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Kristin R.'s Picks

Kristin is an artist who lives in a house that is part library, part weird and eccentric art collection. She is an eclectic reader, often stealing her husband's current book (to the point where he's started leaving bookmarks in things he thinks she might enjoy!) Some of her favorite authors include Ursula K. LeGuin, Jonathan Stroud, Tamsyn Muir, Nicola Yoon and Kiese Laymon. When not at the bookshop, she is usually working on art or...you guessed it, reading. If you find yourself in our Burlington store, check out her mural, right above the children's section.

The Art of Drag by Jake Hall

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Kristin R.
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By Jake Hall, Sofie Birkin (Illustrator), Helen Li (Illustrator), Jasjyot Singh Hans (Illustrator)
$22.95
ISBN: 9781910620717
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Published: Nobrow - September 1st, 2020

A lush and lovingly designed book, The Art of Drag isn't just another pretty face, it's a fabulous rendering of historical figures and a way of life. Read it for an understanding of the deep history of Drag, in so many of it's permutations. Immerse yourself in this gorgeous work of art! -Kristin R, Essex


Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

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Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250313195
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Published: Tordotcom - September 10th, 2019

What a great, cold, horrible world Muir has conjured up! I loved every bit. She paints with such a delightful vocabulary, beautifully balanced with the earthy snark of Gideon. You'll likely not come across this many bone references outside of an anatomy textbook, but that just adds to the delightful grittiness.


Gideon the Ninth is a monster-laden locked-room-murder-mystery, with excellent swordplay and unrequited love. One flesh, one end!


Kristin R.'s Top 10 Books to Read Before You Die

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Picture This: The Near-sighted Monkey Book Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781897299647
Availability: Not in Stock. Backordered at the Warehouse.
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - November 9th, 2010

Higglety Pigglety Pop! Cover Image
By Maurice Sendak, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
$8.95
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ISBN: 9780064430210
Published: HarperCollins - June 1st, 1979

Watership Down (Scribner Classics) Cover Image
By Richard Adams, Aldo Galli (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781442444058
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 23rd, 2012

The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition (Earthsea Cycle) Cover Image
By Ursula K. Le Guin, Charles Vess (Illustrator)
$59.99
ISBN: 9781481465588
Availability: Not in stock. At Our Partner Warehouse: Usually Ships in 4-7 Days.
Published: Gallery / Saga Press - October 30th, 2018

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All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780765397539
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Published: Tordotcom - May 2nd, 2017

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

Middlesex: A Novel Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780312427733
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Published: Picador - June 5th, 2007

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The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781423186922
Availability: Not in Stock. Backordered at the Warehouse.
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 26th, 2014

American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition: A Novel Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062472106
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Published: William Morrow - August 16th, 2016

Sabriel (Old Kingdom #1) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062315557
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Published: HarperCollins - June 3rd, 2014

Heavy, by Kiese Laymon

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Heavy: An American Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501125652
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Published: Scribner - October 16th, 2018

I'm a big fan of Kiese Laymon's, ever since coming across an op-ed he wrote on his experience as a black professor at Vassar. He has a way with language and an honesty at once both self-deprecating AND hopeful. This book hit me hard and it hit me good. 


I also highly recommend his collection of essays How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America.


All Systems Red, by Martha Wells

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All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780765397539
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Published: Tordotcom - May 2nd, 2017

I am SUCH a fan of Martha Wells' Murderbot Diaries. From the very first one, they have been perfectly paced, and I find it so easy to identify with the sardonic humor of Murderbot. This is the book I want to put in the hands of anyone who says "oh I don't read sci-fi." It's got mystery, adventure, and an AI that just wants to be left alone with it's favorite serial media. Each volume is just the right length to pick up for a day or two, and Wells does a great job of world-building without drowning out the personalities of her characters. 


Swallows and Amazons, by Arthur Ransome

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Kristen R.
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By Arthur Ransome, Arthur Ransome (Illustrator)
$15.95
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ISBN: 9781567924206
Published: David R. Godine Publisher - July 28th, 2010

A summer adventure like no other. Pirates, shark-infested waters, and buried treasure all come to life in this great tale set in the Northern Lake district of England. I wish this could have been my childhood! To make up for that, I make sure to read it every year. Wonderful tale (another favorite in the series is Swallowdale).


Lockwood & Co. (series) by Jonathan Stroud

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The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781423186922
Availability: Not in Stock. Backordered at the Warehouse.
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 26th, 2014

Lucy Carlisle's London is similar to ours, except for "The Problem." Visitors from the other side aren't just making people uncomfortable, they're causing harm and sometimes death.
Lucy's special talent is hearing Visitors, and her power grows stronger the more chances she takes.
She's recently joined up with Lockwood & Co., a small agency that bends the rules in more ways than one.
In our household (two adults, no kids), we wait with great anticipation for the next book in the series.


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Lockwood & Co.: The Whispering Skull Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781423194620
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 15th, 2015

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Lockwood & Co.: The Hollow Boy Cover Image
$7.99
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ISBN: 9781484711897
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 16th, 2016

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Lockwood & Co.: The Creeping Shadow Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781484709672
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 13th, 2016

You're Welcome, Universe, by Whitney Gardner

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$17.99
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ISBN: 9780399551413
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 7th, 2017

Julia is aiming to be recognized in the NYC graffiti scene, so her artwork needs careful planning, stealth and speed. Being deaf makes it even riskier when your art is seen as illegal.
A grand artistic gesture in support of her best friend puts her on the wrong foot with her moms, her friends, and her school(s). I loved this book for its spot-on illustrations (check out the clever chapter headers!) and its smart portrayal of a teen in the d/Deaf community.


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