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The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982159009
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 31st, 2021

The Pentagon Papers is the obvious inspiration for Whitlock’s title. At first, I was suspect as the length of the book seemed to indicate it was not as encompassing an examination of U.S. involvement in its longest war as it’s model. The Afghanistan Papers, however, brings to light decades of interviews with the actual boots on the ground through the military’s own “Lessons Learned” project. What is compelling clear is that the U.S. took almost nothing from the lessons of our involvement in Vietnam. Once again, year after year, the top brass and our politicians lied about the progress being made in yet another unwinnable war without a clear strategy in a country we never made the effort to understand. Read this book to find out why what is happening in Afghanistan today is not in the least surprising and long ago foreseen.

Dale


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My First Day Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593306260
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Published: Make Me a World - February 16th, 2021

A gorgeous tale of courage with a dash of suspense and a beautiful message. I truly want to fall into the pages of this book.

Stacey


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Witches of Brooklyn: What the Hex?!: (A Graphic Novel) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780593119303
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Published: Random House Graphic - September 7th, 2021

The second Witches of Brooklyn is an utter delight! When a new girl is added to Effie's friend group, Effie feels slighted. Meanwhile, mysterious incidents are happening in the neighborhood. Magic won't be enough to solve Effie's problems. Luckily, magic isn't her only resource! A pitch-perfect sequel, this series will enchant readers of The Witch Boy.

Marika


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Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses: A Novel Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781683692348
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Published: Quirk Books - April 27th, 2021

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.

Shana


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Never Saw Me Coming Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780778311553
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Published: Park Row - September 7th, 2021

This book is like an ever-lasting gobstopper: a constant sugar high that you won't be able to quit (and it may knock your teeth out). Thriller season starts NOW and Chloe is destined to be your new favorite antihero. Another great entry for Caleb's Dark Academia Book Club.  

Caleb


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Henry Builds a Cabin (A Henry Book) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780358112020
Availability: Available at Wholesaler
Published: Clarion Books - December 17th, 2019

What do a bear, a cabin, and a bean field have in common? They all help tell the tale of Henry David Thoreau's infamous decision to live at Walden Pond. A wonderful explanation of the transcendentalist's classic novel, Walden, DB Johnson's Henry Builds a Cabin walks us through (with the help of some famous literary bear friends) what it means to make your own home built on care, simplicity and love.

Kai


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What Wasn't I Thinking?: A Memoir of Rebellion, Madness, and My Mother Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9781637603635
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Because of how it is sold to us we cannot accept a return of this title.
Published: Querelle Press - June 21st, 2021

Provacative.  Moving.  At times funny and irreverent, author and playwright Sebastian Stuart's book  - What Wasn't I Thinking?  takes us back to his early life in New York, his college days in 1970's San Francisco and importantly to the relationship with his beloved cousin Tina.  A memoir, an autobiography, a chronicle of times past - this book is a triumph for its author.

Nathan


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No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781937006853
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Published: Parallax Press - December 2nd, 2014

What is suffering? What is happiness? How do they relate and how do you experience them? Zen Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, provides thoughts on how one can truly face and understand one's hurt rather than only carry its burden. Written in very beautiful, kind, and humble words, No Mud, No Lotus is a book that refreshes oneself like a rejuvenating gulp of crisp air that you didn't know you needed.

Kai
 


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I Know What I Am: The Life and Times of Artemisia Gentileschi Cover Image
$34.99
ISBN: 9781683962113
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Published: Fantagraphics - September 10th, 2019

This incredibly well researched graphic biography tells the story of my personal favorite painter, Artemisia Gentileschi. Siciliano doesn't shy away from the dark and often violent truth of Gentileschi's life as she went from her father's apprentice to a famous Renaissance painter in her own right. This book captures the humanity of such a great figure, while still giving us a view of the politics and hardships of the time --and an art lesson to round out the whole thing. Plus, just look at this cover, who wouldn't want to add such a beautiful book to their collection? CW: Sexual Assault

Katherine
 


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Cook Korean!: A Comic Book with Recipes [A Cookbook] Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9781607748878
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Published: Ten Speed Press - July 5th, 2016

The colourful recipes and history of Korean food culture in this comic book makes cooking really fun!

Sinny


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The Secret to Superhuman Strength Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780544387652
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Published: Mariner Books - May 4th, 2021

A captivating memoir on exercise, nature, and striving to reach a flow state, this memoir in comics will have you appreciating your gear and likely inspire a fitness feat.

Marika


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A Kid Is a Kid Is a Kid Cover Image
By Sara O'Leary, Qin Leng (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781773062501
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Published: Groundwood Books - August 3rd, 2021

A kid is a kid is a kid! Let’s play!

Robin


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The Legend of Auntie Po Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780525554899
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Published: Kokila - June 15th, 2021

Between her imagination, artistic skills, and storytelling capabilities, Shing Yin Khor herself is a legend. The Legend of Auntie Po is beauty; an inspiring tapestry of myth, love, and fortitude in the face of adversity and discrimination.

Stacey


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Like Other Girls Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368039925
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - August 3rd, 2021

After getting kicked off the basketball team for fighting, Mara must find a new sport to prove to her coach that she can be a team player. When she tries out for the (previously all-boys) football team, she begins to understand that being a girl can be so much more than being shoved into a dress and heels by her overbearing mother. Layered and feminist, with great female friendships and a super sweet queer romance. What's not to love?

Rebecca


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Wicked Things Cover Image
By John Allison, Max Sarin (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781684156061
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Published: BOOM! Box - April 20th, 2021

Giant Days has been one of my favorite comic discoveries of the last couple years and now that the creative team is back for this spin-off I can stop crying (/cry less) about it ending. Wicked Things has all the same trademark wit and aesthetic BUT WITH MORE TEEN DETECTIVES. Sold.

Caleb


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