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

Immerse yourself in the Dark Ages with this captivating historical-fiction set in 500 AD. The reader follows two recently orphaned sisters, Isla and Blue, as they navigate through a world primarily ruled by men. Without the protection of their deceased father, they must plead with the lord that rules over their land for help. When this plan backfires, they flee to the long-abandoned Ghost City where they must learn to survive along with countless other women who had also gone into hiding within its crumbling walls. I highly recommend this read to anyone who enjoys historical fiction with a bit of magic and mythology sprinkled throughout!

-Isabella

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The Many Daughters of Afong Moy: A Novel By Jamie Ford Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982158217
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Published: Atria Books - August 2nd, 2022

Let me preface this review by saying that this may be my favorite, most influential book for 2022! If you read the 13 pages of Acknowledgments, you’ll understand how much research author Jamie Ford explored, in order to write this life-changing piece of fiction, so on the edge, but surrounded by truth!

Have you ever had the familiar feeling of Deja vu, or been moved to tears for no apparent reason? Transgenerational Epigenetic Inheritance, a current topic of exploration, might just be the answer, and this is the subtle underlying topic throughout the book. Ford brilliantly weaves the stories of six generations of women, all descendants of Afong Moy, the first Chinese woman to step foot in America. The story moves back and forth in time, from 1834-2086, and the reader must pay close attention to each character, to discover how their lives have been shaped by some kind of genetic predisposition. As one of the later descendants proclaimed, “My whole life is an echo of so many generations.” This story is churning in my psyche! I’m determined to learn as much as I possibly can about the women in my family who preceded me! Time’s ticking!

-Virgie

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Moonlight and the Pearler's Daughter By Lizzie Pook Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982180492
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 14th, 2022

The “mother of pearl” is a coveted gemstone, but I never understood what the “pearlers” must risk acquiring this gem. This story of feminine courage is inspired by the early 1900s pearl industry. It takes place in the sweltering, foul-smelling, and dangerous Bannin Bay, one of Australia’s early pearling hubs. The story exposes the catastrophic effect that the pearling industry had on Australia’s Aboriginal population. If you enjoyed the topic of pearlers in The Island of Sea Women, this book will further your understanding of this culture, and the dangerous stakes it entails.

-Virgie


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The Latecomer: A Novel By Jean Hanff Korelitz Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781250790798
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Published: Celadon Books - May 31st, 2022

I’m certain that most families are, at least a bit, dysfunctional, but the dynamics of the Oppenheimer family is the King of Dysfunction! It’s interesting to read the voices of each family character, because from their personal perspectives one would wonder if they could be talking about the same family! Johanna always dreamt about having a family, and when her IVF triplets were born, she was over the moon; not so much her husband. The belief in her “perfect family” is so skewed when compared to the viewpoint of other family members.  The story erupts in a whirlwind when the triplets move out, the parents become “empty nesters” and a new sibling arrives, the “latecomer.” 

If you enjoy reading about family dynamics and relationships, or if you just want to feel REALLY GOOD about your own family, then this is a good read to enjoy during the warm summer days.

-Virgie

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Nora Goes Off Script By Annabel Monaghan Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593420034
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 7th, 2022

Need a good beach read? Make sure you bring your sunscreen because it’s really difficult NOT to read this story in one sitting! It’s addictive, romantic, emotional, and engaging! Nora writes stories for screenplays and changes her script to write about her recent divorce. Her real-life is made into a movie that turns into a wild affair with the man who pretended to be her husband on screen. If you don’t quite understand what I’ve said, read this captivating story!  

-Virgie

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Love Marriage: A Novel By Monica Ali Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982181475
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Published: Scribner - May 3rd, 2022

Cultures clash when newly engaged couple Yasmin, a resident and Indian born 26-year-old, and Joe, a doctor and upper-class white boy, begin to plan their marriage. Not only do their ethnic backgrounds differ, but also their childhood experiences and dating history. The one thing in common is that both sets of parents want to be involved in the wedding plan, and this is when the real tension begins! Yasmin Goreme’s future mother-in-law, an intellectual feminist, threatens to bring sex into the Goreme household, the chaste and cardamom-scented home, which is upended.  In spite of Goreme’s “love marriage” story, their marriage was never chaste. In fact, every character in the story was deceiving each other and deceiving themselves. Wow! What a story!  I’m hoping for a sequel, or maybe I’ll have to create my own! 

