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The Berry Pickers by Amanda Peters

Amanda Peters’s The Berry Pickers delivers an emotional punch. A Mi’kmaq family migrates to Maine every summer to harvest blueberries, but one summer tragedy strikes: The young daughter, Ruthie, vanishes without a trace. Her brother is torn by guilt, which leads him down a path of self-destruction; all the while Ruthie is growing up with an overprotective, unstable mother who is hiding secrets. The novel beautifully portrays childhood trauma’s lasting impact on our lives and on the many reactions we have to trauma. Gripping, poignant, and unforgettable.  

—Kristina

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781646221950
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Published: Catapult - October 31st, 2023

Murder by Degrees by Ritu Mukerji

In Murder by Degrees, 19th-century Philadelphia comes alive as Dr. Lydia Weston, a resourceful physician, delves into a missing persons case–turned–murder investigation. Mukerji’s meticulous descriptions of everything from anatomy to social classes provide a vivid backdrop as the book explores class divides, sexism, and Lydia’s journey to uncover a killer’s secrets. With an intriguing plot and an engaging protagonist, this historical mystery is captivating.  

—Kristina

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$27.99
ISBN: 9781668015063
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 17th, 2023

A Haunting on the Hill by Elizabeth Hand

A Haunting on the Hill is a disturbing and tingling horror story that brilliantly combines terror and curiosity. Elizabeth Hand populates her version of Hill House with big egos that battle under the house’s deep gloom. She takes great care to create an unusual blend of fear and attraction. Everything is present, from gothic secrets to dubious housekeepers. As the storm approaches, emotions run wild, drawing you along with the characters toward insanity.  

—Kristina

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780316527323
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Published: Mulholland Books - October 3rd, 2023

Nine Nasty Words by John McWhorter

McWhorter’s Nine Nasty Words explores the history of renowned English swear words, providing an educational and entertaining experience. The well-written and well-researched book combines history, sociology, and pop culture to investigate the three stages of swearing throughout the development of the English language. The accounts of metaphorical word evolution in the book are particularly fascinating. A truly interesting and appropriate book for language enthusiasts.  

—Kristina

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Nine Nasty Words: English in the Gutter: Then, Now, and Forever By John McWhorter Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593421383
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Published: Avery - October 10th, 2023

The New Saints by Lama Rod Owens

In his new book, Lama Rod Owens offers a refreshing perspective on the ancient Buddhist tradition of Bodhisattva, reimagining it as a contemporary and justice-oriented path. Owens redefines the saint as a “spiritual warrior,” driven by a deep altruistic desire to alleviate suffering. Through anecdotes and practical meditations, he guides readers on a path toward embodying this modern-day saintliness. Owens’s work is a powerful call to engage in spiritual abolition, advocating for justice, and dismantling oppressive systems. A must-read for those seeking to merge spirituality with activism.  

—Kristina

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$20.99
ISBN: 9781649630001
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Published: Sounds True - October 31st, 2023

Botanical Dyes: Plant-to-Print Techniques and Tips by Babs Behan

Babs Behan’s Botanical Dyes is bursting with cool recipes and great tips for making your own natural colors. Have a blast turning plant-based dyes into vibrant prints, get back to nature, find your inner calm, and learn eco-friendly tricks to help our planet. Babs’s fun guidance, inspired by her previous book, Botanical Inks, takes you from finding and picking your botanicals to working on colorful crafts and easy projects. Terrific for beginners, with dye recipes, simple steps, quick fixes, and tons of inspiration! 

—Kristina

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$23.99
ISBN: 9781837830305
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Published: Quadrille Publishing - August 29th, 2023

Call It Home: The Details That Matter by Amber Lewis

Step into the fabulous world of the ultimate California Casual design queen, Amber Lewis. In her new book, Call It Home, she shows us her secret to creating stunning rooms and designs—it’s all in the details! From fabric choice to hardware, flooring, and more, Lewis pulls back the curtain and lets you into her process. If you are looking for interior design inspiration that ticks all the boxes, look no further. 

—Kristina

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By Amber Lewis, Cat Chen (Contributions by), Shade Degges (Photographs by)
$40.00
ISBN: 9780593235522
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 17th, 2023

Encyclopedia of Landscape Design Edited by Chris Young

For anyone seeking a yard redesign, this book is a valuable resource. It covers style concepts, materials, and plants, with guidance on drawing accurate plans and taking measurements for irregular plots. The step-by-step advice, from sketch to execution, makes it an essential reference book. I highly recommend it for anyone looking to transform their outdoor space. 

—Kristina

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By DK
$40.00
ISBN: 9780744084436
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Published: DK - September 5th, 2023

Chími Nu’am: Native California Foodways for the Contemporary Kitchen by Sara Calvosa Olson

In Chími Nu’am, Sara Calvosa Olson presents 70 delectable recipes that bring California's Indigenous cuisines to modern kitchens. The cookbook showcases Olson’s inventive takes on Native food styles from across California, following the seasons with rich Indigenous ingredients. It includes guidance on acorn preparation, traditional protein uses, and mindful sourcing. With more than 100 photographs, this accessible and politically attuned book adds warmth and mouth-watering aromas to any kitchen. 

—Kristina

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$40.00
ISBN: 9781597146159
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Published: Heyday Books - September 5th, 2023

A Taste for Poison: Eleven Deadly Molecules and the Killers Who Used Them by Neil Bradbury

Neil Bradbury's A Taste of Poison is an entertaining mix of historical and modern poison tales. Explore body-chemistry escapades, poison history, and surprise positive twists. Chemistry newbie? No worries! This page-turner welcomes all. Dive into true crime and science fun with a narrative that'll keep you hooked. A must-read for true-crime lovers and science buffs, alike!

—Kristina

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ISBN: 9781250624512
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - August 15th, 2023

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