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Evvie Drake Starts Over: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
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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Yolk Cover Image
$19.99
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
$12.00
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.


A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance Cover Image
$27.00
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.


Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780807013793
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Published: Beacon Press - September 15th, 2020

Angela Chen breaks down what can feel like a complicated topic with compassion, grace, and humor. Another great book that changed the way I move through the world.


An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (REVISIONING HISTORY #3) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807057834
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Published: Beacon Press - August 11th, 2015

Another invaluable installment in the Revisioning History series, and a great jumping off point as we continue to pull back the curtain - unlearning and relearning the truth about our nation's ugly history.


Annihilation: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374104092
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Published: FSG Originals - February 4th, 2014

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 drop into Area X or the Borne Universe and imagine walking through a different world.


Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781571311771
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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.


Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781551527383
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 30th, 2018

This book asks us to look at how much of the world is accessible to each of us, and it helped me to acknowledge the parts of it that are not fully accessible to others. Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha lovingly put together a radical tool kit for building a better world.


Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250170972
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 6th, 2018

The Legacy of Orisha series has everything - strong female characters, magic, adventure, star-crossed love, and super cool maps. Book 2 is out now, and Book 3 is supposed to be out sometime this year - it's the perfect time to catch up!


The Chronology of Water: A Memoir Cover Image
By Lidia Yuknavitch, Chelsea Cain (Introduction by)
$17.95
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.


Emergency Contact Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781534408975
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 9th, 2019

Mary H.K. Choi's first novel gave me my new favorite meet-cute. Her books do everything right - they invoke that joyous feeling of eating an ice cream cone on a hot summer day, they remind me of all of the best parts of being a teenager, and I can't put them down until I reach the final page.


Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds Cover Image
$16.00
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, and I can't wait to grab adrienne maree brown's companion guide Holding Change later this year.


Heavy: An American Memoir Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501125669
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Published: Scribner - March 5th, 2019

Kiese Laymon's memoir was remarkable. I can't say anything more eloquent than what you'll find inside its pages, so I'll just leave this here - "And don’t fight when you’re angry. Think when you’re angry. Write when you’re angry. Read when you’re angry."


Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977887
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 3rd, 2017

An intoxicating debut collection from Carmen Maria Machado. I'll forever be reminded of The Husband Stitch anytime I see a green ribbon.


I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution Cover Image
$18.00
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
$26.00
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.


In Waves Cover Image
$18.95
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.


Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: A Novel Cover Image
$19.00
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
$18.00
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.


Lab Girl Cover Image
$16.00
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.


The Marvels Cover Image
By Brian Selznick, Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
$32.99
ISBN: 9780545448680
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 15th, 2015

Brian Selznick's books are magical.The first half of The Marvels is a story told completely through illustrations, and the second half is a connected story told in prose. I've read this book many times - front to back and back to front, and I love it more and more each time.


Migrations: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
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.


My Year of Rest and Relaxation: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525522133
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Published: Penguin Books - June 25th, 2019

Ottessa Moshfegh is a master world builder, even when those worlds are just specific little pockets of reality. Her writing is sharp, honest and intoxicating.


Natural Palettes: Inspiration from Plant-Based Color Cover Image
$29.95
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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No One Is Talking About This: A Novel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780593189580
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 16th, 2021

Patricia Lockwood's first novel made me feel like I never left social media. A book about living IRL, but steeped in how it feels to be alive at the height of internet culture.


The One Hundred Nights of Hero: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780316259170
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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.


Parable of the Sower Cover Image
$16.99
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
$12.99
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
$18.99
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.


Shit, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316449823
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Published: Hachette Books - October 20th, 2020

Perfect for anyone who's missing the movie theater. Grab some popcorn and rewatch the classics with Lindy West to see where they land on her ratings scale of 0 to 10 DVDs of The Fugitive.


Station Eleven Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

I know we're all tired of the apocalypse - but what if there was a troupe of traveling actors that put on pop up Shakespeare festivals amidst the ruins? After you finish this, check out Emily St. John Mandel's latest novel, The Glass Hotel.


Universal Harvester: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
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.