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Junji Ito's Cat Diary: Yon & Mu Collector's Edition By Junji Ito Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646512515
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Published: Kodansha Comics - November 9th, 2021

I picked this up on a whim and I’m so glad I did. Having read Junji Ito’s Uzumaki and Tomie, and not having read any description of Junji Ito’s Cat Diary, I expected something in a similar vein to his usual work. While Cat Diary is no exception to Ito’s trademark hyper-detailed, beautifully unsettling illustrations, its story takes a surprising departure. All I’ll say is I ended up laughing and smiling throughout the entire read.

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The Girl I Am, Was, and Never Will Be: A Speculative Memoir of Transracial Adoption By Shannon Gibney Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593112014
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 9th, 2024

This book is uniquely singular in its subject matter and approach. Shannon Gibney’s experience is undeniably specific, but resonates with a universal context and emotion. What are the ways my life could have twisted and turned differently than they have? What are the ways these different paths could have shaped me? What if I could travel through time and space to see my past self, my future self, my self that exists in some other plane? What if I don’t like what I see and feel? What if I do? What if, what if, what if.
Chaotic at times, but always deeply human.

DMZ Colony By Don Mee Choi Cover Image
ISBN: 9781940696959
Availability: Not in Stock. Available to Order.
Published: Wave Books - April 7th, 2020

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Small Things Like These By Claire Keegan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802158741
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Published: Grove Press - November 30th, 2021

In just 114 pages, Claire Keegan deftly manages to paint struggle, hope, kindness, and heroism in the tenderest of ways. Set in 1985 Ireland during the weeks leading up to Christmas, this book is so perfect for the holidays (but honestly, so perfect in general). Treat your heart to a warm hug.

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Mr. Fiorello's Head By Cecilia Ruiz (Created by) Cover Image
By Cecilia Ruiz (Created by)
ISBN: 9781592703791
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Published: Enchanted Lion - October 17th, 2023

Mr. Fiorello’s head is indeed lacking in hair, but the story of his hairless head is so full of heart. Beautiful and humorous illustrations accompany a story that initially feels simple and sweet, but surprisingly hits a sentiment deeper and even sweeter. Protect Mr. Fiorello at all costs.

It is my humble opinion that The Holidays are for unfettered consumption. Feast your eyes on pineapple and coconut cream buns, gochujang flourless chocolate cake, matcha basque cheesecake, milk tea popsicles and matcha lava tangyuan. Then break out the mixers and let your stomach (and perhaps other lucky ones you feel compelled to share with) feast too.

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Chalice of the Gods (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) By Rick Riordan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781368098175
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Published: Disney Hyperion - September 26th, 2023

Now a senior in high school, the much beloved Percy Jackson is once again balancing his responsibilities as savior of the world with being a normal teenager. How does one stop a powerful ancient goblet from falling into the wrong hands while going through the pains of applying to colleges? Percy Jackson will show you how with his trademark humor and heart.

Kitchen By Banana Yoshimoto, Megan Backus (Translator) Cover Image
By Banana Yoshimoto, Megan Backus (Translator)
ISBN: 9780802142443
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Published: Grove Press - April 17th, 2006

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Ren Hang By Dian Hanson (Editor), Ren Hang (Photographer) Cover Image
By Dian Hanson (Editor), Ren Hang (Photographer)
ISBN: 9783836562072
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Published: Taschen - December 5th, 2016

“Each of us is born clean. I feel fortunate that I sullied my life with my own two hands. The lives of most are dirtied by the hands of others.” (Ren Hang)

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You Cannot Resist Me When My Hair Is in Braids (Made in Michigan Writers) By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang Cover Image
ISBN: 9780814349410
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Published: Wayne State University Press - March 1st, 2022

100 pages of tender prose poems and lyric essays. Read for: diasporic longing, divorce, yellow dildos, defensive driving, desire, dreams. Let it linger.

Beijing Sprawl By Zechen Xu, Eric Abrahamsen (Translator), Jeremy Tiang (Translator) Cover Image
By Zechen Xu, Eric Abrahamsen (Translator), Jeremy Tiang (Translator)
ISBN: 9781949641325
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Published: Two Lines Press - June 13th, 2023