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    Sky Raiders (Five Kingdoms #1)

    Brandon Mull 9781442497009
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    Shotgun Lovesongs

    Nickolas Butler 9781250039811
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    The Intern's Handbook

    Shane Kuhn 9781476733807
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    The Interestings

    Meg Wolitzer 9781594632341
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    Half Bad (Half Bad Trilogy #1)

    Sally Green 9780670016785

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The Intern's Handbook
The Intern's Handbook
by Shane Kuhn
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Lightning fast with dark humor, this book will grab your attention and keep you up at night. Professional assassin John Lago has written The Intern's Handbook for novice assassins who join highly successful firms as innocuous interns so that they can get close to their targets. "You'll go to interesting places. You'll meet unique and stimulating people from all walks of life. And kill them."
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The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
by Dan Santat
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When, on the island of imaginary friends, Beekle gets tired of waiting to be imagined by a real child, he sets off to do the unimaginable — find her, himself. With sweeping illustrations, Beekle is a sweet tale of adventure and imagination.
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Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well (Even When It Is Off Base, Unfair, Poorly Delivered, And, Frankly, You'
Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well (Even When It Is Off Base, Unfair, Poorly Delivered, And, Frankly, You'
by Douglas Stone
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Another gem from the authors of Difficult Conversations, this great read is for professionals and anyone looking to improve their relationships through better communication. If you've ever wondered in frustration, Why did they say that?, then this is the book for you.
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Flash Boys
Flash Boys
by Michael Lewis
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Lewis yet again pens an investigative and insightful story of money and finance, proving once more his skill at capturing what defines our era.
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Dreams of Gods and Monsters
Dreams of Gods and Monsters
by Laini Taylor
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The brutally epic finish to this visceral trilogy shimmers with momentary beauties. Hosts of angels reveal themselves to Earth, as rebel chimaera band together with Misbegotten in a final stand against the war tearing their world apart. All the while, our swoony (but damaged!) protagonists struggle to reconcile their love, lives, and destinies.
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The Plover
The Plover
by Brian Doyle
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From the author of Mink River, a jaunty, modernist take on the seafaring yarn, complete with a grizzled boat captain, resident gull, and prose that sparkles and leaps like the ocean waves it travels.
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The Nethergrim
The Nethergrim
by Matthew Jobin
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An original and subtle tale by a debut author, this is the story of Katherine, Tom, and Edmund, three unlikely heroes who stand forth to battle an ancient evil threatening everyone's lives. Entertainingly told with many unique features, The Nethergrim reads like a classic.
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Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything
Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything
by Barbara Ehrenreich
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Ehrenreich's latest is a bit of a departure from her political and sociological work, but her voice is as engaging and passionate as ever. An intensely personal yet rigorously thoughtful examination of mystical experience, Living with a Wild God is a unique and fascinating look at the inexplicable.
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The Here and Now
The Here and Now
by Ann Brashares
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Prenna James has a secret. She's from the future, part of a group that traveled back in time to escape a deadly plague. When Prenna falls in love with Ethan, her carefully constructed life quickly unravels into a gripping adventure.
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The Empathy Exams: Essays
The Empathy Exams: Essays
by Leslie Jamison
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Leslie Jamison is a marvel. The essays that make up this collection are wise, uncomfortable, beautiful, humane, and utterly absorbing. They demand an investigation of the reader's own heart. I can't think of another book I've recommended to so many people so fiercely. I'm already happy to declare it the best nonfiction book of 2014.
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Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs
Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs
by David Grimm
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Citizen Canine is a very readable account of our fur-babies, a passionate ode to pets as well as a dispassionate historical view of animals in our human world. It's not just about dogs, but cats and all the other nonhumans we've invited into our homes.
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Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish
Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish
by David Rakoff
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A novel told in verse? This type of thing usually makes me want to claw my eyes out. I'm a serious skeptic: Is this a gimmick? Pretentious? A plea for attention? Normally, I'd say yes, but Rakoff is amazingly magical here. The story of several folks who are loosely connected, these short pieces have the feeling of pulling back a curtain in order to sneak a peek into someone else's (sometimes intensely) private moments.

