Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

In just 48 pages, Khaled Hosseini will break your heart again and again.

This illustrated story about the Syrian refugee crisis is told in the form of a letter from a father to a son as they prepare to start …


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Orange World and Other Stories by Karen Russell

I loved the stories in this book. They are real, strange, and completely earthy. Each story is a perfect mixture of this world and ‘the other’, ‘the other’ being different in each case.

Russell is a master of mixing humor …


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Brave Molly by Brooke Boynton-Hughes

This wordless picture book follows Molly as she wrestles with her anxieties – physically represented by a shadowy monster that follows her everywhere.

She can’t seem to say or do the right thing with her peers and is constantly aware …


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Shades of White from Country Living Magazine

If you have never thought of white as a complex color, think again. Shades of White explores the versatility of this timeless color in the home setting. With breathtaking photos of rooms whose only common denominator is the thoughtful use …


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The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

“Annabel nodded at her, turning to climb into her own seat, fastening her own harness with the self-assurance of a test pilot on his fiftieth run rather than someone with no front teeth and a Dora barrette in her hair”…


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Whimsical Stitches by Lauren Espy

I’m the kind of person who thinks eyes and a smile make any inanimate object instantly adorable and irresistible. If that speaks to you (or your inner child) you will delight in every page of Lauren Espy’s Whimsical Stitches: a


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Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

Recommended by DanA 38 year old widowed mother of ten went missing from her apartment in 1972. Everyone knew the IRA had taken her as a suspected informer. No one said anything. Patrick Keefe went to find out why in …


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The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones

I have acarophobia (extreme fear of very tiny bugs), so I’m still trying to figure out why I couldn’t put down Holly Goddard Jones’ dystopian novel in which the only common enemy is the deadly virus-carrying miner tick.

In an …


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Normal People by Sally Rooney

At home, Connell’s mother is Marianne’s maid. At school, Connell is a popular athlete while Marianne is a pariah. They fall for each other anyway, loving and hurting each other in equal measure. Everything changes in college, where Marianne makes …


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Woodcraft by Barn the Spoon

Even if you never end up crafting with wood, Woodcraft is one of those books that gets you excited about the possibilities. 

The book starts out exploring how to think about sustainable wood as a resource, the best part of …


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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

“Sometimes she heard night-sounds she didn’t know or jumped from lightning too close, but whenever she stumbled, it was the land who caught her. Until at last, at some unclaimed moment, the heart-pain seeped away like water into sand. Still …


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New Kid by Jerry Craft

“They say that there are animals that will chew off their own leg to get out of a trap. I never understood that…until now.”

Jordan Banks is in the 7th grade and loves drawing cartoons about his life. But rather …


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Aug 9 – Fog by Kathryn Scanlan

For 15 years Kathryn Scanlan poured over a stranger’s crumbling diary.

She had rescued the little book from the trash after an estate auction. No one thought it was worth saving. But Scanlan found something special in the 86-year-old diarist’s …


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Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo

She’s a K-pop star trying to have one unstructured day, one day when she can do anything she wants. He’s a photographer working  on spec for Hong Kong’s most notorious scandal sheet.

16-year old Lucky is rescued by 18-year old …


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Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You by Scotto Moore

Looking for something gory, lightning-paced, and sized for your carry-on? Consider packing Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You, Scotto Moore’s sci-fi/horror novella.

This Lovecraftian tribute to the power of song begins when Airee Macpherson, a music blogger, discovers a …


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Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl

Fans of Ruth Reichl’s autobiographical works will want to continue the journey with her new book Save Me the Plums.

When Gourmet Magazine ceased publication in 2009, Reichl had been its editor-in-chief for ten years. She chronicles those years …


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Who is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht

The Spring of 1966 is a great time to be a young spy in Argentina: the government is about to be overthrown, and CIA agent Vera Kelly has infiltrated a group of passionate, boozy, possibly KGB-affiliated university students.

But when …


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Tiger vs. Nightmare by Emily Tetri

Young Tiger’s parents don’t take her seriously, taking a second dinner to her bedroom “to feed her Monster.”

Monster came to scare her one night long ago, before she can even remember, but instead became her evening playmate. Monster perches …


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