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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.
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.
I would recommend this book to anyone with even a vague interest in the US-Mexico Border. Exceptionally well-written, and thoughtfully put together. Cantu brings a vast range of personal, academic, and professional experience to the table.
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.
Erin has been told many times about the dangers of Black Rock, but in this beautifully illustrated adventure she learns that not all things are as they seem, and that the ocean is a more beautiful and mysterious place than she thought.
Set in the UK, Giant Days is a delight of a comic series about friendship, growing up, university life, and the shenanigans that go along. I was hooked from the first issue. Susan, Esther, and Daisy feel like close friends
I had more fun reading The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue than I've had reading a book in absolute ages. A brilliantly written adventure tale, with a cast of characters you can't help but become very attached to, and just the right amount of angst inducing, won't-they-just-kiss-already-!, romance. I did not want to put this book down, or say goodbye to the characters in it.
Neil Gaiman has proved himself a master story-tell for adults and children, his short stories - especially those written with children in mind - are my favorite of his work.
There's an indescribable magic in the way the stories in this collection are woven together. While I'd suggest savoring each story, a night at a time, you may find that you have to read them all in one sitting.
I find my interest in minimalism-as-lifestyle contradictory to the part of my personality that has an extensive CD collection, and refuses to part with it. Oh well.
The immediate comparison that came to mind when picking this up was The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up., but while the end goal is the same - living a less cluttered-by-stuff life - the path is different. Without frills or "sparks" Sasaki details his journey from borderline hoarder to someone divesting himself of nearly all physical possessions. While I don't see the need for such an extreme measure in my life, I found his reasoning sound and insightful. There's a gaining of freedom when curating your belongings - and arguably, your life. This book helped me narrow down how I'd like to curate my minimal collection of physical belongings, and showed me what things I might actually be lacking.