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Recommended by: Lydia
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The Gumazing Gum Girl!, Book 1 Chews Your Destiny Cover Image
By Rhode Montijo, Rhode Montijo (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781423157946
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Disney-Hyperion - June 13th, 2017

While you can see the picture of this new, plucky, young superhero, Gabby Gomez, here, you have to pick up the book to take advantage of its scratch-and-sniff, bubblegum-scented goodness!  The story is engaging as well, featuring every day villainy in the form of a purse snatcher, a snotty teacher, and a nebby classmate in this first book of an on-going series.  The end of the book, though, gives a peek at the Big Bad who is hatching a plan to destroy Gabby.  This is a great option for beginning readers. [Lydia]


Recommended by: Raissa
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The Shark Curtain Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781617753138
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Published: Black Sheep - April 7th, 2015

It's the story of the life of a teenage girl, but it is more importantly a trip through her mind. Although she is our narrator, she remains a complete enigma. It's bizarre and confusing and wonderful. [Raissa]


Recommended by: Lydia
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Stuff Every Vegetarian Should Know Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781683690054
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Quirk Books - September 26th, 2017

I took a look at this book (which will be available in September) because my college-aged daughter plans to become a vegetarian, and also because I have been considering eliminating meat from a couple of our meals a week.  We've had a number of diet-related health issues this past year and a half, and it's never a bad idea to shake things up every once in awhile.  There are a ton of helpful tips like how to move beyond getting salads when dining at restaurants, ways to get enough protein, and info to aid a vegetarian on a budget.  Quirk Books puts out numerous "Stuff Every ___ Should Know" books, and they are always useful. - Lydia


Recommended by: Lydia
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You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316270755
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Published: Little Brown and Company - June 13th, 2017

It should come as no surprise that one of the most anticipated books of the year, written by one of the most well-known PNW writers is a staff pick. I was intrigued from the moment I saw the cover, which showcases a beautiful picture of Alexie's mother, Lillian, and older sister, Mary,  that itself relates to the legacy of beautiful resilience and casual brutality explored throughout the text, but I did not expect it to touch me so deeply.  I listened to the audio version read by Sherman Alexis himself, and his emotion, whether he is using his "urban Indian" voice or the rez accent of family and friends, is evident and packs a punch.  As an adult orphan, mother, sister, teacher, activist, and minority who is often "the only one" and who has anger on behalf of and fear for my people and our country, this book broke my heart in places and healed it in others.  Everyone should read this book.  Everyone.  [Lydia]


Recommended by: Kenny
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White Tears Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780451493699
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 14th, 2017

A story of music history and race - some horror and some shocking twists.  Its beauty and its brutality blindsided me- thankfully.  Plus, the title makes it fun to read in public. [Kenny]


Recommended by: Raissa
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Schizo Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780147508850
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Published: Speak - September 8th, 2015

This fast teen read give a non-Disney version of young people and their experiences with sex, drugs, and mental illness. It's also one of the few books I've ever found genuinely unpredictable. [Raissa]


Recommended by: Lydia
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The Fifth Season Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316229296
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Published: Orbit - August 4th, 2015

This book was on my list even before it started winning awards, but I had to wait to read it because I had a feeling that once I picked it up, I wouldn't be able to put it down until I was finished.  I was right.  Though is starts with a tragic event, and the world is full of intricacies and several stories that take some time to interweave, these  elements are presented through intelligent and poetic language and extremely compelling characters.  I cannot wait to work my way through the entire Jemisin canon. [Lydia]


Recommended by: Raissa
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The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812996937
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Published: Random House - March 14th, 2017

This memoir kept me up into the wee hours.  This book is for everyone who has started out in adulthood and is figuring out which rules are set and how to define their lives. [Raissa]


Recommended by: Kenny
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Dear Cyborgs Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780374537111
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Published: Fsg Originals - June 6th, 2017

A smart and experimental book about superheroes for people more interested in philosophy, art, race, and enduring friendships, and - well, I guess superheroes, too!  [Kenny]


Recommended by: Kenny
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Goldie Vance, Volume 1 Cover Image
By Hope Larson, Brittney Williams (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781608868988
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Published: Boom Box - October 11th, 2016

This is for you if you love Lumberjanes, or Nancy Drew, or Harriet the Spy, or Hardy Boys, any mystery classics, or fun, perfect, colorful stories!  [Kenny]


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