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Katie-Sue

 

Three things I like: craft beer, cats, and Harry Potter

Currently reading: A Sudden Light by Garth Stein

A Sudden Light: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781439187036
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster - September 30th, 2014

Eragon: Inheritance, Book I (The Inheritance Cycle #1) Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780375826696
Availability: Special Order
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - April 26th, 2005

The Stand Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307947307
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Published: Anchor - August 7th, 2012

Flavia

 

Three things I like: hammocks, gardens, and peanut butter

Currently reading: An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780316253031
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 14th, 2015

Abby

 

Three things I like: car rides, carbs, and making up new lyrics to songs

Currently reading: Loitering by Charles D'Ambrosio

Loitering: New and Collected Essays Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781935639879
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Published: Tin House Books - November 11th, 2014

Rebekah

Three Things I Like: coffee, acro-yoga, and fairytales

Currently Reading: Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson

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What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594634635
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Riverhead Books - March 8th, 2016

Helen Oyeyemi is a masterful writerpoetic, witty, and captivating. Each of the short stories in this collection is tentatively connected by their characters and by themes of locks, keys, doors and books, yet each also seems to create its own secret world. In each new world, I was immediately entranced by its mystery and, inevitably, its poignant tragedy. 

-Rebekah


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Anna and the Swallow Man Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553513349
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 26th, 2016

Beautiful, heartbreaking, a must-read. Told through the perspective of a child forced to navigate a dangerous and confusing world, this story is about discovering truth in a world that lies in many languages. In the way that children learn a first language, some things are understood without needing to be expalined. This is how we discover some things to be magical, no matter the explanation behind them. This is how we learn that love is dangerous—and our only hope for survival.

-Rebekah  


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Uprooted Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780804179034
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Del Rey Books - May 19th, 2015

Uprooted is an unapologetic fairy tale brimming with enchantments, sorcery, and foreboding evil forces; reading it reminded me of why I fell in love with magic. Like my teenage self, Agnieszka is inexperienced, completely naive, and a total klutz, yet she kicks some wizarding butt as she learns to trust herself and outsmarts some really pompous bullies. This book has a bit of everything a good fantasy should: undying frienships, gory swordfights, and sparks-flying romance—yes, things get a little steamy—so read it and let's talk about it! But seriously, it's good. 

-Rebekah


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Mothers, Tell Your Daughters: Stories Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780393353266
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 4th, 2016

I don't think I can accurately describe how powerful this book was to me. The women who live in these pages are fictional characters, but they are oh so real. Mothers, daughters, aunts, sisters, young women, old women, soon to be dying women, these stories tell it all through the eyes of women who have born their burdens, braved their struggles, and come out alive, if barely. Tough women, strong women—not strong because they have control over their world, rather as life deals them inevitable abuse and violation, these women show their resilience by baring their scars.

   


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Age of Myth: Book One of The Legends of the First Empire Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101965337
Availability: Backordered
Published: Del Rey - June 28th, 2016

If you love epic fantasy worlds, complete with elaborate histories, lore, and systems of magic; if you enjoy multiple story lines following fleshy characters; if you are intrigued by intricate power struggles that promise to develop over many more books to come; then you must start reading the first book in this great new fantasy series by Michael J. Sullivan. 

-Rebekah


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$17.99
ISBN: 9781481472678
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 1st, 2016

Clever and fearless, The Diabolic doesn't hold back. Set in an inter-galactic future with a political structure based on the ancient Roman Empire, violent plots and ruthless adversaries are interwoven with dysfunctional families, first loves, and unbreakable friendships. Topped off with a kick-ass protagonist named Nemesis, this book is pretty awesome. 


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$18.99
ISBN: 9780553496680
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Published: Delacorte Press - November 1st, 2016

If you haven't read Nicola Yoon's first novel, Everything, Everything, I'm going to tell you to read it right now. But then, you must read The Sun Is Also a Star, which is even better. Yoon creates characters that you are sure to fall in love with and stories that are both real and hopelessly optimistic. For fans of John Green, these are must-reads. 


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The Secret Chord: A Novel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780670025770
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Published: Viking - October 6th, 2015

Not only an insightful reimagining of a biblical figure, this is a great novel in its own right. Framed in a beautifully crafted historic setting, fleshed with brokenly human characters, and propelled by a gripping plot of war and politics, this is a story of how one man lead a struggling nation of farmers to become a kingdom feared by their neighbors. It is a story of great love and great loss, great faith and great failings. I haven't stopped thinking about it.

-Rebekah  


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Things That Are: Essays Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571313515
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Published: Milkweed Editions - June 17th, 2014

Amy Leach's essays are quick and refreshing, the perfect lunchtime read. They are also both whimsical and fascinating. Like taking a nature walk guided by a woodland fairy, Amy's writing will show you the world around you (and perhaps the world inside you) through a new, fantastic perspective.

-Rebekah

 


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Eileen: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143128755
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Published: Penguin Books - August 16th, 2016

With eerie and visceral prose, Ottessa Moshfegh latches onto the fundamental human experience of realizing that you are a dark, fragile, and volatile creature deep inside. Most of us experience this realization in solitude, when we stare nakedly into a mirror and examine our deepest fears, embarrassments, and imperfections. Eileen dwells in this awareness. This might seem an un-endearing quality for a first-person narrative, but as Eileen seeks human connection, she reveals to us an honest, and not hopeless, glimpse of our race in all its desperate wanting.
 
