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Slow Dance: A Novel By Rainbow Rowell Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063380196
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Published: William Morrow - July 23rd, 2024

Funny Story By Emily Henry Cover Image
$23.20
ISBN: 9780593441282
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Published: Berkley - April 23rd, 2024

The Day Tripper By James Goodhand Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780778369646
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Published: Mira Books - March 19th, 2024

Phoebe's Diary By Phoebe Wahl Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316363563
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2023

What a joyful, vulnerable book that truly captures the tumultuous ups and downs, passions and despairs, and ecstatic moments of being a teenager. In a cross between graphic novel and diary, this book is full of art and heart as 15 year old Phoebe navigates her sophomore year of high school. This is a delightfully body-positive, sex-positive book, I'd recommend for older teens and teens at heart!


Alebrijes: Cuentista By Donna Barba Higuera Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781646142637
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Published: Levine Querido - October 3rd, 2023

I am in awe of Donna Barba Higuera. The Last Cuentista was Earth shattering, and this book, Earth mending.  A compassionate, humanizing, adventurous, and entirely gripping story of the love of siblings, the power of community, and search for hope and home. This story has elements that reminded me of Oliver Twist, The Giver, Les Misérables, and Interstellar, but is completely it's own story.  I recommend this to middle schoolers, teens, and adults.


The Eyes and the Impossible: (Newbery Medal Winner) By Dave Eggers, Shawn Harris (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Dave Eggers, Shawn Harris (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781524764203
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 9th, 2023

This is truly one of the best children's books I've ever read! I was blown away by how beautifully written it was. The language is so rich and the emotional arcs of the characters are so passionate and life affirming - I was bursting to share it with others as soon as I finished it. The illustrations remind me of JMW Turner paintings and are so perfect for the book, in beauty and mood. This book is truly a treasure and belongs on each child's bookshelf. 

Take a peek at the Wood Bound Edition, it is a beautiful gift!


The Great Transition: A Novel By Nick Fuller Googins Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781668010754
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Published: Atria Books - August 15th, 2023

What might a life look like after climate catastrophe? This book immerses you in a vision of the future and to see possibility, feel heartbreak and hope. At its heart, this is a story about a family trying to find their purpose in a world after climate catastrophe. Also, this story goes deep into the politics, societal upheaval, and consequential class consciousness that is inextricably linked to the climate crisis. I deeply appreciate the vision of this book, giving us a window into what actions may be needed for life on our planet to survive, while also anchoring us through a story of love (with a page-turning mystery too!) It was beautiful, brought tears to my eyes, and has made me reflect on my own actions and feelings about the current climate crisis.


The Unmaking of June Farrow: A Novel By Adrienne Young Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593598672
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Published: Delacorte Press - October 17th, 2023

This is the perfect recommendation for those who love Alice Hoffman and The Time Traveler's Wife. A heart wrenching, time travelling, mystery that made me cry and hug the book after finishing. Set in Western North Carolina across time, this story follows June as she learns about herself, uncovers the mystery about her family, and discovers what lengths she'll go for the people she loves. 


Easy Beauty: A Memoir By Chloé Cooper Jones Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781982152000
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - April 4th, 2023

What an exquisitely written, deeply vulnerable and insightful read. This memoir opens hearts and minds to her personal experience as a disabled woman and mother. Her language draws you right in. I can't stop thinking about so many scenes - she writes so vividly, it's like you are in the room with her. As a philosophy professor, her philosophical insights anchored the narrative throughout as well, offering so much to ponder and process. I know this is a book I will be reading again and sharing with others. 


Ink Girls By Marieke Nijkamp, Sylvia Bi (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Marieke Nijkamp, Sylvia Bi (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780063027107
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Published: Greenwillow Books - November 21st, 2023

A gripping story about a young printers apprentice whose maestra gets arrested for publishing a paper that reveals the truth of a political leader's corruption. The apprentice goes on the run to try to find proof and share the truth. This is a powerful story that follows a group of young people who come together in friendship and for a greater purpose, to stand up for the truth and the people of their city in the face of corruption. 


