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Laura M's Top Ten Books for Seasonal Reading

Spring:

Florence in Ecstasy Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781944700171
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Unnamed Press - May 16th, 2017

To me, Spring is all about rebirth. Everything’s coming up green and fresh and alive, and reading this book was exactly like that. In it, a young woman named Hannah travels to Florence to outrun her life and combat an eating disorder. She joins the rowing club, gets a job at a local library, and spends her days wandering the city and reading up on the lives of saints. What makes this book so special though, is its depiction of Florence. I have yet to read a book that so perfectly captures the spirit of the city, and in such achingly beautiful language. Each time Hannah falters in her journey, the city, in all of its crumbling grandeur, is there is pull her out of the shadows. Oh and did I mention there’s a lovely, tender, utterly realistic romance at the center of it all? In short, Chaffee has managed to skirt along the edge of sentimentality and bring us a Florence, and a protagonist, that is just as flawed as she is beautiful.


The Wrong Heaven Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316516211
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 17th, 2018

I often struggle with short story collections. By the time I get invested in one story, it’s over, and I have to go through the whole process again. That wasn’t the case with THE WRONG HEAVEN. I read this weird and wonderful collection in one sitting! Each protagonist faces a dizzying array of strange problems. These women have sex with angels, are scolded by Jesus and Mary shaped lawn ornaments, and take injections to be turned into horses. And yet, among all the unnatural occurrences are kernels of love, loneliness, and growing up. These little moments, profound partly because they are amplified by the strangeness, stay with you long after you close the book. I hope you will end up loving this strange little book as much as I do!


Summer:


The Summer Book Cover Image
By Tove Jansson, Kathryn Davis (Introduction by), Thomas Teal (Translated by)
$14.00
ISBN: 9781590172681
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: NYRB Classics - May 20th, 2008

In this deceptively simply book, a young girl and her grandmother spend the summer on a quiet, desolate island. The chapters read like a series of vignettes: the girl and her grandmother build a city out of branches, they climb rocks, they weather through a storm. And yet, this book felt a breath of cool air on a too-warm day. Its meandering pace was so relaxing, and the quirky humor was enough to keep me smiling throughout. A pure delight of a book, perfect for a lazy afternoon and a tall glass of lemonade.


Tales from the Inner City Cover Image
By Shaun Tan, Shaun Tan (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781338298406
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - September 25th, 2018

It’s only mildly embarrassing to admit that Shaun Tan is one of those authors I have to read in small doses, because if I’m not careful I get overwhelmingly jealous of his creative brain. The stories in the book are like snow globes, each one so perfectly crafted (and stunningly illustrated), they are like little worlds unto themselves. Each one takes a slice of urban life and adds just enough strangeness and nostalgia to make you marvel. An eagle at an airport terminal. Crocodiles on the 87th floor of a high-rise. Bears seeking legal representation. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say Shaun Tan knows how to work magic.


The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250095619
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Flatiron Books - March 20th, 2018

This is a book about knitting. Do I knit? No. Have I ever wanted learn? Not really. Did I love this book anyway? YES. This is an essay collection about the joy of crafting, but more than that it’s about the joy of making something out nothing, and of carrying on a family tradition. It’s about the ways we chose to fill those extra pockets of time in our day, and how those choices can end up changing our lives. I laughed. I cried. I almost wanted to take up knitting. Maybe you’re wondering why I think you should read it in summer? Well firstly, it’s the best time to start a knitting project (if all goes well you’ll be done in time for winter). Secondly, the author makes a very compelling argument for knitting at the beach!


Fall


City of Crows Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781609454708
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - September 18th, 2018

The weather is getting cooler, the light fades faster in the evening, and more than ever I want to curl up with something atmospheric, engrossing, and a little creepy. I found all three of those things in CITY OF CROWS. Set in 17th century France, it follows Charlotte, a woman who makes a deal with the devil in order to find her kidnapped son, and Lesage, a traveling con man in search of treasure. All roads lead to Paris, the City of Crows, and Charlotte and Lesage find themselves increasingly drawn into the underworld of magic and trickery. What I loved most was the author’s exploration into the strange mix of religion and magic that pervaded this time period: plague and hardship was kept at bay by a fearful belief in both, and the way Womersly interweaves the two is absolutely fascinating.


