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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]


Recommended by: Lydia
Scythe Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781442472426
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 22nd, 2016

Neal Shusterman, the mastermind behind the Unwind dystology, has created another unique world of the not-so-distant future.  Humanity has found a way to conquer that truly final frontier: death.  Keeping the population in check, though, is still necessary, and scythes have that duty.  Shusterman gives us two characters, Citra and Rowan, to root for and worry over as they apprentice under the same scythe (and fall for one another) knowing that only one of them can make it through successfully.  I can't wait for the next book in this new series! [Lydia]


Recommended by: Lydia
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Pitkin Review Spring 2017 Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9781542307208
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - January 4th, 2017

While I admit that I am a bit biased (as my poem "UnNamed" appears on p.41 of this literary magazine), I would recommend The Pitkin Review even if that weren't the case!  This publication features stellar contributions in a wide array of genres - from Critical Commentary to Drama to Visual Art.   "Field Dressing the Kill" by fiction writer Joanne  Tompkins traces the downward spiral of a teen who kills his best frenemy.  In "When Will It Come?" Kimi Hardesty shares an account of a sleepless night that occurred during a trip to India that changed her life.  There are numerous other gems in The Pitkin Review!  Give it a shot. [Lydia]


Recommended by: sweet pea
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Bob Stevenson Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781942658160
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Published: Bellevue Literary Press - October 11th, 2016

This ingenious novel features a charming psychiatric patient possibly inhabited by Robert Louis Stevenson, a Noh mask, Mark Twain cosplay, and many loveable, quirky characters, including some from Tacoma!   [sweet pea]


Recommended by: Raissa
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Geeky Lego Crafts: 21 Fun and Quirky Projects Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781593277673
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Published: No Starch Press - September 30th, 2016

Lego addicts are endlessly creative, but these fun projects are also surprisingly useful! From Christmas tree ornaments to desk organizers to a phone charging station, holiday activity time starts here. [Raissa]


Recommended by: sweet pea
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Sad Animal Facts Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250095084
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 6th, 2016

Like a tabloid for the animal kingdom, this book brings you the most unfortunate gossip about our world's denizens. Dwarf lemurs? They coat their homes with poo. Baby giraffes? They fall 6 ft to the ground when born. Whimsical illustrations provide the perfect fodder for starting awkward conversations with strangers. [sweet pea]


Recommended by: Nicole
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Whereas: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977672
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 7th, 2017

I want to carry Layli Long Soldier's book WHEREAS with me everywhere I go. Language is the "oil on the surface"- a doorway in which Long Soldier experiments with syntax in brilliant and heartbreaking ways as she negotiates the politics of land and of the body. This poetry collection is a personal and political necessity for 2017. Nicole


Recommended by: Raissa
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Dune Cover Image
By Frank Herbert, Neil Gaiman (Introduction by), Brian Herbert (Afterword by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780143111580
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Published: Penguin Books - October 25th, 2016

A stunning new edition of Dune is a fitting package for this ultimate, be-all, end-all, science fiction epic. Read it because Frank Herbert was a local boy, or because he was a great writer, or because you’ve never tried it before, or because it is your favorite. The themes of ecology, politics, and religion are sweeping and timeless.   [Raissa]


Recommended by: sweet pea
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Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781632170576
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Published: Sasquatch Books - October 11th, 2016

This book from local letterpress luminaries Chandler & Jessica celebrates their series of broadsides featuring powerful quotes from dead feminists. We learn, not only about the fascinating lives of these 24 women, but the research, details, and thought that went into creating the fantastic art devoted to them. [sweet pea]


Recommended by: Nicole
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Brooklyn Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781501106477
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Published: Scribner Book Company - September 8th, 2015

A beautiful story of an Irish girl trying to find a life in 1950s Brooklyn. We suffer loss & grow right along Eilis as she's torn between two paths: love in Brooklyn and family in Ireland. A must read. Nicole


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