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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
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
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
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)
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]

Recommended by: Atticus
SKU: 9781780679037

I don’t understand you humans love of B-13 and N-37, when you could be calling for a Maine Coon, a Siamese, or a Scottish Fold. Bingo was his name-o isn’t a dog, but a cat. Play the real game with this beautiful, true game of competitive wonderment. [Atticus]

Recommended by: Raissa
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One Pan, Two Plates: Vegetarian Suppers: More Than 70 Weeknight Meals for Two Cover Image
By Carla Snyder, Jody Horton (Photographer)
ISBN: 9781452145839
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 23rd, 2016

These dishes are so hearty and varied that I did not realize they are all vegetarian. I cook every single day and one pan versions of old and new favorites are a delight. Every recipe includes ideas for additional ingredients or sides to make it extra filling (or to feed an extra diner). Tasty scratch cooking. [Raissa]

Recommended by: Nicole
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Ada Twist, Scientist Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419721373
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2016

Prepare to be charmed by Ada, an adorable, naturally inquisitive child. This young girl explores the world through questions and hypotheses, diving into science and math to find her answers. This picture book is great for any young girl interested in the STEM fields! [Nicole]

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Appetites: A Cookbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062409959
Availability: Backordered
Published: Ecco - October 25th, 2016

This is Anthony Bourdain’s first cookbook in ten years and it is everything we love about the globe-trotting chef in one book, including dishes from his home kitchen and dishes he discovered while traveling the world. This is the food he makes for his family and friends.

Recommended by: Herbert
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How to Talk to Your Cat about Gun Safety: And Abstinence, Drugs, Satanism, and Other Dangers That Threaten Their Nine Lives Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451494924
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Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - October 4th, 2016

My Instagram followers know I am deeply concerned about the future of our kittehs. Moral turpitude. Wrong attitudes. Staff who do not feed felines on time. Be prepared. Do your part to save the kittehs from the sex, drugs, and Satanism! [Herbert]

Recommended by: Kenny
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Du Iz Tak? Cover Image
By Carson Ellis, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763665302
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 18th, 2016

Carson Ellis has illustrated a few of my favorite books so I always take notice when she does something new. In this beautiful picture book she has created an entire bug language that you and your child can translate together. Not knowing exactly what the bugs are saying makes it the job of our imaginations to fully realize this wonderful story. [Kenny!]