This story will grab the attention of those interested in multicultural explorations of family, marriage, love, and sex.

-Virgie

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Juniper & Thorn: A Novel By Ava Reid Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062973160
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Published: Harper Voyager - June 21st, 2022

I’m always a sucker for a well-written retelling, and Ava Reid’s interpretation of the classic story “The Juniper Tree” did not disappoint. 

In the glittering city of Oblya, a nameless horror is lurking the streets and gobbling up workers in a very gruesome manner. Inside a crooked house on the edge of town, three sisters are under the brutal thumb of their father, Oblya’s last true wizard. His youngest daughter Marlinchen bears the brunt of her father’s wrath, especially when she musters the courage to sneak out and attend the ballet. 

As the deaths stack up, Marlinchen begins to suspect that something awful is happening to her. Large swaths of her memory seem to be gone, and there is meat in their ice chest that she doesn’t remember buying at the market. With the help of a handsome dancer from the ballet, she might just be able to stand up to her father - and find out who is responsible for the deaths. 

-Megan

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A Thousand Splendid Suns By Khaled Hosseini Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594483851
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 25th, 2008

A Thousand Splendid Suns tell the story of Mariam in her teenage years through her adulthood. Set in Kabul, Afghanistan, Mariams upbringing is alarming. Her battles with abuse and trauma are startling yet fascinating. Hosseini's writing is captivating, and the internal perspective of his characters is intriguing. Besides the books brilliant writing and delivery, the story is well distinguished. Hosseini's words will stick with you even when the book isn’t in your hands. I strongly recommend that you read this book. 

-Liesel

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The Lying Game: A Novel By Ruth Ware Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781501156205
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - March 6th, 2018

This fast paced psychological thriller will have you tearing out the pages to finish! A group of friends bound together by a horrible secret must come together when knowledge of their past deeds begins to come to light. What do you get when boarding school friends obsessed with telling the most outlandish lies actually get caught up in the truth? Especially when there are lives at stake. This is a book for those who enjoy eerie, unsettling, intellectual thrillers that mess with your mind and hook you in from the very first page.

-Annali

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Red Rising (Red Rising Series #1) By Pierce Brown Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345539809
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Published: Del Rey - July 15th, 2014

A broken slave, Darrow ascends into the dystopian cyberpunk world above his, to take down those who took the one he loved, all the while facing a battle within - will he become like the people he swore to destroy? This book is reminiscent of “The Hunger Games” in all the right ways, while author Pierce Brown lends the title a unique twist. 

-Ely 


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The Way of Kings: Book One of the Stormlight Archive By Brandon Sanderson Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780765365279
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Published: Tor Fantasy - May 24th, 2011

As any reader of Brandon Sanderson would affirm, the words of a mere mortal could only hope to fall woefully short of describing the sheer breadth and scale of the universes that Sanderson creates with ease. A master of modern fantasy, Sanderson introduces novel magic systems, languages, and distinct races and customs while weaving a meticulous storyline that will leave the reader enthralled until the last word (and, in most cases, the epilogue as well). Throughout the first book of The Stormlight Archive, The Way of Kings, a unique and compelling host of characters is introduced. From Kaladin, a broken, battle-weary soldier turned indentured worker, to Shallan, a young woman pretending her way into the good graces of a princess on the cusp of an earth-shattering revelation. Political intrigue, poignant vignettes, and passionate relationships abound, The Way of Kings is a must-read for any fan of storytelling in general, epic fantasy or not.   

-Bryce

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Crime and Punishment: Introduction by W J Leatherbarrow (Everyman's Library Classics Series) By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by), W J. Leatherbarrow (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by), W J. Leatherbarrow (Introduction by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780679420293
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Published: Everyman's Library - May 25th, 1993

Set in St. Petersburg, Russia sometime in the 1800s, Crime and Punishment explores the darkest depths of the human psyche and the extremes it will turn to in order to achieve absolution and validation. The protagonist, Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, is an impoverished ex-law student who had essentially estranged himself from his family and friends out of bitter conceit and some backward form of self-hatred. Throughout the story, Raskolnikov viciously and constantly vacillates between poisonous narcissism and abject nihilism, adding to the atmosphere of his turbulent and lurid surroundings. When Raskolnikov commits an unforgivable crime, internal war with his conscience begins and is sustained throughout the entirety of the book, all the way until the climactic conclusion. As he tries to evade suspicion from law enforcement and the cunning Porfiry Petrovich, every dialogue feels as tense as a knife fight, wherein a single error means death. Throughout all of Raskolnikov’s manic revelations, fevered allocutions, and tortured imprecations, the questions every independent mind has asked themselves are infused. “Why should one obey society’s laws?” “What defines a ‘crime?’” and “Do I have it in my nature to stand out from the rest?” 

