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School resumes for Anacortes students on September 3rd. If you're an AMS or AHS student and have yet to embark on your summer English assignments, we still have copies available of Crime and Punishment, Great Expectations, Huckleberry Finn, To Kill A Mockingbird and other books on the required reading lists. Titles purchased for school receive a 15% discount. But don't leave it too late!



THE MAGICIAN'S LAND, by Lev Grossman (Viking, $27.95). The stunning conclusion to the Magicians trilogy. Having lost everything, Quentin Coldwater returns to where his story began, the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. But he can't hide from his past, and soon enough it comes looking for him. Together with Plum, a brilliant young magician with a dark secret of her own, Quentin embarks on a perilous journey that ultimately leads him back to Fillory, the secret magical world of his childhood dreams from which he has been cast out. This is an intricate, fantastical thriller, an epic of love and redemption, about a boy becoming a man, an apprentice becoming a master, and a broken land that finally becomes whole.  

AN ITALIAN WIFE, by Ann Hood (Norton, $25.95). From the author of The Knitting Circle and The Obituary Writer, this is a stirring, multi-generational story of an Italian-American family. In turn-of-the-century Italy, 14 year-old Josephine Rimaldi is forced into an arranged marriage with a man she doesn't know, and who is about to depart for America. Obligated to follow him, Josephine eventually bears seven children, the last of whom is conceived out of wedlock and given up for adoption. Josephine spends the rest of her life looking for her lost child, keeping her secret even as her other children grow into adults and make mistakes of their own. The result is a sweeping and evocative portrait of a family bound together by love and heartbreak.

A SPY AMONG FRIENDS, by Ben Macintyre (Crown, $27.00). Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain's counterintelligence against the Soviet Union - while he was secretly working for the enemy. His two best friends, intelligence officials themselves, unwittingly fed him information, thereby helping to sink almost every great Anglo-American spy operation for almost two decades. As Ben Macintyre reveals in his best book yet, the stunning truth of Philby's betrayal ultimately devastated the two men who thought they knew him best, and left the intelligence services they worked for severely crippled. Based on personal papers and newly revealed British intelligence files, this is a true - and truly gripping - Cold War suspense story. Afterward by John le Carre.

BURNT TOAST MAKES YOU SING GOOD - A Memoir of Food & Love from an American Midwest Family, by Kathleen Flinn (Viking, $27.95). A family history with recipes. Through cross-country travels and unforgettable home-cooked food (Uncle Clarence's corn flake-crusted fried chicken; Grandpa Charles's spicy San Antonio chili; Grandma Inez's birthday-only cinnamon rolls), Kathleen Flinn comes to discover that meals can be memories and cooking can be a form of communication. A delectable new blend of memoir and comfort food from the author of The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry and The Kitchen Counter Cooking School.


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