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The Field written by Baptist Paul, illustrated by Jacqueline Alcantara

In a dirt field, amidst the cows, a wild and passionate game of soccer (fútbol!) commences, only stopping when the mamas’ calls to dinner become insistent. Full of energy and life, this fun picture book is a tribute to play in all its variations, obstacles, and satisfactions. Baptiste Paul lets us know the field is calling in this vibrant story, set in the Caribbean and relevant everywhere. Ages 3–7. - Tera

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$17.95
ISBN: 9780735843127
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Published: NorthSouth Books - March 6th, 2018

Between the Lines written by Sandra Neil Wallace, illustrated by Bryan Collier

I can’t read this picture book without tearing up. Ernie Barnes had a lifelong wish to be an artist but poverty kept him tied to paid work. His talent at football took him into the professional leagues, where coaches often caught him sketching on the bench. Facing constant adversity, Ernie refused to settle for what the world told him he should do. Bryan Collier, one of my favorite illustrators, created the mixed media art, and it’s vital and delightful and surprising on every page. This is a powerful story of stamina and inner strength. Grades 2–5. - Tera

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Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481443876
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - January 23rd, 2018

What I Leave Behind by Alison McGhee

This hard-hitting, brief, impactful novel is perfect for teens who want something raw and (secretly) full of heart. Will has been adrift since he lost his dad, and he doesn’t know it until he comes up against the fresh pain of one of his classmates at Mountain High School. Unable to turn away, he finds out he still cares deeply about other people, and in the process realizes he’s not a lost cause. A beautiful, subtly uplifting book for teens who want real talk. Ages 13 and up. - Tera

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781481476560
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - May 15th, 2018

Make Something Good Today by Erin & Ben Napier

Erin and Ben Napier have gained a huge following from their show, Home Town, remodeling houses in their small hometown of Laurel, Mississippi, but fans may not know that they worked hard to rebuild and strengthen their community long before they landed on HGTV. In Make Something Good Today, the Napiers share that story and their years-long commitment to using their carpentry and design skills to transform homes into personal spaces that are comfortable, beautiful, and bring joy and pride to the owners—which, in turn, has made their town prosper. The charm and ease of this creative couple, so evident on their show, come shining through on the pages of their book. - S.B.

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$26.99
ISBN: 9781501189111
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Published: Gallery Books - October 2nd, 2018

Small Space Style by Whitney Leigh Morris

Whitney Morris is a firm believer that one doesn’t need to live large to live beautifully. She practices what she preaches in the tiny 362-foot home she shares with her husband, son, and two dogs in Venice Beach. On The Tiny Canal Cottage blog and in this book, Morris shares her tips for living well in a small space. Refreshingly, she does not think that the answer lies entirely in clever storage solutions, but rather in not having more stuff than you need. She also has smart advice about sticking to a color palette (even with dog toys!) so that when things are strewn about, they don’t look out of place. Small Space Style will help you create a home you’ll love, no matter the size. - S.B.

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Small Space Style: Because You Don't Need to Live Large to Live Beautifully Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781681882949
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Published: Weldon Owen - November 13th, 2018

#SAD: Doonesbury in the Time of Trump by G.B. Trudeau

Trudeau continues to skewer Trump and his administration’s corruption with satire that helps relieve the strain of watching the dismantling of civility and democracy; the stoking of racist, xenophobic, misogynist ideas; the ache of worry about the environment and future of climate. His cartoons do what satire does so well: Reframe the “ideas” being presented to point out how absurd they really are. The book is a relief to read in the midst of an alarming political time. - A.P.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781449489977
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 18th, 2018

Leadership by Doris Kearns Goodwin

When I think of who we need to make sense of the challenges facing our democracy, the preeminent presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin is at the top of my list. Chronicling the leadership of her best-studied subjects—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson—Goodwin masterfully details the commonalities that linked their leadership even with their widely differing upbringings and challenges. Ultimately, Goodwin showcases the moral purpose and resilience necessary to shepherd our nation forward. - Casey

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$30.00
ISBN: 9781476795928
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 18th, 2018

Heartland by Sarah Smarsh

“The difficulty of transcending poverty is the message behind this personal history of growing up in the dusty farmlands of Kansas, where ‘nothing was more painful...than true things being denied’.... The takeaway? The working poor don’t need our pity; they need to be heard above the din of cliché and without so-called expert interpretation. Smarsh’s family are expert enough to correct any misunderstandings about their lives.” —Oprah.com

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781501133091
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Published: Scribner - September 18th, 2018

Frederick Douglass by David W. Blight

In this acclaimed biography, Blight draws on archival records to trace Frederick Douglass’s life from his escape from slavery to his work as an orator traveling the country during Reconstruction and the Jim Crow era. “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom is a triumph—elegantly written, with much new material about one of the most famous and important men in modern history. David Blight has created a vibrant and convincing portrait of a towering figure who was also, Blight says, ‘thoroughly and beautifully human.’ A great American gets the stellar biography he deserves from one our country’s greatest historians.” —Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Hemingses of Monticello

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$37.50
ISBN: 9781416590316
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 16th, 2018

Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know by Colm Tóibín

In Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know, award-winning author Colm Tóibín (The Master, Brooklyn) profiles the fathers of three great Irish writers— Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, and James Joyce—as a lens through which to view his country’s literary tradition. “Three compelling portraits...a short but entertaining, thoroughly engaging study on the agony of filial influence.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781476785172
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Published: Scribner - October 30th, 2018

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