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Emma's Reviews

Upon a Burning Throne by Ashok K. Banker

Calling all Game of Thrones fans! Do yourself a favor and read the appropriately titled Upon a Burning Throne. Two princes are in line to rule the vast and abundant Burnt Empire together, but a princess from another kingdom lays claim to their power. Inspired by the Mahabharata, internationally best-selling author Ashok K. Banker delivers a thrilling, be-late-for-work-because-you-can’t-stop-reading (sorry, Bookshop!) start to your next favorite fantasy epic. 

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781328916280
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Published: John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 16th, 2019

Yasmin in Charge written by Saadia Faruqi, illus. by Hatem Aly

Yasmin, your new favorite second-grader, tackles all sorts of relatable problems at home and at school in this illustrated chapter book series. In this installment, Yasmin delightfully takes on the role of teacher, chef, zookeeper, and superhero, learning the power of sharing, listening, and being a good friend along the way. Each book offers discussion questions, an Urdu glossary, fun facts about Pakistan, and a craft, so the fun can continue well after the final page. - Emma

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By Saadia Faruqi, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
$5.95
ISBN: 9781515842729
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Published: Picture Window Books - March 2019

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Switching between the two halves of a longtime on-again, off-again romance, Rooney offers us an intimate study of her two well-drawn protagonists. Totally absorbing, this powerful book is perfect for traveling or a quiet afternoon at home. You will be fully transported into Rooney’s masterful novel, which explores the dynamics and complexities of relationships. - Emma

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ISBN: 9781984822178
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Published: Hogarth - April 16th, 2019

See You in the Piazza by Frances Mayes

In her latest book, Frances Mayes encourages her reader to travel with an open mind. The best parts of Italy, she urges, are found when you least expect them. Arranged geographically with authentic recipes sprinkled throughout, this is a book to to open at random and explore leisurely. A great way to get ready for your own Italian adventure--whether it's in a few weeks or many years away. - Emma

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ISBN: 9780451497697
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Published: Crown - March 12th, 2019

Troubling Love by Elena Ferrante

In case you haven't heard, Ferrante is brilliant and you should read everything she's written. Troubling Love is a whirlwind mystery that delves deep into my personal favorite topic, the relationship between a mother and daughter. Ferrante's use of language is unparalleled as she writes of a daughter obsessed with finding out who her mother really was in the days following her death. - Emma

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By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781933372167
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Published: Europa Editions - September 2006

Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff

In this captivating account of one of history's most brilliant rulers, Pulitzer Prize-winning Stacy Schiff introduces us to a Cleopatra we have not met before and, in this case anyway, truth is far more interesting than fiction. I've been talking about it for years and can't see myself not bringing up this amazing woman in conversation any time soon. Can't recommend it enough! - Emma

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ISBN: 9780316001946
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 6th, 2011

MEM by Bethany C. Morrow

Looking for more speculative fiction? I highly recommend Morrow's unique, character driven debut novel. In an alternative 1920s, memories are extracted from people and exist as a sort of clone stuck in time, reliving their scene until they fade away. Powerful and insightful, this is the type of book you'll find yourself thinking about months after you've finished. - Emma

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ISBN: 9781944700553
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Published: Unnamed Press - May 22nd, 2018

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