Melissa

Melissa

Bookstore manager, bibliophile and all-around nerd since 1979.

Likes: Coffee, coffee, coffee, sour beers, pierogies, the smell of rain, falling leaves, dancing with my husband and my dogs, carbs, tattoos, musicals, Muppets, Steve Rogers (not Chris Evans, the comic incarnation), Chucks, and board games.

Dislikes: Humidity, vodka, people who don't use turn signals, dog-earred library books, the 90's X-Men cartoon, and doing dishes. 

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Farmhand Volume 1: Reap What Was Sown Cover Image
By Rob Guillory, Rob Guillory (Artist), Taylor Wells (Artist)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781534309852
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Published: Image Comics - January 22nd, 2019

I freakin' love Rob Guillory! This book is weird and twisted just like Chew. My favorite parts are the little jokes he puts in the background of panels. Be sure to read every poster, sign, etc.


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Rough Magic: Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781948226196
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Published: Catapult - May 7th, 2019

Its finally here, the book that I haven't shut up about since I first read it a few months ago. The subject matter alone is fascinating, but the writing is absolutely beautiful. Just read it, you'll love it!


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The Starless Sea: A Novel Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385541213
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Published: Doubleday - November 5th, 2019

Erin Morgenstern's writing is like hanging out with a really good friend, enchanting and familiar. Well-worth the wait, The Starless Sea is a love letter to storytelling in all its forms. 


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Small Spaces Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780525515043
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Published: Puffin Books - July 9th, 2019

Such a fun and fantastically creepy read. You won't be able to look at scarecrows the same way again!


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Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel #1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316517911
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Published: Orbit - January 16th, 2018

Imagine Ichabod Crane took a holiday to Dante's Inferno set against the backdrop of the Tower of Babel accompanied by The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.


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Pages & Co.: The Bookwanderers Cover Image
By Anna James, Paola Escobar (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984837127
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Published: Philomel Books - September 24th, 2019

I'm a sucker for bookish books. Give me a book about a bookshop or a library and I'm all in. This reminded me so much of a middle grade version of The Eyre Affair and any comparison to Jasper Fforde is one of the highest compliments I can give.


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Sourdough: or, Lois and Her Adventures in the Underground Market: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250192752
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Published: Picador - September 18th, 2018

Such a weird and wonderful book that centers around a mystical sourdough starter. Perfect for foodies or anyone who like a touch of magical realism.


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Anyone: A Novel Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780062890634
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Published: Harper Perennial - December 3rd, 2019

Soule's writing has only gotten better since The Oracle Year (which I also loved and highly recommend) Told in alternating narratives, which are equally compelling, this is a speculative adventure reminiscent of Blade Runner. I was on the edge of my seat until the dark twisty end.


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In Five Years: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982137441
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Published: Atria Books - March 10th, 2020

"An unforgettable love story, but it is not the one you're expecting."

You'll pick this book up and think you know exactly where it's going, but you'd be wrong.


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We Ride Upon Sticks: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781524748098
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Published: Pantheon - March 3rd, 2020

Each chapter of this fun 80's witchy field hockey romp focuses on one match of a season and also one team member. It allows you to get to know each of the character. Excellent pop culture references throughout. I also <3 Emilio!


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Such a Fun Age Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525541905
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - December 31st, 2019

What an amazing debut novel! This is a book that you pick up and don't put down again until you're finished. I read it in one sitting! Fabulous writing coupled with important issues handled with a deft hand. It would be easy to just read this book for the entertaining plot, but looking deeper there is so much to unpack here about racial issues.


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My Dark Vanessa: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062941503
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Published: William Morrow - March 10th, 2020

When she was just 15, Vanessa entered into a "consentual" relationship with her much older English teacher. 17 years later, when multiple allegations of sexual abuse come out against Mr. Strane, Vanessa is forced to re-examine their relationship. In flashbacks, the reader sees that consent can never really exist in a relationship with such a power dynamic. This book is a disturbing look at a predatory individual and the way he grooms his victims.