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Virginia Edinger - Bookseller in Manchester

Virginia May is positively chuffed to be a bookseller with Northshire. The daughter of a children's book illustrator, Virginia is a lifelong reader and writer (as well as actor, director, dramaturg, playwright, and teacher). She loves reading historical and fantasy fiction, mysteries, and plays/screenplays/teleplays. She is also a die-hard Shakespeare dork and Janeite. Please engage her in conversations about obscure and extraordinarily cool historical events, she loves learning niche history (and needs topics for future projects).

“I do not think I ever opened a book in my life which had not something to say upon woman’s inconstancy. But perhaps you will say, these were all written by men" - Jane Austen

Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao - Book Review

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Iron Widow By Xiran Jay Zhao Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735269934
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Published: Penguin Teen Canada - September 21st, 2021

A sci-fi fantasy of epic proportions inspired by Chinese history and culture that subverts every expectation of YA literature! Set in a world under constant alien threat in which rigid gender roles and social class define everything, our protagonist Wu Zetian (inspired by Tang Dynasty China's first woman emperor of the same name), is set to tear down these structures no matter how violent and deadly the cost. ~ Reviewed by Virginia Edinger


Fable: A Novel by Adrienne Young - Book Review

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Fable: A Novel (The World of the Narrows #2) By Adrienne Young Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250254368
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Published: Wednesday Books - September 1st, 2020

This book has everything one could ask from a swashbuckling YA adventure set at sea: danger, romance, intrigue, and just a dash of magic. Fable is the exiled daughter of a ruthless sea merchant, scavenging as a deep-sea diver while working her way off an island of thieves near a dangerous strip of sea known as the Narrows. Hell-bent on revenge, she teams up with a rag-tag crew to exact it, but it won't be easy; after all, "The Narrows are the edge of a blade. You can’t live here and not get cut." ~ Reviewed by Virginia Edinger


Complete Book of Home Preserving: 400 Delicious and Creative Recipes for Today by Judi Kingry - Book Review

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Complete Book of Home Preserving: 400 Delicious and Creative Recipes for Today By Judi Kingry (Editor), Lauren Devine (Editor), Sarah Page (Editor) Cover Image
By Judi Kingry (Editor), Lauren Devine (Editor), Sarah Page (Editor)
$24.95
ISBN: 9780778801313
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Published: Robert Rose - May 1st, 2020

This book is my absolute preserving bible. It has clear, concise directions for everything you can imagine preserving, customized for each recipe included. It's the only book I trust to ensure I don't blow up my kitchen while canning my pasta sauces, jams, and pickles! ~ Reviewed by Virginia Edinger


Beautiful Country: A Memoir by Qian Julie Wang - Book Review

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Beautiful Country: A Memoir By Qian Julie Wang Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385547215
Availability: IN WAREHOUSE - Usually Ships in 3-7 Business Days
Published: Doubleday - September 7th, 2021

This resounding, evocative, and heartrending memoir is one that will sit in the pit of your stomach long after you've finished. Wang's childhood living undocumented after immigrating from China to Brooklyn is filled with hardships that need to be read to be believed. For those who are privileged enough to not live these experiences, it is of vital importance to read stories like this so that we may begin to understand the struggles, roadblocks, and failing systems faced by those who come here seeking a better life. ~ Reviewed by Virginia Edinger


This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron - Book Review

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781547603909
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - June 29th, 2021

When Breseis --a teenager born with the ability to manipulate plantlife-- inherits a mysterious estate from a birth mother she's never known, she's left with a series of increasingly puzzling mysteries to solve about the origins of her powers, her birth family, and the puzzling secrets they hid. Inspired by The Secret Garden and Greek mythology, this contemporary fantasy is a beautiful and modern take on Gothic mystery. ~ Reviewed by Virginia Edinger


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