Shark Curtain

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Sat, 07/29/2017 - 2:56pm
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The Shark Curtain By Chris Scofield Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781617753138
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Published: Black Sheep - April 7th, 2015

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]


Stuff Every Vegetarian Should Know

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Thu, 07/27/2017 - 1:11pm
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Stuff Every Vegetarian Should Know (Stuff You Should Know #21) By Katherine McGuire Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781683690054
Availability: Special Order
Published: Quirk Books - September 26th, 2017

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


You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Tue, 07/11/2017 - 5:30pm
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You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir By Sherman Alexie Cover Image
$28.00
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ISBN: 9780316270755
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]


Schizo

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Tue, 07/11/2017 - 4:36pm
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Schizo: A novel By Nic Sheff Cover Image
$9.99
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ISBN: 9780147508850
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]


The Fifth Season

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Sat, 06/24/2017 - 12:44pm
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The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) By N. K. Jemisin Cover Image
$18.99
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]


Dear Cyborgs

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Sat, 06/24/2017 - 12:11pm
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Dear Cyborgs: A Novel By Eugene Lim 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]


The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Wed, 05/24/2017 - 7:15pm

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


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