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Francesgrace is one of our booksellers.

Describe myself as a reader?  Eclectic.  I like characters I can obsess over and writing I can drool over.  I want a book that makes me jealous that I didn't write it. I'll try mostly anything, if it's written well enough.

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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue Cover Image
$17.09
ISBN: 9780062382801
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - June 27th, 2017

"Mackenzi Lee’s new book for has everything you could possibly want: intrigue, adventure, pirates, highwaymen, scandal, love, all on an European Tour.
Follow Monty, his best friend, and his sister as they have what is possibly the worst vacation ever, starting with nudity in Paris and robbery on the way to  nishing school. The story is alternately fun, heartbreaking, and breathless. You will fall in love with all three of this perfectly crafted characters and maybe even learn what a panacea is. But only maybe. (Teens ages 13-17)"--Reviewed by Francesgrace


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The Star-Touched Queen Cover Image
$17.09
ISBN: 9781250085474
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - April 26th, 2016

A mythic reimagining written in breathtaking prose, The Star-Touched Queen is an absolute must read that crosses worlds and boundaries.
At seventeen, Maya has spent most of her life living under the cloud of a horoscope, dark with death and destruction and yet, her father is still determined that she marry.  What begins as a simple courting ritual ends in blood.  Maya is whisked away with Amar, the king of Akaran.  In the land of her new husband, Maya discovers truths about both herself and the world that she never imagined.  Mixing Indian mythology with aspects of the tale of Persephone and Hades, the novel questions what defines strength and what it means to be saved.  My favorite book of 2016 so far.  A great read for fans of the Lunar Chronicles or Marion Zimmer Bradley.


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The Iron Tomb Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781481445788
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - August 2nd, 2016

When thirteen-year-old Sam Force boards his flight in Boston, he never imagines that the police will be waiting for him at the gate in Egypt.  His Uncle Jasper’s gone missing and there’s a warrant out for his arrest.  Now Sam is on a race against the police and the creepy guys who seem to be following him: he needs to find his uncle before they do.  With the help of his new friend Mary and the mysterious taxi driver, Hadi, Sam follows the breadcrumbs Uncle Jasper left and discover a secret that’s been buried for years in the desert sands.  A fun, fast- paced first adventure in a new series that’s perfect for fans of Rick Riordan and Indiana Jones.

 


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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One & Two: The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9781338099133
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - July 31st, 2016

Recommended by Francesgrace


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Thumbelina Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781782852766
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Published: Barefoot Books - April 30th, 2016

One of Francesgrace's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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A Study in Charlotte Cover Image
$16.19
ISBN: 9780062398901
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - March 1st, 2016

Recommended by Francesgrace


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Mother Bruce Cover Image
By Ryan T. Higgins, Ryan T. Higgins (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781484730881
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - November 24th, 2015

One of Francesgraces's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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The Mitten Cover Image
By Jan Brett, Jan Brett (Illustrator)
$16.19
ISBN: 9780399252969
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2015

One of Francegrace's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing, with Readings Cover Image
$61.33
ISBN: 9780393937510
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 1st, 2015

Recommended by Francesgrace


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The Beekeeper's Apprentice: Or, on the Segregation of the Queen Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250055705
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Published: Picador USA - May 27th, 2014

One of Francesgrace's 5 Favorite Books


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Special Edition Harry Potter Paperback Box Set Cover Image
By J. K. Rowling, Kazu Kibuishi (Illustrator), Mary GrandPre (Illustrator)
$90.00
ISBN: 9780545596275
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - August 27th, 2013

One of Francesgrace's 5 Favorite Books


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Journey Cover Image
By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763660536
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 6th, 2013

One of Francesgrace's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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Paradise Lost Cover Image
By John Milton, John Leonard (Introduction by), John Leonard (Notes by)
$12.00
ISBN: 9780140424393
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Published: Penguin Books - April 29th, 2003

One of Francesgrace's 5 Favorite Books


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The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness: A True Story Cover Image
$11.66
ISBN: 9781565125124
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Published: Algonquin Books - September 2nd, 2005

One of Francesgrace's 5 Favorite Books


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The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs Cover Image
By Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
$7.19
ISBN: 9780140544510
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Published: Puffin Books - March 1st, 1996

One of Francesgrace's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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The Mists of Avalon Cover Image
$16.20
ISBN: 9780345350497
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 12th, 1987

One of Francesgrace's 5 Favorite Books


Matt Recommends

Matt is our Newsletter guru.

A designer by profession, I tend to judge a book by its cover.  Has that always worked out for me?  Not always.  However, I have found astounding books I've never heard of before because a publisher thought a great piece of literature deserves a great piece of art.

