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The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316229296
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Published: Orbit - August 4th, 2015

The Fifth Season has all of my (Matthea's) favorite things! The world building happens gradually alongside the plot and not as a precursor. For someone who reads a lot of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, I notice when a book stands out from the rest and The Ffth Season definitely does so in the best way. It is refreshing, exciing, enthralling, and different. I knew I had to read it again the moment I finished.

— Matthea


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A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143124870
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Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2013

Interweaving the stories of Neo--a sixteen-year-old Japanese girl--and Ruth--a writer living in the San Juan Islands--this is a novel of beauty, melancholy, grief, and hope. (And physics jokes.) This is, quite simply, one of the best books I've ever read.

— Billie


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An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062698490
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 24th, 2020

Richtel takes what could be a dry topic and makes it relatable. The first half is about the history of scientific discovery about the immune system. The gut punch is delivered in the second half whenn Richtel introduces four real life people and shows the way their immune systems struggle to keep them alive.

— Emily


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Mink River Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780870715853
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Published: Oregon State University Press - October 1st, 2010

Mink River is a stunningly poetic novle that explores the richness and complexity of th human spirit; its endless search for happiness. Portland author Brian Doyle has crafted a truly unique story using one of the most creative voices I have ever read. 

Tha most surprising and best book I have read this year.

— Beth


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Outlander: A Novel Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780440212560
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Published: Dell - June 2nd, 1992

This book is amazing! I (Cora) have never read a thick book so fast or wanted to re-read one immediately after finishing it, but I did both with this book. Love, history, action, drama, time travel, great characters, great writing--it's all here.

— Cora


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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399588198
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Published: One World - February 12th, 2019

Noah's memoir about growing up in South Africa and how politics and racea ffected his childhood is both hilarious and poignant. The stories that center on his mother are particularly impactful; he speaks about her with such pride and love. Definitely a must read!

— Emily


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How to Get Dressed: A Costume Designer's Secrets for Making Your Clothes Look, Fit, and Feel Amazing Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781607747062
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Published: Ten Speed Press - April 14th, 2015

This book is not just a guide to clothing, it's also an insider's look into the job of a costume designer in Hollywood! Great tips and basic information on how to choose, tailro, and care for your wardrobe. Fun stuff.

— Shay


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Circe Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316556323
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 14th, 2020

Circe is a thoroughly well-imagined retelling of the myth of Circe, the witch from the Odyssey. It has the most satisfying resolution to a #metoo moment I've ever read. (Alas, if only we could all turn men into pigs, am I right?) She's both powerful and fragile, sympathetic and forbidding. An enchanting and engrossing book.

— Shay


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Between the World and Me Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: One World - July 14th, 2015

Everything you've heard about this book is 100% true. It's thought-provoking, beautifully written, and movine and I can honestly say that it has chnaged the way I think about history and race.

Highly Recommended!

— Shay


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The Duchess War (Brothers Sinister #1) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781937248284
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Published: Femtopress - September 10th, 2013

This book ticked all my boxes:

  • Smart, quippy banter
  • Lots of enthusiastic consent
  • A couple who actually talks about what works for them
  • Fully-realized and interesting secondary characters

— Emily


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The Library Book Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781476740195
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 1st, 2019

Orlean's account of the 1986 Los Angeles Central Library fire is masterfully done. She brings the fire to life in a way that made my heart ache for the books and records lost. From there unfolds a fascinating history of libraries, both around the country and in LA. This is perfect for anyone who loves libraries, books, and/or history.

— Emily


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The Girl With All the Gifts Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316334754
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Published: Orbit - April 28th, 2015

Melanie is 10. Every morning she wakes up, gets dressed, and sits quietly in her wheelchair. She counts as high as she can until the soldiers unlock the door and, with a gun pointed at her head, strap her in tightly and wheel her to class. "I won't bite!" she sometimes jokes, but they never laugh...

— Shay


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The Godmother: A Crime Novel Cover Image
By Hannelore Cayre, Stephanie Smee (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781770415430
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Published: ECW Press - September 3rd, 2019

How one can slide into illegal activity when one is down. That is the simple premise. But more than that, The Godmother is a little slice of France, and not the pretty chateaux or countryside. Gritty and nerve-wracking, you root for Patience. Soon to be a film staring Isabelle Huppert.