Wildfire (A Graphic Novel) By Breena Bard Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780316277655
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Published: Little, Brown Ink - September 5th, 2023

Julianna's home was destroyed by a wildfire in Oregon. Once her and her family move to Portland, she struggles to get used to life in the city without her beloved chickens and goats. She hesitantly joins a conservation club at school where she learns about climate change. The students also do community projects to help the environment in different ways. Julianna is angry and sad, struggling to process her feelings about the wildfire. Through friendship, family, and becoming involved in her community, she learns how to move forward while still honoring the complexity of her feelings. This is an informative and touching story, young readers will learn so much about climate change, friendship, family, and grief right alongside Julianna!


The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich (A Graphic Novel) By Deya Muniz Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316538725
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Published: Little, Brown Ink - May 9th, 2023

I was utterly swept away by this beautiful graphic novel. The story and the illustrations are so lush, vibrant, and fun! You'll want to be friends with this delightfully cheesy couple!


Henry the Snail By Katarina Macurova Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9788000067933
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Published: Albatros Media - June 13th, 2023

Readers young and old will be giggling and rooting for Henry the snail as he learns to navigate around the garden without slime (which, we learn, is very useful for snails!) 


At Sea By Emma Fedor Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982171544
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Published: Gallery Books - March 7th, 2023

If you liked "The Hidden" by Melanie Golding or "Spells for Forgetting" by Adrienne Young, you are going to want to read this book this summer! A touch of the possibility of magic, with the scrutiny of a great mystery/thriller, and a romance on Martha's Vineyard makes this a fascinating and gripping read. I also appreciate the off-season focus on the island and the coming of age journey and struggles of a young artist.


Enlighten Me (A Graphic Novel) By Minh Lê, Chan Chau (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Minh Lê, Chan Chau (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780759555488
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Published: Little, Brown Ink - September 19th, 2023

Following a young boy and his family during their time at a Buddhist silent retreat, this graphic novel is a beautiful, imaginative, fun, and introspective look at the experience of meditation. The main character remembers struggles from his past and, through learning about the life of the Buddha as well as his love of video games, discovers ways of conceptualizing and navigating his inner world. This is a great book for young readers interested in learning about Buddhism and tools for mindfulness through a captivating story with much imagination and humor.


The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida By Shehan Karunatilaka Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781324064824
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 1st, 2022

This is a book I will never forget. Rich with imagery, earthly and otherwise, and dynamic in every way, this is a mystery that explores and questions so much about life, politics, spirituality, and identity. The story feels expansive and personal, and the structure is brilliant.


Burst By Mary Otis Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781958506011
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Published: Zibby Books - April 4th, 2023

This story follows a mother and daughter relationship throughout their lives -through messiness, heartbreak, and love. The daughter pursues a career in modern dance in the '90s, and the author portrays her passion, journey, and struggles with compassion and clarity. I appreciate stories about professional dancers that express not only the highs but the painful lows. Readers who do not have modern dance experience will get a window into a dancer's journey that is accessible and emotional.


At Sea By Emma Fedor Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982171544
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Published: Gallery Books - March 7th, 2023

If you liked "The Hidden" by Melanie Golding or "Spells for Forgetting" by Adrienne Young, you are going to want to read this book this summer! A touch of the possibility of magic, with the scrutiny of a great mystery/thriller, and a romance on Martha's Vineyard makes this a fascinating and gripping read. I also appreciate the off-season focus on the island and the coming of age journey and struggles of a young artist.


