Staff picks

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Listful Thinking

3

Fun for glazomaniacs (and non-glazomaniacs who want to learn) everywhere! Read more...

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Buck's Tooth

5

Buck's big front tooth is easy to brush, but that's about the only thing it's good for. It ruins everything! Read more...

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Sea Rex

5

What happens when a bunch of dinosaurs spend a day at the beach? An afternoon of toothy delight! Read more...

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Wrestling With Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took On New York's Master Builder and Transformed the American City

4

Moses' 11th commandment: Don't Trifle with Jane Read more...

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The Penderwicks in Spring

5

This story mixes the modern day family with old fashioned charm and values. Read more...

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Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America

5

Fans of true crime and detective stories would do well to pick up this gripping, deeply-reported account of a South Los Angeles homicide. Read more...

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

5

Best first line ever: "It's a weirdly subtle conversation. I almost don't notice I'm being blackmailed." Read more...

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The Book of Unknown Americans

5

A beautiful story about familial bonds, overcoming tragedy and the immigrant experience. Read more...

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The Whale in My Swimming Pool

5

Dying for a swim? It's not that simple when there's a whale in your pool! Read more...

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Annihilation

4

"Annihilation" is a novel that's as dense, murky and foreboding as the mysterious Area X it seeks to describe. Read more...