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Blanca

After I finished Tess of the d'Ubervilles from my high school's summer reading list, I closed the book and said to myself, "I am going to read all the Classics." I have read a lot of them, but I evolved and expanded my repertoire to include: biographies, memoir, recent fiction, poetry, manga, philosphy, history, and several other nonficiton genres. My favorite authors are: Haruki Murakami, Thomas Hardy, Virginia Woolf, John Steinbeck, Graham Greene, Jeannette Winterson, and Anna North. I belong to four book clubs, and I love how I get to encounter books I would never have known about otherwise.

Superfan: How Pop Culture Broke My Heart

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Sat, 01/28/2023 - 4:46pm
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Superfan: How Pop Culture Broke My Heart: A Memoir By Jen Sookfong Lee Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780771025211
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Published: McClelland & Stewart - January 17th, 2023

I related to this book in several ways. I read Anne of Green Gables aloud to practice my English pronunciation. My assimilation also drew a wedge between my mother and me. I really enjoyed Lee's perspectives on pop culture, and I uttered several "oh my gods" at some of her remembrances. It also made me curious to read her novels, since she does delve a lot into her creative life. [Blanca]


How to Read the Wilderness

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Tue, 12/13/2022 - 7:16pm
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How to Read the Wilderness: An Illustrated Guide to the Natural Wonders of North America By Nature Study Guild Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781797206868
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Published: Chronicle Books - November 22nd, 2022

I am not an outdoorsy person. Trees, birds, stars: they are vague and nameless entities in my mind. But this guide inspires me to venture out and learn how to identify species and constellations. Also, it fits in a backpack, which I assume, makes it easier to carry and reference on an adventure through nature. [Blanca]


The Devil's Atlas

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Tue, 12/13/2022 - 7:12pm
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The Devil's Atlas: An Explorer's Guide to Heavens, Hells and Afterworlds By Edward Brooke-Hitching Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781797214474
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 16th, 2022

From all around the world and various eras, Edward Brooke-Hitching takes us on a tour of hell, purgatory, heaven, and earthly utopias in amazing pictorial and written descriptions. Our guide expertly curated the art work for this book, including an image of the first anti-smoking billboard in Zion, Illinois. A fascinating journey! [Blanca]


Nubia: The Awakening

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Tue, 12/13/2022 - 7:09pm
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Nubia: The Awakening By Omar Epps, Clarence A. Haynes Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780593428641
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Published: Delacorte Press - November 8th, 2022

What happens when inner-city kids suddenly awaken with a unique supernatural ability? Will they be able to elevate their people in the social hierarchy, protect each other from power-hungry moguls, and successfully navigate their evolving identities? I don't know, because this is the beginning of what seems a very intricate plot and very interesting characters. Epps and Haynes have successfully hooked my interest, and I can't wait for the sequel! [Blanca]


What We Fed to the Manticore

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Tue, 12/13/2022 - 7:06pm
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What We Fed to the Manticore By Talia Lakshmi Kolluri Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781953534415
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Published: Tin House Books - September 6th, 2022

I recently encountered an idea from an ethologist that animals, in fact, resemble us more emotionally than intellectually, but if animals could write in their own voice, I am certain these are the stories they would tell. Kolluri gives her narrators a depth of feeling through an understanding of language limited to their own experience. It's a testament to any sentient's ability for empathy, and it put my own through the ringer, especially with the polar bear's and whale's story. [Blanca]


She and Her Cat

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Tue, 12/13/2022 - 7:04pm
She and Her Cat: Stories By Makoto Shinkai, Naruki Nagakawa, Ginny Tapley Takemori (Translated by) Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781982165741
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Published: Atria Books - November 22nd, 2022

The cats in these stories are all different. Like most cats in real life, they have their own perspective on the humans they adopt. I was deeply moved by each woman's tale and loved how they were all connected. [Blanca]


Spine Poems

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Tue, 12/13/2022 - 6:59pm
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Spine Poems: An Eclectic Collection of Found Verse for Book Lovers By Annette Dauphin Simon Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063208223
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Published: Harper Design - September 6th, 2022

Clever, arrangement of book spines-some made me laugh out loud. What's more, each poem is accompanied by relevant facts and quotes. It's a great book to pick up on a whim and find inspiration on any given day. [Blanca]


How to Communicate

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Tue, 12/06/2022 - 7:13pm
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How to Communicate: Poems By John Lee Clark Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781324035343
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - December 6th, 2022

Nothing like reading poetry from an individual who perceives the world in an entirely different way, especially in a very tactile way, considering I do not like to touch much of anything. I found his ASL and protactile translations fascinating, but my favorite pieces were "Trees" and "Goldilocks in Denial". Reading his poetry, I realized: however different we navigate this world, when we translate our experience into language, we can reveal our similarities and connect with each other. [Blanca]


Inciting Joy

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Tue, 12/06/2022 - 7:12pm
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Inciting Joy: Essays By Ross Gay Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781643753041
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 25th, 2022

Unlike his Book of Delights, these essays are much lengthier and more elaborate in a rich conversational style. Gay writes about almost everything, from childhood to culture to academia to masculinity, and can get candid about it all, which I loved. [Blanca]


The Philosophy Resistance Squad

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Tue, 12/06/2022 - 7:10pm
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The Philosophy Resistance Squad By Robert Grant Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781912417308
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Published: Little Island Books - September 20th, 2022

Grant sets a totalitarian system within an Irish boarding school and shows how philosophy can fight back against oppressive ideologies. It's 1984, Clockwork Orange, and Brave New World for kids but with a more optimistic perspective! It's a great introduction to the Socratic method. [Blanca]


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