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Smile by Sarah Ruhl

Sarah Ruhl, internationally acclaimed playwright, saw half her face become paralyzed with Bell's palsy hours after she gave birth to twins. In Smile, she chronicles her journey through both motherhood and the inherently demonstrative world of theater, wondering if the lack of expression on her face, especially as a woman, has a bearing on how people perceive her and how she perceives herself. A thoughtful, heartfelt, resilient yet realistic rumination on a journey of self-discovery, one that feels particularly relevant as we think about the effects of wearing our smile behind our mask.

—Casey

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ISBN: 9781982150945
Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - October 5th, 2021

The Vanished Queen by Lisbeth Campbell

A (probably) murdered queen, a rebellious academic, and a dissatisfied prince are at the heart of this complex and richly told fantasy. Karegg has been ruled for years by a despotic king and rebellion licks at the heels of the kingdom. When Anza finds the missing queen’s journal, she uses her words to fan the flames of disquiet. I love fantasy fomented with rebellion and the parallels between Karegg and the US are hard to miss. Endlessly engaging. 

—Ivy

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781982141301
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Published: S&S/Saga Press - November 9th, 2021

The Savage Kind by John Copenhaver

Somehow, Copenhaver has dissected the intricate and passionately dark minds of teenage girls in a manner unlike anything I’ve seen before. With a rotating perspective, this murder mystery reads like diary entries, each page unfiltered and unique. The friendship between Judy and Philippa blurs the lines between platonic love, infatuation, and blind obsession. It hooked me from the start and kept me anxiously waiting for the moment I could sit down and continue reading. —Nikole

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$25.95
ISBN: 9781643138091
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Published: Pegasus Crime - October 5th, 2021

MAO: Volume 1 by Rumiko Takahashi

The legendary creator of Inuyasha and Ranma ½ brings a new series with mystery and a gothic sensibility that surprises and intrigues. Nanoka is an average teen with a tragic past who stumbles through a mysterious arch that leads to 1920’s Japan, where demons roam and where one day Nanoka meets a salty young man named Mao, who complicates everything she knows to be true. Takahashi mixes her elements effortlessly in this fun and funny, creepy and fascinating comic you won’t want to miss. 

—Jax

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ISBN: 9781974720521
Published: VIZ Media LLC - September 14th, 2021

The Times I Knew I Was Gay by Eleanor Crewes

There are often early moments of approaching self-realization for a queer person, like becoming deeply attached to a queer-coded character without yet understanding why. In her memoir, Crewes explores these discoveries with candor through her inviting pencil illustrations. The Times I Knew I Was Gay is a beautiful story where coming out is neither the beginning nor the end but simply part of life’s journey. For those who love Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, Kabul Nagata’s My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness, or Tillie Walden’s Spinning. —Molly S.

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ISBN: 9781982147112
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Published: Scribner - October 5th, 2021

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

Can you judge a book on the way it makes you feel? If so, Anthony Doerr, author of the beloved All the Light We Cannot See, delivers one of the most potent novels I’ve read in many years, about the power of storytelling and our personal legacies. Epic in scope, the book follows characters during the siege of Constantinople, in present-day Idaho, and into the future in space. Ultimately, their stories connect through one ancient Greek manuscript, in what can only be described as a transformative reading experience, one filled with adventure, history, and a multilayered examination of our shared humanity.

—Casey

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$30.00
ISBN: 9781982168438
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Published: Scribner - September 28th, 2021

The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun

The Charm Offensive shattered my expectations! Sexy and real (even the reality TV), romantic and hopeful, it literally made me laugh out loud and cry, turning pages through tension and drama (manufactured and not), biting my lip in between. Discovering yourself and how to take care of yourself, true friends, the sexual and romantic spectrums, and love—and did I mention how hot it is? A fantastic contemporary romance for any reader looking for a modern-world fable.←Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781982170714
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Published: Atria Books - September 7th, 2021

The Witch Haven by Sasha Peyton Smith

The Witch Haven transplants us to NYC in 1911. After the mysterious death of her brother four months prior, Frances finds herself alone and struggling to get by. One late evening, she discovers she has developed powers (and their potential for deadly consequences); not long after, she is whisked away to learn how to control her newfound abilities. I was immediately absorbed into this story! —MJ

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$19.99
ISBN: 9781534454385
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 31st, 2021

The Chicken House by Doreen Cronin

Hardboiled dog detective J.J. and his chicken companions are back, this time in a leveled reader that provides an enticing gateway to the more complex J.J. Tully Mysteries and Chicken Squad chapter books that we have loved for years. One-part whodunnit, one-part Goldilocks, this simple story is propelled by Gilpin’s expressive illustrations, Cronin’s clever word choices, and Sugar’s skills as the bespectacled chicken ringleader. Where’d those chickens go this time? Cuddle up with this book and find out. —Michelle

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By Doreen Cronin, Stephen Gilpin (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781534487055
Published: Simon Spotlight - August 31st, 2021

Jazz for Lunch written by Jarrett Dapier

After an exciting and bit overwhelming visit to a jazz club, Auntie Nina comforts her nephew through cooking up a music-inspired lunch. In this funky and rhyme-filled debut, Jarret Dapier combines sounds, jazz icons, and colorful dishes to serve us a wonderfully jazzy feast. I loved how the words seem to roll together in a beat, making this book such an exciting read. For fans of Our Little Kitchen, music, and good picture books—look no further for a sure hit!

—Andrea C.

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By Jarrett Dapier, Eugenia Mello (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534454088
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - September 7th, 2021

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