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Run, Run, Run! (Taro Gomi) By Taro Gomi Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781797226682
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 12th, 2024

It's always exicting to add a new Taro Gomi book to my collection. This is a perfect little book.


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Heat 2: A Novel By Michael Mann, Meg Gardiner Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062653376
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 27th, 2023

Every bookseller dreams of meeting Neil McCauley at work and running away with him.


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Bonsai: A Novel By Alejandro Zambra, Megan McDowell (Translated by) Cover Image
By Alejandro Zambra, Megan McDowell (Translated by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143136507
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Published: Penguin Books - August 2nd, 2022

A small book to start off the new year....


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Dim Sum Palace By X. Fang Cover Image
By X. Fang
$18.99
ISBN: 9781774881989
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Published: Tundra Books - September 12th, 2023

In this loving tribute to Maurice Sendak’s In the Night Kitchen, author and illustrator X. Fang brings us into the dreamland of little Liddy. Liddy loves dim sum. Liddy’s love language is food and one night she drifts off into a sweet savory slumber and into a magical kitchen where she is mixed into a bowl of dumpling filling and rolled tight into a delicious Liddy dumpling! I absolutely love Liddy’s weird adventure. The quirky and vibrant illustrations created by Fang really pulled me deeper into the story but also made me very, very, very hungry.


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Woman Running in the Mountains By Yuko Tsushima, Geraldine Harcourt (Translated by), Lauren Groff (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Yuko Tsushima, Geraldine Harcourt (Translated by), Lauren Groff (Introduction by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781681375977
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Published: NYRB Classics - February 22nd, 2022

I was originally introduced to this book via the Imaginary Friends Reading Club. Imaginary Friends is an incredible subscription service here at Skylight that is curated by the brilliant Jenn W. Woman Running in the Mountains is just a single example of the unique novels that are chosen. This book by Yuko Tsushima is a story of motherhood told from the perspective of Takiko, a 21-year-old woman who has fallen pregnant from a one-night stand with a much older man. Takiko is not ashamed of her pregnancy and what follows is a profound exploration of the beauty and challenges of raising a child alone in a deeply conservative society.


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The House of the Lost on the Cape By Sachiko Kashiwaba, Avery Fischer Udagawa (Translator), Yukiko Saito (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sachiko Kashiwaba, Avery Fischer Udagawa (Translator), Yukiko Saito (Illustrator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781632063373
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Published: Yonder - September 19th, 2023

The House of the Lost on the Cape is a special kind of children’s book that has something to say to readers of all ages. The story is set in the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami and follows the journey of three characters: Yui, a 17-year-old runaway, Hiyori, an 8-year-old orphan, and an elderly woman named Kiwa. These three characters meet in a community shelter after the quake, and together move into a Mayoiga (an enchanted house) and become a chosen family. Yukiko Saito’s charming black-and-white illustrations add a whimsical element to the story while offering a healthy dose of humor and hope.


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Oh, Olive! By Lian Cho, Lian Cho (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lian Cho, Lian Cho (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063237490
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 19th, 2023

Olive is irrepressible. Olive wears a red beret. Olive is an icon!! Be like Olive.


Barely Floating By Lilliam Rivera Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593323120
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Published: Kokila - August 29th, 2023

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The Changeling: A Novel By Victor LaValle Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812985870
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Published: One World - March 6th, 2018

I have recommended this book to customers for years and nobody ever buys it, until now!! The Changeling is the new Apple TV series that everybody will be talking about it.  You should have listened to me sooner.


Silver Nitrate By Silvia Moreno-Garcia Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593355367
Availability: Not in Stock. Available to Order.
Published: Del Rey - July 18th, 2023

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Pedro Almodóvar: Installation/Instalación By Pedro Almodóvar (Artist), Jenny He (Editor), J. Guzmán (Editor) Cover Image
By Pedro Almodóvar (Artist), Jenny He (Editor), J. Guzmán (Editor)
$75.00
ISBN: 9781636810195
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Published: Delmonico Books - June 20th, 2023

The Alomdovar holy trinity: Carmen Maura, Rossy De Palma and Penelope Cruz.  Buy this and be blessed.


Monstrilio By Gerardo Sámano Córdova Cover Image
$27.00
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781638930365
Published: Zando - March 7th, 2023

This book is even better than the cover.


