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Assistant to the Villain By Hannah Nicole Maehrer Cover Image
ISBN: 9781649375803
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Published: Entangled: Red Tower Books - August 29th, 2023

“Assistant to the Villain” is a Romantasy or a Romance book with strong Fantasy elements. The book is full of very funny one-liners, jokes, and commentary on office culture in a fantastical, humorous style that is compulsively readable. The romantic tension between The Villain and Evie is equal parts sweet and amusing.

This is my favorite thing about this novel - it’s a humorous, affectionate parody of fairy tales, corporate office culture, and romance tropes while also being genuinely earnest in the story it is telling and the romance it is crafting between these leads. It’s cozy, funny, romantic, and has a surprise twist ending that begs to be continued in the next book.

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Sabriel 25th Anniversary Classic Edition By Garth Nix Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063040496
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Published: HarperCollins - August 3rd, 2021

Nix’s Sabriel is a classic Young Adult Fantasy with a unique magic system and fascinating world building. The first book in the Old Kingdom series, it has had a huge impact on YA Fantasy while still remaining unique and refreshing nearly thirty years after it was first published. - Traci

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If We Were Villains: A Novel By M. L. Rio Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250095299
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 17th, 2018

If We Were Villains is an excellent Dark Academia thriller with a Shakespearean twist. It is a story of murder, love, friendship, and jealousy; through it all is the words of Shakespeare. If you are looking for a thrilling murder mystery with messy people, this one's a great time. - Traci

The False Cause: Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory By Adam H. Domby Cover Image
ISBN: 9780813948553
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Published: University of Virginia Press - February 17th, 2022

An excellent work of Civil War memory scholarship, Domby's The False Cause is a deconstruction of the lies and fabrications regarding the legacy of the Civil War and the Confederate monuments erected since. Using UNC's Silent Sam statue as a case study, Domby presents a compelling argument for white supremacy being the motivating factor for the installment of many Confederate monuments in the United States, making this work of scholarship a deeply necessary and relevant title in current national conversations around white supremacy and African American history.

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The Great Passage By Shion Miura, Juliet Winters Carpenter (Translator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781477823071
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Published: Amazon Crossing - June 1st, 2017

The Great Passage by Shion Miura is a book for book lovers; written as a Slice of Life novel, it follows the efforts of Genbu Publishing’s Kouhei Araki and later Mitsuya Majime - a socially awkward and professionally flagging man with a love of antiquarian books and a linguistics background - to create The Great Passage, the newest dictionary of the Japanese language. Written with a love of how words are created, used, and their myriad meanings, The Great Passage is as much about the development of a dictionary as it is about the people who come together in the process out of a love for words.