Bao Phi is best known as a poet, Thi Bui as a cartoonist: their talents together create this gentle, poignant, multilayered tale, gorgeously rendered. This simple refugee story is enlivened with confident lines and soft washes, skillfully told as only a poet could. [Tanya]
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]
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]
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
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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]
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]
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]
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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]
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]