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WINTER 2013

$24.95
ISBN-13: 9780393239621
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 11/2013
You will want to have a copy of this book everywhere you go just for the sheer joy of reading a snippet. You will find lovely, witty, ghastly, and inviting takes from the lives and works of Haruki Murakami, Ernest Hemingway, Doris Lessing, Barbara Pym, Zane Grey, and probably anyone else you can think of. Every day is full of tales or moments from a writer’s life or their work, lending insight that will enrich your understanding of their works or it may just transport you back to when you first discovered that particular writer. -Tracy

$30.00
ISBN-13: 9780316055437
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Published: Little, Brown and Company, 10/2013
I had every expectation that this book would be one of the most impressive of the year, and it is. Tartt’s prose is always masterful and richly detailed—many-worded, but never over-worded. At times it is enough just to sit in awe of her beautiful, artful sentences. She makes this story of the orphan boy with the stolen goldfinch painting into a majestic eight-hundred-page thriller—suspenseful, forward-moving, and complex. What surprised me most is the novel’s emotional core and Tartt’s ability to make me care deeply about her characters. Like her previous masterpiece The Secret History, this story will forever live inside of me. -Kenny!

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9781619021969
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Published: Counterpoint LLC, 11/2013
In a world made wholly accessible by technology, why travel? In hopes of finding an authentic experience, Michael Jacobs hires a tugboat to take him down the Magdalena River in Columbia, but his desire to connect to the world without modern convenience is complicated by his own need: a cell phone so his ailing mother, and the caregivers attending her, can contact him.This book takes readers through the diverse landscapes of Columbia, but it is more than a travelogue; it is a meditation on the shape and fragility of memory and the connections that make us value life. –Justus

$39.95
ISBN-13: 9780500516416
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Published: Thames & Hudson, 10/2013
The perfect coffee table book, one that won’t just gather dust but be picked up repeatedly, as much for its breathtaking full-page imagery as for its written insight into some of the defining moments of cinema. David Thomson has carefully selected scenes from seventy movies covering the past hundred years, from the iconic and mandatory (the Meg Ryan deli scene from When Harry Met Sally) to the unexpected and idiosyncratic (Isabelle Huppert peeping on a backseat couple at a drive-in in The Piano Teacher). Thomson explicates each in brilliant, personal prose that will reinvigorate the way you watch movies. –John

The Luminaries (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780316074315
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Published: Little, Brown and Company, 10/2013
January 1866. Walter Moody, a man trained in law who came to New Zealand seeking gold, enters a room of a hotel and finds twelve men meeting in secret. Missing the tense atmosphere his intrusion has caused, he loiters and is eventually invited to join them. The men have gathered to discuss a series of events that happened two weeks ago. Each man in the room has something to fear, something to hide, and as Moody listens, the intricate connections slowly unravel into a most satisfying conclusion. A rare feat of storytelling prowess, this dazzling book should not be missed! –Justus

$25.95
ISBN-13: 9781612193519
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Published: Melville House, 10/2013
Who knew history could be such fun? This sensational, teasing, and playfully insouciant translation of the German best-seller smacks you with society as it was a hundred years ago: art, literature, music, philosophy, politics, and science are all coming to boil in a world on the cusp of...? Brecht, Einstein, Hitler, Klimt, Kafka, Rilke and many more besides practically goose one another aboard the tram-cars of cities jammed with talent and trouble. Anxiety, apprehension, and alienation war with love, light, laughter and longing in a stream of historical consciousness as you’ve never savored it, a world soon gone mad. –Jesse

Call Me Brooklyn (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781564788603
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press, 10/2013
Call Me Brooklyn is the story of an enigmatic writer, Gal Ackerman, whose sudden death leaves behind an unfinished novel and a void in the life of his journalist friend Nestor Chapman. As Nestor sorts through hundreds of books, letters, and journals left behind in Gal’s apartment, a polyphony of characters emerges to piece together the history of one man’s existence, spanning from the Spanish Civil War to 1970s Brooklyn. Like Roberto Bolaño and Julio Cortázar before him, Lago is a master stylist who transcends his own formalism, and his debut novel is a love letter to literature as well as the city that inspired him. -Davor

