Hilary is a professional popcorn hoarder by day and a grinning bookseller by night. She likes books about darkness, magic, trouble, and physics. Ask her about her JFK impression and which comics she's devouring at the moment!


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Lovely, Dark and Deep Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442434370
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - December 3rd, 2013

Ever wanted to take a long walk through a snowy pine forest? This book can take you there, and you might get lost, and you might love it. I did.

Mr. Fox Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594486180
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 6th, 2012

Have you ever wanted to step inside your favorite book? What if you did, and things started to go wrong? Oyeyemi crafts a beautiful, whimsical story about an author who steps into his own books to see how his characters feel.

My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales Cover Image
By Kate Bernheimer (Editor), Kate Bernheimer (Introduction by), Gregory Maguire (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780143117841
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Published: Penguin Books - September 28th, 2010

Forget Disney, fairy tales used to be straight up NUTS. And creepy. And awesome. This collection of old fairy tales made new is all of those things and more.

To Be or Not to Be Cover Image
ISBN: 9780982853740
Availability: Special Order
Published: Breadpig - September 10th, 2013

Remember choose-your-own-adventure books? Well, Ryan North, creator of Dinosaur Comics, has come up with one about Hamlet, and it is AMAZING and HILARIOUS and features art from, like, every internet comics artist, ever. It’s just the best and you should have one.

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Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316348409
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Published: Hachette Books - May 17th, 2016

If you don't know about Lindy West, it's time to get your life together. Fortunately, Shrill, her new collection of essays, is the perfect introduction. West, a Seattle native, has written for The Stranger,Jezebel, and is now a columnist for The Guardian. She has consistently proven herself to be one of the most important and hilarious voices in modern feminism, and this collection is no exception. From the first essay, “Lady Kluck,” in which she lists the media role models she had as a young fat girl, to my personal favorite, “The Tree,” West weaves a tale of growth and strength.

-Booknotes Summer 2016

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Romeo And/Or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101983300
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 7th, 2016

A choose-your-own-adventure book blurb: you are a reader! You pick up a cool-looking book and see that it’s about Shakespeare. You: (option A) think, “Cool, but I’ll only read this if it’s STRAIGHT SHAKESPEARE, no funny stuff.” Skip to sentence A; (option B) think, “Wouldn’t it be great if I could do my own thing in a Shakespeare world?” Skip to sentence B.

A: Cool, you like the classics! FORTUNATELY, Ryan North gets you. He made a path in this Romeo and Juliet choose-your-own-adventure that’s exactly like the play!


-Booknotes Summer 2016

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Everything Is Teeth Cover Image
By Evie Wyld, Joe Sumner (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781101870815
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Published: Pantheon Books - May 10th, 2016

When I was a kid, I thought sharks swam in my bedroom floor when my parents turned out the light. I convinced myself I could see their shapes moving beneath my rug in the dark. When I read Evie Wyld’s brilliant Everything is Teeth, I learned that I wasn’t the only nervous child obsessed with those rare and violent beasts. Evie processed her confusion about her stressful familial situation in a sideways manner—in her case, through studying sharks. Joe Sumner’s brilliant illustrations frequently have sharks following Evie throughout her life—in the background, in the corner, in the rug. A touching and beautiful book.

-Booknotes Summer 2016

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The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501126345
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Published: Scribner Book Company - August 2nd, 2016

When James Baldwin released The Fire Next Time in 1963, his essays painted a painful and necessary portrait of race in the United States. His words reached back into the history of race relations, delved into his own experiences, and looked to the future. Jesmyn Ward (National Book Award winner for Salvage the Bones) compiled this new collection to remold Baldwin’s sentiments to apply to the current contentious atmosphere in our country. With a collection including essays from Claudia Rankine, Kevin Young, and Isabel Wilkerson, she undoubtedly created something incredible.

-Booknotes Fall 2016

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Time Travel: A History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307908797
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Published: Pantheon Books - September 27th, 2016

The closest that most of us will get to time travel is through art—books, movies, and TV shows that transport us to the past or the future (or both—thanks, McFly!). James Gleick’s Time Travelmoves through history to the present to look at instances of time travel in art and science. From a young H.G. Wells and his book, The Time Machine, to a dashing Time Lord using his sonic screwdriver to solve the universe’s problems, time travel has fascinated us for centuries. Don’t wait for your future self to come by and tell you how awesome this book is—read it now!

-Booknotes Fall 2016