Amanda

All Amanda requires out of the books she reads is that they display vulnerability, humor, deep emotional intelligence, and articulate aspects of the human experience in new and unusual ways. And kissing. She likes books with kissing.

 

 

 

 

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When We Make It Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593324486
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Published: Dial Books - September 21st, 2021

This novel-in-verse, about a young girl growing up in Bushwick in the 90s, is so full of compassion, grace, sadness, humor, and hope that it will resonate in your heart, mind, and body long after you finish reading it.


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People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780393531565
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 7th, 2021

I can't stop thinking about this book. This is an uncomfortable, funny, sad, well-researched, compassionate, and very, very angry collection of essays. No one comes out unscathed, including the author. If you’ve ever wondered why people seem to really dig Holocaust novels Horn has a compelling (and totally disheartening!) theory. Or read it for the essay where she and her ten year old son listen to a production of The Merchant of Venice because ohmigosh that play. It is my heartfelt and fervent wish that this book reaches a wide variety of readers.


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In the Wild Light Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524720247
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - August 10th, 2021

This book owned my heart from the first page. It tackles very heavy topics (addiction, grief, the contentious American political landscape) in such quiet, delicate, and graceful ways that my heart sang when I read it. It also has some of the most amazing nature writing I've read in a while. (Think Olivia Laing, Annie Dillard, Wendell Berry.) This is a love letter to the Tennessee landscape, a beautiful story about love and friendship, and perfectly captures the fear and excitement of being on the precipice of great change.


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$16.00
ISBN: 9781984806734
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Published: Berkley - May 19th, 2020

Open on the shores of Lake Michigan: Two writers, who were former college rivals, end up as neighbors one summer. Will they become friends...or something more? Yes! They totally will and it's awesome! This book is funny and charming and steamy.


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By Robin Ha, Robin Ha (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062685094
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 28th, 2020

"A beautifully written and illustrated memoir that both captures what it means to be a teenager and what it means to be an immigrant with sensitivity and nuance. This book lingered with me long after I finished reading it."


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$27.00
ISBN: 9780316485340
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 5th, 2019

"What a dreamy, odd, beautiful book. I wanted to linger inside these essays forever. Slate writes with such vulnerability and honesty at times it felt like I was experiencing heartbreak in real-time with hope, always hope and gentleness."


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Every Human Love: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781946724182
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Published: Acre Books - May 15th, 2019

"Many of the stories in EVERY HUMAN LOVE grapple with the darker corners of love and motherhood, using speculative elements to expose deep, sometimes unspeakable, fears about domestic life. These stories are deeply unsettling--Pearson defiantly resists happy endings--but they also ring true, as if Pearson has crawled into the recesses of my brain to pry out the scary thoughts that keep me up at night."


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Beyond Babylon Cover Image
By Igiaba Scego, Aaron Robertson (Translator), Jhumpa Lahiri (Introduction by)
$22.95
ISBN: 9781931883832
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Published: Two Lines Press - May 14th, 2019

"The writing and language of BEYOND BABYLON was so remarkable and unique I felt like I was reading a novel for the first time. But in addition to the beautiful prose this is a novel that is deeply empathetic toward complicated mother/daughter relationships and toward those who feel like outsiders in their communities and in their own skin."


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ISBN: 9780735216112
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Published: Riverhead Books - December 10th, 2019

"This book is so elegantly written and the author so enthusiastic about his subject that even if you occasionally get lost in the physics of it all the beauty of the language will carry you along."


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ISBN: 9781911171799
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Published: Flying Eye Books - August 20th, 2019

"A book that manages to be impossibly sad and impossibly hopeful at the same time. And the illustrations are divine."


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To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface (Canons #71) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781786891587
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Published: Canongate Books - October 5th, 2017

"To The River is a remarkable piece of nature writing, but, at its core, it is a book about a heart mending itself and the unwieldiness of memory. Part memoir, part nature writing, part literary biography, this just might be the perfect book."


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ISBN: 9781944020262
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Published: Fabled Films Press - February 4th, 2020

"Pippa Park Raises Her Game is not only a fun and zippy read but is a book that tackles big issues with nuance and sensitivity. Pippa is a funny and smart heroine who sometimes makes mistakes, sometimes doesn’t behave in ways that she feels proud of, but who always learns from her experiences, and whose heart is always in the right place. I couldn’t help but wish as I was reading this book that I had a friend like Pippa when I was in middle school!"


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Under the Egg Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142427651
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Published: Puffin Books - May 26th, 2015

"A great New York City set mystery for fans of FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER."


