Books About Books (and Book Adjacent Things)

Novelist as a Vocation By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translated by), Ted Goossen (Translated by) Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translated by), Ted Goossen (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101974537
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Published: Vintage - November 7th, 2023

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • An insightful look into the mind of a master storyteller—and a unique look at the craft of writing from the beloved and best-selling author of 1Q84, Norwegian Wood, and What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.


Portable Magic: A History of Books and Their Readers By Emma Smith Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781524749095
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Published: Knopf - November 15th, 2022

A history of one of humankind’s most resilient and influential technologies over the past millennium—the book. Revelatory and entertaining in equal measure, Portable Magic will charm and challenge literature lovers of all kinds as it illuminates the transformative power and eternal appeal of the written word.


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An Honest Living: A Novel By Dwyer Murphy Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593489260
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Published: Penguin Books - July 4th, 2023

A sharp and stylish novel from the editor-in-chief of CrimeReads in which an unwitting private eye gets caught up in a crime of obsession between a reclusive literary superstar and her bookseller husband, paying homage to the noir genre just as smartly as it reinvents it


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The Cartographers: A Novel By Peng Shepherd Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062910707
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 21st, 2023

USA TODAY AND LA TIMES BESTSELLER

Finalist for the LA Times Book Prize!

The Cartographers is one of those brilliant books you have to read twice.” — Washington Post


The Art of Libromancy: On Selling Books and Reading Books in the Twenty-First Century By Josh Cook Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781771965415
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Published: Biblioasis - August 22nd, 2023

ONE OF LIT HUB'S MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2023 - ESQUIRE's August 2023 Book Club Pick


Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel By Robin Sloan Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250037756
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Published: Picador - September 24th, 2013

The New York Times Bestseller

A Winner of the Alex Award, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction, named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle


Don't Read Poetry: A Book About How to Read Poems By Stephanie Burt Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781541603615
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Published: Basic Books - May 9th, 2023

“At once erudite and colloquial” (New Yorker), this book provides an accessible introduction to the joys and challenges of poetry 

In Don’t Read Poetry, poet and literary critic Stephanie Burt offers an accessible introduction to the seemingly daunting task of reading, understanding, and appreciating poetry.


The Book Eaters By Sunyi Dean Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250810205
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Published: Tor Books - June 27th, 2023

"I devoured this."—V. E. Schwab, New York Times bestselling author of The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue

An International Bestseller
An NPR Best Sci Fi, Fantasy, & Speculative Fiction Book of 2022
A Book Riot Best Book of 2022
A Vulture Best Fantasy Novel of 2022
A Goodreads Best Fantasy Choice Award Nominee


The Book at War: How Reading Shaped Conflict and Conflict Shaped Reading By Andrew Pettegree Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781541604346
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Published: Basic Books - December 5th, 2023

A "magisterial" (Sunday Times) history of how books were used in war across the twentieth century—both as weapons and as agents for peace

We tend not to talk about books and war in the same breath—one ranks among humanity’s greatest inventions, the other among its most terrible.


The Chapter: A Segmented History from Antiquity to the Twenty-First Century By Nicholas Dames Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780691135199
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Published: Princeton University Press - November 7th, 2023

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism

A history of the chapter from its origins in antiquity to today


Fahrenheit 451: A Novel By Ray Bradbury Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781451673319
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 10th, 2012

Nearly seventy years after its original publication, Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 stands as a classic of world literature set in a bleak, dystopian future. Today its message has grown more relevant than ever before.

Guy Montag is a fireman.


Learn about the man who wrote The Lord of the Rings in this Middle-earth treasury. Full of everything to learn about Middle-earth and the fandom, this book about Tolkien celebrates Why We Love Middle-earth.


Index, A History of the: A Bookish Adventure from Medieval Manuscripts to the Digital Age By Dennis Duncan Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781324050513
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 25th, 2023

A New York Times Editors' Choice Book and a New Yorker Best Book of 2022 So Far
Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by Literary Hub and Goodreads

A playful history of the humble index and its outsized effect on our reading lives.


The Library of the Unwritten (A Novel from Hell's Library #1) By A. J. Hackwith Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781984806376
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Published: Ace - October 1st, 2019

In the first book in a brilliant new fantasy series, books that aren't finished by their authors reside in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell, and it is up to the Librarian to track down any restless characters who emerge from those unfinished stories.


