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Two Wheels Good: The History and Mystery of the Bicycle By Jody Rosen Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780804141499
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown - May 24th, 2022

For the coworker or casual acquaintance, the road user, the bipedal human. Bicycles are a common denominator. This is a biography of the bicycle as tool, toy, necessity, amusement, weapon, alternative. In the same way that bicycling down the road gives the rider a slow focus and room to think, reading this full-length exploration of a single thing is a refreshing antidote to fast information.


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Breathing Fire: Female Inmate Firefighters on the Front Lines of California's Wildfires By Jaime Lowe Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250849212
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - July 26th, 2022

For the nonfiction reader, good listener, the caring Californian. At the intersection of so many, shall we say, hot topics are the female inmate firefighters of Southern California—read their stories and you’ll never look at Malibu quite the same way again.


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The Yumiverse Mindful Coloring Book By Yumi Sakugawa Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781524876098
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - August 16th, 2022

For the people who are being crushed with exhaustion, ground down by everything, who could use a moment, this book is a collection of moments that can pull them away from a blinding screen and the noise and the dust. The author is a longtime friend of this bookstore and I am always thrilled to see how her work resonates with people.


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Chirri & Chirra, in the Night By Kaya Doi (Created by), David Boyd (Translator) Cover Image
By Kaya Doi (Created by), David Boyd (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781592703845
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Enchanted Lion Books - December 27th, 2022

For the moon lover, the cat friend, the kid who drifts into sweet dreams while you read to them. Chirri & Chirra encounter the most yummy and magical things in the natural world on their bicycle adventure. Theirs is a friendly, open, and sharing community.


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Radius: A Story of Feminist Revolution By Yasmin El-Rifae Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781839767685
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Verso - October 18th, 2022

"This is amazing, that this exists." Amy, pg. 28


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Transit By Anna Seghers, Peter Conrad (Introduction by), Margot Bettauer Dembo (Translated by), Heinrich Boll (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Anna Seghers, Peter Conrad (Introduction by), Margot Bettauer Dembo (Translated by), Heinrich Boll (Afterword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590176252
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: NYRB Classics - May 7th, 2013

I'm going to use this space to share a blurb from Fernanda Melchor, who cuts straight to what I was fumbling to say when I sat down to write a recommendation: "Anna Seghers was an admirable woman in many ways, but above all she was a remarkable humanist: she became a model of cultural resistance and ideological struggle who cut across borders, and who, still today, thanks to her work, transcends time and lives on in our memory. Anna Seghers’ novels don’t only recount stories of terror, escape, and oppression; they are a call to compassion and solidarity."


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Being Here Is Everything: The Life of Paula Modersohn-Becker (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents) By Marie Darrieussecq, Penny Hueston (Translated by) Cover Image
By Marie Darrieussecq, Penny Hueston (Translated by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781635900088
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Semiotext(e) - October 27th, 2017

A glance at the life of a historic figure, German expressionist painter Paula Moderohn-Becker who lived - LIVED - in Paris and in an artists’ colony Worpswede. When she stood up, only to die, after childbirth, her dying her word was schade (a pity).


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Our Riches By Kaouther Adimi, Chris Andrews (Translated by) Cover Image
By Kaouther Adimi, Chris Andrews (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811228152
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions - April 28th, 2020

An ode to a passionate literary figure and bookshop in Algiers, this book serves as a reminder of the importance of the printed word and the great lengths people have gone to throughout history to create, preserve, and share books under occupation.


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Other Russias By Victoria Lomasko Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780997031843
Availability: Not in Stock. Available to Order.
Published: N+1 Books - March 1st, 2017

Moving graphic journalism that portrays some seriously underrepresented people with dignity and compassion.


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Yoko Ono (Little People, BIG DREAMS #70) By Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Momoko Abe (Illustrator) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780711259300
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - November 9th, 2021

I love this glimpse into the life and art of Yoko Ono, through the spectacles of a young person, with a focus on the major positive impact she has had on the world.


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Our Little Kitchen By Jillian Tamaki Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419746550
Availability: Not in Stock. Available to Order.
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2020

A happy picture book that celebrates ingenuity and community and food, by one of my very favorite illustrators and quilters. The movement in the artwork really highlights the fun of the activities happening in the story—cooking with what you have available, taking pleasure in collaborating, making sure that everybody is taken care of, and cleaning together after a meal.


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Binti: The Complete Trilogy By Nnedi Okorafor Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780756416935
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: DAW - July 7th, 2020

Don't let Bezos ruin outer space for you! Let Nnedi Okorafor dance you through it, in a three-for-the-price-of-one paperback that you purchase from an independent bookstore here on damaged Earth.


