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    All In Book Cover Picture
    All In Book Cover Picture

    All In

    by Billie Jean King, Johnette Howard and Maryanne Vollers

    In this spirited account, Billie Jean King details her life’s journey to find her true self. The result is an inspiring and intimate self-portrait of the champion of equality that encompasses her brilliant tennis career, unwavering activism, and an ongoing commitment to fairness and social justice.
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    All In Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $30.00

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    They'll Never Catch Us Book Cover Picture
    They'll Never Catch Us Book Cover Picture

    They’ll Never Catch Us

    by Jessica Goodman

    From rising star Jessica Goodman, author of They Wish They Were Us, comes a new fast-paced thriller about two sisters vying for the top spot on their cross-country team—until a teammate’s disappearance throws their lives off course.
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    They'll Never Catch Us Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $17.99

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    Velvet Was the Night Book Cover Picture
    Velvet Was the Night Book Cover Picture

    Velvet Was the Night

    by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

    From the bestselling author of Mexican Gothic comes an edgy, simmering historical novel for lovers of smoky noirs and anti-heroes. Velvet Was the Night introduces a daydreaming secretary, a lonesome enforcer, and the mystery of a missing woman they’re both desperate to find.
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    Velvet Was the Night Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Take Me With You When You Go Book Cover Picture

    Take Me With You When You Go

    by David Levithan and Jennifer Niven

    Ezra Ahern wakes up one day to find his older sister, Bea, gone. He never expected to be left behind with their abusive stepfather and neglectful mother—how is he supposed to navigate life without Bea? Together and apart, broken by abuse but connected by love, this brother and sister must learn to trust themselves before they can find a way back to each other.
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    Take Me With You When You Go Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $18.99

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    Power Play Book Cover Picture

    Power Play

    by Tim Higgins

    The outrageous inside story of Elon Musk and Tesla’s bid to build the world’s greatest car. A story of power, recklessness, struggle, and triumph, Power Play is an exhilarating look at how a team of eccentrics and innovators beat the odds—and changed the future.
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    Power Play Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $30.00

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    Dark Waters Book Cover Picture

    Dark Waters

    by Katherine Arden

    Until next time. That was the chilling promise made to Ollie, Coco, and Brian after they outsmarted the smiling man at Mount Hemlock Resort. And as the trio knows, the smiling man always keeps his promises. In Dark Waters, bestselling author Katherine Arden returns with another creepy, spine-tingling adventure in this follow-up to the critically acclaimed Small Spaces and Dead Voices.
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    Dark Waters Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $16.99

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    We Were Never Here Book Cover Picture
    We Were Never Here Book Cover Picture

    We Were Never Here

    by Andrea Bartz

    A backpacking trip has deadly consequences in this “eerie psychological thriller…with alluring locales, Hitchcockian tension, and possibly the best pair of female leads since Thelma and Louise” (BookPage), from the bestselling author of The Lost Night and The Herd.
    We Were Never Here Book Cover Picture
    We Were Never Here Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Pizza and Taco: Super-Awesome Comic! Book Cover Picture
    Pizza and Taco: Super-Awesome Comic! Book Cover Picture

    Pizza and Taco: Super-Awesome Comic!

    by Stephen Shaskan

    Besties Pizza and Taco are back in Book 3, putting their drawing skills—and wild imaginations—to good use writing a comic book together! But what happens when they run up against “artistic differences?” Can these two strong-willed foodstuffs compromise and make a comic that is more awesome than the sum of its parts?
    Pizza and Taco: Super-Awesome Comic! Book Cover Picture
    Pizza and Taco: Super-Awesome Comic! Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $9.99

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    Songs for the Flames Book Cover Picture
    Songs for the Flames Book Cover Picture

    Songs for the Flames

    by Juan Gabriel Vasquez

    The characters in Songs for the Flames are men and women touched by violence—sometimes directly, sometimes only in passing—but whose lives are changed forever, consumed by fire and by unexpected encounters and unyielding forces.
    Songs for the Flames Book Cover Picture
    Songs for the Flames Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    The Other Me Book Cover Picture

    The Other Me

    by Sarah Zachrich Jeng

    One minute Kelly’s a free-spirited artist in Chicago. The next, she opens a door and mysteriously emerges in her Michigan hometown. Suddenly her life is unrecognizable: She’s got twelve years of the wrong memories in her head and she’s married to a man she barely knows. But the closer Kelly gets to putting the pieces together, the more her reality seems to shift. And if she can’t figure out what happened, it could cost her everything.
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    The Other Me Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    Ghosts Book Cover Picture

    Ghosts

    by Dolly Alderton

    A smart, sexy, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy about ex-boyfriends, imperfect parents, friends with kids, and a man who disappears the moment he says “I love you.” Ghosts is a whip-smart tale of relationships and modern life.
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    Ghosts Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Twinkle Twinkle Little Kid Book Cover Picture
    Twinkle Twinkle Little Kid Book Cover Picture

