Doctors of the era were at first horrified and confused, then wondered if they were witness to a miracle, then later, despite actually delivering rabbit parts from Toft, were doubtful and suspicious. They called in more The series follows a class of fourth graders and their wonderful teacher Mr. Wolf in the everyday life of a classroom. The Mystery Club is the second in the series and follows as three best friends solve mysteries around the school, including a haunted bathroom and a missing It's like Clouzot's The Wages of Fear with "cabin valuations" in place of the nitroglycerin.
Recommended by Justin W. Chris Ware takes the ordinary lives we all live, weaves them together, makes them small and big. His art and his story are one complex yet clear story. Ware is a master of cartooning and storytelling, and Rusty Brown is a masterpiece. Recommended by Doug C. There might be five pages that aren't suspenseful in The Cabin at the End of the World , and that's only if you don't read the synopsis.
Tremblay will draw you in beginning with a friendly stranger stopping by to chat with a little girl playing in her front yard, and it won't end until the final page. Be prepared to stay up past your bedtime. Recommended by Jeffrey J. Angot's Incest is one of the strangest and most disturbing books that I've read, and also one of the most effective.
It confronts the long-lasting emotional impacts of sexual abuse, and it is not for the faint of heart — the narrator's descent into a devastating trauma loop is difficult to witness.
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A reminder that the most destructive people are often the most destroyed, this book was a crash-course in empathy — I didn't know if I could In Look , Solmaz Sharif rewrites the military dictionary to investigate the ways that language may be appropriated and changed, the way definition can be used to obscure meaning rather than to illuminate.
One of the most powerfully intelligent and formally fascinating books of poetry I've read, Sharif's debut collection is urgent, asking us to care for the language we use, reminding us that words matter, have consequences, and that it is Debbie Harry may not take herself that seriously, but she deeply respects the creative process. Recommended by Matt K. Thomas Edison was a colossus of American life, holding over a thousand patents when he died.
This book follows the story of Megan Phelps-Roper, beloved daughter of the Westboro Baptist Church, as she journeys from faithful follower of the doctrine, to questioning doubter, and finally, to leaving the church and the only home and family she's ever known. I expected to like this; I'm always interested in stories about what people believe and why, as well as what causes them to leave those beliefs behind.
What I never expected was to feel Such is the thinking behind this spectacular reference manual that celebrates craftiness and ingenuity, with enough projects to get a child less interested in their phone and more invested in exploring the natural world. Rachel Maddow is known for digging deep to find surprising connections between the forces that shape contemporary politics. New troubles arrive on the other side of a family inheritance for the Heffleys, once they begin fixing up their house. Yes, please! Now young readers can revel in the enchanting tale of Jen the Gelfling and his quest to heal the Crystal and restore harmony to the world of Thra.
I'm not the type to underline passages, but this book tested my resolve. A poetic, ruminative dream of a book, Year of the Monkey chronicles a difficult year in a mesmerizing and unpredictable way. Everything Smith writes feels like a gift, and this is no exception. Recommended by Tove H.
Simon was willing to sacrifice his magic to save the world, but even a voluntary sacrifice leaves a wound. Enter boyfriend Baz, best friend Penny, and the road trip of the century. Oluo is an excellent guide through the explosive terrain of 21st-century race relations, providing clear explanations of the many ways American society is structured to empower white people, particularly men. Arguing that a person can be complicit in a racist society without being an explicitly bad or racist person, Oluo takes some of the sting out of a conversation that rightly places the onus on white citizens to take the lead in confronting Keiko just wants to fit in.
Willing to do, literally, anything to please the people around her, Keiko stops two boys from fighting by hitting one over the head with a spade. She soon finds herself a childhood pariah among her peers and elders alike. To redeem herself, as an adult, Keiko gets a job at Smile Mart — and quickly assimilates all of the rules, embraces the expectations, and finds her place in society. The Need is a breathtakingly beautiful, terrifying work of brilliance.
Phillips melds thriller with speculative fiction seamlessly and with care, creating a story that examines motherhood as if it were an egg: deftly cracking it open and observing the contents, just before turning up the heat. Recommended by Haley B. The Perfect Wife hooked me right from the start!
Fascinating and suspenseful throughout, this is a must-read. Super awesome and brilliant! Recommended by Adrienne C. Charles King tells the story of the intrepid individuals, including Margaret Mead and Zora Neale Hurston, who developed modern anthropology despite intense social pressures and interpersonal strife. This book serves as both a joint biography of a rich group of fascinating scholars, and as an engrossing history of the ideas that shaped social progress in the 20th century and beyond. Zambreno's book belongs, in my mind, to a growing collection of memoirs that mourn the loss of complicated, fully human mothers via fragment, memory and meditation, borrowed voices — if you've read and liked Mothers by Rachel Zucker, or Mother Winter by Sofia Shalmiyev, you'd do well to pick Book of Mutter up next.