In the Night Wood Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9781328494436
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Published: John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 9th, 2018

A mysterious children's book author. A failed professor and drug-addled wife, clouded by grief over the loss of their daughter. A remote mansion at the edge of a terrifying wood. And a horned monster lurking just out of sight. This modern gothic fairy tale is perfect for any chilly October evening. What I loved most about it was the way Bailey weaves modern elements into a classic story. Somehow, Disney princesses become sinister and academic stuffiness seems tension-filled. Bailey weaves a story as complex and gnarled as the intertwining roots of a tree, that will give you chills and keep you up long after you should have gone to bed.


Winter


Heart Spring Mountain: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062444431
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Published: Ecco - November 6th, 2018

This book is by the author of a short story collection that made it onto my top ten last year, so naturally it was one of my most anticipated releases of 2018. It did not disappoint! This rich, layered novel follows three generations of women who make their home on the same rural farm in Vermont. It carries us through one year, jumping back and forth between different timelines and revealing long lost family secrets. But more than the revelations you uncover, this book is about resilience and isolation, loneliness and community, and the slow destructiveness of climate change. The reason I chose winter and not spring (as the title suggests) is that the Vermont winters are so intense that they seem to expand to encompass the whole book, intensifying both the starkness of the landscape and the warmth inside.


Empty Set Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894944
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - Coffee House Press - February 6th, 2018

In this little gem of a novel, a young woman is dealing with the disappearance of her mother, and attempting to navigate the spaces she used to fill. She plots her relationships with charts and graphs, Venn diagrams, and arrows, mapping out her place in the complicated spaces that are human relationships. She meditates on time, tracing the spiral rings on the plywood she’s using to shore up her dilapidated house, and wonders if time overlaps, circles around itself like the rings of a tree. This is a small, quiet story, but you immediately feel engrossed in Veronica’s world. What’s more, the visual nature of the book had me seeing connections everywhere - just for a moment, it made me think differently about time and love and the spaces between.


$29.95
SKU: x9030

This is the journal that is going to revolutionize journals. No, seriously. It’s a game changer. Why? The Rekonect notebook has magnetic pages, which allows you take them out and re-organize them at will. Maybe you want your to-do list to always be the first page. Maybe you need a way to re-organize notes in a way that makes more sense to you. No longer are you bound by the confines of static notebook pages! You can take pages out and scan them without worrying about the bulge from the spine. You can tear them along the perforated magnetic strip and have a loose sheet of paper. You can take a page out of your notebook and stick it right on your fridge! The possibilities are endless. What’s more, the journal is surprisingly sturdy - one tug and a page comes free of the binding, but open the covers and shake, and nothing falls out. It’s kind of magical, and it truly is the notebook of the future!


Mark's Top Ten Books of 2018 (Now Brooklyn-Free!)

The guidelines are simple: no book in my top 10 books of 2018 can have been conceived of, written, revised or edited in the borough of Brooklyn, New York (either in its entirety or piecemeal). The authors of these highly exemplary works can’t currently live in or have lived in Brooklyn during the creation of these works.

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The Invented Part Cover Image
By Rodrigo Fresan, Will Vanderhyden (Translator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781940953564
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Open Letter - Open Letter - May 16th, 2017

I love this novel. I have been assured by both Rodrigo’s publisher, Chad Post of Open Letter, as well as Mr. Fresan himself that not a single sentence, word, even comma of this incredibly inventive, pyrotechnic and genre-bending book was conceived of or written in Brooklyn. I called Mr. Fresan by phone and though he admitted to having been in Brooklyn once (2014, book launch, dinner following) he ‘didn’t enjoy it very much’. Will Vanderhyden, the translator responsible for this absolute gem of literary narrative, assures me he did not translate any part of the ridiculously original and fever-inducing THE INVENTED PART in Brooklyn. His affidavit sits before me and it’s an exercise in austerity. Will takes his translation duties as seriously as this list. Good on him.


