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Wine: A Graphic History by Benoist Simmat, Illustrated by Daniel Casanave

Join wine expert Benoist Simmat and artist Daniel Casanave on a tour of wine’s long and storied history. Informative and quirky, Wine will give you an abundance of fun anecdotes for your next social gathering (over Zoom or in person). It also makes a great gift for the friend who has everything but also loves wine (or history). 

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By Benoist Simmat, Daniel Casanave (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781910593806
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: SelfMadeHero - May 26th, 2020

Temporary by Hilary Leichter

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ISBN: 9781566895668
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Coffee House Press - March 3rd, 2020

What a strange, wonderful journey this book is! Hilary Leichter is an exciting new voice in literary fiction. Told with marvelous, funny, language, Temporary offers a look at the gig economy through a surreal lens that I've never seen before and didn't know I needed. I find myself thinking about this excellent novel again and again as we contend with what our work will look like when this health crisis is over (and if it matters). Leichter reminds me that though we often try to define ourselves by our careers, we are always more than the mold we we've taken up. —Emma

All the Days Past, All the Days to Come by Mildred D. Taylor

As always, Mildred D. Taylor delivers historical fiction at its best. I've followed the Logan family since I was a kid, reading and rereading Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, The Land, and the other magnificent books in the series. It was a joy to reconnect with my old friend, Cassie, and follow her personal journey through the civil rights movement. This book isn’t just for YA readers but for everyone, an important and necessary look at our not-so-distant past.


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ISBN: 9780399257308
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - January 7th, 2020

Incidental Inventions by Elena Ferrante

If you’ve read her novels, you know Ferrante has wonderfully unique insight, specifically into relationships between mothers and daughters and childhood friends. In this collection, Ferrante looks inward and explores her own experiences (first love, personal fears, having her novels adapted into TV shows) and perspectives on larger issues (climate change, feminism, nationality). With delightful illustrations throughout, this is the perfect gift for all the Ferrante fans out there. - Emma

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By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator), Andrea Ucini (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781609455583
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Europa Editions - November 19th, 2019

I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day

This story had me crying the whole way through. Edie’s discovery of her Native American heritage as she deals with changing friendship dynamics is beautiful, heartbreaking, and hopeful. I couldn’t put this one down. The characters felt so real and relatable, I fell in love with them all. The perfect next read for Sharon Creech and Kate DiCamillo fans. - Emma

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ISBN: 9780062871992
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Quill Tree Books - October 1st, 2019

Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy

Tackling divorce, body image, new friends, and first crushes with humor and love, Sweet Pea was a delight from start to finish. The main character, the hilarious and kind Sweet Pea, simply jumps off the page and I was rooting for her from the start. Great for aspiring journalists, and everyone who feels like they don’t fit in. - Emma

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ISBN: 9780062473073
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Balzer + Bray - October 1st, 2019

The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall

Alternating between four different perspectives, The Dearly Beloved delves into the lives of two ministers and their wives, each with different views on religion, family, and purpose. I love a book like this; one that shows the way we are all interpreting (and misinterpreting) our interactions with one another. Though I sometimes wished Wall had just stuck with her delightfully complicated female protagonists, I was fully carried away by this engaging novel. With so many themes to interpret and explore, The Dearly Beloved is the perfect book club pick. - Emma

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ISBN: 9781982104528
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - August 13th, 2019

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. - Emma

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ISBN: 9781328916280
Availability: Hard to Find - Believed to be Out of Stock Indefinitely
Published: Harper Voyager - 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)
ISBN: 9781515842729
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picture Window Books - March 1st, 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
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Hogarth - April 16th, 2019


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