Recommended by Darla M. When you finish 4 3 2 1 you'll be able to say you've finished four novels. Auster's novel follows Archibald Isaac Ferguson through four different lives that alter based on little differences from the first chapters. It's an extremely inventive and compelling piece of work. For readers who have ever looked back at their lives and thought, "I wonder what my life would be like if X hadn't happened," Auster has the answer. Guinn's biography of one of the most famous mass murderers in history brings you into the details of Charlie Manson's life. The guy was good friends with the Beach Boys' drummer Dennis Wilson and had big aspirations to not only hide out in the desert while American erupted into another civil war, but also get a recording contract to make him big and famous.
Guinn's writing left me looking forward to each chapter and got me up to speed on a story Acevedo's sophomore novel is a delightful concoction of a book, whose voice is as unique as a restaurant's signature dish. High school senior Emoni Santiago takes care of her young daughter and her aging grandmother. She goes to school, hangs out with her best friend, and tries not to stress about whether or not she can afford to go to college. Emoni is an average American high school student, but her talent in the kitchen is anything but.
Erin Morgenstern is the kind of writer who, as she grew up, never lost her childhood sense of wonder. Her sense of joy. Her sense of innocent anticipation. Every page of this book rings with all of that. And more. The Starless Sea is a puzzle, a quest, a mystery. Not one, not two, but three unrequited love stories are tangled up with this fantastical story of bees, underground libraries, seas of honey, owl kings, keys, swords, An essential guide and poignant call to arms.
Emdin's book is a must-have for all educators seeking to both educate themselves and revolutionize urban education. Recommended by Caroline M. Twelve-year-old Sunny has just had a heart transplant and she's ready to begin her new life!
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Step one: find a boy to be her first kiss. But Sunny's best friend has betrayed her, her missing mother has reappeared in her life, and Sunny isn't sure who she can trust with a secret: maybe she actually wants to kiss girls! I wish this book had existed when I was first figuring out crushes and longing for kisses.
Sunny's tender and emotionally honest Listen, have you ever seen anything cuter than the planet Earth on the cover of this book? Me neither, and it only gets cuter from there! Full of good info and smart humor, this board book is a fantastic and welcome addition to the growing body of baby space books. Recommended by Sarah R. Following the central character Will as he navigates New York City at the height of the AIDS crisis in the late '80s and early '90s, readers will experience the devastation the disease wreaked on the gay population.
It is a crushing tale of friendship, love, and A father and son fishing trip brings memories of a different pond. This simple bonding story can foster larger discussions about immigration, sacrifice, and family history. Recommended by Bill L. As for so many, high school was a crucible for Sara and Tegan Quin, during which they discovered their identities and developed their voices. Alternating chapters, they share stories that are both universal and utterly unique, much like their music.
Talk about spinning gold from straw! This picture book from Beth Ferry, with illustrations by master storybook artists the Fan Brothers, is a true gem. It is told in a poetic cadence that reads aloud beautifully, filled with lush and detailed illustrations, and contains a tender tale of a most unlikely friendship. It definitely managed to provoke some heartfelt "awwws" and maybe a few tears from the picture book team. A delightful book about finding strength in unexpected places and finding your cuddly side. With delightfully inventive botanical alchemy — including combinations such as pumpkin and saffron, spiced parsnip and willow blossom, rock salt and rosemary — McKee's bakes are sure to dazzle the senses and enchant the eye.
I came across a question in a book group on social media the other day: If you were stranded on a desert island, which author's work would you wish you had? The answer bubbled up immediately for me, but I wasn't surprised: Brian Doyle. Has ever a human written such a glorious body of work? His ability to capture the human condition, with the enormous spectrum of emotions we all feel, is almost otherworldly.
While you sit in awe of that talent, Jasmine's family prepares to celebrate the New Year with the tradition of making rice into mochi. Will she figure out a way to pound the rice into mochi instead, along with the men in her family? The first in an ongoing series that features a different Japanese tradition in every volume, Mochi Queen is great for ages 6 and up! Recommended by Kim T. This beautiful debut novel may be my favorite this year!
