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Fake Dates and Mooncakes (Staff Pick)

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Fake Dates and Mooncakes By Sher Lee Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780593569955
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Published: Underlined - May 16th, 2023

This delightful YA romcom is about reconnecting with your culture, healing your memories of your mom, fake dating to piss off your dad, & how to make a mooncake. AND there's a meddling corgi. What else could you possibly ask for???

- Piera


Witch King (Staff Pick)

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Witch King (The Rising World #1) By Martha Wells Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250826794
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Published: Tordotcom - May 30th, 2023

Oh my god WITCH KING!!!!! I can't stop thinking about it!! Lush, richly textured, vibrant; bleakly vicious and wrenchingly kind in turns. Wells's fantasy cultures are thoroughly envisioned, with an emphasis on clothing that I personally found delightful, and the magic systems are complex and unique. Another banger from my friend and ally Martha Wells!!!

- Piera


These Trees Tell A Story (Staff Pick)

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These Trees Tell a Story: The Art of Reading Landscapes By Noah Charney Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780300230895
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Published: Yale University Press - May 16th, 2023

This is a masterclass on how to read landscapes. What can plants, rocks, insects, and water patterns tell you about the history of a place? A whole lot, it turns out! Excellent read for naturalists new and experienced.

- Piera


Ghosts, Toast, and Other Hazards (Staff Pick)

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Ghosts, Toast, and Other Hazards By Susan Tan Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250797001
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - April 25th, 2023

In this delightful and heart-wrenching chapter book, our hero Mo sets out to lay the ghost of an elephant to rest - while battling her family's expectations, her community's racism, and her own worst impulses. Susan Tan is a genius!!

- Piera


The Memory Eater (Staff Pick)

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The Memory Eater By Rebecca Mahoney Cover Image
$15.19
ISBN: 9780593524602
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Published: Razorbill - March 14th, 2023

Spooky and atmospheric with moments of bright, wry humor, this book about the power of love and friendship and intergenerational trauma is going to be on my mind for a long time. Really lovely and important take on responsibility and what communities owe each other.

- Piera


Y/N (Staff Pick)

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Y/N: A Novel By Esther Yi Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781662601538
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Published: Astra House - March 21st, 2023

A deeply weird literary novel about a disillusioned woman who finds herself, despite herself, in the inescapable throes of Overwhelming Kpop Boy Obsession. Great for the particular cross section of people who are close enough to kpop stan culture to understand what’s going on, but far enough away that their feelings aren’t hurt by the depiction. Also, the same cross section but for grad school instead of kpop.

- Piera


Juniper Harvey and the Vanishing Kingdom (Staff Pick)

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Juniper Harvey and the Vanishing Kingdom By Nina Varela Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316706780
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2023

This middle grade fantasy is a funny, adventuresome romp through dream landscapes, the nature of creativity, the meaning of friendship, realizing your parents are people too, and the horror of Having A Crush. AND!!! It's by bookseller Piera's real life sister. What more could you want!!

- Piera

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Slime: A Natural History (Staff Pick)

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Slime: A Natural History By Susanne Wedlich, Ayca Turkoglu (Translated by) Cover Image
By Susanne Wedlich, Ayca Turkoglu (Translated by)
$28.99
ISBN: 9781685890209
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Published: Melville House - February 28th, 2023

Slime! What's her story? Slime is yucky, funny, dangerous, sexy, and absolutely invaluable to every organism on the planet. There isn't a single organism that does not make use of slime in some way. This is a great little exploration of what slime is all about.

- Piera


Ear Worm

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Ear Worm! By Jo Knowles, Galia Bernstein (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jo Knowles, Galia Bernstein (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536207835
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Published: Candlewick - January 25th, 2022

There's a song stuck in Little Worm's head, and he's trying to find out who put it there! But all his friends have OTHER songs stuck in their heads. What's a worm to do? Great for reading, singing, and dancing along to.

Piera


The Old Ways

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The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot (Landscapes #3) By Robert Macfarlane Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780147509796
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Published: Penguin Books - September 24th, 2013

This book pulled me out of a years-long "reading actual books for fun" slump in the middle of college + got me to start reading nonfiction at all. Super beautiful writing about what it means to walk routes that have been walked by people for millennia. Also an extremely extensive bibliography for further reading!

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