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Sara Luce Look-- Sara is a co-owner of Charis as well as the book buyer and general manager. She enjoys witchy historical fiction, poetry, and books that push sexual and gender-bending boundaries. She also loves cookbooks, queer young adult fiction and beautiful children's books. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Things in Jars: A Novel Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9781982121297
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Published: Washington Square Press - September 29th, 2020

In this “miraculous and thrilling” (Diane Setterfield, #1 New York Times bestselling author) mystery for fans of The Essex Serpent and The Book of Speculation, Victorian London comes to life as an intrepid female sleuth wades through a murky world of collectors and criminals to recover a remarkable child.

Bridie Devine—flame-haired, pipe-smoking


Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation Cover Image
By Octavia E. Butler, John Jennings (Illustrator), Damian Duffy (Adapted by), Nnedi Okorafor (Introduction by)
$17.09
ISBN: 9781419728556
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - July 24th, 2018

The Sisters of the Winter Wood Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9780316483360
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Published: Redhook - June 18th, 2019

Captivating and boldly imaginative, with a tale of sisterhood at its heart, Rena Rossner's debut fantasy invites you to enter a world filled with magic, folklore, and the dangers of the woods.

*Publishers Weekly: Best Book of 2018: SF/Fantasy/Horror
*BookPage: Best Book of 2018: Science Fiction & Fantasy


"With luscious and hypnotic prose, Rena


The Wedding Portrait Cover Image
$16.16
ISBN: 9781609808020
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Published: Triangle Square - October 17th, 2017

The Wedding Portrait is an essential book for kids about standing up for what's right. Here are stories of direct action from around the world that are bookended by the author's wedding story. He and his bride led their wedding party to a  protest, and were captured in a photo by the local newspaper kissing in front of a line of police just before being arrested.


Magic Lessons: The Prequel to Practical Magic Cover Image
$25.19
ISBN: 9781982108847
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 6th, 2020

In an unforgettable novel that traces a centuries-old curse to its source, beloved author Alice Hoffman unveils the story of Maria Owens, accused of witchcraft in Salem, and matriarch of a line of the amazing Owens women and men featured in Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic.

Where does the story of the Owens bloodline begin?


Plain Bad Heroines: A Novel Cover Image
By Emily M. Danforth, Sara Lautman (Illustrator)
$25.19
ISBN: 9780062942852
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Published: William Morrow - October 20th, 2020

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

“A delectable brew of gothic horror and Hollywood satire . . . [and] what makes all this so much fun is Danforth’s deliciously ghoulish voice . . . exquisite." —Ron Charles, THE WASHINGTON POST


The Moon Within (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
$7.19
ISBN: 9781338283389
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - May 5th, 2020

* "A worthy successor to Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret set in present-day Oakland." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review

The Moon Within joins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels. Includes exclusive bonus content!

Celi Rivera's life swirls with questions.

About her changing body.


Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me Cover Image
$16.19
ISBN: 9781626722590
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Published: First Second - May 7th, 2019

One of FORBES Best Graphic Novels of 2019
On BCCB 2019 Blue Ribbons List
One of NPR's Best Books of 2019
Booklist 2019 Editors' Choice
One of Bitch Media’s Best Queer YA Novels of 2019


Mooncakes Cover Image
By Suzanne Walker, Wendy Xu (Illustrator)
$13.49
ISBN: 9781549303043
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Published: Oni Press - October 15th, 2019

"This sweet, spellbinding story will appeal to fans of magic and romance." — School Library Journal (starred review)
 

A story of love and demons, family and witchcraft. Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch.


In at the Deep End Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9780358299592
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Published: Mariner Books - May 26th, 2020

* A Finalist for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction * One of Autostraddle's Best Queer Books of 2019 * 

A deliciously disarming debut novel about a twenty-something Londoner who discovers that she may have been looking for love—and pleasure—in all the wrong places (i.e., from men).

