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Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780735224803
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Published: Viking - October 24th, 2017

John Hodgman takes us on a hilarious journey through his time vacationing in Western Massachusetts and coastal Maine. Filled with irony, reflection, and extremely awkward social interactions. A fun and quick read for those who want a good laugh!


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Calling My Name Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062656865
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Published: Greenwillow Books - October 24th, 2017

We follow Taja Brown, an African American woman living in Texas, discovering herself through adolescence and young adulthood. She faces relatable struggles in her faith, her love life, and her family. An emotional and lovely coming of age story!


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Marge in Charge Cover Image
By Isla Fisher, Eglantine Ceulemans (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062662187
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Published: HarperCollins - October 3rd, 2017

This book was such a fun read! I loved how crazy of a character Marge was. Perfect for teaching children to always look at any situation in a positive light and to never put boundaries on your imagination. Every page brought a new adventure for the reader!


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The Book of Barb: A Celebration of Stranger Things' Iconic Wing Woman Cover Image
By Nadia Bailey, Phil Constantinesco (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781925418477
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Published: Smith Street Books - August 1st, 2017

Many of us are still mourning the loss of  Barb in Stranger Things, but fear not! Bailey has created a shrine of our beloved leader for all of the underdogs - the ones who knew that they were not a Nancy, but a Barb. This book perfectly combines humor and wisdom while reflecting on the life of this iconic character. 


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If the Creek Don't Rise Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781492647454
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Published: Sourcebooks - August 1st, 2017

The story revolves around Sadie Blue, a 17-year-old girl expecting a baby with her abusive husband Roy. The author makes it a little more interesting by looking closely into the lives of those who are part of Sadie's story. I enjoyed having the opportunity to experience the memories and emotions of the different residents of Baines Creek.


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Karma Khullar's Mustache Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481477703
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 15th, 2017

This book provides an accurate representation of what it's like to go through the beginning stages of adolescence. You start junior high, you make new friends, and you often lose the ones you've had since kindergarten. Your peers become more mean, so if you act/look just slightly different than everyone else does, you're an outcast. The protagonist, Karma, experiences a lot of bullying throughout the book that was a bit difficult for me to get through, but witnessing her strength and perseverance made falling in love with her that much easier.


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Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: A Book Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062569028
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 27th, 2017

This felt to me like a big-kid picture book. It's ridiculous, adorable and a little dark? It's impossible not to fall in love with Jomny and the world he's created. Anyone looking for a laugh, please read! It's one of the funniest books I've ever read.


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Love & Gelato Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781481432559
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Published: Simon Pulse - May 2nd, 2017

Lina is spending the summer in Italy with her newly-discovered father shortly after her mother passes away. Though she is hesitant about staying, her heart quickly warms up with the help of her new friend Ren and the beauty of Firenze. A perfect summer read for those who love lighthearted adventure!


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Girl on the Leeside Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385542395
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Published: Nan A. Talese - June 20th, 2017

Siobhan has always felt content living with her Uncle Kee and the quiet haven they have created in their home in Ireland. However, when a handsome American professor comes to visit, Siobhan starts to crave more from life. In "Girl on the Leeside", Kenney introduce the question of what happens when you discover there might be more to life than what you've always known. Do you run away from it, or towards it?


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Once and for All Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780425290330
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - June 6th, 2017

Sarah Dessen has written another classic to add to the shelves We follow Louna the summer before going to college as she works for her mother's famous wedding planning business. The irony is, Louna has had a difficult time believing in true love after a tragic loss. It isn't until a bet is placed with her annoying coworker that she starts to put herself back out there and lose some of her cynicism. Through heartbreak and laughter, Dessen has added another beloved character to her beloved universe. 


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Startup Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316360388
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Published: Little Brown and Company - April 25th, 2017

This book introduced me to a world that I was so unfamiliar with: startup tech companies. We follow Mack McAllister, the young founder and CEO of TakeOff, and Katya Pasternack, a writer for TechScene who is in desperate need of a groundbreaking story. With aspects of women struggling to compete in a male-dominated world, and middle-aged workers struggling to adapt to the new and  overpowering millennial culture, Shafrir's debut novel is one that everyone can enjoy and will not be able to put down.


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The Upside of Unrequited Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062348708
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - April 11th, 2017

Molly is 17 and has had 26 crushes in her life (her most recent one is Lin-Manuel Miranda). She's never pursued anything with them due to her fear of getting rejected based on her not-so-perfect body. It isn't until her twin sister, Cassie, gets a girlfriend that Molly starts feeling pressured to fall in love herself, especially now that she can't stop thinking about cute-guy Will and her dorky coworker Reid. Will either of them win the title of crush #27? Will it turn into more than just a crush?


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Just Fly Away Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616206291
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - March 28th, 2017

When fifteen-year-old Lucy discovers that her father has an eight-year-old son from a brief affair who lives in the same town as them, her life quickly falls apart. Unable to comprehend the situation, she isolates herself from her family and friends. In search for solace, Lucy runs off to Maine where her estranged grandfather lives, and uncovers more family secrets than she could ever imagine.


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My Not So Perfect Life Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812998269
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Published: Dial Press - February 7th, 2017

Katie Brenner is living the perfect life in London, with a perfect job and the perfect apartment...on her Instagram, that is. The truth is that she's a junior employee who's boss asks her to touch up their roots and can barely make rent for her tiny apartment. But it's her dream to live large in the city and not go back to the farm where she grew up. Can she make her social media life become a reality?


One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780804169783
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Published: Vintage - February 3rd, 2015

This series of short stories will cause you to stop and think about the weird parts of life. Novak does an excellent job combining bits of light and dark humor throughout this book. Stories include a Comedy Central roast of Nelson Mandela and a girl who goes on a first date with a warlord.


Jubilee Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780385744874
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - September 13th, 2016

Judith stopped talking after her mother left her at Aunt Cora's years ago. Now, with the help of her aunt, her dog, and a strange boy named Mason, she works to find out why her mother left and find her voice again. Very heartwarming and whimsical!


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Why Not Me? Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804138161
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Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - September 27th, 2016

Kaling's second memoir takes us on another hilarious journey through her life in showbiz. She talks about the thrills and challenges of starring in her own television show, fitting into the world of Hollywood while not fitting in size zero pants, and her love affair with a White House staff member. An all-around enjoyable read!


The Shack Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780964729230
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Published: Windblown Media - July 1st, 2008

A gripping story about the devastation of loss and the freedom of salvation. Four years after his youngest daughter goes missing, Mack remains in a state of numbing grief. The reader follows Mack on his path to spiritual recovery, with the help of some old friends. Tears of joy and sadness shall be shed throughout.


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