The Invisible Hour: A Novel By Alice Hoffman Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982175375
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Published: Atria Books - August 15th, 2023

Hoffman is such a passionate storyteller, her language sweeps you away and gets straight to the heart of things. This story is a beautiful blend of prominent contemporary issues (from body autonomy to book banning) while also finding magic in the world. This is a story of struggling to find power in your life, and of longing for the world to be different than it is so that people can find true freedom.  It's about the love of mothers and daughters, the love of books and literature, and love as a creative force. The balance of these elements is grounding as well as uplifting. This novel invites us to feel deeply, to empathize, and to look for the threads that bind us together.

I also very much appreciate her depiction of Nathaniel Hawthorne as a man who was a genius and also struggled. A man who suffered, loved, and felt deeply, all while keeping the narrative open enough that his character is not a fixed point but can hold multitudes. He's such a beloved and fascinating historical figure, and her depiction of him is not about defining him, but holding space for him. 


The Infinity Particle By Wendy Xu, Wendy Xu (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Wendy Xu, Wendy Xu (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062955760
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Published: Quill Tree Books - August 29th, 2023

Looking for cozy, "Tea Dragon Society" vibes but on Mars with robots? This graphic novel has all the feels, asks thoughtful questions about the ethics of AI, and celebrates life and love in all it's forms. A powerful STEM story with art that takes your breath away! 


The Seven Year Slip By Ashley Poston Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593336502
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Published: Berkley - June 27th, 2023

What a delight! This book is the perfect balance of whimsical magical realism, thoughtful introspection, processing grief, encouraging coming of age journey, and a romance that will whisk you away! I found myself giggling and smiling as well as moved. I will be recommending this to fans of Emily Henry and "One Last Stop"!


A Warning About Swans By R. M. Romero Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781682634837
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Published: Peachtree Teen - July 11th, 2023

My heart opened, broke, and soared throughout reading this book. Each page is written with such love, you can't help but dream along with these passionate characters. This is a tale of becoming that invites us all to live and love so fully. It made me cry, ache, and audibly gasp, leaving me feeling like a missing piece of my heart was returned to me.


Greek Lessons: A Novel By Han Kang, Deborah Smith (Translated by), e. yaewon (Translated by) Cover Image
By Han Kang, Deborah Smith (Translated by), e. yaewon (Translated by)
$26.00
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ISBN: 9780593595275
Published: Hogarth - April 18th, 2023

Poverty, by America By Matthew Desmond Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593239919
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Published: Crown - March 21st, 2023

This is a must read! There is so much valuable, myth-busting information packed into this book, but does not feel overwhelming. It's a vital conversation that each one of us needs to talk about in every community in the United States, as it impacts each of us. Very grateful for this book and the language he provides for this conversation.


True Biz: A Novel By Sara Novic Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593241523
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 28th, 2023

An illuminating book I could not put down! Following 3 characters whose lives are deeply impacted by their time at a school for the deaf, I was captivated by the characters journey's and struggles. I especially loved how the book has illustrations of ASL signs as the characters learn them and there are interludes that provide mini ASL lessons to help you understand deeper how ASL functions as a language and its difference from English. This is a powerful book about disability rights, coming of age, love, and family.


The Lost Year: A Survival Story of the Ukrainian Famine (National Book Award Finalist) By Katherine Marsh Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250313607
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 17th, 2023

This is an immensely powerful and thoughtfully written story about 3 children: 1 living through the Ukrainian famine in the 1930's, 1 in Brooklyn in the 1930's, and 1 during the COVID 19 pandemic. This is a touching, multi-generational story of family, grief, courage, and the power of telling your story. I literally could not put it down until I finished it, crying multiple times throughout. Readers will learn so much from this story and reflecting on its timely themes.


I Have Some Questions for You: A Novel By Rebecca Makkai Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593490143
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Published: Viking - February 21st, 2023

Fans of the NPR podcast "Serial," as well as mysteries centering academia like "The Maidens" or New England-centric like "Locust Lane" will be hooked reading this twisty, topical mystery. The characters are so vivid, and you are taken into the mind of the main character so thoroughly, you'll find yourself swept up.


