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Holiday Picks

Our booksellers' recommended holiday reads to give or receive!

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Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death: Grantchester Mysteries 1 By James Runcie Cover Image
$18.00
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ISBN: 9781608198566
Published: Bloomsbury USA - April 24th, 2012

Under the Radar: Vicar sleuth solves crimes, provides excitement, British history, and profound understanding of life, human frailty, and passions. Inspired must-see BBC series.

— David

 


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Romeo and/or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure By Ryan North Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9781101983300
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - June 7th, 2016

Under the Radar – Romeo and Juliet as a choose-your-own-adventure book. So good and so funny. You can read hundreds of different versions of this story in hilarious plot lines varying from a traditional (and accessible!) Shakespeare to robot Romeo to ninja attacks, to happy ever-afters, to nurse side adventures. So much fun!

— Kelly


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An Excess Male: A Novel By Maggie Shen King Cover Image
$16.63
ISBN: 9780062662552
Availability: Not in Stock, Available for Special Order
Published: Harper Voyager - September 12th, 2017

Under the Radar — Thoughtful and engaging story of the challenges of family building in a near future ultra-state-controlled China where gender selection has led to an extreme disparity in men & women. 

— Maryelizabeth


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Mara, Daughter of the Nile By Eloise Jarvis McGraw Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780140319293
Availability: Not in Stock, Available for Special Order
Published: Puffin Books - October 1st, 1985

Under the Radar I — This book is a gem that I have read between 10 to 15 times. It's a treasure that I turn to on a bad day that will whisk me away and make everything better.

— Constance

 

 


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What the Hell Did I Just Read: A Novel of Cosmic Horror (John Dies at the End #3) By David Wong, Jason Pargin Cover Image
Unavailable to Order
ISBN: 9781250040206
Availability: Out of Print
Published: St. Martin's Press - October 3rd, 2017

Under the Radar — I am pleased to say that the third title in the John and Dave series is as absurd and horrific as the first two. This one has all the insanity we come to expect from Wong, but this one has the best storytelling yet.

— Sam


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The Alice Network: A Reese's Book Club Pick By Kate Quinn Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062654199
Availability: Not in Stock, Available for Special Order
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 6th, 2017

Under the Radar –  This story pulled me in from the very beginning. Lies, betrayal, danger, intrigue. All these pieces of the puzzle unite in a tale peppered with real people, places and events; if you are a history buff you may wish to write down some of the names and places to look up afterwards.

–  Christine

 

 


Strange the Dreamer By Laini Taylor Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780316341684
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 28th, 2017

Best of 2017 – Lazlo Strange: Orphan. Reader. Dreamer. Ever since a book of fairy tales fell off a shelf and broke his nose, Lazlo has read and dreamed of lost cities and extraordinary heroes—especially of the land of Weep, a city once full of magic but now lost to the world. Lost, that is, until now. The plot and action of this book moves slowly—but in its beautiful, enchanting slowness, I fell in love with reading all over again. Laini Taylor is a master wordsmith and throughout her story she pulls on the threads of enchantment, weaving a tale of sorrow and beauty, love and hate, wonder and bewitchment. A story intricately written and intimately read. 

— Kelly & Maryelizabeth


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They Both Die at the End (They Both Die at the End Series #1) By Adam Silvera Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780062457790
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Published: Quill Tree Books - September 5th, 2017

Best of 2017  —  This book is utterly witty and dark, yet touching and enlightening. Adam Silvera teaches us to live life to the fullest, for you never know when it’ll come to a devastating end. This story sucks you in from the very beginning and leaves you breathless at the very end. This book touched my heart like none other.

— Kaitlyn


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Glass Houses: A Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel #13) By Louise Penny Cover Image
$31.89
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ISBN: 9781250066190
Published: Minotaur Books - August 29th, 2017

Best of 2017 [Mystery] — enny won the Anthony award and the Agatha award five times each for this stellar series - enough said.

— Kim


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The Thirst: A Harry Hole Novel (Harry Hole Series) By Jo Nesbo, Neil Smith (Translated by) Cover Image
By Jo Nesbo, Neil Smith (Translated by)
$26.95
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ISBN: 9780385352161
Published: Knopf - May 9th, 2017

Best of 2017 [Thriller] — Harry Hole vs. a deranged vampirist serial killer - Nordic noir meets Stephen King.

