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Recommended by: Raissa
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Soviet Bus Stops: Volume II Cover Image
By Christopher Herwig (Photographer), Damon Murray (Editor), Stephen Sorrell (Editor)
ISBN: 9780993191183
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Published: Fuel - September 26th, 2017

It can be delightful to stumble across someone's quirky obsession. With Vol. II, we can firmly commit to being obsessed ourselves. Even more perfect than Vol. I, it is history, art appreciation, and travelogue, connecting us with their beauty and substance. [Raissa]

Recommended by: sweet pea
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Goddess of Anarchy: The Life and Times of Lucy Parsons, American Radical Cover Image
ISBN: 9780465078998
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Published: Basic Books - December 5th, 2017

This well-researched biography is a profile of the remarkable, contradictory, black labor leader Lucy Parsons, who helped start the IWW, was a staunch advocate of both free speech and violence without apology, and created a mythical background that still clouds the facts about her life today. [sweet pea]

Recommended by: Karen
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Leave Me Alone with the Recipes: The Life, Art, and Cookbook of Cipe Pineles Cover Image
By Cipe Pineles, Sarah Rich (Volume Editor), Wendy Macnaughton (Volume Editor)
ISBN: 9781632867131
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Published: Bloomsbury UK - October 17th, 2017

Part art book, part cookbook, this is all about the discovered recipe book of Pineles, one of the most influential graphic designers of the 20th Century, the first female art director at Condé Nast, and a fabulous cook. A  reprinting of her beautifully-illustrated, handmade cookbook with essays celebrating her life.  [Karen]

Recommended by: Tanya
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A Different Pond Cover Image
By Bao Phi, Thi Bui (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781623708030
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Published: Capstone Young Readers - August 1st, 2017

Bao Phi is best known as a poet, Thi Bui as a cartoonist: their talents together create this gentle, poignant, multilayered tale, gorgeously rendered. This simple refugee story is enlivened with confident lines and soft washes, skillfully told as only a poet could. [Tanya]

Recommended by: Lydia
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The Gumazing Gum Girl!, Book 1 Chews Your Destiny (Gum Girl Novel #1) Cover Image
By Rhode Montijo, Rhode Montijo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781423157946
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - June 13th, 2017

While you can see the picture of this new, plucky, young superhero, Gabby Gomez, here, you have to pick up the book to take advantage of its scratch-and-sniff, bubblegum-scented goodness!  The story is engaging as well, featuring every day villainy in the form of a purse snatcher, a snotty teacher, and a nebby classmate in this first book of an on-going series.  The end of the book, though, gives a peek at the Big Bad who is hatching a plan to destroy Gabby.  This is a great option for beginning readers. [Lydia]

Recommended by: Raissa
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The Shark Curtain Cover Image
ISBN: 9781617753138
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Published: Black Sheep - April 7th, 2015

It's the story of the life of a teenage girl, but it is more importantly a trip through her mind. Although she is our narrator, she remains a complete enigma. It's bizarre and confusing and wonderful. [Raissa]

Recommended by: Lydia
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Stuff Every Vegetarian Should Know (Stuff You Should Know) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781683690054
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Published: Quirk Books - September 26th, 2017

I took a look at this book (which will be available in September) because my college-aged daughter plans to become a vegetarian, and also because I have been considering eliminating meat from a couple of our meals a week.  We've had a number of diet-related health issues this past year and a half, and it's never a bad idea to shake things up every once in awhile.  There are a ton of helpful tips like how to move beyond getting salads when dining at restaurants, ways to get enough protein, and info to aid a vegetarian on a budget.  Quirk Books puts out numerous "Stuff Every ___ Should Know" books, and they are always useful. - Lydia

Recommended by: Lydia
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You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316270755
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Published: Little Brown and Company - June 13th, 2017

It should come as no surprise that one of the most anticipated books of the year, written by one of the most well-known PNW writers is a staff pick. I was intrigued from the moment I saw the cover, which showcases a beautiful picture of Alexie's mother, Lillian, and older sister, Mary,  that itself relates to the legacy of beautiful resilience and casual brutality explored throughout the text, but I did not expect it to touch me so deeply.  I listened to the audio version read by Sherman Alexis himself, and his emotion, whether he is using his "urban Indian" voice or the rez accent of family and friends, is evident and packs a punch.  As an adult orphan, mother, sister, teacher, activist, and minority who is often "the only one" and who has anger on behalf of and fear for my people and our country, this book broke my heart in places and healed it in others.  Everyone should read this book.  Everyone.  [Lydia]

Recommended by: Kenny
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White Tears Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451493699
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 14th, 2017

A story of music history and race - some horror and some shocking twists.  Its beauty and its brutality blindsided me- thankfully.  Plus, the title makes it fun to read in public. [Kenny]

Recommended by: Raissa
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Schizo Cover Image
ISBN: 9780147508850
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Published: Speak - September 8th, 2015

This fast teen read give a non-Disney version of young people and their experiences with sex, drugs, and mental illness. It's also one of the few books I've ever found genuinely unpredictable. [Raissa]