Sunday, December 11, 2016

Boswell Staff Top 5 for 2016 Part 3

We are now two weeks until Christmas Day--are you stuck on your Christmas List? Perhaps one of newer booksellers might be able to help you cross of a name or two on your list this are the top 5's or four of more recent hires in 2016:

Olivia S.'s Top 5 Books for 2016:

Volumes 1 & 2 of Welcome to Night Vale Episodes: MostlyVoid, Partially Stars and The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
“In volume 1 of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast episodes, community radio host Cecil Palmer will tell of hooded figures in a forbidden dog park, the might Glow Cloud (ALL HAIL), a scientist who comes to town (with his perfect hair), and more in this fantastically strange series. This book is a great place for newcomers to start and has loads of great bonus content for longtime fans. Enjoy your stay in year one of the Welcome to Night Vale episodes!” (Volume 2)—“Your favorite creepy desert community is back in volume 2 of the WTNC podcast episodes. One year later…A corporation moves into town, threatening all that Night Vale citizens hold dear. A militia of well-read children rises to the challenge. A literal S-headed dragon and the The Faceless Old Woman who secretly lives in your home campaign for the town’s mayoral seat. A faithful community radio host tells all.” Both books are $16.99.
“This fantastic book captures the power of stories and the impact they have on the lives of ordinary people like a twenty-something comic illustrator, a big-time comics writer, a single mother (ex-star of a popular sci-fi TV show) and her nine-year-old son, who writes stories of his own. As this cast of characters hops across the country from convention to convention, their lives change, intertwine, and unfold before them. Proehl writes the perfect book for anyone who appreciates the value of story—readers, writers, artists, fans and all. An interesting view of the fandom world, the comic con experience, and the relationship between fans andcreators, this book is smart, funny, and very human.” $26.00
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett 

"Tiffany Aching has a frying pan and is not afraid to use it. This young aspiring witch stares down nightmares and knocks out the monsters leaking onto her family's farm through a doorway to fairyland. When her little brother is taken by the fairy queen, she must use her first sight, second thoughts, and some help from the wee free men- an army of blue-tattooed, red-haired, sword-wielding 6-inch-tall pictsies- to get him back. If you like smart heroines and hilarious writing, you will love the Wee Free Men." $9.99
Rounding out Olivia's Top 5 are: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling ($39.99 #31.99 in the shop)  and Lab Girl by Jahren Hope ($26.95--NYT 100 Notable Book of 2016).
Kelli's Top 5 Books for 2016:
The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst
“Elemental spirits and humans clash for survival in Sarah Beth Durst's novel Queen of Blood. In this epic tale, Daleina is a young girl with some ability to command the destructive spirits that populate her world, but she is by no means the strongest. Plagued by doubt and a lack of confidence, Dalenia must confront her shortcomings and save the realm from a devastating betrayal. Chock-full of strong independent female characters, this novel had me hooked! Finally, a great fantasy with dynamic and realistic female protagonists.” $19.99
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
“Three sisters, three dark powers, only one can be queen. Each girl has her own secrets that can be used against her. This novel rocked my world. Excellently told with twisting plots, devious schemes, and heartbreaking love. Blake's novel is one of the best YA novels I've read in a long time. Her characters are dynamic and strong. Her world is wild and vibrant. Give this novel a chance, you won't regret it!” $17.99
The Fireman by Joe Hill
“What would you do if a deadly spore that caused people to burst into flames when feeling a strong emotion really happened? What would you do when society collapses and tries to kill every infected person? How far would you go to save yourself and those you love? Read This Book!” $28.99 $23.19 in the shop.
Rounding out Kelli's Top 5 are: In Real Life by  Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang ($17.99) and If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo ($17.99).
Tim's Top 5 Books for 2016:
The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey (Signed Copies Available, while they last)
“...A terrifying secret at the center of the entire kingdom. Two girls must find answers--one feeling alone and "broken" by strong emotions, another unexpectedly becoming the Queen! This is a wise, suspenseful story about what it really means to be human, and truly alive.” $16.95 $13.56 in the shop.
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson (Signed Copies Available, while they last)
“Woodson’s words roll so easily, so beautifully!—language so direct and immediate, as if she’s sitting with you telling the story. August, her brother and father must leave Tennessee for a new world, without mama.” $22.99--NYT 100 Notable Book of 2016 and Washington Post Notable.

American Revolution by Alan Taylor

A thrilling, well documented continental history of the nation’s formative years! Shifting alliances, families divided—Patriots vs Loyalists. Sometimes shocking, always engaging. Taylor is brilliant!” $37.50 $30.00 in the shop.

Rounding out Tim's Top 5 are: There is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith ($18.99) and As Good as Gone by Larry Watson ($26.95).

Teasha's Top 5 for 2016:

In theCompany of Women by Grace Bonney
“A stunning book that features 100 intelligent, creative, innovative women leaders that will leave the reader inspired and motivated to change the world in their own way. Simply wonderful! I want to buy this book for every woman and little girl I know.” $35.00 $28.00 in the shop.
Shrill by Lindy West
"Lindy West, columnist for the Guardian, comedienne, and feminist tackles social issues like no other in her first book and memoir, Shrill: Notes from A Loud Woman. West's unapologetic approach to misogyny, sexism, fatphobia, rape culture, and other forms of marginalization and bullying against women is eloquent and striking. With every new chapter and new topic I felt myself deeply relating to the cultural, systemic oppression that maintains the current status quo. West's attack of social norms, is passionate and required feminist reading." $26.00 $20.80 in the shop. 

Marrow: A Love Story by Elizabeth Lesser
“What is Elizabeth Lesser to do when she discovers that her younger sister is re-diagnosed with Lymphoma? Be angry? Cry? Curse the world? No- she and her sister begin a journey to the marrow of their souls. The marrow that keeps us alive, that is the source of our strength and existence. But what about the marrow of our soul? The essence of our authenticity and truth? Upon discovering she is the perfect match, Elizabeth and her sister begin a journey of love, reconnection, and forgiveness of past trasgressions. Originally thinking that Marrow would be a predictable story of family and loss, I soon learned it is much more about how we choose to live. The journey that Lesser takes the reader on is tender and reflective as well as incredibly heartbreaking. Lesser's authenticity brightly shines in her third publication.” $25.99
Rounding out Teasha's Top 5 are:  Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty ($17.95) and We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ($7.95).

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