    Twinkle Twinkle Little Kid

    by Drew Daywalt

    Everyone knows that kids wish upon stars, but did you know that stars wish upon kids, too? From the author of the blockbuster hit The Day the Crayons Quit and the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Molly Idle comes a hilarious and heartfelt story about finding friendship in the most unexpected places.
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    Twinkle Twinkle Little Kid Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $17.99

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    Ladyparts Book Cover Picture

    Ladyparts

    by Deborah Copaken

    Deborah Copaken is at her darkly comedic nadir: battered, broke, divorcing, dissected, and dying—literally—on sexism’s battlefield as she scoops up when she believes to be her internal organs into a glass container before heading off to the hospital…in an UberPool. Side-splittingly funny one minute, a freak horror show the next, quintessentially American, Ladyparts is an era-defining memoir for our time.
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    Ladyparts Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $29.99

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    Fast Pitch Book Cover Picture

    Fast Pitch

    by Nic Stone

    A challenging and heartwarming coming-of-age story about a softball player looking to prove herself on and off the field, from bestselling author Nic Stone.
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    Fast Pitch Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $17.99

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    The Family Firm Book Cover Picture

    The Family Firm

    by Emily Oster

    In The Family Firm, Brown professor of economics and mom of two Emily Oster offers a classic business school framework for data-driven parents to think more deliberately about the key issues of the elementary years: school, health, extracurricular activities, and more.
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    The Family Firm Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Leave Society Book Cover Picture

    Leave Society

    by Tao Lin

    Leave Society is a bold portrait of a writer working to balance all of his lives—artist, son, loner—as he spins the ordinary into something monumental. An engrossing, hopeful novel about life, fiction, and where the two blur together.
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    Leave Society Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    Here We Are: Book of Animals Book Cover Picture

    Here We Are: Book of Animals

    by Oliver Jeffers

    From Oliver Jeffers, world-renowned picture book creator of the #1 New York Times bestseller Here We Are, comes a charming board book companion all about the animals we share our planet with, from A to Z!
    Here We Are: Book of Animals Book Cover Picture
    Here We Are: Book of Animals Book Cover Picture

    Board Book
    $9.99

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    Paradise Book Cover Picture

    Paradise

    by Lizzie Johnson

    On November 8, 2018, the people of Paradise, California, awoke to a mottled gray sky and gusty winds. The definitive firsthand account of California’s Camp Fire, the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century, Paradise is a riveting examination of what went wrong and how to avert future tragedies as the climate crisis unfolds.
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    Paradise Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    A Lesson in Vengeance Book Cover Picture
    A Lesson in Vengeance Book Cover Picture

    A Lesson in Vengeance

    by Victoria Lee

    A dark, twisty thriller about a centuries-old, ivy-covered boarding school haunted by its history of witchcraft and two girls dangerously close to digging up the past. The dangerous romance and atmospheric setting makes it a perfect read for fans of dark academia.
    A Lesson in Vengeance Book Cover Picture
    A Lesson in Vengeance Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $18.99

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    Complications Book Cover Picture

    Complications

    by Danielle Steel

    Danielle Steel tells an unforgettable story about a famed Parisian hotel, where a few complications quickly escalate into a matter of life and death, changing the lives of everyone who passes through its doors.
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    Complications Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.99

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    The Heart Principle Book Cover Picture
    The Heart Principle Book Cover Picture

    The Heart Principle

    by Helen Hoang

    A woman struggling with burnout learns to embrace the unexpected—and the man she enlists to help her—in this heartfelt new romance by bestselling author Helen Hoang.
    The Heart Principle Book Cover Picture
    The Heart Principle Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    The Turnout Book Cover Picture

    The Turnout

    by Megan Abbott

    A revelatory and mesmerizing new novel set against the hothouse of a family-run ballet studio. Taut and unnerving, The Turnout is Megan Abbott at the height of her game. With uncanny insight and hypnotic writing, it is a sharp and strange dissection of family ties and sexuality, femininity and power, and a tale that is both alarming and irresistible.
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    The Turnout Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Alpha Book Cover Picture

    Alpha

    by David Philipps

    An epic account of the Navy SEALs of Alpha platoon, the startling accusations against their chief, Eddie Gallagher, and the courtroom battle that exposed the dark underbelly of America’s special forces. A page-turning tale of battle, honor, and betrayal, Alpha is a remarkable exposé of the fault lines fracturing a country that has been at war for a generation and counting.
    Alpha Book Cover Picture
    Alpha Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.99

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    Center Center

    by James Whiteside

    A daring, joyous, and inspiring memoir-in-essays from the American Ballet Theatre’s principal dancer-slash-drag queen-slash-pop star who’s redefining what it means to be a man in ballet.
    Center Center Book Cover Picture
    Center Center Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    A Slow Fire Burning Book Cover Picture

    A Slow Fire Burning

    by Paula Hawkins

    When a young man is found gruesomely murdered in a London houseboat, it triggers questions about the three women who knew him. Three women who are—for different reasons—simmering with resentment. Who are, whether they know it or not, burning to right the wrongs done to them. When it comes to revenge, even good people might be capable of terrible deeds.
    A Slow Fire Burning Book Cover Picture
    A Slow Fire Burning Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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