Rosie is a romantic at heart. Her tastes may be eclectic, ranging from shoujo manga like Fruits Basket to literary classics like Pride and Prejudice, but most of her chosen reads focus on unlikely companions overcoming their differences to build relationships, find community, or fall in love. When she's not holding a book, she can be found gardening, playing music, or high-fiving new friends. 
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Convenience Store Woman By Sayaka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori (Translator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802128256
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Grove Press - June 12th, 2018

Watch out people, she is a convenience store animal! This short read is very entertaining when it comes to the main character Keiko. Keiko is not following the Japanese social "norm" of getting married or having a proper job, instead she works a part-time job at a convenience store. The entirety of this book is Keiko's reaction to other people's emotions and sets of rules for life. She discovers more about herself even as everyone criticizes and sets her apart from their "normal".

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The Marrow Thieves By Cherie Dimaline Cover Image
ISBN: 9781770864863
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Published: Dcb - September 1st, 2017

When I think of the future, I think of advanced technology as well as tons of trash piling up. However, in the fictional future of The Marrow Thieves, technology has failed and pollution has passed its sustainable limits. As a result, bone marrow is in constant demand for the privileged, and the governments of the new world have put bounties on people's bone marrow in order to meet them. The novel follows the last group of indigenous peoples of the world as they run for their lives. This book resonates with the history of many Indigenous peoples, specifically Canadian Indigenous peoples who suffered during the residential school systems' cultural genocide. In this book, you will find themes of not only prejudice, power, and corruption, but also themes of friendship, survival, and hope. I highly recommend this book to anyone.

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First Laugh--Welcome, Baby! By Rose Ann Tahe, Nancy Bo Flood, Jonathan Nelson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781580897945
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Published: Charlesbridge - August 14th, 2018

Laughter is a sacred and healing expression for us humans! This book is the perfect example of that expression. Many cultures around the world celebrate laughter in their own ways. For a Navajo baby, laughter is important to the point that each family member attempts to make the baby laugh first. I love that this book was written by an Indigenous author, as it reflects authentic perspective. I am Navajo and this book brought back great memories of my younger sibling's First Laugh Ceremonies.

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A Silent Voice 1 (A Silent Voice Complete Series Box Set #1) By Yoshitoki Oima Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632360564
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Kodansha Comics - May 26th, 2015

This graphic novel gave me the "feels." Meaning I felt so much emotion, both good and bad, while reading this first book in the series, which deals with themes of adolescence. Issues such as bullying, isolation, and even suicide play a part in these elementary students' lives. 

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orange: The Complete Collection 1 By Ichigo Takano Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626923027
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Seven Seas - January 26th, 2016

Do you believe in time-travel? Do you have any regrets? If you answered yes, this romantic comedy might be for you. Careful though, this graphic novel is truly emotional. It tells the tale(s) of six high school students that share one regret: not saving their friend, Kakeru.

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2am Thoughts By Makenzie Campbell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781771681643
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Published: Central Avenue Publishing - January 2nd, 2019

You will cry or at least get misty eyed reading this woman's journey through first loves, heartache, and healing. I was emotionally exhausted (in a good way) after finishing this book in one sitting.

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Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1) By Rebecca Roanhorse Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534413504
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Gallery / Saga Press - June 26th, 2018

A surprisingly fun read with tons of Navajo vocabulary and references to Navajo legends. An intense female protagonist with some spunk! Maggie is a bounty hunter, or as some have told her, a cold-blooded killer, but this fierce woman turns the ultimate hero when her homeland needs her.

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Everything Is Mama By Jimmy Fallon, Miguel Ordóñez (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jimmy Fallon, Miguel Ordóñez (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250125835
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - January 8th, 2019

Quirky read with reflection on mother's important role in a child's life. Recommended for children learning new words. Vivid color and a variety of animal species make this book enjoyable.

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Valensteins By Ethan Long Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681198941
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - December 18th, 2018

A silly one for those who love valentines day, minus the "mushy mushy" stuff. The monsters in this book give different opinions on love, but in the end Fran follows his heart and gives his valentine a special gift.

Heart Berries: A Memoir By Terese Marie Mailhot Cover Image
ISBN: 9781619023345
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Published: Counterpoint - February 6th, 2018

The raw voice Mailhot uses in this memoir is extraordinary. She expresses her emotion so suddenly and vibrantly that it leaves a haunting residue. This memoir shares the triumphs and struggles of a fierce Indigenous woman; from growing on a Canadian reservation to voluntarily admitting herself to a psychiatric clinic, Mailhot weaves a poetic map of her life.

Nana, Vol. 1 By Ai Yazawa Cover Image
ISBN: 9781421501086
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: VIZ Media LLC - December 6th, 2005

For all you rockers and dreamers out there! This series is a great read to start if you ever feel stuck in a rut, whether it's with your band or your newest flame. This volume introduces two young women both named Nana by happen chance. These two are complete opposites but grow a lasting friendship that share challenges in love, sex, music, job, and family matters.

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Vampire Knight: Memories, Vol. 1 By Matsuri Hino Cover Image
ISBN: 9781421594309
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Published: VIZ Media LLC - August 1st, 2017

If you are a fan of the Vampire Knight series, this is the perfect read for you! If you are a fan of vampire love, this is a perfect read for you! In the aftermath of a vampire and human war, fragments of old world memories are told by two vampire children. These are the children of an old vampire named Yuki. Through their storytelling of memories, an ancient vampire turned human is kept company in a desolate world.

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Unfuck Your Adulting: Give Yourself Permission, Carry Your Own Baggage, Don't Be a Dick, Make Decisions, & Other Life Skills By Faith Harper Cover Image
ISBN: 9781621067290
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Published: Microcosm Publishing - November 13th, 2018

With the occasional f-bomb, this mini guide to being a better adult is pretty cut and dry. Rules like "Don't be a dick" and "Love people but not their bullshit" are helpful with those difficult moments in life that we sometimes forget how to navigate. Written by an actual doctor, there will be some counselor lingo, but mainly it is a light read and reminder for us adults.