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Recommended by: sweet pea
Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass & Sorcery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781607069454
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Published: Image Comics - April 8th, 2014

Madcap ridiculous fun! Flying squids! Drugs! Dwarves! Candy! Elves! An atheist cleric! Candy! And lots of violence. It's hard to hate the Rat Queens. They're too awesome.

Recommended by: sweet pea
The Sick Rose: Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938922404
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Published: Distributed Art Publishers (DAP) - May 31st, 2014

A morbidly grotesque tour through medical history. It's not difficult to ken where zombie lore comes from after peeping some of these horrifying specimens. Beyond that, the illustrations are beautiful, even if the subject is gruesome.

Recommended by: Raissa
12 Years a Slave (Movie Tie-In) Cover Image
By Solomon Northup, Henry Louis Gates (Editor), Ira Berlin (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780143125419
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Published: Penguin Books - September 4th, 2013

Phew! Dramatic and exciting. Full of interesting historical details. Terribly sad. Often more cinematic than the movie! After finishing it, I immediately started re-reading it and telling everyone how coffee was made at the slave cabins of Louisiana. The language is from the 19th century without being archaic. It's an incredible story and a truly engrossing book.

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The Where, the Why, and the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452108223
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Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - September 26th, 2012

Gorgeously illustrated and accessibly written answers to life's burning questions like, "Do immortal creature exist?" and "Why do cats purr?" A fascinating and fun read for any age.

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The Good Luck of Right Now Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062285539
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Published: HarperTorch - February 11th, 2014

One of the best books I've read in a while. Written as a series of letters to Richard Gere, this sweet, quirky, and wholly optimistic story is guaranteed to make you appreciate what you've got - no matter how odd it might seem from the outside.

Recommended by: Raissa
Little Failure Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679643753
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Published: Random House - January 7th, 2014

I thought I was burnt out on memoirs. Everyone has one. Gary Shteyngart's offers more than the usual with a deeper investigate into his family's history and culture. Shteyngart himself is funny (stange and ha-ha), pathetic, and somehow still strangely likable.

Recommended by: sweet pea
Shake Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062242648
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Published: Harper Design - October 22nd, 2013

Flapping jowls! Flying hair! Contorted faces! Swirling drool!
Shaking dogs look like aliens. Or like someone forgot where all their
parts went. The dog photos range from the ludicrous (Dax) to the
glamorous (Zorro) with all sorts of fun in between.

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Not Your Mother's Meatloaf: A Sex Education Comic Book Cover Image
ISBN: 9781593765170
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Published: Soft Skull Press - July 30th, 2013

A sex education comic book! I want to buy copies of this book for all the kids I know, just so it will be there when they get old enough to need it. Vulnerable yet mature, funny and often heartbreaking, it's a sex education book that goes beyond the mechanics into all the messiness, pain and beauty of sex and relationships.

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Dog Shaming Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385349345
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Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - September 24th, 2013

Landscaping, interior design, fine dining... dogs have a host of unfortunate hobbies. This photo book makes light of their bad habits by publicly shaming them, and helps human readers find the humor in canine antics. Short, to the point, and very, very funny!

Recommended by: sweet pea
Fancy Cycling: Trick Riding for Amateurs Cover Image
ISBN: 9781908402714
Availability: Special Order
Published: Old House - June 18th, 2013

If you shake your head at what kids are up to nowadays, you should see what your (great) great grandmother was up to! Namely Unicorn Driving and the Butterfly Dance. There's a whole chapter on Coasting techniques and one with women in full dresses wielding swords. A must have!