November 2019

Little Weirds

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ISBN: 9780316485340
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 5th, 2019


This should be titled Little Wonderfuls instead of Little Weirds! But weird and wonderful it is. Jenny Slate does more than bare her soul - she removes her brain from her skull and allows the reader to poke around in there and find the interesting details that make her human and inspire her creativity. I recommend the audio book too, from! 


Janis: Her Life and Music

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ISBN: 9781476793108
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 22nd, 2019


Dubbed the Queen of Rock and Roll, Janis Joplin, born and raised in conservative Port Arthur, Texas, somehow found the BLUES in her troubled soul. She became an instant star at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and never looked back; until, three years later her use of SMACK - aka SNOW - aka WHITE DEATH - did her in. This book tells her story with unrose-colored glasses - well-written and researched - it's a must for all music lovers.  


Empress of Forever

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ISBN: 9780765395818
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Published: Tor Books - June 18th, 2019


This has all the space pirates and all-powerful tyrannical empires you could want, with added nuance and social commentary. This book shifts from corporate thriller to space opera with exceptional grace, and gives us the brilliant, analytical, difficult to impress Vivian Liao as our guide. Plus, it's just a ton of fun.



Virga & Bone

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ISBN: 9781948814188
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Published: Torrey House Press - October 1st, 2019


Few books capture the spirit of the desert southwest--my homeland!--quite like this collection of essays from Craig Childs. His prose finds both the stillness & the shimmer of heat rising over stone. If you're cold, restless, or longing for summer days under the sun & stars, pick this one up. It'll stick in your soul long after you read it, like the red dust of the canyonlands.



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ISBN: 9781593765804
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Published: Soft Skull Press - November 5th, 2019


A slim, surprising story, Kawakami weaves folklore with a classic school story, bringing back the unsettling feeling of pre-pubescent reality, in which the surreal mix of the imaginary and the tortures of other children are normal. Spooky and strange, this book will leave you wanting more. 



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