River Cover Image
By Esther Kinsky, Iain Galbraith (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781945492174
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Transit Books - Transit Books - September 4th, 2018

Did Esther Kinsky visit any of the rivers that flow through her spellbinding novel RIVER? More importantly though, did any of these rivers happen to flow through the borough of Brooklyn? Luckily for us the places exquisitely written about in RIVER are located in England, Israel, Canada and other locales in Europe. Even when the narrator of this masterclass in melancholic nature writing makes it onto American shores the rivers discussed aren’t even in New York! This absolutely incredible book hovers on the vague and ineffable borders of memory and time, proof that a novel can be almost entirely devoid of plot and still capture the imagination. Essay, memoir and fiction blend seamlessly into a book of quiet and profound beauty. The translation is stunning too; each chapter a meditation on memory, experience and the world around us. Esther Kinsky, unlike Jonathan Safran Foer, does not and has never lived in Brooklyn.


$12.99
SKU: 978999722784

Probably the most intense and visceral reading experience I had this year. Similar to Ferrante’s THE DAYS OF ABANDONMENT, this brief and claustrophobic novel follows the mind of a woman as she spirals into madness and rage. I was assured that the absurdly, almost offensively talented Ariana Harwicz had never stepped foot in Brooklyn, New York. However, days from finishing this list a rumor reached my ears which haunted my waking hours and stopped me in my tracks: supposedly Ariana Harwicz, author of the singular and almost obscenely vivid DIE, MY LOVE was seen walking the streets of Williamsburg in 2011 (the year she wrote the novel); in fact, several witnesses reported seeing her. Had she not signed my affidavit? Had she not pledged with the sincerity of a saint that she had never once stepped foot in Brooklyn? What was I to believe?! Whom was I to trust?! Promptly I removed her name from the list as I began investigating the matter. Luckily through due diligence (and the assistance of a retired detective based in a city that’s not Brooklyn) I was able to establish the photograph upon which the hateful rumor was based and we can all breathe easy: it was merely someone who slightly resembled Harwicz in the photo (an opaque black & white showing the offender entering an unnamed smoothie establishment). This case of mistaken identity allowed me to happily restore Ariana to the list.


After the Winter Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566895255
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - Coffee House Press - September 4th, 2018

I was already an enormous fan of Guadalupe Nettel before reading her most recent book, AFTER THE WINTER, in English. Somehow, it’s her best book, with more depth and breadth than her masterful story collection, NATURAL HISTORIES and fictional memoir, THE BODY WHERE I WAS BORN. Focusing on two relationships, Nettel shows us the fragility of our lives as well as the arbitrary nature of love. Filled with sadness, longing and a gorgeous sense of place (Paris and Cuba among them) Nettel exposes the physical and emotional borders of life, love and longing. Although Nettel promoted AFTER THE WINTER in New York and parts of the novel take place in New York, Brooklyn is eschewed entirely and this, if nothing else, is proof of her genius.


Palafox Cover Image
By Eric Chevillard, Wyatt Mason (Translated by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780972869249
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Archipelago - July 2004

What is a Palafox and what does it look like? Reading this book will only confuse you more; it has antlers, feathers, scales, an enormous wingspan and can camouflage itself into the background. It can fit in a person’s palm yet weighs two tons. Does this sound ridiculous? Well that’s because it is. Innovative, hysterical and turning corners at every bend, this was my first book from the French author who is as rewarding as he is difficult. Incidentally, Palafox was not in any way, conceived of or written in Brooklyn. In fact, reading the book one doesn’t think of Brooklyn or even the existence of Brooklyn but is adrift in a world where Brooklyn doesn’t exist, a world, dare I say it, richer for Brooklyn’s non-existence. Several Palafoxes were once mistakenly spotted in Williamsburg but they were later discovered to be two members of The Strokes. Additionally, Palafox was translated by the brilliant Wyatt Alexander Mason in a place other than Brooklyn.


