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I have a very meta love of books about books and The Weird Sisters is very much about that love. It follows three complex (and often at odds) sisters who come home to care for their ailing mother. Told in first person plural narrative you feel instantly a part of their story. - Karena

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780425244142
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 7th, 2012

I am such a fan of Eddie Izzard that when I saw he had an autobiography coming out, I think I squee'd. His brand of humor saturates his writing and is an utter delight to read. - Karena

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Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399175831
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Published: Blue Rider Press - June 13th, 2017

Helena is the child born of kidnapping and captivity, until she and her mother escaped. Thirteen years later, her father has broken out of prison and Helena must use the skills he taught her to catch him. Woven around Hans Christian Anderson’s story The Marsh King's Daughter, and alternating between Helena’s childhood and her hunt for the man she both loves and hates, this fiendishly paced psychological thriller completely floored me. Think Room, but with vengeance. - Flannery

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ISBN: 9780735213005
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 13th, 2017

While attending a small dinner party next door, the Conti's baby disappears into the hot summer night. What follows is a delicious mix of family secrets, unreliable narrators, and a hardened detective who's determined to find the truth--and the baby, fingers crossed. Another of those "oops, I read it in one night" books, The Couple Next Door's pacing is on point and exquisitely satisfying. A perfect summer read! - Rachel

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ISBN: 9780735221109
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Published: Penguin Books - May 30th, 2017

Donovan Hohn was teaching English in New York City when a student tipped him off to the tantalizing story of a shipping container lost at sea that “liberated” 28,800 bath toys into the Pacific Ocean. Hohn left his teaching job to embark on a hysterical series of adventures—to Alaska, China, and the Arctic Circle—to track down the origins and fates of these plastic duckies (and turtles and beavers and frogs). His investigation unfolds as an accessible introduction to oceanography and the serious issue of plastics in our oceans. Hohn is a lovingly literary narrator with a self-deprecating sense of humor. This book contained some of the most fun and informative science journalism I’ve read.—Emily

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Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea & of the Beachcombers, Oceanograp Hers, Environmentalists & Fools Inclu Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143120506
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Published: Penguin Books - February 28th, 2012

I’m a sucker for crime novels and in my opinion, Tana French is the best of the best. Everything she writes is pure gold, and The Trespasser is no exception. The characters are richly developed, the plot is dark and twisty, and the writing is so good you’ll have a hard time putting it down.—Kathleen Fitzpatrick

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780670026333
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Published: Viking - October 4th, 2016

Ah, that strong-hearted, clear-headed Logan family, with their love for their land and for one another—they could single-handedly teach Dignity 101. I’ve revisited this family many times and I’m still enthralled, still rapidly turning pages. Ages 10 & up. - Ga

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ISBN: 9780140384512
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Published: Puffin Books - November 27th, 2001

One of our Children's Books Department staff's new favorite board books, and a great book to read after Goodnight Moon.

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By Oliver Jeffers, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781524737160
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Published: Philomel Books - March 7th, 2017

My favorite kind of summer read is an engrossing culinary book, and if it’s about Southern food, all the better. As director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, John T. Edge has credentials to write this “food history of the modern South,” but more than that, he is a terrific writer who cares about the ways that race has shaped what and how we eat. I am particularly interested in reading Edge’s take on how “[Southern] food and eating intertwine inextricably with politics and social history.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review.) - S.B.

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ISBN: 9781594206559
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Published: Penguin Press - May 16th, 2017

Sure, I had dabbled in a little ultimate frisbee in high school, but I had not even scratched the surface of this rich subculture, equal parts rambunctious and competitive but all intensely athletic. Gessner doesn’t just report on the early days of this young sport; he brings them to life. Suddenly you are caught up in the rivalries, crammed into the team vans, swigging the celebratory beers, and reveling in the great layout catches of the day. A perfect Santa Cruz summer read. - Melinda

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ISBN: 9780735210561
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 6th, 2017

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