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200 pp. Hardcover
Art, Architecture & Design
Marjorie Sewell Cautley: Landscape Architect for the Motor Age
Sarah Allaback

In 'Marjorie Sewell Cautley', Sarah Allaback draws the portrait of a remarkable woman who created places reflecting many of the environmentally sensitive design practices that landscape architects strive for today.

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213 pp. Hardcover
Art, Architecture & Design
Neoliberalism, Postmodernity, and the Contemporary Memorial-Building Boom
NICOLA CLEWER

The book develops a new approach to, and a distinct reading of, the contemporary memorial-building boom which began in the 1980s.

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pp. Hardcover
Art, Architecture & Design
Pavilion Living: Architecture, Patronage, and Well-Being
Victor Deupi

Pavilion Living looks at the architecture of three recently completed pavilions by Peter Zimmerman Architects on the gardens of a large private house on Philadelphia’s architecturally rich, historic Main Line, and the associated characteristics that accompany these beautifully conceived and carefully built structures.

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224 pp. Hardcover
Art, Architecture & Design
The Architecture of Disability: Buildings, Cities, and Landscapes Beyond Access
David Gissen

By recontextualizing the history of architecture through the discourse of disability, this book presents a unique challenge to current modes of architectural practice, theory, and education. Envisioning an architectural design that fully integrates disabled persons into its production, it advocates for looking beyond traditional notions of accessibility and shows how certain incapacities can help to positively reimagine the roots of architecture.

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435 pp. Hardcover
Art, Architecture & Design
The Everyday Life of Memorials
Andrew M. Shanken

This book works with the literature of the everyday, memory studies, and non-representational geography to open up a novel understanding of memorials not just as everyday objects, but also as fundamental to urban modernity.

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208 pp. Paperback
Art, Architecture & Design
The Pandemic Effect: Ninety Experts on Immunizing the Built Environment
Blaine Brownell

Leading architects, designers, materials scientists, and health officials reflect on the influence of COVID-19 on buildings and cities-and propose solutions to safeguard the built environment from future pandemics.

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336 pp. Hardcover
Biography
A Guest at the Feast
Colm Toibin

From one of the most engaging and brilliant writers of our time comes a collection of essays about growing up in Ireland during radical change; about cancer, priests, popes, homosexuality, and literature.

Most Anticipated Book of 2023 by LitHub

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268 pp. Hardcover
Biography
Crusade Against Slavery: Edward Coles, Pioneer of Freedom
Kurt E. Leichtle, Bruce Carveth

Edward Coles was a wealthy heir to a central Virginia plantation, an ardent emancipator, the second governor of Illinois, the loyal personal secretary to President James Madison, and a close antislavery associate of Thomas Jefferson. Yet never before has a full-length book detailed his remarkable life story and his role in the struggle to free all slaves.

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95 pp. Paperback
Biography
Happening
Annie Ernaux

In 1963, Annie Ernaux, 23 and unattached, realizes she is pregnant. Shame arises in her like a plague: Understanding that her pregnancy will mark her and her family as social failures, she knows she cannot keep that child. This is the story, written forty years later, of a trauma Ernaux never overcame.

Winner of the 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature

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297 pp. Hardcover
Biography
The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man
Paul Newman

Several years before he died in 2008, Paul Newman commissioned his best friend to interview actors and directors he worked with, his friends, his children, his first wife, his psychiatrist, and Joanne Woodward, to create an oral history of his life.
New York Times Bestseller

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410 pp. Hardcover
Biography
Vigilance: The Life of William Still, Father of the Underground Railroad
Andrew K. Diemer

The remarkable and inspiring story of William Still, an unknown abolitionist who dedicated his life to managing a critical section of the Underground Railroad in Philadelphia--the free state directly north of the Mason-Dixon Line--helping hundreds of people escape from slavery.

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312 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
All Good People Here
Ashley Flowers

In this propulsive debut novel from the host of the #1 true crime podcast Crime Junkie, a journalist uncovers her hometown's dark secrets when she becomes obsessed with the unsolved murder of her childhood neighbor-and the disappearance of another girl twenty years later.