$29.95
ISBN-13: 9780520274044
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Published: University of California Press, 10/2013
In Unfathomable City Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedeker curate twenty-two essays and maps to bring us a redefined atlas of New Orleans. Colorful diagrams matched with impactful writings from the likes of historians, musicians, and environmentalists offer layer after layer of what makes this city what
it is: a place rich with unique rhythms, traditions, celebrations, environmental traumas, ethnic divides, and massive incarceration rates. Hiding nothing and telling all, this atlas helps us to see and come to understand one of America’s most anomalous—or dare I say “unfathomable”—cities, showing us the beauty in its entangled geography, history, and culture. -Keith

Nostalgia (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780307908346
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Published: Pantheon, 10/2013
When nineteen-year-old Union soldier Summerfield Hayes regains consciousness on the battlefield, he is wounded and alone. His memories are choked and hazy, and his long journey home, to his beloved sister and the baseball fields where he was a star, is also a return to his own body, so wracked by war he has lost the ability to speak. Helping him along this road is, surprisingly enough, Walt Whitman, whose warm presence is one of the book’s highlights. Deeply surprising and absorbing, Nostalgia is alive to both the exterior and interior terrains through which it travels. -Casey O.

$23.00
ISBN-13: 9780316225816
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Published: Little, Brown and Company, 12/2013
This graphic novel of the lost fairy tales of the cold places is charming and full of delight, with a deep understanding of what makes us human. Our Storyteller cannot touch the love of his life because of their peculiar magnetic polarity, so he keeps her warm at night with his creation stories and monster myths. Greenberg’s art is like a mix of Kate Beaton’s and Nikki McClure’s—clean, vibrant, and expressive. Her humor fills the book, and I loved her strange use of modern language for these ancient people and gods (e.g. “We’re so awesome I basically can’t cope!”). -Kenny!

$24.95
ISBN-13: 9781623650346
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Published: MacLehose Press, 10/2013
Italian novelist Davide Longo has written a terrifying novel about the collapse of civilization, set in Italy. Social structures have crumbled, leaving people to fend for themselves. Fear rules the landscape. The large question of how and why is left largely a mystery, but the reader can easily guess. Leonardo, our flawed and humane protagonist, must find a way to navigate this dangerous world inhabited by marauding gangs of young people fueled by drugs, who are pawns of a messianic leader. Longo’s novel is a brilliant look at barbarism and is oh so real. -Greg

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780345531766
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Published: Bantam, 9/2013
It’s Paris during the late summer of 1929, and the streets are stiflingly hot and awaiting the return of vacationing locals while Harris Stuyvesant works to find a missing American heiress. His investigation will run him into an eccentric array of Surrealists, lovers
(old and new), and a disturbing yet suave aristocrat. Ultimately, Harris is introduced to the Grand Guignol Theater and its unsettling horrors. Is it truly a therapeutic approach to healing from the Great War, or is it hiding a dark and twisted soul capable of murder in the name of art? -Brandi

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ISBN-13: 9781590176740
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Published: New York Review Books, 9/2013
Fermor, elegant and magisterial doyen of the travel narrative and mentor to the best of the genre, is made vibrant in this portrait of the independent traveler par excellence, war hero (in a role that beggars fiction), charming raconteur, all-around polymath, and lover of ferociously intelligent and independent women of character. Authorized biographer Cooper, granddaughter of the subject’s close friend, skillfully weaves uniquely accessed letters, anecdotes, and interviews to craft a splendid rendition of this true twentieth-century wonder boy. It’s a life you may wish you’d led, one scarcely to be believed, and all but impossible to live out nowadays. -Jesse

