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Joel AMY
Amy has been reading books for a long time, always figured she'd end up working in a bookstore, figured right, and has been doing so for awhile now. She's hoping that's a sign of untapped clairvoyance. When not reading she enjoys going to local arts events, tending to her Animal Crossing town, and taking pictures of the stray cats in her neighborhood. When reading she likes books that tell her things she didn't know she needed to know, and books that hold magic between their pages. When she's lucky she finds ones that do both.
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The Vanishing Half: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525536291
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2020

Astounding. An absolutely riveting family saga. Belonging, betrayal, escape, and deep grief are sewn throughout. I was glued to this story, awestruck as every element unfolded. Deeply invested in the story of the identical Vignes sisters, and their very different chosen lives.


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This Is Your Time Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780593378526
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - November 10th, 2020

Sometimes, I like to remind myself that my mom and Ruby Bridges are close in age. This helps ground me both in history, and in the present. The events of the Civil Rights Movement did not take place very long ago. They happened while Ruby and my mom were little girls. In many ways, the things fought for in the Civil Rights Movement of the '50s and '60s are still being fought for to this day - by this generation. Fighting for equality, for Black lives, for equity and human rights and dignity. People like Ruby Bridges, just a little girl at the time, paved the way for the rest of us to continue fighting and standing up for what's right.


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Boyfriend Material Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781728206141
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Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca - July 7th, 2020

This was an incredibly enjoyable read. I wanted to spend as much time with Luc and Oliver as I possibly could. I mean, who doesn't love the "fake relationship" trope?This book is delightful in every way. Read it for some quality "oh my gosh just kiss already" feels.


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An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781616208776
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 6th, 2018

We're invited to follow these characters as they navigate the aftermath of a wrongful conviction. To look on as a couple tries to hold onto their marriage in the midst of turmoil and suffering. As a man tries to keep connected to his family after everything is taken from him. Tayari Jones has given us powerful story about love, family, the prison system in America, and the devastating effects our broken system has on people of color. ?An American Marriage is deeply affecting, and certainly one of the best novels of the year.


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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780060853983
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Published: William Morrow - November 28th, 2006

Good Omens is, quite possibly, my favorite book... or at the very least, it's in constant battle with another book for that title. I've read and re-read this book, owned ten or more copies over the years and given them away (more than once to complete strangers), and read it out loud to my parents once as a sort of reverse of the bedtime story tradition. Immensely funny, and incredibly insightful. I have been recommending Good Omens to everyone I become friends with, and to every bookstore customer who asks me for a personal recommendation, since I first read it many years ago.


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Ada Twist, Scientist Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419721373
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 6th, 2016

Born a true scientist, Ada Twist's first words, not spoken until age three, were "why" "when" and "how". Ada gets into her fair share of messes, but that's what scientists do! And while her parents may sometimes fall into exasperation, they never doubt her brilliance or fail to encourage her repeated requests of "Why?". Though they do stop her more risky experiments... like preventing her from finding out what will happen if she puts the family cat in the clothes dryer.


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Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening Cover Image
By Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda (Artist)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781632157096
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Published: Image Comics - July 19th, 2016

I'm always on the lookout for comic books that push boundaries, and Monstress does just that. Monstress follows Maika Halfwolf as she searches for answers about herself in a world where Arcanics like herself are hunted by humans. Magic, intrigue, and intense battles are brought to life with visually stunning, illustrations. I found myself glued to this comic from the beginning, captivated by every page.


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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781442408937
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2014

This book was actually enthusiastically recommended to me by a customer. He was emphatic that I must read it as soon as possible, so I bought it that night before leaving work, and am so glad I did. The well-earned winner of a Stonewall Book Award, this coming-of-age novel follows Ari and Dante, and their growing friendship. Told from Ari's perspective we're lead through his adolescence as he tries to make sense of life, friendship, family, and love. Wholly emotional, this novel renewed my belief that the right book can take you through a character's life and make you feel exactly what they feel. This book will touch your heart and never let go.


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We Should All Be Feminists Cover Image
$8.95
ISBN: 9781101911761
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Published: Anchor - February 3rd, 2015

It took me far too long to get to this small, but mighty, book. I fully realize that the phrase "required reading" can be cliche and overused, but please read this book. Give it to your friends and family, but maybe especially to those in your circle that identify as male. Sometimes they're the hardest to win over when the word "feminist" is mentioned, but we really all should be feminists.


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Vegetable Kingdom: The Abundant World of Vegan Recipes Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399581045
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Published: Ten Speed Press - February 11th, 2020

Vegetable Kingdom is a dream resource. Beautiful and creative vegetable dishes that make a vegan wonder why she even bothers with "meat substitutes". The cauliflower puree is deceptively simple, and absolutely to die for.