Julia has


The Witches of New York: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062359926
Availability: Backordered
Published: Harper Perennial - July 11th, 2017

A Buzzfeed Best Gift Book of the Year

“A dark, atmospheric, and feminist story of three women in New York City's Gilded Age, each determined to thrive in a society hell-bent on keeping them down, and using their coven to do so."    —Buzzfeed

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER


The Essex Serpent: A Novel Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9780062666383
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Published: Custom House - April 24th, 2018

SOON TO BE A TELEVISION ADAPTATION STARRING KEIRA KNIGHTLEY

A Kirkus Review Best Book of 2017 and a Washington Post Notable Work of Fiction. Winner of the British Book Awards Fiction Book of the Year and overall Book of the Year, selected as the Waterstones Book of the Year, and a Costa Book Award Finalist


Meet Me There: Normal Sex & Home in Three Days. Don't Wash. Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780998843926
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Published: Belladonna* - May 1st, 2019

Poetry. LGBTQIA Studies. MEET ME THERE is a paired republication of Normal Sex (Firebrand Books, 1994) and Home in three days. Don't wash. (Hard Press, 1996). In the present edition, the texts are accompanied by a new introduction and poem by Samuel Ace, and by a collection of short essays and reflections on Ace and Smukler's poetics.


Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781250316776
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 14th, 2019

* Instant NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestseller *
* GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD WINNER for BEST DEBUT and BEST ROMANCE of 2019 *

* BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR* for VOGUE, NPR, VANITY FAIR, and more! *

What happens when America's First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?


Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers Cover Image
By Natalie Eve Garrett (Editor), Anthony Doerr (Contribution by), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Contribution by)
$19.80
ISBN: 9781936787791
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Published: Black Balloon Publishing - October 29th, 2019

"Eat Joy is the most lovely food essay book... This is the perfect gift." --Joy Wilson (Joy the Baker)

Named a Best Cookbook of the Year by Martha Stewart Living

"Magnificent illustrations add spirit to recipes and heartfelt narratives. Plan to buy two copies--one for you and one for your best foodie friend." --Taste of Home


The Women Who Caught The Babies: A Story of African American Midwives Cover Image
By Eloise Greenfield, Daniel Minter (Illustrator)
$16.16
ISBN: 9780997772074
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Published: Alazar Press - September 1st, 2019

The Women Who Caught the Babies highlights important aspects of the training and work of African-American midwives and the ways in which they have helped, and continue to help, so many families by “catching” their babies at birth.


The Lost Coast Cover Image
$16.19
ISBN: 9781536200966
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Published: Candlewick - May 14th, 2019

The spellbinding tale of six queer witches forging their own paths, shrouded in the mist, magic, and secrets of the ancient California redwoods.


The Last True Poets of the Sea Cover Image
$16.19
ISBN: 9781368048088
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2019

An epic, utterly unforgettable contemporary novel about a lost shipwreck, a missing piece of family history, and weathering the storms of life. Fans of Far from the Tree, We Are Okay, and Emergency Contact will love this stunning debut.


The Last Place You Look: A Mystery (Roxane Weary #1) Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781250181305
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Published: Minotaur Books - May 1st, 2018

Kristen Lepionka's 2018 Anthony Award Nominee for Best First Novel, The Last Place You Look is a head-on collision between an allegedly closed case and a tenacious, troubled private investigator who doesn’t know when to quit.


Animals Brag about Their Bottoms Cover Image
By Maki Sato, Brian Bergstrom (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781771647106
Availability: Backordered
Published: Greystone Kids - September 29th, 2020

For fans of Taro Gomi's Everyone Poops and Matthew Van Fleet's Tails, this cheeky, whimsical picture book for ages 3-7 inspires self-love and body positivity, plus a whole lot of laughter and fun


Confessions of the Fox: A Novel Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780399592287
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Published: One World - March 5th, 2019

New York Times Editors’ Choice: “A mind-bending romp through a gender-fluid, eighteenth century London . . . a joyous mash-up of literary genres shot through with queer theory and awash in sex, crime, and revolution.”