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Strange Weather: Four Short Novels Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062663115
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 24th, 2017

"The sign of a great author is when they create a character so despicable that you actually get angry at the writer for bringing them into the world. This is perfectly demonstrated in Joe Hill’s new short novel collection, Strange Weather. Hill runs the gamut in these 4 pieces: from playful sci-fi  to the horror of the mundane to very disturbing social commentary. In 'Snapshot,' a boy is terrorized by a man who’s instant camera can steal memories. 'Loaded' tells the story of a gun-obsessed mall cop who’s heroic actions come into question, leading to horrifying results. In 'Aloft,' a skydiver finds himself stuck on a sentient cloud with no way to escape. Finally 'Rain' shows what happens to the world when, for an unknown reason, shards of glass fall from the sky instead of water. I cannot recommend this collection enough. Joe Hill knocks it out of the park once again!"--Reviewed by Matt


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The Subsidiary Cover Image
$19.79
ISBN: 9781612195445
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Published: Melville House Publishing - August 30th, 2016

Recommended by Matt


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The Heavenly Table Cover Image
$25.16
ISBN: 9780385541299
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Published: Doubleday Books - July 12th, 2016

"Pearl Jewett lived by a code that said the more suffering you’ve done in life, the better place at the heavenly table you’d get. It was a lesson that he forced upon his sons Cane, Cob and Chimney. But when Pearl dies in a ramshackle hovel on the Georgia/Alabama line, the boys take a page from their favorite dime-store novel and reinvent themselves as dangerous outlaws. So begins the story of The Jewett Gang and their infamous ride from the deep south to southern Ohio. Along the way, the reader is introduced to a cast of unique and dangerous characters: Ellsworth Fiddler, a poor farmer searching for his 
no-good, drunkard son; Vincent Bovard, a closeted homosexual preparing his men for The Great War and his ultimate death; a pimp named Sugar running away from some trouble he got into in Detroit; Pollard, a surly bartender with a disturbing secret in his back room. Like a Sam Peckinpah movie on the page, The Heavenly Table is a story of violent men using violent means to make a better life for themselves... with disastrous results."
 


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A Robot in the Garden Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781492631262
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 10th, 2016

Ben’s life is a mess. His marriage is falling apart. He hasn’t had a job in years. He wallows in depression. And to top it all off, a strange robot named Acrid Tang wandered into his garden and won’t go away. Install’s lovely debut novel is an exploration of the unlikely friendship between a broken man and a ramshackle automaton. As the duo cross the world in order to find the robot’s maker, Tang shows Ben that sometimes you need to open your heart to others before you can learn to truly love yourself.


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Station Eleven Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

One of Matt's 5 Favorite Books


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Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions Cover Image
By Edwin Abbott Abbott, Thomas Banchoff (Introduction by)
$11.66
ISBN: 9780691165554
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Published: Princeton University Press - March 22nd, 2015

Recommended by Matt


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The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel) Cover Image
$6.29
ISBN: 9780142417003
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Published: Puffin Books - January 6th, 2011

One of Matt's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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Flawed Dogs: The Shocking Raid on Westminster Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9780399252181
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Philomel Books - September 17th, 2009

One of Matt's 5 Favorite Children's Books


Someone to Run with Cover Image
By David Grossman, Vered Almog (Translator), Maya Gurantz (Translator)
$16.20
ISBN: 9780312421946
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Published: Picador USA - February 1st, 2005

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Sideways Stories from Wayside School Cover Image
By Louis Sachar, Adam McCauley (Illustrator)
$6.29
ISBN: 9780380731480
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Published: HarperCollins - December 28th, 2004

One of Matt's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780375714573
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Published: Pantheon Books - June 1st, 2004

Recommended by Matt


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The Little Prince Cover Image
$10.79
ISBN: 9780156012195
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Published: Mariner Books - June 29th, 2000

One of Matt's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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The Monster at the End of This Book (Sesame Street) Cover Image
By Jon Stone, Michael Smollin (Illustrator)
$4.49
ISBN: 9780375805615
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - June 27th, 2000

One of Matt's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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House of Leaves Cover Image
$18.90
ISBN: 9780375703768
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Published: Pantheon Books - March 7th, 2000

One of Matt's 5 Favorite Books


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Breakfast of Champions Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385334204
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Published: Dial Press - May 10th, 1999

One of Matt's 5 Favorite Books


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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780679775430
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Published: Vintage - September 1st, 1998

One of Matt's 5 Favorite Books


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Cannery Row Cover Image
By John Steinbeck, Susan Shillinglaw (Introduction by)
$14.40
ISBN: 9780140187373
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Published: Penguin Books - February 1st, 1994

One of Matt's 5 Favorite Books


Guest Recommendations

The following books are recommended by guests, interns, and one of our owners:

Cameron is a local teen, longtime loyal BOTS customer and worked as our intern this year.

Guy is one of our regular customers with extensive knowledge of, and appetite for, alternative music history.

Rod co-owns Books on the Square with his wife, Merc.
 

