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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
$22.50
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]


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
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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]


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