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Recommended by: Adrienne
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Alive at the End of the World By Saeed Jones, D. a. Powell (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Saeed Jones, D. a. Powell (Foreword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566896511
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 13th, 2022

From the very first line, Saeed Jones' newest book of poetry is simply stunning. Jones writes about grief - personal and collective - with fury and vulnerability and incredible precision. I was particularly moved by the pieces that are revisited or continued throughout. Truly a remarkable collection as a whole. [Adrienne]


Recommended by: Blanca
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The Philosophy Resistance Squad By Robert Grant Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781912417308
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Published: Little Island Books - September 20th, 2022

Grant sets a totalitarian system within an Irish boarding school and shows how philosophy can fight back against oppressive ideologies. It's 1984, Clockwork Orange, and Brave New World for kids but with a more optimistic perspective! It's a great introduction to the Socratic method. [Blanca]


Recommended by: Karen
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Maybe An Artist, A Graphic Memoir By Liz Montague Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780593307816
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Published: Random House Studio - October 18th, 2022

Liz Montague's graphic novel memoir is all about growing up and finally accepting and following your passions. Montague recounts her childhood and college years as she learned to accept herself as an artist. She is the first Black female artist for the New Yorker. The back includes some of her work for the news outlet! [Karen]


Recommended by: sweet pea
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We Are Here: 30 Inspiring Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Who Have Shaped the United States By Naomi Hirahara, Illianette Ferandez (Illustrator), Smithsonian Institution Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780762479658
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Published: Running Press Kids - October 18th, 2022

As a history geek, i squinch my eyes at any new collection of biographies. But this book of AAPI leaders, has a great selection of both the very famous, to the inspiring (Grace Lee Boggs), to the pathbreaking. Several of the people i had never heard of (which gets bonus points from me)! [sweet pea]


Recommended by: Adrienne
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Fruits of the Forest: A Field Guide to Pacific Northwest Edible Mushrooms By Daniel Winkler Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781680515305
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Published: Mountaineers Books - October 26th, 2022

Foraging for mushrooms is a ton of fun! As an amateur, I want a field guide with comprehensive identification & safety information, while also being accessible to novices. Believe me when I say this book has it all, including beautiful photographs and practical info on cleaning, storing, preserving, and cooking mushrooms after you bring in your haul. [Adrienne]


Recommended by: Blanca
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Woman Without Shame: Poems By Sandra Cisneros Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593534823
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Published: Knopf - September 13th, 2022

I undoubtedly enjoyed her poems. They reminded me how life is about what details we choose to attend to not only as we experience the present but also in what we remember from our past. Cisneros crafts her life into crisp stanzas and unpredictable metaphors. [Blanca]


Recommended by: sweet pea
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Black Country Music: Listening for Revolutions (American Music Series) By Francesca T. Royster Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781477326497
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Published: University of Texas Press - October 4th, 2022

This book is a wide-ranging book of essays and memoir that brings together the history of country music from DeFord Bailey and Linda Martell to Little Nas X and Beyoncé, centering the Black creators and fans that made country music what it is today. Both a fun and informative read. [sweet pea]


Recommended by: Blanca
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Tumble By Celia C. Pérez Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593325179
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Published: Kokila - August 16th, 2022

Enchanting protagonist! I would have loved to sit down and chat with Adela Ramirez, a seventh grader confronting big themes: identity, family, and morality. From searching for her biological father to questioning honesty and integrity, she applies knowledge from archeology and telenovelas to reach her keen perceptions. There was never a dull moment following her story. [Blanca]


Recommended by: Adrienne
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Other Ever Afters: New Queer Fairy Tales (A Graphic Novel) By Melanie Gillman Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593303184
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Published: Random House Graphic - September 20th, 2022

Yes! Now these are the fairy tales I wish I'd read growing up. Seven delicately illustrated and simply, but beautifully, told stories that are full of heart and positive messages for young readers. [Adrienne]


Recommended by: Karen
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Well of Souls: Uncovering the Banjo's Hidden History By Kristina R. Gaddy, Rhiannon Giddens (Foreword by) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780393866803
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 4th, 2022

I learned about more than the banjo in this history of the instrument. Kristina R Gaddy follows the banjo from its roots in slavery, as well as its ties to black spirituality and its place in music history. An illuminating read. [Karen]


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