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Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day Cover Image
$25.19
ISBN: 9780062444257
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Published: Dey Street Books - August 16th, 2016

Guy recommends:

"Joel Selvin’s exhaustively researched new book, Altamont asks if order can emerge from disorder.  The answer is ‘no,’ particularly if disorder is wound up on speed and bad LSD and is packing a gun.  This very interesting books examines the infamous rock festival that occurred at the Altamont speedway
in late 1969.  The colossal arrogance of The Rolling Stones and blithe ignorance of Gram Parsons rub against The Hell’s Angels’ increasing discomfort with having to play cops for a bunch of wealthy hippies.  Dozens of mysterious people make promises and claims, none of which are fulfilled.  At the end, 4 people are dead."


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Dylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062366696
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Published: Dey Street Books - June 14th, 2016

Guy recommends:

"Elijah Wald’s Dylan Goes Electric!, on its surface, explores the events leading up to and including the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, where Bob Dylan and his band played a raucous three song set of rock & roll tunes. Folk purists were scandalized by Dylan’s ‘rejection’ of tradition. The sheer volume coming off the stage stunned everybody else. Wald’s book is a fun and unsentimental read that partially deflates many of the overblown myths obscuring the event. The most interesting sections intelligently address the conundrums facing music fans in the 1960s. In the late-50s and early-60s, it was easy for some to differentiate between ‘serious’ folk music (Pete Seeger, Ewan MacColl, Odetta) and frivolous ‘pop’ music (The Kingston Trio, Frankie Avalon, rock & roll.) By 1965, many attendees of the folk festival had to be noticing that the most popular music on the radio (The Beatles, Motown, Bob Dylan) was also the most musically and sonically adventurous. Battle lines were drawn unconsciously. Dylan Goes Electric! is a cool book, and serves as a nice companion piece to David Hajdu’s Positively 4th Street."


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Your Band Sucks: What I Saw at Indie Rock's Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear) Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780143108283
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Published: Penguin Books - May 3rd, 2016

Guy recommends:

"The first I’d ever heard of Jon Fine was in an old issue of Forced Exposure. Steve Albini, the famously opinionated recording engineer, was griping about how Fine’s band, Bitch Magnet, had credited him as a ‘producer’ on their record, despite his specifically asking them not to. If you have ever heard of Forced Exposure, Bitch Magnet or, more likely, Steve Albini, there is a solid chance you will enjoy Your Band Sucks. The autobiography situates itself in the collegerock-transitioning-to-indie-rock environs of the 1980s and early 1990s. Pockets of undergraduates (this writer included) across this great nation zealously followed bands like Naked Raygun, Big Black, Laughing Hyenas, Squirrel Bait, Volcano Suns and Sonic Youth. This was way before Nirvana hit, so these penniless musical ensembles nourished themselves on a bizarre form of earned obscurity. Jon Fine’s book examines how his band, Bitch Magnet, achieved a very specific form of success, one not easily measured by the outside world. If you were there, listening to your local college radio station and buying the latest releases from Homestead and SST, you might very well dig Your Band Sucks. Also worth mentioning, local heroes Six Finger Satellite and Peter Prescott figure prominently."

 


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Anger Is an Energy: My Life Uncensored Cover Image
$17.09
ISBN: 9780062400239
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Published: Dey Street Books - February 23rd, 2016

Guy recommends:

"It’s pretty cool that John Lydon’s (second) autobiography is called Anger Is An Energy. First off, the book spills a whole lot of ink on the fascinating Public Image Limited, the wildly contrarian combine Lydon assembled after The Sex Pistols expired. The title, Anger Is An Energy, comes from “Rise,” which is likely PiL’s best-known song. Secondly, John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) has virtually bottomless reserves of crankiness, which makes this book a whole lot of fun. Constitutionally incapable of letting even the most well concealed instance of hypocrisy go unnoticed, our pugnacious hero throws shots from beginning to end. It’s stunning and refreshing. Over the course of the hefty volume, Lydon retires some old anecdotes (Richard Branson asked him to join DEVO) and unearths some odd nuggets (Malcolm McLaren wanted Charles Manson to produce The Sex Pistols’ proposed second record from his cell.) Johnny expounds on his love of esoteric reggae, displays unexpected affection for Duran Duran, Alvin Stardust and Status Quo, and fires deserved bile in the direction of Jimmy Savile.This book would make a great companion piece to Viv Albertine’s fantastic Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys!"