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Eleanor, Or, the Rejection of the Progress of Love Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566895088
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - Coffee House Press - August 14th, 2018

My next book is the wonderfully original and inventively deceptive ELEANOR by Anna Moschovokis. Thankfully (thankfully!) Anna does not live in Brooklyn, New York but (by our good fortune) lives and works in an entirely different part of New York that is, not only not very close to Brooklyn, but doesn’t rhyme with, resemble or carry any relevant kinship to Brooklyn besides, of course, being in the same state as Brooklyn. Trust me, I did the research*. Anna, by the skin of our collective teeth, you made the list! What can I say about this incredibly moving novel, a story about Eleanor as well as Eleanor’s author, a missing laptop and people trying to connect in a world replete with technology but lacking in authentic ways to connect? This is a book of the times that manages to be both experimental and accessible. Lovely.

*Editors' Note: Mark did not do the research. Moschovakis may, in fact, be thoroughly devoted to the creative community in Brooklyn, going so far as to even have started a Brooklyn-based publishing collective. However, to this day, Mark breaks out into hives when anyone so far as even mentions a word beginning with the letter "B." If any newspaper that crosses his path includes the word "Brooklyn," his wife must manually snip the word out with a pair of scissors hanging from the mailbox specifically for that purpose. Thus, we're unable to confirm the veracity of many of his claims or fact-check with Mark himself. 


The Taiga Syndrome Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780997366679
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dorothy a Publishing Project - October 2018

Reading THE TAIGA SYNDROME is like reading a detective novel from another planet. Things are strange, eerie, off, and yet the reader is compelled to continue. I adore this strange and violent novel that exists on the cusp of consciousness and unconsciousness. Are there monsters? Is there cannibalism? I have no idea. The book is truly unclassifiable. In any event, it would’ve be a real heartbreaker not to include it on my top books of the year. As she is a local professor in Houston, I was able to contact the brilliant Garza by phone.

MH: Hello Cristina.

CRG: Hello.

MH: Did you conceive of or write any part of THE TAIGA SYNDROME in Brooklyn, New York?

CRG: No, I did not.

MH: Have a great day.


Comemadre Cover Image
By Roque Larraquy, Heather Cleary (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566895156
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - Coffee House Press - July 10th, 2018

Dark and grotesque, yet brimming with irreverent humor, this compact book has two halves, both which look at history, art and the human body through its two tales which take place a century apart. Beginning in a sanatorium in 1907 and moving deftly to the art world of Buenos Aires in 2009, Argentine author Roque Larraquy manages to tell a fascinating story that considers science, medicine, history and humanity’s dogged pursuit to move forward at any cost. Roque Larraquy has never set foot in Brooklyn I’m happy to report and although the brilliant translator Heather Cleary is a native New Yorker the last time she was in Brooklyn was for jury duty in 2006.


The Kites Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780811226547
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - October 31st, 2017

Perhaps this lovely French novel that opens as World War II approaches appears a bit old-fashioned and traditional - I didn’t see it that way - but I was captivated by every single page. It is a story about family, war, love and what it means to be patriotic in the truest sense. It’s strange and generous and the writing is exquisite; a book awash in humanity. There wasn’t a single person I sold this book to that didn’t thank me for it later. In addition, Romain Gary was a character in real life; a dandy, a colorful storyteller who once even challenged Clint Eastwood to a duel in the 1970’s. Is there an author on your list who did that?


