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This beautiful novella combines historical fiction with a dash of magic to produce a fascinating story about queer women in 1940's San Francisco. Klages has woven a soft and surreal tale of art, romance and forbidden love into a vivid setting, with compelling characters, that will enchant and delight you. - Trey

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Passing Strange Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765389527
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 24th, 2017

I finally picked this book up at the behest of our former Commander-in-Chief, who claimed he read it as a way to escape. While certainly this is an immersive book, it is also one that challenges you, forces you to think and learn every moment you are reading it. It’s intensely smart and fascinating. It completely blew my mind. - Jax

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The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth's Past #1) Cover Image
By Cixin Liu, Ken Liu (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780765382030
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Published: Tor Books - January 12th, 2016

Jenny Lawson is one of my favorite people that I don't actually know. I just feel like I know her because she writes terrific books and a great blog and she is funny as hell and she also happens to suffer from anxiety and depression and she's a wonderful artist and, well, that's a lot, but it's all true and you should go out and buy her books, especially this new one which is extra cool because it's filled with her doodles and drawings and also her thoughts, which are always very clever and interesting. You can color the pictures if you want to, or you can just look at them and get inspired to draw your own, or you can do nothing. No pressure. Enjoy. - George

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You Are Here: An Owner's Manual for Dangerous Minds Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250119889
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Published: Flatiron Books - March 7th, 2017

Bless you, Jennifer Wright, for fulfilling my micro-history cravings with plague sociology. The conversational tone makes even the worst symptoms seem manageable (unless you're assumed a witch.) With detailed facts and snarky humor, Get Well Soon makes me grateful to be living with access to antibiotics, yet warily anticipating the future of plagues. - Rachel

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Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781627797467
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - February 7th, 2017

I enjoyed all of the many little nods to other works from the Cthulhu Mythos in this story. For those of you familiar with the mythos, it’s like coming home to familiar ground. Emrys treats the mythos with respect and fondness, and has certainly invested her time in crafting a compelling story from a perspective I never expected to sympathize with so utterly. This is my favorite book thus far this year. - Ian

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Winter Tide (Innsmouth Legacy #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765390905
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Published: St. Martins Press-3pl - April 4th, 2017

Jacqueline Carey excels at creating lush worlds close to our own and this one is not to be missed. In this retelling of The Tempest, Miranda is left in the dark as to her father’s plans and even her own origins, but that won’t stop her from searching out the truth while also exploring her feelings for Caliban, her father’s ensorceled servant. Escaping to their island and immersing myself in this fantastical world was a major delight. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9780765386793
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Published: Tor Books - February 14th, 2017

I was drawn to this novel by its premise…a little boy who repeats a tale of such confusion and chaos that those around him are unsure of whether to suspect abuse or an early diagnosis of childhood schizophrenia.  Yet as the novel continues, we understand that the boy is in fact remembering—trying desperately to understand his present day life, with the life that he had before.  Interweaving actual documentation of reincarnation by children who seem to be able to report data and substantiated facts of the life they lived before, Guskin weaves together a wonderful tale that is at once a murder-mystery, a depiction of love and loss, and an active questioning of the clarity between past and present. The topics that are touched in this novel are fodder for Bookgroups, and while this is a page-turner, it is also a literary debut that brings to front the scope of just how much we do not know. - S.M.C.

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The Forgetting Time Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250118714
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Published: Flatiron Books - February 7th, 2017

I finally picked this book up at the behest of our former Commander-in-Chief, who claimed he read it as a way to escape. While certainly this is an immersive book, it is also one that challenges you, forces you to think and learn every moment you are reading it. As a work in translation it is phenomenal, with the translator’s notes prodding you into yet deeper understanding. It’s intensely smart, fascinating and completely blew my mind. So while I definitely appreciated the recommendation, I think this is a little more than “escapist” reading. - Jax

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The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth's Past #1) Cover Image
By Cixin Liu, Ken Liu (Translator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780765382030
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Published: Tor Books - January 12th, 2016

At seventeen, in medieval England, Sarah makes the ultimate commitment as a woman of God: she is voluntarily enclosed in a cell for the rest of her life, the door nailed shut, to pray and be kept pure for Christ. Yet memories haunt her—the childbirth-related deaths of her mother and younger sister, the bones of the cell’s previous anchoress buried under her—and her grip on reality loosens. Slowly we discover that the reasons for her denunciation of earthly world are more complex than a desire to be close to God. - Julia

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The Anchoress Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250094674
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Published: Picador USA - June 14th, 2016

Jeff Change writes with clear and fluid prose simply but rigorously sourced facts to excavate and historically contextualize an important sample of the issues of race in our culture today – from political correctness to #BlackLivesMatter, Donald Trump to Beyonce. I walked into this book thinking I already knew what it had to teach me. I’m thankful to say I write here humbled, but much better educated and touched by this slim volume. - Jocelyn

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We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312429485
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Published: Picador USA - September 13th, 2016

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