Jen's Staff Recommendations

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How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water: A Novel By Angie Cruz Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250208453
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 13th, 2022

Cara Romero wants to work. After being laid off at the factory, Cara meets with a job counselor to help her find a new job. Told through 12 counseling sessions, Cara shares her life's story: from the Dominican Republic to Washington Heights, through marriage and motherhood, family, friends, lovers, and faith. Insightful, heartwarming, and laugh-out-loud funny, How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water is a new favorite! Grab your favorite cafe and settle in, Cara Romero is a character you will not forget. 


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Ithaca By Claire North Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9780316422963
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Published: Redhook - September 6th, 2022

How do I even begin to write a rec?! Simply put, Ithaca is one of the best Greek myth retellings I have ever read! Hera, Mother Goddess, Goddess of Queens tells the story that only women tell and poets will ignore, the story of Penelope, Queen of Ithaca. Watch the mortals cry, grieve, rage, and love along with Hera. Penelope is so much more than what the poets have told us; she is strength, grace, brilliance, and cunning. Claire North delivers an elegant novel of epic proportions that will take your breath away. 


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All the Women in My Brain: And Other Concerns By Betty Gilpin Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250795786
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 6th, 2022

I haven't read such an honest, chaotic, no-holds-barred kind of a memoir in a long time. Betty Gilpin lays it all out there - the good, the bad, and the holy hell did that really happen. All the Women in My Brain: And Other Concerns is a must-read this fall!


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Carrie Soto Is Back: A Novel By Taylor Jenkins Reid Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9780593158685
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Published: Ballantine Books - August 30th, 2022

A riveting, fast-paced, and enthusiastic look at the world of tennis through the eyes of Carrie Soto, the world's finest athlete. It's been five years since Carrie Soto retired as the reigning champion of women's tennis, and it's all about to be taken away by powerhouse Nicki Chan. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Carrie decides to step back onto the court to remind everyone who the world's greatest player is. Taylor Jenkins Reid delivers a gripping comeback novel with a fierce character you will be rooting for until the very last page. A must read!


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Even Though I Knew the End By C. L. Polk Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250849458
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Published: Tordotcom - November 8th, 2022

Helen Brandt’s time is almost up. Instead of heading west with her gal, she’s pulled into one last case, a mystery only she can solve. The White City Vampire is striking fear into the hearts of Chicagoans and Helen may have to make a deal with a devil. Even Though I Knew the End is a clever, supernatural, and suspenseful noir making you wish you didn’t know the end!


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Legendary Creatures: Mythical  Beasts and Spirits from Around the World By Adam Auerbach Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316331876
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Published: Christy Ottaviano Books - September 20th, 2022

Legendary Creatures is a first-rate collection of mythical beasts and folklore. Not only does it give the reader an enjoyable glimpse into the otherworldly, but Adam Auerbach also illustrated these astonishing creatures. A perfect jumping off point for any kid interested in learning more about mythology. 


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The Daughter of Doctor Moreau By Silvia Moreno-Garcia Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593355336
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Published: Del Rey - July 19th, 2022

Silvia Garcia-Moreno does it again! This time we're transported to 19th century Mexico, in the lush Yucatan peninsula. You feel the suffocating heat of the land, the burn of the alcohol, the desire of a getaway, and the chill on the back of your neck that something is not right. The Daughter of Doctor Moreau is the captivating historical fiction read that you need this summer!


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The Five Wounds: A Novel By Kirstin Valdez Quade Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781324020219
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 25th, 2022

A poignant novel set in New Mexico, The Five Wounds follows the lives of the Padilla family: 33 yr. old Amadeo, his pregnant 15 yr. old daughter, Angel, the family matriarch Yolanda, and Tio Tive, who has initiated Amadeo into the hermandad and casted him to portray Jesus in their reenactment of the crucifixion. Jobless, living with his mother, and estranged from his teenage daughter, Amadeo searches for purpose and perhaps redemption. His daughter Angel has shown up unannounced and eight months pregnant, and Yolanda returns home with a life-altering secret. Amadeo and Angel’s fragile relationship starts to mend as they navigate through daily life and welcome the newest member into the family. Kirstin Valdez Quade tells a captivating story about family, loss, redemption and the power of faith. I could not put this book down! You will laugh, cry, get angry, and want to hug these characters. Masterful storytelling!   


