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Holiday Gift Recommendations from the Staff of the Raven

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo (Better Bundo Book, LGBT Children’s Book) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781452173801
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 18th, 2018

100% of Last Week Tonight's proceeds will be donated to The Trevor Project and AIDS United.

HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents a children's picture book about a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny.


Your Guide to the National Parks, 2nd Edition: The Complete Guide to All 59 National Parks Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781621280675
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Published: Stone Road Press - January 1st, 2017

"Your Guide to the National Parks"provides step-by-step itineraries, kid-friendly activities, and the most popular ranger programs to help plan your family vacation. Thousands of hotels, restaurants, and attractions beyond the parks and 11 suggested road trips make it the ultimate dashboard companion.


Ghosts of Greenglass House Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544991460
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Published: Clarion Books - October 3rd, 2017

Welcome to the irresistible world of Greenglass House, where thirteen-year-old Milo is spending the winter holidays stuck in a house full of strange guests who are not what they seem.


The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780756404741
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Published: DAW - April 1st, 2008

Discover #1 New York Times-bestselling Patrick Rothfuss’ epic fantasy series, The Kingkiller Chronicle.
 
“I just love the world of Patrick Rothfuss.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda • “He’s bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.” —George R. R. Martin • “Rothfuss has real talent.” —Terry Brooks


Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781603587396
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - July 5th, 2018

WINNER of the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

Washington Post "50 Notable Works of Nonfiction"

Science News "Favorite Science Books of 2018"

Booklist "Top Ten Science/Technology Book of 2018"


Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom Cover Image
$37.50
ISBN: 9781416590316
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 16th, 2018

**Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History**

*Winner of the Bancroft, Parkman, Los Angeles Times (biography), Lincoln, Plutarch, and Christopher Awards*

Named one of the Best Books of 2018 by The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Time

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Danny Caine's Top Ten of 2018

10. The Witch Elm, Tana French

Tana French’s standalone mystery is a simmering meditation on privilege and nostalgia, weighing what happens when everyone else’s memory of the past is much darker than yours.

 

9. American Sonnets for my Past & Future Assassin, Terrence Hayes

Terrence Hayes’s amazing sequence of 72 sonnets makes an old form do new tricks.

 

8. Friday Black, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

The Witch Elm: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735224629
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Published: Viking - October 9th, 2018

Named a New York Times Notable Book of 2018 and a Best Book of 2018 by NPR, The New York Times Book Review, Amazon, The Boston Globe, LitHub, Vulture, Slate, Elle, Vox, and Electric Literature

“Tana French’s best and most intricately nuanced novel yet.” —The New York Times


American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin Poets) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143133186
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Published: Penguin Books - June 19th, 2018

Finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry

One of the New York Times Critics' Top Books of 2018

A powerful, timely, dazzling collection of sonnets from one of America's most acclaimed poets, Terrance Hayes, the National Book Award-winning author of Lighthead


Friday Black Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781328911247
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Published: Mariner Books - October 23rd, 2018

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“An unbelievable debut, one that announces a new and necessary American voice.” Tommy Orange, New York Times Book Review

“An excitement and a wonder: strange, crazed, urgent and funny.”George Saunders

“Dark and captivating and e


Disoriental Cover Image
By Negar Djavadi, Tina Kover (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609454517
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Published: Europa Editions - April 17th, 2018

WINNER 2019 ALBERTINE PRIZE

WINNER 2019 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD

FINALIST 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

FINALIST 2019 CLMP FIRECRACKER AWARD

FINALIST 2019 BEST TRANSLATED BOOK AWARD

WINNER LE PRIX DU ROMAN NEWS

WINNER STYLE PRIZE

WINNER 2016 LIRE BEST DEBUT NOVEL

WINNER LA PORTE DOR E PRIZE


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Radioapocrypha (OSU JOURNAL AWARD POETRY) Cover Image
$16.95
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 a


There There: A novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780525520375
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Published: Knopf - June 5th, 2018

ONE OF THE 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEARTHE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

WINNER OF THE CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE


Heavy: An American Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501125652
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Published: Scribner - October 16th, 2018

*Named a Best Book of 2018 by the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, NPR, Broadly, Buzzfeed (Nonfiction), The Undefeated, Library Journal (Biography/Memoirs), The Washington Post (Nonfiction), Southern Living (Southern), Entertainment Weekly, and The New York Times Critics*

*WINNER of the Andrew Carnegie Medal and FINALIST


Convenience Store Woman Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780802128256
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Published: Grove Press - June 12th, 2018

The English-language debut of one of Japan's most talented contemporary writers, selling over 650,000 copies there, Convenience Store Woman is the heartwarming and surprising story of thirty-six-year-old Tokyo resident Keiko Furukura.


