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Stephanie Blake's hilarious and irreverent little bunny will tickle kids' funny bones! Little bunny dear only says one thing: Poop-di-doop! He says it in the morning, he says it at lunchtime, he says it in the evening. . . . What will he say when he meets a hungry wolf? Blake's books about this big-eared little bunny have delighted children around with world with their bold, bright colors and offbeat humor! less
Recommended by Kate Mckean, and 1 others.

Kate MckeanAnd there are pretty much none! We’re slightly surprised but figured it’s just not big here. @joshlandon finds one book at @BookPeople called Poop-di-Doop. Poop in the title? She’ll love it. (Source)

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The Best of Everything

Before Valley of the Dolls and Sex and the City--the iconic novel of ambitious career girls in New York City

When it was first published in 1958, Rona Jaffe's debut novel electrified readers who saw themselves reflected in its story of five young employees of a New York publishing company. There's Ivy League Caroline, who dreams of graduating from the typing pool to an editor's office, naive country girl April, who within months of hitting town reinvents herself as the woman every man wants on his arm; Gregg, the free-spirited actress with a secret yearning for domesticity. Now a...
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Kate Mckean@meaghano The Best of Everything and My Salinger Year are an amazing publishing book one-two punch. Two of my faves. (Source)

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Perfect Tunes

Perfect Tunes is an intoxicating blend of music, love, and family from one of the essential writers of the internet generation.” —STEPHANIE DANLER

Perfect Tunes is a zippy and profound story of love, loss, heredity, and par­enthood. I gulped it down, as will all mothers, New Yorkers, music fans, and lovers of quick-moving novels that are both funny and deep. I loved every page.” —EMMA STRAUB

Perfect Tunes is mind-blowing….Full of unspeakable insights, or at least I thought they were unspeakable, but there they are. Now I want everyone I know to...
Recommended by Kate Mckean, and 1 others.

Kate MckeanI read @EmilyGould's new book PERFECT TUNES over Thanksgiving and it was amazing. When I was done, I was sad not to get to spend more time with these characters. I want to read it again and I almost never reread books. Preorder it now: cc: @AvidReaderPress (Source)

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Tomb of Ancients

From the New York Times bestselling author of Asylum comes the final book in the creepy fantasy series praised as “darkly delightful.”*

Fleeing the nightmares of Coldthistle House, Louisa and her friends have taken up in a posh new London residence. But religious zealots from the shepherd’s army are flocking to the city in droves, and ominous warnings are being left on Louisa’s very doorstep.

With the evil influence of her father’s spirit growing stronger, Louisa knows she’ll have to pick a side in the coming war between the old gods,...
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The Ten Thousand Doors of January

In the early 1900s, a young woman searches for her place in the world after finding a mysterious book in this captivating and lyrical debut.

In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.

Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn...
Recommended by Kate Mckean, Stuart Dredge, and 2 others.

Kate MckeanIt’s the publication day of @AlixEHarrow’s THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY!!!!!!!!!! This book is an amazing gem and it will stay with you for years after reading it. You should do that. Read it. (Source)

Stuart Dredge@alice Ooh! The Ten Thousand Doors of January might fit the bill - world-building + a big love story + book within a book. Reading it now and LOVE it. Also The Starless Sea in similar territory (apologies if you are already well aware of both of these!) (Source)

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You’ve met the extra woman: she’s sophisticated, she lives comfortably alone, she pursues her passions unabashedly, and—contrary to society’s suspicions—she really is happy. Despite multiple waves of feminist revolution, today’s single woman is still mired in judgment or, worse, pity. But for a brief, exclamatory period in the late 1930s, she was all the rage. A delicious cocktail of cultural history and literary biography, The Extra Woman transports us to the turbulent and transformative years between suffrage and the sixties, when, thanks to the glamorous grit of one Marjorie... more
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Kate MckeanDr Scutts’ book is amazing and I bet her class is too. (She’s not a client—I wish!—I just genuinely loved her book!) (Source)

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The Magical Language of Others is a powerful and aching love story in letters, from mother to daughter. After living in America for over a decade, Eun Ji Koh’s parents return to South Korea for work, leaving fifteen-year-old Eun Ji and her brother behind in California. Overnight, Eun Ji finds herself abandoned and adrift in a world made strange by her mother’s absence. Her mother writes letters, in Korean, over the years seeking forgiveness and love—letters Eun Ji cannot fully understand until she finds them years later hidden in a box.

As Eun Ji translates the letters,...
Recommended by Deke Bridges, Kate Mckean, and 2 others.

Deke BridgesFascinating new book.... THE MAGICAL LANGUAGE OF OTHERS. Big thumbs up for @thisisEJKoh. #BookReview (Source)

Kate MckeanThis book by @thisisEJKoh is amazing. Pre-order it now. (Source)

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