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Gustavo, the Shy Ghost Cover Image
By Flavia Z. Drago, Flavia Z. Drago (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536211146
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Published: Candlewick - July 14th, 2020

Like so many of us, Gustavo the Ghost is very shy - but he wants to be friends with all of the monsters in his town. This book is a wonderful reminder that it's okay to be shy, and that there's more than one way to make friends and be welcomed by your community. You just have to let who you are shine.


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What Happens at Night Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781948226967
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Published: Catapult - August 4th, 2020

Cameron is an unparalleled master of prose, and we are lucky to have him. WHAT HAPPENS AT NIGHT is bizarre, dangerous, elegant. It feels as if you're dreaming it rather than reading it - the experience is not one of a good dream, or a nightmare, but rather a strange and unsettling dream.


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Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780316423328
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - April 7th, 2020

A perfectly Kondo look at how to best organize your work life - physically, digitally, and emotionally - so that it can bring you as much Joy as possible. I learned quite a bit about what I value most in my work life by reading this, and I believe others will as well.


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Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316453691
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

One of the first things Reynolds will tell you in this book is that it's "not a history book". This is correct. This is so much more than a history book. This book is a look at how interconnected the racist lies of the past and present are, and how if we want a truly equal and antiracist future we need to be explicitly antiracist in the face of segregationist and assimilationist thought. 


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How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781612197494
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Published: Melville House - April 9th, 2019

This was a refreshing look at the virtues of doing "nothing", and how to remove ourselves from the attention economy. After reading this book I've found myself pausing more and more frequently to do "nothing" in many different ways.


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Real Life: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525538882
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 18th, 2020

Phenomenal. It's rare I come across a piece of contemporary literature I love as much as I loved REAL LIFE. I fell into this novel, and didn't come up for air until it was over.


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The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328502667
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Published: Mariner Books - January 1st, 2019

This is an incredible look at the science behind how our experiences shape our biology. THE DEEPEST WELL specifically addresses how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), if left unacknowledged and untreated, can cause a host of medical issues, as well as impact our emotional and mental health. Going further, Dr. Harris describes how we can care for children (and adults) so that the outcomes can be buffered. A powerful and important read for anyone, but maybe especially if you happen to have an ACE score of your own.


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Satoko and Nada Vol. 1 Cover Image
By Yupechika, Marie Nishimori (Contributions by)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781626929098
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Published: Seven Seas - October 9th, 2018

This is an absolutely charming series about a friendship between two very different people. Satoko is Japanese, and Nada is Saudi Arabian, they're roommates studying in America - and while there's a lot that's different about them they bond over being in a foreign place together, and their kindness toward, and acceptance of, one another.


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The New Queer Conscience (Pocket Change Collective) Cover Image
By Adam Eli, Ashley Lukashevsky (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593093689
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Published: Penguin Workshop - June 2nd, 2020

This small book is greatly important. ESSENTIAL reading for anyone who identifies as LGBTQIAA , but also something I believe everyone - regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity - should read. A call to action, a call for commitment to kindness and caring for those around us, and a reminder that: "Queer people anywhere are responsible for queer people everywhere."


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How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781568589039
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Published: Bold Type Books - September 4th, 2018

Well-researched and fascinating, HOW TO KILL A CITY is a look at gentrification in the heart of four cities: New Orleans, Detroit, San Francisco, and New York. It counters the narrative that gentrification is "natural", looking at city and state zoning and housing policies and regulations that allow gentrification, inequality, and displacement to flourish. Arguing that in order to counter gentrification we need to restructure these racist and classist policies.


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Find Me: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374155018
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 29th, 2019

Andre Aciman is a master of the kind of prose that transports you into a story, and into the rich interior lives of the characters within it. While a "sequel" to CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, FIND ME feels more like it's own novel - in the best way. Not to worry though, we get to check-in on Oliver, Elio, and Samuel - get to peer into their thoughts and feelings as they grow and change and love.


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Congo Stories: Battling Five Centuries of Exploitation and Greed Cover Image
By John Prendergast, Fidel Bafilemba, Ryan Gosling (Photographs by), Soraya Aziz Souleymane (Foreword by), Chouchou Namegabe (Afterword by), Dave Eggers (Afterword by), Sam Ilus (Illustrator)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781455584642
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - December 4th, 2018

An eye-opening history of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Detailing the fallout of colonization, the extreme poverty of the citizens versus the vast wealth of the country, and both the horrifying crimes against humanity taking place as well as the incredible resilience and dedication to humanity of so many citizens. This book will make you take a long and hard look at your consumption of the products that are made with the natural resources found in Congo, and the blood that's spilled in order to acquire those resources. Everyone who owns a cellphone should read this book.


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Wishtree (Special Edition): Adult Edition Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250306869
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - January 8th, 2019

​It's been a long time since I've read such a simple but affecting book. Wishtree tugs at the heartstrings, and through the voice of a very special tree, reminds us of some of the most important parts of being human. The love and compassion in this story feel almost tangible. I am entirely unashamed to say I cried reading this book. Honestly, I hope you do too.​


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Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ (Revised Edition) Cover Image
By Giulia Enders, Jill Enders (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781771643764
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Published: Greystone Books - March 27th, 2018

​A fascinating​ look at the inner workings of our digestive system. I learned so much about how the human body processes food, and what all goes into keeping our incredible microbiome functioning. A great read for anyone struggling with gut-health, or for someone who's just genuinely interested in how the body works. I'll never look at my food, and how I process it, the same way.


