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Recommended by: Raissa
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Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781501147289
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Published: Scribner Book Company - November 15th, 2016

John Edgar Wideman brings to light an account of Louis Till. Combining research, his own personal history, and inventive, poetic writing, Wideman leaves us with the facts of the case as well as truth that can only be reached through “fair and honest” fictions. Completely unexpected in the best possible way. [Raissa]


Recommended by: Lydia
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Envelope Poems Cover Image
By Emily Dickinson, Jen Bervin (Editor), Marta Werner (Editor)
$12.95
ISBN: 9780811225823
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - October 4th, 2016

I love Emily Dickinson. Period. There has always been something that resonated with me about this woman who so clearly loved and had such an intense and private relationship with words, writing, and wit.  Obviously, I was intrigued by this collection of some of her “scraps” (as they have been known), as it provided not only the transcriptions of the included poems and notes, but also actual pictures of the original envelopes.  Some of these lovely, little poems take up only a segment of the flap of an envelope!  This visual enables the reader to take note of edits that Dickinson made, as well as the - always brilliant - finished piece.  The art of letter writing is largely lost to us in this age of digital correspondence; what will future generations have to look back on from our era? They will do better to pick up Envelope Poems, instead!  [Lydia]


Recommended by: sweet pea
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Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780761169086
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Published: Workman Publishing - September 20th, 2016

Why use a normal travel guide when you could be touring salt mines (I can tell you the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland is amazing), bizarre museums (a parasitology museum, wot?), statues of Child-Eaters, crazy landforms, and more. An endlessly fascinating tour guide to our world. [sweet pea]


Recommended by: Nicole
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Swing Time Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594203985
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Published: Penguin Press - November 15th, 2016

Zadie Smith knows how to explore the complexities of human relationships. Moving back and forth in time effortlessly, this story follows two young brown girls who dream of being dancers, but deal with countless obstacles that threaten their success along the way. Nuanced and well written, Swing Time beautifully explores our insatiable desire for success and who we’ll sacrifice to get it. [Nicole]


Recommended by: Kenny
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Float Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781101946848
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 25th, 2016

Anne Carson is one of our finest living poets. Her work is erudite and elegant while remaining intensely moving and personal. She is always innovative and new and Float is no exception. This box of twenty-two mini books is made to be taken apart and read in any order, poems, essays, plays, and more. It is dizzying and playful and always beautiful. [Kenny]


Recommended by: sweet pea
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Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780544319592
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 4th, 2016

This engaging illustrated biography of E.B. White (Charlotte's Web, etc), uses cute illustrations, photos, ephemera, and personal letters to tell the story of one of our most iconic children's authors. I can't imagine a more fitting tribute. [sweet pea]


Recommended by: Raissa
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Abandoned Places Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9789401434775
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Published: Lannoo Publishers - July 8th, 2016

This book of photos of, you guessed it, abandoned places is intimate and fascinating. A small travelogue can illustrate just how big the world is, in every state of being. [Raissa]


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]


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