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The Door of No Return By Kwame Alexander Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9780316441865
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2022

The Door of No Return is one of the most poignant books I've ever read! Told in verse and set in 1800's Africa, this emotional story follows Kofi, a young boy who loves and is loved, who will endure unimaginable heartbreak and faces an unknowable future. Kwame Alexander has delivered what is sure to be a modern-day classic!


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Together We Burn By Isabel Ibañez Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250803351
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Published: Wednesday Books - May 31st, 2022

Imagine a medieval Spain with dragons instead of bulls and matadors. Isabel Ibanez vividly brings to life a world full of danger and intrigue; you can feel the heat of the dragons and the flair of flamenco on every page. Together We Burn is a great mix of fantasy, romance, and mystery. I felt transported to another land. 


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August Kitko and the Mechas from Space (The Starmetal Symphony #1) By Alex White Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316430579
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Published: Orbit - July 12th, 2022

August Kitko and the Mechas from Space is a dramatic, sensational, and downright exciting space opera. The world is about to be destroyed, yet somehow, unassuming pianist, August Kitko becomes the chosen one to save humanity. Joined by a small band of musicians who were also "chosen" by this group of renegade robots (or as they prefer to be called, ‘traitor vanguards’), August is now Earth's greatest hope for survival. A fantastic summer read if you like your books full of glamour, music, humor, and a whole lot of destruction.


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Happy-Go-Lucky By David Sedaris Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316392457
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 31st, 2022

David Sedaris offers a heartfelt and earnest new collection of essays that left me laughing one minute, agreeing with his astute observations and contemplative the next. If you have the chance, I recommend listening to the audiobook. It's like being at one of Sedaris's show, which is a completely unique experience.


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Olga Dies Dreaming: A Novel By Xochitl Gonzalez Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250786173
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 4th, 2022

The Acevedos are a complex family just like any other; secrets, rivalries, loss, love, and healing are at the heart of this novel. Olga Dies Dreaming is a stirring family saga that kept me invested in the characters until the very last page!


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Love & Saffron: A Novel of Friendship, Food, and Love By Kim Fay Cover Image
By Kim Fay
$24.00
ISBN: 9780593419335
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 8th, 2022

Love & Saffron is a delicious novel that warms the heart and feeds your soul. Told in epistolary form, we see how the bonds of friendship grow over time and recipes. Settle in and read this in one sitting; be warned - you should have your favorite snacks on hand!


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A Prayer for the Crown-Shy: A Monk and Robot Book (Monk & Robot #2) By Becky Chambers Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781250236234
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Published: Tordotcom - July 12th, 2022

Sibling Dex and Mosscap continue their soul-searching quest in A Prayer for the Crown-Shy. Like the first book, A Psalm for the Wild-Built, our beloved characters have unanswered questions. As they journey across Panga, Mosscap is ready to meet humans and find out what they need. There’s a profound calm in reading the Monk & Robot series. Full of humor and quiet thoughtfulness, Becky Chambers exquisitely delivers an elegant philosophical fantasy. 


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High Times in the Low Parliament By Kelly Robson Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250823021
Availability: Not in stock at Boswell. Available to order.
Published: Tordotcom - August 9th, 2022

High Times in the Low Parliament is an entertaining lesbian, stoner, buddy romp with political intrigue and angry fairies. War may be inevitable, but so are mushrooms!


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I Kissed Shara Wheeler: A Novel By Casey McQuiston Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250244451
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Published: Wednesday Books - May 3rd, 2022

If you’re looking for a great YA beach read, then look no further. Full of humor, heart and snark, I Kissed Shara Wheeler is the kind of fun, queer romcom you've been waiting for!


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The Aquanaut: A Graphic Novel By Dan Santat, Dan Santat (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Dan Santat, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780545497619
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Published: Graphix - March 1st, 2022

Dan Santat has done it again! Another delightfully illustrated book with a moving story told in graphic novel form. Sophia's father, a brilliant marine biologist, was lost at sea during a research project. His research was saved, and Sophia is now in the care of her uncle who is continuing her father's project. While her uncle is hard at work, Sophia roams around Aqualand, a Sea World-esque park that may not be all it seems to be. Soon, Sophia comes across a most unusual creature - the aquanaut, which turns out to be a rag tag crew of underwater creatures are manning the aquanaut suit! It's a race against time for Sophia and her new friends to save the captive sea creatures in Aqualand.


