Staff Picks - Cressida

 

Cressida /KRESS*eh*də/ noun

 

1 : A children's book buyer, with a degree in library science, who embraces all components of working with books and information. Of or relating to bookstores, libraries, and schools/colleges; domestic, international.

 

2 : A naturally fast reader willing to read anything but drawn most to travel & adventure memoirs, children's classics and too-close-for-comfort dystopian tales.

 

3 : A Trojan woman in medieval romances who first returns the love of Troilus but later forsakes him for Diomedes.

 

4 : A Toyota automobile model.


 

Through the Woods (Paperback)

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9781442465961
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 7/2014
Eerily good and hauntingly illustrated, these five graphic stories will be sure to give you (delicious) shivers any time of year. - Cressida

Boy, Snow, Bird (Hardcover)

$27.95
ISBN-13: 9781594631399
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Published: Riverhead Hardcover, 3/2014
A textured take on the Snow White tale using race (that descriptor flattens Oyeyemi's story.) However, don't read the back of the book - damn back cover spoils a wonderful plot surprise, in my mind. Suitable also for YA crossover. - Cressida

This One Summer (Hardcover)

$21.99
ISBN-13: 9781626720947
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Published: First Second, 5/2014

Bird Box (Hardcover)

$25.99
ISBN-13: 9780062259653
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Published: Ecco Press, 5/2014

Something is driving people to insanity. Perfectly normal individuals catch a glimpse of -- something -- and suddenly kill themselves. No one knows what exactly they need to avoid seeing. So slowly the entire world lowers their eyes, withdraws, secludes themselves. The history of the phenomenon is shared by Melanie, a young woman who realizes the need to find others despite the ever-present threat. - Cressida

A debut work worthy of Stephen King, Hitchcock, and anyone else who puts you on the edge of your seat. Eerie and mysterious, you will read the entire book in one tense sitting. 


Kindred (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780807083697
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Published: Beacon Press, 2/2004

A great scifi tale for those who don't normally read scifi.

How would a modern black woman survive in the age of American slavery? 12-years-a-slave meets time travel.

- Cressida 


Sabriel (Paperback)

$9.99
ISBN-13: 9780062315557
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Published: HarperCollins, 6/2014

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9780892727360
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Published: Down East Books, 4/2007
After Thoreau but before modern 'returning' to the land" memoirs, there was Louise Rich Dickinson. First published in 1942, it is amusing to read about how even then people wondered how someone could stand living in the backwoods of Maine. LRD, an an absolute hoot, answers such questions with a delightful mix of amusing stories, witticisms, and no-nonsense "Well, why not?" Readers of "Ominvore's Dilema", "Farm City" and "The Dirty Life" should add this classic to their back-to-earth collection. - Cressida

$7.99
ISBN-13: 9780553265965
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Published: Bantam, 7/1984
As told to Robert Specht, this is the true story of 19-year old Anne Hobbs, who journeyed to Alaska in the 1920s to teach but encountered trouble due to her kindness to the Natives. Tisha ("teacher", as pronounced by a pupil) has it all - gripping Wild Alaska adventures, a poignant outlook on natives' rights, even a stirring love story. -Cressida

$12.95
ISBN-13: 9781565125247
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 6/2006
Everything is more extreme when you live in a remote Alaskan town. The weather is colder, people's eccentricities are exaggerated, and death always seems nearby. Heather Lende, local Haines resident and obituary writer, has an absolute gift for eulogy and so paints a colorful portrait of life in an Alaskan small town. A must read for anyone interested in the 49th state. -Cressida

We Were Liars (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780385741262
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Published: Delacorte Press, 5/2014
Possibly the YA book of the summer. A staff favorite all around. - Cressida

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780763669881
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Published: Candlewick, 4/2014

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780525426813
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Published: Dutton Juvenile, 4/2014

$19.95
ISBN-13: 9781419710438
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Published: Harry N. Abrams, 4/2014

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780763665661
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Published: Candlewick, 3/2014
This is more than the tale of Ava Lavender, a girl otherwise normal but for her wings she was born with. Her story spans the generations of Roux women suffering foolish love and flight. This book broke my heart, as if magical realism met A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. A novel strange & beautiful. - Cressida


$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780385523912
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Published: Spiegel & Grau, 10/2010

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780805080117
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Published: Holt Paperbacks, 5/2006

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9780307476074
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Published: Vintage, 4/2013

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780061120077
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 6/2006

Panic (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780062014559
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers, 3/2014

What do you do when over 40% of your town is unemployed, your boyfriend cheats on you, and you have no money? Panic.

 

Panic is the name of the game. Everyone in high school pays $1 a day. Only seniors can play. The last one standing wins the pot. A pot of $50,000+. But Panic is dangerous. People get injured. Paralyzed. Killed. But what else can you do when you already have barely enough to survive? - Cressida


$19.99
ISBN-13: 9780763669904
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Published: Candlewick, 3/2014

The book to buy young readers interested in architecture. - Cressida

 


$7.99
ISBN-13: 9780142403709
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Published: Puffin, 5/2006

Wild Magic (Mass Market Paperback)

$7.99
ISBN-13: 9781416903437
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Published: Simon Pulse, 5/2005

$8.99
ISBN-13: 9780064472685
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Published: Greenwillow Books, 1/2001

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780446675505
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Published: Grand Central Publishing, 1/2000

My Pet Book (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780385373128
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers, 7/2014