Someone (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780374281090
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 9/2013
We first meet Marie on the front stoop. She reflects on the families around her and sees her Brooklyn neighborhood through the lens of her conservative Irish Catholic family as well as her youth. Families suffer tragedy, first loves are discovered and explored, and children are simultaneously kind and cruel to one another. Moving back and forth in time, we wear Marie’s disappointment in romance and revel in the confidence she finds in her first job. Finally, we see her as the wife, sister, mother, and dutiful caregiver, living an ordinary life that becomes extraordinary through the deft storytelling of Alice McDermott. -Tracy

$50.00
ISBN-13: 9781594205293
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Published: Penguin Press HC, The, 11/2013
It looks like something from a mad scientist’s childhood dreams: a hulking, steam-heated, cast-iron kettle in which pressure and temperature could be adjusted exactly. It was called the Bakelizer, and it essentially ushered in the age of commercially viable plastics; our world would never be the same. The Bakelizer is just one of the objects featured in Richard Kurin’s thoroughly engrossing Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects. The book pairs photographs of each object with an extensive investigation of its discovery and cultural significance. Both educational and entertaining, this is a highly readable exploration of America’s collective memory. -John

The Lowland (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780307265746
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Published: Knopf, 9/2013
During a recent appearance at Town Hall Seattle, Jhumpa Lahiri described The Lowland as the novel she had been trying to write since she first began writing. It is worth the wait. The Lowland is a compelling narrative about the consequences of sacrifice and commitment, about the ways in which both our most noble and our most regrettable actions come to be inherited by others. It’s a novel full of the weight of history, but history looked at through the magnifying glass of one family’s experience. What it reveals about idealism and passion is both surprising and affecting. I left it changed. -Jacob

The Circle (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780385351393
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Published: Knopf, 10/2013
Mae Holland has just landed a coveted job at the Circle, a thinly veiled analog of GoogleFacebook that has managed to fully integrate all aspects of human existence into one user interface. With Orwellian grandeur, the company espouses its maxim, “ALL THAT HAPPENS MUST BE KNOWN.” All goes swimmingly for Mae until, of course, it gets creepy. With this hopefully not
too prescient effort, Eggers has produced an entertaining and suspenseful work with dystopian avenues we must all consider in our own headlong race to digitally catalog our analog lives. -Jamie

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9781608195213
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Published: Bloomsbury USA, 9/2013
National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward grew up in the gulf town of DeLisle, Mississippi. Over a four-year period she lost five young friends and relatives to early deaths, including her beloved brother. Ward’s personal story is punctuated by elegies to these five men, whose tragically shortened lives shared the burdens of racism, economic struggles, and a pervading sense of worthlessness. Alive with detail, shining with love, weighted by frustration, and unflinching in scope, Ward’s memoir, and her look at what it means to be black and poor in the rural South, is as heart-wrenching as it is profound. -Laurie

$17.95
ISBN-13: 9780985041670
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Published: Chin Music, 10/2013
Kate Lebo’s beloved chapbook is now available
in this revised, expanded, and beautifully illustrated hardcover from our friends at Chin Music Press. Confidently straddling the intersection of poetry and recipe, this is a book about humans and the world that just happens to organize itself around the baking and eating of pies. Except that’s a little misleading. Pie is not incidental here. Pie is important. And what kind of pie you’re eating is important because it defines who you are—your hopes, your embarrassing secrets, your superhuman strengths, etc. We’re lucky to have Kate Lebo because she understands these things. -Casey O.

$30.00
ISBN-13: 9780307271600
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Published: Knopf, 11/2013
With scholarly research driven by rich, emotive writing, Jung Chang chronicles seventy years’ worth of change in China through the figure of a single woman. Empress Dowager Cixi shifted China toward Western characteristics of modernity, influencing transportation, communication, education, and the arts. Cixi was in the vanguard in the fields of opera and literature, and her smart, savvy, and feminist interests also reshaped previously restrictive traditions for women, including foot-binding. This sensory-soaked narrative makes nineteenth-century China come alive in landscape and drama. Chang’s book is a must for anyone compelled by history or powerful, inventive women. -Amanda

