" magician story is a great one. Flipping between many unique points of view, Rowell creates some amazing dramatic irony that keeps you turning the pages. I was incredibly sad when this book ended. I wanted to spend way more time with these awesome characters in their beautifully crafted world.


Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250077004
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 22nd, 2015

Jenny Lawson has a beautiful and hilarious way of writing about the mental illness that she lives with.  Told in short, essay-like chapters, you will find yourself laughing at every page.  And, if you haven't yet, make sure to check our her first book, Let's Pretend This Never Happened.


Eleanor Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781101923924
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Random House Audio Publishing Group - January 12th, 2016

Beautifully blending reality and a fascinating look at purgatory and the dream world, Eleanor makes you think about the world beyond what we can see.  Gurley creates a fully realized other world that pulls you in and doesn't let go.  A beautiful piece of writing and quite a feat of creativity.


Kyle

Three Things I Like: The Bard, a well crafted beer, and short walks in the snow 

Currently Reading: The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve by Steven Greenblatt

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Station Eleven Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

Pure magic. Shakespeare, comic books, Star Trek, and the apocalypse all swirl together into one of my favorite books of the year. Mandel deftly weaves us through multiple characters in the past and present in this strangely real yet fantastically imaginative tale. And unlike many of its fellow world-ender novels, Mandel paints us a future full of hope and new beginnings. 


American Gods: Author's Preferred Text Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062080233
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 5th, 2013

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (with bonus content): A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812983586
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 12th, 2012

One of the most influential novel's I've ever read. The comic book aspect drew me in, but I the depth of the characters gave it the lasting impact. We are all searching for oursevles. We all have a secret identity. We are all trying to escape something. We all want to change the world. Chabon's characters struggle along with the rest of us with the medium of comic books as their backdrop. One of the most impressive feats is Chabon's ability to verbally paint for us what his characters are painting in their own fictional world within world. They say that readers of fiction have a greater ability to empathize with the people. You can't read this book without feeling empathy. You can't help but realize how much you and these people share in your own ways. "Forget about what you are escaping from. Reserve your anxiety for what you are escaping to."

 


The Sellout: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250083258
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Published: Picador - March 1st, 2016

East of Eden Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780670033041
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Published: Viking - June 24th, 2003

The Nix: A novel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781101946619
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Published: Knopf - August 30th, 2016

Kafka on the Shore (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400079278
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Published: Vintage - January 3rd, 2006

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393240801
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 12th, 2017

Days Without End: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143111405
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Published: Penguin Books - September 12th, 2017

Magpie Murders: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062645227
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Published: Harper - June 6th, 2017

But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399184130
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Published: Penguin Books - April 25th, 2017

One Hundred Years of Solitude Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060883287
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - February 1st, 2006

Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Joseph Heller, Christopher Buckley (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781451626650
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2011

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250094735
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Published: Picador - August 2nd, 2016

Will

Three Things I Like: naming things in my life after fruit, loud music, & beer that's hard to pronounce

Currently Reading: Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781608464616
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Published: Haymarket Books - May 19th, 2015

This book is action packed. A page turner in which some beloved characters redeem themselves, some perish while evil characters ebb and flow in triumph and despair too. This has to be the most entertaining part of the book: the way that Jacques is able to deliver a story that is devastating, and yet in the end, hopeful. It is a strong testament to the fantasy novel, especially one made for kids of all ages. There are battles and strategy and adventure; everything needed to keep a kid entertained and looking for more to read.


Mark

Three things I like: nicking recipes from favourite restaurants, climbing over language barriers in faraway places, and spotting lookalikes

Currently reading: Warlock by Oakley Hall

Warlock Cover Image
By Oakley Hall, Robert Stone (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590171615
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Published: NYRB Classics - November 21st, 2005

Elizabeth

 

Three things I like: cheese, tea, and birds.

Currently reading: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143128090
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Published: Penguin Books - March 28th, 2017

*Whether you are a sommelier, a boxed-wine drinker, a rose fanatic, or just wondering what the heck the buzz is about, Bianca Bosker delivers with Cork Dork!

Bianca Bosker co-founded The Huffington Post’s tech section and served as the site’s Executive Tech Editor until 2014 when she handed herself over to the life of wine.
Cork Dork is that story: all at once a hilarious memoir, an instructional guide to drinking wine, and a window into the history, science, and philosophy of living for taste.
With writing that is both informative and laugh-out-loud hilarious, Cork Dork makes wine accessible. It shows you how to be present in the experience. To savor each sip, letting it play over your senses and your memories. And for civilians like me, it makes you want to participate:

While learning the proper routine of blind-tasting, I attempted to “blind” taste the GoT red blend.
While reading about the neuroscience of smell, I tried to better appreciate my pineapple coconut smoothie.
And while sitting in a very quiet cafe, I laughed out loud at the image of corks flying and exploding bottles of red wine.

READ. THIS. BOOK. 


Exit West: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735212176
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

This book left me breathless, heartbroken, and hopeful. Exit West is one of those rare titles that quietly speaks truth in the face of chaos and crisis. By bringing the refugee crisis to our own doorstep with magical realism, Hamid's narrative demands empathy for people whose struggles are otherwise filtered through political agenda. Nadia and Saeed help us to understand what it means to be forced into change despite overwhelming adversity, to be loyal to a past that is all but lost, and to finally find a new home in hope and love. Mohsin Hamid has given us a lens into the hard reality of our time while suggesting that with some humility, tenderness, and revision, we might just arrive to a new future battered but in tact and looking forward.


