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We Are Each Other’s Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers, Land, and Legacy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062932563
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Published: Amistad - April 6th, 2021

In the 1920s, there were over one million Black farmers; today there are just 45,000. Through photos, interviews, and poetry, Baszile builds an insightful look at land, memory, and food. I found myself constantly unlearning my perceptions of the history and future of farming. It’s rare for a book to display both problem and solution. This strikes a perfect balance.

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Honey Mine: Collected Stories Cover Image
By Camille Roy, Lauren Levin (Editor), Eric Sneathen (Editor)
ISBN: 9781643620749
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Published: Nightboat Books - June 29th, 2021

Absolutely love this collection of stories from Camille Roy. Each one feels part truth, part fiction. Either way, I was left careening down the streets of sexy, lively nights full of temptations and fantasy. This is joyous, queer writing by and for the queer community from a San Francisco legend.

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Moomin Deluxe: Volume One Cover Image
ISBN: 9781770461710
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - October 21st, 2014

I have such fond memories of reading the comics every morning with my dad. It taught me so much about character, humor, and storytelling. Moomin wasn’t part of my childhood, but I can picture myself curled up with this collection falling in love with the whimsical world of Moominvalley. Tove Jansson is a treasure!

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Three Novels: Kingdom Cons, Signs Preceding the End of the World, the Transmigration of Bodies Cover Image
By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
ISBN: 9781913505240
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Published: And Other Stories - September 14th, 2021

If asked what book recently shattered my brain, the answer is Herrera’s Signs Preceding the End of the World. Defying the standard immigration story, Makina travels across the U.S.–Mexico border to deliver a message to her brother, with plans to return home. Herrera paints a surreal, mystical, and malleable borderland—joined in this collection by two other stellar novellas.

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Horizontal Vertigo: A City Called Mexico Cover Image
By Juan Villoro, Alfred MacAdam (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781524748883
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Published: Pantheon - March 23rd, 2021

UFOs, the subway, pandemics, the church, men who will sell you a parking space and charge you for them to watch your car … all of these things can be found in the labyrinth of a city that Juan Villoro constructs in Horizontal Vertigo. Great gift for your travel bud, urban planner, or CDMX ex-pat.

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The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780756405892
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Published: DAW - April 7th, 2009

I love this book so much. Kvothe is a flawed hero but I'm always left cheering for him. Cocky, charasmatic, unlike any other person in his world, he runs around trying to create a life for himself when he has very little. The first in the unfinished series, it is full of songs, magic, myth, adventure, friendship. Devoid of typical fantasy tropes, this is a fantasy novel for anyone to enjoy. It took Patrick Rothfuss 15 years to write this book and I will wait another 15 for the next one.

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The Book of Difficult Fruit: Arguments for the Tart, Tender, and Unruly (with recipes) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374110321
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 6th, 2021

Food writing is vastly undervalued! It is personal, fragile, sensual. The 26 difficult fruits (one for each letter of the alphabet) Lebo presents in her essays are each a lesson of natural history, the land we're on, personal journies with diet and food, and so much more.

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Even Cowgirls Get the Blues: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553349498
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Published: Bantam - April 1st, 1990

Absolutely ridiculous and beautiful. Sissy Hankshaw and her giant thumb make for a great travel read or moment of escapism. There's no one quite like Tim Robbins in terms of melding absurdism, magic, and American iconography. If you're looking for a good time, this is certainly it!

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Zami: A New Spelling of My Name: A Biomythography Cover Image
ISBN: 9780895941220
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Published: Crossing Press - January 1st, 1982

A whirlwind of a "memoir" -- though really it is a biomythography (biography, mythology, and history all wrapped into one to create the legend of Audre Lorde). To see Audre Lorde live such a radical life through the '30s and into her years in Mexico always reminds me of the many lifetimes we are capable of having. If you want to radicalize your existence, take note!

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Sara Cwynar: Glass Life Cover Image
By Sara Cwynar (Photographer), Sheila Heti (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Rose Bouthillier (Interviewer)
ISBN: 9781597114790
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Published: Aperture - July 6th, 2021

When Sara Cwynar had an exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, I went all the time. The museum was free (bless) and a few blocks from my house and I would sit and watch her videos that tie ephemera to history, feminism, and production by investigating the creation of specific colors. I'm so excited to see these works translated into a new form!

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The Transit of Venus Cover Image
By Shirley Hazzard, Lauren Groff (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780143135654
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 9th, 2021

Beautiful and simple writing. So glad to have this book in print again. Hazzard is an often overlooked writer who employs cosmic metaphors and feminine connections to keep you hooked!

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We Too: Essays on Sex Work and Survival: Essays on Sex Work and Survival Cover Image
By Natalie West (Editor), Tina Horn (Associate Editor), Melissa Gira Grant (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9781558612853
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Published: Feminist Press - February 9th, 2021

We Too is an incredible collection of essays from the sex work community. There is so much to be learned here about how we value labor, intimacy, health, safety, and more. As we look to dismantle the systems we live in, why not learn from the people who have been living and working and loving outside the system? Sex work is work!!!

Reynaldo Rivera: Provisional Notes for a Disappeared City Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635901122
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Published: Semiotext(e) - December 8th, 2020

Looking at these photos feels so personal because the work is so energetic, full of life, and so rarely seen. They are a photos of a beautiful and bygone LA. It reminds me in so many ways of Cecil Beaton's Bright Young Things (maybe it's the gloves and the glamour), but with drag queens and far more grit.

The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555977368
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 5th, 2016

I first fell in love with Maggie Nelson through her proflific works Bluets and The Argonauts. But there is something about The Red Parts that continues to stick with me. As the media remains fascinated with the murders of young white women, this book tells the story of the families deeply traumatized by the publicity and continuous unearthing of tragedy.

Bloodchild and Other Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781583226988
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Published: Seven Stories Press - October 4th, 2005

Feminism. Horror. Aliens. What frontiers hasn't Octavia tackled?

Celine Dion's Let's Talk about Love: A Journey to the End of Taste (33 1/3 #52) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780826427885
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Published: Continuum - November 1st, 2007

Big Time Punk is determined to hate Celine Dion forever. In his journey to understand her, he sobs watching her at her Las Vegas residency. A great lesson in why cheese and sentimentality matter.

Hamburger Eyes No. 42 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781087855608
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Published: Hamburger Eyes - December 13th, 2019

Trout Fishing In America, Pill Vs Springhill Mine Disaster, In Watermelon Sugar Cover Image
ISBN: 9780395500767
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Published: Mariner Books - March 1st, 1989