The Midnight Library: A GMA Book Club Pick (A Novel) By Matt Haig Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525559498
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Published: Penguin Books - May 9th, 2023

The #1 New York Times bestselling WORLDWIDE phenomenon

Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction | A Good Morning America Book Club Pick | Independent (London) Ten Best Books of the Year

"A feel-good book guaranteed to lift your spirits."—The Washington Post


Art of the Grimoire: An Illustrated History of Magic Books and Spells By Owen Davies Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780300272017
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Published: Yale University Press - October 10th, 2023

A copiously illustrated global history of magic books, from ancient papyri to pulp paperbacks
 
“A beautiful production: a typographic and calligraphic treat as treasurable as a rare magical text itself.


Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel By Matthew Sullivan Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501116858
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Published: Scribner - January 9th, 2018

When a bookshop patron dies by suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this "shocking, charming, thrilling" (Associated Press) and award-winning debut novel.

Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight.


The Book Thief By Markus Zusak Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780375842207
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 11th, 2007

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S 100 BEST YA BOOKS OF ALL TIME

The extraordinary, beloved novel about the ability of books to feed the soul even in the darkest of times.


When Death has a story to tell, you listen.


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: A Novel By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780385341004
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - May 5th, 2009

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A NETFLIX FILM • A remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German Occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.

“Treat yourself to this book, please—I can’t recommend it highly enough.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love


The Bookshop on the Corner: A Novel By Jenny Colgan Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062467256
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 20th, 2016

Nina Redmond is a librarian with a gift for finding the perfect book for her readers. But can she write her own happy-ever-after?


Big Fiction: How Conglomeration Changed the Publishing Industry and American Literature (Literature Now) By Dan Sinykin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780231192958
Published: Columbia University Press - October 24th, 2023

In the late 1950s, Random House editor Jason Epstein would talk jazz with Ralph Ellison or chat with Andy Warhol while pouring drinks in his office. By the 1970s, editors were poring over profit-and-loss statements. The electronics company RCA bought Random House in 1965, and then other large corporations purchased other formerly independent publishers.


The Dictionary of Lost Words: A Novel By Pip Williams Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984820747
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 3rd, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK • “Delightful . . . [a] captivating and slyly subversive fictional paean to the real women whose work on the Oxford English Dictionary went largely unheralded.”—The New York Times Book Review


Bookshops & Bonedust (Legends & Lattes) By Travis Baldree Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250886101
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Published: Tor Books - November 7th, 2023

An Instant #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Indie Bestseller
A Barnes & Noble Best Fantasy Book of 2023
An Amazon Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Book of 2023

When an injury throws a young, battle-hungry orc off her chosen path, she may find that what we need isn't always what we seek.


The Reading List: A Novel By Sara Nisha Adams Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063025295
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 9th, 2022


A BEST OF SUMMER READ ACCORDING TO NEWSWEEK, PARADE MAGAZINE, NBC NEWS, LITHUB, AND POPSUGAR!

"The most heartfelt read of the summer...a surprising delight of a novel."--Shondaland


Hell of a Book: National Book Award Winner (A Novel) By Jason Mott Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593330982
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Published: Dutton - June 28th, 2022

***2021 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER***

***THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER***

Winner of the 2021 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction, Joyce Carol Oates Literary Prize Finalist, 2022 Chautauqua Prize Finalist, Willie Morris Award for Southern Writing Shortlist, 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize Shortlist, 2022 Maya Angelou Book Award Shortlist, 2022 Carnegie Medal Longlist


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Shelf Life: Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller By Nadia Wassef Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250858863
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Published: Picador - October 4th, 2022

“As a bookseller, I loved Shelf Life for the chance to peer behind the curtain of Diwan, Nadia Wassef ’s bookstore—the way that the personal is inextricable from the professional, the way that failure and success are often lovers, the relationship between neighborhoods and books and life.