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Planet Earth Is Blue Cover Image
$16.99
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ISBN: 9780525646570
Published: Wendy Lamb Books - May 14th, 2019

"This book has all the elements of winning the title of "Saddest Book In The World" but stick with it and you'll be rewarded with a beautiful, hopeful story, empathetic story about perseverance and love."


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ISBN: 9781250159977
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Published: Picador - January 9th, 2018

"Eagerly awaiting a new Aciman novel post-Find Me? Check out this 2017 to satiate yourself! The novel tells the story of a man named Paul through five interconnected short stories but the real subjects of this book is desire in all its forms."


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Disoriental Cover Image
By Négar Djavadi, Tina Kover (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609454517
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Published: Europa Editions - April 17th, 2018

"A coming-of-age story set against a backdrop of political resistance, DISORIENTAL moves forward and backward in time as the protagonist reflects on her life in Iran and Paris. There's a lot going on in this book and at times I wondered where the author was taking me but the evocative writing and twisty structure eventually swept me up and left me feeling unsettled and changed in the best of ways."


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By Louis Sachar, Adam McCauley (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780380698714
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Published: HarperCollins - March 26th, 2019

"I went through 8 years of schooling (8 YEARS!) being called the wrong name by one particular teacher. SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM THE WAYSIDE school perfectly captures these kinds of elementary school absurdities. Also, it's hilarious. A great book to read together!"


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ISBN: 9781681774428
Published: Pegasus Books - July 11th, 2017

ITHACA is a retelling of THE ODYSSEY from the perspective of Telemachus, Odysseus's son, but there's no need to have read THE ODYSSEY to enjoy this book! Patrick Dillon's writing is beautifully evocative without being overwrought--clean and engaging. A coming-of-age story that examines the relationship between fathers and sons and the experience of growing up in the shadow of a great man.


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ISBN: 9780316531337
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 19th, 2019

I cannot recommend this book enough! The third in a biographical trilogy, Dumpling Days tells the story of the summer Grace Lin and her family spent in Taiwan learning about Taiwanese culture, art, and her family's personal history. Lin's reflections on what it means to live between two cultures is beautifully nuanced and moving. And finally, the food writing is DELICIOUS. Be prepared to crave dumpling for the duration of the book!


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ISBN: 9781644450000
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Published: Graywolf Press - December 4th, 2018

The experimental, first-person style of Milkman evokes the paranoia and discomfort that goes hand-in-hand with being constantly monitored, judged, and watched. This books comes out swinging and is unrelenting in how it interrogates what it means to be a girl in an environment where difference is punished by unwanted attention. Not a comfortable read but a significant one.


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How to Make Friends with a Ghost Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101919019
Published: Tundra Books - September 5th, 2017

This sweet little book is a reminder to keep an open mind and an accepting heart. Perfect for Halloween and beyond!


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The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679721888
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Published: Vintage - April 23rd, 1989

This book has an enjoyable wildness of style. Let yourself be swept up in the rhythms of Kingston's writing.


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Exit West: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735212206
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 27th, 2018

A thought-provoking book that uses speculative elements to tell a love story set against the backdrops of war and migration. Subtle and nuanced, funny and sad.


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The Chalk Artist: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400069873
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Published: The Dial Press - June 13th, 2017

Cambridge, MA, art, literature, virtual reality, young love. All are elements of this beautiful, empathetic novel but in the end Goodman is ultimately asking us to consider what it means to see and be seen in the world when reality is often so less appealing than virtual worlds. Consider this staff pick the kick-off to my campaign to make Allegra Goodman more of a household name.


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Frankenstein Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062870667
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 4th, 2018

Mary Shelley was tackling the perils of STEM without the mediating influence of the humanities and vice versa in 1818. A Gothic masterpiece and a cautionary tale. Let's revist and discuss.


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Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781524731656
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Published: Knopf - May 21st, 2018

Well-written and well-reported fast-moving book reveals the dark heart of Silicon Valley. A tough read but worth it.


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Home Cooking Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307474414
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Published: Vintage - March 23rd, 2010

Brazen out the winter months with Colwin's delicious recipes and beautiful and moving essays about family, friends, and New York City.


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The Shame Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781571311368
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Published: Milkweed Editions - August 11th, 2020

"A funny, sad, sometimes frustrating look at the intersection of motherhood and creativity. This books is claustrophobic in the best of ways and expresses in excruciating detail the varying, sometimes not socially acceptable, feelings that accompany the raising of tiny humans."


