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The Song of Achilles: A Novel By Madeline Miller Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062060624
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Published: Ecco - August 28th, 2012

Raw emotion in an enticing and lyrical package.

Miller’s background in writing and ancient Greek culture come together to bring the age-old tale of Achilles to the modern world.

 


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Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel By Celeste Ng Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735224315
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Published: Penguin Books - May 7th, 2019

The truth tucked inside a perfect little town, unraveled by two outsiders who never intended to stir up trouble. After all, Mia Warren has her own secrets to keep hidden.
Ng examines the collective mind of a town, motherhood, and our duty to others.


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Julia's House for Lost Creatures By Ben Hatke, Ben Hatke (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ben Hatke, Ben Hatke (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596438668
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Published: First Second - September 2nd, 2014

Problem solving, kindness, and the importance of chores all in one book!


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It's OK to Feel Things Deeply: (Uplifting Book for Women; Feel-Good Gift for Women; Books to Help Cope with Anxiety and Depression) By Carissa Potter Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781452163512
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 14th, 2018

Lovely little uplifting book! Like a hug for the heart.


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Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life By Christie Tate Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982154622
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - June 1st, 2021

Tate takes you on a tour of intimacy that makes you examine how you operate in relationships with others, as well as with yourself. A life changing read.


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Little Weirds By Jenny Slate Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316485364
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Published: Back Bay Books - November 24th, 2020

Authentic, honest, genuine: Jenny Slate.
This book, bluntly, is Slate’s train of thought bound together on paper. Read it to feel a genuine connection with people in general, and perhaps find yourself reflected in the entries. 


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The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, Book 1) By Maggie Stiefvater Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780545424936
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - July 30th, 2013

Stiefvater grabbed my attention with this opening line and held it for 4 books (not to mention the continuing series!). A unique adventure with characters that seem to live and breath in a beautifully described world. A favorite of mine <3


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When All Is Said: A Novel By Anne Griffin Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250251336
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Published: Picador - March 31st, 2020

Five toast to five people, and what they meant to one man.
*Read if you’re ready to reflect on your own relationships- what people mean to you now, and what they will mean once they are gone.


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Rabbit Cake By Annie Hartnett Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781941040560
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Published: Tin House Books - March 7th, 2017

Adult grief through a child’s eyes. Unsettling and uncomfortable in an oh-so-wonderful way. Watch the members of this family try to heal from the abrupt passing of their mother.


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The Barnabus Project By Terry Fan, Eric Fan, Devin Fan Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735263260
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Published: Tundra Books - September 1st, 2020

Sci-Fi in the form of a children’s book! Learn about helping out friends, good deeds, and self acceptance with detailed, interesting illustrations.


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My Very Favorite Book in the Whole Wide World By Malcolm Mitchell, Michael Robertson (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338225327
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Published: Orchard Books - December 29th, 2020

The perfect book for anyone who has said “I hate reading” (adults- this includes you!) 


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Nothing Rhymes with Orange: (Cute Children's Books, Preschool Rhyming Books, Children's Humor Books, Books about Friendship) By Adam Rex Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452154435
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 1st, 2017

A hilarious, energetic, and entertaining read with themes of inclusion! + wonderful illustrations!


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Attack of the Underwear Dragon By Scott Rothman, Pete Oswald (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Scott Rothman, Pete Oswald (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593119891
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - October 6th, 2020

Important lessons in work ethic, emotions, and perseverance all wrapped up in a funny little package!


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Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 By Richard Paul Evans Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781442468122
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Published: Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink - July 10th, 2012

Superpowered teens brought together and entangled in a dangerous mission. Evil corporations beware!


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All the Crooked Saints By Maggie Stiefvater Cover Image
$10.99
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ISBN: 9780545930819
Published: Scholastic Press - August 28th, 2018

Are you in need of a miracle? Think twice before answering- those pesky things are never quite what you expect.
Just ask the Soria family.


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Amber and Clay By Laura Amy Schlitz, Julia Iredale (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Laura Amy Schlitz, Julia Iredale (Illustrator)
$22.99
ISBN: 9781536201222
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Published: Candlewick - March 9th, 2021

Epic poetry and prose.
Historical artifacts woven into fiction.
Gods and slaves. Mortals and ghosts.
Schiltz strikes a beautiful balance with her unique, marvelous storytelling. Loved this <3


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Call Down the Hawk (The Dreamer Trilogy, Book 1) By Maggie Stiefvater Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338188332
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 6th, 2021

Slow burn with purpose. Steifvater has a plan for this plot, and is taking the book space needed to tell it. With a writing style I can best describe as factual flowery with a punch, this is definitely a story worth reading.