Yours Truly (Part of Your World) By Abby Jimenez Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538704394
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Published: Forever - April 11th, 2023

Funny and touching, this book truly warms the heart while also grappling with very real struggles in life. I loved this book so much! It's a world and a story and that is such a pleasure to be immersed in, I couldn't put it down.


Sea of Tranquility: A novel By Emily St. John Mandel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593466735
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Published: Vintage - March 28th, 2023

Wow, this is one of the most compelling and best executed books incorporating time travel I have ever read! The thoughtfulness infused throughout this story, as the characters navigate challenging   moments is such a pleasure to read. In companion with "The Glass Hotel," it's such a fascinating expansion on that story and themes, I was blown away!


Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries By Heather Fawcett Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9780593500132
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Published: Del Rey - January 10th, 2023

What a thoroughly enjoyable wintery read! Set in a very cold, northern Scandinavian-like village full of delightful towns folk, a pragmatic, brilliant scholar works on her book compiling information and folklore about the Fae. I fell in love with the idiosyncratic main characters, the tight spots they get in and out of, and the rich storytelling full of Fae-related folklore! I can't wait for more books in this series! 


Big Tree By Brian Selznick, Brian Selznick (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Brian Selznick, Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
$32.99
ISBN: 9781338180633
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Published: Scholastic Press - April 4th, 2023

Through exquisite art and spacious, essential language, this story is told from the perspective of sibling sycamore seeds making their way in the world. It is as  captivating, empowering, and impactful as Paulo Coelho's "The Alchemist;" written for a young audience and to be enjoyed by all.


Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution By R. F. Kuang Cover Image
$22.39
ISBN: 9780063021426
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Published: Harper Voyager - August 23rd, 2022

Wow! This book made me feel like how I feel when I watch the Les Misérables musical (one of my favorites). This is an epic  sweeping novel that gripped me from the first few pages, all the way to the end. It digs into the art of translation as well as so many challenging aspects of colonialism, racism, academia, and the industrial revolution through the eyes of dynamic characters that I could imagine as friends. Not for the faint of heart, be ready for heartbreak and fervor.  


The Moth Keeper: (A Graphic Novel) By K. O'Neill Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780593182260
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Published: Random House Graphic - March 7th, 2023

This graphic novel is a beautiful story about belonging and navigating the darkness (inside and out). The illustrations transport you to walk beside the moth keepers in the quiet darkness, in this magical, desert terrain. I fell in love with the world within pages.


Sir Callie and the Champions of Helston By Esme Symes-Smith Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593485774
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Published: Labyrinth Road - November 8th, 2022

What a joy of a read! This fantasy novel for children is a wonderfully written coming of age story about tweens who are seen as different and their courage to stand up for what's right. It grapples with internal and external struggles with heart, warmth, and encouragement. Themes of navigating relationships with family, friendship, and the world around you, are accessible and also a pleasure to read. I will absolutely be recommending this book to young readers!


Spells for Forgetting: A Novel By Adrienne Young Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593358511
Published: Delacorte Press - September 27th, 2022

I loved this moody, magical mystery! It is the perfect blend of Jodi Picoult-style heartfelt, character-driven mysteries and Alice Hoffman-style passionate magical realism. Atmospheric and dynamic, this island and the lives of its inhabitants captivated me. This is the kind of book I'm always searching for and was so thrilled to discover it, and this author!


Balladz By Sharon Olds Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780525656951
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Published: Knopf - October 4th, 2022

Every time I read Sharon Old's work I am struck. Her words punch your gut, wrench your heart, while tenderly holding you, so you know that she's taking you somewhere worthwhile. 

This collection of poems are a snapshot of time, they brought me right into the moment with her. She writes about the experience of isolation and quarantine while aging, while grieving the loss of a loved one. Hers is a perspective I am so grateful to read. I so appreciate her wisdom, her brutal honesty, her anger, and her wonder.