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$8.99
ISBN: 9780525515142
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Published: Puffin Books - April 21st, 2020

"Woodson does so much with so little in this middle -grade book that tackles issues like race, class, death, and incarceration with nuance and empathy. Be prepared to cry at this beautiful book!"


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$18.99
ISBN: 9780399549083
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - February 2nd, 2021

"Another beautiful book by Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson about the keeping an open mind and open heart."


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ISBN: 9781982111083
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - January 26th, 2021

"Is it odd to say that a book about loneliness is a delightfully fun and zippy read? So be it! This book is a funny, personal, vulnerable, and important look at the growing epidemic of loneliness in the U.S. Call your friends! Call your mother!"


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American as Paneer Pie Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534439399
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 18th, 2021

"This is a sweet, thoughtful middle-grade novel that sensitively deals with tough topics such as racism and bullying through the eyes of a young Indian-American girl who learns how to honor and enjoy all the different parts of her life and culture."


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By Meg Medina, Sonia Sanchez (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536207040
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Published: Candlewick - September 8th, 2020

"A picture book that perfectly captures the sensations one feels when a good friend moves away but you stay behind. Yes, this book sad, but it is also a love letter to enduring childhood friendships. Read this book with a box of tissues nearby!"


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ISBN: 9780062912855
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 13th, 2021

"This dreamy, funny, impressionistic romance is *the* book to help you re-enter the world after a year indoors. Ruthie is 25 and has been working and living on-site at a retirement village since she was 19; she has no plans to leave her job. Ever. The outside world scares her. Forgetting to lock doors sends her into a panic. But then she meets Teddy, one of the greatest romantic leads in history. And makes an unlikely friend in Melanie, one of the sweetest best friends I've ever read. The perfect book to inspire us to brazen out in-person socialization again."


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ISBN: 9781250244499
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 1st, 2021

"A sweet, funny, steamy Brooklyn-set romance perfect for the summer (or anytime.) This is the story of August and Jane as they fall in love on the Q train but it is also a love letter to the messy, beautiful infuriating NYC subway system."


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ISBN: 9781632062895
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Published: Restless Books - June 1st, 2021

"I would read this book for the evocative, descriptive language alone. I don't want to use the word haunting because...you know...but this book haunted me long after I finished it; the author manages to capture a very specific type of uncomfortable female friendship in a way that is both painful and nostalgic."


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ISBN: 9781481498982
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 4th, 2021

"This books was a total delight from beginning to end! Kat and Stevie, best friends and seniors living in Connecticut, decide to go into New York City by themselves for the first time unbeknownst to their parents. They get into a fight, lose their phones, get separated and the story is then told from both points of view. But this book is more than just a novel about high school antics and a night gone wrong (although it does have some very charming screwball moments); rather it's about that time in your life when you're figure out who you want to be after high school and who you want to bring with you into this new phase of life."


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$25.00
ISBN: 9780358572091
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Published: Mariner Books - August 31st, 2021

I feel that whatever I write about this book will not do justice to the beauty of the language nor the nuance of the story nor the compelling voice of the narrator. A young woman longs for a room of her own and financial stability in London again the backdrop of the Brexit vote only to discover that no matter how modest her desires are she is thwarted. Sometimes this book felt like a scream into the void and sometimes it felt like a good cry in the shower, but it always felt authentic and empathetic.


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ISBN: 9780062322401
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Published: Quill Tree Books - May 11th, 2021

After an incident at her all girls boarding school in Texas, Lucy Clark is suspended by her mean and evil headmistress and sent to Manhattan to take care of an older woman in need of assistance. However, when she gets there she learns that the woman is doing perfectly fine on her own except for the fact that she thinks someone is trying to murder her! Murder, friendship, first love--this book has it all. Lucy Clark is a great character because she shows how you can be a good person even when you sometimes do things you aren’t proud of. And it’s a fun murder-mystery that isn’t too scary for younger readers...like me.

-Lucy Cristol, age 11 (with approval from her mother, Amanda)


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ISBN: 9781534445789
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 22nd, 2021

Halle Levitt is a famous cupcake-book blogger who goes by the pseudonym Kels and has tons of (online) friends. Her best friend online is Nash, a graphic novelist, who thinks she is great at talking, making friends and being social, online and off. But when she moves in with her widowed grandfather for her senior year of high school she suddenly has to learn how to act around the REAL Nash (who is everywhere) and confront her fears of not being the person she made herself out to be on the Internet. Also, Halle is a Jewish girl who never really was very religious but after living with her grandfather she finds the joy in going to services and being connected with her religion. A clean, YA romance that’s good for tween and teens alike.

- Lucy Cristol, age 11 (with approval from her mother, Amanda)