New York Times Bestseller

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385 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
Anywhere You Run
Wanda M. Morris

From the award-winning author of All Her Little Secrets comes yet another gripping, suspenseful novel where, after the murder of a white man in Jim Crow Mississippi, two Black sisters run away to different parts of the country . . . but can they escape the secrets they left behind?
New York Times' Best Crime Novels of the Year
NPR's Best Books of the Year

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268 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
Bird Tattoo
Dunya Mikhail

Helen is a young Yazidi woman, living with her family in a mountain village in Sinjar, northern Iraq. One day she finds a local bird caught in a trap, and frees it, just as the trapper, Elias, returns. At first angry, he soon sees the error of his ways and vows never to keep a bird captive again.

Shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction

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352 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
Detransition, Baby
Torrey Peters

A whipsmart debut about three women—transgender and cisgender—whose lives collide after an unexpected pregnancy forces them to confront their deepest desires around gender, motherhood, and sex.

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327 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
Ghost Town
Kevin Chen

Keith Chen, the second son of a traditional Taiwanese family of seven, runs away from the oppression of his village to Berlin in the hope of finding acceptance as a young gay man. The novel begins a decade later, when Chen has just been released from prison for killing his boyfriend.

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390 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
Lessons in Chemistry
Bonnie Garmus

Set in 1960s California, this blockbuster debut is the hilarious, idiosyncratic and uplifting story of a female scientist whose career is constantly derailed by the idea that a woman's place is in the home, only to find herself starring as the host of America's most beloved TV cooking show.

New York Times Bestseller

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452 pp. Paperback
Fiction
Life is Everywhere
Lucy Ives

With unflinching precision, Life Is Everywhere captures emotional events that hover fitfully at the borders of visibility and intelligibility, showing how the past lives on, often secretly and at the expense of the present. It’s about one person on one evening, reckoning with heartbreak―a story that, to be fully told, unexpectedly requires many others, from the history of botulism to an enigmatic surrealist prank.

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295 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
Night Wherever We Go
Tracey Rose Peyton

On a struggling Texas plantation, six enslaved women slip from their sleeping quarters and gather in the woods under the cover of night. The Lucys—as they call the plantation owners, after Lucifer himself—have decided to turn around the farm’s bleak financial prospects by making the women bear children. They have hired a “stockman” to impregnate them. But the women are determined to protect themselves.

Recommended Read from The Washington Post and Library Journal

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683 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
Nights of Plague
Orhan Pamuk

Part detective story, part historical epic--a bold and brilliant novel that imagines a plague taking over a fictional island in the Ottoman Empire.

2006 Nobel Prize in Literature Winner

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150 pp. Paperback
Fiction
Not Russian
Mikhail Shevelev

One evening in 2015, the journalist Pavel Vladimirovich and his wife Tatyana are at home when the news breaks that there has been a terrorist attack. Over a hundred people have been taken hostage in the Church of the Epiphany in the village of Nikolskoye near Moscow. As they watch, on the TV screen appears the face of one of the terrorists: Vadim Petrovich Seryegin, an old friend of Pavel's.

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118 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
Small Things Like These
Claire Keegan

It is 1985 in a small Irish town. During the weeks leading up to Christmas, Bill Furlong, a coal merchant and family man faces into his busiest season. Early one morning, while delivering an order to the local convent, Bill makes a discovery which forces him to confront both his past and the complicit silences of a town controlled by the church.
Shortlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize

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207 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
The Birdcatcher
Gayl Jones

Set primarily on the island of Ibiza, the story is narrated by the writer Amanda Wordlaw, whose closest friend, a gifted sculptor named Catherine Shuger, is repeatedly institutionalized for trying to kill a husband who never leaves her. The three form a quirky triangle on the white-washed island.
National Book Award Finalist 2022
Publisher's Weekly Best Books of 2022

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162 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
The Ghetto Within
Santiago H. Amigorena

A critical sensation in France, Santiago Amigorena re-imagines his Jewish grandfather--a Polish immigrant in Argentina in the 1930s--and the tragic events that defined his life as he fails to rescue his mother and siblings from a Warsaw ghetto in this novel about identity, guilt, and the unshakable power of love.