 


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On My Own Cover Image
$21.56
ISBN: 9781101875285
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - February 2nd, 2016

Lisa recommends:

"NPR host Diane Rehm’s memoir  On My Own bravely deals with the difficulties she faced once her husband of fifty four years died in 2013. Rehm resists white washing their often challenging marriage while surveying what connected them--their children and times cooking, gardening and walking. Their wrenching decision to place John in an assisted living facility once his Parkinson’s disease made home care too challenging and then their shared frustration that John could not choose his manner and timing of his death have ironically given Rehm a new focus once she retires. Once John is gone, Rehm must make sense of her old life and construct a new one.  She does this by talking with dear friends who share how they negotiate widowhood and  by remaining committed to the familiar and comforting routine of work. Her writing is most intimate and inspiring when she reveals her own guilt, loneliness and sadness. The reader joins Rehm as she grieves but also witnesses Rehm’s imagining a new and different existence."

--Reviewed by Lisa Peck


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Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole: Tales of Life and Death on the Neurology Ward Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9781250070401
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 8th, 2015

Rod recommends:

"The title of this book is chosen to convey the wonder that lies in our brains. Dr. Ropper, a distinguished neurologist who deals with some of the most difficult neurological cases in the Boston area, focuses on what the patient’s brain can tell us about what ails it. While he continues to prescribe the usual physical tests, he adds extensive conversations with the patient as a key element in diagnosing the underlying causes and in prescribing effective treatment. I found his approach to be compelling and his candor to be exceptional — even including cases where errors contributed to unsuccessful outcomes. I believe that readers of this book will be excited by the insights that it provides into personal, teamwork approaches for treating persons with brain diseases."

--Reviewed by Rod


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Nimona Cover Image
$16.19
ISBN: 9780062278234
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Published: Harper Teen - May 12th, 2015

Nazareth recommends:

"Nimona began as a weekly comic online. Slowly, what began as a humorous look into the lives of a villain and his shapeshifter henchwoman transformed into a full length graphic novel packed with action, tragedy, and occasional jokes about sharks. The book takes place in a medieval-sci-fi setting where a supervillain named Lord Blackheart battles the seemingly heroic Institution and its champion, Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin (no typo, no lie). When a shapeshifter named Nimona shows up in Blackheart’s lair asking to be his sidekick, her abilities will put the conflict on a more destructive course… I normally read graphic novels very quickly, and Nimona is no exception. However, the book fits a lot into it’s short length. The jokes are riotous, and even when the plot takes a more serious turn, the writing’s quality never suffers. Even from the very beginning of the book, it is clear that Blackheart is not a very villainous villain, and the reversal of good guy and bad guy makes for interesting reading."

--Reviewed by Nazareth


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Red Queen Cover Image
$16.19
ISBN: 9780062310637
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Published: Harper Teen - February 10th, 2015

Cameron recommends:

"There are 2 types of people in this world. The Reds, the color of their blood, are fighters and workers living in poverty. The Silvers, who have silver blood, possess powers that let them be the rulers of the reds. But what happens when Mare, a born Red, possesses a power that enlightens all the Silvers. Mare must learn to know her true self and her true love. With 2 princes vying after her she must learn to follow her heart without getting herself killed. Will she show the world who she really is or will she conform to the future laid out for her by possessive Silvers? Filled with romance, plot-twists, and secrets, this book will keep your hair on end through every page. This is what happens when you defy all stereotypes and bleed your own blood. Best for ages 13 and up."

Cameron, Book Seller
Books on the Square—Providence, RI


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Girl in a Band: A Memoir Cover Image
$13.49
ISBN: 9780062295903
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Published: Dey Street Books - December 1st, 2015

Guy recommends:

"Kim Gordon was the bass player and, later, guitarist in Sonic Youth. In addition to being a celebrated musician, she is a writer, fashion designer, filmmaker and actress, among other things. Girl In A Band allows Ms. Gordon to detail how art and creativity have influenced her perspective on the world. The readable and smart book has a quiet European vibe -- Girl In A Band is described as a memoir, rather than her autobiography – and seems to emulate the French New Wave films so admired by Ms. Gordon; there is no linear quality to the book. Chapters about her childhood in Los Angeles abut passages describing fetid Manhattan of the 1980s. The powerfully observant Gordon avoids clichéd rock star anecdotes and concentrates on how profound the role of art – both hers and others’ -- has been. She has a remarkable eye for architecture and a sophisticated understanding of fine art, particularly painting. Recommended for people who don’t like to take things for granted."


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Empire of Shadows Cover Image
$16.19
ISBN: 9780062121332
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Published: Harper Teen - November 4th, 2014

Cameron recommends:

"A prequel to the popular A City of Thousand Dolls, this is a wonderful book is filled with lots of plot twists, thrills and of course romance. The main character Mara is a trained protector and you follow the journey of how she looks for her lifetime charge, the person she protects no matter what, even if it costs her life. She meets a boy as well as a princess who both help Mara realize her true-self and her purpose. Fall in love with this breathtaking novel and believe in the power of friendship and love. Recommended for fans of magic, suspense, and romance. Best for ages 13-17."

--Reviewed by Cameron

 


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