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Recommended by: Nicole
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The Clothing of Books Cover Image
$7.95
ISBN: 9780525432753
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Published: Vintage - November 15th, 2016

An in-depth rumination on the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” This fascinating little book follows Lahiri’s thoughts on book covers as extensions of introduction, content, and identity. Fun to approach this book as a writer or a reader! [Nicole]


Recommended by: Kenny
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Night Sky with Exit Wounds Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781556594953
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 5th, 2016

2016 has been a great year for poetry. I am in love with Tyehimba Jess's Olio, Mary Ruefle's My Private Property, and Daniel Bortzutzky's The Performance of Becoming Human, but the book all my friends are talking about is this one by Ocean Vuong. He is young, but his poems are wise, filled with grief and loss and humanity and memory and a love undestroyed by war. [Kenny]


Recommended by: Nicole
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Romeo And/Or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781101983300
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 7th, 2016

Would you let Juliet live? How about letting Juliet turn into a spinster pirate instead of ever meeting Romeo? Ryan North finally gives us liberty to re-write Shakespeare’s classic tale in this popular choose-your-own-adventure book. A ridiculously fun time is guaranteed with Romeo and/or Juliet, as well as To Be Or Not To Be.  [Nicole]


Recommended by: Lydia
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Heartless Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250044655
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - November 8th, 2016

Tacoma’s own Marissa Meyer has taken the familiar world of Alice in Wonderland and put her own creative spin on it.  Appearances of both Wonderland favorites (Meyer’s Cheshire Cat is wonderfully snarky) and characters from fairy tale or nursery rhyme lure (like the repulsive Peter Peter and his beleaguered wife) provided a fun sort of literary scavenger hunt.  Anyone who likes magical worlds, colorful characters, and fairy tale retellings, will take delight in this twisty-turny reimagining full of tricks and surprises that belong to Meyer alone. [Lydia]


Recommended by: Kenny
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Frantumaglia: A Writer's Journey Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
$24.00
ISBN: 9781609452926
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Published: Europa Editions - November 1st, 2016

I don't think there is a writer I've talked about more in 2016 than Elena Ferrante. Her Neapolitan novels are fiction at its best, fiery and fierce, brutal and beautiful. They are nearly perfect and I can't think of a customer I wouldn't recommend them to. Ferrante is an enigma, requesting anonymity from the world, so Frantumaglia is a huge gift. These essays and letters give us some access to her incredible mind and spirit. And anything she is willing to give, I will take. [Kenny]


Recommended by: Raissa
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Fucking Brilliant Pencils Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781452144818
Availability: Backordered
Published: Chronicle Books - October 20th, 2015

Because we all have pretty darn awesome people in our lives, and it can be hard to capture the awesomeness in just a few words, these classy expletives say it for us. They include greeting cards for several occasions, and the pencil sets are a hit with every writer of poetry, prose, and to-do lists. [Raissa]


Recommended by: Nicole
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Tacoma Curiosities: Geoduck Derbies, the Whistling Well of the North End, Alligators in Snake Lake & More Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781467135535
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Published: History Press - October 10th, 2016

I love Tacoma. I’m guessing you love Tacoma, too, because, why wouldn’t you? Well Karla Stover loves Tacoma MORE. With photos from the Tacoma Public Library Archive, Stover explores every peculiar occurrence that happened in the gritty city during the 19th & 20th century. From the gold rush to the Great Depression, this book gives fascinating tidbits about our favorite town.   [Nicole]


Recommended by: sweet pea
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The Illustrated Book of Sayings: Curious Expressions from Around the World Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781607749332
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 13th, 2016

Stop ironing my head! I’m trying to review this book without blowing little ducks and I have to do it soon before I start pedaling in the sauerkraut. This beautifully illustrated book of wonderfully odd expressions from around the world will both educate and delight. Now, I’m off like a bucket of prawns in the midday sun [sweet pea]


Recommended by: Kenny
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Today Will Be Different Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316403436
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 4th, 2016

My expectations were very high after reading and rereading and loving Maria Semple's Where'd You Go, Bernadette and this seriously funny and seriously smart follow-up totally lived up to my expectations. This is one of my favorite books of the year. Top five, for sure. I loved every minute I got to follow around the narrator, Eleanor Flood. And just when I thought I knew what was going to happen—BAM—the unexpected. [Kenny]


Recommended by: sweet pea
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The Core of the Sun Cover Image
By Johanna Sinisalo, Lola Rogers (Translator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802124647
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - January 5th, 2016

A bizarre, wonderful novel that makes me want to eat chiles. Both poignant and hilarious, the excerpts from manuals the government put out to subjugate women are morbidly funny. Plus I would totally join a religious cult devoted to capsaicin. Feminist speculative fiction at its best. [sweet pea]


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