If you are a fan of Russian Literature, archaic language, and profound philosophical insight, I would highly recommend this ineffable work of literary excellence. 

-Bryce     


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Attack on Titan 1 By Hajime Isayama Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781612620244
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Published: Kodansha Comics - June 19th, 2012

For a century, humanity has cowered behind 5o meter-high walls protecting them from the naked, man-eating giants outside. The Titans. No one knows where they come from or why they eat humans, all they know is that they nearly wiped out humanity 100 years ago and will again if given the chance. The reader follows Eren and his two best friends Armin and Mikasa as they navigate through tragedy and the horrors of the world they live in. Will they ever be free? Full of suspense, mystery, and gory death, I highly recommend this book if you enjoyed the manga series Parasyte or Tokyo Ghoul!

-Isabella


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Demon Days Treasury Edition By Peach Momoko Cover Image
$34.99
ISBN: 9781302930110
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Published: Marvel - May 24th, 2022

This fun twist on our classic marvel comics takes us back to Feudal Japan, where our villains and heroes aren’t human. No, they’re Oni and Yokai. I found the storyline absolutely captivating. How can it not be when you have a girl with newly discovered powers learning about her past? The way they introduced each Marvel character was fantastic, some were subtle introductions and others were completely obvious. Anyone who loves Marvel will love this!

-Patty


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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas By John Boyne Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780385751537
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Published: Ember - October 23rd, 2007

A story about a boy named Bruno and his experience during the Holocaust. Bruno's father, a commanding officer in the Nazi Party, takes on the operations of a concentration camp known as Out-With (Auschwitz). The family moves disturbingly close to the camp and Bruno describes what the time was like in evident detail. Through his time spent at Out-With, he eventually discovers a barb-wired fence and the boy that sits behind it. The boys' friendship grows and the gravity of the situation intensifies. The ending of the book is astonishing yet painfully accurate. A story I will certainly never forget.   

-Liesel

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The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School By Sonora Reyes Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063060234
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 17th, 2022

All I can say about this book is: Finally! :)

This book is hard, joyous, full of hope, raw, funny, and enlightening, and was such an incredible roller coaster ride! Yamilet and her brother transfer to a predominantly white, Catholic school after her ex-best friend outed her. There she meets Bo, who is loud, proud, and isn’t afraid to be herself. Friendship, difficulty, and love of every kind ensue. More than being a fantastic love story, the family dynamic that Sonora Reyes writes is so truthful and so enjoyable to read. 

Warning: this book does deal with quite a bit of difficult content such as homophobia, suicide ideation, slurs, racism, coming out issues, and a few more. This book balances the hardships with the joys and makes you wish it doesn’t end. 

–Annali

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Winterkeep (Graceling Realm) By Kristin Cashore Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780803741508
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Published: Dial Books - January 19th, 2021

In this latest addition to Cashore’s Graceling series, 4 years have passed since the previous book Bitterblue left off. Monsea continues to heal from the monstrous years of king Leck, guided by Queen Bitterblue’s gentle hand. A new land has been discovered across the sea; Winterkeep, a land full of technological wonders and novel democratic government. Up until now Monsea’s interactions with Winterkeep have been peaceful, but when two of Queen Bitterblue’s delegates go missing at sea she feels that something rotten is afoot and decides to visit the nation for herself. What she finds has the potential to tear their world apart. 

Full of diverse characters, including a main neurodivergent character, I found this addition to the Graceling series to be a fantastic addition to the world Cashore has built! 