Language lovers, take note! French and Arabic are abundant in the text and layer an already sweeping story with rich imagery. Recommended by Ruth J. In these essays, Jess Row interrogates and challenges the "universality" of the literary fiction white writers have written for the last 50 years — everyone from Raymond Carver to Anne Tyler to David Foster Wallace — and how the "absence" of race in these works has prevented white writers and readers from knowing "what we mean I'm a firm believer that we all need a little romance in our lives from time to time.
There's been so much hype about Red, White, and Royal Blue at one point, a coworker saw me pull up an image of the book and shouted "Oh my God, I loved that book! It turns out that the fuss is correct. I experienced so many emotions while reading this book. I laughed, I cried, I sighed Elba has a block that she must drag around with her all the time.
It's no fun, but she has to do it. Norris is followed everywhere by butterflies. He doesn't quite understand Elba's block, but he wants to help. This story is one of the most helpful depictions of dealing with loss and supporting a friend that I've seen. Grief doesn't go away, as this book shows, but it changes with time and patient friends can help ease the journey. Elba has lost All of Us With Wings is a remarkable, refreshing, dangerous book filled with beautiful language.
Michelle Ruiz Keil brings the supernatural, the world of art and music, themes of abuse and agency, and characters so real, my heart broke for more than one of them. I want more from this author. At a New England college, an elderly classics professor lets slip a comment that is taken for, but not meant as, a racial slur. What happens next changes his life and reveals the carefully hidden past he's taken great pains to conceal. Exploring themes of racism, family, deceit, and shame, this is an amazing book, and it made me fall in love with Roth! Recommended by Dianah H.
A brief but potent look at how the memories and confusions of childhood are intensified by life under dictatorship, when unreality is imposed by the state. Karen Abbott provides a compelling account of the career of George Remus, a lawyer-turned-bootlegger, who has largely been forgotten despite the outrageous turns of his nearly unbelievable life. The twists in this story — including betrayal, insanity and murder — would be positively melodramatic, except that they are all true.
Tom Waits fans, rejoice: here is a visual feast, three decades in the making. Besides offering up the fruits of his work with Waits from several photo shoots and album covers, Mahurin digs deep into his film archives to create new images of whim and fancy of one of the greatest storytellers of our time, all compiled into this lovely and unique collection. Those familiar with this icon, as well as newcomers, will not be disappointed. Recommended by Aubrey W. Nimue's ferocity combined with the freshness of the plot make this action-driven story one epic novel. The award-winning duo of Gerald the Elephant and Piggie the — well, Piggie — is back!
Also, how did we get in this blurb? A snapshot of the multitudes of experience in s London. This is also Smith's debut novel. Recommended by Alex Y. This perfectly rendered classic tells the tale of a miserly tailor who loses all his money, but gains something much more precious. A great story with moral dilemmas, ironic twists, and insight into human nature at its best and its very worst.
Memoirs of a Polar Bear is such a strange, enchanting book. Told from the point of view of three different generations of polar bears, it is both a work of magic and a poignant look at parenting and abandonment, and all the ways those terms can be complicated. Strange Grace has some of my favorite ingredients for a book: witches, sacrifices, queer love, body horror, and its own dark, peculiar magic, unique unto itself.
Hello, Login. Visit Our Stores. Medallion Status True Stories from Secret Rooms John Hodgman [isbn] As John Hodgman is recognized as a minor celebrity less and less, he pauses to reflect — as any philosopher-king might — on the anxiety he feels about his frequent flyer program, among other things. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from to the Present David Treuer [isbn] The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee is a sweeping account of Native Americans from pre-"who shall not be named" to present day, and a rich counter-narrative to the myth that Natives are a relic of the past.
Grand Union: Stories Zadie Smith [isbn] The first short story collection from master novelist Zadie Smith is an assemblage of brief but potent vignettes, ranging from aimless Spanish resort holidays to uncomfortable Manhattan lingerie shopping, that all offer reflections on identity in changing times. Cabin Porn Inside Zach Klein, Freda Moon [isbn] This book is truly a feast for the eyes and fuel for wanderlust as it takes the reader around the world and inside various cabins, treehouses, and one truck hut. The Body: A Guide for Occupants Bill Bryson [isbn] Bill Bryson takes the reader through fascinating facts of the human body the kidneys process over 3 pounds of salt a day!
Winterwood Shea Ernshaw [isbn] With Winterwood , Ernshaw has once again crafted the perfect atmospheric autumnal page-turner. How to Catch a Mole Wisdom from a Life LIved in Nature Marc Hamer [isbn] In this quiet, respectful and inspiring tome, Hamer uses moles as a framework for his philosophy on nature and life, incorporating prose, poetry and even illustrations.
