Dean

Dean is a nomad who's lived so many places in the U.S. he's almost lost count. Currently, he's settled down in Richmond where he's got his dream job at Fountain Bookstore. A life-long avid reader, his tastes range from non-fiction to kids books to magical realism. He's got a son who has inherited his voracious appetite for life and books, so Dean is pretty well-versed in kid's books. When he's not reading, he's writing, gardening, or concocting something delicious in the kitchen. You could say he's something of a hedgewitch and loves to read Tarot and collect rocks (it's a thing). Feel free to stop in and say hi. He loves talking about books and his magical little black kitten named Kismet.

Books: 

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The Good Luck Girls Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250299703
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Published: Tor Teen - October 2019

The Good Luck girls is a magical, edge-of-your seat novel about a group of girls who are running from their lives across a  landscape that's reminiscent of the American Western. Clementine and her sister Aster were sold to a "welcome house" when they were young, destined to live a life of servitude as Good Luck Girls - providing certain comforts to high-paying men.

When Clementine accidentally kills a powerful man, she and her sister and friends make a daring escape. They are hounded across the harsh terrain pursued by the most terrible and powerful men - as well as the harrowing undead - in search of freedom. They're risking their lives for a story that's been only been whispered about and probably isn't true. But they have no choice but to band together and fight for survival, no matter how slim that chance may seem.

This is a wild ride from start to finish and is easily one of my favorite novels of the year. It's got adventure, love, family, magic, friendship, and daring feats of bravery and survival. Once you pick it up, you won't be able to put it down!


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Red: A Crayon's Story Cover Image
By Michael Hall, Michael Hall (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062252074
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Published: Greenwillow Books - February 3rd, 2015

Easily one of my all-time favorite books. I always keep several on hand to give to friends who have kids. Red is the story of a crayon who has a Red label. Even though all of his friends, and teachers, and family members try to tell him he just needs to try to harder to be a red crayon, he keeps drawing blue pictures. This heartwarming , gentle tale helps kids see that we're more than our labels and being who we are on the inside is the best thing we can be.


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Gideon the Ninth Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250313195
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Published: Tor.com - September 10th, 2019

Gideon is packing up her sword and her dirty magazines and getting off this god-forsaken planet. She's sure that this time her escape will work.

But her escape is once again foiled - this time by the Emperor. Or, a summons from the Emperor to the head necromancer on the planet where she was raised by nuns who were basically mummies. The necromancer of her planet needs a swordswoman and her only choice is Gideon.

Gideon the Ninth is a gutsy space fantasy sci-fi epic about lesbian necromancers, politics, love, war, skeletons, and, yeah, dirty magazines.

This book is impossible to put down and filled with an unforgettable, lively, and often foul-mouthed cast that will steal your heart despite their best efforts not to. This novel is gritty, dark, funny, and weird - and I couldn't love it more.


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Out There Cover Image
By Tom Sullivan, Tom Sullivan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062854490
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 14th, 2019

This sweet story is sure to delight anyone who's ever looked at the stars and wondered if we're alone in the vast universe. It shows Earth through alien eyes and with a funny twist that's sure to delight readers of all ages.


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Leaving the Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735222540
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Published: Viking - June 4th, 2019

I don't normally read memoirs. But this one stood out to be because my own story is very similar to Amber Scorah's. I'm now re-reading it so I can make sure I didn't miss a thing. Leaving the Witness details her journey from believer to apostate. Raised as a third-generation Jehovah's Witness, Amber goes to Shanghai to share the truth about Armageddon. But in the one of the world's most restrictive counties - where preaching Christianity can have you imprisoned or killed - she finds her freedom. As someone who was raised in a similar environment, this book deeply resonated with me. But you don't have to have had a similar experience to enjoy it. The writing is rich and vibrant and gives a fascinating look into what leaving a cult looks like. 10/10 highly recommend!


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Never Have I Ever: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062855312
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Published: William Morrow - July 30th, 2019

INever Have I Ever will take you on a breathtaking journey from beginning to end. Jackson weaves a masterful mystery with unexpected twists and turns on every page. The story follows Amy Whey, a Florida housewife with a dark secret safely buried in the past. But then a stranger shows up to her neighborhood bookclub and starts a game that hurtles Amy back into her deepest, most hidden secrets. This story is kept me guessing until the very end and still managed to surprise me. This one is shaping up to be my favorite novel of the year.


