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A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel (Shades of Magic #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780765376466
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Published: Tor Books - January 19th, 2016

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The Lost Spells Cover Image
By Robert MacFarlane, Jackie Morris (Illustrator)
$26.00
ISBN: 9781487007799
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Published: Anansi International - October 27th, 2020

This is perhaps the most exquisitely enchanting book of poetry that I've encountered. Filled with lush, lyrical poems about the wild beauty of the natural world and overflowing with truly stunning artwork, I can't think of a lovelier gift for the aesthete in your life. I also highly recommend The Lost Words by the same author.


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A Wolf Called Wander Cover Image
By Rosanne Parry, Mónica Armiño (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062895936
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 7th, 2019

A Wolf Called Wander is a beautiful and unique story told from the perspective of a young wolf who is separated from their pack. It takes the reader on an epic journey through the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest and through the emotional pains of growing up. So richly worded that you can feel the earth under your paws; this book is perfect for any child (or adult) who feels a deep kinship with the natural world.


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Nothing Much Happens: Cozy and Calming Stories to Soothe Your Mind and Help You Sleep Cover Image
By Kathryn Nicolai, Léa Le Pivert (Illustrator)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780143135913
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Published: Penguin Life - October 6th, 2020

As a lifelong insomniac I am perpetually in search of anything that will help me drift off in a timely manner. This surprisingly soporific collection of cozy vignettes fits the bill perfectly. Full of richly written moments in which to lose yourself and interspersed with recipes and meditations, this book is like a collection of mini vacations. I also highly recommend checking out the author's podcast if you find that visualization exercises help you to relax.


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Debt to the Bone-Eating Snotflower Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781556594465
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - December 3rd, 2013

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Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780765385505
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Published: Tordotcom - April 5th, 2016

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Follow This Thread: A Maze Book to Get Lost In Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984824448
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Published: Crown - March 5th, 2019

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh Cover Image
By Robert C. O'Brien, Zena Bernstein (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780689710681
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Published: Aladdin - March 1st, 1986

This was my absolute favorite book as a child. Perfect for fans of the Redwall series.


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Guilty Pleasures: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780515134490
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Published: Berkley - September 24th, 2002

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Neverwhere: Author's Preferred Text Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062476371
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Published: William Morrow - November 29th, 2016

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Notes from a Small Island Cover Image
$16.99
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ISBN: 9780380727506
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 15th, 2001

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Refugium: Poems for the Pacific Cover Image
By Yvonne Blomer (Editor)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781987915532
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Published: Caitlin Press Inc. - November 30th, 2017

Ranging from playful to mournful, you can practically smell the salt water when you read this stunning collection of poems about the Pacific.


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Tomorrow Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781335251008
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Published: Hanover Square Press - March 19th, 2019

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The Wee Free Men (Tiffany Aching #1) Cover Image
$9.99
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ISBN: 9780060012380
Published: HarperCollins - August 15th, 2006

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Winterlust: Finding Beauty in the Fiercest Season Cover Image
By Bernd Brunner, Mark Kurlansky (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781771643528
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Published: Greystone Books - November 5th, 2019

A fascinating collection of facts and stories about the cold and how humans have survived and thrived in it. Perfect for anyone who is dazzled by the beauty of a frigid, snow-covered landscape.


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Empire of Wild: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062975942
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Published: William Morrow - July 28th, 2020

When Joan's long-missing husband mysteriously surfaces, preaching in a revival tent in a parking lot, she is baffled by his claim the he is not her husband and that he has no idea who she is. In her quest to spark his memory and bring him home she runs afoul of an old curse and a sinister businessman who could bring her life, and those of everyone she cares about, crashing down around her. This compulsively readable modern-day fable seamlessly blends First Nations mythology with immersive storytelling. The characters feel incredibly real and the story has the flavor of a cautionary tale told by your eccentric auntie over a game of cards and a pitcher of margaritas.


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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780060853983
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Published: William Morrow - November 28th, 2006

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Bear Can't Sleep (The Bear Books) Cover Image
By Karma Wilson, Jane Chapman (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481459730
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - October 23rd, 2018

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Bear Feels Scared (The Bear Books) Cover Image
By Karma Wilson, Jane Chapman (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780689859861
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - August 5th, 2008

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The Starless Sea: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
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ISBN: 9781101971383
Published: Anchor - August 4th, 2020

An intricate, beautiful, and beguiling novel that will entrance anyone who lives to get lost in stories.


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Mammoth Science: The Big Ideas That Explain Our World Cover Image
By David Macaulay (Illustrator), DK
$19.99
ISBN: 9781465491466
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Published: DK Children - August 4th, 2020

Whimsically illustrated woolly mammoths demonstrate basic scientific concepts in engaging and often hilarious ways in this brilliantly done book. What child (or good-humored adult) wouldn't love to receive this fantastically entertaining and informative title?


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The Tea Dragon Society Cover Image
By K. O'Neill, K. O'Neill (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781620107379
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Published: Oni Press - June 16th, 2020

A gentle and beautifully illustrated journey of magic and friendship, this is a book that I have returned to time and again during this tumultuous year. In this cute and inclusive fantasy, two very different girls are taught to care for rare and delicate tea dragons while learning about acceptance and kindness. I can't recommend this book enough for quiet children who feel like they don't quite fit in.


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Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World's Largest Owl Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374228484
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 4th, 2020

Explore the eastern most reaches of the Russian wilderness and join in the hunt for the world's largest (and possibly rarest) owl species, the Blakiston's fish owl. These massive birds inhabit only the wildest places, feasting on salmon and trading eerie calls across the snow-covered landscape. Slaght makes you feel like you're part of the expedition, experiencing their disappointments, reveling in their triumphs, and trying to stay upright after the endless obligatory imbibing of vodka to gain the trust of the locals.


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Doughnut Cover Image
$19.25
ISBN: 9780316226103
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Published: Orbit - March 5th, 2013

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Things in Jars: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982121297
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Published: Washington Square Press - September 29th, 2020

With a satisfying mix of gritty Victorian mystery and folklore, this eerie and atmospheric romp through the dark underbelly of medical experimentation and the burgeoning field forensic science in nineteenth century London will keep you guessing until the end. Rife with macabre humor, Sherlockian intrigue, and boasting a truly unique cast of characters; I picked this up on a whim and couldn't put it back down.


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The Hazel Wood: A Novel Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250147936
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Published: Flatiron Books - March 26th, 2019

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The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781616206420
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Published: Algonquin Books - September 6th, 2016

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Wasted Cover Image
$17.11
ISBN: 9780060858797
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 31st, 2006

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the witch doesn't burn in this one Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781449489427
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - March 6th, 2018

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Uprooted: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780804179058
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Published: Del Rey - March 1st, 2016

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Vegan on the Cheap: Great Recipes and Simple Strategies That Save You Time and Money Cover Image
$21.00
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ISBN: 9780470472248
Published: Mariner Books - April 2nd, 2010

This is the perfect book for someone who is just exploring vegan cooking. It's especially helpful for eating vegan in Alaska as it doesn't call for many of the fancy, expensive, and difficult to aquire ingredients common in more aspirational plant-based cookbooks.