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Anda finds her calling in Coarsegold Online, a multiplayer online roleplaying game. When she is ordered to wipe out in-game gold farmers—players paid pennies a day to gather valuable items for other players—she does so without a second thought. But things change when she "meets" Raymond, whose work as a gold farmer may be his only hope at treating his very real illness. With Gamergate still very much a timely topic, this incredibly illustrated graphic novel should be required reading for anyone making enemies and friends online.

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Andrea
By Cory Doctorow, Jen Wang (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596436589
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Published: First Second - October 14th, 2014

Have a seat. Read the first chapter. It's literally two pages! Eagleman's inventive possibilities for the afterlife are thought-provoking, strangely twisted, and intricately unexpected. Instead of a morbid account of what might happen when we die, Eagleman, a neuroscientist, gives us 40 brief, evocative, and oddly fun chapters that put life into perspective.    

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Eva
$14.00
ISBN: 9780307389930
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Published: Vintage Books USA - January 12th, 2010

Tilo is a young woman born in a time and place not our own, and on her quest for redemption is trained in the art of spices. She is magically sent to modern Oakland to run a spice shop for the immigrant population and tend to their emotional and physical needs. Beautifully written, this is the book I turn to when I need a little magic and romance in my life.

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Jax
$15.00
ISBN: 9780385482387
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Published: Anchor Books - February 13th, 1998

A group of gods take over the bodies of twelve young people to live as more-than-mortal for two years. They have fame, fortune and everything those things entail. But as the mortal girl who is drawn into their world discovers, there is more than the glittery sheen of celebrity to the pantheon, including intrigue, secrets and murder. I can’t recommend it enough. 

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Jax
By Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781632150196
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Published: Image Comics - November 25th, 2014

This book is deranged, mean-spirited, brilliantly written and funny as hell. Set in the jewelry business, it’s about a rivalry between two brothers but also about capitalism and self-interest run amok. It’s one of the most surprising and enjoyable books I’ve read in the last few years. (But a sick sense of humor is definitely required.)

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Rico
$20.00
ISBN: 9780312429645
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Published: Picador USA - April 27th, 2010

Unlike your typical detective mystery, this novel has more of a focus on character development than the crime at hand. Told from multiple points of view, the book is a mosaic of the human condition, with each story weaving through the others and connecting in ways you won't expect. The narrative definitely keeps you guessing.

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Megan
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316010702
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 2005

Knock, knock. Who's there? It's the funniest, quirkiest, most whimsical short story writer this bookseller has ever read. A bestseller in his native Israel, he's quickly made his way to the top of the bestsellers list of my heart with his innate ability to take unremarkable situations and spin them slowly and surely into strange and magical tales unconstrained by reality.

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Megan
By Etgar Keret, Miriam Shlesinger (Translator), Sondra Silverston (Translator)
$14.00
ISBN: 9780374533335
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - March 27th, 2012

An un-special forty-something with an overactive inner dialogue houses the daughter of her bosses, a bombshell with terrible hygiene. At first impolite and then aggressive, their relationship morphs into a bizarre, transformative experiment that only July could make tender and funny. She prods our most sensitive notions about what it feels like to be an average weirdo.

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Julia
$25.00
ISBN: 9781439172568
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Published: Scribner Book Company - January 13th, 2015

An obsessive ex-wife and her morning commute bring to life the thrilling magic of Rear Window.  When Rachel spots something suspicious in a backyard from her seat on the train, it brings into motion a series of unsettling discoveries.  As she gets closer to the truth, more questions arise, causing the reader to doubt the narrator. 

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Sara
$21.56
ISBN: 9781594633669
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 13th, 2015

Long a huge fan of E.M. Forster, Smith pays homage with this modern retelling of Forster’s masterpiece Howards End. The results are terrific—a big, old-fashioned novel about class and family. Smith’s writing appears effortless; the plot is just as pertinent now as it was in Forster’s day, and her characters live and breathe like members of your own family. 

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Rico
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143037743
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Published: Penguin Books - September 2006

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