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Daughter of Smoke & Bone By Laini Taylor Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780316459181
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 1st, 2020

Angels, demons, wishes, art, tattoo-ed to the max strong women, blue hair, war, forbidden love.
Read it.
(PS- I fell in love with the landing pages <3)


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Normal People: A Novel By Sally Rooney Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984822185
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Published: Hogarth - February 18th, 2020

Life is a messy thing made out to be easy.
Feel at home with these characters- watch their mistakes, their missteps, their thought-through decisions and know that we are all normal people.


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You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time: Rules for Couples By Patricia Marx, Roz Chast (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Patricia Marx, Roz Chast (Illustrator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250225139
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Published: Celadon Books - January 14th, 2020

Wonderful little graphics and hilarious advice on how to make relationships last. You can tell lots of love went into this book- give it to someone you love!


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What's the Matter, Marlo? By Andrew Arnold, Andrew Arnold (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Andrew Arnold, Andrew Arnold (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250223234
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 26th, 2021

SUCH an impactful, important lesson about the not-sunshine-y part of friendship, told in a (somehow) lighthearted way. Loved this <3 


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I Would Leave Me If I Could.: A Collection of Poetry By Halsey Cover Image
By Halsey
$24.99
ISBN: 9781982135607
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 10th, 2020

A beautiful collection with personal accounts so vulnerable you’re guaranteed to either connect or gain a deeper understanding of another point of view. Give it a go <3 


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A Court of Thorns and Roses By Sarah J. Maas Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781635575569
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - June 2nd, 2020

An amazing series with an immersive world and strong, complex characters.
See everyday problems woven into a fae world of war, monsters, and magic.


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Odin's Child (The Raven Rings #1) By Siri Pettersen, Siân Mackie (Translated by), Paul Russell Garrett (Translated by) Cover Image
By Siri Pettersen, Siân Mackie (Translated by), Paul Russell Garrett (Translated by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781646900008
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Published: Arctis - March 23rd, 2021

Hikra never let her lack of a tail stop her from living her life. Not while playing with her childhood friend, Rime, not while helping her father run his business, and not while being harassed by the other Ym-lings. But when Hikra learns that her lack of tail could lead to the end times, her life will forever change.


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The Girls I've Been By Tess Sharpe Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593353806
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 26th, 2021

Daughter of a con artist gets caught up in a bank robbery with her new girlfriend and her ex-boy/current bestie.
This book floored me- dark in a way you don’t expect it to fully take, the relationships are complex, and the characters fulfilling and intimately honest. Read this.


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Lobstah Gahden: Speak Out Against Pollution with a Wicked Awesome Boston Accent! By Alli Brydon, Eg Keller Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781728232461
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Published: Sourcebooks Explore - April 6th, 2021

Written in a boston accent.
About pollution.
Read it.
AND PICK UP YA “GAHBAGE”! 
(there is a boston “glawssary” in da back) 


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The Rock from the Sky By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536215625
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Published: Candlewick - April 13th, 2021

Another gem by Klassen!  Adorable pictures with a followable story line for the kids, a touch of dark humor and fun concepts for the adults.  Read it!

 


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An ABC of Equality (Empowering Alphabets #1) By Chana Ginelle Ewing, Paulina Morgan (Illustrator) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780711262140
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - September 1st, 2020

ABCs and equality-s! A great way to learn


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A Porcupine Named Fluffy (Laugh-Along Lessons) By Helen Lester, Lynn Munsinger (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Helen Lester, Lynn Munsinger (Illustrator)
$7.99
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ISBN: 9780395520185
Published: Clarion Books - October 30th, 1989

MY FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOK OF ALL TIME! A wonderful little tale about finding yourself, and making friends by bonding over shared experiences.

 


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The Last Graduate: A Novel (The Scholomance #2) By Naomi Novik Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593128886
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Published: Del Rey - June 28th, 2022

El and her classmates have survived the Scholomance thus far through strategy- anticipating the moves of the school, the mals, and each other in order to make it out alive. But when everything they’ve known to be fact shifts into unfamiliar territory, El’s carefully coordinated routine will need to be revisited if she means to get out alive. And El means to do far more than just get out alive,

But when everything they’ve known to be fact shifts into unfamiliar territory, El works with her classmates to increase the odds of survival.

 


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A Deadly Education: A Novel (The Scholomance #1) By Naomi Novik Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593128503
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Published: Del Rey - May 4th, 2021

Maze runner meets Harry Potter. Follow El, prophesied to be a wildly powerful dark sorceress but saddled with her hippy-dippy-hugs-and-healing mother’s morals, as she competes with her classmates to survive against a school that’s trying to kill her (and monsters, hungry to do the same).

 


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For the Wolf (The Wilderwood #1) By Hannah Whitten Cover Image
$17.99
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ISBN: 9780316592789
Published: Orbit - June 1st, 2021

A fascinating red riding hood retelling sprinkled with other fairy tale themes.

When Red is sacrificed to the wilderwood, she doesn’t die (as previously expected) but instead learns more about the hell held back by roots and blood. As she finds her place, her sister plots in their kingdom, buried in grief, determined to bring her sister home. No matter the cost.