The Sentence: A Novel By Louise Erdrich Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780062671134
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 6th, 2022

"Dazzling. . . . A hard-won love letter to readers and to booksellers, as well as a compelling story about how we cope with pain and fear, injustice and illness. One good way is to press a beloved book into another's hands. Read The Sentence and then do just that."—USA Today, Four Stars


Still No Word From You: Notes in the Margin By Peter Orner Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781646222049
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Published: Catapult - October 24th, 2023

Longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay

A new collection of pieces on literature and life by the author of Am I Alone Here?, a finalist for the NBCC Award for Criticism


The Bookbinder: A Novel By Pip Williams Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593600443
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Published: Ballantine Books - July 25th, 2023

A young British woman working in a book bindery gets a chance to pursue knowledge and love when World War I upends her life in this new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Reese’s Book Club pick The Dictionary of Lost Words.


The Liar's Dictionary: A Novel By Eley Williams Cover Image
$16.00
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ISBN: 9780593311868
Published: Anchor - November 9th, 2021

NATIONAL BESTSELLER“You wouldn’t expect a comic novel about a dictionary to be a thriller too, but this one is. In fact, [it] is also a mystery, love story (two of them) and cliffhanging melodrama.” —The New York Times Book Review


Meander, Spiral, Explode: Design and Pattern in Narrative By Jane Alison Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781948226134
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Published: Catapult - April 2nd, 2019

"How lovely to discover a book on the craft of writing that is also fun to read . . . Alison asserts that the best stories follow patterns in nature, and by defining these new styles she offers writers the freedom to explore but with enough guidance to thrive." ―Maris Kreizman, Vulture


The Great Passage By Shion Miura, Juliet Winters Carpenter (Translator) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781477823071
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Published: Amazon Crossing - June 1st, 2017

An award-winning story of love, friendship, and the power of human connection.

Kohei Araki believes that a dictionary is a boat to carry us across the sea of words. But after thirty-seven years of creating dictionaries, it's time for him to retire and find his replacement.


Days at the Morisaki Bookshop: A Novel By Satoshi Yagisawa, Eric Ozawa (Translated by) Cover Image
By Satoshi Yagisawa, Eric Ozawa (Translated by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063278677
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 4th, 2023

The wise and charming international bestseller and hit Japanese movie—about a young woman who loses everything but finds herself—a tale of new beginnings, romantic and family relationships, and the comfort that can be found in books. 


The Lost Bookshop By Evie Woods Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780008609214
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Published: One More Chapter - November 7th, 2023

Pre-order Evie Wood's stunning new book The Story Collector now

The Echo of Old Books meets The Lost Apothecary in this evocative and charming novel full of mystery and secrets.


The Bookshop Mice By Robert Starling Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9798765608333
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Published: Andersen Press - November 7th, 2023

Pirates, monkeys, galleons and treasure Isn't it amazing where books can take you?

Astrid is a bookshop mouse, but when she tells her new classmates about her astromouse mom and the incredible adventures she has with her dad, they don't believe her. Only a visit to The Book Nook will show them what they're missing


The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel By Nina George Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780553418798
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 22nd, 2016

Monsieur Perdu can prescribe the perfect book for a broken heart. But can he fix his own?
 


Confessions of a Bookseller By Shaun Bythell Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781567927221
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Published: David R. Godine Publisher - March 22nd, 2022

Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live By Peter Orner Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781936787258
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Published: Catapult - October 25th, 2016

This National Book Critics Circle Award is “an entrancing attempt to catch what falls between: the irreducibly personal, messy, even embarrassing ways reading and living bleed into each other, which neither literary criticism nor autobiography ever quite acknowledges" (The New York Times). 


Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops By Shaun Bythell Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781567926927
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Published: David R. Godine Publisher - November 24th, 2020

A cantankerously funny view of books and the people who love them. It does take all kinds and through the misanthropic eyes of a very grumpy bookseller, we see them all--from the "Person Who Doesn't Know What They Want (But Thinks It Might Have a Blue Cover)" to the "Parents Secretly After Free Childcare."


Fingersmith By Sarah Waters Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781573229722
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 1st, 2002


“Oliver Twist with a twist…Waters spins an absorbing tale that withholds as much as it discloses. A pulsating story.”—The New York Times Book Review  

The Handmaiden, a film adaptation of Fingersmith, directed by Park Chan-wook and starring Kim Tae-Ri, is now available.


