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The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising Trilogy #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525581673
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Published: Delacorte Press - November 5th, 2019

Kiersten White gives a great take on Arthurian legends for lovers of the source material or for any fantasy lover seeking intricate characters, a twisting plot, and a richly layered world and magic system.

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Grand Union: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525558996
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Published: Penguin Press - October 8th, 2019

From errands to apocalypse, the ever astute and witty Zadie Smith captures a modern experience and creates a bustling city within this short story collection.  Her play with language and form induces an ineffable, almost manic frenzy.  I understand yet puzzle over every sentence in the most delightful way.

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ISBN: 9780525645580
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Published: Delacorte Press - July 9th, 2019

This pulse-pounding science fiction thriller touches on survival, feminism, friendship, and environmentalism at a girls' boarding school in a dangerous, mutating forest.  Rory Power's writing gives a distinct voice to every one of these multi-faceted, engaging characters.  Her skillful and shifting prose fills every breath with real emotion.

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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525562023
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Published: Penguin Press - June 4th, 2019

Ocean Vuong's prose combines the beauty of his poetry with artful characterization and narrative structure. This book explores the complexities and contradictions of familial and romantic love, the act of creation, and the definition of one's own being. Despite the weight of its subjects, it reads quickly. In short, I loved it.

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Self-Portrait with Boy: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501169595
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Published: Scribner - March 12th, 2019

When a young, desperate artist accidentally captures a boy falling to his death in a photograph, she must decide if the acclaim she knows the picture will bring her justifies the torment its showing will bring the boy's parents. A rich artist's coming-of-age that wrangles with the morality of ambition and the desire to be loved, set in a now gone New York of the 1990s.

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Noodlephant Cover Image
By Jacob Kramer, K-Fai Steele (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781592702664
Availability: Backordered
Published: Enchanted Lion Books - February 12th, 2019

Delightfully illustrated and printed on high quality paper, NOODLEPANT combines the silliness of a noodle-loving elephant with the important lesson of standing up for equality.  Charming, sweet, and great for kids AND adults!

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Literary Landscapes: Charting the Worlds of Classic Literature (Literary Worlds Series) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316561822
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - November 13th, 2018

Equally descriptive and analytical, "Literary Landscapes" travels across the literary canon to show how place has shaped literature's most famous stories and how place becomes a character itself. Not to mention, the beautiful illustrations.

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