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    Most recent staff pick: Modern Lovers by Emma Straub (ebook available)

    Emma's newest book feels like it was written just for me. Two couples that have been friends for two decades, going through the growing pains of marriage and friendship, raising kids into adulthood...it all resonated with me. I flew through this book, enjoying both the moments reliving my teenage years with Harry and Ruby as well as the familiarity and frustrations of a long-term marriage with Zoe, Jane, Elizabeth and Andrew. I have a feeling this is going to be this year's summer read. (Christine)

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    $26.00
    ISBN: 9781594634673
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    Published: Riverhead Books - May 31st, 2016

    Emma's newest book feels like it was written just for me. Two couples that have been friends for two decades, going through the growing pains of marriage and friendship, raising kids into adulthood...it all resonated with me. I flew through this book, enjoying both the moments reliving my teenage years with Harry and Ruby as well as the familiarity and frustrations of a long-term marriage with Zoe, Jane, Elizabeth and Andrew. I have a feeling this is going to be this year's summer read. (Christine)


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    $35.00
    ISBN: 9780385539258
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    Published: Doubleday Books - March 10th, 2015

    I have not yet found one person who didn't want to talk endlessly about this book with anyone else who has read it. It's the kind of book that requires a support group. It packs such a powerful emotional punch that you're not quite the same when it's over. Centered around four male college friends and following them into their fifties, A Little Life is anything but little: in length, in breadth, in impact. It's not for the weak of heart; you will be reduced to tears at several points but don't let that deter you. It's quite literally a heartbreaking work of staggering genius. (Christine)


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    $18.99
    ISBN: 9780670012091
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    Published: Viking Children's Books - January 7th, 2014

    I absolutely loved this newest work by the endlessly talented Laurie Halse Anderson (mother of our own Manager Emeritus Stephanie and tireless champion of indie booksellers and librarians everywhere). Teenager Hayley has had a tough few years bouncing from place to place as her veteran dad tries to escape from his hellish memories of his time in Iraq. The book is hard to put down from page one as we follow Hayley through her struggles in a new school trying to live a somewhat normal life despite her (and her dad's) psychological scars. There's some romance, some humor, and tons of heart, and I think it's a perfect crossover for YA readers and adults alike. (Christine)


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    The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. Cover Image
    $25.00
    ISBN: 9780805097450
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    Published: Henry Holt & Company - July 16th, 2013

    This debut novel inspired by literary Brooklyn puts us inside Nate's head as he finds himself stumbling through relationships, both platonic and romantic. Nate might seem familiar to many of us living here, but the book takes on a curious Victorian feel, well described in a review as a "comedy of manners." It was strangely fascinating to get inside this character's psyche. At times I felt like it cleared up some confusion about male behavior, and at other times I wanted to shake him and tell him to get a clue. Waldman's ability to convincingly present a character like Nate from the inside out made this a really exciting debut. (Christine)


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    By Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
    $9.99
    ISBN: 9780062024701
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    Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - September 25th, 2012

    How did I miss this little gem when it came out? I'm so glad I picked it up recently to see what the fuss was about. A thrilling and completely engaging middle grade read about Prue McKeel's foray into The Impassable Wilderness to find her baby brother who was abducted by crows right before her eyes. Need I say more? It's dark and fantastical with amazing characters both human and animal. I can't wait until my son is old enough to enjoy it so I can read it again with him. (Christine)


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    $25.00
    ISBN: 9780812993554
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    Published: Spiegel & Grau - June 4th, 2013

    While I could go on and on about how wonderful I think my dearest friend Dag's debut novel is, I think I'll let Manager Emeritus Stephanie Anderson share her thoughts instead: "Little is as precious or as treacherous as a friend when you're a teenage girl, and Dagmara Dominczyk clearly understands this; friendship is the beating heart of her debut novel, The Lullaby of Polish Girls. The book follows Anna, Justyna, and Kamila, three very different girls who spend their summers together in Kielce, Poland and then grow into different lives on either side of the Atlantic, but stay close. As the book flashes between the past and the present and through some startling revelations, Dominczyk expertly pries at how the life you're born into shapes the life you make, developing all three girls so well that I could imagine running into them on the streets of Greenpoint (and I truly wish I could, just to make sure they're doing okay!)." (Christine)


