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Master of humor and heart, Nick Hornby curated this hilarious and heart-wrenching collection of short stories as a benefit for TreeHouse, a UK school for severely autistic kids--one of whom is Hornby's son. These pieces come together in a satisfyingly on- point blend of wit and tenderness, from some of today's most admired voices in fiction.
Reviewed by: 
Julia
By Nick Hornby (Editor)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781573228589
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 2001

This book has it all—lovely queer Victorian heroines and a series of misunderstandings convoluted enough to rival Shakespeare. Susan agrees to pose as Maud's maid to steal her substantial inheritance, but develops affection, and then something deeper, for her target. Then disaster strikes as one girl is held captive while the other is sent to a madhouse. A breathless read.
Reviewed by: 
Andrea
$16.00
ISBN: 9781573229722
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 2002

Aerin, the king's daughter, can't seem to perform magic and isn’t suited to court and castle life. So she takes her father's old war horse and some fireproof ointment, and decides to become a dragon-slayer. The way her personal story effortlessly unfolds alongside that of the kingdom's greater struggle against evil is a mark of McKinley's divine storytelling.
Reviewed by: 
Andrea
$6.99
ISBN: 9780141309811
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Published: Puffin Books - October 2nd, 2000

I ran a book discussion group for fifteen years. When the members voted for their favorite book over that stretch, this was the winner. Set in India, it’s one of those amazing novels that is both about specific, deeply rendered human beings, and about an entire nation and culture. Think Dickens, think Tolstoy. It’s that good. I don’t cry at the end of books; I did at the end of this one.
Reviewed by: 
Rico
$17.00
ISBN: 9781400030651
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Published: Vintage - November 30th, 2001

It's fin de siècle Paris. The Eiffel Tower graces the skyline, intelligentsia grace the cafes, and Toulouse-Latrec graces the brothels—as do most artists. Baker Lucien Lessard longs to be one of them! Soon, however, his painting and, of course, a girl, lead him into a mystery of art and human nature that stretches from Van Gogh's suicide to the dawn of civilization.
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Jocelyn
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061779756
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 9th, 2012

1973. The Cold War. Velvet Templeton is secretary to the director of MI6, always with a smile (and sometimes more) for the agents passing her desk. None of them suspect the classified, deadly skills she's kept retired for years—until a former lover is killed under suspicious circumstances, and Velvet finds herself framed as a double agent.
Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn
By Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting (Illustrator), Bettie Breitweiser (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781607069645
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Published: Image Comics - July 2014

Admit it: you're intrigued. Follow that impulse. Because not only is this book funny, fun, and, yes, sexy, it gives you a story original and yet wholly familiar. In spite of the unlikeliest of (spoiler alert!) superpowers, real people battle that greatest terror of thinking we are strange and alone, and the most painful hope when we find someone who makes us think maybe we aren't.
Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn
By Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781607069461
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Published: Image Comics - April 29th, 2014

Set in the bleak British years following WWI, where the poor are starving in the streets of London, an anonymous anarchist sends bombs to the quiescent rich and powerful.  FBI agent Harris Stuyvesant and the mysterious, troubled UK veteran, Bennett Grey, find themselves in unlikely partnership, desperately stalking a suspect lying close to Grey's heart.
Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn
$15.00
ISBN: 9780553586664
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Published: Bantam - December 30th, 2008

This is a book of fantasy—of monsters and miracles. A mystery—of recent murder and old assassinations. An adventure story—of spies racing through the dark ruins of a crumbling city, deathly fights, and the glorious ache of unexpectedly finding old lovers. Most importantly this is a book with truth at its heart, and the gods we hold in our hearts.
Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn
$15.00
ISBN: 9780804137171
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Published: Broadway Books - September 9th, 2014

The story starts with a young woman walking along a highway, covered in blood. The acolyte of a mysterious man known only as Father, she was orphaned at a young age along with several other children, each of whom was trained by Father as a librarian with different specialties—Language, War, Futures That Might Have Been. The best book I have read in quite some time.
Reviewed by: 
Ivy
$26.00
ISBN: 9780553418606
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - June 16th, 2015

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