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Recommended by: Adrienne
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Cloudspotting for Beginners By William Grill, Gavin Pretor-Pinney Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780593836057
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Published: Ten Speed Press - July 9th, 2024

To me, one of life's greatest simple pleasures is looking at clouds. Cloudspotting helps me appreciate everyday beauty in the world around me and encourages mindfulness. When I first came across Cloud Appreciation Society (yes, it's a thing!) several years ago I knew I'd found my people. Their new book is everything I wanted - informative, gorgeously illustrated, wholesome fun. It's my new go-to gift for folks of all ages! [Adrienne]


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The Coin: A Novel By Yasmin Zaher Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781646222100
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Published: Catapult - July 9th, 2024

This novel resists the boxes you may want to put it in. The story of a Palestinian woman living in NYC who asserts control over her life through fashion and cleanliness. Sometimes absurd, sometimes fantastic, sometimes utterly and achingly real. Among the very best debuts of 2024. [Adrienne]


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Rooted: The American Legacy of Land Theft and the Modern Movement for Black Land Ownership By Brea Baker Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593447376
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Published: One World - June 18th, 2024

'Rooted' is a deeply-researched historical analysis of Black land ownership and the many ways Black US-ians have systematically - often violently - been deprived of land. This book covers a lot of ground. I found the latter chapters on reparations and Land Back movements especially compelling. Baker also does a good job avoiding overly-romantic visions of rural and/or agrarian living; instead, offering a thoughtful structural analysis of property ownership as it relates to wealth, power, and (in both a material & symbolic sense) freedom. It's not at all a dry read, containing plenty of illustrative examples and stories, including many from the author's own family. [Adrienne]


Recommended by: Blanca
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Get Better at Anything: 12 Maxims for Mastery By Scott H. Young Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780063256675
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Published: Harper Business - May 7th, 2024

I love examples of people who are considered masters. I find them very inspiring, and Young gives us examples from a wide range of professional fields as introductions to his 12 maxims. The research is well-explained and thorough, and much of what we think is counterintuitive might actually be the best tool to learn a skill. This book has encouraged me to pursue mastering skills in different ways. [Blanca]


Recommended by: Adrienne
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In Universes: A Novel By Emet North Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780063314870
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Published: Harper - April 30th, 2024

Explore gender, sexuality, and 'the self' across the multiverse in this inventive debut. I'm often drawn to fairly dark stories, so it's a pleasure to recommend something a little different from the norm. While still dealing with serious (sometimes heavy) themes, this is ultimately one of the most hopeful novels I've ever read, without feeling at all saccharine or hollow. [Adrienne]


Recommended by: Blanca
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Second Hand Love By Yamada Murasaki, Ryan Holmberg (Translated by) Cover Image
By Yamada Murasaki, Ryan Holmberg (Translated by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781770467187
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - June 4th, 2024

Read it in one sitting, and I can't stop thinking about it! What is love? What is marriage? Who do you love and why?? There are quotes in here I want to put on sticker paper and stick them all over town. [Blanca]


Recommended by: Adrienne
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I'm a Fool to Want You: Stories By Camila Villada, Kit Maude (Translated by) Cover Image
By Camila Villada, Kit Maude (Translated by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781635423853
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Published: Other Press - May 28th, 2024

It's my professional opinion that Camila Sosa Villada is headed to the literary stratosphere. Her debut novel 'Bad Girls' blew me away and this new story collection is no different - perhaps an even better demonstration of her range, style, and originality. An incredible talent whose work centers trans experiences, particularly those of sex workers. [Adrienne]


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Accordion Eulogies: A Memoir of Music, Migration, and Mexico By Noé Álvarez Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781646220892
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Published: Catapult - May 28th, 2024

Yakima-raised Noé Álvarez chronicles his search for answers about his paternal grandfather and his own identity as a man, as the son of Mexican immigrants, and as a new father. Álvarez is a superb storyteller and I was enchanted by the rich musical history of the accordion woven throughout the book, particularly the interviews with other players and instrument makers. [Adrienne]


Recommended by: Blanca
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The Sexist Microphysics of Power: The Alcàsser Case and the Construction of Sexual Terror By Nerea Barjola, Emily Mack (Translator), Silvia Federici (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Nerea Barjola, Emily Mack (Translator), Silvia Federici (Foreword by)
$23.00
ISBN: 9781849355506
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Published: AK Press - May 7th, 2024

Want to look closely on how the media can manipulate and control our perspectives on violence against women? Barjola analyzes with a fine-tooth comb the Alcasser case, which shook Spain back into a 'sexist political regime' and struck down much of the progress feminists had made. It is thought-provoking, and also reframes a lot of Foucault's ideas. There should be more conversations about this if representation matters. [Blanca]


Recommended by: Blanca
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Bad Seed: Stories By Gabriel Carle, Heather Houde (Translator) Cover Image
By Gabriel Carle, Heather Houde (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781558613201
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Published: Feminist Press - May 7th, 2024

A raunchy, hallucinatory collection that sticks to your mind like gum on your shoe, because Carle also portrays experiences in poetic prose. I am still nodding my head at several of their observations made in the stories. [Blanca]


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