— Kim


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The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel (Winternight Trilogy #1) By Katherine Arden Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781101885956
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Del Rey - June 27th, 2017

Poems Are Made of This –  Magical Russia condensed in a single, glittering, literary jewel.

— David


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The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library Novel #1) By Genevieve Cogman Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781101988640
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Published: Ace - June 14th, 2016

Fast and Fun I – Only time-spanning librarians can balance order / dragons & chaos / elves

— David


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Linesman (A Linesman Novel #1) By S. K. Dunstall Cover Image
$7.99
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ISBN: 9780425279526
Published: Ace - June 30th, 2015

Fast and Fun II – Spaceships with multiple intelligences, psychic crewmen to sense them, and galactic war – what more to ask for?

— David


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Witchy Eye (Witchy War #1) By D.J. Butler Cover Image
$27.50
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ISBN: 9781476782119
Published: Baen - March 7th, 2017

Fast and Fun III –  American history reimagined as a fabulous polyglot of folklores, with a pell-mell plot. So wow.

— David


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Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers By Taisia Kitaiskaia, Katy Horan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Taisia Kitaiskaia, Katy Horan (Illustrator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781580056731
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Published: Seal Press - October 10th, 2017

Quirkiest Book of 2017 – This little illustrated book is perfect: gorgeous, magical, dreamlike. Each woman writer is painted and described in a beautiful witchy light. I bought this as soon as I saw it.

— Kelly


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Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction By Grady Hendrix Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781594749810
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Quirk Books - September 19th, 2017

Quirkiest Books of 2017 I —  A feast for fright fans, celebrating the amazing cover art and twisted history of '70s and '80s Horror fiction.

— Rob 


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H.P. Lovecraft's the Call of Cthulhu for Beginning Readers By R. J. Ivankovic Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781568821122
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Published: Chaosium - October 1st, 2023

Quirkiest Books of 2017 II — A tentacular retelling of Lovecraft's defining story of cosmic horror in the style of Dr. Seuss. Brilliant fun!

— Rob


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It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel By Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor Cover Image
$21.99
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ISBN: 9780062476050
Published: Harper Perennial - October 17th, 2017

Quirkiest Book of 2017 — In the bizarre desert town of Night Vale, there is a House That Doesn't Exist. It seems like it exists, like it's just right there when you look at it, and it's between two other identical houses, so it would make more sense for it to be there than not. And now, something seems to be coming through! Can Carlos and his scientists solve the mystery before the entire town is consumed by the Smiling God?

— Gary

 

 


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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow By Jessica Townsend Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316508889
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 31st, 2017

Quirky Pick for the Youths – 

A “cursed” girl gets rescued from her fate by a whimsical mentor.  Imaginative and surreal, great for those who love the worlds of JK Rowling, Neil Gaiman, or Roald Dahl!

— Darcy


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The Once and Future King (Penguin Galaxy) By T. H. White, Neil Gaiman (Introduction by) Cover Image
By T. H. White, Neil Gaiman (Introduction by)
$32.00
ISBN: 9780143111610
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - October 25th, 2016

Perennial Favorite –  This is the book I gift almost every year. It’s the book I read over and over. It’s the book I want the world to read. King Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot, and a perfect, tragic exploration of humanity.

— Kelly


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The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun By J.R.R. Tolkien, Verlyn Flieger (Editor) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328834546
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - November 7th, 2017

Big Book for the End of the Year –  Published for the first time, here is a short, but beautiful poem that Tolkien wrote in the 1930’s. Chivalric, witchy, and utterly imaginative. A must have for die-hard Tolkien readers.

— Kelly


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The Power By Naomi Alderman Cover Image
$26.00
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ISBN: 9780316547611
Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 10th, 2017

Join the Resistance – What would the world look like if men—not women— lived in constant fear of their physical safety? The Power is a terrifying, yet illuminating book that flips a very real issue on its head.

— Kelly


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Collected Millar: The Tom Aragon Novels: Ask for Me Tomorrow; The Murder of Miranda; Mermaid By Margaret Millar Cover Image
$19.79
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ISBN: 9781681990293
Published: Soho Syndicate - January 10th, 2017

Timeless Noir — Mexican-American lawyer Tom Aragon deals with prejudice, the actions of the entitled and their inevitable consequences, and, of course, crime, in a sterling collection of one of the genre’s finest authors.