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Madvillain's Madvillainy (33 1/3) By Will Hagle Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781501389238
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Published: Bloomsbury Academic - March 9th, 2023

ALL CAPS


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Formula 1: The Official History By Maurice Hamilton, Ross Brawn (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Maurice Hamilton, Ross Brawn (Foreword by)
$34.95
ISBN: 9781802792225
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Published: Welbeck Publishing - December 6th, 2022

So you have watched all 5 seasons of DRIVE TO SURVIVE, now what???  Pick up this book and get ready for the 2023 season.....  BOX BOX


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Our Share of Night: A Novel By Mariana Enriquez, Megan McDowell (Translated by), Pablo Gerardo Camacho (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mariana Enriquez, Megan McDowell (Translated by), Pablo Gerardo Camacho (Illustrator)
$28.99
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9780451495143
Published: Hogarth - February 7th, 2023

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All About Love: New Visions (Love Song to the Nation #1) By bell hooks Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060959470
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 30th, 2018

It’s the end of 2022. If you haven’t read this yet, do it.


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Linea Nigra: An Essay on Pregnancy and Earthquakes By Jazmina Barrera, Christina Macsweeney (Translator) Cover Image
$21.95
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ISBN: 9781949641301
Published: Two Lines Press - May 3rd, 2022

Easily the loveliest book on pregnancy and motherhood that I have ever read. This memoir by Jazmina Barrera is a literary collage of poems, quotes, and essays the author read and engaged with while breastfeeding her child. Barrera’s writing reminds us that pregnancy and birth are universal topics and her book should ultimately be read by everyone.


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Good Night, Little Bookstore By Amy Cherrix, E. B. Goodale (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Amy Cherrix, E. B. Goodale (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536212518
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Published: Candlewick - August 29th, 2022

This short story is the perfect shot of melatonin for kids before bed. The methodical closing of a local community bookstore makes for a very soothing lullaby as you turn each page and say good night to all the books, the cat, and of course the wonderful bookstore staff.


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I Want to Be a Vase By Julio Torres, Julian Glander (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Julio Torres, Julian Glander (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534493902
Availability: Backordered
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 7th, 2022

This book by Los Espookys co-creator Julio Torres and 3D animator Julian Glander is my favorite book of 2022. This bright, colorful story about a plunger that wants to become a vase is an exciting departure from traditional children’s books, which tend to promote the ideas of individuality and success. This story encourages children to seek out whatever’s best for themselves, while also finding a meaningful way to contribute to the larger community around them.


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Stay True: A Memoir By Hua Hsu Cover Image
By Hua Hsu
$26.00
ISBN: 9780385547772
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Published: Doubleday - September 27th, 2022

A special book about life, friendship and music before social media shaped everything.


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Woman, Eating: A Literary Vampire Novel By Claire Kohda Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780063140882
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Published: HarperVia - April 12th, 2022

This book made me want to be friends with a vampire.


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The Faces: A Novel By Tove Ditlevsen, Tiina Nunnally (Translated by) Cover Image
By Tove Ditlevsen, Tiina Nunnally (Translated by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250838193
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Published: Picador - April 19th, 2022

Motherhood is the new horror.


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Althea Gibson: I Always Wanted To Be Somebody By Althea Gibson, Billie Jean King (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Althea Gibson, Billie Jean King (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781937559977
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Published: New Chapter Press - February 1st, 2022

All the flowers for Althea.


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The Dangers of Smoking in Bed: Stories By Mariana Enriquez, Megan McDowell (Translated by) Cover Image
By Mariana Enriquez, Megan McDowell (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593134092
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Published: Hogarth - February 1st, 2022

I am generally not a fan of short stories, but this collection is excellent.


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Temple Alley Summer By Sachiko Kashiwaba, Avery Fischer Udagawa (Translator), Miho Satake (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sachiko Kashiwaba, Avery Fischer Udagawa (Translator), Miho Satake (Illustrator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781632063038
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Published: Yonder - July 6th, 2021

A very endearing book by Japan’s beloved children’s author, Sachiko Kashiwaba. Temple Alley Summer features two mysterious stories, which involve young Kazu and his best friend, Akari. Over the course of the summer, these two friends are challenged to solve the mystery of a hidden Buddhist temple, and the neighborhood ghosts it protects. The book also features beautiful illustrations by Miho Satake, who worked on both Howl's Moving Castle and Kiki’s Delivery Service, making it a perfect book for any Studio Ghibli fan.


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Velvet Was the Night By Silvia Moreno-Garcia Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593356821
Availability: Backordered
Published: Del Rey - August 17th, 2021

In this new novel, Silvia Moreno-Garcia hijacks classic noir and transports us to turbulent 1970s Mexico City. Set against the historical backdrop of the Corpus Christi Massacre, which disappeared many student activists and organizers, Moreno-Garcia seamlessly weaves Mexican culture and politics into the daily life of a lovelorn receptionist named Maite, and the unfolding mystery surrounding her missing bohemian neighbor and her cat.


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The Marathon Don't Stop: The Life and Times of Nipsey Hussle By Rob Kenner Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982140298
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Published: Atria Books - March 23rd, 2021

The first in depth exploration of Nipsey Hussle's life which parallels the history of Los Angeles. An important record of his life, music and lasting contributions to our city.


