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Books are the gift that keeps on giving.
Here are a few of our absolute favorites from the past year.

 



Afterworlds (Hardcover)

$19.99
ISBN-13: 9781481422345
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Published: Simon Pulse, 9/2014

"In Scott Westerfelds new book Afterworlds the readers are treated to two stories in one! Afterworlds is set up with alternating chapters where the reader is first introduced to Darcy Patel, a writer, who has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel aptly titled - Afterworlds. Next the reader is immersed in the world of her novel and gets to follow her character Lizzie along on a suspenseful and thrilling ride. If you are looking for a fantastic new read then this book is a must!" ERIN


$24.95
ISBN-13: 9780847842186
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Published: Rizzoli, 4/2014
"There are lots of cocktail books out there. I like this one because it’s accessible to the amateur bartender without losing the art of craft cocktailing. Well organized with great photos and easy to follow recipes. Disclaimer:  If you make the Buona Vita punch on page 127 you may accidentally fall into an above ground pool while simultaneously catching a Frisbee one-handed." STEFANI

Bad Magic (Hardcover)

$17.00
ISBN-13: 9780316320382
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9/2014
Bad Magic is written by Psuedonymous Bosch, author of the Secret Series. The main character, Clay's life hits a downward spiral when he is accused of being responsible for the graffiti that appears on a wall at school. He didn't do it but no one at school believes him - not the school administrators or even his parents. The school insists that his parents make sure that he faces consequences for the damage. In turn, Clay is sent off to a summer camp for wayward kids. This is where the adventure begins! The story is filled with entertaining characters, witty dialog and is an overall enjoyable read! Who knows, maybe with the parallels made to William Shakespeare's Tempest... kids might even give Shakespeare a chance!" ERIN

$25.00
ISBN-13: 9780544106000
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Published: Houghton Mifflin, 10/2014
 THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2014 edited by SCOTT MCCLOUD - "For those of you who are on top of the comics/graphic novel game, you'll recognize McCloud from his brilliant Cartooning Bible, Understanding Comics. He, along with the Best American series editor, has compiled an excellent collection of the year's stand-out work, from veterans like Ben Katchor (Hand-Drying in America & Other Stories) to newbies like Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree). McCloud is a serious lover of comics, and his passion oozes from every page. This collection is not only a comic lovers' smorgasbord, but a vertiable lesson on the world of comics and cartooning, and its deserved place in the world of art and literature." AMANDA

$19.95
ISBN-13: 9781579123666
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 5/2004
  A CHILD'S INTRODUCTION TO THE NIGHT SKY by MICHAEL DRISCOLL - "I have an obsession with space- as in stars, planets and constellations- and wish I'd had this book when I was a kid! It includes the mythology behind the planets' names as well as the science behind their discovery, the history of star-gazing and astronomy, an introduction to astronomy and cosmology terms, and a star-wheel guide -- basically, everything a precocious kid needs to navigate the night sky and more." AMANDA

Descent (Hardcover)

$25.95
ISBN-13: 9781616203047
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1/2015
"A family is vacationing in the Rockies. The daughter and her younger brother go for a run when a terrible act of violence changes the family forever. I don’t know enough adjectives to describe how well written and compelling this book is. I left a stack of unpaid bills, unfolded laundry and unfed children begging for dinner while I read the last 50 pages. Easily the best book of ANY genre I’ve read in 5 years. It goes on sale January 6th, but pre-order now and receive a signed first edition. Quantities are limited." STEFANI

$29.99
ISBN-13: 9781416960812
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Published: Little Simon, 10/2014

"In the latest pop-up adventure by Robert Sabuda a dragon and a knight race through several fairy tales. They check out Cinderella and her shoes, climb into Rapunzel's tale, hang out with Aladdin and visit several other familiar faces from classic fairy tales. The characters and their adventures will literally pop right off the pages. The Dragon and the Knight is a beautiful and entertaining read for the whole family to enjoy!" ERIN


$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781419710681
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Published: Amulet Books, 8/2014
"Franny is growing up in the 50’s when polio strikes and she winds up using a wheelchair and enduring painful physical therapy.  A nurse gives her a copy of newly published, Charlotte’s Web, and she begins daydreaming about a miracle cure or at least a friend like Charlotte to keep her company. Fleabrain is a flea possessed with extraordinary powers that lives on the end of Franny’s dog’s tail. He writes her a note and a new friendship begins.  For lovers of Out of My Mind, Wonder and of course, Charlotte’s Web. Appropriate for ages 10-14." STEFANI

