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After a fire destroys not only her home, but her entire family and her young lover, June Reid describes the scene: “there were no survivors.” Not her family; not herself. This quiet, beautiful novel examines the darkness of individual human loss in order to arrive at something honest and redemptive. Incredibly empathetic writing: I almost felt the creak of each narrator's bones as I lived through their part in the tale. --Amber
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ISBN: 9781476798172
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - September 1st, 2015

Alice Hoffman’s newest creation is a striking dream of a novel based on the life of Rachel Pomie Petit Pissarro, and her favorite son—who would become the famed father of impressionism. Growing up in a Jewish refugee community on tropical St. Thomas in the 1800s, strong-willed Rachel dreams of the cool, rainy streets of Paris. Raised by a stern mother and a kind-hearted father, her best friend is the mixed-race daughter of her family’s servant; she is uninterested in the proper ways of womanhood and society’s expectations of her. She is arranged to marry a widower to save the family business (and to become the mother of his three children), and later follows forbidden passions that strike up scandal that turns her community against her. As Hoffman fills the page with the island’s magic and color, she laces this winding familial tale of wanderlust into a backdrop of what it means to walk the tightrope between tradition and independence, love and logic.  --Julia

$27.99
ISBN: 9781451693591
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 4th, 2015

A memoir refusing to take itself seriously, running from irreverent to poignant to truly necessary; a biography for our current society of web addicts that no one yet understands. Felicia Day’s story is in fact unique and inspiring, while being wholly entertaining. But she also gives us crucial insight to the rewards and dangers of the still wild territory of “the Internet.” It’s not going away—but neither is she. Or her cat pictures. Luckily.  --Jocelyn

By Felicia Day, Joss Whedon (Foreword by)
$25.99
ISBN: 9781476785653
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Published: Touchstone Books - August 11th, 2015

Maple Hill Farm is in Vermont, an area that gets seasons in a way that we do not. In this charming book, readers follow a year in the life of the Provensen family farm, month by month. Filled with wonderful illustrations, this is a great book for learning about the seasons, as well as life on a working farm. Ages 4+

--Flannery

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ISBN: 9780689845000
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - December 2001

I have previously recommended Bunnicula, the first book in James Howe’s series, but these just books are just so perfect for Halloween that I can’t help but recommend another. In Howliday Inn, Harold the dog and Chester the cat are off to the kennels when their family goes on vacation, and Chester become suspicious about their temporary home. A bit spooky and a lot funny, I absolutely adore these books! Ages 8+

--Flannery

By James Howe, Lynn M. Munsinger (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781416928157
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - August 2006

Genevieve Valentine’s re-told fairytale is crafted in the best of ways: not only rediscovering the story in a new setting, but in so doing uncovering the darker truths of the tale. In terrifying, heart-breaking, and triumphant measures, Valentine takes us through labyrinths of grey captivity and the bright glow of the underground dance halls of Prohibition-era New York—where everything is both forbidden and promised, and the only way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the night.  —Jocelyn

 

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ISBN: 9781476739090
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Published: Washington Square Press - June 30th, 2015

Too few sources of sex advice put you, yourself, first. Even fewer do so without the assumption of some sort of generic "normal." Emily Nagoski starts with the idea that we are all different in our sexuality - who, how, how often, what we are attracted to - AND we are ALL normal. Do yourself a favor: take this book home with you and feel better in every way.
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Jocelyn
$16.99
ISBN: 9781476762098
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 3rd, 2015

Peter Brook (leading director and among the most influential 20th century artists) breaks down the relationship between theatre and its human audience, when it is essential, when it is a gift, and when it has rendered itself unnecessary. Essential for practitioners seeking relevancy, and an intriguing glimpse into the possibilities of illusion and creativity for the rest.
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Jocelyn
$15.00
ISBN: 9780684829579
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Published: Touchstone Books - December 1995

I loved this complex book! When the curator of a Vatican exhibit about the Shroud of Turin is murdered, the blame falls on Simon, a Roman Catholic priest. His brother Alex seeks an ancient gospel that contains the clues he needs to clear his brother’s name. Drenched in history, this is the story of how far a quiet, heartbroken man will go to protect his beloveds…and how far others will go to conceal the truth.  —Cat

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ISBN: 9781451694147
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 3rd, 2015

The Children’s Crusade is simply wonderful. Set in pre-Silicon Valley Palo Alto, it is the coming-of-age story of the Blair family. The story is as much about the family entity itself as it is of its individual members: the gentle yet focused father, the mercurial mother, and their four children, each with their own roles. But Packer also writes the “every” family, making us consider our own relationships with our parents and siblings, how adult they are, and how caught in childhood they remain.

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Melinda
$26.99
ISBN: 9781476710457
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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 7th, 2015

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