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Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution By R. F. Kuang Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780063021433
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Published: Harper Voyager - August 29th, 2023

Blending history and magic, Babel begs the question - is the act of translation helpful? Or harmful?

This book is both a love letter to academia and a field guide to bucking the status quo.

Impeccably researched, yet written in an extremely accessible style, Babel will take you on a roller coaster ride! You'll be gripping your seat as you slide into the explosive finish.

- Kerry


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The Poppy War: A Novel By R. F. Kuang Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062662583
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Published: Harper Voyager - April 23rd, 2019

This story draws on the real life events of the second Sino-Japanese war to tell the story of Rin, a poor orphan who beins training at an elite academy.  When her country is drawn into a brutal war and Rin is called to fight, she must decide how far she'll go to save her homeland  This story weaves together magic, a dark drug epidemic, and the horrors of true wartime events.  If you're looking for morally grey protagonists and an unpredictable story this is for you!

                                                     -  Kerry


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Project Hail Mary: A Novel By Andy Weir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593135228
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 4th, 2022

A science teacher wakes up alone on a spaceship with no idea why he is there. As his memory slowly returns, he comes to the realization that he is on a mission to save Earth. Weir always has a special way of writing about science in a super fun and accessible way. This book was a really smart, enthralling read, filled with so much heart, and a dash of humor. Love love love!
- Kerry


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The Ministry of Time: A Novel By Kaliane Bradley Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781668045145
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - May 7th, 2024

A civil servant takes on a new role as a 'bridge,' a kind of guide to help time travelers from the past assimilate to the modern world. The story that unfolds is weird, clever, incredibly engaging, hilarious, and often heartbreaking. A true piece of speculative fiction, Bradley poses the questions - What if time travel was possible? And what if it was a bureaucratic nightmare?
- Kerry
 


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The Book of Doors: A Novel By Gareth Brown Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063323988
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Published: William Morrow - February 13th, 2024

What a unique story! I thoroughly enjoyed this standalone fantasy novel. When Cassie finds herself in possession of a strange book that literally opens doors anywhere (and any time) in the world, she has no idea the adventure that is about to unfold. Ruthless villains, characters bursting with personality, and twists and turns a plenty will be sure to keep you hooked!

- Kerry


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Rouge: A Novel By Mona Awad Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982169701
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Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - May 7th, 2024

Skin-care obsessed Belle returns to her childhood home after the sudden death of her mother. And things get real weird from there! Reality twists and turns as Belle grapples with her grief, as well as a new obsession with a mysterious luxury spa, which feeds her own desire for youthfulness.

This book is a surreal gothic delight! It's sure to keep you hooked until the very end.

- Kerry


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The Light Pirate: GMA Book Club Selection By Lily Brooks-Dalton Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781538708279
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - December 6th, 2022

The writing in this book is beautiful, delicately weaving hope through a blanket of destruction. As Florida slowly returns to the sea, we follow Wanda as she grows up and perseveres amidst catastrophic weather changes.

This story left me with a sense of reassurance that even as the death of the planet looms, humanity will continue to evolve.

- Kerry


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The Future By Naomi Alderman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781668025680
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 7th, 2023

The end is coming. As in right now. And somehow, a select group of billionaires possess the secret to surviving.

An assistant to one of these billionaires and an infamous survivalist team up to figure out the billionaires' plot.

This story forces you to ask yourself - who deserves to survive the end of the world? And what if you knew how to escape it?

- Kerry


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Darling Girl: A Novel of Peter Pan By Liz Michalski Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593185650
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Published: Dutton - May 2nd, 2023

Holly Darling, granddaughter to Wendy Darling, does everything in her power to save her own daughter after she's been kidnapped.  This novel is a terrifying retelling of Peter Pan.  It is a mixture of surrealism and fantasy, and will have you on the edge of your seat.  This is a definite read if you're ready to shatter the fantasy of Peter Pan.

                                                      -  Kerry


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Legendborn (The Legendborn Cycle #1) By Tracy Deonn Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534441613
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - February 1st, 2022

You know a book is good when you stay up waayy too late, saying "just one more chapter!" Tag along with Bree as she gets involved in a secret magical society at her college. I love the way Deonn examines race, privilege, and class through a magical lens, specifically how and who has it. A lot of adventure, a touch of romance, and a bit of self discovery makes Legendborn your next great read!

