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Recommended by: Christina
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Ndn Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field Cover Image
$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]


Recommended by: Christina
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Birdsong Cover Image
By Julie Flett, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781771644730
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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]


Recommended by: Raissa
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Making Comics Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781770463691
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - November 5th, 2019

This book is for all sleeping inner artists who want a how-to manual. Barry lays out the tools for reimagining stories with drawing lessons and creative exercises. Also perfect for anyone who appreciates deep thoughts on art, storytelling, and creativity. [Raissa]


Recommended by: Karen
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An American Sunrise: Poems Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781324003861
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 13th, 2019

All hail our poet laureate! Joy Harjo returns to her family's lands—the Mvskoke people who were forced from their lands. Harjo has a way of taking words on the page and painting whole landscapes. She shines here as she returns to the land of her ancestors. [Karen]


Recommended by: Karen
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Just Like Beverly: A Biography of Beverly Cleary (Growing to Greatness) Cover Image
By Vicki Conrad, David Hohn (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781632172228
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Published: Little Bigfoot - August 13th, 2019

Follow the story of revered author Beverly Cleary as she grows up, discovers a love of reading, and then writing. All set against a PNW backdrop. It will resonate with kids who aren't sold on reading yet - Beverly initially struggled to read until she found the right teacher to set off her spark. [Karen]


Recommended by: Karen
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She Can Really Lay It Down: 50 Rebels, Rockers, and Musical Revolutionaries (Rock and Roll Women Book, Gift for Music Lovers) Cover Image
By Rachel Frankel, Amanda Petrusich (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781452171654
Availability: Backordered
Published: Chronicle Books - September 3rd, 2019

I jump at any book with Tacoma legend, and my personal hero, Neko Case. But there's so much more here, like unsung musical heroes Odetta and Memphis Minnie. The short bios with stunning illustrations make this the perfect gift for anyone into music. Also, staff favorite Dolly makes an appearance. For women about to rock, we salute you! [Karen]


Recommended by: Herbert
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Cat Paws Cover Image
By Pie International (Editor)
$12.95
ISBN: 9784756250810
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Published: Pie International - October 1st, 2018

PLEEZ STOP WITH THE CUTE!!! No, fuh real. Eye cannot take the toe beans and cute, elegant stretching pawz. Eye am be sorry hooman foots is so ugly, but cat foots are SO CUTE!!! [Herbert]


Recommended by: Christina
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A Fortune for Your Disaster Cover Image
$15.95
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]


Recommended by: Raissa
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Sofia Valdez, Future Prez (The Questioneers) Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419737046
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - November 5th, 2019

Sofia galvanizes young (and old) citizens in this incredibly heartwarming tale of How To Make Things Better! She shows us the possibilities for budding dreamers and doers just like Iggy, Rosie, and Ada showed us the potential of future scientists. [Raissa]


Recommended by: sweet pea
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The Complete and Original Norwegian Folktales of Asbjørnsen and Moe Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9781517905682
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - September 17th, 2019

This beautiful book collects all the tales of A & M, basically the Brothers Grimm of Norway. There are familiar tales, many trolls, the ubiquitous Ash Lad, and other quirky favorites, such as "The Tabby Cat of Dovre Mountain." [sweet pea]


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