How to Resist Amazon and Why: The Fight for Local Economics, Data Privacy, Fair Labor, Independent Bookstores, and a People-Powered Future! (Real World) By Danny Caine Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781648411236
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Published: Microcosm Publishing - September 20th, 2022

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How to Protect Bookstores and Why: The Present and Future of Bookselling By Danny Caine Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781648411632
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Published: Microcosm Publishing - September 19th, 2023

The Door-To-Door Bookstore By Carsten Henn Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781335490858
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Published: Hanover Square Press - July 4th, 2023

The charming international bestseller about an unlikely friendship between an elderly door-to-door bookseller and a nine-year-old girl that changes his life.


Curious George Goes to a Bookstore By H. A. Rey Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780544932043
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Published: Clarion Books - March 14th, 2017

George’s favorite author is doing a signing at the new bookstore in town. Waiting in line is hard when you’re as curious as our little monkey, especially when surrounded by so many great books! Children will love his silly antics as George explores the wonderful world that is the local bookstore.        With art in the style of H. A.


Good Night, Little Bookstore By Amy Cherrix, E. B. Goodale (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Amy Cherrix, E. B. Goodale (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536212518
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Published: Candlewick - August 29th, 2022

Part lullaby, part love song, this perfectly pitched bedtime book gives a nod to its classic predecessors as it champions the vibrant independent spirit of local bookstores.


Maisy Goes to the Local Bookstore: A Maisy First Experiences Book By Lucy Cousins, Lucy Cousins (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lucy Cousins, Lucy Cousins (Illustrator)
$6.99
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ISBN: 9781536200850
Published: Candlewick - March 27th, 2018

“The upbeat little mouse treads familiar ground in the search for literary gold. . . . Her trip introduces young readers to the delights of a local bookstore.” — Kirkus Reviews


The Christmas Book Flood By Emily Kilgore, Kitty Moss (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Emily Kilgore, Kitty Moss (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374388997
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - November 1st, 2022

Start your own holiday tradition inspired by this bestselling Yuletide story. Based on a real Icelandic tradition where people gift books to their family and friends on Christmas Eve, The Christmas Book Flood brings all the sparkle and anticipation of the winter season―and of the joys of reading―to the page.


¡Vamos! Let's Go Read (World of ¡Vamos!) By Raúl the Third, Raúl the Third (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Raúl the Third, Raúl the Third (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358539360
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Published: Versify - September 12th, 2023

A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

A Junior Library Guild Selection

A Bologna Ragazzi Awards Amazing Bookshelf Selection


How Can I Help You By Laura Sims Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593543702
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - July 18th, 2023

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
The New York Times Book Review • Publishers Weekly • CrimeReads • Book Riot

A LibraryReads Pick

The lives of two librarians become dangerously intertwined in this razor-sharp exploration of human nature and the lure of artistic obsession.


We Are in a Book!-An Elephant and Piggie Book By Mo Willems Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781423133087
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - September 14th, 2010

Lola at the Library (Lola Reads #1) By Anna McQuinn, Rosalind Beardshaw (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Anna McQuinn, Rosalind Beardshaw (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781580891424
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Published: Charlesbridge - July 1st, 2006

In this Lola Reads picture book, learn about the library, checking out books, and story time with Lola, as she discovers the joy of reading!


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Once Upon a Book By Grace Lin, Kate Messner Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316541077
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 7th, 2023

A Kirkus Best Picture Book of 2023!
A Smithsonian Magazine Best Kids Books of 2023!

From Caldecott and Newbery Honoree Grace Lin and bestselling author Kate Messner comes a modern folktale about the joy of reading.


Once upon a time, there was a girl. She went to a place alive with colors, where even the morning dew was warm.&


Pages & Co.: The Bookwanderers By Anna James, Paola Escobar (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Anna James, Paola Escobar (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781984837141
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Published: Puffin Books - February 25th, 2020

A USA Today Bestselling book!
A Barnes & Noble Book of the Month!
A 2019 Kids' Indie Next List Pick!
A National Bestseller!

"Mr. Lemoncello would love to go bookwandering at Pages and Co. If you love books, you're going to LOVE this book!"--Chris Grabenstein, #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Mr. Lemoncello series.


The Book That No One Wanted to Read By Richard Ayoade, Tor Freeman (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Richard Ayoade, Tor Freeman (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536222166
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Published: Walker Books US - March 14th, 2023

From actor-author-broadcaster-comedian-filmmaker Richard Ayoade comes a book narrated by . . . a book. Quirky, smart, and genre-busting, this is the saga of a book that nobody wants to read—until the day it meets YOU.