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The Boston Raphael: A Mysterious Painting, an Embattled Museum, and a Daughter's Search for the Truth By Belinda Rathbone Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781567926736
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Published: David R. Godine Publisher - May 21st, 2024

This fabulous book is centered on a watershed moment in Boston’s cultural history. It is an adventure story, even part crime caper – when first published it was a NYTimes Bestseller in the “Crime and Punishment” category. It is a thoughtful, cautionary tale of the role of a museum director and a board of trustees as museums started their evolution into a transformative role in shaping our society. It is also a beautiful tribute to a father, from a daughter who comes of age as former MFA Director (from 1955-1972) Perry T. Rathbone experiences a revelatory period of vulnerability.


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Grief Is for People By Sloane Crosley Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374609849
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Published: MCD - February 27th, 2024

This eloquent and clear-eyed memoir explores loss—first, family heirlooms are stolen and soon after a vibrant, funny friend and former publishing colleague, who was "like family," takes his own life. The narrative strands of the two searches for resolution of some kind are deftly intertwined. A vivid, propulsive journey of mourning and memory.


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What Goes on inside a Beaver Pond? By Becky Cushing Gop, Carrie Shryock (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Becky Cushing Gop, Carrie Shryock (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781635865271
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - September 5th, 2023

Oh, my! One of my favorite adult books is Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter and here is a fabulous, fascinating nonfiction book for children on all things beaver! Gorgeous full page color illustrations enhance the lively narrative of the life and journey of a young beaver, expertly told by Massachusetts author, Becky Cushing Gop, regional Director of Mass Audubon.


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The Grand Affair: John Singer Sargent in His World By Paul Fisher Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250872548
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Published: Picador - October 31st, 2023

This comprehensive biography explores the enigmas of Sargent’s sexuality and ambiguities of bohemian identity during his lifetime, adding a new layer of interpretation which grants the man and his paintings a new and intense life. Fisher’s narrative provides sumptuous details of his creative process, social milieus, and, for his time, unconventional relationships with men and women. The writing is evocative, almost cinematic. Fisher is a Professor at Wellesley College.


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America Fantastica: A Novel By Tim O'Brien Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780063318502
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Published: Mariner Books - October 24th, 2023

I first fell in love with Tim O’Brien with The Things They Carried. Here he re-emerges with a picaresque adventure full of acerbic wit and commentary on a world of liars and mythmakers. “Fantastica” writing draws fully formed characters as they play out Love, Loss, Cars, Guns, Vengeance, Reunion. Enjoy the ride! He’s still got it!


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Picky Panda (With Fun Flaps to Lift) By Jackie Huang Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781419762796
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Published: Abrams Appleseed - April 25th, 2023

A persnickety panda has everything "black and white," just as he likes it...until he receives the gift of a red flower. Where can it fit in? Strong graphic art and lift-the-flaps that introduce color and "flexible thinking" concepts make this a book with a happy ending. Ages 2 to 5.


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Elf Dog and Owl Head By M. T. Anderson, Junyi Wu (Illustrator) Cover Image
By M. T. Anderson, Junyi Wu (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536222814
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Published: Candlewick - April 11th, 2023

The tale of a boy (Clay) and his dog (Elphinore) is turned on its head because...Elphinore, newly escaped from the Kingdom Under the Mountain, takes Clay on excursions to a forest world full of fantasy and folklore. In contrast, Clay's family life during the long days of summer vacation will be familiar to readers. Pitch-perfect illustrations enhance this lively story of an unbreakable bond of friendship between a boy and his dog.


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A B See By Elizabeth Doyle, Elizabeth Doyle (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Elizabeth Doyle, Elizabeth Doyle (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781481436991
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Published: Little Simon - July 21st, 2015

An elegant, fresh take on ABCs. Awesome alliteration and ‘search and find’ elements (fun for ALL ages) will make you want to linger on each letter.


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The Shores of Bohemia: A Cape Cod Story By John Taylor Williams Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781250867162
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Published: Picador - May 16th, 2023

Provincetown, Wellfleet, Truro...when they were affordable, they were Bohemia! This fifty-year review of the explosive change amidst political and social unrest contains a dizzying array of interplay among a Who's Who of American culture, replete with peccadillos and heartbreak. Perfect for the libraries of Cape Cod residents!


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Twenty Questions By Mac Barnett, Christian Robinson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536215137
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Published: Candlewick - March 14th, 2023

One of my many pleasures reading to young children is asking them questions, or answering their questions, whether it be in relation to text and/or the illustrations. Twenty Questions fits this bill perfectly, as each spread invites observation, imagination, and storytelling. From the whacky (how did that cow end up on top of a wind turbine) to the sensitive (why is the elephant upset) to counting (how many animals can you see), each of twenty questions paired with their bright and bold illustrations actively engages readers and listeners, with the fun option of creating new stories and conversations the next time you pick up the book.


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The Flamingo: A Graphic Novel Chapter Book By Guojing Cover Image
By Guojing
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593127315
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Published: Random House Studio - September 27th, 2022

A wonderful tale of adventure, imagination and intergenerational friendship. The joyful story (almost wordless) behind a found flamingo father is sure to enchant any creative child (and their grandparent who may live at a distance). Absolutely glorious art.


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Vigil Harbor: A Novel By Julia Glass Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781101873588
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Published: Anchor - April 25th, 2023

Set in a seaside town north of Boston, the life of sailing and yacht club parties brims with tension--from rising sea levels and ecoterrorism to the dissolution of marriages and children struggling to "find their place." Then two strangers arrive in town to further disrupt matters. Glass expertly weaves a tale of unfolding secrets through spot-on narrative voices.


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Groundskeeping: A Read with Jenna Pick By Lee Cole Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593314784
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Published: Vintage - February 14th, 2023

Can life be what you want it to be, how you create it in your art? How do you hold love and anger with empathy? This striking debut novel depicts the coming-of-age of a writer against the backdrop of a love story and family ties. Cole writes with such immediacy, you are perched right on his shoulder! A real-deal debut, and an author to watch!


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Kin: A Memoir By Shawna Kay Rodenberg Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781635579345
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - August 30th, 2022

A totally absorbing story from one born and raised (mostly) in Appalachian coal country where tragedies come out of nowhere and generations love their mothers and fight with their fathers. This magnetic memoir of finding identity, power, and freedom is filled with sentences that shimmer. I didn't want it to end!


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Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter By Ben Goldfarb Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781603589086
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - March 8th, 2019

Fantastic nature writing about...the fascinating beaver. They are architects, engineers and family-oriented, They also represent a profound part of our natural history and ecology--both our history and our present.


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Last Night at the Telegraph Club By Malinda Lo Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780525555278
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - December 28th, 2021

A beautiful historical novel in which a young woman coming of age in San Francisco's Chinatown in the 1950s does not follow the model life of marriage and family, as expected from her community. Lily's journey to self-confidence and finding unexpected love with her classmate Kathleen is layered and thoughtful. Winner of the 2021 National Book Award for Young People's Literature!