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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
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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]


Recommended by: Blanca
She and Her Cat: Stories By Makoto Shinkai, Naruki Nagakawa, Ginny Tapley Takemori (Translated by) Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781982165741
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Published: Atria Books - November 22nd, 2022

The cats in these stories are all different. Like most cats in real life, they have their own perspective on the humans they adopt. I was deeply moved by each woman's tale and loved how they were all connected. [Blanca]


Recommended by: Danielle
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Anne of Greenville By Mariko Tamaki Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781368078405
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Published: Melissa de la Cruz Studio - October 4th, 2022

If you love Anne of Green Gables, you will love this book. That's it, that's the review. No but seriously, Anne is a teen any current or former art/drama/choir kid can see themself in. Her experiences are real and painful at times but her perseverance and relationships keep the book light and fresh. I picked this book up because I too grew up loving 70's disco in a town I believed I was too cool for. I fell in love with this book for it's ease and honesty. [Danielle]


Recommended by: Adrienne
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The Honeys By Ryan La Sala Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338745313
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Published: PUSH - August 16th, 2022

This spooky YA novel set at an elite summer camp was a total page-turner. Our main character, Mars, is a clever, fierce, genderfluid teen on a mission to better understand their twin sister and the circumstances that led to her death. Equal parts psychological & body horror, sharp wit, and an earnest story about grief and sibling love. [Adrienne]


Recommended by: Blanca
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Spine Poems: An Eclectic Collection of Found Verse for Book Lovers By Annette Dauphin Simon Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063208223
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Published: Harper - September 6th, 2022

Clever, arrangement of book spines-some made me laugh out loud. What's more, each poem is accompanied by relevant facts and quotes. It's a great book to pick up on a whim and find inspiration on any given day. [Blanca]


Recommended by: sweet pea
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Before We Were Trans: A New History of Gender By Dr. Kit Heyam, Ph.D Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781541603080
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Published: Seal Press - September 13th, 2022

This book is a revolutionary look at history and what genderqueer and nonbinary identities (might have) looked like through time. Using varied sources, Dr Heyam creates a portrait of what history beyond the binary looked like. Since we didn't (and still don't) have the language to describe a multitude of identities, we need to revisit and reclaim the past in order to make a path for the future. [sweet pea]


Recommended by: Blanca
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How to Communicate: Poems By John Lee Clark Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781324035343
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - December 6th, 2022

Nothing like reading poetry from an individual who perceives the world in an entirely different way, especially in a very tactile way, considering I do not like to touch much of anything. I found his ASL and protactile translations fascinating, but my favorite pieces were "Trees" and "Goldilocks in Denial". Reading his poetry, I realized: however different we navigate this world, when we translate our experience into language, we can reveal our similarities and connect with each other. [Blanca]


Recommended by: Adrienne
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The Future Is Disabled: Prophecies, Love Notes and Mourning Songs By Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781551528915
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 4th, 2022

I *needed* this book right now. It's so many things: a pandemic text chronicling grief, disabled mutual aid, and survival; a celebration of crip skills, community, and love; a set of ideas and critical questions to help us work toward a radically disabled future. It's both practical and visionary, and certain to become Disability Justice canon. [Adrienne]


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