The verse form itself requires an unyielding, unforgiving adherence to language, structure, and syntax, which Rakoff skates through with remarkable insight (and a sly nod to Jerome Kern here and there!). It is both hilarious and heartbreaking, and unbelievably — to this curmudgeon — this tiny book is perfection.
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The Polar Express
The Polar Express
by Chris Van Allsburg
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Could a bookseller's favorite book really be a children's Christmas picture book? I am often asked to name my favorite book — an impossible question to answer, really — and I find myself mentioning The Polar Express time and again (not without... (read more)

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie
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Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where... (read more)

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The Lives of Things
The Lives of Things
by Jose Saramago
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Originally published in Portuguese in 1978 (as Objecto Quase), The Lives of Things collects six short stories that are amongst the earliest of José Saramago's writings to have yet been translated into English. Released the year after Manual of Painting and Calligraphy (long out of print in English, but recently republished) and some four years before his epic Baltasar and Blimunda, The Lives of Things finds the Portuguese Nobel laureate experimenting with and developing the style that would later come to define his career. Saramago seldom wrote in the short story format, so in addition to glimpsing some of his earlier writing, this volume also makes for a curious entry in a body of work made up of predominantly full-length novels.

As with much of his fiction, the half dozen tales in The Lives of Things are richly imagined allegories, a few of which are informed by Saramago's characteristic political sensibilities. The collection's first story, "The Chair," is a thinly veiled reference to longtime Portuguese prime minister António de Oliveira Salazar (whose repressive and authoritarian regime informed much of Saramago's work), and the resulting brain hemorrhage he suffered after falling from a chair. "Embargo" (the inspiration for a 2010 Portuguese film of the same name) is a clever story about a man unable to depart from his automobile, despite his best intentions and futile attempts. "Things," the book's longest story, blends elements often associated with both Kafka and Orwell into a surreal tale of governmental fearmongering and excess. "Reflux" is a satire similar to Jacques Jouet's Mountain R (though predating it by a quarter century) in which the government undertakes an ambitious project notably lacking in sensibility. "The Centaur," earlier anthologized in Telling Tales (a 2004 collection edited by fellow Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer to raise funds for international HIV/AIDS research, education, and treatments), imagines the extinction of the mythical centaur, as the last of its kind is pursued and hunted down.

While The Lives of Things does not carry within it the import or brilliance of Saramago's later and more accomplished works, it does afford readers a unique look into his development as a writer. Already evident in these stories are Saramago's unrestrained imagination and expressive charm, as well as an incipient style that would distinguish his fiction and attract accolades aplenty. The Lives of Things leaves one wondering whether Saramago, always the engaging storyteller, could have excelled as greatly in the short story format as he did with their lengthier brethren had he invested himself as deeply in the medium. As an author whose output included journalism, poetry, drama, travel writing, essays, and diaries, the answer is a seemingly affirmative one, since Saramago, perhaps above all, tirelessly sought to capture and consider the many (often conflicting) aspects of what being human is all about.

*Rendered from the Portuguese by Giovanni Pontiero, Saramago's longtime English translator until his death in 1996.
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Mage Knight Board Game
Mage Knight Board Game
by WizKids
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This is one of the best games I've ever played. Complete with epic fantasy and plenty of strategy, and long enough to satisfy your gaming urges for at least 3 to 6 hours.
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The Pigeon Needs a Bath! (Pigeon)
The Pigeon Needs a Bath! (Pigeon)
by Mo Willems
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"I feel clean," the pigeon says. "Maybe YOU need a bath!" Kids and grown-ups alike will laugh out loud at this hilarious tale about a dirty, stinky, stubborn, argumentative, and completely lovable pigeon who will do anything to avoid taking a bath.
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    by Peter Stark
  5. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
    by Elizabeth Kolbert

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