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The Trackers by Charles Frazier

Set in depression-era United States, this book captures the image of a generation with its cross-country travel, complex characters, and confusing relationships. The story combines elements of mysteries and westerns and will capture you with its unraveling plot. - Sofia
 

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$19.99
ISBN: 9780062948090
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Published: Ecco - March 26th, 2024

The September House by Carissa Orlando

Margaret won’t leave her house even though it’s haunted. But when her husband disappears and her daughter comes to find him, her desire to keep her daughter safe may push their family even further apart. This story is filled with ghosts and twists you won’t see coming, but is ultimately about the way family trauma haunts us all.  - Sofia
 

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780593548615
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Published: Berkley - September 5th, 2023

The Worst Ronin Written by Maggie Tokuda-Hall Illustrated by Faith Schaffer

This graphic novel is set in a fascinating world that encompasses both samurai-era Japanese culture and modern technology. Our protagonist Chihiro gets the chance to work with her idol, the first woman to be allowed into the samurai academy. However, she quickly learns that TV shows aren’t reality when her hero is nothing like she hoped. The beautiful colors and fun character designs enhance this heartwarming story about growing up and letting go of the past. —Sofia

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The Worst Ronin By Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Faith Schaffer (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780358464938
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Published: HarperAlley - May 21st, 2024

The Red Palace by June Hur

This historical Korean mystery set in the 1700s centers around a nurse, Baek-Hyeon, who's drawn into palace intrigue after a shocking murder with high-profile subjects. Filled with interesting characters who have complicated motivations, The Red Palace touches on many subjects: family dynamics, court politics, love, friendship, power—this book has it all. If you want to know more about Korea, or just love a good mystery, check this one out!  —Sofia

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$12.99
ISBN: 9781250800640
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Published: Square Fish - May 14th, 2024

Bird Rehearsal Written by Jonah Winter Illustrated by Stacy Innerst

Each page of this beautifully illustrated book is brimming with chirps and chatter in a day full of birdsong. I loved the dialogue used to translate bird sounds to the page, and the book ends with a performance scene in which each bird has its time on the stage! There are also information pages at the back of the book, perfect for any kid or adult who wants to learn more about the birds pictured.  —Sofia

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By Jonah Winter, Stacy Innerst (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781949480320
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - May 14th, 2024

Tripped: Nazi Germany, the CIA, and the Dawn of the Psychedelic Age by Norman Ohler

Norman Ohler’s (author of Blitzed) newest book tackles the complicated history of LSD, tracing its from the time it was first synthesized to its current highly restricted classification in the US as a schedule 1 drug. This history includes the CIA, Harvard professors, Elvis Presley, and many other fascinating characters. The tangled path that acid took to get to the present day is so remarkable that you won’t want to put this book down. —Sofia

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Tripped: Nazi Germany, the CIA, and the Dawn of the Psychedelic Age By Norman Ohler, Marshall Yarbrough (Translated by) Cover Image
By Norman Ohler, Marshall Yarbrough (Translated by)
$29.99
ISBN: 9780358646501
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Published: Mariner Books - April 9th, 2024

Says Who?: A Kinder, Funner Usage Guide for Everyone Who Cares About Words by Anne Curzan

The funnest (yes, this book talks about funner) book about grammar I’ve ever read! If you want to know where grammar rules come from and whether we always have to follow those rules, pick this book up. There’s something for everyone here, whether they love correcting grammar or don’t know anything about it. There are no hard and fast rules in Says Who?, just suggestions and an entreaty for us to all be (split infinitive? That’s in there too!) kinder to each other.  —Sofia

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$29.00
ISBN: 9780593444092
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Published: Crown - March 26th, 2024

The Hunger and the Dusk, Volume 1 by G. Willow Wilson

Orcs and humans enter a fragile alliance to fight a danger from across the sea. Thus begins a sweeping fantasy epic with a fascinating world behind it. Stories of love, loss, and friendship intertwine across a changing world. The illustrations in The Hunger and the Dusk are beautiful, the characters remarkable, and the story exciting. I can’t wait for the next volume!  —Sofia

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By G. Willow Wilson, Chris Wildgoose (Illustrator)
$21.99
ISBN: 9798887240824
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Published: IDW Publishing - June 11th, 2024

The Dictionary People by Sarah Ogilvie

Sarah Ogilvie’s book is a fascinating account of one of the world’s first crowdsourcing projects. In each chapter, Ogilvie explores a different set of the volunteers who made the Oxford English Dictionary what it is today. The Dictionary People is filled with unique words, intriguing characters, and fascinating anecdotes. If you’ve ever wondered how dictionaries are created, this is the book for you.  

—Sofia

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The Dictionary People: The Unsung Heroes Who Created the Oxford English Dictionary By Sarah Ogilvie Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593536407
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Published: Knopf - October 17th, 2023

Is Math Real? by Eugenia Cheng

This book both celebrates asking questions (even if they may seem silly) and serves as a great introduction to abstract math concepts. There were many points where I felt like I finally understood something that had never made sense to me in math class, and I came away from the book with more of an appreciation for math. It also answered questions I never thought to ask!  

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Is Math Real?: How Simple Questions Lead Us to Mathematics’ Deepest Truths By Eugenia Cheng Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781541601826
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Published: Basic Books - August 15th, 2023

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