Melissa

Melissa
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Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399588587
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Published: Random House - February 9th, 2021

A breathtakingly beautiful memoir about illness, healing, grief, and embracing the unexpected turns one's life takes.


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The Bad Muslim Discount: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385545259
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Published: Doubleday - February 2nd, 2021

I absolutely loved this! The writing is perfect, there are so many amazing lines in here. I was torn between wanting to take my time and savor it, or just blazing through. Once I got to “The Trap” I had no choice but to just keep going.  This is a book that I didn’t know I deeply needed.


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Kenny & the Dragon Cover Image
By Tony DiTerlizzi, Tony DiTerlizzi (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781442436510
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - January 24th, 2012

A charming retelling of Kenneth Grahame's The Reluctant Dragon featuring a bookish rabbit and his Shakespeare-loving dragon friend. I adore the illustrations!


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Songs in Ursa Major: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780593318621
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Published: Knopf - June 22nd, 2021

If you love the music of the late 60s and 70s, the folky rock stars of Laurel Canyon, and the Newport Folk Festival, this is for you. A well-told story, clearly inspired by Joni Mitchell and James Taylor, that shows that often the most damaged people make the most beautiful art and how those people find their voices. 


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Malibu Rising: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781524798659
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 1st, 2021

Taylor Jenkins Reid is back doing what she does best, hooking you immediately and pulling you into her characters' world. I love that she connected this book to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. The 80's are in full swing in this book and the construction of the narrative as hours in a single day is brilliant. 


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Infinite Country: A Novel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781982159467
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - March 2nd, 2021

This short but powerful novel addresses the plight of undocumented immigrants from multiple angles, from the lengths a family will go to stay together even when they’re apart to the dangers they face daily. 


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Famous Men Who Never Lived Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781951142285
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Published: Tin House Books - February 2nd, 2021

One of the things I really love about science fiction is the ability to explore issues in a way that almost feels safer than in regular fiction. This book takes the emotional intensity of the refugee situation presented in Moshin Hamid's Exit West and ups the magical realism to full blown alternate realities. This is a book that I'll be thinking about for a long time and will need to sit with for a while to really process. 


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The Paper Palace: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593329825
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 6th, 2021

This book isn't what it appears to be on the surface, its much more. From the brilliant structure, where the present day portions happen over the course of just one day and the quick jumps back and forth to pivotal moments in both Elle and Wallace's lives, to the handling of some really dark topics, this book won't let you put it down. I found the ending to be really interestingly ambiguous and can't wait to discuss it with other readers. Miranda Cowley Heller knows how to tell a story and I'm anxious to see what she does next. 


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The Bird King Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802148292
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Published: Grove Press - February 18th, 2020

A gorgeously written fantasy set during the Spanish Inquisition in the last Muslim stronghold in Granada. The prose is beautiful and visceral and its easy to draw connections from the fall of this great civilization to what's happening in the world today.


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Big Time: Stories Cover Image
By Jen Spyra, Stephen Colbert (Foreword by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984855268
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Published: Random House - March 16th, 2021

This one had me laughing out loud so much, my husband decided to read it after me based solely on that. Jen Spyra is clearly a disturbed individual in the best possible way. 


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Flight of the Diamond Smugglers: A Tale of Pigeons, Obsession, and Greed Along Coastal South Africa Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781631496028
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Published: Liveright - February 23rd, 2021

What a weird and hard to define, yet fascinating book. Flight of the Diamond Smugglers is part memoir, part treatise on loss, part nature essay, and part history book all wrapped up in one slim volume. Frank's writing is beautiful and evocative, and the story he tells is heartbreaking. 


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Broken (in the best possible way) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250077035
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - April 6th, 2021

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Jenny Lawson is a genius. She can make me sob uncontrollably from both laughter and the heartbreakingly honest way she talks about mental illness. She takes the worst things in life and finds a way to laugh through them. Her ability to bring people together in a celebration of human awkwardness is just beautiful. This book provided much needed relief and escape from the divisiveness of the world.