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Alyssa

What you think your job is at Left Bank Books: Trying to get Spike to like me
 

If you had a Super Power, what would it be? All cats instantly like me or maybe teleportation 
 

What’s your sign? Leo and I am living proof that astrology is fake news

What’s in the trunk of your car? Heaps of garbage.

Stick or Automatic? Automatic

Author you love to hate: J.K. Rowling. 
 

 

 

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Vox Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780440000785
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Published: Berkley - August 21st, 2018

With compelling characters and relateable characters as its foundation, Vox is a powerful novel that hits uncomfortably close to home.  I was torn between being unable to put it down and having to force myself to pick it up again.  It has become increasingly difficult to read dystopian fiction in the current social and political climate because it is no longer an outlandish possibility, but an inevitability.  This book shows us how important it is for us to stop looking the other way and hoping things will get better.  If we don't speak up now, we may not be able to in the future.


Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735224827
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Published: Penguin Books - May 29th, 2018

For the middle aged men in your life. Or people who like laughing at middle aged men. Or just laughing in general.


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Not Even Bones (Market of Monsters #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328863546
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2018

A dark and gritty read with plenty of gore, suspense, and adventure.  Underneath the horror and excitement is a thought provoking discussion of the value of morality and how it is developed amidst trauma and abuse.


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The Hazel Wood: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250147905
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 30th, 2018

Albert's writing is both hauntingly familiar and refreshingly off-kilter.  This is a dark and lovely story with elements of horror and magic that bridge the world of reality with that of fairy tales. Definitely recommend to those drawn to the macabre and who appreciate a story that takes its time.

 


The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316310277
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 2nd, 2018

Holly Black has a knack for taking stale fantasy tropes and presenting them in the most charming, refreshing ways. Her characters are strong and imperfect and wrought with moral ambiguity.  If you're a fan of dark fantasy, political intrigue, badass heroines, and the occasional angsty teenage drama, then this is the book for you.


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How to Set a Fire and Why: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101911754
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Published: Vintage - June 13th, 2017

This book was hard to put down, not because of a thrilling plot or suspenseful tone, but because the words just felt so good.  The narrator is a highly intelligent yet somewhat delinquent teenage girl living in a remodeled garage with her elderly aunt.  She copes with the recent traumatic loss of her parents by setting things on fire in attempts to join her school’s Arson Club. This unique novel is wrought with jagged, off-beat humor and subtle devastation that will almost convince you to become an arsonist yourself.      


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The Coldest Girl in Coldtown Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780316213097
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 12th, 2014

Could not put this book down.  It's a rare thing to find a teen vampire novel with a strong female lead and a plot not entirely driven by a creepy romance.  And it's not a trilogy!


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The Glass Castle: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780743247542
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Published: Scribner - January 17th, 2006

I kept having to remind myself that this was a memoir and not a work of fiction.  Jeannette Walls's recounting of her childhood of poverty and neglect blurs the lines between parental love and child abuse.  Walls's narrative starts as a young child, blissfully ignorant to the fact of her family's poverty and enjoying the freedom and excitement of living in the wild desert.  However, as she gradually gets older and the veil of fun and innocence falls away she  begins to see and feel the debilitating emotional and physical damage of growing up in poverty. She soon realizes that her parent's love and good intentions are not enough to keep her and her siblings safe.  This book will thaw your heart and freeze it over, often at the same time.