Fairy Tale By Stephen King Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781668002179
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Published: Scribner - September 6th, 2022

As we all know, Stephen King is a master storyteller, and this book is a prime example of King's extraordinary ability to weave a story and create characters who are so compelling and complex. This is a modern classic, a self aware love letter to fairy tales and Lovecraftian lore, through King's own lens. At its heart, this is a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk. Throughout, he is addressing the lineage of these classic stories and Campbell's "Hero's Journey" while somehow making it feel so fresh and raw. Don't get me wrong, the basic outline of the story is one we have all read before, over and over, but King brings a contemporary, gritty lens that pushes against the "perfect" veneer a lot of these stories have in our modern culture. The main character is constantly aware of the ways in which he fits the bill as this "perfect male hero" protagonist, yet straddles that with deeply confessional insights, revealing the darker nature he struggles with. 

This is not as dark and gory of a story as many of his books, but still goes there at times. I love that this book feels like an offering, a bridge. It’s a story about a boy who loves his dog (it made me cry!) It’s a coming of age story that could be a great story for parents and teens to read and discuss together after reading. There are no perfect people and no perfect worlds. I can think of no better writer to investigate this in the collective unconscious than Stephen King, and boy was it wonderful.


Look Up at the Stars By Katie Cotton, Miren Asiain Lora (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Katie Cotton, Miren Asiain Lora (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780711278790
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - October 4th, 2022

Gorgeous illustrations with rich colors and a sweet, comforting story with repetition and rhyme. A perfect bedtime read aloud! 


Thieves By Lucie Bryon Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781838741198
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Published: Nobrow - October 4th, 2022

This sweet graphic novel is about teens in their final year of high school. The characters are so endearing and the art is wonderful and captivating. The story sweeps you away on their journey of falling in love, recognizing their own destructive habits, and helping each other through it. 


A Scatter of Light By Malinda Lo Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525555285
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2022

This is a beautifully written LGBTQ   coming of age story for young adults! There's so much tackled in this, with such passion and tenderness: navigating gender and sexuality, coming out, complicated friendships, heading to college, aging and grief, art making, and so much more. Readers will find their heartstrings being tugged and left with so much to reflect on after reading this novel.


Spells for Lost Things By Jenna Evans Welch Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534448872
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2022

What a sweet book! I will absolutely be recommending this to middle school and YA readers! It's perfect for the Halloween season (as it takes place in Salem and has witchy elements) but it's a great read any time of year. A story about teens navigating foster care and divorce, about grief and mental health, and about how there are no easy fixes. It's a story about finding home and finding those who love you.


Freestyle: A Graphic Novel By Gale Galligan Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338045802
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Published: Graphix - October 18th, 2022

A thoroughly enjoyable graphic novel that is full of color, movement, and expression! I love the illustrations depictions of the kids dancing and yoyoing while experiencing so much emotion while moving! 

This is a perfect pick for kids in middle school going through friend struggles/school transitions. I love the message supporting kids learning to communicate with their peers, and celebrating the friends and passions they have! 


Thistlefoot: A Novel By GennaRose Nethercott Cover Image
$22.40
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ISBN: 9780593468838
Published: Anchor - September 13th, 2022

Every word of this book is a delight. The language is so yummy and playful, the characters are so vivid and full, the handling of ancestral trauma and processing grief is so compassionate and deeply needed. This book made me laugh, made me cry, and my heart burst open in a way I have not felt in a long time. Open for connection and love, open for art and joy, open to grief and all the ways it shows up in our world. Thank you for this book. It is a treasure.  


Dark Earth: A Novel By Rebecca Stott Cover Image
$27.00
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ISBN: 9780812989113
Published: Random House - July 19th, 2022

Fascinating history about the Dark Ages in London, after the Romans left, with wonderful characters. Historical fiction with hints of magic! 