A Girl Like Me Cover Image
By Angela Johnson, Nina Crews (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781541557772
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Published: Millbrook Press (Tm) - February 4th, 2020

Once I dreamed I swam / the ocean / and saw everything deep, cool / and was part of the waves. / I swam on by the people / onshore / hollering, / 'A girl like you needs to / stay out of the water / and be dry / like everyone else.'


Annie on My Mind Cover Image
$9.89
ISBN: 9780374400118
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Published: Square Fish - February 20th, 2007

This groundbreaking book, first published in 1982, is the story of two teenage girls whose friendship blossoms into love and who, despite pressures from family and school that threaten their relationship, promise to be true to each other and their feelings.


Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme Cover Image
By Ivan Coyote (Editor), Zena Sharman (Editor)
$17.96
ISBN: 9781551523972
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - May 3rd, 2011

Lambda Literary Award finalist

American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book


The Magicians: A Novel (Magicians Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780452296299
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Published: Penguin Books - May 25th, 2010

The New York Times bestselling novel about a young man practicing magic in the real world, now an original series on SYFY

The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea. . . . Hogwarts was never like this.”
—George R.R. Martin
 


Loving Frank: A Novel Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780345495006
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 8th, 2008

I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current.


The Children's Book (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307473066
Availability: Special Order
Published: Vintage - August 10th, 2010

From the Booker Prize-winning, bestselling author of Possession: a deeply affecting story of a singular family.
 


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More of This World or Maybe Another Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9780061732270
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 20th, 2009

More of This World or Maybe Another is a collection of award-winning short fiction about four outsiders whose unruly lives intersect on the back streets of New Orleans from writer Barb Johnson. Funny and haunting by turns, Johnson’s unforgettable characters are driven by something fragile and irresistible, a sputtering drive to love and be loved, in these “stunning stories .


People of the Book: A Novel Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780143115007
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Published: Penguin Books - December 30th, 2008

The bestselling novel that follows a rare manuscript through centuries of exile and war, from the author of The Secret Chord and of March, winner of the Pulitzer Prize.  


The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9781401341336
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Published: Hachette Books - April 6th, 2010

A spellbinding, beautifully written novel that moves between contemporary times and one of the most fascinating and disturbing periods in American history - the Salem witch trials.


The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes Cover Image
By DuBose Heyward, Marjorie Flack (Illustrator)
$7.19
ISBN: 9780395185575
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 3rd, 1974

The country bunny attains the exalted position of Easter Bunny in spite of her responsibilities as the mother of twenty-one children.


A Little Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804172707
Availability: Backordered
Published: Anchor - January 26th, 2016

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR


Trash Cover Image
$13.50
ISBN: 9780452283510
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Published: Penguin Books - September 24th, 2002

Trash, Allison's landmark collection, laid the groundwork for her critically acclaimed Bastard Out of Carolina, the National Book Award finalist that was hailed by The New York Times Book Review as "simply stunning...a wonderful work of fiction by a major talent." In addition to Allison's classic stories, this new edition of Trash features "Stubborn Girls and Mean Sto


The Orphans of Race Point: A Novel Cover Image
$18.69
ISBN: 9780062281302
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 6th, 2014

“Set against the coast of Provincetown, Patry Francis’s fierce, ravishing epic cuts deep to the bone about how love binds us together and breaks us apart, and how the past’s thumbprint rests on the present.


The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Letters to their Younger Selves Cover Image
By Sarah Moon (Editor), James Lecesne (Editor)
$9.89
ISBN: 9780545399333
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - April 29th, 2014

If you received a letter from your older self, what do you think it would say? What do you wish it would say?


The Palace of Illusions: A Novel Cover Image
$15.26
ISBN: 9781400096206
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Published: Anchor - February 10th, 2009

Taking us back to a time that is half history, half myth and wholly magical, bestselling author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni gives voice to Panchaali, the fire-born heroine of the Mahabharata, as she weaves a vibrant retelling of an ancient epic saga.