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270 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories
Jamil Jan Kochai

A luminous meditation on sons and fathers, ghosts of war, and living history that moves between modern-day Afghanistan and the Afghan diaspora.
FINALIST FOR THE 2022 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION
NAMED ONE OF THE NEW YORKER'S BEST BOOKS OF 2022

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307 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
The Ingenue
Rachel Kapelke-Dale

When former piano prodigy Saskia Kreis returns home to Milwaukee after her mother's unexpected death, she expects to inherit the family estate, the Elf House. But with the discovery that her mother's will bequeathed the Elf House to a man that Saskia shares a complicated history with, she is forced to reexamine her own past--and the romantic relationship that changed the course of her life--for answers.

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352 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
The Mitford Affair
Marie Benedict

Between the World Wars, the six Mitford sisters―each more beautiful, brilliant, and eccentric than the next―dominate the English political, literary, and social scenes. Though they've weathered scandals before, the family falls into disarray when Diana divorces her wealthy husband to marry a fascist leader and Unity follows her sister's lead all the way to Munich, inciting rumors that she's become Hitler's mistress.

New York Times bestselling author 

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339 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
The Opera Sisters
Marianne Monson

Based on the true story of the Cook sisters, who smuggled valuables out of 1930s Nazi Germany to finance a daring, secret operation to help Jews find hope for a new life in England.

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383 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
The Passenger
Cormac McCarthy

Pass Christian, Mississippi, 1980: It is three in the morning when Bobby Western zips up the jacket of his wet suit and plunges from a Coast Guard tender into darkness. His dive light illuminates the sunken jet, nine bodies still buckled in their seats, hair floating, eyes devoid of speculation. Missing from the crash site are the pilot's flight bag, the plane's black box, and the tenth passenger. But how?
New York Times Bestseller
New York Times Best Book of the Year

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341 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
The Personal Assistant
Kimberly Belle

USA TODAY bestselling author Kimberly Belle returns with a deeply addictive thriller exploring the dark side of the digital world when a mommy-blogger’s assistant goes missing.  

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374 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
To Fill a Yellow House
Sussie Anie

When Kwasi's family moves abruptly from one side of London to the other, Kwasi is both excited by the change--the new house is so big--and unsettled by his new school and the pressures placed upon him by his parents and many aunties. One place Kwasi finds refuge and inspiration is the Chest of Small Wonders, an eclectic and run-down charity shop on the high street.

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603 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
Tomb of Sand
Geetanjali Shree

An eighty-year-old woman slips into a deep depression at the death of her husband, then resurfaces to gain a new lease on life. Her determination to fly in the face of convention – including striking up a friendship with a hijra (trans) woman – confuses her bohemian daughter, who is used to thinking of herself as the more 'modern' of the two.

Winner of the 2022 International Booker Prize

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308 pp. Paperback
Fiction
Trees
Percival Everett

After a series of brutal murders in a rural Mississippi town, investigators arrive and discover a large number of similar cases that all have roots in the past.
Shortlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize
Winner of the 2022 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award
Finalist for the 2022 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award
Longlisted for the 2022 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

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209 pp. Hardcover
Fiction
We All Want Impossible Things
Catherine Newman

As Edith, her best friend of forty-two years who is dying of ovarian cancer, spends her last days at a hospice near her, Ashley, stumbling around into heartbreak, helps Edith celebrate her life as they reminisce, hold on, and try to let go.

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378 pp. Hardcover
History
Book Madness: A Story of Book Collectors in America
Denise Gigante

The fascinating history of American bookishness as told through the sale of Charles Lamb’s library in 1848.
Speaking virtually for The Athenaeum on March 9!