Calypso Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316392389
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 29th, 2018

David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book.

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong.


The Great Believers Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735223523
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Published: Viking - June 19th, 2018

FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE IN FICTION
WINNER OF THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL
WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR FICTION
WINNER OF THE STONEWALL BOOK AWARD
SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

Soon to Be a Major Television Event, optioned by Amy Poehler


Negroland

STAFF REVIEW: Negroland, the memoir by journalist Margo Jefferson, adds another stunning voice to the dialogue about race.

Negroland: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307378453
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Published: Pantheon - September 8th, 2015

Winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
New York Times: 100 Notable Books of 2015
New York Times: Dwight Garner’s Best Books of 2015
Washington Post: 10 Best Books of 2015
Los Angeles Times: 31 Best Nonfiction Books of 2015


Shrinking the Earth

STAFF REVIEW: Widely recognized as the nation's first environmental historian, KU professor emeritus of history, Don Worster, has just released his latest book: Shrinking the Earth: The Rise and Decline of American Abundance (Oxford University Press). Each chapter charts the history of North Americans' slow realization of the limits of their continent's natural resources.

Shrinking the Earth: The Rise and Decline of Natural Abundance Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780199844951
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - February 5th, 2016

The discovery of the Americas around 1500 AD was an extraordinary watershed in human experience. It gave rise to the modern period of human ecology, a phenomenon global in scope that set in motion profound changes in almost every society on earth.


The Wisdom of the Myths by Luc Ferry

A wonderful introduction to the tropes and concerns of Greek mythology. Written for a lay audience, Ferry's guide suggests that the lessons of Tantalus, Sisyphus, and Orpheus have much to teach us about the role of harmony - peace of mind, cosmic justice, and a sense of fairness - in our world today. Engaging, informative, and compelling! Recommended by Chip.

The Wisdom of the Myths: How Greek Mythology Can Change Your Life (Learning to Live) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062215451
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 7th, 2014

A fascinating journey through Greek mythology that explains the myths' timeless lessons and meaning


The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero

Hilarious memoir about the production of what one critic has called "the Citizen Kane of bad movies" - The Room (2003). What drew me in was not the description of the filming itself, but rather the surprisingly profound meditation on fame and artistic creation.

The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451661194
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 1st, 2013

From the actor who lived through it all and an award-winning narrative nonfiction writer: the inspiring and laugh-out-loud funny story of a mysteriously wealthy social misfit who got past every road block in the Hollywood system to achieve success on his own terms—the making of The Room, “the Citizen Kane of bad movies” (Entertainment Weekly).

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Parcel

The first issue of is off the press and taking up shelf space at the Raven! A collaborative effort between publisher (and Raven Book Store co-owner) Heidi Raak, editor Kate Lorenz (former editor of Black Warrior Review), and designer Justin Runge (editor of Blue Hour Press), Parcel showcases writing and art from Lawrence and beyond. Individual copies can be purchased at the Raven Book Store for $12. are just $20 a year for two copies of the biannual , plus subscriptions include a bonus art piece. You can also . There are different levels you can give, but all contributors receive a subscription to the magazine. Contributions help offset production costs and expenses. Parcel accepts submissions year-round. If you have writing and art you would like considered, please visit the . For more insight into what Parcel is and how it came about, read the in the Lawrence Journal-World and Lawrence.com.

What We’re Reading

Just finished MURDER 101 and EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES by Maggie Barbieri. (The latest in the series--QUICK STUDY--is still in hardback. They are fun, light mysteries with a little romance and a touch of humor. The main character is an English professor at a private Catholic college in the Bronx.
Extracurricular Activities (A Murder 101 Mystery #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250009364
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Published: Minotaur Books - September 30th, 2008

You'd think, now that she's off the hook for murder, that Alison, an English professor at a cushy college campus just north of chaotic New York City, would be able to relax. But how can she, with a wedding in the works? A Ph.D can only go so far…