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The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye

Faye builds an incredibly vivid, diverse, vibrant world of Prohibition Era America. Alice “Nobody” James picks her way between danger and friendship, prejudice and love, with intrigue before and behind her. Pick this one up for the history, the mystery, the slang and the love stories. Stay for a wonderful, wild ride, and characters you can’t help but adore. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780735210752
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 8th, 2019

On Beauty by Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith understands people the way Dostoevsky understood people: the ways in which where they come from and who they come from influence where and how they end up. Reading this book is like joining another family, and though every member is flawed - to say the least - each character feels like a real person. A nearly perfect book. - Jess

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ISBN: 9780143037743
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Published: Penguin Books - August 29th, 2006

Upstream by Mary Oliver

A gorgeous collection of autobiographical essays on Oliver's curiosity for her environment and the great writers who kept her company throughout her life. Her vivid descriptions of the natural world are stunning, reminding one to notice and find awe in our surroundings. Few pages were left without folds or underlines and many parts have seldom left my mind. - Natalie O.

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ISBN: 9781594206702
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Published: Penguin Press - October 11th, 2016

Let's Go (So We Can Get Back) by Jeff Tweedy

It comes as no surprise that one of the most unique songwriters and best lyricists of the past twenty years is also a damn fine prose writer. Tweedy's book detailing his formative years in the seminal punk-country-folk band Uncle Tupelo and the formation and history of Wilco (one of my favorite bands ever) is funny, sad and deeply honest. For music fans, this is absolutely essential. - Rico

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ISBN: 9781101985267
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Published: Dutton - November 13th, 2018

The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair

A combination of art, fashion, history, and chemistry. Kassia St. Clair offers a unique exploration on art and history through color. The discovery and proliferation of 75 different colors are examined through trivia tidbits and historical anecdotes, making Secret Lives of Color a fascinating read. Formatted and designed beautifully, this book is great for any color or history lover. - R.H.

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ISBN: 9780143131144
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Published: Penguin Books - October 24th, 2017

Sons of Cain by Peter Vronsky

Are you a fan of true crime but getting tired of the buddy-buddy, let’s get friendly nature of its verse? Are you tired of murdered folks sharing just a bit too much for your comfort? Prefer your sociopath insights hidden behind graphs and numbers? Then this is the book for you <3 - Rachel

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ISBN: 9780425276976
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Published: Berkley - August 14th, 2018

Honey by David Ezra Stein

David Ezra Stein has a beautiful sense of comic timing (Pouch, Interrupting Chicken) that has not deserted him in his new picture book, in which a bear waking from hibernation—“It was his second year. ‘I’m back!’ he said.”—remembers the terrific taste of honey. Warm and whimsical for the toddler set. Ages 2–5. - Ga

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ISBN: 9781524737863
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - March 27th, 2018

Carmela Full of Wishes written by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson

Life sparkles in Carmela’s world. It’s her birthday, and she lives in a world full of wishes. Her biggest wish is to finally accompany her brother as he does family chores in the neighborhood. As we follow Carmela’s journey, both in her imagination and on her scooter, we see the reality and cultural richness of her family and neighborhood. It’s a neighborhood where “old women wave smiles” and men “stand around weekend mornings, waiting for work” like her father used to do. Matt de la Peña’s sensitivity to Carmela’s world, and Christian Robinson’s paintings and cutouts of papel picado, make this book one I will read over and over. Ages 3–7. - Noreen

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ISBN: 9780399549045
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 9th, 2018

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

Yuyi Morales relates her own immigrant story in this love song to her child, who came with her on the journey to America. We feel the young mother’s wistfulness for the familiar she has left behind, her fearful steps into a brand-new place, the longing that she might be able to belong here too. Morales’s colorful and passionate multimedia art imbues this picture book with the tentative hope of the immigrant. A gorgeous tribute to the bravery of those who cross borders. Ages 3–7. - Tera

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ISBN: 9780823440559
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Published: Neal Porter Books - September 4th, 2018

The Day You Begin written by Jacqueline Woodson illustrated by Rafael López

“There will be times when you walk into a room / and no one there is quite like you.” Any child—any adult—can feel the ache and the yearning to belong in this picture book. A deeply humanistic story that teaches the gentlest of lessons about treating each other with care, no matter our differences. Ages 4–8. - Tera

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By Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399246531
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2018


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