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The Book of Form and Emptiness: A Novel By Ruth Ozeki Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399563645
Availability: Not in Stock. Available to Order.
Published: Viking - September 21st, 2021

I composed several different recommendations for this book while on my bike commute during the week that I was reading it, but those have escaped me like a dream disappears after you wake up. I know that I wanted to say something about the nature of this book, and I also know that last night I had a dream about a baby bear boogie-boarding.


The Sentence By Louise Erdrich Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062671127
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Published: Harper - November 9th, 2021

I am recommending The Sentence sight-unseen, because I couldn’t get my hands on a copy before this catalog went to print. I did read a whole stack of books by Louise Erdrich this year, and loved every single one of them. I am excited to get to read her newest and share it during this intense gift-giving season.


The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir By Leslie Marmon Silko Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143120100
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - September 27th, 2011

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Trick By Domenico Starnone, Jhumpa Lahiri (Translator) Cover Image
By Domenico Starnone, Jhumpa Lahiri (Translator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781609454449
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - March 6th, 2018

Reads like the best horror novel because it is filled with that feeling of WHATSGOINGTOHAPPEN, but it is not freaky-scary.


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Chirri & Chirra, the Rainy Day By Kaya Doi, David Boyd (Translator) Cover Image
By Kaya Doi, David Boyd (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781592703074
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Enchanted Lion Books - July 6th, 2021

Is there anything more delightful than this?


Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement By Angela Y. Davis, Frank Barat (Editor), Cornel West (Preface by) Cover Image
By Angela Y. Davis, Frank Barat (Editor), Cornel West (Preface by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781608465644
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Haymarket Books - February 9th, 2016

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The Seep By Chana Porter Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781641292153
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Soho Press - December 8th, 2020

I've been focusing on softness in my visions of the future. This book realizes that vision and offers a sharp critique. A fun, fast, smart read.


The Hard Tomorrow By Eleanor Davis Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781770463738
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - October 8th, 2019

$5.00
SKU: cometbus59
Availability: Out of Stock

Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry By Imani Perry Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780807039830
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Published: Beacon Press - September 17th, 2019

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Dream of Europe: Selected Seminars and Interviews: 1984-1992 By Audre Lorde, Mayra Rodriguez Castro (Editor) Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780999719879
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Published: Kenning Editions - April 20th, 2020

You get to take two full courses in Berlin with lecturer Audre in full warrior mode, and have conversations with uses of the erotic Audre, and it is all intense and divine.


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Sister Love: The Letters of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker 1974-1989 By Audre Lorde, Pat Parker, Julie R. Enszer (Editor) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781938334290
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Published: Sinister Wisdom - February 15th, 2018

This was my favorite read of 2020. It offers a level of honesty and friendship, a sense of time, and a glimpse at radical existence that is so resonant. It is also a celebration of snail mail, and I think it would be an excellent gift to recceive via USPS with some nice stamps on the package.


Lilith's Brood By Octavia E. Butler Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780446676106
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 1st, 2000

Parable of the Sower By Octavia E. Butler Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538732182
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 30th, 2019

Tracks: A Novel By Louise Erdrich Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060972455
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 29th, 2017

Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781566894951
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017

Assata: An Autobiography By Assata Shakur, Angela Davis (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Assata Shakur, Angela Davis (Foreword by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781556520747
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Lawrence Hill Books - November 1st, 1999

The Lying Life of Adults By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator) Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
$26.00
ISBN: 9781609455910
Availability: Not in Stock. Available to Order.
Published: Europa Editions - September 1st, 2020

Everything I had hoped it would be!


Go, Went, Gone By Jenny Erpenbeck, Susan Bernofsky (Translated by) Cover Image
By Jenny Erpenbeck, Susan Bernofsky (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811225946
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Published: New Directions - September 26th, 2017

A profound, balanced story of trial-and-error compassion, action, and protest. This novel will complement all of the hard nonfiction you're compelled to read right now.


The Taiga Syndrome By Cristina Rivera Garza, Suzanne Jill Levine (Translated by), Aviva Kana (Translated by) Cover Image
By Cristina Rivera Garza, Suzanne Jill Levine (Translated by), Aviva Kana (Translated by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780997366679
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dorothy, a publishing project - October 1st, 2018

Please don't murder me for saying this, but The Taiga Syndrome is a million times better than Twin Peaks!


Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa By Marilyn Chase Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781452174402
Availability: Not in Stock. Available to Order.
Published: Chronicle Books - April 7th, 2020

Women Talking: (Movie Tie-in) By Miriam Toews Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781635574340
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 3rd, 2020

You & a Bike & a Road By Eleanor Davis Cover Image
$12.00
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781927668405
Published: Koyama Press - May 16th, 2017

The Night Riders By Matt Furie (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Matt Furie (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781936365562
Availability: Backordered
Published: McSweeney's McMullens - August 7th, 2012