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A Child of Books By Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator), Sam Winston (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator), Sam Winston (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781536221923
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Published: Candlewick - September 15th, 2021

I don't know where to start, this little book blew me away! I am, too, a child of books. Phrases of fairy tales I heard in my childhood still pop into my mind all the time, I pick up children's story books rather than books about Serious Stuff, and I believe that a vivid imagination is the best gift any child (or adult) can have or give.

This is a great story book - for new readers to learn about the magic of books, for experienced readers to remember beloved stories, and for anyone to get to live in the house of invention.


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Buzzworthy: Cocktails Inspired by Female Literary Greats By Jennifer Croll, Rachelle Baker (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jennifer Croll, Rachelle Baker (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9783791389165
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Published: Prestel - April 11th, 2023

Are you longing to treat yourself or a loved one to a new and creative cocktail book? Look no further than this marvelous collection of delicious cocktail recipes and strikingly illustrated portraits of some of the most famous women writers of our time. Croll even offers a neat list of reading suggestions that go with the tasty drinks and amazing writers.


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84, Charing Cross Road By Helene Hanff Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140143508
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Published: Penguin Books - October 1st, 1990

Ann Hunt gave this book to us at Antigone Books as a gift and that's what this unassuming little collection of letters is: a gift and a true delight! Do yourself a favor, listen to Ann and find hope in the fate of humanity again.


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How I Became a Tree By Sumana Roy Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780300268140
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Published: Yale University Press - September 20th, 2022

This is a truly delightful book. Sumana Roy writes in a clear and poetic voice about her deep love for trees and addresses the topic from different, often surprising perspectives. It's a heartwarming read for anyone living in the desert, missing lush forests with big, green trees to admire and aspire to be like.


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Scary Stories for Young Foxes By Christian McKay Heidicker, Junyi Wu (Illustrator) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781250250445
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Published: Square Fish - August 31st, 2021

Unnerving, nightmarish, bone-chilling.
I was just as terrified as the little foxes are, yet I could not put this thrilling book down! And I am glad I was brave enough to read it to the end because it is one of the best stories of all time!


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Foster By Claire Keegan Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780802160140
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Published: Grove Press - November 1st, 2022

The more I think of this story, the more things I find to be fascinated about!
Keegan uses the most minimalist style in writing I have encountered so far to express the most intense and deeply felt emotions about family, loving and grieving, closeness and estrangement, and the turbulence of growing up.


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How Old Is a Whale?: Animal Life Spans from the Mayfly to the Immortal Jellyfish By Lily Murray, Jesse Hodgson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lily Murray, Jesse Hodgson (Illustrator)
$21.99
ISBN: 9781536229752
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Published: Big Picture Press - March 7th, 2023

This is a fantastic book that I could not put down! I was amazed and fascinated by what I learned about the 28 different animals and their lives introduced here. The beautiful illustrations make this the perfect book for any young and old reader who cares about our planet and who we share it with!


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Look Up at the Stars By Katie Cotton, Miren Asiain Lora (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Katie Cotton, Miren Asiain Lora (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780711278790
Availability: Backordered
Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - October 4th, 2022

This is the most charmingly illustrated book about finding beauty and light in your own home and with your loved ones. The text is great for reading out loud together.


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Faith Fox By Jane Gardam Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609454210
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Published: Europa Editions - November 14th, 2017

Every time I pick up a new book by Jane Gardam I am blown away by her brilliance! Her writing is smart, witty, wise, insightful, and she is able to give every character of hers their very own voice. Gardam writes about people of all ages that I can relate to in some way or other and who stay with me long after I finished reading the book, like old friends.


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The Sea in the Way By Sophie Gilmore, Sophie Gilmore (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sophie Gilmore, Sophie Gilmore (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063025196
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 6th, 2022

A beautiful and heartwarming book about love and friendship over long distances. Badger and Bear show us how great it can be to make new friends and share stories with each other.


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Yellow Butterfly: A Story from Ukraine By Oleksandr Shatokhin Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781636550640
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Published: Red Comet Press - January 31st, 2023

This is an impressive book! The beautiful illustrations speak for themselves and serve as an excellent starting point for a conversation about war; the current war in Ukraine and what war does to any people all over the world.

What I've found most important about this book are the suggestions that are offered in the back, for how to read a wordless book and how to talk about war with children.


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Small Things Like These By Claire Keegan Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780802158741
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Published: Grove Press - November 30th, 2021

This book is the first by Claire Keegan that I've ever read and I am blown away by the captivating clarity of the language that immensely amplified the power and depth of the story.

On the one hand, I was shocked by the terrible historical issues Keegan addresses in her novella but on the other hand I felt surprisingly uplifted by the hopeful and soothing warmth, compassion, and pure humanity that Keegan created in her story of a family's Christmas celebration.

It is an emotionally challenging read but very much worth the heartache because it shows how strong we can be as humans and how important it is to follow our intuition to do good.

I look forward to reading Keegan's next book!


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Read the Book, Lemmings! By Ame Dyckman, Zachariah OHora (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ame Dyckman, Zachariah OHora (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316343480
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 7th, 2017

An adorable, funny, silly, beautiful, and overall great book for anyone who ever wondered what lemmings are and why they jump off cliffs.


