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Thinking Inside the Box

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Thinking Inside the Box: Adventures with Crosswords and the Puzzling People Who Can't Live Without Them Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525522102
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Published: Penguin Books - March 16th, 2021

If you've ever found yourself wondering what a 14 letter word for "crossword fan" might be, this book is for you. You'll also learn about the origins of crossword puzzles, the history, and why "oreos" show up in so many puzzles. You might even find yourself wanting to make your own! (I can now tell you from experience, it is HARD.)

Shana


The People's Painter

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The People's Painter: How Ben Shahn Fought for Justice with Art Cover Image
By Cynthia Levinson, Evan Turk (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419741302
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - April 20th, 2021

Like Ben Shahn's art, Cynthia Levinson's writing centers around stories of people fighting injustice. Her moving book of Ben Shahn comes at a time when we all need stories of "Civil Rights Activists. Workers Demanding Fair Pay. Political Protestors. Advocates for peace." Turks' accompanying, Caldecott-worthy illustrations draw from Shahn's style, and capture the movement and dynamism of his impassioned life. The People's Painter is a masterful biography that will, as Cynthia writes, and I have found, "encourage readers to sketch anywhere, especially in the margins."

Marika


Simplicity At Home

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Simplicity at Home: Japanese Rituals, Recipes, and Arrangements for Thoughtful Living Cover Image
By Yumiko Sekine, Jenny Wapner (With), Nao Shimizu (Photographs by)
$27.50
ISBN: 9781797202952
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Published: Chronicle Books - February 9th, 2021

Outside of working at the bookstore, for the past year, like most of you, I've spent a huge amount of time at home. This thoughtful book helps me look at my space differently and reminds me that everything doesn't haven't to be overhauled to be a loving & comfortable space.

Sinny


He Saw That It Was Good

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He Saw That It Was Good: Reimagining Your Creative Life to Repair a Broken World Cover Image
By Sho Baraka, Chris Broussard (Foreword by)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780593193044
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Published: WaterBrook - May 18th, 2021

It's 2021 and you can still read anti-racist books! Sho Baraka takes a fascinating look at the intersections between culture, art, faith, and race, in a book that is simultaneously compelling, personal, and artistic. A must-read!

Caleb


How to Draw Cute Beasts

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How to Draw Cute Beasts: Volume 4 Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781454941224
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Published: Union Square Kids - August 18th, 2020

Both Rebecca and Stacey considered staff picking this one, so surprise extra staff pick! In addition to being adorable, Rebecca said that this book made her feel like she could draw well. Stacey found it super relaxing and enjoyable (especially having always found zentangles to be stressful). If you're looking for a little joy and a creativity boost, try this book!

Stacey/Rebecca


While I Was Away

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780063017115
Availability: Available at Wholesaler
Published: Quill Tree Books - January 26th, 2021

When Waka's mom suspects that she may be losing touch with her Japanese heritage and language, Waka is sent to live with her grandmother in Tokyo for a few months. This is a delightful memoir about trying to fit into the culture you were born into and the culture you've been brought up in, and finding harmony between the two.

Sinny


From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry

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From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781324002871
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Published: Norton Young Readers - April 20th, 2021

A deep dive into the 1982 murder of Vincent Chin, and its impact almost 40 years later. It's an important story, but better than that, it's an incredibly well-written book, with great storytelling pulling together the research and context.

Sarah


You are Never Alone

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By Elin Kelsey, Soyeon Kim (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781771473156
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Published: Owlkids - April 15th, 2019

This was a "found on the shelves" title for me that demanded my immediate attention. The words so beautifully illustrate our dependence on the Earth and the interconnectedness of creatures great and small. Soyeon Kim's illustrations, with gorgeous colors and amazing cutouts, really add dimension and make this a book worth treasuring.

Stacey


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