— Sylla


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The Master and Margarita: 50th-Anniversary Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Mikhail Bulgakov, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by), Boris Fishman (Foreword by), Christopher Conn Askew (Illustrator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143108276
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Published: Penguin Classics - May 3rd, 2016

Satire. Allegory. Love Story. Hallucinatory Picaresque.

Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita is all of these and more. Come for the giant, talking, cigar-smoking cat and stary for the biting wit and shar social and religious commentary.

— Billie


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The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984802446
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Published: Berkley - January 14th, 2020

This book follows three sisters--Althea, Viola, and Lillian. Althea and her husband have been arrested. Viola is separated from her wife and spiraling into an eating disorder. Lillian is struggling to care for Althea's twin daughters.

This is a stunning debut novel about families and how you can do your bes to heal yourself even when things are not okay.

— Emily


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Happiness Is Baking: Cakes, Pies, Tarts, Muffins, Brownies, Cookies: Favorite Desserts from the Queen of Cake Cover Image
By Dorie Greenspan (Foreword by), Maida Heatter
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316420570
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Published: Voracious - April 16th, 2019

This is my new favorite baking book. My copy is already butter-spattered and falling open to favorite recipes. My attention was captured by Heatter's introduction ("Bake cookies!") and knew this was a keeper at Chocolate Gingerbread.

— Billie


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The Duchess Deal: Girl Meets Duke Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062349064
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Published: Avon - August 22nd, 2017

This delightfully witty, Beauty & the Beast-inspired story starts when the jilted Duke of Ashbury is confroted by the seamstress who made his former fiancee's wedding dress and she's demanding payment...while wearing said wedding dress. Tessa Dare's banter is always A+ and this one may be the best.

— Emily


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Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735224315
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Published: Penguin Books - May 7th, 2019

I (Piper) stayed up half the night finishing this book, it was so gripping and all-consuming. I loved the tension Ng created between the characters with her examination of class, race, gender and privilege. Wonderfully intense and culturally poignant.

— Piper


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Mending Life: A Handbook for Repairing Clothes and Hearts Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781632172525
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Published: Sasquatch Books - March 10th, 2020

Nina and Sonya of the Far Woods Sisters art collective are exceptionally talented at creating, whether that creation be art, community, or common ground. I (Piper) have been eagerly anticipating this book's arrival and was blown away by the beauty of the tutorials that are illustrated and the message they have woven throughout.


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The Bees: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062331175
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Published: Ecco - May 12th, 2015

The Bees by Laline Paull reads like a fantasy novel with its queens and courtiers and political machinations, but it's set within a bee colony and all of its characters are (naturally) bees. It's odd at first, but you soon find yourself absorbed in the world of Flora 717 and her hivemates. The Bees is sure to linger in your memory long after you've turned the final page.

— Billie


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The Dry: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250105622
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 2nd, 2018

Need to warm up? The Dry takes place in hot, rural Australia. A grisly murder brings Aaron Falk back to the small town where he was raised. Old secrets, lies, and memories mix to create an environment where everyone is quick to point fingers. If you like atmospheric mysteries with strong characters, this is a good book for you.

— Sylla


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A Confederacy of Dunces (Evergreen Book) Cover Image
By John Kennedy Toole, Walker Percy (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802130204
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Published: Grove Press - January 21st, 1994

You will probably hate Ignatius J. Reilly. Thats okay. You should hate him. He's awful. But A Confederacy of Dunces is brilliant, so you'll keep reading, compelled by the quirky cast of characters and the absolutely best depiction of the spirity of New Orleans ever put on the page. Both funny ha-ha and funny odd, Dunces is a delight.

— Billie


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The Kiss Quotient Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780451490803
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Published: Berkley - June 5th, 2018

This contemporary romance is one of my favorite reads of the year!

Stella is a delightful protagonist. Her warmth and heart are wonderful and I wished so much that she could be real and be my friend.

Extra credit for a POC hero and a neuroatypical heroine.

— Emily