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The Prince and the Dressmaker By Jen Wang Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626723634
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Published: First Second - February 13th, 2018

Gorgeous dresses, a forbidden friendship, secret outings, a turn of the century department store in Paris, and a fairy tale like setting = a marvelous story!

This is a fast, emotional and simply beautiful read that still makes me smile (and think about the characters, hoping they are doing well.)


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Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen, Vivien Jones (Editor), Vivien Jones (Introduction by), Vivien Jones (Notes by) Cover Image
By Jane Austen, Vivien Jones (Editor), Vivien Jones (Introduction by), Vivien Jones (Notes by)
$9.00
ISBN: 9780141439518
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002

It is a truth universally acknowledged that this brilliant novel is not just a romantic love story but also a witty, smart, and snarky commentary on social norms and human behavior. Jane Austen's most famous novel is a timeless classic that will make you laugh out loud, fall in love with the characters and give you a new appreciation for the English language.

Take a peek at the first chapter - you will not be disappointed!


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Northanger Abbey By Jane Austen, Marilyn Butler (Editor), Marilyn Butler (Introduction by), Marilyn Butler (Notes by) Cover Image
By Jane Austen, Marilyn Butler (Editor), Marilyn Butler (Introduction by), Marilyn Butler (Notes by)
$8.00
ISBN: 9780141439792
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Published: Penguin Classics - April 29th, 2003

This is one of my favorite novels by my favorite classic author. It is lighthearted, insightful, and very relatable for any book-lover and daydreamer who has ever confused reality with their latest read.

The story follows a young heroine who goes to dazzling balls, meets the most charming hero Austen has ever created,  has emotional but comic misunderstandings, and visits spooky castles - what's not to love?


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Nadiya's Everyday Baking: From Weeknight Dinners to Celebration Cakes, Let Your Oven Do the Work By Nadiya Hussain Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780593579053
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 11th, 2022

Let me be honest with you - I don't like cooking. Baking, on the other hand, is one of my favorite things to do! Unfortunately, it seems to be impossible to live off of just cake so when I discovered this book I was thrilled! It is a whole treasure chest of varied, detailed and easy to follow recipes that allow me to use my oven, clean up my kitchen mess and enjoy a delicious meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner.


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The Littlest Yak By Lu Fraser, Kate Hindley (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lu Fraser, Kate Hindley (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781682632826
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Published: Peachtree - October 5th, 2021

This is one of my favorite children's books ever! It has beautiful illustrations, a lovely main character who is so much more than just the littlest yak of the herd, and a story that makes me feel all giddy, teary eyed and happy.

(hopeful that every child will realize the bigness they have in them)


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The Liar's Dictionary: A Novel By Eley Williams Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593311868
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Published: Anchor - November 9th, 2021

The Liar's Dictionary is a hilarious tale about how to make up words, fake speech impediments and overcome the fear of living in the real world.

A must read for any lover of mountweazels, the ubiquitous British cup of tea and the London of the late 19th century.


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Knight Owl (Caldecott Honor Book) (The Knight Owl Series #1) By Christopher Denise, Christopher Denise (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316310628
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Published: Christy Ottaviano Books - March 15th, 2022

Have you ever wished to be a brave and clever knight who is not afraid of anything? Not even the dark knight, spooky sounds or magical creatures? Then you should join Owl on his journey to become the bravest and cleverest knight the kingdom has ever seen!


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This Is Not My Hat (The Hat Trilogy) By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780763655990
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Published: Candlewick - October 9th, 2012

Little Fish stole the hat of Big Fish and is getting away with it... or so he thinks.

Come along on this thrilling and hilarious chase and find our if Big Fish gets his hat back!


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I Want My Hat Back (The Hat Trilogy) By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780763655983
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Published: Candlewick - September 27th, 2011

Have you seen this bear's hat? He lost his hat and needs your help finding it!

Go on a beautifully illustrated quest for the bear's hat, meet his friends and laugh out loud while reading this hilarious tale.


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The Braid: A Novel By Laetitia Colombani Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982130039
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Published: Atria Books - September 24th, 2019

This book glows with the incredible strength and beautiful tenderness of all the women the story includes. Colombani creates a tale that shows how hardships are lightened by the female community and determination to heal and move forward.

I read this book two years ago and I am still amazed by the lasting impact it has on my view of the indestructible power of women.


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Attrib. and Other Stories By Eley Williams Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593312353
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Published: Anchor - May 18th, 2021

16 stories, 16 different kinds of love, loss, longing, and losing your heart and mind in Williams' magnificent prose and plots. This read was a pure rollercoaster of emotions for me and I am still stunned by the balance of this collection.


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Anna K: A Love Story By Jenny Lee Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250236449
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Published: Flatiron Books - March 23rd, 2021

Anna K is a fascinating, modern take on Tolstoj's classic novel Anna Karenina. In this well-written novel Lee takes all the drama, the emotions and the social commentary from 19th century Russia to the New York of today. This setting adds even more layers to the story and makes it easily relatable for all readers.

It's a great read for anyone who loves Anna Karenina or likes to get to know her story through a modern lens.