A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith Timothy Egan [isbn] On a spiritual journey across 1, miles of Europe and 2, years of Christian history, Timothy Egan reckons with his skepticism and lapsed Catholic beliefs while confronting a bigger question: What is the role of religion in a world that is rapidly losing its faith? A Tale of Magic Can You Hear the Trees Talking? Mary Toft or The Rabbit Queen Dexter Palmer [isbn] Dexter Palmer digs up an old gem of a story from s England and puts his particular touch to this tale based on the real-life account of Mary Toft, a wife and field laborer who appeared to give birth to several dead rabbits.
Rusty Brown Chris Ware [isbn] Chris Ware takes the ordinary lives we all live, weaves them together, makes them small and big. Incest Christine Angot, Tess Lewis [isbn] Angot's Incest is one of the strangest and most disturbing books that I've read, and also one of the most effective. Look: Poems Solmaz Sharif [isbn] In Look , Solmaz Sharif rewrites the military dictionary to investigate the ways that language may be appropriated and changed, the way definition can be used to obscure meaning rather than to illuminate.
Edison Edmund Morris [isbn] Thomas Edison was a colossus of American life, holding over a thousand patents when he died. Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church Megan Phelps-Roper [isbn] This book follows the story of Megan Phelps-Roper, beloved daughter of the Westboro Baptist Church, as she journeys from faithful follower of the doctrine, to questioning doubter, and finally, to leaving the church and the only home and family she's ever known.
Wrecking Ball Jeff Kinney [isbn] New troubles arrive on the other side of a family inheritance for the Heffleys, once they begin fixing up their house. Year of the Monkey Patti Smith [isbn] I'm not the type to underline passages, but this book tested my resolve. So You Want to Talk about Race Ijeoma Oluo [isbn] Oluo is an excellent guide through the explosive terrain of 21st-century race relations, providing clear explanations of the many ways American society is structured to empower white people, particularly men. The Need Helen Phillips [isbn] The Need is a breathtakingly beautiful, terrifying work of brilliance.
Gods of the Upper Air Charles King [isbn] Charles King tells the story of the intrepid individuals, including Margaret Mead and Zora Neale Hurston, who developed modern anthropology despite intense social pressures and interpersonal strife. Book of Mutter Kate Zambreno [isbn] Zambreno's book belongs, in my mind, to a growing collection of memoirs that mourn the loss of complicated, fully human mothers via fragment, memory and meditation, borrowed voices — if you've read and liked Mothers by Rachel Zucker, or Mother Winter by Sofia Shalmiyev, you'd do well to pick Book of Mutter up next.
With the Fire on High Elizabeth Acevedo [isbn] Acevedo's sophomore novel is a delightful concoction of a book, whose voice is as unique as a restaurant's signature dish. Starless Sea Erin Morgenstern [isbn] Erin Morgenstern is the kind of writer who, as she grew up, never lost her childhood sense of wonder. Nerdy Babies Space Emmy Kastner [isbn] Listen, have you ever seen anything cuter than the planet Earth on the cover of this book? High School Sara Quin and Tegan Quin [isbn] As for so many, high school was a crucible for Sara and Tegan Quin, during which they discovered their identities and developed their voices.
The Princess and the Pony Beaton, Kate [isbn] A delightful book about finding strength in unexpected places and finding your cuddly side. Sticky Fingers Green Thumb Baked Sweets That Taste of Nature Hayley McKee [isbn] With delightfully inventive botanical alchemy — including combinations such as pumpkin and saffron, spiced parsnip and willow blossom, rock salt and rosemary — McKee's bakes are sure to dazzle the senses and enchant the eye. One Long River of Song: Notes on Wonder Brian Doyle [isbn] I came across a question in a book group on social media the other day: If you were stranded on a desert island, which author's work would you wish you had?
Parisian Isabella Hammad [isbn] This beautiful debut novel may be my favorite this year! Red, White, and Royal Blue Casey McQuiston [isbn] I'm a firm believer that we all need a little romance in our lives from time to time. Human Stain Philip Roth [isbn] At a New England college, an elderly classics professor lets slip a comment that is taken for, but not meant as, a racial slur. An Elephant and Piggie Biggie-Biggie! Silas Marner George Eliot [isbn] This perfectly rendered classic tells the tale of a miserly tailor who loses all his money, but gains something much more precious.
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Emily A. Emily B. In this over-the-top comedy, the relationships of three girls and fours guys - in affluent, adolescent suburban reality - intersect through the topsy-turvy world of love, power R min Comedy. Pals Danny and Frank spend the summer after high school working as lifeguards while figuring out their future. Votes: 6, Not Rated 90 min Comedy, Romance. Quinn is a hopeless romantic who falls head over Unrated 88 min Comedy.
