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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: A Lisbeth Salander Novel (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Series #1) By Stieg Larsson Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307454546
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - June 23rd, 2009

I think it is safe to say that Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo needs no introduction. It is a monumental force of a book that took the world by storm when it released internationally—and for good reason. On top of being a pulse-pounding thriller with great characters and an evocative setting, it also pierces you with so many relevant themes of gender dynamics, conspiracy, collective silence, and evaluating Sweden's historical demons. I was floored by its rich mystery and of course the tremendous Lisbeth Salander character, who is surrounded by an equally compelling cast. I also wish to extend this pick to its two sequels, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest which are also excellent and feature Lisbeth and her past at the very heart of the mystery. I have to mention one of my favorite antagonists, the large brutish Niedermann who can feel no pain, a terrifying presence that perfectly counteracts Lisbeth's pursuit of the man who unites them both. The tragedy of Larsson's death in 2004 left his vision for a ten-book series unrealized, but I think that the ending of the third book is incredibly satisfying and a worthwhile end to the Millennium trilogy!

—Nicholas


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Modern Poetry: Poems By Diane Seuss Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781644452752
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 5th, 2024

Diane Seuss! Need more be said? In her new collection, Modern Poetry, she brings her ever-striking, poignant way with language to the table in conversation with the greats: Keats and Hopkins, Stevens and Plath. There is a fierce dedication to be found within these pages, an assertive investigation into the wells of poetry, its fervent folds and careful creases. Seuss is interested in prying her poems open for readers and then stitching us back inside. With a tenured wit of language and incessant immediacy, she pushes us to the edge and asks us to look over. 

—Isabelle


$24.99
SKU: 3070900085763
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Of all the imaginative puzzles and games we carry at DDG, Djeco’s Cubologic 16: Sologic has my heart! Opening the box, you’re greeted by 16 painted-wood cubes, 30 challenge cards, and a wooden tray. The goal is to recreate the image on the card using the cubes. So fun! What elevates this solo puzzle from captivating to absolutely charming is children’s book illustrator Ben Newman’s vintage-inspired, geometric art. Piecing together a friendly bear, a hippo in a bowtie, a drowsy cat, you can’t help but smile. My mind shifts to a blissful state of flow as I flip the cubes, finding the pattern that completes the face of each new creature. Hey buddy! And plenty of cards do it again and again! Sologic is true delight for all (8+) ages.

—meg