-Megan 

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The Mirrorwood By Deva Fagan Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534497146
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 12th, 2022

The second I finished this book, I hunted down the author’s email to ask if she ever planned on writing fantasy for adults! (She does: yay!) The only downside to this beautifully written, poignant, high fantasy about the discovery and acceptance of who you truly are, is that there isn’t a sequel. The characters are addicting; the story arc is full of fast-paced, high-stakes twists and turns, making it impossible to put this book down. There are many truly important lessons for young readers, intricately woven into a “can’t stop reading” adventure fantasy. Run–don’t walk–RUN, to get this book for any young reader searching for a new adventure. 

-Annali

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The Elephant Girl By James Patterson, Ellen Banda-Aaku, Sophia Krevoy (With) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316316927
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Published: jimmy patterson - July 25th, 2022

Twelve-year-old Jama, a young Maasi girl living in Kenya, is one of the bravest characters I’ve ever met in a children’s book! One might call Jama an “elephant whisperer” or a persistent advocate for animals living in the wild. This is a story not only of a courageous girl, but also the exploration of elephant life, and how poachers in Africa are threatening their existence. The story shows the impact kids can make in the adult world. Sometimes it’s the youngsters who hold the wisdom and the courage to make a difference. 

If you love animals or want to learn about a culture other than your own, I highly recommend this juvenile fiction book.

-Virgie

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The List of Things That Will Not Change By Rebecca Stead Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781101938126
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Published: Yearling - April 5th, 2022

Growing up, my favorite book was When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. When I saw she had released another book this year, I had to read it. The writing in this book transported me right back to my childhood and reminded me of what it feels like to be growing up at 10 years old. My favorite part of this book was the technique the main character, Bea, was given to her by her therapist. She sets aside 5 minutes each day to do her “worrying” so that these things that she worries about won’t bother her for the rest of the day. This is something I have now tried to implement in my own life! Growing up is hard, and making mistakes is okay, and Rebecca Stead does a great job of portraying it through the eyes of 10-year-old Bea.

-Lark

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The Divorce Colony: How Women Revolutionized Marriage and Found Freedom on the American Frontier By April White Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780306827662
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Published: Hachette Books - June 14th, 2022

This heavily researched nonfiction which reads like a novel is an eye-opener of disturbing information relating to, yet again, women’s rights! In the early years of our country, the US was a “hodgepodge” of divorce rules, resulting in those few States with fewer restrictions that became “migratory divorce centers.” The Sioux Falls Cataract House, aka the “divorce colony,” became one such headquarter for divorcees to live, as they awaited their 90-day residency which allowed them to file for divorce. This is the story of four powerful, courageous women who, while presiding in the Cataract House, reshaped the country’s attitude toward divorce. The religious, political, legal, and social hurdles they faced are uncovered in this book of non-fiction. My, oh my, what women have had to endure throughout the ages! This book is just one more testament that women ARE the stronger sex, in so many ways!

-Virgie

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The Tiny Warrior: A Path to Personal Discovery and Achievement By D.J. Eagle Bear Vanas Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780740733888
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - March 2nd, 2003

Sometimes the simplest lessons in life are the most powerful, and this book is packed with wisdom, simple and powerful! Author Eagle Bear Vanes shares stories from his Native American heritage, as he writes a book within a book, both including the wise grandfather and the floundering grandson. According to Eagle Bear, we all have a bit of warrior deep inside us, waiting to be discouraged, but if you’re courageous enough to find that tiny warrior within, you can let him out and live the life of your dreams! I love the author’s use of metaphors to tell the story, and at the end of each chapter he includes Points of Wisdom. 

This book is the perfect read for anyone going through a life transition; moving on in school, graduating, getting married, acquiring that first job. If you enjoyed Rules For a Knight or Make Your Bed then I know you will savor this book! 

-Virgie

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Paint with Thread: A Step-By-Step Guide to Embroidery Through the Seasons By Emillie Ferris Cover Image
$29.99
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ISBN: 9781446308486
Published: David & Charles - May 24th, 2022

Ever wanted to learn to embroider but didn’t know where to start? I was in your shoes until this book’s gorgeous cover caught my eye and its contents sparked my interest. Ferris’s original designs are enchanting and woodsy with a witchy flair, and I wanted nothing more than to create my own to hang on my wall or to give to my family members. Embroidery is calming, fun and allows for your creative juices to find a canvas, so if you’re looking for a new hobby, you won’t regret picking up this book!

