Tegan

 “Eclectic” might be the best one-word description for Tegan’s picks. From layered literary fiction to super-geeky sci fi and US history, her tastes run the gamut. As our buyer for teens and kids, Tegan has a particular fondness for those genres. Below are her recommendations, split by age group. 


Teen Recommendations 


Middle Reader Recomendations


Children's Book Recomendations


Adult Recommendations
 

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The Electric Hotel: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374146856
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - June 4th, 2019

This atmospheric new novel captures desire, artistry, and absession. Claude Ballard, a genius and pioneer of silent filmmaking, opens up his life - and film archives - to a grad student in 1962 Los Angeles, touching on the invention of moving pictures and the rise of the film industry. From Paris to New York, Belgium , L.A., and beyond, the story sweeps through grand love and a passionate career. It reminds me of the Shadow of the Wind, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and The Invention of Huga Cabret all in one well-written, captivating book. Breathtaking!


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Magpie Murders: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062645234
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 27th, 2018

This mystery is a fantastic mash-up of an old-fashioned Agatha Christie-esque book within a book and a modern, meta publishing world who-dunnit. The story starts with a contemporary London editor, Susan Ryeland, explaining how the latest manuscript from a best-selling author changed her life—and not for the better. We get to read the manuscript, a very classic-feeling British village mystery set in the 1950s, as Susan reads it. Then we return to Susan’s life as mysteries unfold around the manuscript and the author behind it. I think Horowitz (who created “Foyle’s War,” adapted “Midsomer Murders” for TV, and wrote the Alex Rider spy series for kids, too) is brilliant. For twists and turns aplenty, pick this up! This is available in paperback, so it’s perfect for travel and book clubs. It’s also a great audiobook. 


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The Wolf in the Whale Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316417150
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Published: Redhook - January 29th, 2019

I can guarantee this is unlike anything you've read before! The main characer is an Inuit shaman, whose people are in danger... There is magical realism, arctic survivalism, lots of majestic nature, some Vikings, and much, much more! I loved it. 


The Atlas of Love: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250116666
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - January 24th, 2017

Filled with with and emotion-- like a modern Jane Austen in the Pacific Northwest! This tells of the life on the treadmill of academia: lots of work, little traditional payoff, yet all worthwhile. No wonder these characters give so much-- and the rewards of their unusual family are so hard-earned and so extraordinary. Pure of heart, voice, and message. Plus the author lives right in the neighborhood, so we often have autographed copies! 


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The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780544937116
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 18th, 2018

This true story page-turner has it all: daring escapes, zany teamwork, inspiring grit, and even evil twins! For folks who enjoy WWI history, British eccentricity, or pulse-racing survival stories, this is a great next read.


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IQ (An IQ Novel #1) Cover Image
By Joe Ide
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316267731
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Published: Mulholland Books - September 19th, 2017

A clever contemporary Sherlock Holmes-ish investigator stars in this mystery with a compelling backstory, loveable but troubled characters, astute observations about race, class, and fame, and wonderfully satisfying deductions and action scenes! It's everything I wanted and more. Good thing it's a series!


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In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781771681339
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Published: Central Avenue Publishing - April 2018

This is an epic of hearts broken, scars healing, and the everyday and extraordinary choices people have to make. Brace yourself, open the cover, and allow yourself to be transformed. 

(This would be great for discussion for book club!)


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Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345803788
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Published: Anchor - May 20th, 2014

A sassy, compulsive series set in Singapore. The "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" elements combine with social commentary plus sweet romance and friendships to make this perfect for the plane, the beach, or anytime you need a diversion. 

[If you saw the movie, please note that the book ends VERY differently!]


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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501161933
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Published: Washington Square Press - May 29th, 2018

Hollywood star Evelyn Hugo decides to tell her whhole, passionate, glamorous life story to a young journalist. She had seven husbands, but only one true love... You'll hang on Evelyn's every word in this glitzy, suspenseful novel with heart. 


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Akata Witch Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780142420911
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Published: Speak - July 11th, 2017

After watching “Black Panther,” I wanted to go to Wakanda. The next best thing was to pick up this astonishingly creative YA fantasy set in Nigeria. 12-year-old Sunny was born in America to Nigerian parents, and then her family moved back to their homeland. She is albino, so she needs to hide from the African sun. But as she becomes friendlier with two of her neighbors, she discovers another special thing about her: like her new friends, she is a “Leopard Person,” a person with magical abilities. Unexpectedly, they are chosen to form a team to stop a sorcerer serial killer-- and ultimately save the world. If you love this richly-imagined world and these strong characters as much as I did, you’ll be particularly happy to know that the sequel, Akata Warrior, is available, too.


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The Smoke Thieves Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780425290217
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 2018

Follow five thrilling points of view in this complex and dark fantasy world. Twisted loyalties, secret plots, passion, addiction, greed, and tyranny make this great for "Game of Thrones" fans. 


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All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781610397636
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Published: PublicAffairs - May 2nd, 2017

 

This hilarious travelogue/memoir by Seattle author DeRuiter is about finding her being geographically and navigationally challenged all over the world, and even more importantly finding even more strength, satisfaction, and joy as she falls even deeper in love with her husband. Fans of Jenny Lawson, take note! If you could use a sassily sweet snapshot of modern love-- and you, too, enjoy a good poop joke as well as lyrical descriptions of exotic locales-- treat yourself to this.


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36 Bottles of Wine: Less Is More with 3 Recommended Wines per Month Plus Seasonal Recipe Pairings Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781632171917
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Published: Sasquatch Books - September 18th, 2018

Readers get a year’s worth of curated wine suggestions and food pairings from the Seattle author/ Master of Wine. Recommended wines are from all over the world, with one white, one red, and one other (like a rose or sparkling) each month. This will be used season after season. Filled with humor and knowledge, it will lead to great meals for years to come. A great gift for foodies! 


Theo Chocolate: Recipes & Sweet Secrets from Seattle's Favorite Chocolate Maker Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781570619977
Availability: Special Order
Published: Sasquatch Books - September 22nd, 2015

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The Lost Words Cover Image
By Robert MacFarlane, Jackie Morris (Illustrator)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781487005382
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Published: Anansi International - October 2nd, 2018

The latest Oxford Junior Dictionary dropped words that weren’t considered as relevant to today’s children-- words like “acorn” and “newt.”This book stunningly reclaims those words of nature and wonder. Acrostic poems are accompanied by gorgeous illustrations in a large-format picture book that works as a coffee table book as well as a children’s book.


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All Our Wrong Todays: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101985151
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Published: Dutton - February 20th, 2018

I adored the cleverness and heart of this dazzling time travel novel. Imagine a mash-up of Gary Shteyngart and "The Jetsons" with the high tech/ high emotional intelligence storytelling from Ready Player One


The Other Einstein Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781492647584
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - August 29th, 2017

The Three-Year Swim Club: The Untold Story of Maui's Sugar Ditch Kids and Their Quest for Olympic Glory Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781455523450
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 21st, 2016

Mycroft Holmes Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781783291540
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Published: Titan Books - June 7th, 2016

Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781439167182
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Published: Scribner - April 17th, 2012

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802145314
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Published: Grove Press - May 10th, 2011

Stone's Fall: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780385522854
Availability: Special Order
Published: Spiegel & Grau - June 2010

The House at the End of Hope Street: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143124948
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Published: Penguin Books - March 25th, 2014