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Santiago!: Santiago Ramón y Cajal!Artist, Scientist, Troublemaker By Jay Hosler Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780823450367
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Published: Margaret Ferguson Books - November 22nd, 2022

This is the story of Santiago Ramón Y Cajal brought to you in graphic novel form with delightful illustrations and mischief galore! Learn how Santiago went from being on the bad kids list to a Nobel Prize winner. Jay Hosler delivers Cajal’s biography in a way that will delight and inspire readers. 


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Frizzy By Claribel A. Ortega, Rose Bousamra (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Claribel A. Ortega, Rose Bousamra (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250259639
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Published: First Second - October 18th, 2022

Every Sunday, Marlene and her mom go to the salon to get their hair straighten. Marlene wants to make her mom happy, but she hates the salon. What Marlene really wants is to embrace her natural curls, but she doesn’t know how to tell her mom. Through some trial and error, Marlene finds a way to get what she wants. Frizzy is a charming graphic novel about speaking your truth and learning that you are absolutely perfect just the way you are. 


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Adventuregame Comics: Leviathan (Book 1) By Jason Shiga Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781419757792
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Published: Amulet Books - September 13th, 2022

There’s a giant sea creature wreaking havoc in your village. Your quest, if you so choose, is to find the old wizard and find a way to defeat this menacing creature. Can you find your way through the maze? Jason Shiga delivers an entertaining and crafty choose-your-own-path graphic novel with endless possibilities.


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The Flamingo: A Graphic Novel Chapter Book By Guojing Cover Image
By Guojing
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593127315
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Published: Random House Studio - September 27th, 2022

The Flamingo is a breathtaking graphic novel full of wonder and love. I was absolutely charmed by everything about this!  


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Barb and the Ghost Blade (Barb the Last Berzerker #2) By Dan Abdo, Jason Patterson, Dan & Jason, Dan Abdo (Illustrator), Jason Patterson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Dan Abdo, Jason Patterson, Dan & Jason, Dan Abdo (Illustrator), Jason Patterson (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781534485747
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 31st, 2022

Our favorite Zerk is back! Barb and her friends are on a quest to save the world from the sinister Witch Head. To do that, Barb must enlist the Wise Wizards to join her. Finding a Wizard might be tricky, and Barb will need to go undercover in a monster city that doesn't take too kindly to humans - what could go wrong?  Barb and the Ghost Blade is full of humor, heart, and nonstop action! This is fast becoming my new favorite graphic novel series.


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A Rover's Story By Jasmine Warga Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9780063113923
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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 4th, 2022

I absolutely adored everything about this book! Resilience is a Mars rover who is learning code and preparing for the day NASA will send him to Mars. As Resilience (Res for short) learns his code for the mission, he starts to learn human emotions from the hazmats creating him. Yet the other rover in the lab is not experiencing the same thing - could something be wrong with Res? The day for launch fast approaches, and Res is determined to show he is worthy. A Rover’s Story is a tale of heart and bravery, compassion, and wisdom. Resilience is sure to become a beloved character for all.


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Wildoak By C. C. Harrington Cover Image
$15.19
ISBN: 9781338803860
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 20th, 2022

Set in early 60s Cornwall, Maggie, a young girl with a stutter is sent to stay with her grandfather for a few weeks. Maggie spends most of her days in Wildoak, a beautiful forest near her grandfather’s place that’s under threat of destruction. It is in Wildoak that Maggie discovers Rumpus, a lost snow leopard who needs her help. CC Harrington delivers an engaging novel about what connects us all. I was absolutely charmed by these characters, and I know you will be too! 


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The Lost Ryū By Emi Watanabe Cohen Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781646141326
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Published: Levine Querido - June 7th, 2022

Set 20 years after the bombs fell over Japan, Kohei, a young boy is determined to make his Ojiisan, his grandfather, happy again. With the help of new friends, he just may accomplish it. The Lost Ryu is a gentle novel in a world of dragons and loss, pain and healing, love and understanding. I was captivated by the story and rooting for Kohei the entire time.


