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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

Aronia berries stain anything they touch. Faceclocks invade every garden. Osage oranges are basically inedible. Why should we bother with such difficult fruits? Through personal and cultural histories, and with an appetite for curiosity - these essays and recipes invite you to reconsider these culinary misfits.

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ISBN: 9780593175446
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 19th, 2021

Akwaeke Emezi has built a world that I want to climb inside of. Creatures are emerging from paintings, Jam and their best friend Redemption are searching for a monster, and the town of Lucille is on the verge of a reckoning. I can’t wait to go back to Lucille when the sequel—Bitter—comes out next year.

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The Legend of Auntie Po Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525554899
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Published: Kokila - June 15th, 2021

Shing Yin Khor’s graphic novel breathes new life into the Paul Bunyan myth with this heartfelt coming-of-age story about a queer Chinese American teen living and working in a Sierra Nevada logging camp. The only thing I love more than this book is Shing’s personal collection of logging tools, saws and axes.

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When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry Cover Image
By Joy Harjo (Editor), LeAnne Howe (With), Jennifer Elise Foerster (With)
ISBN: 9780393356809
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 25th, 2020

This monumental collection spans hundreds of years and gathers over 160 poets from nearly one hundred indigenous nations. I love a collection that I can move through slowly—and this one pairs beautifully with a collection of Native folklore, the native-land.ca website, and a cup of herbal tea.

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My Heart Is a Chainsaw (The Lake Witch Trilogy #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982137632
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - August 31st, 2021

The perfect spooky season read for newbies (me!) and seasoned slasher fans alike. I'll be spending the rest of the month watching all of Jade's favorite movies (A Bay of Blood!), and reading all of Stephen Graham Jones' other books.

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Beowulf: A New Translation Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374110031
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - August 25th, 2020

I devoured Maria Dahvana Headley's new translation in one sitting, and then I sent a copy to my high school english teacher.

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Natural Palettes: Inspiration from Plant-Based Color Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616897925
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - April 21st, 2020

Looking for ways to reduce your food waste? Seasonal produce comes in so many different beautiful colors, and this handy little book is my go-to color guide for natural dye projects.

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In Waves Cover Image
ISBN: 9781910620632
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Published: Nobrow - June 4th, 2019

I went to school with AJ and Kristen so I had the privilege of watching their story play out in real time. Before she lost her battle with cancer in 2016, Kristen made AJ promise that he would tell their story. In Waves is a love letter - to the water, to the history of surfing, and above all to Kristen.

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Evvie Drake Starts Over: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525619260
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 2nd, 2020

Evvie Drake is recently widowed and Dean Tenney, a former Major League pitcher, has the "yips". Introduced through a childhood friend, these two are thrown together and given a chance to start over. Set in a small town, filled with baseball metaphors, witty banter, and super charming will they or won't they energy - this read left me eagerly awaiting Linda Holmes' next novel.

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ISBN: 9781534446007
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 2nd, 2021

Mary H.K. Choi's novels give me all the feels. They make me laugh, they make me cry, and they have a magical ability to help me look back on my teenage years through a more gentle lens. In YOLK, estranged sisters - Jayne and June - want nothing to do with each other. Then June is diagnosed with cancer, forcing her to reconnect with Jayne in an attempt to save them both.

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The Strange Bird: A Borne Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374537920
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - February 27th, 2018

"Everyone who had created the Strange Bird or interfered with her or had hopes or fears that had been placed upon her, or wished her ill, was dead. All of them were dead, and their plans with them. But the Strange Bird could see the future." Jeff VanderMeer's work consistently sets fire to my imagination. When I get stuck in my routines, circling the same loops, and I need to press the refresh button - I pick up The Strange Bird and imagine walking through a different world.