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412 pp. Hardcover
History
Gangsters of Capitalism: Smedley Butler, the Marines, and the Making and Breaking of America's Empire
Jonathan M. Katz

A groundbreaking journey tracing America’s forgotten path to global power―and how its legacies shape our world today―told through the extraordinary life of a complicated Marine.

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288 pp. Hardcover
History
Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom
Ilyon Woo

The remarkable true story of Ellen and William Craft, who escaped slavery through daring, determination, and disguise, with Ellen passing as a wealthy, disabled White man and William posing as “his” slave.

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368 pp. Hardcover
History
The Many Resurrections of Henry Box Brown
Martha J. Cutter

On March 23, 1849, Henry Brown climbed into a large wooden postal crate and was mailed from slavery in Richmond, Virginia, to freedom in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. "Box Brown," as he came to be known after this astounding feat, went on to carve out a career as an abolitionist speaker, actor, magician, hypnotist, and even faith healer, traveling the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada until his death in 1897.

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461 pp. Hardcover
History
The Women of Rothschild: The Untold Story of the World's Most Famous Dynasty
Natalie Livingstone

From the East End of London to the eastern seaboard of the United States, from Spitalfields to Scottish castles, from Bletchley Park to Buchenwald, and from the Vatican to Palestine, Natalie Livingstone follows the extraordinary lives of the Rothschild women from the dawn of the nineteenth century to the early years of the twenty-first.

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166 pp. Hardcover
History
Travelers, Tracks, and Tycoons: The Railroad in American Legend and Life: From the Barriger Railroad Historical Collection of the St. Louis Mercantile Library Association
Nicholas Fry

Drawing on the rich and diverse holdings of the John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library, the St. Louis Mercantile Library, and select railroad historical organizations, Travelers, Tracks, and Tycoons showcases the profound changes the US railroad industry has wrought on the land and its people since the 1820s.

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240 pp. Hardcover
History
Twice as Hard: The Stories of Black Women Who Fought to Become Physicians, from the Civil War to the 21st Century
Jasmine Brown

No real account of black women physicians in the US exists, and what little mention is made of these women in existing histories is often insubstantial or altogether incorrect. In this work of extensive research, Jasmine Brown offers a rich new perspective, penning the long-erased stories of nine pioneering black women physicians beginning in 1860, when a black woman first entered medical school.

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208 pp. Paperback
Miscellaneous
Knitting America: A Glorious Heritage from Warm Socks to High Art
Susan M. Strawn

Enhanced with more than three hundred images, a comprehensive history of knitting in America includes twenty historical knitting patterns.

Also available:

400 Knitting Stitches

First Time Knitting

Vogue Knitting

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432 pp. Paperback
Miscellaneous
The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
Heather McGhee

Heather C. McGhee's specialty is the American economy--and the mystery of why it so often fails the American public. As she dug into subject after subject, from the financial crisis to declining wages to collapsing public infrastructure, she found a common problem at the bottom of them all: racism--but not just in the obvious ways that hurt people of color.

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304 pp. Hardcover
Mystery
City Under One Roof
Iris Yamashita

A stranded detective tries to solve a murder in a tiny Alaskan town where everyone winters in the same high-rise building, in this gripping debut by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Iris Yamashita.

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216 pp. Hardcover
Mystery
Hotel Cartagena
Simone Buchholz

Twenty floors above the shimmering lights of the Hamburg docks, Public Prosecutor Chastity Riley is celebrating a birthday with friends in a hotel bar when twelve heavily armed men pull out guns, and take everyone hostage. Among the hostages is Konrad Hoogsmart, the hotel owner, who is being targeted by a young man whose life - and family - have been destroyed by Hoogsmart's actions.

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370 pp. Hardcover
Mystery
Marple: Twelve New Stories
Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie’s legendary sleuth, Jane Marple, returns to solve twelve baffling cases in this brand-new collection, penned by a host of acclaimed authors skilled in the fine art of mystery and murder.

