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"Just because you don't remember a place, doesn't mean its not in you." A fantastically illustrated journey of remembrance--the whole country, which sounds like the inside of a drum-- beach poems, and 'bats like blankets' fly off each page, as Lola explores her own history. ​Lovely story. Recommended by Jenna

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By Junot Diaz, Leo Espinosa (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780735229860
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Published: Dial Books - March 13th, 2018

From New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz comes a debut picture book about the magic of memory and the infinite power of the imagination.

Cat Poems

“For I will consider my cat Jeoffry”; “Minnaloushe creeps through the grass/Alone, important and wise”; “The cat/ licks its paw and lies down in/the bookshelf nook”/ “The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea.”  This is the book I’ve been waiting for!  All of my favorite cat poems and some I didn’t know.  So, I admit it:  I’m a complete sucker for cat poems, and this cute little collection houses some of the best.  Pocket-sized for tucking away and enjoying whenever you need a reminder that you walk the earth with superior creatures.

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ISBN: 9780811227506
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - February 27th, 2018

Across the ages, cats have provided their adopted humans with companionship, affection, mystery, and innumerable metaphors; cats cast a mirror on their beholders; cats endlessly captivate and hypnotize, frustrate and delight.


Just listen to the conceit of BK Fischer’s amazing poetry collection Radioapocrypha: it’s a novella in verse explaining what would’ve happened if Jesus had appeared as a smart-alleck chemistry teacher in Maryland in 1989, the year Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” came out.

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ISBN: 9780814254646
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Published: Ohio State University Press - February 1st, 2018

A novella in verse, Radioapocrypha envisions what would have happened if Jesus Christ had arrived for the first time not in Palestine two thousand years ago but in a subdivision in Maryland in 1989, the year Depeche Mode released "Personal Jesus." In this suburban retelling of the gospel, Jesus is a hunky post-punk high school chemistry teacher and the disciples are a twelve-member garage b

Two Girls Down

You know that totally-absorbed-can’t-put-it-down reading experience?  Louisa Luna’s Two Girls Down provides just that. It’s riveting, suspenseful, surprising and so addictive that I had to slow down in my eagerness to get to the next twist in order to appreciate the admirable prose. Luna’s style is straightforward but creative, and I love finding those unique turns of phrase that mark a clever and observant writer’s prose.

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ISBN: 9780385542494
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Published: Doubleday Books - January 9th, 2018

"Opening this book is like arming a bomb--the suspense is relentless and the payoff is spectacular. Lead character Alice Vega is sensational--I want to see lots more of her."--Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series

"Sensational." Wall Street Journal

American Heart

My spirits are still aloft three hours after finishing Laura Moriarty's book American Heart. You may have heard about all the flak she has taken for the book and about the censored review—a review written by a Muslim woman of color—pulled after pressure from people who feared the book represented another white savior narrative because its admittedly flawed white teenage protagonist commits to seeing a woman to safety in an America—not very unlike our own—that has put all Muslims like this woman in an internment camp in Nevada.

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ISBN: 9780062694102
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Published: Harper Teen - January 30th, 2018

A powerful and thought-provoking YA debut from New York Times bestselling author Laura Moriarty.

Imagine a United States in which registries and detainment camps for Muslim-Americans are a reality.

The Alice Network

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn is a stunning book that brings to life the dangerous world of female espionage agents in World War I. The "present day" of the novel is two years post-World War II, and American Charlie St. Clair sets off to find her cousin, missing since the last days of the fall of France. She enlists the help of the mysterious Eve Gardiner, whose story as a spy in the Alice Network in France is interwoven through the novel in flashback.

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ISBN: 9780062654199
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Published: William Morrow & Company - June 6th, 2017



One of NPR's Best Books of 2017

One of Bookbub's Biggest Historical Fiction Books of 2017

Reese Witherspoon Book Club Summer Reading Pick

American Wolf

American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee reads like a novel but it's nonfiction--well-reported, in-depth nonfiction that presents an intimate portrait of a beautiful creature. The book is ostensibly a biography of Oh-Six, a female wolf who leads a fearsome Yellowstone pack. But the story it tells is much bigger: politics, livelihood, regionalism, class, survival, and landscape all figure into this tragic and compelling tale. The book is part legal thriller, part biography, part nature book, and part rural cultural analysis, but it's 100% unforgettable. Recommended by Danny

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ISBN: 9781101902783
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 17th, 2017


The enthralling story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her

Leonardo da Vinci

STAFF REVIEW: Deep winter is the time to stretch your reading muscles. (It worked for me several years ago with Nicholas Nickleby, trust me, a marathon that made all other books feel like strolls.) Have I got the perfect tome for you: Leonardo da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson. It's true; I do love a long biography. Having read Isaacson's previous biography of Steve Jobs, I knew I could trust his exhaustive research, a sign of any good biography.

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ISBN: 9781501139154
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 17th, 2017

The #1 New York Times bestseller

"A powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life...a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it." --The New Yorker

"Vigorous, insightful." --The Washington Post

"A masterpiece." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Luminous." --The Daily Beast

Emily Alone

Each in the pair of novels Wish You Were Here and Emily Alone by Stuart O'Nan is perfect on its own, and together they are magic. In Wish, Emily Maxwell spends a strained week with her adult children, grandchildren, sister-in-law, and her arthritic dog, Rufus, in a summer lake cabin while it pours rain. The foundations of the intricate relationships established in this first novel are built upon in Emily Alone, a perfect novel to read this time of year with its autumnal beginning.

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ISBN: 9780143120490
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Published: Penguin Books - December 27th, 2011

A bittersweet tale of love and longing from the bestselling author of Last Night at the Lobster.

O'Nan's newest novel, City of Secrets, is now available from Viking.

In Good Faith: Secular Parenting in a Religious World

In Good Faith: Secular Parenting in a Religious World isn't a one-size-fits-all solution for every parent: That's its beauty. By following the same freethinking instincts that have landed them safely ashore of a religious-free life, readers can use author Maria Polonchek's brave and revelatory descriptions of her own experience and her cogent suggestions to raise thoughtful, compassionate, and engaged children without religion.

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ISBN: 9781442270664
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Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - August 8th, 2017

Part memoir, part cultural exploration, this book covers the author's journey as she grows up in an evangelical Christian home, leaves religion behind as a young adult, and goes on to raise children in a family outside of religious belief.


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