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BUY-weekly recommendations: February 25-March 8

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Introducing our newest recommendation format, our BUY-weekly recommendations! Every other week, we will have a list of 5-8 books for your perusal to see which one of these catches your eye. Enjoy!

Noodlephant Cover Image
By Jacob Kramer, K-Fai Steele (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781592702664
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Enchanted Lion Books - February 12th, 2019

I adore this fun and creative tale about a past-loving elephant who knows it is the right thing to do to stand up for justice when the kangaroos decide that noodles are only for them! Fun, friendship and a wonderful lesson taught! - Lisa Plummer, Children's Book Buyer

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The Gilded Wolves: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250144546
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Wednesday Books - January 15th, 2019

This is a gorgeous alternate historical fantasy with beautiful world building. Set in Paris in the late 1800s, it's a heist novel but with even more twists and turns than you can imagine - many of them caught me completely by surprise. Chokshi's ability to weave both plot points and character building in and out of the multiple POVs telling the story is absolutely masterful. A great start to this trilogy, and I look forward to the next book! - Ishita Kent, Marketing Coordinator

Lost Children Archive: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525520610
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Knopf - February 12th, 2019

An altogether brilliant and affecting novel that looks at our current immigration crisis through the lenses of family separation, childhood trauma, and historical memory. Luiselli weaves the story of a nuclear family that is increasingly, emotionally divided with those of families forcibly torn apart by politics, poverty, and border walls. With extraordinary and nuanced writing she draws ideas from acoustics and archival science to depict the indelible scars created by our legacy of violence. Not since Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 has a work of fiction laid bare victims’ painful stories with such boldness and grace. Lost Children Archive is a mirror that forces us to see and feel the hideous brutality of our immigration system. - Lori Feathers, Co-Owner & Adult Book Buyer

The Home Builders Cover Image
By Varsha Bajaj, Simona Mulazzani (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399166853
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - February 12th, 2019

The woods are alive with all the animals building their homes! Beautiful illustrations accompany a poetic description of each of the animal’s homes and how they are constructed. - Lisa Plummer, Children's Book Buyer

The Elephant of Surprise (Hap and Leonard) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316479875
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Mulholland Books - March 19th, 2019

East Texas PI’s Hap and Leonard are on the road again, in an action-filled shoot-’em-up perfect for a rainy afternoon. Heading home after a hard day of sleuthing, Hap and Leonard nearly run down a woman on the highway. Hot on her trail are members of the local Dixie Mafia. Contending with a Hurricane Harvey-like deluge that is pummeling the southeast coast of Texas, the two are kept hopping from one dire situation to the next, relentlessly pursued by the bad guys.

If you’ve not read a Hap and Leonard thriller before, you are in for a good time. Riding along with these two knights errant of East Texas is as entertaining as going on a road trip with your best friends...if your best friends are fairly adept at gunplay. - Brian Weiskopf, Floor Manager

Tap Out: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781328518125
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - March 5th, 2019

“How my brothers and I / must have looked waiting outside Social Services / while our father went in to sign up for stamps. / Squatting on the curb, hoping we didn’t see / anyone we knew, certain everyone was looking.” Consider these lines in the poem “Graffiti” found in Edgard Kunz’s debut collection, Tap Out. This is one of the most impressive debuts of the year and places Kunz alongside William Brewer and Phillip Levine in taking on the working class as subject. Kunz writes with such clarity and grit, it makes you want to find his characters and do all you can for them. Poverty, addiction, masculinity, identity and heartache are all found here bumping into each other, with Kunz’s lyrical narrative dragging you in. This book is not to be missed. - Tyler Heath, Inventory Manager