The Dragon's Promise (Six Crimson Cranes #2) By Elizabeth Lim Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780593300954
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - August 30th, 2022

This second installment of "Six Crimson Cranes" is just as good as the first book! It picks up immediately where the first book leaves off and whisks you away as the main character tries to set things right. The storytelling is so luscious and well crafted. I love the journey of the characters, the sweet love story, and the recognition and exploration of the complexity of "good" and "evil." It brought me to tears at the end! These books are so beautiful, I have added them to the top of my list of favorite folklore retellings/fantasy books! Teens and adults alike will love this story!  


The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy By Megan Bannen Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316394215
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Published: Orbit - August 23rd, 2022

Yay!  I loved and devoured this book! This is a fun, heartfelt, heartwarming, spicy, fantasy romance with "zombies" and hints of "You've Got Mail" but so much better. It has everything I love in a fantasy/romance! I'm so excited to recommend this to readers!


The Dead Romantics: A GMA Book Club Pick (A Novel) By Ashley Poston Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593336489
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Published: Berkley - June 28th, 2022

Loved this book so much! It made me laugh and made me cry. It was so passionately, thoughtfully written, sensitive about grief and death, while also finding levity and humor throughout! Fans of Emily Henry as well as some magical realism will love this! 


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Six Walks: In the Footsteps of Henry David Thoreau By Ben Shattuck Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781953534040
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Published: Tin House Books - April 19th, 2022

This is a book that immerses you in the life of the author, whose reflections on his life and Thoreau's life are honest, raw, contemplative, at times funny, and always a welcome voice throughout many tides of life. It is a meditation on so many things: time passing, our human relationship to nature and walking, grief, friendships, and love. I especially appreciate how he considers the ways we can and cannot relate to Thoreau in our modern times. I recommend this book to those who are interested in Thoreau and his life, and are looking for a thoughtful book to connect to place and the self.


Hell Followed with Us By Andrew Joseph White Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781682633243
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Published: Peachtree Teen - June 7th, 2022

What a ride! This is book is gorey and powerful, vivid and angry. It's got body horror and romance, grapples with spiritual questions, and celebrates the experiences of LGBTQ  and neurodivergent folks. It felt like watching a friend play a video game (which I enjoy), but better! It has fast paced action, a cast of characters that you really root for despite knowing that the post apocalyptic environment is brutal and unforgiving. I was moved by this story and will definitely be recommending it to YA and adult readers! 


The Ghosts of Rose Hill By R. M. Romero Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781682633380
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Published: Peachtree Teen - May 10th, 2022

I could not put this book down! It was a tender, passionate, and captivating YA novel that utterly transports you to Prague. It wove Jewish history, folklore, and the present day beautifully. The language is beautiful as well, the whole book is in verse!


Time Is a Mother By Ocean Vuong Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780593300237
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Published: Penguin Press - April 5th, 2022

This collection of vulnerable poems of love, loss, grief, addiction, and trauma digs into deeply intimate terrain. His words shed bright, clear light into these places with tenderness and sweeping generosity. What a gift to this world.


I Must Betray You By Ruta Sepetys Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781984836038
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Published: Philomel Books - February 1st, 2022

Iron Widow By Xiran Jay Zhao Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735269934
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Published: Penguin Teen Canada - September 21st, 2021

This whirlwind novel is an action-packed YA sci-fi full of bloodthirst and justice!  There is electric feminist energy, beautiful queer themes, and thoughtful commentary on disability all while weaving in aspects of chinese culture that utterly whisk you into their world. I 100% agree with this review by E.K. Johnston and couldn't say it better: "A primal scream of a book!"


The Last Cuentista: Newbery Medal Winner By Donna Barba Higuera Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781646140893
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Published: Levine Querido - October 12th, 2021

This book was so powerful! A fantastic science fiction novel geared towards children 8 and up, I think would be great for middle school and high school ages as well. The story follows a girl as her and her family flee Earth on a spaceship of scientists to find a new planet to live on. It was heartbreaking as well as heart-warming, a story about love, loss, reverence of science and nature, as well as the power and healing nature of storytelling. I fell in love with the characters and there were a few scenes that brought me to tears. This would be a great choice for kids/teens who liked The Hunger Games and other dystopian novels, and could spark thoughtful family conversations. 