Love Medicine: Newly Revised Edition Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061787423
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 23rd, 2016

Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593329191
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 8th, 2021

Universal Harvester: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250159991
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Published: Picador - February 6th, 2018

Imagine working at a video store and someone returns a VHS tape that has mysterious footage on it instead of the movie they rented. John Darnielle's second novel is a thrilling, suspenseful page turner - I devoured it in one sitting.

A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984801197
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Published: Random House - March 30th, 2021

Hanif Abdurraqib's prose is as lyrical as his poetry, and he's a writer that has an impeccable sense of place. He drops you into a moment in time and all of your senses come alive.

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Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571311771
Availability: Backordered
Published: Milkweed Editions - October 13th, 2020

I'm constantly giving away copies of this book to friends. A beautiful meditation on gratitude, generosity, and the absolute wonder of Mother Earth.

The Chronology of Water: A Memoir Cover Image
By Lidia Yuknavitch, Chelsea Cain (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780979018831
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Published: Hawthorne Books - April 12th, 2011

Another incredible memoir that I flip through often. Lidia Yuknavitch's path to self destruction - and the grace she gives herself as she rebuilds a life that she actually wants to live - broke me open. It's a truly generous piece of writing.

Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds Cover Image
ISBN: 9781849352604
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Published: AK Press - April 18th, 2017

If you're interested in shaping and creating the world you want to inhabit, but you don't know where to start - this book is for you. It's heavily influenced so much of my ever-evolving worldview.

I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525508984
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 9th, 2020

As a long time reader of Emily Nussbaum's, I was ecstatic that I could finally access so much of her work all in one place. Standout pieces include - The Big Picture, Shedding Her Skin, and To Serve Man.

In the Dream House: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644450031
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

Carmen Maria Machado wrote a brilliant and haunting memoir. I had high expectations after having read her fiction, but this book changed the way I think about what writing can be - and the big reveal had me reaching to pick my jaw up off the floor.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635576726
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - August 11th, 2020

My high school English teacher gave me this book and told me that it was like Harry Potter for adults. Set during the Napoleonic Wars in 1806, when magic is thought to have disappeared from England - two very different magicians fight to prove themselves and change the course of history.

Know My Name: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735223721
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Published: Penguin Books - August 18th, 2020

Before Chanel Miller told the world her name, we knew her as Emily Doe. It was such a gift to finally hear her get to tell her story. Check out the audiobook version at Libro.fm - read by the author.

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ISBN: 9781101873724
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Published: Vintage - February 28th, 2017

Part memoir, part scientific journal - Jahren reminds us how closely our own life cycles mirror those in the natural world. There's a story in this book that I have dog-eared so I can read it to people whenever I can squeeze willow trees or tent caterpillars into casual conversation.

Migrations: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250204028
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 4th, 2020

When we're first introduced to Franny Stone, she's got a frantic energy and she's vibrating with the desperation that a singular purpose can instill in someone. Then Charlotte McConaghy pulls back all of her layers - telling a story of heartbreak, loss, and a renewed sense of hope.

The One Hundred Nights of Hero: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316259170
Published: Little, Brown and Company - December 6th, 2016

To keep her true love Cherry from being won in a bet, Hero must keep the devious Manfred distracted for one hundred nights. She does so by regaling him with a collection of fables and myths - full of magic, love and adventure. To read more about the origins of Migdal Bavel, check out Greenberg's The Encyclopedia of Early Earth.

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ISBN: 9781538732182
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 30th, 2019

Octavia E. Butler's Parables offer way more questions than answers. Read along with adrienne maree brown and Toshi Reagon on the Octavia's Parables podcast while they discuss, dissect and engage with the apocalypse - one chapter at a time.

The Poet X Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062662811
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Published: Quill Tree Books - April 7th, 2020

A gripping and heartfelt debut from slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo. This novel in verse is a quick read and the perfect intro to the rest of her must-read work.

The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316259583
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 15th, 2019

I'm always in awe of the humanity that Leslie Jamison infuses into her writing. This door-stopper of a book took me a while to get through, but it's one I will always be grateful that she took the time to write.