-Isabella


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Special Topics in Being a Human: A Queer and Tender Guide to Things I've Learned the Hard Way about Caring for People, Including Myself By S. Bear Bergman, Saul Freedman-Lawson (Illustrator) Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781551528540
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 12th, 2021

I picked up this book out of curiosity and am now convinced that it should be required reading!  What a great graphic guide to all the classic (and not-so-classic) questions we face as humans. From ‘who is correctly loading the dishwasher’ to ‘how to gracefully accept a breakup even when you feel like garbage’ to ‘how to give the kind of help that’s actually helpful’ and ‘how to have the conversations about topics you don’t understand’ you’ll find answers here.  Written by a seasoned advice columnist, you can’t go wrong with this title.  I took a copy home immediately! If you liked Lori Gottlieb’s Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, and Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things, this is the book for you!

-Jenna


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I Can Take it from Here: A Memoir of Trauma, Prison, and Self-Empowerment (Truth to Power) By Lisa Forbes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781586423049
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Published: Steerforth Press / Truth to Power - June 7th, 2022

The intense story of Lisa Forbe’s life and the obstacles she faces. Her harrowing journey as a daughter, mother, and prisoner is infinitely compelling. Her descriptions of her past can be distressing yet honest and, for some, relatable. I respect her strength to tell her story and allow others to find refuge in her words. She speaks of the trauma faced with her family involving neglect, sexual abuse, and lack of human decency. She also communicates her experience with the US incarceration system and expresses opinions on how to improve it. A book that will tug at your heartstrings while simultaneously raising awareness of necessary change.

-Liesel

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How to raise a loaf and fall in love with sourdough By Roly Allen Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781786275790
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Published: Laurence King Publishing - May 26th, 2020

Making a homemade loaf of sourdough is a daunting feat to say the least. This book walks you through every step of the sourdough process in a way that is comprehensive and understandable. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that this book dove into the importance of the little steps that are needed to make the perfect loaf of sourdough loaf at home.

-Sophia 


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Wild Eats: Campsite Cooking By Nick Cote Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781937052737
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Published: Colorado Mountain Club - November 1st, 2021

With camping season in full swing, this fun, and creative cookbook will help add some (literal) spice to traditional campfire cooking. This cookbook attempts not to change, but rather add and inspire new ideas to try out around a campfire, on a cast iron, or on a portable camping stove. Whether you are an experienced camper, or a never-ever trying something new, this book will provide some sort of cooking knowledge that will enhance your camping experience. I am very excited to try something new out in the woods next time I go camping (especially one of the many dessert recipes)!

-Lark


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The Hurting Kind By Ada Limón Cover Image
$24.00
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ISBN: 9781639550494
Published: Milkweed Editions - May 10th, 2022

Poems are organized by seasons Spring, Fall, and Winter. The Hurting Kind includes curious poems about life. Each word is chosen carefully to create a purposeful read. An analysis of these poems allows for an analysis of oneself. I admire Ana Limon’s dedication to writing inspired poetry. 

-Liesel


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In the Land of Fairies By Daniela Drescher Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781782507215
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Published: Floris Books - May 18th, 2021

A cozy short tale about all the fairies that celebrate and watch over the changing seasons in their forest. I am over the moon in love with Drescher’s colorful illustrations and I could almost smell the flowers and feel the autumn breeze through its pages. Such a gorgeous book and so so special.

-Isabella


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Big Problems, Little Problems By Ben Feller, Mercè López (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ben Feller, Mercè López (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9780884488903
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Published: Tilbury House Publishers - May 31st, 2022

More often than not, I find myself giving advice, that despite knowing better, I struggle to follow myself. This book is about exactly that, and how the way that we look at our day and our lives, has a strong relationship with how it affects us. A nice little book about perspective and magnitude in an ever-increasingly hyperbolic world. Though maybe I’m turning all of that into a Big Problem.

-Ryan


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The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein, Shel Silverstein (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780060256654
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Published: HarperCollins - February 18th, 2014

A nostalgic story about the stages of life and the relationship between a boy and a tree. Shel Silverstein writes in metaphorical language and describes the hardships of life with a gentle demeanor. The book is beautifully illustrated and provides a story that can be enjoyed by all ages. I appreciate the simplicity of the book yet value the underlying meaning it provides.

-Liesel