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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]


Recommended by: Lydia

This review relates to the Audiobook copy, which is available through our partner, Libro.fm.  Listening to W. Kamau Bell's reflect on his life - from childhood times when his mom let him use pre-ripped, too small clothes to Hulk out of to awkward moments bombing during stand-up was made even better by his dry delivery.  Don't worry if you think you won't relate because you aren't a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian like Bell.  There were many times when I identified with his "awkward thoughts" (case in point: while playing sports, "Whose idea was this?  When can we stop?  Where can I stand where the ball won't come to me??!), and even when I didn't relate, the material was still laugh-out-loud funny! - Lydia


Recommended by: Kenny
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Pachinko Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781455563937
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 7th, 2017

I stayed up until 4 a.m. three nights in a row to read this.  I couldn't put it down. Brutal and honest, asking how we make a home in a country not our own.  I love these characters.  I cannot let go of this story!  - Kenny


Recommended by: Atticus
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Star Trek Cats Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781452158419
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Published: Chronicle Books - February 28th, 2017

I'm the real Hikaru Sulu.  Don't believe me?  Check out the book.  Why do I have yellow eyes in the picture?  Jenny Parks changed my eye color in the book to keep me safe from paparazzi.  Duh! - Atticus


Recommended by: Nicole
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Universal Harvester Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780374282103
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 7th, 2017

Universal Harvester  is bizarre and lyrical.  I read it in one sitting - Nicole


Recommended by: Raissa
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The Handmaid's Tale Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781328879943
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 25th, 2017

Atwood presents a not-so-far-fetched future for us to decipher. Figuring out this society and how it stemmed from our own is an engrossing experience. Destined to be read by future generations. [Raissa]


Recommended by: Lydia
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Binti Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780765385253
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Published: Tor.com - September 22nd, 2015

Elegant and imaginative, this novella presents Binti, a brave, young Himba woman whose gift and intrinsic connection with mathematics allows her to bring harmony where others only see chaos.  When she breaks her people's tradition of staying Earth-bound in their homeland to be the first Himba to attend the reknowned Oomza University, she has to face trials much more dangerous than discrimination.  Will she be able to bring peace to warring factions?  If she does, will her family forgive her for abandoning her home?  [Lydia]


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