-Rebekah


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$17.99
ISBN: 9780525429487
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Published: Kathy Dawson Books - August 18th, 2015

The Accident Season is a haunting and riveting tale that shows how sometimes the memories and relationships that shape us can be as unshakeable as ghosts and as deadly as a curse. A perfect read for a gloomy October night, or anytime you want to feel some goose prickles.  

-Rebekah


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Everything, Everything Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780553496642
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Published: Delacorte Press - September 1st, 2015

Things get complicated when a girl who is allergic to everything falls in love for the first time. Madeline's story will make you feel all the feels as she chooses between the safety of the world she knows and the adventure of the unknown, finally discovering what is worth Everything, Everything. 

This book is perfect for introverted book nerds or anyone who loves The Little Prince.

-Rebekah


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New American Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
By Ben Marcus (Editor)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780804173544
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Published: Vintage - July 21st, 2015

Though only a few pages each, I haven't been able to read two of these stories consecutively. Like eating a hearty meal, reading one of these stories requires that you sit back awhile upon finishing. Not to say that they are heavy or tedious, rather that they leave a rich, lingering flavor that is best appreciated when allowed to unfold slowly. Great for a long train ride or a quiet evening. 

-Rebekah


All the Pretty Horses: Border Trilogy (1) (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679744399
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Published: Vintage - June 29th, 1993

The Magician's Land: A Novel (Magicians Trilogy #3) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780147516145
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Published: Penguin Books - June 9th, 2015

Echo Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780439874021
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 24th, 2015

The Gracekeepers: A Novel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780553446616
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Crown - May 19th, 2015

Bec

 

Three things I like: breakfast food, mountains, and the sound of automatic doors opening

Currently Reading: Going Clear by Lawrence Wright

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The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316199988
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 8th, 2014

This is a tale about an imaginary friend waiting to be imagined by a child. It's an adorable story about finding your place in the world & making friendships that fit you you are.

--Bec 


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$11.99
ISBN: 9780618492398
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Published: Mariner Books - August 13th, 2004

This story is about the "green and crazy summer" during which 12 year old Frankie "belonged to no club" and "hung around in doorways." I usually love stories with child protagonists and McCullers depicts the end of childhood so well.

Also, the descriptions of summer are so vivid that I always feel like it's summer, no matter what the weather's like.

--Bec 


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Batwoman: Elegy Cover Image
By Greg Rucka, Jh Williams Iii (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781401231460
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: DC Comics - June 14th, 2011

I love staring at the art in this series. I think I actually got tangled up once in Batwoman's hair just by reading this. The storyline and characters are well developed, and this is a great book to introduce the series. 

--Bec 


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Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544002234
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Published: Mariner Books - April 2nd, 2013

This memoir is in the form of a graphic novel and is beautifully illustrated in shades of red and grey. Bechdel uses classic literature, psychological studies, and her own keen insight to explore and better understand her relationship with her mother, and, in the process, better understand herself.

--Bec

P.S. Bechdel's Fun Home is also amazing!


Danielle

 
Three things I like: soccer, swords, and sandwiches. 
 
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Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1) Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781442426412
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - December 7th, 2010

This AMAZING series is what made me fall in love with books! It's the story of a girl who disguises herself as a boy in order to follow her dreams and become a knight. These books are packed with action, adventure, the drive to overcome adversity, and just the right amount of MAGIC!!

--Danielle 


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Steelheart (The Reckoners #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780385743563
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Published: Delacorte Press - September 24th, 2013

A world full of superpowers, but no heroes... Set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago, the city is ruled by the most notorious and powerful Epic (as the superpowered are known), Steelheart. One ordinary boy, David, has a plan to take down Steelheart and stop the Epics' reign over humanity. This is an action-packed ride that grabs you from the start, keeps you guessing, and leaves you wanting more.

--Danielle 


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Rush (The Game #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062192134
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - June 11th, 2013

The Game:  Book One is a well written sci-fi-esque young adult novel.  It's a fast paced action packed story with description that will pull you in and leave you wanting more.  I would love to give a detailed synopsis of the story line but it would ruin half of the fun of reading the book.  While it's not necessarily post apocalyptic, fans of the genre will love it!  This book will keep you guessing until the very end and you won't be disappointed.

 -Danielle- 


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Journey Cover Image
By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763660536
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Published: Candlewick - August 6th, 2013

An Adventure So Epic It Doesn't Need Words


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Quest Cover Image
By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763665951
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Published: Candlewick - August 26th, 2014

The Sequel to JOURNEY, 

A Mission So Magical It Transcends Language


Heather

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

Currently Reading: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

 

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By Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy (Preface by)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781416548942
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Pocket Books - May 20th, 2008

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Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
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: Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316316132
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 22nd, 2018

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
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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
$16.95
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

Sky

 
Three things I like: cooking, Derrick Rose's crossover, and staring at my bookshelves. 
Remainder Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307278357
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Published: Vintage - February 13th, 2007

This novel was an awesome surprise and became one of my favorite books of the pst year.  A man gets a large settlement after a mysterious injury and goes about using the money to "re-create" specific moments in his life when he felt happy, hiring actors and designing sets etc...The he re-creates a bank heist and things dissolve into chaos from there.


Karrie

Eating Animals Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316069885
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 1st, 2010

In an informative and equally entertaining fashion, Foer sheds light on the animal farming industry in The United States. Filled with personal stories and anecdotes, this book reads like fiction with all the facts of non-fiction. A great read!

-- Karrie 


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