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Catch that Dog! By Will Taylor Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338745955
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Published: Scholastic Press - June 28th, 2022

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Lily and the Night Creatures By Nick Lake, Emily Gravett (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Nick Lake, Emily Gravett (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534494619
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 30th, 2022

Lily is not happy about getting a new sibling. She's chronically ill and feels like her parents are replacing her with a "perfect" baby. When the big day arrives, Lily is sent to stay with her grandmother overnight. Realizing she forgot to bring her favorite stuffed animal, Lily decides to go home and get it before her grandmother notices she's gone. And then things get spooky. Her parents are home with no baby, and they are not what they seem. Aided by the night creatures, Lily must defeat these "not-parents" and save her home. Nick Lake delivers a big-hearted novel filled with humor and chills.


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Grounded for All Eternity By Darcy Marks Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534483361
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Published: Aladdin - July 26th, 2022

Halloween has come early with Grounded for All Eternity. A middle grade novel about a group of Hell’s Angels (not the motorcycle gang) who have accidentally crossed into the human world. Unfortunately, Mal and his friends aren’t the only ones who have crossed over; a malevolent soul intent on staying on Earth and gaining power over chaos has escaped. With the help of two human friends and an angel from Heaven, Mal and his squad plan to take this soul back to hell with them, and to do it before their parents find out. Grounded for All Eternity is lots of fun and reminds us all that not everyone is what they seem.


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Will We Always Hold Hands? By Christopher Cheng, Stephen Michael King (Illustrator) Cover Image
$15.19
ISBN: 9780593564509
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Published: Random House Studio - November 1st, 2022

No matter what Rat asks his friend, Bear is quick to respond that he will be there for Rat. Together. Always. Holding hands. Will We Always Hold Hands? is a perfect ‘I love you’ picture book gift that’s sure to make you smile and your heart sing!


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The Three Billy Goats Gruff By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$15.19
ISBN: 9781338673845
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Published: Orchard Books - October 18th, 2022

Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen breathe new life into a classic tale: The Three Billy Goats Guff. Entertaining, funny, and adorned with Klassen's signature art, this is sure to be a story time favorite, so do yourself a favor and clip-clop clip-clop on over to get your hands on this delightful new picture book!


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Elephant Island By Leo Timmers, Leo Timmers (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Leo Timmers, Leo Timmers (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781776574346
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Published: Gecko Press - March 1st, 2022

Elephants are my favorite animal, so naturally I had to read Elephant Island, and I'm so glad I did! Arnold is a sea-faring elephant who has always considered the sea his friend. One day Arnold's boat sinks during a storm. Ever resourceful, Arnold manages to make due and make friends on his tiny island. Charming illustrations and a creative way to find the silver lining make Elephant Island a wonderful picture book addition to your library.


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Knight Owl By Christopher Denise Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316310628
Availability: Not in stock at Boswell. Available to order.
Published: Christy Ottaviano Books - March 15th, 2022

My new favorite Owl! Knight Owl is a delightful picture book about a brave owl who wants to become a Knight. His first task is to guard the castle from dragons! Is Owl clever enough to outsmart the dragons? Can he be brave enough to face them alone? Superb illustrations from the author as well as a story that is sure to be a bedtime favorite!


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The Sea in the Way By Sophie Gilmore, Sophie Gilmore (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sophie Gilmore, Sophie Gilmore (Illustrator)
$14.39
ISBN: 9780063025196
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 6th, 2022

Badger misses her friend Bear terribly. What do you do when your best friend lives all the way on the other side of the sea? If you’re Badger, you grumble to the sea that it is in the way. And when the sea finally agrees to let Badger cross, it is on three conditions. What starts out as a quest for Badger to see Bear ends up being something much more. The Sea in the Way is a delightful picture book with charming illustrations about friendships and new experiences. 


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Farmhouse By Sophie Blackall Cover Image
$15.19
ISBN: 9780316528948
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 13th, 2022

Sophie Blackall pays tribute to a farmhouse and the lives lived inside. A thoughtful picture book about the lives of twelve children who grew up in a farmhouse over a hill, at the end of a road, by a glittering stream. A wistful and loving book to add to family story time.