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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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780765387561
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Published: Tor Books - October 6th, 2020

If you're looking for a book to lose yourself in, this is the one. I was hooked from the first page and read this in a weekend. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is a sprawling magical epic that traverses time and place. Promised to a man in an arranged marriage in 1700s France, Addie craves her freedom. She prays to the gods for an escape and ends up making a deal with one who answers. The devil’s in the details though: She gets out of the marriage, but her freedom and her life ends up looking very different from what she imagined.


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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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Amari and the Night Brothers (Supernatural Investigations #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062975164
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 19th, 2021

This is the start of a brilliant new MG fantasy series. Move over, Harry Potter. It's time for some #blackgirlmagic

This was a super fun read but also touches on racism and class issues with a deft hand. Can't wait for the next one!


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Pages & Co.: The Bookwanderers Cover Image
By Anna James, Paola Escobar (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781984837141
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Published: Puffin Books - February 25th, 2020

I'm a sucker for bookish books! Give me a book about a bookshop or library and I'm in! This reminded me 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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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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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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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 likes a touch of magical realism.