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Karen

I can sum up my thoughts on books with one Joan Didion quote: “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” Here are a few of the types of books that give me life: graphic novels, YA with queer themes, well-researched non-fiction, books that make me laugh, books that make me cry, and anything that makes me stop and think. Oh, and queen Joan Didion herself, of course.

A Book of Days

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A Book of Days By Patti Smith Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780593448540
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Published: Random House - November 15th, 2022

Patti Smith is one of my favorite people to follow on Instagram. With her camera and her eloquent words it always feels like a unique stop on the scrolling journey. A Book of Days is one year of photos by Smith taken since 1996. Each day offers something new. Read it in a sitting or savor it over a year. Or both. [Karen]


Maybe an Artist

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Tue, 12/06/2022 - 7:08pm
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Maybe An Artist, A Graphic Memoir By Liz Montague Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780593307816
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Published: Random House Studio - October 18th, 2022

Liz Montague's graphic novel memoir is all about growing up and finally accepting and following your passions. Montague recounts her childhood and college years as she learned to accept herself as an artist. She is the first Black female artist for the New Yorker. The back includes some of her work for the news outlet! [Karen]


Well of Souls

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Well of Souls: Uncovering the Banjo's Hidden History By Kristina R. Gaddy, Rhiannon Giddens (Foreword by) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780393866803
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 4th, 2022

I learned about more than the banjo in this history of the instrument. Kristina R Gaddy follows the banjo from its roots in slavery, as well as its ties to black spirituality and its place in music history. An illuminating read. [Karen]


Maybe We'll Make It

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Mon, 11/28/2022 - 6:43pm
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Maybe We'll Make It: A Memoir (American Music Series) By Margo Price Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781477323502
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Published: University of Texas Press - October 4th, 2022

Margo Price writes so many autobiographical songs, so it was nice to hear even more of the story behind them. Her struggles and triumphs. You don't have to be familiar with her music to get a lot out of this memoir. This is great for any artist honing their craft and hoping to make it some day. [Karen]


Killer Underwear Invasion

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Mon, 11/28/2022 - 6:34pm
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Killer Underwear Invasion!: How to Spot Fake News, Disinformation & Conspiracy Theories By Elise Gravel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781797214917
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 20th, 2022

It seems like disinformation is everywhere these days, and the more young readers are online the more likely they are to encounter harmful information. So take heed of these cute lil blobs who make media literacy fun and understandable. Aimed at young readers, but this should be essential reading for all in an age where fake news is big business and we're all the target audience. I also learned I shouldn't drink shampoo and no, my underwear will not kill me. [Karen]


Such Color

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Mon, 04/25/2022 - 7:37pm
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Such Color: New and Selected Poems By Tracy K. Smith Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781644450673
Availability: Special Order
Published: Graywolf Press - October 5th, 2021

Tracy K Smith once again brings a moving collection of poems. Few people use words as well as she does. This collection is her first collection that spans her career. See why she is the one of the best poets today. [Karen]


A Queer Dharma

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Mon, 04/25/2022 - 7:24pm
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A Queer Dharma: Yoga and Meditations for Liberation By Jacoby Ballard, Susanna Barkataki (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Jacoby Ballard, Susanna Barkataki (Foreword by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781623176518
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Published: North Atlantic Books - November 23rd, 2021

I got more into meditation this year, especially Buddhist-informed practice.This book is grounded in yoga and meditation, but uses its platform to explore social justice. I learned a lot and gained a lot from it. [Karen]


The Sentence

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Mon, 04/25/2022 - 7:02pm
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The Sentence By Louise Erdrich Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062671127
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Published: Harper - November 9th, 2021

A love letter to the power of books framed with civil unrest and a global pandemic. Set in Minneapolis from All Saint's Day 2019-2020, this year of a novel covers a lot. And there's even a bookstore haunting from the store's most annoying customers. These characters are so alive in my mind. [Karen]


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