The One-Eyed Man Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780670025350
Availability: Special Order
Published: Viking - March 7th, 2017

The One-Eyed Man is provocative and exasperating. 
Ron Currie has presented readers with a unique insight on the human condition. Is our narrator painfully honest or unreliable to a fault? After the death of his wife and a moment of enlightenment, K. has found the ability (or so we are lead to believe) to see without bias and speak without filter. Grief and pain are irrelevant. But by "liberating" himself, K. may have doomed those around him. Is it better to drown in delusion or to be ripped apart by awareness? 
In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king of his own mind until the blind revolt.
Incredibly well done.


All Our Wrong Todays: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781101985137
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Published: Dutton - February 7th, 2017

Pardon the temporal drag, but I believe that's future me declaring this my favorite book of 2017.
I am so grateful for the few months I have to digest this novel so I can present it to customers without dissolving into squeals and feels (Because if you review the audio of me reading the last 50 pages of this book, I very loudly experience the full range of human emotion)! 


Where this book is science fiction, it is smart and quirky, as fresh as a lemon tart and just as delicious. When it starts getting too complicated, our narrator reminds us that he doesn't really get it either.
But WAIT, this book is more than time travel. It is the consequences of our actions, the hope for a better tomorrow, the strength to be our best selves, the guilt we endure, and the love we live for. 
Plus it's REALLY fun, and is going to make an amazing film some day. 5 stars, plus a little gold star sticker on the side.


Sweetbitter: A novel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781101875940
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Published: Knopf - May 24th, 2016

Savory and delicious--with a hint of cocaine and a strong note of self-discovery (and maybe a tinge of regret).

The kind of book that keeps you up until 2am screaming THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. My favorite book of the year so far.

--Liz


The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062255662
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 3rd, 2014

Ocean at the End of the Lane was the most gripping novel on my 2015 list, occupying my time on two flights to and from Orange County. Complicated and heart-wrenching, it had me squirming in my seat. I found myself horrified and in awe of this young boy whose innocence allows him to recognize a danger that no "grown-up" can while leaving him feeling incapable of confronting its authority. Sitting on that plane, I felt both enlightened and powerless.

This book knows what it means to be a child.


Girl Through Glass: A Novel Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062326270
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Published: Harper - January 26th, 2016

   


Bad Feminist: Essays Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062282712
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 5th, 2014

   


The Fiery Cross (Outlander #5) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780440221661
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Published: Dell - August 30th, 2005

   


Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781594486296
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2014

Heather

 

Three Things I Like: red meat, Nintendo, and my bed

Currently Reading:  Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

 

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Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679728757
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Published: Vintage - May 5th, 1992

Terrifying.  McCarthy didn't just change the novel of the American West, he changed the novel period.  The only way this book could be more frightening is if it were written in blood.

-Heather- 


Karrie

Three Things I Like: scuba diving, Indian food, and Moroccan Riads

Currently reading: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780670026197
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Published: Viking - September 6th, 2016

I love Russian novels -- give me Tolstoy or Dostoevsky and I'll be entertained for days. It's hard to adapt/capture the feelings evoked by these classic Russian novels in the 21st centure, let alone by the hand of an American author.  Towles came damn close, through this tale of a count sentenced to life in the Metropol Hotel, which is across from the Kremlin in Moscow.  Recounting days spent and lives lived in this swanky hotel, this book offers a great escape. Highly recommend!


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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780770436407
Availability: Special Order
Published: Hogarth - May 7th, 2013

I usually struggle with plots that move back and forth through space and time, but this book flowed unlike any I've ever read.  It is beautifully written and very moving.  You'll also learn a lot about Chechnya.

-Karrie- 


The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804171472
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Published: Vintage - April 14th, 2015

Americanah Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307455925
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Published: Anchor - March 4th, 2014

Suzy T

 
Three Things I Like: animals, traveling, and golf 
 
Currently reading: The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
 
 
 
 
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The Watch: A Novel Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307955913
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Published: Hogarth - March 12th, 2013

The watch was one of my favorite fiction reads last year.  The story describes a sentinel event for the characters during the Afghan war.  Each chapter tells the same event from a different characters point of view.  My heart raced and pounded as if I were present.

-Suzy- 



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Essay Fiesta comes to The Book Cellar once again for an evening of Live Lit. Show starts at 7pm, so get here early to grab a seat and a drink!

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Monday, August 20, 2018 - 7:00pm
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Join us at The Book Cellar for a night of comedy with our favorite funny ladies, The Kates

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Old St. Pat's Book Group

The Old St Pat's Book Group meets to discuss their August pick, The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers.

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Monday, August 27, 2018 - 7:00pm
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The Monk of Mokha Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781101947319
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Published: Knopf - January 30th, 2018

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The Salon: Classics Book Group

The Salon: Classics Book Group meets to discuss their August pick, To a God Unknown by John Steinbeck.

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Monday, August 27, 2018 - 7:30pm
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To a God Unknown Cover Image
By John Steinbeck, Robert Demott (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140187519
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Published: Penguin Classics - August 1st, 1995

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French Book Group

The French Book Group meets to continue their discussion on The Queen's Embroiderer by Joan Dejean.

 

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 7:00pm
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The Queen's Embroiderer: A True Story of Paris, Lovers, Swindlers, and the First Stock Market Crisis Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781632864741
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - May 1st, 2018

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Never Too Old: Young Adult Book Group meets to discuss their August pick, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 7:30pm
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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524700485
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 17th, 2017

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