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Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women's Pain Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781568589411
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Published: Bold Type Books - March 5th, 2019

Though focused on the author's personal struggle with endomitriosis, Ask Me About My Uterus is an important read not only for those sharing that particular struggle. This book is for anyone navigating our broken healthcare system, for anyone battling chronic and/or invisible illness, and for anyone who knows someone going through these things. Norman's journey is, unfortunately, not an uncommon one. The studies referenced and statistics cited throughout the book are startling, but I walked away from this book feeling empowered by my newfound knowledge rather than discouraged by these realities.


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The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels: Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, Mother's Milk, and At Last (The Patrick Melrose Novels) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781250069603
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Published: Picador - May 5th, 2015

St. Aubyn brilliantly captures the interior struggles of a man plagued by family trauma. Haunted by an emotionally, physically, and sexually abusive father, an emotionally absent mother, and the subsequent anger, drug abuse, alcoholism, and self-loathing that followed - Patrick Melrose is, perhaps surprisingly, one of the most sympathetic and relatable characters in modern literature. Underneath all of this horror and trauma, there is hope, and humor. Maybe because hope and humor are what help so many people navigate that terror, and that trauma. Patrick perseveres through many a stumbling block and relapse, through moments of extreme selfishness, through times of blindness to those in his life, but first and foremost he perseveres with the desire not to pass on the legacy of cruelty and abuse he inherited. This series is dark, and a rough read at times, but it’s also one of the most brilliantly written pieces of fiction I’ve ever read. It could be the way the words are woven together, the intense looks into Patrick’s interior narrative at his darkest moments, the humor peppered throughout the stories that is never inappropriate, but somehow always necessary and perfectly placed - or maybe it’s all of those things that makes this series one of the most impactful reads of my adult life.


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Honey and Clover, Vol. 1 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781421515045
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Published: VIZ Media LLC - March 4th, 2008

Honey and Clover follows a group of friends in art school as they learn their trades, and about life as they cross the bridge into the adult world. Throughout the series I was frequently surprised by it's profundity. There are so many beautiful and insightful moments, from the deeply introspective to the existential. It may remind you of the coming of age years when everything seemed so full of possibility and purpose, or perhaps it will help you believe that everything still is.


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The Crown Ain't Worth Much Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781943735044
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Published: Button Poetry - July 19th, 2016

Abdurraqib is expert at weaving together the personal and the pop-cultural. He shows his readers his pain through the lens of what he was listening to at that time, through what was going on in his hometown, what was going on in America at large. The whole collection is beautiful, but my favorite poem at the moment is DUDES WE DID NOT GO THROUGH THE HASSLE OF GETTING THESE FAKE IDS FOR THIS JUKEBOX TO NOT HAVE ANY SPRINGSTEEN.


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The Wicked + the Divine Volume 1: The Faust Act (Wicked & the Divine Tp #1) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781632150196
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Published: Image Comics - November 25th, 2014

Wicked + Diving tackles ideas of idolatry, especially modern idolatry, in such a fascinating way. Old gods are reincarnated as pop stars, parallels between religious and cultural idolatry are explored, and we're reminded of how often culture treats the rich and famous like gods among men. You may recognize some homages to familiar faces - Hello David Bowie and Daft Punk. This series is phenomenal, unputdownable, and full of surprises and sensory overload in the best possible way.


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Georgia's Terrific, Colorific Experiment Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780762465248
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Published: Running Press Kids - April 2nd, 2019

Just like Georgia's experiment, this book is Colorific! The illustrations are vibrant and stunning, and the story reminds us that art and science are not exclusive, but can often go together to create beautiful things.


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When Sadness is at Your Door Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525707189
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 29th, 2019

This book is beautiful. It's a call for children to get to know their feelings, to not be afraid of their sadness, but rather to ask questions like why it's there and what it needs. A primer for dealing with an emotion that can be difficult, sometimes unexpected, and sometimes scary, especially for those just getting to know their varied emotions.


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Cicada Cover Image
By Shaun Tan, Shaun Tan (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781338298390
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - January 29th, 2019

A surprisingly profound book. Cicada works very hard, harder than anyone, and yet Cicada is very mistreated by their boss and coworkers. An illustration for our times, for increasing corporate disregard for humanity, and for the sad reality that those seen as "other" are so frequently abused.


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Hicotea: A Nightlights Story Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781910620342
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Published: Nobrow - March 12th, 2019

Lorena Alvarez enchants again. In HICOTEA absolutely magical illustrations accompany a story about curiosity and the natural world. We revisit Sandy and her creativity in this field-trip tale of nature and discovery.