The New Patissiers (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780500516928
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Published: Thames & Hudson, 10/2013
Once upon a time I worked in the pastry kitchen of a well-known bakery in town, so I jumped at the opportunity to review this book. I was not disappointed. This collection of sublime confections from famous pastry chefs around the world is dessert porn at its finest! Almost three hundred pages of mouthwatering photographs, treasure-hunt-worthy ingredient lists, and precise technique descriptions make this a great addition to any cookbook addict’s collection. The recipes are rated on a 1 to 5 difficulty scale, so there is something for every baker to whip up. Put on your toque and get fancy! -Nikki

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ISBN-13: 9780393063332
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 10/2013
The writing of major Iranian writer Goli Taraghi becomes more fully available in English, at last, with Sara Khalili’s translations of these marvelous, often wry stories of life and living. Ranging from childhood memories of Tehran, to years of exile in Europe after the Revolution, then to journeys of return, the stories show life’s quandaries of work, love, purpose, and place to be universal, though with some particular Persian twists. Knowing—and telling—of the complications of life anywhere, but particularly contemporary Iran, they carry weight and lightness both, and are delightfully subversive in the ways of the heart, often the most subversive ways of all. -Rick

$50.00
ISBN-13: 9781454906599
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Published: Sterling Signature, 10/2013
Extraordinary Birds, a companion to last year’s Natural Histories, is a gorgeous treasure trove for bird lovers. Ornithologist Paul Sweet, from the American Museum of Natural History, introduces the reader to exquisite birds from all over the world, highlighting discoveries from the museum’s rare book collections. The essays featured, by a variety of naturalists, collectors, artists, and explorers, offer a fascinating glimpse into the work of those who pioneered avian studies over the course of five hundred years. As an added bonus, this monograph includes illustrations from the museum’s library of images, tucked into this volume in the form of forty beautiful, frameable prints. -Laurie

Hild (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780374280871
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 11/2013
Hild was a real person, a woman found in the pages of history. Little is known about her, but within the pages of Hild, author Nicola Griffith pulls the strands of Hild’s life together to create a vivid tapestry and unforgettable story.Raised under her mother’s ambitious tutelage, Hild becomes a king’s seer, a position not without its dangers, and Hild knows, even as a child, that the wrong foretelling could end her life. Meticulously researched, Hild is lush with historic medieval detail and bold characterization. Seldom does a story fill in the spaces of history with such luminescence. -Justus

$49.95
ISBN-13: 9780811221733
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation, 11/2013
One of the twentieth century’s great, even formative poets of the English language, Denise Levertov lived most of the last decade of her life in the Seward Park neighborhood of Seattle and was a very regular presence here at Elliott Bay. Paul Lacey and Anne Dewey have undertaken this landmark publication, more than one thousand pages of the work that she wrote over most of her seventy-four years. This is keenly observant, always graceful—spiritually and politically informed and attuned. Eavan Boland has contributed a knowing, insightful introduction, with the poems here speaking for themselves. And what poems. -Rick

$27.95
ISBN-13: 9781598532562
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Published: Library of America, 10/2013
The Library of America and editor Glenn O’Brien have compiled a wonderful collection of memoirs, essays, poems, novels, comedy routines, letters, and song lyrics of the “original” hipsters, back when hipster actually meant something. Hipster is a pejorative term now, used to describe young, vain, facile, consumerist pretenders who can’t hold a candle to Jack Kerouac, Mort Sahl, Lenny Bruce, Lord Buckley, Miles Davis, Diane di Prima, or George Carlin, just to name a few. If you want to know what hip is I cannot recommend a better introduction and appreciation of these cool cats. Are you hip? -Greg

The Night Guest (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780865477735
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Published: Faber & Faber, 10/2013
This startling debut novel prowls around your mind like the very tiger Ruth keeps hearing outside at night. She lives alone in her beachside house, a widow with grown children living great distances away. But whether it’s the tiger’s smoldering presence or the unexpected arrival of her new government-issued caregiver, Ruth’s usually peaceful retirement has begun fraying at the edges. McFarlane’s storytelling is sleek and unassuming as she layers little tensions into a perfect cat-and-mouse psychological suspense. –Dave