 


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The Brain: Everything You Need to Know By New Scientist Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781529363319
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Published: Nicholas Brealey - July 19th, 2022

Detailed, digestible, devourable.

An understandable account of all things “the brain”- how it functions with the outside world, how it works within itself, and why we (people) do the things we do. A must read!

 


A fun and ready read involving mythologies from a multitude of cultures! Includes not only stories, but breakdowns of who the gods were, the history and culture of the area, how yth played into it all!

 


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The Hug: Mini Edition By Eoin McLaughlin, Polly Dunbar (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Eoin McLaughlin, Polly Dunbar (Illustrator)
$8.95
ISBN: 9780571350605
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Published: Faber & Faber Children's - October 5th, 2021

Sometimes, you just need a great big hug! This two sided book will warm your heart!


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Plain Bad Heroines: A Novel By Emily M. Danforth, Sara Lautman (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Emily M. Danforth, Sara Lautman (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062942869
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 5th, 2021

An engaging voice, fun footnotes, and wonderfully flawed characters.

Danforth walks you through the sordid history of Brookhawnts and women who met an unfortunate end there. The story passes from the lives of those victims to the actresses starring in the Brookhawnts movie today- where the behind the scenes mishaps and tragedies feel suspiciously familiar...

 


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Ninth House (Alex Stern #1) By Leigh Bardugo Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250751362
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 20th, 2020

Merging the Secret Yale Societies with Paranormal rituals, Bardugo creates a murder mystery with academia and horror. Follow Alex chase after the ghosts haunting her school   as she tries to get away from those haunting her past.


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Little Thieves By Margaret Owen Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250191908
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - October 19th, 2021

When little thief, Vanja, faces a big curse for her most recent score, she is forced to team up with unlikely allies: i.e law enforcement, the princess whose life she stole, and the daughter of the god who cursed her. What begins as a plot for her freedom develops into a rushed effort to save the kingdom.


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Iron Widow By Xiran Jay Zhao Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735269934
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Published: Penguin Teen Canada - September 21st, 2021

Follow etian as she enters the army on a suicide mission ti avenge her sister only to remain to unravel the corruption her people live in.


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The Comfort Book By Matt Haig Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780143136668
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Published: Penguin Life - July 6th, 2021

A hug to the heart and medicine for the soul. Read to be seen, held, and (most importantly) comforted.

A reflection on the dark times, the pleasant moments, and the light that shines ahead.


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Book of Night By Holly Black Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250812193
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Published: Tor Books - May 3rd, 2022

Charlie Hall is trying - trying to provide her sister with a college education, trying to keep herself together, trying to hold down her bartending job at the dominatrix club and not go back into the shady world of shadow magic operating out of it’s basement. Trying to take a lengthy step away from that life of thievery and cons. Be above board. Be better than the thing she’s best at.

So she’s just going to do the one job- a favor. One that will buy her an extra month to pull together her sister’s tuition. In and out, pull an old acquaintance ’s boyfriend, rolling, out of a hotel room and back home. Not one to jumpstart her old career. Not one to slide back into old habits.

But Charlie’s filled her life with wrong choices, and the results seem to follow no matter what her intentions are.


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House of Hollow By Krystal Sutherland Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780593110362
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - March 1st, 2022

Bone chilling at times, shrouded in darkness (nestled at the center of even the light bits), great use of senses. I loved this disturbing, real feeling, read.

Iris and her sisters are odd- strangers become hungry for them from a look or a touch ever since the three of them disappeared as children, reappearing a month later with white hair and black eyes. Her sisters are grown, living loud lives as a rockstar and a fashion designer, and Iris hopes to let the weirdness fade away and establish a life of her own. But when Grey goes missing, sprinkling bread crumbs behind her, and a man wearing antlers pursues her, Iris and Vivi must seek out the horrors long forgotten to try and bring their sister home.


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Rose Petal Parchment By Mariana Costa (Illustrator), Emily Denis Cover Image
By Mariana Costa (Illustrator), Emily Denis
$14.99
ISBN: 9798670921701
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(This book cannot be returned)
Published: Independently Published - April 19th, 2021

A beautiful collection with heart strings and trains of thought all its own. It breathes with you, breaks with you, lives life alongside you and puts the little parts so simply and eloquently. Feel held and heard within these pages.


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The House in the Cerulean Sea By TJ Klune Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250217318
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Published: Tor Books - December 29th, 2020

A by-the-book caseworker’s day to day is disturbed by an assignment to an orphanage housing the Antichrist, a forest sprite, a shapeshifter, a wyvern, a gnome, and a Chauncy.

This book is love- it bursts from every chapter, wraps itself around your soul, keeps you safe and warm. Perception, acceptance, and action are put on display within these pages, and they shine.

Do yourself a favor- read it.