This is my favorite YA novel of the year. Dark, gripping, and refreshingly unique, it blew me away. Complex characters from all walks of life inhabit this rich, fully imagined world, and their relationships give the story heart and soul. Filled with romance, intrigue, and magic, the book revolves around a thrilling heist. I absolutely loved it!

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ISBN: 9781627792127
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - September 29th, 2015

If there was still any doubt that Jonathan Franzen is the best living American novelist, this book crushes it. In addition to the wide array of great characters, unsurpassed erudition, and astounding prose that we've come to expect from him, Purity offers a globe-spanning plot. I laughed, I squirmed, and I gasped, but mostly I stayed up into the wee hours greedily turning pages.

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ISBN: 9780374239213
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 1st, 2015

The author of Shop Class as Soulcraft returns with a philosophical examination of how we perceive and interact with the world. In a culture that largely engineers our experiences—every surface, moment between YouTube videos, every bus passing by bombards our mental space—silence is a luxury good and autonomy is valued over interaction. By looking at skilled professions that require complete attention, Crawford’s manifesto argues for reclaiming mindfulness and engagement with the outside world as a means of achieving highest human potential. 

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ISBN: 9780374292980
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 31st, 2015

We’ve come a long way since the dawn of American spaceflight, and accomplished the unimaginable (like robots on Mars!). But after the retirement of the last American space shuttle, the future of spaceflight in this country is being made even more vulnerable by budget cuts and public skepticism. Dean’s book is a literary elegy to the astonishing achievements of our recent past, and a critical, curious look at what may be to come.

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ISBN: 9781555977092
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 19th, 2015

Jenny Lawson (Let’s Pretend This Never Happened) does not like to hold back. She will be the first to tell you that she’s crazy. And she is. For most of her life, she has dealt with mental illness. She suffers from depression, anxiety, and a variety of other disorders and she has found that writing is one of the things that helps her survive. She also happens to be one of the funniest people in the world. Luckily for her (and for us), she has written another book. It is a roller-coaster ride through Lawson’s amazing head or, as she says, “a compendium on ‘how-to-thrive-in-spite-of-your-brain-being-a-real-bastard.’” She somehow manages to candidly address the debilitating diseases of depression and anxiety while making you pee your pants laughing. Yes, that’s what I said. I don’t know how she does it, but I’m glad she does.

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ISBN: 9781250077004
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 22nd, 2015

Usually when our buyer brings me a book on contemporary queer theory I have to prep myself by brushing up on my vocabulary and pronunciation skills (it's pronounced Foo-ko, Louise, not Full-calt). Nelson doesn't condescend by oversimplifying her critiques and theories; her approach is practical and lucid, and her arguments about identify politics are fresh to death.

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ISBN: 9781555977078
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 5th, 2015

If you've ever lain awake at night, unable to sleep due to unanswered questions regarding canaries, genetics, and/or canary genetics, this book will help you out! Perfect for micro-history lovers of any stripe, it reads like a novel. Complete with treachery, subterfuge, and songbird competitions. (And Nazis!)

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ISBN: 9781620407578
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - May 6th, 2014

Antonio is fascinated by the people who pass through his mother’s hotel in Gowganda: lumberjacks, trappers, miners. One day, trouble—smoke—in the woods sends them rushing toward the safety of Gowganda Lake. Soon, all the people of the town are gathered, waiting for the danger to pass. But then something really magical happens: the creatures of the woods fleeing from the forest join the people in the lake. Side by side are foxes and rabbits, wolves and deer, moose and people. Illustrated with personable, vibrant pen-and-ink drawings that bring the scenes to life, Out of the Woods is an unforgettable true story based on the experience of the author’s grandfather.  —Tera

ISBN: 9780374380779
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - July 21st, 2015

Gifted with the ability to take immense concepts and explain them in a casual (but not condescending) way, Bill Nye has written another wonderful book. Great for new and old fans alike, Unstoppable has the Science Guy tackling climate change and the ongoing environmental crisis our world is going through. With a sense of humor, Nye offers up a much-needed dose of optimism about our ability to create a better future.  —Rachel

By Bill Nye, Corey S. Powell (Editor)
ISBN: 9781250007148
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Published: St. Martin's Press - November 10th, 2015

An imaginary friend isn’t supposed to come back. Not when you’re about to go into 5th grade and are too old for such baby stuff. But Jackson can’t get rid of the 7-foot-tall tuxedo-furred cat who shows up again one night singing showtunes in the (bubble) bath. Jackson is afraid he’s going crazy—and he doesn’t need that on top of the real possibility that his mom and dad will make them move out of their San Francisco apartment back into the van, like they had to do three years ago. Humorous, poignant, and enthralling, Applegate’s new novel is a worthy follow-up to Newbery-winner The One and Only Ivan.  —Tera

ISBN: 9781250043238
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 22nd, 2015



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