2020 Staff Pick of the Year

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Where the Wild Ladies Are By Aoko Matsuda, Polly Barton (Translated by) Cover Image
By Aoko Matsuda, Polly Barton (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781593766900
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Published: Soft Skull - October 20th, 2020

Enthralling, smart, and relatable, these stories offer commentary on society, gender, and power...and feature ghosts. Each story in this book is a retelling of a traditional Japanese ghost tale. A thin thread connects them, growing gradually stronger until the end, making this a superb choice for those novel-enthusiasts looking to try more short stories.

Marika


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Mexican Gothic By Silvia Moreno-Garcia Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525620785
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Published: Del Rey - June 30th, 2020

As the title promises, a perfect Gothic novel: eerie and dark, with electric suspense. It cured my pandemic slump—I couldn’t seem to focus on anything until picking this one up, and then I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommend the audiobook on Libro.fm as well!

Leila


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Beowulf: A New Translation By Maria Dahvana Headley Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374110031
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - August 25th, 2020

This new translation of Beowulf is everything the version you (perhaps begrudgingly) read in high school was not. The language is fresh and florid, brimming with alliteration and bravado and modern slang. Headley translates the characters of this age-old poem into people we can recognize, instead of the granite giants of legend. It is, in a word, readable, and delightfully so. Her introduction is also its own work of art; it would be worth the purchase for that alone. 

Meaghan


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When Aidan Became a Brother By Kyle Lukoff, Kaylani Juanita (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kyle Lukoff, Kaylani Juanita (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781620148372
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Published: Lee & Low Books - June 4th, 2019

There are a lot of stories about cis children dealing with getting a younger sibling. Aidan's feelings are extra complicated because people keep asking his parents what gender the baby will be, and they didn't know his real gender until he was old enough to tell them. He wants everything to be perfect from the start for this baby! A beautifully written and illustrated book great for children of any gender.

Shana


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The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling By Wai Chim Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338656114
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Published: Scholastic Press - November 10th, 2020

If this year has taught me anything, it's that you need good books and food in your life. This book gives you both.

Sinny


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My Bed: Enchanting Ways to Fall Asleep Around the World By Rebecca Bond, Salley Mavor (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rebecca Bond, Salley Mavor (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780544949065
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Published: Clarion Books - September 8th, 2020

An absolutely stunning work of artistry. It's so enchanting and lovely; even as an adult I find it soothing to flip through and admire all of the details.

Stacey