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    $26.00
    ISBN: 9780345532749
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    Published: Ballantine Books - April 30th, 2013

    This book was a pleasant surprise. It's a novel that I can only assume has close parallels to Lauren Graham's experience as a young woman struggling to make it as an actress in NYC in the '90s. Each chapter starts with main character Franny's Filofax entries (yes, Filofax -- it was the '90s, remember?) which is a fun way to feel involved in the minutiae of her life, really engaging the reader in her day-to-day thoughts and activities without crowding the narrative. There's some romance and lots of humor, with a Bridget Jones-y flair. It could also cross over well for teens. Perfect gift for someone who loves a quick, fun read. (Christine)


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    $27.95
    ISBN: 9781594488399
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    Published: Riverhead Books - April 9th, 2013

    What was it about this one that kept making me tell everyone I was reading a book that was SO, SO GOOD? Was it the intricate web of friendships and romances and petty jealousies (and not-so-petty ones) that reminded me of my own close friends? The story made me feel like I was back in the '80s, maybe watching The Breakfast Club or something similarly important and memorable, the characters were people I knew, they were me, they were my people, and they have stuck with me now, months later. It's just everything a good read should be -- it made me smile and made me think and made me nostalgic and made me sad. I loved it. (Christine)


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    $17.99
    ISBN: 9780385741088
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    Published: Delacorte Press - March 12th, 2013

    I really enjoyed this young adult novel about 1930s Hollywood. The period details were impressive and the portrayal of the studio system and the complex political atmosphere of the time were all handled skillfully. It's a somewhat dark glimpse at the desire for stardom at all costs. (Christine)


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    By Jesse Klausmeier, Suzy Lee (Illustrator)
    $16.99
    ISBN: 9780811867832
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    Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - January 2013

    A simple yet gorgeous picture book that also highlights the craft of bookmaking. Keep reading and you'll find a book within a book within a book within a book...little ones will love the journey. The illustrations by Suzy Lee are vibrant and charming and the story is a great reminder of why books are so powerful. I absolutely adore this one. (Christine)


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    Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness Cover Image
    $25.00
    ISBN: 9781451621372
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    Published: Free Press - November 13th, 2012

    This is one of the craziest stories you'll ever read. A young, beautiful 24-year-old reporter working for the New York Post falls into illness, and everyone around her thinks she's going slowly mad. She has seizures, doesn't act like herself, starts to lose her speech and mobility. She gets checked into NYU and loses an entire month of her life, not remembering what happened to her there but piecing it all together through videos and family stories. The rare autoimmune disease she was lucky enough to have discovered and treated could be undiagnosed in people all over the world now and throughout history, and that's what makes this story so relevant and page-turning. Buy it for the medical junkie in your life, or just someone who loves a thrilling personal story. (Christine)


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    Cooking for Isaiah: Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Recipes for Easy, Delicious Meals Cover Image
    $15.99
    ISBN: 9781606525654
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    Published: Reader's Digest Association - August 30th, 2012

    As a relatively new gluten-free and mostly dairy-free eater, I found this book to a be a really excellent resource for simple recipes and ideas for how to eat with these new dietary challenges in a less stressful way. The author (a food magazine editor and writer) had to learn how to restructure her family's diets due to her son Isaiah's gluten and dairy sensitivities. I have picked this book up a lot for inspiration and am studying the basics that she lays out to help make my food shopping smarter and cooking meals easier. Doughnuts, fritters, corn cakes and waffles! Who knew? (Christine)


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    Every Day Cover Image
    $17.99
    ISBN: 9780307931887
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    Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - August 28th, 2012

