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Recommended by: Adrienne
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Nature Swagger: Stories and Visions of Black Joy in the Outdoors By Rue Mapp Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781797214290
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Published: Chronicle Books - November 1st, 2022

It's awesome to see an outdoor-focused book fully dedicated to Black joy. Through beautiful photos, essays, and poetry, this book celebrates the healing, community, and fun to be found in outdoor spaces. Centered on the experiences of Black people, this book will resonate with anyone who appreciates the power of spending time in nature. [Adrienne]


Recommended by: Danielle
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Lark & Kasim Start a Revolution: A Novel By Kacen Callender Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781419756870
Availability: Backordered
Published: Amulet Books - September 27th, 2022

Reasons #1 to read; there are not enough books with black enby and trans characters. In this book, they are the focal point. Reason #2; this book is messy. And I mean that in the best way possible. Being a teen is messy. High school is messy. Being queer and in love and figuring out what that all means is messy. The writing is blunt that's necessary for a story with heavy issues like the ones presented here. This book can be a lot at times but at the end of the day the self love and friendships make this book shine. Perfect for people who like angst but still need an HEA. [Danielle]


Recommended by: Blanca
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The Devil's Atlas: An Explorer's Guide to Heavens, Hells and Afterworlds By Edward Brooke-Hitching Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781797214474
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 16th, 2022

From all around the world and various eras, Edward Brooke-Hitching takes us on a tour of hell, purgatory, heaven, and earthly utopias in amazing pictorial and written descriptions. Our guide expertly curated the art work for this book, including an image of the first anti-smoking billboard in Zion, Illinois. A fascinating journey! [Blanca]


Recommended by: Adrienne
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Seven Empty Houses (National Book Award Winner) By Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell (Translated by) Cover Image
By Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell (Translated by)
$25.00
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ISBN: 9780525541394
Published: Riverhead Books - October 18th, 2022

Samanta Schweblin is so adept at short fiction and she's at the top of her craft with this collection. I was captivated by these seven stories revolving around family and sense of place, including one of the most gut-wrenching and tragic portrayals of aging I've ever read. And with a low page count, there's no excuse not to devour this book immediately. [Adrienne]


Recommended by: sweet pea
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A Scatter of Light By Malinda Lo Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525555285
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2022

I was SO EXCITED for this stand-alone companion to 'Last Night at the Telegraph Club,' this one set in 2013 (unlike the 1950s of the former). It captures queer coming of age, the messy parts of teen life, identity, and of course love. Plus, that cover! [sweet pea]


Recommended by: Blanca
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Nubia: The Awakening By Omar Epps, Clarence A. Haynes Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780593428641
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Published: Delacorte Press - November 8th, 2022

What happens when inner-city kids suddenly awaken with a unique supernatural ability? Will they be able to elevate their people in the social hierarchy, protect each other from power-hungry moguls, and successfully navigate their evolving identities? I don't know, because this is the beginning of what seems a very intricate plot and very interesting characters. Epps and Haynes have successfully hooked my interest, and I can't wait for the sequel! [Blanca]


Recommended by: Karen
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A Book of Days By Patti Smith Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780593448540
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Published: Random House - November 15th, 2022

Patti Smith is one of my favorite people to follow on Instagram. With her camera and her eloquent words it always feels like a unique stop on the scrolling journey. A Book of Days is one year of photos by Smith taken since 1996. Each day offers something new. Read it in a sitting or savor it over a year. Or both. [Karen]


Recommended by: Adrienne

Two of my passions collide: knitting and public lands. Patterns & finished photos of hats for all 63 U.S. national parks - including Olympic, North Cascades, and Mount Rainier. Great for knitters of all skill levels! [Adrienne]


Recommended by: Blanca
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What We Fed to the Manticore By Talia Lakshmi Kolluri Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781953534415
Availability: Backordered
Published: Tin House Books - September 6th, 2022

I recently encountered an idea from an ethologist that animals, in fact, resemble us more emotionally than intellectually, but if animals could write in their own voice, I am certain these are the stories they would tell. Kolluri gives her narrators a depth of feeling through an understanding of language limited to their own experience. It's a testament to any sentient's ability for empathy, and it put my own through the ringer, especially with the polar bear's and whale's story. [Blanca]


Recommended by: sweet pea
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Africa Risen: A New Era of Speculative Fiction By Sheree Renée Thomas, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, Zelda Knight Cover Image
$27.99
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ISBN: 9781250833006
Published: Tordotcom - November 15th, 2022

This new anthology of speculative fiction collects the work of 32 authors from Africa and the Diaspora. The stories range from the fantastic, to beautiful, to innovative. The perfect gift for the science fiction fan in your life! [sweet pea]


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