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What if there were an army of indie booksellers enthusiastically reading and reviewing practically every new book coming out in the next year, and what if the books they were the most excited about, the books they couldn't wait to push into their customers' hands with a breathless "You've GOT to read this!" (virtually or otherwise), the ones with all the nine- and ten-star ratings were carefully curated and collected in a handy list? Well, all we can say is...KEEP READING!

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Hansel & Gretel by Bethan WoollvinLooove this book! After a week like this one, Hansel & Gretel is the cathartic retelling of a classic fairytale I needed. Stylistically rendered in a limited palette, this picture book explores crossed boundaries and women's anger. Illustrator Bethan Woollvin, doesn't tell the story of a bad witch, but a caring and generous witch. A witch whose actions are made understandable by the history of unappreciated labor and abuse left out of other recountings. Reading this book I couldn't help but think that Bethan has slyly done a service to the next generation of Hansels, Gretels, and witches.

Hansel & Gretel by Bethan Woollvin ($16.95*, Peachtree Publishers), recommended by Firestorm Books & Coffee, Asheville, NC.