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Literary Starbucks: Fresh-Brewed, Half-Caf, No-Whip Bookish Humor Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250096791
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - August 23rd, 2016

Have you ever wondered what Harry Potter would order at Starbucks? How about William Wordsworth? These answers and more lie inside, where authors, characters, and baristas all interact in a Starbucks unlike anything you've seen before. 

(October 2016)


Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781455516902
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 7th, 2013

This is the ultimate guide for twenty-somethings who are technically adults, but sometimes need an adultier adult's help. Funny and clever, Brown's writing will fill you with inspiration to do the impossible, like figure out your budget, actually cook food, and make real-world friends. 

(September 2016)


The Fireman Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062200631
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 17th, 2016

We've all heard the urban legends about spontaneous human combustion - but what if they were real? What if it was contagious? Hill has crafted an engaging story about the world going up in flames, and the people who, against all odds, manage to survive and thrive - despite the rising temperatures. 

(September 2016)


In a Dark, Dark Wood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501112331
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - April 19th, 2016

Rife with Chekhov's guns and fast-paced action, this story is an addictive mystery at its finest. You'll be guessing not only 'who done it', but also what 'it' is! When even the crime is a mystery for most of the book, anything and everything can be revealed in this hair-raising thriller. 

(September 2016)


World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307346612
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Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - October 16th, 2007

Like all great zombie stories, WWZ isn't really about zombies - it's a global look at the social, political, and pyschological effects of being pushed to the breaking point. Told in oral interviews with many distinct characters, this book excels in pushing past Western-centric storytelling to give us the full picture. One of my favorite zombie stories to date! 

(July 2016)


Uni the Unicorn Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385375559
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 26th, 2014

Uni the Unicorn knows that little girls are real, no matter what anyone tells her! This is an adorable story that turns a familiar tale on its head. You'll fall in love with the vibrant illustrations, too! Perfect for any girl who is certain, absolutely certain, that unicorns are real. 

(July 2016) 


Slade House Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812988079
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Published: Random House Trade - June 28th, 2016

I am a huge haunted house fan - they terrify me, but that's why I love them. Slade House is the ultimate haunted house, taking people from across time and trapping them in its twisting, labyrinthian halls. Will its victims ever get free? That's up to a few brave souls...

(July 2016)


The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook: 650 Recipes for Everything You'll Ever Want to Make Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781936493838
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Published: America's Test Kitchen - March 15th, 2014

This is the perfect cookbook for young couples or empty-nesters - gone are the days of pairing down recipes meant for 5-6 people! It has a wide variety of meals that give just the right amount of food. The authors also tell you exactly how and why each recipe works, which is interesting even for amateur chefs like myself! 

(June 2016)


Uprooted Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804179058
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Published: Del Rey Books - March 1st, 2016

I am a huge fan of the "something in the woods is evil" trope and this book uses it perfectly. While Agnieszka's initial worries are only about the Dragon who just took her (not to eat of course - he's a wizard, not an animal), she quickly realizes that her real enemy is the Wood. The subtle, pernicious Wood that is creeping ever closer...

(June 2016)


South of Sunshine Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807575680
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Published: Aw Teen - April 2016

This is a really cute story about coming out - not only to family and friends, but also to yourself. Kaycee wants to be honest with her friends, but first she must admit the truth to herself. This book gives great insight to something that is often overlooked - the need to accept and love yourself that is just as important as others accepting you.

(May 2016)


We Were Liars Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385741262
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Published: Delacorte Press - May 13th, 2014

Some books you just have to read at a certain time of year, and this is definitely one of those. The perfect summertime book, We Were Liars will lull you with its syrupy description of life on a family's private island...only to hit you hard as the plot twists. A deceptively simple and fast read, this book will leave an impression long after you turn the last page.

(May 2016)


Under the Dome Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439149034
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Published: Gallery Books - July 6th, 2010

This is small town life - under a magnifying glass. King's expertise in tension-building shines throughout this saga of a town that has been forcibly seceded from the rest of the world. You'll wish this ~1,000 page book were even longer as you root for the characters to solve the mystery of the Dome - if they even have time while trying to survive.

(May 2016)


She's Come Undone Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780671021009
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Published: Pocket Books - June 1998

This book was almost painful to read at times, but that just speaks to Lamb's ability to create some of the most fully-realized characters I've ever met. I was frankly a little skeptical that this is an intimate book about a woman written by a man, but the writing's authenticity quickly makes you forget. You will ache, mourn, and celebrate with Dolores as she faces the trials life throws at her.

(May 2016)


The Last Policeman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594746741
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Published: Quirk Books - June 11th, 2013

While I've read plenty of post-apocalyptic novels, I think this was the first that was pre-apocalyptic. In this book, the looming asteroid impact puts a lot of things in perspective - what do a few murders matter if we'll all be dead in six months? It matters to Hank Palace, a detective determined to solve the case - even in the face of his colleagues' scorn and the impending global deadline.

(May 2016)


The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America Trade Book Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375725609
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Published: Vintage - February 10th, 2004

I have to say, I'm not normally one for non-fiction, but this book absolutely blew me away. Larson winds the seemingly unrelated stories of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and a cunning murderer stalking the city together perfectly. Impeccably researched and artfully written, you'll feel as if you're standing in the room with the characters.

(May 2016)


The Hakawati Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307386274
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Published: Anchor Books - June 2nd, 2009

While the central plot follows a Lebanese expat returning to Beirut to support his dying father, this epic spans generations and worlds to tell the story of the main character's family. Peppered with Middle Eastern folklore, this is a captivating tale told in the tradition of the greatest hakawati (storyteller). Listen. You'll be enchanted.

(April 2016)


The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476763231
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Published: Touchstone Books - September 29th, 2015

Lydia was my favorite character while watching The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and when it ended I was left wondering what would happen to her - how would she recover from Wickham's betrayal? This book answers this question and many more. You get to see how Lydia Bennet not only survives, but thrives - all while being totally adorbs.

(April 2016)


All the Light We Cannot See Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781476746586
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 6th, 2014

Doerr has set forth a brilliantly crafted epic of a blind French girl and a burgeoning German scientist. Set against the backdrop of WWII, this fast-paced novel will leave you breathlessly immersed in these characters' lives as their fates and those of their countries slowly but surely intertwine.

(April 2016)


The Raw Shark Texts Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781847671745
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Published: Canongate Us - April 2008

Have you ever wished you could start over? Be a completely different person without your old, painful memories? This is exactly what happens to Eric - but he decides to chase down his past self instead of letting it go. Will he beat the conceptual shark that's pursuing him and discover the secrets he's been running from? Or will he instead run out of time?

(April 2016)


The Great Good Thing Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780689853289
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - October 2002

I still think of this book almost every time I read, even though it must be at least ten years since I first picked it up. In this world, book characters literally come to life within their novels - but what happens when they need to leave their beloved book? Can they survive beyond the confines of ink and paper? Only their heroine, Sylvie, can help them find a place in this brave new world.

(April 2016)


Warriors #1: Into the Wild Cover Image
By Erin Hunter, Dave Stevenson (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062366962
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Published: HarperCollins - March 17th, 2015

If you've ever wondered about the secret lives of cats, this book is for you! Join Rusty, a kittypet (house cat) as he leaves his home for the life of a warrior among the forest Clans and discovers more excitement, friendship, betrayal, and adventures than he could have imagined!

(April 2016)