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Recommended by: Tanya
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American Street Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062473042
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 14th, 2017

Fast-paced, with a strong protagonist. Female-centered, including a queer character. Fabiola stays true to her values and spiritual beliefs as a young Haitian immigrant while navigating her new life in Detroit. Love the elements of magic realism and Haitian Vodou. [Tanya]


Recommended by: sweet pea
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Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781555977917
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 14th, 2017

Charting the history of hoaxes, from the legacy of P.T. Barnum's "humbug" to the rise of Trump's "fake news," this book details the peculiar American history of the phenomenon and highlights how race became the biggest hoax of all. [sweet pea]


Recommended by: Karen
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The Stars Beneath Our Feet Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524701246
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 19th, 2017

This book deals with grief, after a young boy loses his older brother to gang violence. Lolly is faced with hard choices at a young age, and his journey will create empathy in young readers. [Karen]


Recommended by: Atticus
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Distillery Cats: Profiles in Courage of the World's Most Spirited Mousers Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781607748977
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 19th, 2017

This beauteous book profiles working distillery cats from around the country. While not as an important job as being a bookstore cat, this book shows the cats in all their glory. There are bonus cocktail recipes, although they have no catnip, so what's the point? [Atticus]


Recommended by: Tanya
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Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977887
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 3rd, 2017

These eight short stories revolve around women, and the violence visited upon women's bodies. The first, "The Husband Stitch," (finalist for the Nebula and Shirley Jackson awards), is a total knockout. The collection is sexy and dark, with elements of fable, horror, comedy, and science fiction. Very queer. Really, it's all those things and it feels as timely as ever. [Tanya]


Recommended by: Kenny
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A Separation Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780399576102
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 7th, 2017

This book taught me how to touch absence, to feel in a very real way every pain we inflict on each other, to dance with ambivalence, to wonder (ponder) and to wonder (awe). Recommended for fans of Elena Ferrante, especially. - Kenny!


Recommended by: sweet pea
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Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735211261
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 7th, 2017

Despite being over half a billion years old, we know very little about jellyfish, who are both fascinatingly beautiful and serve as a barometer for the health of our oceans. We might just be able to survive climate change, with a little help from jellyfish. [sweet pea]


Recommended by: Tanya
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Razor Clams: Buried Treasure of the Pacific Northwest Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780295741420
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Published: University of Washington Press - September 1st, 2017

If you don't know the razor clam, do you even PNW? This is a delightful read that digs deep into the Siliqua patula, including lore, recipes, and the bivalve's role in our state's identity. The only thing that digs deeper? You, after you've read this book, with shovel in hand, on a freezing Washington beach, ready to clam. [Tanya]


Recommended by: Karen
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Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth Cover Image
By Oliver Jeffers, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780399167898
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Published: Philomel Books - November 14th, 2017

Fun, engaging illustrations with a universal message that will hit home with kids and adults. Jeffers reminds us we are never alone on our home, planet earth. [Karen]


Recommended by: Kenny
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The Power Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316547611
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 10th, 2017

If you call a book a feminist dystopia I will basically always read it. This one, though, is next level. Electric, compelling, rich, nasty, deep, everything. It could have gone on for a million more pages. I wish it had. [Kenny]


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