                                             -  Kerry


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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow: A novel By Gabrielle Zevin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593321201
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Published: Knopf - July 5th, 2022

After bonding over their love of video games as kids, Sam and Sadie turn their passion into a career, designing and writing video games together. This novel spans decades of their lives, following them as they fall in and out of friendship, love, and careers. I love how the author captures the excitement of the tech boom of the 90s and early 00s. Such an engaging read! A perfect blend of nerdiness and nostalgia.

                                                 -  Kerry


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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir By Michelle Zauner Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984898951
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Published: Vintage - March 28th, 2023

This memoir had the unique effect of making me both sad and hungry.  Lead singer of the alt pop band, Japanese Breakfast, Michelle Zauner takes readers through the gut-wrenching and, at times, frustrating journey of her mom's battle with cancer. This struggle, along with Michelle's experience growing up Korean-American, is woven together and anchored by her relationship to Korean food. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll empathize. Have snacks handy!

                                                         -  Kerry


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My Last Innocent Year: A Novel By Daisy Alpert Florin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250857057
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - February 13th, 2024

I really enjoyed this novel, a coming-of-age story set at the dawn of the millennium. We follow Isabel, starting in 1998, as she finishes out her last year of college.  Through Isabel, we explore the nature of power, sexuality, independence, and the ethical dilemmas of growing up. Perfect for fans of Sally Rooney, this slice of life read is a refreshing adventure!

- Kerry


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The Magicians: A Novel (Magicians Trilogy #1) By Lev Grossman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780452296299
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Published: Penguin Books - May 25th, 2010

A magic school hidden in the shadows of NYC. A band of magical misfits. A portal to another world. A dark and dangerous secret to unravel. What more could you want in a book? This is the start of the Magicians Trilogy and it only gets more intriguing from here. I highly recommend for fantasy readers looking for a rich series to sink their teeth into.

- Kerry


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The Turnout By Megan Abbott Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593084922
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 3rd, 2022

Two ballerina sisters have been chased by tragedy their whole lives. When another tragic accident happens at their ballet school, it invites a strange man into their lives. This stranger sends their poised lives into a tailspin, forcing the sisters to confront long hidden secrets.

I loved this read! Compelling and spooky, this book is perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn.

- Kerry


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Daughters of the New Year By E. M. Tran Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781335016010
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Published: Hanover Square Press - November 7th, 2023

A heart wrenching and eye opening read, Daughters of the New Year tells the stories of five generations of Vietnamese women, told in reverse order, moving backwards in time. E.M. Tran dives into the cultural nuances of being a Vietnamese woman during different eras, as well as explores the ever-complicated nature of mother/daughter relationships.

I was moved to tears a few times while reading this book - a poignant read!

- Kerry


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Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef By Gabrielle Hamilton Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812980882
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - January 24th, 2012

This book is so deliciously written, you can't help but gobble it up!

Gabrielle leads readers through her unconventional journey of becoming a chef, sparing no details for all the bumps along the way.

This is the type of book you read once and immediately start recommending to everyone you meet - it's that good!

- Kerry


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Six of Crows By Leigh Bardugo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250076960
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Published: Square Fish - February 6th, 2018

A gang of misfits, an impossible heist, and a charismatic criminal leader - all you need for an intricate and smartly written story! You'll fall in love with every character (and all flaws) as they battle through a morally grey world. The final pages will have you racing to get the sequel!

- Kerry


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Ninth House (Ninth House Series #1) By Leigh Bardugo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250751362
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 20th, 2020

Dark academia goodness waits for you in the pages of Ninth House. Set at Yale University, power, corruption, and magic are rife in this elite world. You're sure to be enraptured by Alex, our perfectly imperfect main character. Armed with a sharp wit and more than a little skepticism, outsider Alex is forced to unravel mysteries and murder on the campus of an Ivy League school. This book only gets better with each page turn. You'll feel reality melt away as you get sucked into Alex's story!

- Kerry


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You, Again: A Novel By Kate Goldbeck Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593448120
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - September 12th, 2023

This book had me in TEARS, but I LOVED IT! Comparable to a reverse Harry met Sally, this is a lovely story of the importance of timing, self-love, and maturity. I truly enjoyed Ari and Josh's story and found myself rooting for their happiness against all odds. A unique love story full of depth!

- Kerry


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Divine Rivals: A Novel (Letters of Enchantment #1) By Rebecca Ross Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250857439
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Published: Wednesday Books - April 4th, 2023

This. book. has. everything. A wonderful cast of characters, a dark but relatable plot line, sprinkled through with elements of magic and all-powerful gods, not to mention a romance that transcends it all? What more could you want? I am extremely excited for the sequel. This book stuck with me long after I turned the last page. 

- Kerry