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Battles in the Desert (40th Anniversary Edition) By Jose Emilio Pacheco, Katherine Silver (Translated by) Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9780811230957
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Published: New Directions - June 1st, 2021

In this charming coming-of-age story, 15-year-old Carlos’s unrequited love for a much older woman serves as the tragic metaphor for American consumerism as it clashes with traditional Mexican culture of the 1940s. Pacheco’s prose is sweet and nostalgic, but not lacking in directness. The afterword by Fernanda Melchor is a brilliant addition to this classic work.


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A Farewell to Gabo and Mercedes: A Son's Memoir of Gabriel García Márquez and Mercedes Barcha By Rodrigo Garcia Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9780063158337
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Published: HarperVia - July 27th, 2021

In this sparse but sweet memoir, Rodrigo Garcia pays loving tribute to his parents, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Mercedes Barcha. Simply one of the best books I read this year.


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Ayrton Senna (Little People, BIG DREAMS) By Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Alex G. Griffiths (Illustrator) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780711246720
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - October 6th, 2020

A great introduction to the Brazilian racing hero, Aryton Senna.


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Against the Loveless World: A Novel By Susan Abulhawa Cover Image
$27.00
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781982137038
Published: Atria Books - August 25th, 2020

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Why Solange Matters (Music Matters) By Stephanie Phillips Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781477320082
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Published: University of Texas Press - April 20th, 2021

In this brilliant addition to The Music Matters Series, author and musician, Stephanie Phillips chronicles the collective movement of Black Artists such as herself and Solange which is challening the limited imagination of the white mainstream.


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The Marathon Don't Stop: The Life and Times of Nipsey Hussle By Rob Kenner Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982140298
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Published: Atria Books - March 23rd, 2021

The first in depth exploration of Nipsey Hussle's life which parallels the history of Los Angeles. An important record of his life, music and lasting contributions to our city.


McGlue: A Novella By Ottessa Moshfegh Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525522768
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Published: Penguin Books - January 8th, 2019

Guaranteed to mak you sea sick.....


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Freshwater By Akwaeke Emezi Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780802128997
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Published: Grove Press - December 18th, 2018

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The Houseguest: And Other Stories By Amparo Dávila, Matthew Gleeson (Translated by), Audrey Harris (Translated by) Cover Image
By Amparo Dávila, Matthew Gleeson (Translated by), Audrey Harris (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811228213
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Published: New Directions - November 27th, 2018

Friday Black By Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781328911247
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Published: Mariner Books - October 23rd, 2018

Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good By Adrienne Maree Brown (Editor) Cover Image
By Adrienne Maree Brown (Editor)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781849353267
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Published: AK Press - March 19th, 2019

Little Man, Little Man: A Story of Childhood By James Baldwin, Nicholas Boggs (Editor), Jennifer DeVere Brody (Editor) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781478000044
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Published: Duke University Press - August 24th, 2018

The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists By Naomi Klein Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781608463572
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Published: Haymarket Books - June 5th, 2018

Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture By Roxane Gay Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062413512
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 1st, 2018

The White Card: A Play By Claudia Rankine Cover Image
$16.00
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781555978396
Published: Graywolf Press - March 19th, 2019

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How Mamas Love Their Babies By Juniper Fitzgerald, Elise Peterson (Illustrator) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781936932009
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Published: Feminist Press - February 13th, 2018

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Sula (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400033430
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

The Night Stalker: The Disturbing Life and Chilling Crimes of Richard Ramirez By Philip Carlo Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780806538419
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Published: Citadel - August 30th, 2016

Abolish Ice By Natascha Elena Uhlmann Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781949017212
Availability: Not in Stock. Available to Order.
Published: OR Books - October 1st, 2019

The Beautiful Ones By Prince Cover Image
By Prince
$32.00
ISBN: 9780399589652
Availability: Not in Stock. Available to Order.
Published: One World - October 29th, 2019

Why Lhasa de Sela Matters (Music Matters) By Fred Goodman Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781477319628
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Published: University of Texas Press - November 11th, 2019

Who Is Ana Mendieta? (Blindspot Graphics) By Christine Redfern, Caro Caron (Illustrator), Lucy R. Lippard (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Christine Redfern, Caro Caron (Illustrator), Lucy R. Lippard (Foreword by)
$18.95
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781558617032
Published: Feminist Press - June 14th, 2011

Shooting Down Heaven By Jorge Franco, Andrea Rosenberg (Translator) Cover Image
By Jorge Franco, Andrea Rosenberg (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609455897
Availability: Not in Stock. Available to Order.
Published: Europa Editions - May 19th, 2020

The Undocumented Americans By Karla Cornejo Villavicencio Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780399592706
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Published: One World - April 6th, 2021