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Mars

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By Asja Bakic, Jennifer Zoble (Translator), Ellen Elias-Bursac (Afterword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781936932481
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Published: Feminist Press - March 12th, 2019

 

Reading Bakic's stories is like sitting down in a chair with uneven legs right as you’re told the authorities are on their way, & this time, they're not bringing the robots. Unsettling in unsettling ways, Bakic's mix of realism with science fiction & fabulism occupies the uncanny valley between the recognizable & the unrecognizable, unsheathing the weirdness of daily life & presenting a picture of humanity that is unsettling because of how quickly you recognize it.

Josh


Radical Technologies

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$17.95
ISBN: 9781784780456
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Published: Verso - May 29th, 2018

 

Before reading this book, I thought I had a decent idea of how the world works. Shortly into the first chapter, I realized how little I understood. From networks to blockchains, Greenfield masterfully critiques nine foundational technologies that often invisibly shape our lives. An important book for anyone wanting a thoughtful relationship with the world around them.

 

Matthew


The Rising

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$19.99
ISBN: 9780316451451
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Published: Orbit - February 19th, 2019

 

If you've ever wondered whether the pen is mightier than the desiccated corpse, this book is for you. Georgia and Shaun Mason are bloggers in a world where politicians use the zombie apocalypse to manipulate people and push their own agendas. They think they're ready to face anything, alive or dead, in their quest for the truth. They have no idea what they've gotten themselves into.

Shana


Daisy Jones & The Six

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781524798628
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 5th, 2019

 

This is the story of a rock band building it's fame, and joining forces with an unstoppable young woman. If you're a fan of Fleetwood Mac and the movie Almost Famous, read this book! You'll wish there was an album you could listen to when you've finished.

Heather


Our Year of Maybe

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781481497763
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Published: Simon Pulse - January 15th, 2019

 

When Sophie decides to donate a kidney to her best friend (and secret crush) Peter, neither of them anticipates the way their friendship fractures in the aftermath. Our Year of Maybe is gorgeous and complicated and painful--your heart will hurt (in a good way!) after finishing this book.

Rebecca


There Are No Bears in This Bakery

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780399556654
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2019

 

Once again, Julia Sarcone-Roach has created the perfect story-time read-aloud. This delicious picture book features language that will delight your tongue like chocolate ganache and characters who will warm you like muffin straight from the oven. There are also little surprises, like the burst of jelly in the middle of your donut....did I mention you should probably have a snack on hand while reading?

Marika


Not My Idea

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$18.95
ISBN: 9781948340007
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Dottir Press - September 4th, 2018

 

With Anastasia Higginbotham, there's no sugar coating. Not My Idea encourages white children to ask hard questions, to call out racism when they see it, to educate themselves about the history of white supremacy, and to recognize that fixing the problem is one of their societal responsibilities. A poignant book presented with creative mixed-media.

Stacey


Elvis is King!

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By Jonah Winter, Red Nose Studio (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399554704
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - January 8th, 2019

 

This book is beautiful! The painstakingly rendered illustrations make you feel like you’re watching a favorite animated film, and the text will have you rushing to your stereo. Classics like Elvis never go out of style; long live the King!  

Caleb


How Long 'Til Black Future Month?

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780316491341
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Published: Orbit - November 27th, 2018

 

A chef who takes on a series of challenges from a visiting alchemist, sentient programs learning the boundaries of their world, and an avatar of death walking an abandoned city trying to find new purpose are only a handful of the weird delights to be found in this wonderful short story collection. Whether you've read Jemisin's novels or are discovering her for the first time, there's a story in here for you to fall in love with.

 

Ari


The Life of Frederick Douglass

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By David F. Walker, Damon Smyth (Illustrator), Marissa Louise (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780399581441
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Published: Ten Speed Press - January 8th, 2019

 

A bullseye that is more than worth your time. This carefully crafted book nails the astonishing personal story and clearly explains layers of U.S. history and movements. For ages 12 to 112.

 

Molly


MOUTHFUL OF BIRDS

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780399184628
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 8th, 2019

 

Pick this up for a collection reads like Grimm fairy tales by way of contemporary Argentina: mysterious, bizarre, and darkly funny. Samanta Schweblin's prose is spare and startling.  It's the perfect book for a month of cold winter's nights!

 

Kate


Book of Essie

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$25.95
ISBN: 9780525520313
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Published: Knopf - June 12th, 2018

 

The Book of Essie is a searing, insightful dissection of the intersections of reality-tv celebrity, toxic Christianity and buried secrets that will make you think, examine your own participation in the culture surrounding reality TV, break your heart--and put it back together.

 

April


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