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The City Beautiful Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781335402509
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Published: Inkyard Press - October 5th, 2021

The boys in this book have to deal with antisemitism and homophobia, both internalized and external, in addition to the dybbuk possessing one of them and the murderer(s?) killing off Jewish boys around the Chicago World's Fair. The viciously queer and Jewish book I didn't realize I still needed.

Shana


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The Upper World Cover Image
$15.19
ISBN: 9780063078598
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Published: HarperTeen - December 7th, 2021

If you like your time travel novels with a smidge of Einstein, a smattering of social realism, and more than a pinch of spot-on London dialect, follow Esso and Rhia as they figure out themselves and the mysteries of spacetime.

Sarah


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Comfort Me With Apples Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9781250816214
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Published: Tordotcom - November 9th, 2021

As ominously perfect as Stepford Wives and as petrifyingly sinister as Bluebeard’s Wife, this book crawls under your skin and pulls you apart from the inside. Cat Valente could make a grocery list read like a timeless fable and reveals the inherent uncanny valley elements of an HOA like no other could. I could write odes to the ending, but it’s better if you experience it yourself, because it strikes a chord in you that will reverberate for days after you close the book.

As ominously perfect as Stepford Wives and as petrifyingly sinister as Bluebeard’s Wife, this book crawls under your skin and pulls you apart from the inside. Cat Valente could make a grocery list read like a timeless fable and reveals the inherent uncanny valley elements of an HOA like no other could. I could write odes to the ending, but it’s better if you experience it yourself, because it strikes a chord in you that will reverberate for days after you close the book.

Katherine


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My Neighbor Hayao: Art Inspired by the Films of  Miyazaki Cover Image
By Spoke Art Gallery (Compiled by), Jorge R. Gutiérrez (Introduction by), Ken Harman (Preface by)
$23.96
ISBN: 9782374951355
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Published: Cernunnos - October 6th, 2020

Brilliant minds reimagining the brilliant world of the the brilliant animator, Hayao Miyazaki. If my overuse of the word "brilliant" doesn't convey my love for this collectible art book, I don't know what will. Open the pages, and you'll see what I mean.

Kai


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Firebreak Cover Image
$21.59
ISBN: 9781982142742
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - May 4th, 2021

What says "holidays" more than smashing corrupt capitalist overlords? This book contains intense asexual friend crushes, community solidarity, using the media to expose corporate lies, and, of course, rad video game action. It's a romp, but with feelings.

Shana


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Bibliophile: Diverse Spines Cover Image
By Jamise Harper, Jane Mount, Jane Mount (Illustrator)
$15.16
ISBN: 9781797211916
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Published: Chronicle Books - November 2nd, 2021

Are you friends with a book lover you're not sure how to stop for? We've got you covered! Following the huge success of Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany, writer and illustrator Jane Mount returns with Jamise Harper, the founder of Diverse Spines, to bring us a new rendition of the widely loved bookish drawings and recommendations. Filled to the brim with charming illustrations, Bibliophile: Diverse Spines seeks to introduce readers to marginalized writers, BIPOC-lead and -run bookstores, and of course, bookish recommendations from underrepresented creators. Check out this book for a good literary time!

Cindy


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El Little Príncipe Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9783946190431
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Published: Edition Tintenfass - January 1st, 2016

The philosophy of The Little Prince -- and the joys of Spanglish. Ilan Stavans brings you the best of both worlds.

Sarah


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The Hidden Case of Ewan Forbes: And the Unwritten History of the Trans Experience Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982139469
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Published: Scribner - November 2nd, 2021

Downton Abbey meets The Danish Girl (with a side of All Creatures Great and Small). British trans history takes a turn when aristocrats fighting over a baronetcy go to court.

Sarah


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The Death of Jane Lawrence: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250272584
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 5th, 2021

In this stunning gothic horror, Jane Shoringfield decides the best way to survive the societal pressure of marriage is to arrange one that will allow her to have the independence she has always enjoyed. Her first choice, Augustine Lawrence, agrees on the condition that she must never visiting his family manor on the outskirts of town. Naturally, Jane winds up at the manor on the night of their wedding to find that things at Lindridge Hall, as well as with Augustine himself, are far from normal

Engel


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Bunny: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525559757
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Published: Penguin Books - June 9th, 2020

Reality and the uncanny meet in this dark narrative. Samantha Heather Mackey doesn’t fit in at her selective, MFA program. Preferring her own company to most of the others in the creative writing department, she is repulsed by a group of girls who call each other “Bunny,” and appear more cultish than simple friends. But as much as she hates them, a part of her longs for acceptance, and so she is swept up in the group and finds herself in the center of a strange and sinister world.

Engel


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Winter's Orbit Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250758835
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Published: Tor Books - February 2nd, 2021

If you want a terribly fun character-driven romance with plenty of angst pangs set against a backdrop of tasty space colonial scifi, Winter's Orbit is your book! In particular, this book is great for people who read/watch scifi and say, "Okay, but if this is set four thousand years into the future, why are all the gender expectations essentially the same as they were on Earth in 1985?" Everina Maxwell does some really neat stuff re: the future of gender, sex, and embodiment.

Piera


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Frankie & Bug Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534482531
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Published: Aladdin - October 12th, 2021

The complexities of the 1980s shape this coming of age story, with characters Bug (Beatrice) and Frankie learning about the world and how they may, or may not fit in. It is a story about acceptance, friendship, family, and love. Lots of love. I cannot recommend it enough.

Robin


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Pokko and the Drum Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481480390
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - October 1st, 2019

Grown-ups, have you ever bought a child in your life a toy that... eugh... makes noise? Did you regret it instantly? Are you constantly wishing for some gosh-darn peace and quiet around here? Isn't the act of Making Noise Together one of the most fun, important, human things we can do??? Pokko and the Drum is a fun, funky, beautifully rendered wish fulfillment fantasy of the highest order.

Piera


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There's a Bear on My Chair Cover Image
By Ross Collins, Ross Collins (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781536200140
Availability: Available at Wholesaler
Published: Nosy Crow - March 13th, 2018

Cute and funny, I never get tired of reading this one - a very important quality in a baby book...

Katie


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What Do You Do with an Idea? Cover Image
By Kobi Yamada, Mae Besom (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781938298073
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Published: Compendium Publishing & Communications - February 1st, 2014

For every curious mind, remember there is no idea that is too big, too small, too odd, or too normal. Yamada reminds us that we should embrace and follow our thoughts with pure, simple, and confident joy.

Kai


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