Villa Amalia (The French List) Cover Image
By Pascal Quignard, Chris Turner (Translated by)
$24.50
ISBN: 9780857424785
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Seagull Books - April 15th, 2018

A musician suspects her husband of cheating and follows him to a strange house in the Paris suburbs. Sounds like a thriller, right? Well Quignard’s book is certainly not a thriller but, instead, an examination of a woman’s life, a meditation on betrayal, lifelong friendships and reinvention. This was my first book by Quignard which I quickly followed up by reading A TERRACE IN ROME. The setting of this book goes from France to the Mediterranean; the writing is stunning and the story never quite goes where the reader suspects. An absorbing and intriguing read that has in no way anything to do with Brooklyn, New York. In fact, I assure anyone who reads this incredible book that not the thinnest, slightest wisps of Brooklyn will enter one’s consciousness.


Laura G's Top Ten Monsters of 2018

It is my philosophy that every book worth reading has a monster. It doesn’t have to be a monster in the traditional sense - of course that is the best kind! So without further ado, here is my list of the Top Ten Monsters of 2018!

Everything Under: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978266
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - October 23rd, 2018

The Bonak

Everyone knows I adore Daisy Johnson’s writing. This newest book is no exception. Intense, evocative, and lush, EVERYTHING UNDER shocked me with its lyrical prose and twisting, intricate plot. My favorite part? The unknowable monster called the Bonak. Never seen, only heard, the Bonak is fear incarnate. This is a monster of epic proportions.


Strange Grace Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534402089
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - September 18th, 2018

The Devil

STRANGE GRACE blew me away with its gorgeous prose and mysterious setting. Three narratives are tied together through hope and pain, culminating in an explosive finale. While the romance is perfectly untraditional, the monster is old school: the Devil. Years ago a village made a pact with the Devil to ensure their survival. The payment? One human soul every year.


The Good Demon Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419731273
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Amulet Books - September 18th, 2018

Her

This modern Southern Gothic is an inverted exorcism tale. The book follows Claire, a girl possessed by a demon she calls Her. But when Her is exorcised from Claire, she has to try to get her beloved demon back. This is an interesting twist on the classic demon/possession narrative, discordant in the best way possible.


The Boneless Mercies Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374307066
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - October 2nd, 2018

Logafell

THE BONELESS MERCIES is a dark and thrilling take on the epic BEOWULF! The characters are powerful and raw, the story bloody and wrenching. As with the rest of the characters, even the monster is gender bent as Grendel becomes Logafell. Deadly, vindictive, and highly difficult to kill, Logafell is the perfect monster to antagonize these fierce women.


The Boy, the Boat, and the Beast Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534412552
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - June 26th, 2018

The Beast

This book is one of the most original Middle Grade novels I’ve read in years. A boy wakes up on an abandoned beach. He doesn’t know who he is, where he came from, or how he got here. But he is being stalked by a mysterious and dangerous Beast.This Beast, like all great monsters, forces the boy to face his fears and grow from his experiences.


In the House in the Dark of the Woods Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780316411059
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 16th, 2018

The Human Psyche

I would consider this monster “cheating” if I hadn’t read the book. But the further you fall into this dark and twisted tale the further you realize that the Human Psyche is a tangible character within the story. Further, it is a veritable monster. IN THE HOUSE IN THE DARK OF THE WOODS is a haunting exploration of loneliness with no foreseeable end.


The Brilliant Death Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780451478443
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - October 30th, 2018

The Capo

THE BRILLIANT DEATH is one of the most original novels I’ve read recently. The premise was already amazing, but I fell in love with its in-depth and fearless exploration of gender fluidity. The world is richly imagined with a monstrous mafia-esque villain. This was an absolute delight!


The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525577942
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Delacorte Press - September 25th, 2018

Victor Frankenstein

White’s novel delves deeper into the Frankenstein story, making Dr. Frankenstein himself the monster. How does a monster become so? Is rehabilitation possible? This book is a true horror as Elizabeth's quest for her friend’s salvation drags her further toward becoming a monster herself.


Shadow of the Fox Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781335145161
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harlequin Teen - October 2nd, 2018

Oni, Kami, etc.

