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Christina

I was born a rambling (wo)man. And I like to travel with books of poetry, philosophy, and metaphysics tucked in my backpack. I also read a lot of classic literature and short stories. Regardless of genre, I seek out stories with strong elements of magical realism, narratives in which readers are encouraged to lose themselves in small moments of beauty and curiosity, and characters who live in the “in-between” spaces of language, culture and identity.

Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese's

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Thu, 01/09/2020 - 8:13pm
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By Tiffany Midge, Geary Hobson (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781496215574
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Published: Bison Books - October 1st, 2019

Read. this. book. It is laugh-out-loud funny and is a heartfelt tribute to grandmothers everywhere. For all you lit nerds out there: Midge's sense of rhythm and pacing as a storyteller is impeccable. This book makes an excellent gift (pro tip: buy it for a friend and then borrow it from them in 2020). [Christina]


The Factory

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Thu, 01/09/2020 - 8:10pm
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By Hiroko Oyamada, David Boyd (Translated by)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811228855
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Published: New Directions - October 29th, 2019

This tiny book embodies curiosity and quirk! This is the kind of story that makes you lean in, do a double take and then reread the chapter. The Factory is very Kafka-esque, with reality slipping sideways before you even begin to notice. [Christina]


Dakwäkãda Warriors

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Thu, 01/09/2020 - 8:03pm
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$20.00
ISBN: 9781772620412
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Published: Conundrum Press - October 29th, 2019

A funky, funny combination of space opera and traditional storytelling of the Champagne Aishihik First Nations. This graphic novel is beautifully bilingual, written in English and Southern Tutchone, to encourage language learning and cultural vitality. I could not stop laughing while learning new words. [Christina]


In the Dream House

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Thu, 01/09/2020 - 7:57pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9781644450031
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

I'll admit I'm skeptical of memoir, categorically, but this book opened my eyes to what memoir can be: scarily engrossing and intimate. Machado paints a harrowing picture of her experience in an abusive, queer relationship (this is relevant, trust me) and how it shaped her psyche throughout graduate school. This book hollowed me out. [Christina]


Low Static Rage

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Thu, 01/09/2020 - 7:34pm
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$17.00
ISBN: 9781733037501
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Published: Blue Cactus Press - September 10th, 2019

Reading this poetry collection is like being sucker-punched in the gut. Haeflinger's poems ask s to be honest about the suburban cages we build ourselves into. Each page is packed with tension and observation. Read this to shake off the holiday gloom. [Christina]


Taaqtumi: An Anthology of Arctic Horror Stories

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Thu, 01/09/2020 - 7:26pm
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$16.95
ISBN: 9781772272147
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Published: Inhabit Media - September 10th, 2019

This eerie collection of Arctic horror stories is the perfect tool to help you zone out during upcoming (and socially painful) holidays. Most of the stories include monster sightings, hunting-gone-wrong, and blood. Lots of blood. Pro tip: read the last story first - it's easily the best story in the book. [Christina]


NDN Coping Mechanisms

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Thu, 01/09/2020 - 7:23pm
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$19.95
ISBN: 9781487005771
Availability: Backordered
Published: House of Anansi Press - September 3rd, 2019

Belcourt asks, what is our relationship to our country? What has it done for us? How do we give and take of our land and who is to say it's ours, anyway? This poetry collection is ethnography in verse, and it holds an incredible balance of beauty and ugly truth. I can't stop (re)reading it. [Christina]


Birdsong

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Thu, 01/09/2020 - 7:22pm
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By Julie Flett, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781771644730
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Published: Greystone Kids - October 8th, 2019

The best picture books tell stories quietly and with authenticity, and this book does exactly that. Its illustrations are sparse, but rich in color. It leaves readers feeling hopeful, despite subtly touching on familial loss. [Christina]


A Fortune for Your Disaster

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Thu, 01/09/2020 - 7:12pm
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ISBN: 9781947793439
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Published: Tin House Books - September 3rd, 2019

When my heart hurts, the only things that make me feel better are soft pillows, whiskey, and soul-crushing poetry. This book feels like all three at once. The narrative explores the falsehood of keeping people at arms-length while moving through the motions of "loving," something we've all done. Read this and hate yourself a little less. [Christina]


Lowriders in Space

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Thu, 01/09/2020 - 6:01pm
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ISBN: 9781452128696
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Published: Chronicle Books - November 4th, 2014

Lowriders in Space is a lovely celebration of Mexican-American culture, street art, and creativity. I fell in love with this YA graphic novel the moment I opened it. The story is light-hearted and fun, but it’s content also stirs up important questions about being bilingual, cultural heritage, and what constitutes “real” art and books. This is a great choice for educators looking to inspire deeper dialogue among youth, particularly surrounding culture and language. Bonus: Cathy Camper is a regional artist and librarian, based out of Oregon! [Christina]


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