Leah's Picks

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The Warped Side of Our Universe: An Odyssey through Black Holes, Wormholes, Time Travel, and Gravitational Waves By Kip Thorne, Lia Halloran (By (artist)) Cover Image
By Kip Thorne, Lia Halloran (By (artist))
$50.00
ISBN: 9781631498541
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Published: Liveright - October 31st, 2023

A beautiful combination of physics, poetry, and art! It's thought-provoking and creative, not to mention beautiful. You may be familiar with CERN's hadron collider, but I bet you haven't heard of the lesser-known laser interferometer gravitational wave observatory, LIGO. (Say that five times fast.) Here, scientists study gravitational waves that are believed to be ripples in space-time, caused by high-energy events across the universe such as colliding black holes and supernovae. In the book, the artwork brings to life the 'warped side' of physics to be almost first-hand experiences for the reader; like a Magic School Bus adventure for adults.


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Artifice By Sharon Cameron Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781338813951
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Published: Scholastic Press - November 7th, 2023

A riveting historical novel that opened my eyes to more acts of resistance and brave individuals during WWII. Set in Amsterdam and centering art forgery, it's a little different than the usual focus. The idea of forging expensive art pieces to sell to Nazis and then using that money to smuggle Jewish babies to safety? Brilliant. Cameron does a good job sharing lesser-known topics without sensationalizing, perfectly weaving together fact and fiction.


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The Underworld: Journeys to the Depths of the Ocean By Susan Casey Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780385545570
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Published: Doubleday - August 1st, 2023

I'm really glad there are people in the world who want to go thousands of feet underwater in order to tell us how awesome it is, because I certainly don't ever want to. My main takeaway is the Catch-22 of humans learning about and exploring the deepest trenches of our oceans: the potential for scientific discoveries is unfathomable (pun intended) but so is the potential for creating easier and exploitable access to the delicate and most essential ecosystem of our planet. 


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Wildoak By C. C. Harrington Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338803860
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 20th, 2022

A soft, quiet historical novel set in England in the 1960s about a girl who has a stutter when talking to humans, and loves connecting to animals and hanging out in the woods. It touches on environmental conservation and social issues, especially how people with disabilities are often treated in society. It is absolutely beautiful and moving, and made me tear up a few times. Don't worry, the snow leopard lives!


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Lunar New Year Love Story By Gene Luen Yang, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250908261
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Published: First Second - January 9th, 2024

This love story is SO DANG CUTE! True love might be on the horizon, but to get there Valentina has to fend off some meddling spirits (and family members). The narrative is a blend of Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese cultures-- lion dancing is abundant, and the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous! I seriously couldn't put it down and I finished reading with a giant smile on my face.


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Listen for the Lie: A Novel By Amy Tintera Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250880314
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Published: Celadon Books - March 5th, 2024

Where are my true-crime-podcast junkies at? You're lying to yourself if this book doesn't intrigue you. Then again, they say the truth doesn't matter. Tintera deftly doles out information in this small-town whodunnit that's anything but cozy. Our could-be-murderer and unreliable narrator Lucy charmed me with her gallows humor and unapologetic bluntness; I frequently cackled out loud and stayed up way too late to finish. A twisted, dark delight.


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Olivetti By Allie Millington Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250326935
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - March 26th, 2024

Once upon a time, a snarky typewriter who loathes books and a nerdy human who loathes other humans go on an adventure to find a missing parent. I immediately fell in love with these two. From the endearing observations by Olivetti about how messy and emotional humans are and how he is SO much cooler than those dang one-trick-wonder 'books', to Ernest's loneliness and feelings of isolation in a family that doesn't quite understand him. Olivetti has the quirky aspects of A Series of Unfortunate Events and the fun teamwork of the Mysterious Benedict Society, creating a story that will be adored by children and adults alike.


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The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi: A new fantasy series set a thousand years before The City of Brass By Shannon Chakraborty Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062963512
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Published: Harper Voyager - March 26th, 2024

Women have to do everything around here, don't we? But that's alright because in this case everything is to go on a pirate adventure with a rag tag crew that's basically a found family of quirky outcasts, all the while narrated with some pretty snarky commentary. Man, this is SUCH A FUN BOOK. There's a little bit of everything, it's pretty lighthearted, and oftentimes Amina is a moooood. I had a feeling this series would be different from City of Brass, and for sure yes, it is. In the best way. It's still very character driven, full of history and magic, and really unputdownable. I can't wait for the next!


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Ferris By Kate DiCamillo Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536231052
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Published: Candlewick - March 5th, 2024

Another instant classic by Kate DiCamillo. It made me laugh out loud and tear up. A story about family and loss, and connection through everything. I felt like I went through childhood again by reading Ferris’ clever and entertaining point of view. I loved it.


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What You Are Looking for Is in the Library By Michiko Aoyama Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781335005625
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Published: Hanover Square Press - September 5th, 2023

Cozy and thought-provoking, I was unexpectedly touched by these slices of life. Five vignettes of people who are either directionless or at a crossroads, and how they each move forward. It is a story about the power of books and mindfulness in our reading (or in anything, really) in order to find meaning and purpose. Something that will look different for everybody...but usually involves books.