All The Names Given: Poems By Raymond Antrobus Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781951142926
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Published: Tin House Books - November 30th, 2021

This collection is such a moving read. The meditations on family, history, nature, grief, deafness, and love are heart-wrenching and poignant. The poems are visceral and deeply sensory experiences, with powerful usage of the idea of closed captioning that invite the reader to consider - what does sound truly mean to us? I highly recommend this collection to poetry lovers. 


Set Me Free (Show Me a Sign, Book 2) By Ann Clare LeZotte Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338742497
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 21st, 2021

This sequel to "Show Me a Sign" was just as riveting as the first one! The urgency of the story and the narrator's fervent drive, always following her heart and her ethics, captivated me from start to finish. This is such a beautifully written, powerful book for young people and adults alike. I hope there will be more books in the series!


Be Holding: A Poem (Pitt Poetry Series) By Ross Gay Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780822966234
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - September 8th, 2020

This book is one poem. My experience of this poem was through the lense of embodiment. After the experiences of 2020, of isolation and immobilization -- the flight, falling, and awe inspiring dynamicism of this piece was so liberating. This is also an incredibly personal piece, one that draws the reader into moments of despair and elation, and ultimately of justice.  


Goldenrod: Poems By Maggie Smith Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982185060
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Published: Atria/One Signal Publishers - July 27th, 2021

Goldenrod reads like a drive through your hometown, past land and houses you once knew, catching glimpses of people you love. Her poems ring with such truth and clarity they bring me to tears. This is a collection for mothers, for those yearning, struggling, and caring for our world. I highly recommend this book for those who love poets like Mary Oliver and Kate Baer. 


How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope By James Crews, Ross Gay (Foreword by) Cover Image
By James Crews, Ross Gay (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781635863864
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - March 23rd, 2021

This collection is such a balm for weary hearts. It is clear that the editor has lovingly selected each poem, and that passion for poetry is seeped into every page. The forward is a gorgeous meditation ushering the reader into the perfect headspace for poetry, asking us "how we witness makes our world." And in this collection this witnessing of the world is studied through gratitude and hope.


Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (Pitt Poetry Series) By Ross Gay Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780822963318
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - January 7th, 2015

This is one of my very favorite poetry collections. Ross Gay is such a loving, powerful, masterful poet, and this collection of poems bring the reader right to the heart of it all. I highly reccommend this collection for fans of Mary Oliver. 


Circe By Madeline Miller Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316556323
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 14th, 2020

I am drawn to retellings of myths and legends but tend to struggle with Greek mythology with its vastness and complicated relationships. This book captured me in way I haven't felt with Greek mythology before! It fleshes out these timeless characters with such grace and depth. The story beautifully weaves through so many eras of that cannon, and I felt like I could finally connect to the characters, dramas, and intricacies of this vast world. I love the world created here through the lens of the character Circe, who is a wonderfully complex, passionate, and caring witch and herbalist. 


The Glass Hotel: A novel By Emily St. John Mandel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525562948
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Published: Vintage - February 16th, 2021

I was immediately drawn to this book by the mysterious foggy cover, which turned out to be very fitting for this story. Part mystery, part ghost story, part coming of age story in the subculture of 2000's Toronto, it spans diverse and fascinating topics with compassion and intrigue. I was thoroughly enthralled by how it all threads together.


Before the Coffee Gets Cold By Toshikazu Kawaguchi Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781335430991
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Published: Hanover Square Press - November 17th, 2020

I love time travel stories. In this one, I was genuinely amused by the "rules," quotidian nature of the characters, and unapologetically casual pacing. This book took a touching look at relationships and our universal desire for understanding and closure. A perfect book for a rainy day with a cup of coffee.


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