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The Witch of Willow Hall Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781525833014
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Published: Graydon House - October 2nd, 2018

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Hey, Kiddo Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780545902489
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Published: Graphix - October 9th, 2018

 

In Ghost Boys Jewell Parker Rhodes weaves the story of 12-year-old Jerome, a young black boy who is murdered by a white police officer while playing with a toy gun, invoking Tamir Rice and so many other young black boys who are shot down, choked, or beaten because they are perceived as a threat. The story is told from the point of view of Jerome’s ghost as he recalls the events leading up to his death and befriends Sarah, the daughter of his murderer and the only living person who can see him. Confronting racism and police violence is not easy and Ghost Boys doesn’t seek to make it so. Instead, it open space for conversations about power, privilege, and pain that are much needed. ~Kinsey   


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Check, Please!: # Hockey Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250177964
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Published: First Second - September 18th, 2018

I'll be honest-- its' going to take a long time for you to get through this. Unless you're a speed reader or a robot, you'll spend a not-insignificant amount of your life holding this brick of a book. So is it worth it? In a word, yes. I can't overstate the sheer power that comes with being with characters-- hearing their thoughts, seeing their joys and sorrows, worrying about the outcomes of their decisions-- for over 1,000 pages. Hugo creates a world that is filled with people whose motivations, beliefs, and goals sometimes support each other, sometimes drastically conflict, and are always beautifully rendered through his prose. Although set in a particular historical moment, the novel's real focus is on human experiences. This is a brick that is guaranteed to move you. 

— Jen


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The Book of Essie: A novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780525520313
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Published: Knopf - June 12th, 2018

Ever wonder what it's really like to be one of the nineteen Duggar children on the reality TV show 19 Kids and Counting? When Essie, the youngest daughter of a famous evangelical family, discovers that she's pregnant, she decides to put a plan in action that will dramatically alter the course of her life and the lives of everyone around her. Weir has crafted an engaging page-turner which explores the way faith, family, and social expectation can affect people in all walks of life, but especially young people. Her narrative weaves together the stories of Essie, a closeted boy who goes to school with her, and a reporter who as a child was a member of an extremist religious group. By the time you reach the heartwarming end of this book, you'll discover that each of these characters has found a way to live a life that is more true to themselves while still acknowledging the lessons of their pasts. 

— Jen


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From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393356281
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 9th, 2018

Hazel thought she was in for a 50 Shades level romance when she met tech titan Byron only to find her every move post-marriage monitored by cameras, sleep helmets, and other privacy-invading machinery. The last straw is Byron’s request that she install a chip in her brain, causing Hazel to flee his compound for the (relative) safety of her father’s trailer, moving in with him and his roommate - a recently purchased sex doll named Diane. In her quest to escape Byron, Hazel’s path eventually crosses with Jasper’s, a con artist with a disturbing affinity for dolphins. Made For Love is a weird and wonderful story that will make you laugh out loud, side-eye your smartphone, and reconsider the future of the human race all in an instant. -Kinsey


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Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781631491641
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - June 5th, 2018

While the Pulse Nightclub shooting in 2016 marks a tragic milestone in our nation's history, there's one such stone that has been lost, partially buried in the rubble of time. Robert Fieseler deftly excavates the devastating history of the Up Stairs Lounge fire in TINDERBOX. Within the pages, Fieseler guides us through the streets of New Orleans and into the red-carpeted room of a gay night club, perching us on the laps of patrons who share their stories of loss and, just as profound, their stories of love. We cringe at the ineptitude of law enforcement and civil servants, their turned backs scarcely singed by the Lounge's flames. TINDERBOX is so much more than an account of what happened June 24th 1973, it also acts as yet another cautionary tale -- Fieseler, a solemn Lorax in his storytelling: beseeching, poignant, and inspiring. 

After all: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." -Garrett


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Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781328876645
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Published: Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - August 7th, 2018

While the Pulse Nightclub shooting in 2016 marks a tragic milestone in our nation's history, there's one such stone that has been lost, partially buried in the rubble of time. Robert Fieseler deftly excavates the devastating history of the Up Stairs Lounge fire in TINDERBOX. Within the pages, Fieseler guides us through the streets of New Orleans and into the red-carpeted room of a gay night club, perching us on the laps of patrons who share their stories of loss and, just as profound, their stories of love. We cringe at the ineptitude of law enforcement and civil servants, their turned backs scarcely singed by the Lounge's flames. TINDERBOX is so much more than an account of what happened June 24th 1973, it also acts as yet another cautionary tale -- Fieseler, a solemn Lorax in his storytelling: beseeching, poignant, and inspiring. 

After all: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." -Garrett