A group of nerdy college guys who can't seem to connect with girls their own age discover the excitement of hooking up with sexy older women. Votes: 5, Not Rated 84 min Drama. King Kelly is the online username of Kelly, a young girl from Long Island, NY who dreams of becoming famous through her webcam strip tease show.
Obsessed with the prospect of celebrity, Kelly stops at nothing to get what she wants. Unrated 87 min Comedy. When a group of nerds leak a washed-up celebrity's sex tape, the publicity revives the actress's career and other Hollywood rejects want to star in the guys next "production. Votes: 2, R 87 min Comedy. A group of coeds from a small conservative college break out of their shells when their marching band bus breaks down in Ft. Lauderdale during Spring Break. That is, until the assistant dean forces the Alphas to share their R 98 min Comedy, Romance.
Van Wilder starts his freshman year at Coolidge College and embarks on an adventure to land the campus hottie and liberate his school from sexual oppression and party dysfunction. Votes: 13, A trio of clueless minors embark on a quest to get into the local bar, in the hopes of scoring with the opposite sex. Unrated 93 min Comedy. Silver, a teenage boy desperate to score with his long time girlfriend Sheila is pursued by many women in the community when an erroneous rumor circulates about his prowess.
Not Rated 90 min Comedy. Three young actresses struggle to find the best approach to 'making it' in Hollywood in this sexy metaphysical comedy. Along the way they encounter a former "scream queen" who becomes their Unrated 75 min Documentary. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Not Rated 80 min Action, Adventure, Comedy. MINTY is a youthful, raven haired, punk rock, feminist, female super heroine, that gets her super powers from eating chocolate which is a good source of antioxidants.
One day Minty's R 89 min Comedy. When Gus Bazooka built his gym he never imagined that his sons, Angus and Judah, would someday battle for control.
However, after Gus' untimely death caused by watching a topless Director: Michael G. Brooks , Angela Cohen , Nicole Galati. Not Rated 81 min Action, Comedy, Horror. If the mysterious plague sweeping the nation wasn't bad enough, Dean is still going ahead with his doomed wedding tomorrow morning. That leaves him with a choice. Pick up the button holes R 74 min Drama, Romance. Vicki is seventeen and her older friends call her Jailbait. Her boyfriend Robert is frustrated because Vicki doesn't want to do the wild thing, but he's willing to wait. After a party gets Unrated 86 min Comedy, Romance.
A young French chef with a fondness for America and a life in shambles pushes the limits of the American Dream by converting a Chicago pizza shop into an escort-service for the super-rich TV 76 min Comedy. Attempting to compete for the love of a beautiful woman, a self-declared sissy joins a man camp that "transforms boys into men," only to discover it's run by his dream girl's macho boyfriend. Anything goes in the Garden of Hedon. Even murder. Bailey , Beau Peregino. Think Go-Go's meet Metallica. The four member rock band came together in Las Vegas where each hopes they can make the transition from porn star to rock star.
R 90 min Comedy. R 96 min Comedy, Crime, Mystery. Set during a crazy afternoon in the lives of a dozen college students at a co-ed dorm that starts with the arrival of two very different women with the same name of Dominique. Not Rated 89 min Comedy. Sue, Cheryl and Lexi are best friends. They do something special every year for their birthday as they were all born on the same day. Now their 18th birthday, they set out to lose their virginity. R 92 min Comedy, Romance. The most popular kid on campus meets a beautiful journalist who makes him realize that maybe he's afraid to graduate.
Arguably the most famous of all underground films in Australia. The non-narrative short features quick edits of numerous naked breasts accompanied by a rock song. The title song has the Comedy, Fantasy, Horror. A hosted horror movie show with Mindy Robinson as "Veronique Von Venom" presenting movies via the internet during to Unrated 94 min Comedy. Desperate to meet new girls, six down-on-their-luck guys come up with the ultimate plan to hook up - cast a fake movie. When tons of hot chicks show up for the audition, it's a matter of who's willing to go the farthest to get the part. Not Rated 95 min Comedy.
An enterprising college student agrees to run his professor's Las Vegas car wash to avoid flunking out of school. But it's Vegas gone wild when he decides to staff it with gorgeous bikini-clad girls. Ritcherson , Ashley Park. R 98 min Comedy. Three couples try group sex at a lakeside strawberry farm, naively hoping it will lead to enlightenment.
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R 92 min Action, Crime, Thriller. A voluptuous black woman takes a job as a high-class prostitute in order to get revenge on the mobsters who murdered her boyfriend. Votes: 8,