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9781595231109
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Published: Sentinel Trade, 10/2014
"Kilmeade and Yaeger tell a tale of espionage and heroism with an unlikely band of six spies including a coffeehouse owner and tavern keeper. Believing that the military strength of the British was too great, Washington turned to this secretive group of spies to form the Culpeper Spy Ring. Their undercover work eventually saved the American Revolution. The sole female member recruited to charm information from smitten British officers is still known only as “Agent 355.” I thoroughly enjoyed learning about this little known piece of history." STEFANI

$25.00
ISBN-13: 9780316278157
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Published: Orbit, 6/2014
"The best way to describe the experience you will have while reading this book is to compare it to opening Pandora's Box. The outside of the book and the description on the dust jacket are simple and unassuming but once you begin reading, with each page more and more is unleashed onto you but yet at the very end you are still left with hope! This also speaks to a lot of the major themes of the book. Any more will spoil the experience…. Personally, I think that The Girl with All the Gifts is a must read!" ERIN

$28.00
ISBN-13: 9780813060156
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Published: University Press of Florida, 9/2014
"From the trio that brought us Field to Feast this cookbook expands to include recipes and stories from Florida’s waters. I highly recommend the White Clam Chowder and the Orange Sour Cream Coffee Cake. For the cook, historian, Florida native or Florida transplant. Love it!" STEFANI

How to Build a Girl (Hardcover)

$26.99
ISBN-13: 9780062335975
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Published: Harper, 9/2014

"In the council estates of Wolverhampton, England in 1990, 14-year old Johanna humiliates herself on live television. Shortly thereafter, she decides to re-invent herself as Dolly Wilde, a fast-talking, hard-drinking sex-adventurer who writes for the local music rag. Never mind the fact that she doesn't drink, that she's a virgin, and that her music collection is comprised solely of the Beatles and the Bee
Gees. Armed with eyeliner, a fair amount of Thunderbird 20/20, and pure determination, Dolly breaks onto the scene and makes a new life for herself. But, as she comes to realize, the hardest - and most heartbreaking - changes are the ones we make within. Absolutely laugh-out-loud hilarious, inspiring and profound, Moran has written the coming-of-age of our time, one I hope every woman - no matter what stage of "building" she's in - will read." AMANDA


The High Divide (Hardcover)

$24.95
ISBN-13: 9781616203757
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 9/2014
"Enger captures the historical accuracy of Minnesota’s Western prairie in the 19th Century with a deeply moving story of a woman on a search for her husband. Ulysses Pope leaves one day with barely a goodbye. His two young sons set off to find him and Gretta Pope has no choice but to follow. At its
heart, High Divide is about redemption and the ability to forgive those that have hurt and disappointed you the most." STEFANI

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ISBN-13: 9780803734968
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Dial, 9/2014

"How to do justice to a novel that allows you to know each character so intimately that their pain and triumphs are your own? I fell head-over-heels for twins Noah and Jude. I couldn’t resist Noah, who has a penchant for contextualizing his life into paintings, or Jude, who takes to keeping onions in her pockets to avoid serious illness. The two share an almost other-worldly bond, but as life rapidly spins beyond their control and they retreat into their own internalized worlds, they lose touch with the others’ heart. Their journey back to one another is absolutely stunning. Peppered with beautiful imagery and quirky excerpts from Grandma Sweetwine’s folksy bible, I’ll Give You the Sun is a book you’ll wanna hold close to your heart. Or maybe I should just say, I want to give this book to everyone I have ever or will ever meet." AMANDA

 


$27.99
ISBN-13: 9780062078223
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Published: Harper, 10/2014
 JERRY LEE LEWIS: HIS OWN STORY by RICK BRAGG - "Everything you might've thought about Jerry Lee...well, it's probably all true. Generated from a long series of interviews that took place in Jerry Lee's dark bedroom -sometimes at gunpoint - the master storyteller Rick Bragg gifts us this beautiful, flaming story of a rough man from rough times who played his piano with angels and demons on both shoulders. Here you'll find Bragg's trademark love and senitmentality of the hardscrabble South, along with astounding tales of Jerry Lee's meteroic rise to fame, his specatular - and spectacularly public - fall, and the life thereafter. I couldn't really say what I liked most -the stories or the way Bragg tells them- but I can say for certain I'm glad they exist in one gorgeous piece of work." AMANDA

The Last Banquet (Paperback)

