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Bears, bears everywhere!

Often furry and kind (if sometimes grumpy), The Last Word presents a wonderful selection of bear themed books to teach...

The Wildings (Review)

As a child when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, my standard answer, though...

Around the World in One Summer

Witty, engaging, and informative, the latest collection of international children’s literature at The Last Word promises to send your child...

Stories for Sleepy-time

By the end of the day, when all your work is nearly done, there’s nothing better than settling down with...

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The Last Word Kid’s Book Club

For our eager young readers we’d recommend a timeless classic for May!

Anne of Green Gables
by L.M. Montgomery

Everyone’s favorite redhead, the spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.

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The Last Word Fiction Club

This month we’re spotlighting one of the Granta Young American Novelists of the decade, Garth Risk Hallberg with one of the Best Books of the Year as decided by The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, NPR, Vogue, San Fransisco Chronicle and The Wall Street Journal!

City on Fire
by Garth Risk Hallberg

New York City, 1976. Meet Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney, estranged heirs to one of the city’s great fortunes; Keith and Mercer, the men who, for better or worse, love them; Charlie and Samantha, two suburban teenagers seduced by downtown’s punk scene; an obsessive magazine reporter and his idealistic neighbor – and the detective trying to figure out what any of them have to do with a shooting in Central Park on New Year’s Eve.

The mystery, as it reverberates through families, friendships, and the corridors of power, will open up even the loneliest-seeming corners of the crowded city. And when the blackout of July 13, 1977, plunges this world into darkness, each of these lives will be changed forever. City on Fire is an unforgettable novel about love and betrayal and forgiveness, about art and truth and rock ‘n’ roll: about what people need from each other in order to live – and about what makes the living worth doing in the first place.
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The Last Word Non-Fiction Book Club

This month our role as obedient customers is scrutinised in a 600-year history of global economics.

Empire of Things
by Frank Trentmann

What we consume has become the defining feature of our lives: our economies live or die by spending, we are treated more as consumers than workers, and even public services are presented to us as products in a supermarket. In this monumental study, acclaimed historian Frank Trentmann unfolds the extraordinary history that has shaped our material world, from late Ming China, Renaissance Italy and the British empire to the present. Astonishingly wide-ranging and richly detailed, Empire of Things explores how we have come to live with so much more, how this changed the course of history, and the global challenges we face as a result.

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The Last Word Fantasy/Sci-fi Book Club

For our fantasy/sci-fi book club, we’ve chosen the latest fiction from a master of the craft, Neil Gaiman!

Norse Mythology
by Neil Gaiman

In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of giants, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

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The Last Word Cookbook Club

This month our cookbook club is serving up delicious traditional Korean food from one of the best cookbooks of 2016!

Our Korean Kitchen
by Jordan Bourke, Rejina Pyo

Our Korean Kitchen is a celebration of the food, culture and flavours of Korea, a cuisine that is fast becoming the biggest trend in the culinary world. Capturing this movement, it introduces us to Korean food through a collection of classic and well-loved dishes. Beautifully illustrated throughout, the book will explore the secrets of authentic Korean food. Covering an extensive range of over 100 dishes, from Korean staples such as bibimbap and kimchi to stir-fried spicy squid, sesame & soy-marinated beef and pecan & cinnamon-stuffed pancakes, catering for beginners as well as those with a little more experience of cooking K-Food.

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