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Sarah is a bookseller by day, a stage manager by night, and a writer by whatever hours are left. She can never resist a fairy tale adaptation or a sassy-but-charming-thief-with-a-secret-heart-of-gold. Her favorite books include passionate friendships and girls who are not always fearless, but who are brave. The highest compliment she can give a book is to call it "devastating." (Photo by Tim Trumble, courtesy of Childsplay)
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Every Tool's a Hammer: Life Is What You Make It By Adam Savage Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982113476
Published: Atria Books - May 7th, 2019

This is the most soothing kick-in-the-pants I've ever encountered. Adam Savage's enthusiasm shines through every word to create a book that's equal parts comforting, informative, and motivating. While geared toward the making of physical objects, the techniques discussed here are transferable to any project. This book is fueled by the joy of discovery and will propel you through any creative endeavor.

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I'm Not Dying with You Tonight By Kimberly Jones, Gilly Segal Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492678892
Published: Sourcebooks Fire - August 6th, 2019

This book is relentless by design and expertly executed. Two girls from opposite social circles get caught in a riot and become each other's salvation -- reluctantly and skeptically. Their tenuous relationship ebbs and flows like the riot around them. In the quiet moments, their personal tensions simmer and sometimes boil over. But in the threatening moments, they protect each other at all costs. Set aside some time to read this book in one setting because it once it starts, it does not let up.

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To Be Taught, If Fortunate By Becky Chambers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062936011
Availability: Not Available In-Store - Usually Ships from Warehouse in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Voyager - September 3rd, 2019

This is a splendid if slender story, one that truly feels like an extension of our reality. If we start now, we might be able to achieve this type of space exploration within the timeline of the book. Every element is exquisitely crafted. Scientific, yet personable, this book balances technical explanations, biology lessons, and visceral human reactions. The characters are absolute professionals with distinct approaches to their work. Their dynamic is just as fascinating as their discoveries. The narrator asks a question at the end, and I know I would answer 'yes'. What would you decide?

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Hysterical: Why We Need to Talk About Women, Hormones, and Mental Health By Eleanor Morgan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781580058445
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Seal Press - August 27th, 2019

"The most powerful thing a woman can do is be informed, know herself, know her limits, know what she needs, ask for it, and be respected for asking. Wouldn't that help all of us?" Eleanor Morgan uses this book not to prescribe answers but to start a discussion about hormones and women's health. She paints a well-rounded and well-researched picture of the topic while being upfront about where the research is lacking. Morgan also delves into the historical (mis)information and the social implications of not believing women. Most of all I appreciated the moments of validation - good experiences or bad, there's comfort in knowing I'm not the only one.

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A Is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z By John Robert Allman, Peter Emmerich (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525645405
Availability: Not Available In-Store - Usually Ships from Warehouse in 1-5 Days
Published: Doubleday Books for Young Readers - November 12th, 2019

A delightful celebration of the women of Broadway. This picture book is expansive, covering decades of divas and featuring a diverse range of roles. The joyful illustrations are just as vibrant as the women they represent. With the cadence of a bedtime story and enough factual information for those who want to dig deeper, this book is a guaranteed showstopper.