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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 (Broken Earth #1) 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 (National Book Award Finalist) 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


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