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A native Floridian, Anna loves the sound of rain and thunder, and can often be found with thunderstorm sounds on, pretending Arizona actually experiences weather that isn't sunshine. Her favorite reads are often sci-fi comedies (can you say Vonnegut?) or strange and unusual YA novels. She may or may not be a time traveler whose deepest desire in life is to own a pet tortoise named Marshmallow Tereshkova. Do with that what you will.
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Six Walks: In the Footsteps of Henry David Thoreau Cover Image
ISBN: 9781953534040
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Published: Tin House Books - April 19th, 2022

Following in the footsteps of Henry David Thoreau, Shattuck's ruminations on life, love, and nature capture perfectly the strange sensation of knowing we'll never see that same untamed wild Thoreau wrote so passionately about a century and half ago. But even in a world where paths have been paved and meadows trimmed, the essays collected here remind us that walks in nature—much like our relationships to other people—are as much a creation of our minds as they are a physical experience. And they are to be treasured, always.

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The Nineties: A Book Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735217959
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Published: Penguin Press - February 8th, 2022

With humor and sincerity, Klosterman revisits the 90s by examining all the interlocking pieces that can define a moment in time: politics, pop-culture, technology and more. He covers everything from Alanis Morissette to the VHS, all with a deft nod to the important sociopolitical changes of the last thirty years, making for a fantastic read for someone who only technically lived through the decade.

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If This Book Exists, You're in the Wrong Universe: A Novel (John Dies at the End #4) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250195821
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 18th, 2022

My favorite thing about Jason Pargin's writing is that I am always snort-laughing at the start of a chapter and ugly-crying by the end of it. This newest book is no exception: it's hilarious and terrifying and gory and heart-warming in the same way being hugged by three toddler-sized tarantulas stacked on top of each other wearing a trench coat might be. Beyond all the jokes and monsters, though, is an impactful look at how we shape our futures—and our pasts. Another awesome entry in the John Dies at the End series!

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How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982159313
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 25th, 2022

If you've never wondered whether punching your friend in the face for no reason is a good or bad action then congrats, you have more sense than most moral philosophers. Moral philosophy can be a confusing, meandering, and (often) dry subject to tackle, but here Schur translates dense schools of thought with his signature wit and silliness so you can understand (and maybe even apply) some of moral philosophy's most well-known concepts. Perfect for fans of The Good Place as well as anyone looking to dip their toe into becoming a better person. Also: read the footnotes!

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The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425288870
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Published: Penguin Books - May 21st, 2019

What would happen if the small details of your life--your best friend's favorite movie, your dog's personality, your neighbor's daily walking path--suddenly changed? This is what happens to Noah after a strange encounter with a hypnotist at a friend's party. Deftly written and quietly intelligent, Noah Hypnotik is a book that will keep you guessing what's real and what isn't until the very last page. And even after, you'll continue to ponder the nature of reality!

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Hawkeye: Go West Cover Image
By Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romero (Illustrator), Stefano Raffaele (Illustrator), Stefano Caselli (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781302923433
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Published: Marvel - March 30th, 2021

Continuing Kate Bishop's west coast adventures, this book reunites Kate and her mentor, Clint, as well as introduces us to the new West Coast Avengers! Though the pacing isn't quite as solid as the first volume in this series, "Hawkeye: Go West" continues to deliver on the wit and charm that makes Kate Bishop and co. such wonderful characters. Also there are land sharks. LAND SHARKS!

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Hawkeye: Private Eye Cover Image
By Kelly Thompson (Text by), Leonardo Romero (Illustrator), Michael Walsh (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781302917951
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Published: Marvel - August 20th, 2019

LA crime fighting? Mysterious and maybe-super-villainous parentage? Lucky the Pizza Dog? That's what Hawkeye, aka Kate Bishop, faces when she ditches New York for LA to start her own PI business. This book is the perfect follow-up to Kate's dazzling appearance in the 2012 Hawkeye run, and if you loved that you'll love this. Of course, if you haven't read that A) what's wrong with you? and B) you'll still love this, trust me. Or trust Pizza Dog. He knows what's up.

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Hawkeye by Fraction & Aja: The Saga of Barton and Bishop Cover Image
By Matt Fraction, David Aja (By (artist))
ISBN: 9781302932220
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Published: Marvel - November 2nd, 2021

"Okay... This looks bad." — So begins the best comic run in the history of everything ever. Yeah, I said it. Come at me, bro! Fraction and Aja's Hawkeye is the perfect pairing of writer and artist. You'll be sucked in by the story of Hawkeye aka Clint Barton aka Hawkguy just kinda... going about his life. What's an Avenger to do when not avenging? Turns out it involves a lot of pizza, mafia fighting, coffee, band-aids, and hanging out with the other (some would say best) Hawkeye, Kate Bishop. And you'll be hooked forever by David Aja's brilliant minimalist panels. Perfect for longtime fans and newbies alike, there's a little of something for everyone in this story of a man with no superpowers trying his darned best to help people. Read this book, bro.

