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Ishita's Book Recommendations

The City of Brass: A Novel (The Daevabad Trilogy) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062678119
Availability: Backordered
Published: Harper Voyager - July 3rd, 2018

Magic! Political intrigue! Genies! The first book of the Daevabad trilogy sets up a rich and complex society. Nahri, the protagonist, is a talented con woman who uses palm reading and sleight of hand to swindle Ottoman nobles. During an exorcism in Cairo, she summons a djinn warrior named Dara, and sets out on a journey with him to discover her true identity. Incredibly immersive and beautifully written, with twists and turns going so often that you’re never sure who you’re rooting for. (Check out the sequel, Kingdom of Copper as well as the third book in the trilogy, Empire of Gold!)


Playing the Palace Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593099414
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Berkley - May 25th, 2021

It's a royal romance, but extra fabulous! Paul Rudnick takes the classic trope of a commoner meeting a prince, completely inverses it and puts it through the lens of a gay New York City millenial, and infuses so much love, warmth, and humor in it. Brace yourself for big embarrassing Jewish families, scary matriarchs, ride or die squads, musical theater references galore, and copious amounts of love for The Notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Reading this book is like wrapping yourself in a warm blanket.


The Anthropocene Reviewed (Signed Edition): Essays on a Human-Centered Planet Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525555216
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton - May 18th, 2021

John Green brings his affable social media personality into THE ANTHROPOCENE REVIEWED: ESSAYS ON A HUMAN-CENTERED PLANET, a series of ruminations on different little corners of humanity and how they've affected the world. From classic songs such as "You'll Never Walk Alone" to the QWERTY keyboard to somehow, the Penguins of Madagascar, the wit and humor shines on every page as John breaks down why and how these small microcosms are so important to the forward cultural movement of humanity. - Ishita


Mexican Gothic Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525620785
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Del Rey - June 30th, 2020

Silvia Moreno-Garcia could write a stylized phone book and I'd probably still read it. I'm that in love with her beautiful, lush, evocative style. Luckily, MEXICAN GOTHIC has much more going for it than style — it has a brilliantly seductive plot, following Noemí Taboada, who receives a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin to save her from some mysterious doom. A cinematic, haunting masterpiece that calls back to JANE EYRE and WUTHERING HEIGHTS. Also, you will never look at mushrooms the same way again.


Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781571313829
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - March 9th, 2021

What is home? That is the question asked in NORTHERN LIGHT: POWER, LAND, AND THE MEMORY OF WATER and the question that lead poet Kazim Ali back to where he was raised in Jenpeg, Manitoba. But instead of revisiting his childhood home, he instead ends up spending a week with the local Pimicikamak Cree tribe and learning about the politics and fight over the land. Ali's writing is incredible and tear-jerking, and his reflections on self-identity, settler colonialism, and land will give you chills. This one made me absolutely weep.