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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.
Exploring our current political climate through a lens that encourages identity politics as essential to our democracy, this book argues that identity politics can aid in creating a United States where all citizens are viewed as equal. Revisiting the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War protest movement, Occupy Wallstreet, and more recently #MeToo, Roychoudhuri examines the importance of marginalized people uniting and speaking out. She argues that our current journalistic attitude towards "objectivity" leads to falsehoods that further marginalize an already marginalized majority, and that in some cases in order to present things truthfully we need to be subjective. That we should stop appealing to false narratives in order to appear as to have presented "both sides". If we truly want to create a more equal and fair society we need to lift up the voices of the people who are denied those very voices, and whose voices have been silenced in our effort to appear more "objective". Most importantly I think, she shows us that we do in fact have the power to make these changes. This was an enlightening and engrossing read, and despite the sometimes heavy subject matter I couldn't put it down.
This is a book about belonging to two different communities, but feeling like you don't properly fit in either, and about trying to make friends in those communities.
Vera doesn't feel like she fits in with the American kids at her school, so she decides it'll be easiest to make friends if she goes to a summer camp that celebrates her Russian heritage, where she can meeting other Russian-American kids like her. However, she learns that you can't force friendships, and you certainly shouldn't try and buy them, but that if you focus on being yourself sometimes friends come to you.
An incredibly powerful collection of poetry that explores queerness, trauma, and Vietnamese-American identity in a dominant culture of whiteness and homophobia.
Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx is a stunningly illustrated adventure about a young girl who finds her inner courage. I wish there had been more adventure stories like this when I was a little girl, but I'm delighted to have it now.
This is a really wonderful addition to any cookbook collection. Simple, detailed recipes for a wide-range of delicious Japanese dishes, with gorgeous photos throughout.
The miso eggplant is incredible, and became an immediate staple dish in my home. I cannot wait to try my hand at making agedashi tofu at home, and of course the strawberry shortcake, because Japanese strawberry shortcake is the best strawberry shortcake.
A beautifully illustrated, and touchingly told story about friendship, and about being yourself. I read through this tale in a single sitting before bed, and instantly wished for more.
An impactful and intensely readable collection of essays about music, culture, race - and where they intersect. A wide range of musical subjects are written about, from Chance The Rapper, to My Chemical Romance, to Carly Rae Jepsen. I believe it's best read while listening to the artists the essays feature. The essays also touch on the author's personal experience in dealing with the emotional aftermath of the many mass shootings and police killings of the last few years, of which, unfortunately, there are far too many to list here.
I've always considered myself responsible, but there's an age at which terms like IRA start getting thrown around, and you start to feel a bit under-prepared. You guys, there are SO MANY different types of IRAs! Fagan gives a crash course in financial planning for 20 and 30-somethings, she's never condescending, and always open to doing what's right for your personal financial health. The Financial Diet helps define terms, set organizational habits, and gives tips on how to take care of yourself, your home, your diet (yes, the food kind), and opens you up to having the kind of conversations about personal finance that will benefit you in the long-run. Consider this book a starter-guide for becoming best friends with your wallet.
Rather than a new collection of poetry, this is a collection of quotes from some of Gibson's most memorable poems. Gibson has the ability to illicit an incredible emotional response in their readers. I've found myself angry, hopeful, and on more than one occasion openly crying in a coffeeshop while reading their poetry. I'd recommend this to any existing fan of Gibson's, or to anyone looking for a condensed introduction to their work.
(For a not-condensed intro I highly recommend The Madness Vase)
Have you been working towards the minimalism Marie Kondo preaches? You've purged your belongings until you simply can't purge anything else? This book offers minimalist storage and organization solutions that are aesthetically pleasing as well as practical. So you can store the things you actually need to keep in a pleasing and efficient way.
Hallberg is one of the most celebrated ballet dancers of this generation. If you've had the fortune of seeing Hallberg dance you've witnessed the technical excellence, power, and presence that make him an unstoppable force. In A Body of Work he details his career as a professional ballet dancer, and the trials and triumphs that came with that career. Certainly an absorbing read for those interested in ballet, but also for anyone interested in the story of an artist's passion and dedication to his art.
An incredible and intimate poetry collection, Clint Smith has a powerful voice. In addition to reading this collection, I highly suggest you follow Smith on twitter @ClintSmithIII even if it's the only account you follow
This delightful wordless picture book takes you through the day in the life of a professional crocodile. Perfect for anyone who loves other classic wordless picture books like Good Dog Carl and Goodnight Gorilla.
Gay's memoir is a harrowing account of her rape as a child, and of the eating disorders she developed as a result of that rape.
Told with clarity, Gay describes her relationship with her body, and with food throughout the years following her assault.
Hunger is a deeply important read, but not by any means any easy one. In a world that would prefer us to not talk about these matters, Hunger requires the reader to face the truth. The truth of how our society treats female bodies, and the truth of how our society deals with sexual assault, and how those two things intertwine.
This book a wonderful reminder that you're not alone if you prefer staying in with books and tea to going out every night, that it's okay to need quiet time, and that introversion can be an asset if you'll let it be. So cuddle up in some blankets, put the kettle on, and read these delightful comics, and maybe pass the book on to that extroverted person in your life that needs some help understanding your inner-workings.
The Witch Boy is a wonderful story about embracing your true calling, regardless of whether that calling follows the norms of your community or gender, and about how when you do this you're able to be yourself fully, and help those around you that much more.
Teagan White's beautiful illustrations bring to life this whimsical ABC book, pairing each letter with an adventure to go on with an adorable cast of woodland creatures (and a triceratops!).
Sweet Blue Flowers follows childhood friends Fumi and Akira as they reunite going into high school. Fast friends again, we follow them through navigating school, friendships, and crushes. Their story is told with tenderness and honesty. Akira strives to be a steadfast and supportive friend for Fumi, while Fumi struggles to come to terms with falling for a classmate. This is sure to be a lovely series.
Margaret Hamilton is one of the most important people in NASA history. Without her knowledge of computers, and her love of mathematics and astronomy we would not have successfully made it to the moon. Margaret and the Moon is a marvelous introduction to a truly remarkable woman.
Two friends find a hat, but there is only one hat, and there are two of them. A story about sharing, and about the internal struggle to do the right thing... even if you REALLY want that hat for yourself. As always, Klassen delights in both his story and illustration.
While possibly best known for his novels, Gaiman shows his true talent in the form of his short fictions. Crossing an array of subjects and genres, the stories in Smoke and Mirrors captivate and enchant. This is a book that I tend to come back to frequently, re-reading my favorite stories.
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 underneath its humor. 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.
As the title suggests this is the story of a Magical Do-Nothing Day. A lovely reminder of the adventures that await us in nature. Perfect for anyone - child in age or at heart - who gets caught up in video-games and fighting martians from their couch, and forgets about the magic there is to discover outside.
Found Audio is a unique work of fiction presented to the reader as the transcripts to audio cassettes as written by Amrapali Anna Singh. The cassettes were delivered to her under curious circumstances, curiouser still is the content of these cassettes, and the experiences described therein. I found myself staying up late into the night to finish this book, and quickly counted it among my favorite reads.
In these essays Chocano dissects the representation of women in popular culture, and it's influence on how women are viewed and treated, and how they view and treat themselves as a result of that representation. As the title suggests the essays vary in topic, from Playboy Bunnies to Stepford Wives, from Frozen to reality television. Thought provoking, and a conversation starter, this often visited topic in modern Feminism is brought in a refreshing manner, no empty and hasty solutions offered, just an analysis of the way things are, and a new way to look at the, sometimes seemingly innocuous, media that surrounds us.