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This is another series that I’ve read so many times that the covers are falling off. Beginning with Alanna, it follows Alanna of Trebond, a young girl who disguises herself as her twin brother in order to become a knight. Full of friends and enemies, swordplay and sorcery, talking animals and adventures, this quartet is not only awesome in it’s own right, it launches a whole new world with other books and stories. For me, Alanna is the ultimate heroine.  --Flannery

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Song of the Lioness Quartet: Alanna: The First Adventure/In the Hand of the Goddess/The Woman Who Rides Like a Man/Lioness Rampant Cover Image
By Tamora Pierce, Nekro (Illustrator)
$43.99
ISBN: 9781481416498
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 21st, 2014

Along with Jenny Lawson’s Furiously Happyi, this is the book I hand people whenever depression is brought up. Brosh captures the relentless apathy and coping humor so accurately in this graphic memoir, and paints it in such a way to make it accessible and hilarious for everyone. —Rachel
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Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781451666175
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Published: Touchstone Books - October 29th, 2013

This is a thoughtful and intricate story of a legacied war. Of the founding of nations. Of men who would be great. Of gods and their desires. And of the friendship of men. It is an epic story that speaks with the language of legend and myth, but looks to real world ideals, ideas, and consequences. I look forward with hope to the future installments of the series. —Jocelyn
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By Ken Liu
$9.99
ISBN: 9781481451864
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Published: Saga Press - February 23rd, 2016

Will Keller, war photographer, is more than happy to get lost in Cambodia’s underbelly and forget his past. Despite his efforts, he is drawn into a search for a lost girl, a trip that takes him across the country and through his past. The author draws on personal career experience as a photojournalist to bring life (and death) to this hauntingly stark and brutal novel. I read this in one night, unable and unwilling to drag out the suspense. —Rachel

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781501106088
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Published: Scribner Book Company - March 15th, 2016

If you’ve heard of a criminal profiler, you have John Douglas to thank. He was one of the first to explore at the psyche of a killer to predict their next move and help law enforcement catch the worst killers imaginable. In this memoir, Douglas recounts the early days of profiling and talks about killers we all know of—including Santa Cruz serial killer Edmund Kemper. Warning: It’s about serial killers. It gets nasty. —Flannery

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$8.99
ISBN: 9780671528904
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Published: Pocket Books - August 1st, 1996

Set in the depression-era Appalachian mountains, this atmospheric mystery builds off folklore to examine destiny, desperation, and morality. After convincing the county commissioners to let her take over her deceased husband’s role as sheriff, Ellie Robbins becomes responsible for carrying out an execution and—in a time when women were considered incapable of handling many tasks—this makes everyone unhappy. —Nici

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$25.99
ISBN: 9781476772813
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Published: Atria Books - May 10th, 2016

This book had so much to make me happy: awesome world building, great female lead, neat and novel magic, and intriguing supporting characters. A fresh and wonderful fantasy set in an American West that is both comfortingly familiar and fantastically foreign, this novel is a promising start to Gilman's new series.  -Nici

 

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$26.99
ISBN: 9781481429689
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Published: Saga Press - October 6th, 2015

At 700+ pages, Annie Proulx has quite possibly written her magnum opus, a commanding novel of North American history, its legacy of logging, struggle, and self-invention, the resulting deforestation and its ecological repercussions. Barkskins begins with two Frenchmen immigrating to Canada at the end of the 17th century and follows their families through the next three centuries. Written with Proulx’s unique turn of phrase and paced in easily digestible novellas, this is quite the satisfying epic.  —Melinda

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$32.00
ISBN: 9780743288781
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 14th, 2016

The author of the masterpieces White Noise and Underworld returns to form with a haunting novel about what it means to die in the age of ultrasophisticated biology and cryogenics. Like a wonderfully intelligent and benevolent alien being, DeLillo brings an outsider’s perspective to modern life, helping us understand and define who we are. As always, his prose is laser sharp, filled with powerful juxtapositions and observations, and he leavens the heaviest of subjects with wry humor.  —Rico

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781501135392
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 3rd, 2016

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, from the best-selling author of Little Bee, is storytelling at its finest. Ranging from the decimated streets of London after the Nazi Blitz to the island of Malta under siege, it introduces us to characters who bring humanity to the chaotic landscape of war. A book that will make you laugh as much as cry, Everyone Brave Is Forgiven illuminates the fascinating stories of everyday people living in extraordinary times.  —Casey

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$26.99
ISBN: 9781501124372
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 3rd, 2016

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