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They Are Already Here: UFO Culture and Why We See Saucers Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643137650
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Published: Pegasus Books - June 8th, 2021

When it comes to topics like UFOs (or any widespread unexplained phenomena), it can be hard to parse through what's legitimate and what's basically over-exaggerated guesswork. This book does a thorough job of exploring and understanding the culture around UFOs and considers true believers with unbiased compassion (from a writer who herself wants to believe). It's a great read for anyone looking to understand such a cool phenomenon as well as the half a century of history that got us where we are today!

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Cold: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626722736
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - February 8th, 2022

Do you like books that yank your heart right out of your chest? Do you like mysteries, where the whodunnit is second to the why? Have you ever felt like the only person in the whole world, and no one else could possibly understand a thing about you? Then read this book. Even in a fairly brief story, Tamaki's characters come so brightly and warmly alive, even in contrast to the chilly, emotionally frozen world they inhabit. From page one you're sucked in and carried on an icy draft through the lives of characters so full and real you'll finish this book with tears in your eyes, sad it can't go on.

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ISBN: 9781982148249
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Published: Gallery Books - January 14th, 2020

I could NOT put this book down. Seriously, it's over 500 pages and I devoured it in a manner of days. After the grisly murder of a young boy in a small Oklahoma town, beloved-local Terry Maitland is accused and it seems like a slam dunk case for detective Ralph Anderson. Until Terry's alibi suggests the impossible: he was in two places at once. The book follows Detective Anderson and a troupe of other fascinating characters as they try to unravel the insanity they're faced against. King's writing is sharp and impactful, and will have you flipping the pages so fast you'll need band-aids!

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ISBN: 9780063020979
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Published: Quill Tree Books - July 27th, 2021

AHHH! That's the feeling I had while reading this book, and I mean it in the best, most Halloween-y way. I picked up this book because I love Joseph Fink's previous work on Welcome to Night Vale, and even though this is geared toward a younger audience, it did not disappoint. The protagonist, Esther Gold, doesn't want to grow up (relatable!) and winds up stuck on a never-ending Halloween night with a ragtag group of frenemies. The resulting adventure is exciting, suspenseful, and the perfect amount of scary. Read this for Halloween this year, especially if you want something spooky and nostalgic.

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By Rainbow Rowell, Faith Erin Hicks (Illustrator), Sarah Stern (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9781250312853
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Published: First Second - August 27th, 2019

Reading Pumpkinheads is like walking through a pumpkin patch at dusk, cup of hot apple cider in hand, while lights twinkle on the horizon and the crisp smell of autumn lingers in the air. It's a quick and cozy read, perfect for anyone dreaming of a colder fall than we have here in southern Arizona.

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By Lauren Gibaldi (Editor), Eric Smith (Editor)
ISBN: 9781536214338
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Published: Candlewick - September 7th, 2021

This book is the perfect escape for anyone who's been stuck in their house a little too long; fun and exciting and heartwarming and bright, Battle of the Bands literally made me feel like I was smack dab in the middle of a packed high school auditorium, cheering along with the crowd. The stories range from band rehearsals, to breakups, and everything in between. Grab some popcorn, throw on a pair of headphones, and fall in love with this phenomenal anthology.

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Dig Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101994931
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Books - June 30th, 2020

I keep trying to put into words just how incredible this book is, but it feels like an impossible task. Dig is probably King's most impressive book to date (and her books are all impressive, trust me), with a cast of characters you won't soon forget and writing that will hold you captivated for hours on end. It's smart and beautiful and sad and suspenseful--basically everything I love in a book. Read this if you want to change the way you see the world. Seriously. It's that good.

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ISBN: 9781250257581
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - January 14th, 2020

First, a warning: this book is not for the faint of heart. Not because it's particularly gory (which it is), not because the humor ranges from Douglas Adams to middle-school bathroom wall, but because it doesn't always make a whole lot of sense. A series of paranormal encounters stitched together by a single underlying entity of cosmic terror, John Dies at the End will give you whiplash if you're not careful—but behind all the wig monsters (yes, you read that right) and wisecracking is a deeply unsettling story about troubled slacker Dave and his best friend John trying their very best not to bring about the end of the world. Too bad they're not very good at it.

Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes: A Cookbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451496997
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 24th, 2017

Cooking with the recipes in Dining In feels like you're cooking with a friend. Not only does Roman include some stellar "highly cookable" recipes, but she also explains the reasons why she's included what she has, be that personal taste or a sweet memory of a recipe's appearance in her life, an inclusion which makes this book as fun to read through as it is to cook through!

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We Were Restless Things Cover Image
ISBN: 9781728216591
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - October 6th, 2020

We Were Restless Things was probably my favorite book of last year. At once a ghost story and a love letter, Nagamatsu’s lyrical prose and intricate story left me haunted in more ways than one. I fell in love with the oddball cast of characters and pondered the mysterious forest at the heart of the story for ages after reading. If you want something beautiful, quiet, and a little spooky, then this is the book for you.