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Recommended by: Adrienne
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Of Forests and Fields: Mexican Labor in the Pacific Northwest (Latinidad: Transnational Cultures in the United States) By Mario Jimenez Sifuentez Cover Image
$35.95
ISBN: 9780813576893
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Published: Rutgers University Press - March 8th, 2016

Know your local history! This short, accessible, and super educational book examines the unique experiences of Mexican guest workers, migrants, and immigrants in the PNW and their enduring impacts on environmentalism, labor rights, immigrant rights, and the ag industry in our region. I learned so much! [Adrienne]


Recommended by: Blanca
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Sputnik Sweetheart (Vintage International) By Haruki Murakami Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780375726057
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Published: Vintage - April 9th, 2002

My favorite Murakami novel of all the ones I've read. In his straightforward lyrical style, he explores characteristic themes: identity, yearning, and liminal moments; but this one also has a character who encounters a doppelganger - and the impact is memorable. I still think about it, most often when I'm driving. [Blanca]


Recommended by: sweet pea
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Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer's Enduring Message to America By Keisha N. Blain Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780807061503
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Published: Beacon Press - October 5th, 2021

Fannie Lou Hamer is a hero of mine. Her work organizing, speaking, singing, and fighting against injustice perpetually inspires me and spurs me to action. This new biography both gives historical details of Hamer's life and times and contextualizes her legacy for use in modern struggles and shows how relevant her work and words still are today. [sweet pea]


Recommended by: Karen
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A Queer Dharma: Yoga and Meditations for Liberation By Jacoby Ballard, Susanna Barkataki (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Jacoby Ballard, Susanna Barkataki (Foreword by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781623176518
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Published: North Atlantic Books - November 23rd, 2021

I got more into meditation this year, especially Buddhist-informed practice.This book is grounded in yoga and meditation, but uses its platform to explore social justice. I learned a lot and gained a lot from it. [Karen]


Recommended by: Adrienne
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The Music Game (Biblioasis International Translation) By Stéfanie Clermont, Jc Sutcliffe (Translator) Cover Image
By Stéfanie Clermont, Jc Sutcliffe (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781771963787
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Published: Biblioasis - February 15th, 2022

The unique form - a novel bordering on short fiction - and depth of this book blew me away. A group of friends are desperately trying to live lives of purpose, while they're also hurting and loving and making mistakes... and just trying to figure it all out. Highly relatable imo. [Adrienne]


Recommended by: Blanca
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Reckless Girls: A Novel By Rachel Hawkins Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250274250
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 4th, 2022

If you're looking for a great, quick read, then this book fits the bill. Hawkins takes her time to introduce her characters through realistic dialogue & vignettes of their past - all to lead up to the fast-pasted climax! [Blanca]


Recommended by: sweet pea
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My Heart Is a Chainsaw (The Indian Lake Trilogy #1) By Stephen Graham Jones Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781982137632
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - August 31st, 2021

This book is perfect for anyone who loves horror films, sorry Jade, slashers. As a real life slasher unfolds around her, Jade knows the signs as she sees it unfold, yet assuming she can't be the final girl as she is native, not virginal, and a horror chick. The book is variously a horror novel, a look at racism and native displacement, and a look at inter-generational trauma. It's truly like nothing I have ever read. [sweet pea]


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Change of Heart By K. M. Neuhold Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781072923596
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Published: Independently Published - June 17th, 2019

Do you like having your heart ripped out before the HEA? Same. I hardly ever cry at books, but this did make me tear up. But, with the angst comes awesome bi representation by a bi author, who understands how to write these stories and do them well. [Danielle]


Recommended by: Karen
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The Sentence By Louise Erdrich Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062671127
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Published: Harper - November 9th, 2021

A love letter to the power of books framed with civil unrest and a global pandemic. Set in Minneapolis from All Saint's Day 2019-2020, this year of a novel covers a lot. And there's even a bookstore haunting from the store's most annoying customers. These characters are so alive in my mind. [Karen]


Recommended by: Adrienne
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Cold Enough for Snow By Jessica Au Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811231558
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Published: New Directions - February 15th, 2022

How does someone write this beautifully?? A mother and adult daughter go on a trip abroad together. In this ostensibly simple storyline lies so much depth and nuance about relationships and family. If you're looking for a short but moving read, pick this one up. [Adrienne]


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