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Louisiana's Way Home Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763694630
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Published: Candlewick - October 2nd, 2018

Kate DiCamillo tells the story of Louisiana, a  little girl who's on a grand adventure with her granny, even though she'd rather be home with her pets and friends in Florida. Louisiana's straightforward voice takes us along for the ride as she learns about family, being lost, and finding home in the most unlikely places. One of the few books that made me cry at the end.


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Millenneagram: The Enneagram Guide for Discovering Your Truest, Baddest Self Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062872395
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Published: HarperOne - May 7th, 2019

I first came across Millenneagram author through her podcast and instantly fell in love. This is a smart, fresh look at the popular Enneagram personality system. Author Hannah Paasch is funny and honest. This book isn't just for millenials! Think of it as a roadmap to help you discover the best possible version of yourself. Millenneagram is a must-read for anyone looking to be their best selves.


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Orpheus Girl Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781641290746
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Published: Soho Teen - October 8th, 2019

Raya falls in love with her best friend - who happens to be a girl. And unfortunately for them, they're both living in a very conservative Texas town. Despite their best efforts to be discreet, Raya and Sarah are found out and their Christian families ship them both off to a gay conversion camp.

The prose is unflinching and lyrical. Brynne Rebele-Henry crafts a tender, beautiful, and tragic story that parallels the Greek myth of Orpheus. The story could easily have been taken straight from the lives of any of the hundreds of LGBTQ teens who have survived the all-too-real horrors of the conversion camp industry that runs rampant in the dark underbelly of America. I can't speak highly enough about this book. In fact, it's so realistic that I would caution readers who have survived similar situations or had friends who have been disappeared to proceed with caution. Definitely read this book with tissues!


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The Invited: A Novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780385541381
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Published: Doubleday - April 30th, 2019

The Invited is a thrilling ghost story that follows the life of Hattie Breckenridge and her descendants through the eyes of Helen, a former history teacher who is building a house on the land where Hattie lived and died. The story follows the unraveling of the truth surrounding Hattie's descendants - all of whom died under mysterious circumstances. This is a fun and chilling read. I couldn't put it down! 


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Death and Other Happy Endings: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525562115
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - July 9th, 2019

When her brilliant, quiet brother tries to kill himself, Violet is shipped off to Lyric, Maine, a town her ancestors founded after surviving a shipwreck.

Violet feels like shipwrecks run in her family - and given the chaotic year she's had partying with the wrong people, she thinks maybe *she's* the shipwreck. In Lyric, she's trying to find herself - and discover the missing treasure from her family's shipwreck long ago that she used to hunt for with her brother.

Violet isn't expecting to meet mysterious Liv Stone, who awakens something in her that's as beautiful and mysterious as the sea. Together they embark on a journey that surprises both of them.

The Last True Poets of the Sea is lyrically written and tells a sweet coming of age story that will capture your heart.


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The Last True Poets of the Sea Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781368048088
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - October 2019

When her brilliant, quiet brother tries to kill himself, Violet is shipped off to Lyric, Maine, a town her ancestors founded after surviving a shipwreck.

Violet feels like shipwrecks run in her family - and given the chaotic year she's had partying with the wrong people, she thinks maybe *she's* the shipwreck. In Lyric, she's trying to find herself - and discover the missing treasure from her family's shipwreck long ago that she used to hunt for with her brother.

Violet isn't expecting to meet mysterious Liv Stone, who awakens something in her that's as beautiful and mysterious as the sea. Together they embark on a journey that surprises both of them.

The Last True Poets of the Sea is lyrically written and tells a sweet coming of age story that will capture your heart.


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The Lesson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781538584644
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Published: Blackstone Publishing - June 18th, 2019

Aliens touch down over the Virgin Islands, and life actually continues in a fairly normal way. The Ynaa - a race of advanced aliens - are mostly benevolent. They share resources in exchange for a tenuous cohabitation with humans as the aliens conduct undisclosed research. However, the Ynaa also unleash unfettered violence at the slightest provocation.

The Lesson follows three families in this unflinchingly human story about alien invasion. The writing is warm and real and tackles issues of humanity, race, and family. This is science fiction with heart. It's a thrilling read that gives you a glimpse at how humanity responds to the unthinkable.

Cadwell Turnbull is easily one of my new favorite science fiction authors. I can't wait to read more from him.