— Maryelizabeth


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The Emerald Circus By Jane Yolen, Holly Black (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Jane Yolen, Holly Black (Introduction by)
$15.95
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ISBN: 9781616962739
Published: Tachyon Publications - November 14th, 2017

For a Quick Read – A collection of magical short stories that provide opportunities to escape with new visions of familiar characters and traditional tales in one’s limited time.

— Maryelizabeth


The Scarecrow Princess By Federico Rossi Edrig, Andrea Colvin (Editor), Federico Rossi Edrig (Artist) Cover Image
$14.99
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ISBN: 9781941302422
Published: Magnetic Press - June 23rd, 2020

Graphic Novel Spotlight – Morrigan Moore, the personification of teen ennui, unwillingly accompanies her writer mother and elder brother on their move to a small town to immerse themselves in the local legend of the rapacious King of Crows, and the Scarecrow Prince who opposes him. 

— Maryelizabeth


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Descender Volume 1: Tin Stars By Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen (By (artist)) Cover Image
By Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen (By (artist))
$9.99
ISBN: 9781632154262
Availability: Not in Stock, Available for Special Order
Published: Image Comics - September 22nd, 2015

Graphic Novel Spotlight — A complex tale focusing on the relationship between man and machine, this story follows the tale of companion bot Tim-21 as he tries to find his place in the universe after the brutal eradication of his kind. 

— Gary


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Akira 1 By Katsuhiro Otomo Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781935429005
Availability: Backordered
Published: Kodansha Comics - October 13th, 2009

Graphic Novel Spotlight — 

With all the talk surrounding Blade Runner, it is a great time to revisit this cyberpunk masterpiece. The movie is strange but amazing, but the book series has so much more story to tell.

— Sam


The Whispering Room: A Jane Hawk Novel By Dean Koontz Cover Image
$28.00
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ISBN: 9780345546807
Published: Bantam - November 21st, 2017

My Favorite Scary Future Scenario —The new Jane Hawk series by Dean Koontz leading off with The Silent Corner , followed by The Whispering Room, are a couple of the scariest books I’ve read, with no creepy supernaturals, just creepy humans.

— Linda


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Taste of Marrow (River of Teeth #2) By Sarah Gailey Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780765395252
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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Published: Tordotcom - September 12th, 2017

The Best New Series Featuring Hippo Wranglers — River of Teeth and Taste of Marrow by Sarah Gailey feature an alternate 1890’s America where feral hippos have run amok in the bayous and professional hippo wranglers (riding their tame hippos) chase the very dangerous animals down. Think of a relationship between human and horse.

— Linda

 


Forever and a Death By Donald E. Westlake Cover Image
$22.99
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ISBN: 9781785654237
Published: Hard Case Crime - June 13th, 2017

Posthumous Publications I Deem Marvelous Fun I — Donald Westlake’s Forever and a Death  is a wonderful espionage, chase thriller with bad guy businessman Richard Curtis seeking revenge on Hong Kong after Chinese rule was restored and he was no longer welcome there. Donald Westlake was a terrific storyteller and this escapist fun is a fine example of his writing skill. And the cover is great!

— Linda


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Dragon Teeth: A Novel By Michael Crichton Cover Image
$9.99
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ISBN: 9780062473363
Published: Harper - November 28th, 2017

Posthumous Publications I Deem Marvelous Fun II — Michael Crichton’s Dragon Teeth  is based on the rivalry, known as the Bone Wars, between real-life paleontologists Edwin Cope and Otheniel Marsh and takes place in the 1876’s Wild West. Both are heading expeditions to the western territories, and William Johnson, a Yale student of privilege, decides to tag along with Marsh’s group. A giant skeleton and an enormous tooth are discovered, setting off archeologist rivalries, Indians, thieves, and a famous Western character or two. 

— Linda

 


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Green Rider By Kristen Britain Cover Image
$11.99
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ISBN: 9780886778583
Published: DAW - April 1st, 2000

Backlist Fave — From start to finish I couldn’t help turning the pages. When I had finished, all I wanted was to start at the beginning again and delve back into Britain’s world. This is one of my absolute favorite books and a must read for fantasy lovers.

