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Plunge (Hill House Comics) Cover Image
By Joe Hill, Stuart Immonen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781779506887
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Published: DC Comics - November 17th, 2020

This whole line of comics from Joe Hill is perfect for anyone who loves classic horror, and The Plunge is probably my favorite of the batch. Wonderfully illustrated by Stuart Immonen, this one-off graphic novel features all the best parts of Lovecraftian horror, without all the problematic elements!



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Chaat: Recipes from the Kitchens, Markets, and Railways of India: A Cookbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984823885
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 6th, 2020

Chaat is one of my favorite foods and the number of combinations in this book is astounding. The pictures are gorgeous! If you're looking for a sweet, salty, tangy, spicy snack that will blow your mind and your tastebuds, buy this book. It's a perfect door into the culinary magic that is Indian food (beyond Chicken Tikka Masala, which was invented by the British...).



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Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593189481
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2020

Wintering by Katherine May is a thoughtful and introspective book about how to weather the difficult times in your life (like a pandemic...) The important thing to remember is that wintering isn't a seasonal mood, it's a state of being that needs to be recognized and accepted at any time of the year.


Love is for Losers

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ISBN: 9780374313975
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - February 23rd, 2021

Fifteen year old Phoebe is the most delightful character, but her opinion of love is not great. Is falling in love really like falling in a ditch? So she thinks, “that is” until she meets Emma. Upbeat and lol funny, this is the perfect book for these last weeks of winter.


Red White and Whole

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ISBN: 9780063047426
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Published: Quill Tree Books - February 2nd, 2021

This long awaited novel in verse illustrating the struggles of balancing two cultural identities felt like I was looking into a mirror in which I could see myself, my mother, my grandmother, my aunts, and every Indian woman in my life who had to assimilate into American culture. It is beautifully written and is semi-autobiographical. If you like Rajani's work, check out her other middle grade novels and picture books. She is incredible!


She's Strong but She's Tired

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ISBN: 9781524858285
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 22nd, 2020

This collection is full of beautiful words and phrases that I often turn to on days I crave to feel seen. These poems have become such a great tool for me in the dark days of social distancing so I highly recommend this selection if you too are craving the seemingly long lost feeling of human solidarity.


Fireheart Tiger

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ISBN: 9781250793263
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Published: Tordotcom - February 9th, 2021

Princess Thanh has returned home after her time as a royal hostage in Ephteria, but her new role as a diplomat pits her against old foes and one old lover...not to mention the disapproval of her own court. Can she find the strength to free herself and preserve her country? A beautiful, fantastical story of trauma, recovery, and reclaiming oneself set in a breathtakingly immersive world.


Two Stories

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ISBN: 9781734976632
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Published: Sublunary Editions - January 12th, 2021

Less “stories” and more “linguistic landscapes” or “ambient textualities” or “en-languaged fogs,” Two Stories is one of those books that questions how books and sentences are supposed to work. Lamborghini is an utterly unique, tantalizingly difficult, and occasionally dirty writer. 


Fat Chance, Charlie Vega

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ISBN: 9780823447176
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Published: Holiday House - February 2nd, 2021

Charlie Vega will absolutely charm you. Her voice is smart, funny, and heartbreakingly honest, and ALL of the relationships in this book--between mothers and daughters, best friends, and, yes, an incredibly sweet love interest--are so well-drawn. I wish high-school-me could have read this book!


Snacking Cakes

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Snacking Cakes: Simple Treats for Anytime Cravings: A Baking Book Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593139660
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 27th, 2020

Recently I've been baking a treat for the week every Saturday morning (a practice I highly recommend). I'm not a particularly skilled baker, but every cake I've tried from this book has been easy and turned out perfectly, no stand mixer required. Arefi offers flavor variations for every recipe so the options are pretty endless - I can't wait to start baking with farmer's market produce in the spring and summer. Favorites so far are the Black- and Blueberry Ricotta Cake (p 36 - I used frozen berries and added some raspberries as well), and Almond Butter Banana Cake (p 87 - better than the best banana bread you've ever had).


The Sanatorium

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ISBN: 9780593296677
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - February 2nd, 2021

Something is amiss at Le Sommet, and Elin Warner can feel it...or at least, she thinks she can. Is it just trauma-induced paranoia, or is danger really lurking in this sanatorium-turned-luxury-hotel? Dive into Sarah Pearse’s gripping debut novel, and I swear: you won’t want to put it down until you find out the truth.