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Quinn is a child of the West having called New Mexico, Nevada, California, and Arizona home. Her love for books and stories has taken her on an insane journey through film school all the way to the stomping grounds of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. She self-describes as a ‘wannabe writer’ hoping that one day an editor will find her writing alright enough to get published. In the meantime, she enjoys playing her double bass, Beulah, and preaching that the golden age of film was in the 1980s.
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Man Made Monsters By Andrea Rogers, Jeff Edwards (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Andrea Rogers, Jeff Edwards (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781646141791
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Published: Levine Querido - October 4th, 2022

Man Made Monsters is an absolute powerhouse of a horror novel and easily one of my favorite reads of the year. Andrea Rogers hits the ground running as she blends Cherokee heritage and history with monsters and cryptids. I pride myself on rarely getting unsettled by stories, but this collection had me on the edge of my seat and my jaw permanently dropped. Man Made Monsters is not just for the YA crowd, but holds its own within the pantheon of great horror novels as well as great Indigenous fiction. Man Made Monsters sets the horror scene on fire and should be considered required reading for horror fans everywhere.

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Night of the Living Rez By Morgan Talty Cover Image
ISBN: 9781953534187
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Published: Tin House Books - July 5th, 2022

Sometimes you come across a book that blazes into your life like a meteor and you know you’ve discovered something truly remarkable. Night of the Living Rez is that book. Told in disparate but interconnected short stories following our protagonist, David, Talty gives us a poignant insight to the lives of those in the Penobscot Nation. There are so many small moments within David's family that seem cursory at first glance until they hit you like a ton of bricks and your world view gets rocked. Talty’s writing is a revelation to what it is to be alive and trying to find your way in a world where control is not something easily had.

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Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom By Derecka Purnell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781662600517
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Published: Astra House - October 5th, 2021

Take all of the political discourse and background noise surrounding policing and place it on silent. Becoming Abolitionists is a genre bending exploration on what it would actually mean to abolish policing institutions and replace them with institutions that would lead to a more utopian society. Purnell lays out a blueprint and invokes questions on how we can actually better society and how to shift our thought processes to benefit all citizens. This is not a book meant to provoke people, but to show them that there is a way to elevate society to a world that we have only dreamt of.

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Woman of Light: A Novel By Kali Fajardo-Anstine Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525511328
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Published: One World - June 7th, 2022

Woman of Light is the type of story I needed in my life and, as a Latina, felt incredibly grateful for. There is no other word to describe this story other than epic because truly it is. Kali Fajardo-Anstine brings us into this multi-generational story filled with the most amazing matriarchs and gives voice to the Indigenous and Latina women of the American West during the 19th and 20th centuries. The writing is breathtaking and we are given an engrossing story of love, magic, family, and our connection to our ancestors. I've been a massive fan of Farjardo-Anstine since Sabrina & Corina and this novel simply solidified her as one of my all-time favorite writers today.

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Spirits of Latin America: A Celebration of Culture & Cocktails, with 100 Recipes from Leyenda & Beyond By Ivy Mix Cover Image
By Ivy Mix
ISBN: 9780399582875
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Ten Speed Press - May 26th, 2020

This book is, hands down, one of my all time favorite cocktail books. Ivy Mix created something truly special with this one as she celebrates the vivaciousness and complexity of Latin American spirits and culture. The photos are breathtaking, the recipes are flawless (and delicious), and the commentary is where the book really shines. Do not pass on this gem.

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Sellout: The Major-Label Feeding Frenzy That Swept Punk, Emo, and Hardcore (1994–2007) By Dan Ozzi Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358244301
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 26th, 2021

As a hardcore kid of the early 2000s, the moment I saw that Dan Ozzi was tackling this insane time in music, I was instantly sold. The idea of selling out is one that dominated the punk scene the moment Nirvana became huge and the fallout of that moment was complex and fascinating. Ozzi impeccably examines the time period where punk bands were able to break out from the underground by getting the stories straight from not only the bands, but the executives as well. Sellout is an enrapturing read that I will always, enthusiastically, recommend any music industry aficionado to pick up.

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Hurting Kind By Ada Limón Cover Image
ISBN: 9781639550494
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Published: Milkweed Editions - May 1st, 2022

It is extremely rare to come across a collection of poetry that inspires you and grounds you the way that 'The Hurting Kind' does. Limón stuns once again by bridging the reader to the natural world and all the intricacies that we ponder far too often. Limón's poetry will offer connection and hope for a future that, even though it has darkness, can be peaceful. If you are looking for that meditative and thought provoking read, this is it, and I implore you not to sleep on this one.