    Once I raced through this one I couldn't wait to pass it to the rest of the staff, and they all recognized why I was so enthusiastic about it. I found the concept so unique and refreshing: a genderless protagonist named simply "A" wakes up every day in a different body. A has no control over this process, and knows no other life except this one. But for the first time A meets someone that he/she wants to be with for more than just one day, and that's how the beautiful and complicated relationship with Rhiannon begins. The premise allows Levithan to address a myriad of issues affecting teens today, from gender issues to sexuality to child abuse to drug addiction, and he does it with sensitivity and care. (Christine)


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    We Sinners Cover Image
    $23.00
    ISBN: 9780805095333
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    Published: Henry Holt & Company - August 21st, 2012

    This debut novel is a spare yet fascinating read about a fundamentalist couple and their nine children living in the modern day midwest. Each chapter is told from the point of view of a different character so it's a unique glimpse of the family as a whole, and how some of them struggle with their day-to-day life and beliefs, how some struggle to stay within the church, how some struggle with their decisions to leave, and how their relationships change because of it. I think it's a refreshing look at the subject, different from the many recent 'escape-from-the-crazy-religion' stories. (Christine)


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    $25.95
    ISBN: 9780307599469
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    Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 12th, 2012

    An often funny, often dark romp through a wedding weekend on Cape Cod. It's got the summer-read qualities we love, but with some real substance. (Christine)


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    $25.95
    ISBN: 9780385530910
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    Published: Doubleday - June 14th, 2011

    As you probably know, The Astral is an iconic building located up the street from the bookstore, and most of the action in Kate's new book takes place in our very own Greenpoint. Like she did in The Great Man, Kate has an uncanny ability to draw me into characters that I would not normally be attracted to reading about but then can't stop thinking about. In this book we follow a poet in his late fifties as he struggles with the end of his marriage, his relationship with his daughter and lifelong friends, and his personal journey to reinvent himself. (Christine)


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    Cloud Atlas Cover Image
    $17.00
    ISBN: 9780375507250
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    Published: Random House Trade - August 17th, 2004

    Holy. Crap. This book is amazing. The most interactive experience I've had reading a novel. The language is genius, and the structure will blow your mind. (Christine)


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    Forever Cover Image
    $15.00
    ISBN: 9780316735698
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    Published: Back Bay Books - November 3rd, 2003

    As someone who loves fictional New York history, this book did not disappoint. A man gets granted eternal life but can't leave the island of Manhattan, so he sees it change from the 1700s up through September 11th. It's obviously got a mystical element that I loved, but the New York stuff, from native Brooklynite and Daily News writer Pete Hamill, is well researched and super interesting. (Christine)


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    The Birth Partner - Revised 3rd Edition: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions Cover Image
    $18.95
    ISBN: 9781558323575
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    Published: Harvard Common Press - January 1st, 2008

    This was the best book about the birth experience that I read, and I think that every soon-to-be parent and birth partner should read it. (Christine)


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    The Days of Abandonment Cover Image
    By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
    $15.00
    ISBN: 9781933372006
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    Published: Europa Editions - September 2005

    Recommended by an Italian friend who read it in the original Italian and loved it, this book is a very intense, very quick read. You are living inside the head of a woman scorned, but it's nothing like the stereotypical melodramatic portrayals of this kind of story. It's gritty and dark and you go a bit crazy along with the main character. It's amazing. (Christine)


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    Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life Cover Image
    $15.99
    ISBN: 9780060852566
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    Published: Harper Perennial - April 29th, 2008

    If you're going to read one book about our food system and how you can make small differences in your own food choices, this is the one to read. Kingsolver is an amazing writer to begin with, but this personal journey of her family to eat only what they grew or their neighbors grew for one year is a really life-altering story. It won't scare you to death like other books on the subject, but it might make you want to move to a farm and start growing your own food, stat. (Christine)


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    Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life Cover Image
    $15.00
    ISBN: 9781400080465
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    Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - December 6th, 2005

    This is one of the most unique books I've read, it really is about one person's ordinary life but told through diagrams and charts and illustrations and it's funny and poignant and great. Read it. (Christine)