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Recommended by: Clover
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The Book of Tea By Kakuzo Okakura, 1stworld Library (Editor) Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9781595400451
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Published: 1st World Library - Literary Society - September 1st, 2004

At its core, The Book of Tea is about Zen, Taoism, and chado, or teaism. Originally written in English in 1906, this work is more importantly a protest. Okakura pushes back against imperialism, colonization, capitalism, and Western caricatures of "The East." This book is a pleasant and unexpected riot! [Clover]


Recommended by: Blanca
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The Book Eaters By Sunyi Dean Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250810182
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Published: Tor Books - August 2nd, 2022

One of the most original books I've read in some time. Imagine a group of people who literally consume printed material and retain the information yet cannot read nor write. Sunyi Dean created these people and gave them a story and it is great! It is a unique portrayal of princesses, knights, vampires, and dragons. This is no ordinary fairy tale.[Blanca]


Recommended by: Adrienne
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Enjoy Me Among My Ruins By Juniper Fitzgerald Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781558613829
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Published: Feminist Press - August 30th, 2022

The most moving and insightful non-fiction I've read this year. Blending sociological theory and memoir, Fitzgerald shares her experiences as a sex worker, as a mother, as a human being coping with trauma. This book made me cry. It made me pump my fists in the air. It made me text my friends to tell them I love them. [Adrienne]


Recommended by: Blanca
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The Crocodile Bride By Ashleigh Bell Pedersen Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781938235917
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Published: Hub City Press - May 24th, 2022

A lucid depiction of generational trauma--told in the perspective of the women, we witness the perpetuation of intentional and not intention hurt in the family. Pedersen gives us a poignant reminder of the power of personal myth. [Blanca]


Recommended by: Clover
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Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals By Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Adrienne Maree Brown (Foreword by) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781849353977
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Published: AK Press - November 17th, 2020

This book is community, connection, an embrace, a bedtime story, a social examination, a meditation, a scientific discourse... It's more than survival of our collapsing planet and society. It is hope, forward thinking, and possibility. It's what we need right now, these Black feminist lessons from marine mammals. And it's one of the most healing books I've read. [Clover]


Recommended by: Adrienne
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Panics By Barbara Molinard, Emma Ramadan (Translator), Marguerite Duras (Preface by) Cover Image
By Barbara Molinard, Emma Ramadan (Translator), Marguerite Duras (Preface by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781558612952
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Published: Feminist Press - September 13th, 2022

This collection represents the only surviving works from this author, translated here into English for the first time. Molinard's surreal, sometimes nightmarish, stories are full of anguish and longing. Longing for what? While I cannot say for certain, what I can say for sure: I absolutely could not put this book down until I'd read it all the way through. [Adrienne]
 


Recommended by: Clover
Peter Darling By Austin Chant Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781087808659
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Published: Austin Chant - June 1st, 2021

Return to Neverland, but make it a queer romance (that also removes all the problematic racist bits from the original)! The story's clue is in the title: Peter Darling. And if you're a Captain Hook fan, you're gonna love this romance! I knew this book was gonna be good when I read the dedication:

This book is for every villain who ever inspired a queer awakening, and for every queer child who ever saw a piece of themself in the enemy.

It's also for Simone, who is definitely a villain of some kind.

[Clover]


Recommended by: Adrienne
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Thrust: A Novel By Lidia Yuknavitch Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525534907
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 28th, 2022

It was love at first sight with this book – and then I was completely enthralled through the end. As Laisve travels through time, we meet different people and beings who give us varing perspectives on humanity's capacity for both compassion and cruelty. It's a dystopian story, but also full of beauty and wonder and possibility. [Adrienne]


Recommended by: Clover
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What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma By Stephanie Foo Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593238103
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 22nd, 2022

I wish I had this book nearly a decade ago when I was diagnosed with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. C-PTSD is a psychological disorder that occurs with prolonged, repetitive trauma over the course of years in a context where there is little to no escape. I found myself on an eerily similar journey with Foo, who provides a personal and thoroughly researched account of her healing journey. Be sure to give yourself space to heal and process this memoir. And as Foo promises, there is a happy ending.  [Clover]


Recommended by: Clover
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Boys Run the Riot 1 By Keito Gaku Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781646512485
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Published: Kodansha Comics - May 25th, 2021

I'm always on the lookout for genderqueer stories, and this manga is a RIOT! High school, family, and society have a hard time accepting Ryo's gender. The only time Ryo feels like himself is when he wears his favorite clothes and fashion brands. It just so happens that the class delinquient, Jin, has similar style and tastes. Watch these two unlikely friends "bite back at the world" as they make their own fashion brand!

[Clover]


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