The world in SHADOW OF THE FOX is richly imagined, inspired by the myths and culture of feudal Japan. As with all excellent Japanese myths, the story is fraught with oni and kami, Japanese demons made terrifying by their seeming endlessness. Defeat one, ten more rise in its place. If you love battle scenes, this book is for you!


El Chupacabras Cover Image
By Adam Rubin, Crash McCreery (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399539299
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Books - March 27th, 2018

El Chupacabra

This bilingual picture book follows the tale of Latin America’s most fearsome monster: the goat-eating chupacabra! Funny and exciting, this is a monster for all ages!


The 2018 Holiday Catalog

We all agree that books make excellent gifts, but choosing the perfect book can be a trick. It’s hard to keep up with the best new books across everyone’s interests, but that’s what you come to us for. We like to make it easy and fun to find the perfect book for the ones you love. To that end, we’ve broken down our featured titles by genre, so you can find the perfect gifts for the readers in your life (including you!). 

The 2018 Children's Holiday Catalog

 We are so very excited to introduce our Holiday Kids’ List! There’s something here for everyone, for all tastes and interests – from our youngest readers to teens and beyond – because we all know that a good book is a good book and that crosses all age lines! As we do all year long, our hope for our Holiday list is that we are bringing our customers a thoughtfully-curated collection of the best of what is new in children’s and young adult literature, both fiction and non-fiction.

Something After the End: Ben Interviews Jeff Jackson, Author of DESTROY ALL MONSTERS

When I read Jeff Jackson’s 2013 novel Mira Corpora, it blew my mind. It felt so of its moment, in terms of its literary heft: it was an experimental novel that was still friendly, beautifully written and designed, an exemplar of “indie lit” at a moment when independent presses were on the rise gloriously (its publisher, Two Dollar Radio, sort of cornered the market on this kind of adventurous literature back then). But it also felt somewhat of the mainstream, and not in a bad way. It came with a blurb from Don DeLillo, after all. How many debut novels can claim that?

Destroy All Monsters: The Last Rock Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374537661
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: FSG Originals - October 16th, 2018

Food and Family are Universals: Joy Interviews Emily Jenkins, Author of ALL-OF-A-KIND FAMILY HANUKKAH

One of my very favorite series growing up was Sydney Taylor’s ALL OF A KIND FAMILY, about five Jewish sisters growing up at the turn of the 20th century in New York City’s Lower East Side. The stories are delightful-- vivid and funny and warm, with clear Jewish representation and plots that are about everyday life adventures, not issues. I read them over and over. So imagine my excitement when I saw that one of my favorite authors for young people, Emily Jenkins, had been asked to write the  ALL OF A KIND FAMILY HANUKKAH picture book!

All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah Cover Image
By Emily Jenkins, Paul O. Zelinsky (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399554193
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Schwartz & Wade - September 11th, 2018

A Book of My Heart: Joy Interviews Author Cynthia Leitich Smith

If you are not familiar with the work of children’s and young adult author Cynthia Leitich Smith, I hope you will be soon. Cyn is a prolific and thoughtful writer of everything from picture books to supernatural to contemporary and more. She’s a New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller, an MFA instructor at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a mentor to many kidlit authors, including me.

Hearts Unbroken Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763681142
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick - October 9th, 2018

Dust, Light, and Air: Alexis Reviews Jeffrey Yang's HEY, MARFA

Jeffrey Yang’s Hey, Marfa presents a multifaceted look at the tiny, West Texas town of Marfa, a self-referential art town that thrives on aesthetic and feeds philosophical thought. The poet uses dense nouns and verbs juxtaposed create a surplus of image-based poems, alongside the more historical, narrative-based pieces. Yang references the town’s focus on art in poems like “Thirteen Stations” when he describes the landscape as expressing “titanium white wisps / brushed raw sienna earth”, calling to mind the names for tubes of paint. Poems like “Circle” are wistful in tone.

Hey, Marfa: Poems Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781555978198
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - October 2nd, 2018

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