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The Radiant Lives of Animals

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$15.96
ISBN: 9780807047927
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Published: Beacon Press - October 13th, 2020

I was torn between staff-picking this and Stefano Mancuso's fascinating new book, The Nation of Plants. (You should really pick them both up for a great pairing of books to make you contemplate the wonder & wisdom of intelligences other than our own.) In the end, Linda Hogan's writing won out--both earthy and elegant, and full of passages that I've dogeared to read for the rest of my life. Happy spring!

Kate


Women and Other Monsters

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ISBN: 9780807054932
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Published: Beacon Press - March 9th, 2021

In Women and Other Monsters, Jess Zimmerman explores the mythological and cultural ways that women have been portrayed as monsters, particularly in the Greek pantheon. We are Gorgons, who turn men to stone with our ugliness; we are Charybdis, murderous and unseemly in our hunger; in all the ways we are unideal, we are monstrous. Zimmerman’s experience and her articulation of it was so crisp and felt so real. This book made me feel deeply seen and more at ease with my own monstrosity.

Meaghan


The Bookseller of Florence

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ISBN: 9780802158529
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - April 13th, 2021

Equally as important in the development of Western culture as the explosion of creativity in the visual arts based on ancient models we now call the Renaissance, was a similar rediscovery and dissemination of classical knowledge in the literary arts. Rich in detail of the political, religious, and commercial culture of this time, King focuses on the story of Vespasiano da Bisticci, essential to the creation of this new book culture in Florence as both producer of finely bound manuscripts and bookseller to the patrons of some of the greatest libraries of the day, whose career apex coincides with the development of the printed book that forever changed how knowledge spread across the world.

Dale


Sometimes People March

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By Tessa Allen, Tessa Allen (Illustrator)
$14.39
ISBN: 9780062991188
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Published: Balzer + Bray - September 1st, 2020

A great reminder of our civic duty and right to protest and gather, for kids and parents alike. Beautifully illustrated, this explanation of past and current movements includes children in  creating our shared vision of a brighter future.

Rachel


Drawn Together

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By Minh Lê, Dan Santat (Illustrator), Dan Santat (Cover design or artwork by)
$14.39
ISBN: 9781484767603
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 5th, 2018

I remember holding back tears in the store when I first read this touching picture book, based on the author's own relationship with his grandfather. But don't worry, it won't make kids cry!! It's driven by vibrant, action-packed illustrations by Caldecott award winner Dan Santat. Flip it open, and you won't be able to put it down :)

Kate


The Things You Can Only See When You Slow Down

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By Haemin Sunim, Chi-Young Kim (Translated by), Haemin Sunim (Translated by), Youngcheol Lee (Illustrator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143130772
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Published: Penguin Life - February 7th, 2017

"When a deep, honest conversation makes us feel connected to someone, we become very happy. The same deep conversation with ourselves is possible by wholly accepting who we are and realizing the enlightened nature of ourselves. This, too, is a source of incomparable happiness and freedom." -p. 57, Haemin Sunim

Sinny


Bruno the Beekeeper

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ISBN: 9781536214611
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Published: Candlewick - March 2nd, 2021

Learn about beekeeping and honey production from a silly old bear - without the falling from trees part! Cute and educational; the warm color tones are perfect for evoking thoughts of sunshine and sweet honey.

Stacey


I Hate Running and You Can Too

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ISBN: 9781579659882
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Published: Artisan - March 16th, 2021

Humorous, insightful, and strangely motivating, this short book, illustrated with laugh-inducing Semi-Rad charts, will inspire you to get out for a run...even if you're reading the book to procrastinate from running.  A great gift for runners, non-runners, and those who hate running!

Marika


Mike Nichols: A Life

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ISBN: 9780399562242
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Published: Penguin Press - February 2nd, 2021

Those who enjoy reading Show Biz biographies are in for a treat. Mike Nichols: A Life by Mark Harris is a well-written, researched and engaging biography of a colorful, unique and fascinating character.  Winner of an Oscar, eight Tony Awards, two Emmys, Mike Nichols was a man of many talents – acting, producing, directing; he was a consummate professional and beloved by those he worked with including: Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Elaine May, Elizabeth Taylor, Dustin Hoffman, Whoopi Goldberg, et al.

Nathan


Between Two Kingdoms

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ISBN: 9780399588587
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Published: Random House - February 9th, 2021

Joauad’s memoir is a primer for all of us slowly emerging from lockdown.  Her young life was abruptly interrupted in her early 20’s when she received a devastating diagnosis followed by 3 and a half years of isolating treatment. Her very brave battle continued after her release from hospital as she took stock of what she’d lost, who she had become, and how to live again. You won’t be able to put this down.


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