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ISBN-13: 9780465018758
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Published: Basic Civitas Books, 9/2013
Harlem Nocturne celebrates the lives, work, and influence of three key artists, each an African American woman inspired by and making major contributions to her era’s rich artistic and political climate. Choreographer Pearl Primus used dance to bring Black Southern experience and African dance and culture to audiences in the United States and abroad. Writer Ann Petry is remembered for her writing on Harlem life and especially for her novels, including The Street, an American classic. Jazz composer and pianist Mary Lou Williams was a performer at Café Society, a radio host, and bop music pioneer. -Karen

The Twistrose Key (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780803738959
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Published: Dial, 10/2013
Eleven-year-old Lin and her parents have left their home to follow her mother’s work. Now it seems a temporary move from home will last much longer. But a mysterious package leads Lin to a staggering discovery, and she is transported to a magical land where she is reunited with a very special friend. This epic fantasy in the vein of Narnia or Redwall is vividly imagined and wonderfully told. The adventurous story of friendship and love will enthrall readers young enough for the short chapters as well as independent readers. A classic for new generations. -Holly

The Yearling (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781442482098
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 9/2013
Jody Baxter is a boy growing up in long-ago rural Florida, and Rawlings brings his world to life with her perfect rendering of the animals, landscape, people, and—above all—the voices that surround him. With a father named Penny, a friend named Fodder-wing, a fearsome black bear named Slew-foot, and of course, a young deer named Flag, the sharp action and pitch-perfect conversations beg to be read aloud. Complemented in this lovely hardcover edition by N. C. Wyeth’s striking illustrations, The Yearling earns its place as a classic with its sensitive portrayal of the cruelty and beauty of nature. -Casey O.

$10.95
ISBN-13: 9781849760683
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Published: Tate, 10/2013
Drawing a chicken is very easy. Start with a couple of straight lines and add a triangle. These are the legs and the beak. Careful! Your drawing has run off the page without a body! Oh, dear. You will have to start again. This time start with the head and body. Oh, look! The beak and legs have come back.Done entirely in line drawings and hand-lettered text, this instructive and cheeky book will inspire children to try their hand at drawing. What happens on the page, of course, is pure magic. -Holly

Rooftoppers (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781442490581
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9/2013
Baby Sophie is rescued at sea floating in a cello case, and so begins her interesting life with eccentric Charles, her rescuer. Charles encourages Sophie to wear trousers, write on the walls, and eat ice cream in the rain. Child services disapproves of their quirky lifestyle and decides Sophie should live in an orphanage, forcing her and Charles to escape to Paris to hunt for Sophie’s mother. On the rooftop of her hotel Sophie discovers a secret world high above the city’s streets. Rooftoppers is an exciting adventure story that makes me hope Rundell has more for us to come. -Nikki

The Hole (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781592701438
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books, 8/2013
From the illustrator of My Father’s Arms Are
a Boat comes a quirky new work about a person who discovers that most improbable of things: a hole in his new apartment. As an inventive hidden object picture book, The Hole makes use of a novel formal constraint—an actual hole in the book—which Norwegian author and illustrator Øyvind Torseter deftly incorporates into the drawings on each page. On par with that great work about the constitutive power of the imagination, Crockett Johnson’s Harold and the Purple Crayon, The Hole will delight readers both old and young. It’s brilliant.
Graham

The Goods: Volume 1 (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780763668945
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Published: Big Picture Press, 10/2013
Originally thought up by the folks at McSweeney’s to be included as an activity page in newspapers, The Goods is an all-ages trivia, game, and activity book bonanza. The artists and creators of each page worked brilliantly around page size constraints to present an activity book that is wholly unlike anything around. Jon Klassen, Mo Willems, Oliver Jeffers, Jon Scieszka, and many more lent their amazing talent to creating hours and hours of fun for every member of your family. From mazes and puzzles to cartoons and Rasputin paper dolls, this book has something for everyone. -Casey S.