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The Secrets We Kept

I couldn’t put this book down. Who doesn’t like spies? Especially if they are women trained as secretaries. Sally and Irina are drawn into the world of espionage at the height of the Cold War through the recently formed CIA. Their mission? Smuggling literature into Russia as a way to ignite democracy and a sense of freedom. I was fascinated by how these women moved between two worlds, working as secretaries during the day and involved in clandestine operations after hours. —Laurel Maxwell, Bookshop Ambassador

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780525656159
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Published: Knopf - September 3rd, 2019

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

This book is devastating and perfect. The small moments and mistakes that ruin a family are masterfully examined in Ng's debut novel. Misunderstandings, expectations and misguided priorities strain the relationships of the Lee family to a breaking point. Ng's portrait of this web of decisions and consequences is so delicate and earned it never feels like it's exploiting its reader. - Tori

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ISBN: 9780143127550
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Published: Penguin Books - May 12th, 2015

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

When the narrator’s friend, another writer, dies suddenly, she inherits his Great Dane. Among many problems, she lives in a tiny New York apartment—that doesn’t allow pets. What follows is a brilliant and moving meditation on friendship, love (both Platonic and romantic), art and grief. I found this a profound and beautiful reading experience. - Rico

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ISBN: 9780735219458
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019

Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Sunshine is a baker in a world where tour buses get lost down cobbled streets rebuilt after a magical World War. A chance encounter thrusts her into the center of a deadly, ancient game, and face-to-face with her own abandoned heritage. Brilliant world-building, vibrant characters, fantastic charms, and delicious cinnamon rolls. - Jocelyn

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$8.99
ISBN: 9780515138818
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Published: Berkley - November 30th, 2004

The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson

Wow, I enjoyed the poop out of this book! The Ghost Map is FUN, informative and not for the faint of stomach. An examination of Cholora's horrific decent on London in the mid-1800s reveals fascinating patterns not only in the disease but also in human society, infrastructure, bacteria, the city itself, and, yes, poop (or night soil, excrement, nuisance... this book is a 19th century thesaurus for human waste). - Tori

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ISBN: 9781594482694
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 2nd, 2007

A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell

Do you know the name of Virginia Hall? The WWII American spy with one leg in Churchill's Special Operation Executive? Progenitor of Allied spy networks in Occupied France? Hall spent her life looked over by those in power for her gender, nationality, and disability, but let none of that stop her from combating evil. Sonia Purnell has written a long-overdue biography for those familiar with WWII France, a chance to know this unsung hero and her epic work. - Jocelyn

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780735225299
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Published: Viking - April 9th, 2019

Home in the Woods by Eliza Wheeler

“You never know what treasures we’ll find,” says the mom of eight children as they embark on a magical, but also an actual, Depression-era year turning a house into a home. Based on the life of the author’s grandma, Marvel, this picture book recounts the family’s inspiring journey through lovely green-infused watercolors, inconspicuously labeled with general-store items on one page and wildflowers on the next. A generous story of love, with endpapers for those like me who crave more details. - Michelle

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By Eliza Wheeler (Illustrator), Eliza Wheeler
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399162909
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - October 1st, 2019

Strange Birds by Celia C. Pérez

Pérez transports readers to a summer of discovery with four girls as they develop into independent women, connect with their community, and realize how much they can impact their own futures and that of their community. This book is sure to please anyone looking for a realistic story of girl power and friendship. - Kathy

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ISBN: 9780425290439
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Published: Kokila - September 3rd, 2019

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

As a teenager, historical fiction got me through some rough times. The Fountains of Silence would have been a panacea to my soul. Ana and Daniel come from very different worlds and Daniel’s lack of cultural understanding puts them both at risk. This story is lush and beautiful but exposes the sharp edges of a part of history. By shedding light on the history of fascism in Spain, Sepetys offers a harsh warning to modern readers. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9780399160318
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Published: Philomel Books - October 1st, 2019

Octopus Stew written and illus. by Eric Velasquez

Hilarity ensues when Ramsey and his Grandma battle a giant octopus that was supposed to be dinner. The representation of their Afro-Latinx family is warm and spirited and the details—like Ramsey’s tech-fluency and love of superheroes—make this feel like a first-hand account (which is confirmed in the author’s note about the family story the book is based on). Full of expressive faces, action-packed tableus, and a humorous ending, this one makes for an excellent family meal (or bedtime story). - Molly

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ISBN: 9780823437542
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Published: Holiday House - September 17th, 2019

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