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9781609452315
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Published: Europa Editions, 11/2014
“In the pre-dawn of the French Revolution, Jean-Marie d'Aumont strives to wrest an ounce of immortality from every experience, taste, and sensation this world has to offer. From his rescue as a child at the foot of a dung heap to his appointment as Lord Master of the Menagerie, d'Aumont's life is 'built almost entirely on a foundation of events colliding.' Grimwood takes us on a tour through French history, from the death of the Sun King to the Revolution, but at its heart The Last Banquet is a beautiful -- and, at times, macabre -- meditation on the inexorable march of history and man's struggle to leave an indelible mark before his own time is spent.” AMANDA

The Martian (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780553418026
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Published: Broadway Books, 11/2014
"The Martian follows Mark Watney and how he went from being the first man to walk on Mars to the first man who might die there after he gets stranded on Mars. This novel is so many things jam packed into one... Suspenseful, character driven, and an engaging plot all wrapped up into one of the best Science Fiction novels that I have read in a long time. The novel is also told from multiple points-of-view. First off, you have Mark's first person point-of-view of his time and experiences on Mars. Then, you get a third person narrator depicting the events that are happening on earth. Lastly, you get a narration from the account of the crew of the ship who accidentally left Mark behind on Mars.  They are sewn together seamlessly. In the end, if you are looking for a novel that you won't want to put down, this is it!" ERIN

$26.99
ISBN-13: 9780399167911
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Published: Philomel, 10/2014
"Oliver Jeffers treats kids like the little geniuses they are. He uses big words, quirky references and humorous illustrations to engage little (and big) minds. This book makes a wonderful addition to your little Einstein’s library and you won’t mind reading it over and over either!" STEFANI

$24.99
ISBN-13: 9781423183648
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Published: Disney-Hyperion, 8/2014
PERCY JACKSON'S GREEK GODS BY RICK RIORDAN & ILLUSTRATED BY JOHN ROCCO -  "Riordan brings Percy Jackson's trademark wit and smart allecky attitude to the lofty stories of the Greek Gods. Before they were meddling with contemporary kids, they were meddling in the affairs of ancient Greeks and Romans (to mostly tragic ends). I've always been a huge fan of these old stories, and I think Riordan really delivers here, bringing the ancient mythologies to life in a humorous and fun way young readers will devour." AMANDA

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ISBN-13: 9781627790710
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 10/2014
"A hilarious new read aloud about a little girl who loses her dog to a badly behaved book. Kids and adults will chuckle at just how naughty this book can be. Captivating illustrations and humor will make this a pleasure to read over and over. GREAT holiday gift! Ages 0-6." STEFANI

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9781937163167
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Published: In Fact Books, 8/2014
TRUE STORIES, WELL TOLD edited by LEE GUTKIND - "I have a real soft spot for anthologies of creative nonfiction. I love to live in little snippets of other peoples' lives, and this here is the best of the best! Compiled from one of the greatest sources of creative non-fiction - the aptly named Creative Nonfiction Magazine - here are 20 hand-selected narratives from topics that range from sustainable farming to parenthood." AMANDA

$29.95
ISBN-13: 9780385354042
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Published: Knopf, 10/2014
"It is a given that every superhero has an origin story. It is usually portrayed as secretive and often dark, dreary and bleak. It is what continues to influence said superhero all the way to their present and even into the future. So what about Wonder Woman? What about the man who created this iconic character? Secret History of Wonder Woman delves into the history of easily THE most iconic female superhero and William Moulton Marston, the man who created the character. The character was originally created as a counterpart to Superman. However, if you look beneath the surface Wonder Women isn't always the ideal answer to counter act the patriarchal ideals of Superman. While she is touted for fighting for equality a lot of her early stories are filled with underlying themes of "shackling, bondage and unrepentant sexuality as metaphors for women's repression unleashed cries for censorship." Wonder Woman is said to have embodied the philosophical beliefs of her creator, William Moulton Marston, which is explored in depth throughout the novel. Lepore writes that "feminism made Wonder Woman... and then Wonder Woman remade feminism, which hasn't always been good for feminism." ERIN

$25.00
ISBN-13: 9781476738963
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 6/2014
"Set in a Las Vegas that most are unfamiliar with, McBride brings together four main characters who hurtle towards one another with a force reminiscent of the movie, Crash.  An Albanian family is touched by tragedy and heartbreak especially, 8 year old, Bashkim, whose family drives an ice cream truck. Two very different but very troubled Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans struggle with PTSD and returning to families that don’t understand them. Lastly, there is Avis, a social worker who tries to save everyone, including herself, when her husband of 30 years tells her he is in love with another woman. There is a passage on page 197 that made me catch my breath and hold the book close to my chest. I love it so much, I had it painted on the walls of Inkwood’s restroom." STEFANI