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310 pp. Paperback
Mystery
The Samaritan's Secret
Matt Beynon Rees

A member of the tiny but ancient Samaritan community has been murdered. The dead man had controlled millions of dollars of government money and if the World Bank cannot locate it, all aid money to the Palestinians will be cut off. Omar Yussef must solve the murder and find the money, or all Palestinians will suffer.

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333 pp. Hardcover
Politics
A Good Place to Do Business: The Politics of Downtown Renewal since 1945
Roger Biles, Mark H. Rose

This book looks at the politics of downtown business promotion as an urban renewal strategy from the end of World War II to the present, with a focus on five case cities: Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, and Cleveland.

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324 pp. Hardcover
Science
The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness
Meghan O'Rourke

A landmark exploration of one of the most consequential and mysterious issues of our time: the rise of chronic illness and autoimmune diseases. A silent epidemic of chronic illnesses afflicts tens of millions of Americans: these are diseases that are poorly understood, frequently marginalized, and can go undiagnosed and unrecognized altogether.

Finalist for the 2022 National Book Award for Non Fiction

Named one the Best Books of 2022 by NPR, The New Yorker, Time and Vogue

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368 pp. Paperback
Travel
Essential Egypt
Fodor's Travel
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240 pp. Paperback
Travel
Naples with Pompeii & the Amalfi Coast
Rick Steves
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381 pp. Paperback
Travel
Secret Paris
Jonglez Thomas
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160 pp. Paperback
Travel
Top 10 Scotland
DK Eyewitness
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372 pp. Hardcover
Youth
A Snake Falls to Earth
Darcie Little Badger

Fifteen-year-olds Nina and Oli come from different words--she is a Lipan Apache living in Texas and he is a cottonmouth from the Reflecting World--but their lives intersect when Oli journeys to Earth to find a cure for his ailing friend and they end up helping each other save their families.

Newbery Honor Winner
National Indie Bestseller
National Book Award Longlist

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303 pp. Paperback
Youth
Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants
Robin Wall Kimmerer

Botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer's best-selling book Braiding Sweetgrass is adapted for a young adult audience by children's author Monique Gray Smith, bringing Indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge, and the lessons of plant life to a new generation.

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388 pp. Hardcover
Youth
Five Survive
Holly Jackson

Red Kenny is on a road trip for spring break with five friends: Her best friend - the older brother - his perfect girlfriend - a secret crush - a classmate - and a killer. When their RV breaks down in the middle of nowhere with no cell service, they soon realize this is no accident.

New York Times Bestseller

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409 pp. Hardcover
Youth
Lightlark
Alex Aster

In order to break a curse on her kingdom, Isla Crown, the young ruler of Wilding, must compete in the Centennial, a deadly game that only the rulers of six realms are invited to play, and to survive she must lie, cheat, and betray--even as love threatens to undo everything.

New York Times Bestseller

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479 pp. Hardcover
Youth
My Imaginary Mary
Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

When two masterminds--Mary, the daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft, and Ada, the daughter of Lord Byron--are brought together by fate, they make a shocking--and magical--discovery that draws the attention of a mad scientist.

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491 pp. Hardcover
Youth
My Lady Jane
Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

Edward is the King of England. He's also dying, which is inconvenient, as he's only sixteen and he'd rather be planning his first kiss than who will inherit his crown. Jane, Edward's cousin, is far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately, Edward has arranged to marry her off to Gifford secure the line of succession. And Gifford is, well, a horse.

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405 pp. Hardcover
Youth
The Sunbearer Trials
Aiden Thomas

Transgender demigod Teo is unexpectedly selected for the Sunbearer Trials, a fierce competition among demigod heroes where the winner sacrifices the loser to Sol, their blood fueling the Sun Stones that protect Reino del Sol.

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241 pp. Hardcover
Youth
We Are All We Have
Marina Budhos

After her mom is taken by ICE, seventeen-year-old Rania's hopes and dreams for the future are immediately put on hold as she figures out how take care of her younger brother and survive in a country that seems to be closing around them.

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