— Constance


 


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Storm Front (Dresden Files #1) By Jim Butcher Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780451457813
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ace - April 1st, 2000

Backlist Fave I – First in the series.  A fun urban fantasy series with a super likeable protagonist and awesome world-building.  Great for binge reading!

– Darcy

 


The Complete Gormenghast Novels: The Fantasy Classic Trilogy By Mervyn Peake Cover Image
$31.95
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ISBN: 9780879516284
Published: The Overlook Press - December 1st, 1995

Backlist Fave II – Lush prose and quirky, memorable characters and setting.  One of my favorite obscure titles!

– Darcy


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The Book Thief By Markus Zusak Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780375842207
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 11th, 2007

Backlist Fave —  This is by far one of my favorite books of all time. It is breathtaking and beautifully written with its unique narrative style. This novel truly changed my life, and I read it at the beginning of every year. It has never failed to touch or enlighten me. Trust me, you’re going to want to read it over and over again.

— Kaitlyn


Sleeping Beauties: A Novel By Stephen King, Owen King Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781501163401
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Published: Scribner - September 26th, 2017

Rob’s Featured Nightmare for the End of Year — Father and Son present an apocalyptic epic of SF/Horror and feminist power.

— Rob

 

 


The Krampus and the Old, Dark Christmas: Roots and Rebirth of the Folkloric Devil By Al Ridenour, Sean Tejaratchi (Designed by) Cover Image
By Al Ridenour, Sean Tejaratchi (Designed by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781627310345
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Published: Feral House - October 4th, 2016

Stimulating Topics —  A lavishly illustrated history of Krampus, the beast who comes for naughty children in Germanic folklore.  A true nightmare before Christmas!

— Rob & Kelly


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Hunted By Meagan Spooner Cover Image
$17.99
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ISBN: 9780062422286
Published: HarperTeen - March 14th, 2017

Hot New Title II — I was not expecting to fall in love, but whole heartedly did, with these characters as well as the author’s eloquent writing. It’s a beautiful story with a strong female protagonist where the roles of the Hunted and hunter are constantly shifting in an exquisite dance.

— Constance

 


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The Last Namsara (Iskari #1) By Kristen Ciccarelli Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062567987
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Published: HarperTeen - October 3rd, 2017

Hot New Title III — From the world-building to the mix of harsh and gentle characters that come together to weave this tale of growth and change, I was a fan. The Last Namsara shows the power of stories and makes you feel a full range of emotions including hope, the hope that dark futures can be changed and that we can learn and grow into the people we want to be, not the people we are told to be.

— Constance


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Warcross By Marie Lu Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399547966
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 12th, 2017

Hot New Title — Ready for a wild ride? This book will take you on an adventure like no other. I enjoyed diving into the world of Warcross, for I felt like I was a player in the game. If you love sports, travel, or video games, then this book is perfect for you. I couldn’t believe it when I finished it, all I wanted is more.

— Kaitlyn


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The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures By Aaron Mahnke Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781524797966
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Published: Del Rey - October 10th, 2017

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) — Our world is full of tales of monsters and mystery. In Monstrous Creatures, Aaron Mahnke explores the origins of our most common supernatural beings in this beautiful, illustrated book! He's done all the hard research, so you don't have to! 

— Gary


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From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars) By Renée Ahdieh, Meg Cabot, Pierce Brown, Nnedi Okorafor, Sabaa Tahir Cover Image
$36.00
ISBN: 9780345511478
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Published: Random House Worlds - October 3rd, 2017

Star Wars! I — Forty incredible new short stories from forty of the best novelists, actors, and podcasters to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the Star Wars saga! This book spans the galaxy! What's not to like?

— Gary


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Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders By Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, Ella Morton Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780761169086
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Workman Publishing Company - September 20th, 2016

On Beyond the Galaxy’s Genres I —This tome celebrates the most curious locales around the world. With compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, charts and maps, it's everything for those trivia lovers, armchair travelers, and just plain curious readers.

— Linda


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The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC's (the Hard Way) By Patrick McDonnell (By (artist)) Cover Image
By Patrick McDonnell (By (artist))
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316502467
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2017

On Beyond the Galaxy’s Genres II —In this nearly wordless alphabet book, a little red cat runs away and gets caught up in a wild chase that goes everywhere from A to Z and back home again. Read this one with your cat(s) settled on your lap.

— Linda