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The Body Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781982103538
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Published: Scribner - June 5th, 2018

The novella that inspired Stand By Me tells the story of a group of young friends that set out on an adventure to find the body of a boy who mysteriously went missing. What follows is a perfect coming-of-age story that will make you want to lace up your high-top Converse and take a walk down memory lane. A tale of hungry leeches, a pie-eating contest that ends in a total barf-o-rama and some really cool kids.


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The Wild Birds Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781945572753
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Published: Rare Bird Books, a Barnacle Book - March 13th, 2018

Three intertwining stories of coming of age in the American West. Beginning in 1870’s San Francisco a young woman named Olive must disguise herself as a man in order to take on a job as a lighthouse keeper. Olive’s story weaves with Victor’s and Lily’s unique and complicated search for home. Beautiful natural settings paired with Strelow’s ability to capture the intricacies of loss are both delicate and illuminating. 


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The Education of a Coroner: Lessons in Investigating Death Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501168239
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Published: Scribner - August 7th, 2018

Bay Area Writer John Bateson profiles coroner Ken Holmes diving deep info Holmes’ 35 year career as Marin County’s top coroner. Bateson’s research is extensive, with the inclusion of over 800 case files and multiple interviews with Holmes. Cases range from celebrity murders to the deaths of San Quentin’s most notorious prisoners. A riveting look at the politics of death.


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Warlight: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525521198
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Published: Knopf - May 8th, 2018

Set among the rubble of post-WW II London, Warlight is lyrically luminous and hauntingly atmospheric. After their parents move to Singapore, 14 year old Nathaniel and 16 year old Rachel are left in the care of their mother's mysterious acquaintances, The Moth and the Pimlico Darter. Warlight is a misty and dramatic coming-of-age story full of reflections on the sober realities of postwar life.


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By Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lucia Graves (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143034902
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Published: Penguin Books - January 25th, 2005

Set in the wake of the Spanish Civil War in 1945 Barcelona this book is a wander through a dimly lit, misty, cobbled street. Fantastical and haunting, we follow Daniel, the son of a rare book dealer, who journeys to find all the novels written by the mysterious author Julian Carax only to find someone has been destroying them. A smoky, thrilling read that will transport you to another time.


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Campfire Stories: Tales from America's National Parks Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781680511444
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Published: Mountaineers Books - August 1st, 2018

A delightful collection of stories about America's favorite National Parks. Drawing on fiction, poetry, myths, songs and essays, Campfire Stories is a magical addition to any nature lover's library. From Terry Tempest William's reflection on her autumn spent in Acadia National Park to Curt Buchholtz's satirical story of Rocky Mountain's secret Elk Study team, these stories are to be read aloud under the stars.


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How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals Cover Image
By Sy Montgomery, Rebecca Green (Illustrator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780544938328
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 25th, 2018

Author of Soul of an Octopus and naturalist Sy Montgomery, delves into the menagerie of animals that have transformed her life. Paired with the whimsical drawings from illustrator Rebecca Green, this book highlights the unique lessons in living that animals provide us with. From spiders, pigs and dogs Montgomery illuminates the joy and sometimes heartbreak of even the smallest critters in our lives. 


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Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400083039
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Published: Three Rivers Press - December 4th, 2007

Rolling Stone contributing editor Rob Sheffield tracks his past mix tapes through the 80's and 90's. An intertwining story of falling love and the sudden loss of his wife illustrates how music can preserve single moments as well as help us heal. Each mix tape's collection of songs is both nostalgic and unpretentious displaying Sheffield's true and unfiltered love of music, cool and cheesy, loud and mushy.


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The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101911532
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Published: Vintage - January 30th, 2018

This is the story of the Maine "hermit" Christopher Knight who left his job and family at the age of 20 to live in the Maine wilderness where he remained for the next 27 years. Finkel lushly describes Knight's campsite including it's many luxuries including a television and portable radio. Knight's story is both intriguing and disheartening. This book will have you asking yourself, can we ever be truly alone?


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How to Fall in Love with Anyone: A Memoir in Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501137457
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 26th, 2018

Author of the popular New York Times essay, "To Fall in Love with Anyone Do This", Catron reflects on her past relationships as well as her parent's divorce to uncover what it means to be in and out of love. Drawing from film, history, psychology and music, Catron breaks down our idea of love in an engaging and personal way.


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Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316399265
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - September 4th, 2018

Joyful gives readers a look at the way everyday objects and experiences bring us joy. Whether it is the happiness that comes from confetti sent through the mail or the way a circular room can bring a sense of serenity, joy can be found in almost every moment of our lives. This book will make you take note of life's small details maybe even make your day-to-day a little bit more fun (hint: more glitter).


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Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780385349949
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Published: Knopf - March 11th, 2013

Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandburg looks at the modern workplace and the challenges it poses for women. Insightful and motivating, Sandburg offers solutions for how to make the most out of your career without feeling discouraged. A perfect book for recent graduates or any woman in your life looking to further challenge herself in her career. All sales of this book go toward LeanIn.org, a nonprofit to empower women!