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Penguins! Vampires! Mistaken identity! This charming book has something for everyone.
When the Witchfinder General comes to town, he warps reality to fit his needs. That's what happens to the women of Manningtree when Matthew Hopkins purchases a local inn and decides he sees witches. A fictionalized version of the true tale of Hopkins's first witch hunt, The Manningtree Witches is much more about the women he persecuted, and the ways that they were victimized by or survived the maelstrom he started.
If you've ever struggled with chronic illness, made some of your closest friends online, or turned into a rampaging beast once a month, you're sure to find something to relate to here. If none of the above apply, you'll still probably enjoy this surprisingly realistic take on werewolves and friendship.
Is "normal" something you get back to, or something you get used to?
This thoughtful short story collection is a study of human connections and the landscapes they play out on. Unafraid truths about family, tradition, and women, separated by generations but tied by experience, rise from the soil of the now-American West that is Kali Farjado-Anstine’s ancestral home in this lauded debut. You can’t miss “Remedies,” “Ghost Sickness,” or “All Her Names,” or any of them, really. A necessary read before her first novel comes out in 2022.
This rhyming introduction to colors and counting is a pleasure to read aloud, and Blanca Gómez's illustrations are charming. Find the little brown mouse hiding on each page!
Writing has lately felt utterly impossible given the state the world is in. But writing can also be enormously cathartic and help you through those hard times. This book is part good, practical writing advice, part permission to let go of "shoulds" and do what you want, and all comfort in a time when it's deeply needed. Read this book, then get writing!
Unfortunately, I'm pretty grumpy by this point in the summer, so I glom onto anything that gives me a smile. This coloring book does just that. Its odd siren call hits me like my staff pick How to Draw Cute Beasts with its cuteness. As it happens, it's not just llamas in here. There's a whole slew of adorable animals in absurd situations. Grab some shiny gel pens or colored pencils and relax with a million llamas.
I read this cookbook cover-to-cover! From profiles of USA-based seaweed harvesters and rice farmers that will inspire culinary-based travel to explanations of the history of dishes, to recipes and mouth-watering photos, this cookbook is enthralling and accessible. Next up: cooking my way through it!
The Final Girl Support Group is a perfect dissection of and homage to the slasher films of the VHS era. Someone is killing final girls—can final girl Lynette figure out who it is in time to save them all? Thrilling, smart, and twisty, this one grabbed me from the start and wouldn't let go.
The Amazing Maurice is a delightful, kid-friendly introduction into the universe of Discworld, Terry Pratchett's celebrated comic fantasy series. Great for kids (and adults) who love magic, intelligent animals, and thinking about death — I know you're out there, you little goth stars — MAURICE is at turns exciting, hysterical, chilling, and almost more sincere than our feline protagonist can stand.
Rae is used to fending for herself, so when her mother dies, she keeps it a secret. The bond Rae forms with her equally quirky neighbor Lettie gives them both a way to deal with being an orphan and and old woman.
Little Women, but make it Southern. The March sisters are no longer enslaved, but that doesn't mean everything is easy on Roanoke Island. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy find out where they belong in a changing world.
Does our use of images in communication make us more susceptible to the rise of fascism? Whether you end up agreeing with Nathan’s fundamental argument, his insightful and provocative book asks important questions about information, images, art, and the responsibilities of content creators and moderators to create and moderate towards the world they want to see.
This really resonated when I read it towards the end of my pregnancy, but you don't have to be a parent to appreciate Gabriela Wiener's writing. A smart, modern take on pregnancy and motherhood.