Justus

 

Justus

Justus is our resident Canuck who loves living and working in our exotic international locale of Seattle. Like the rest of us, she's addicted to books. When she's not reading books, she's thinking about all the books she wants to read (or read again) while participating in some unusual death-defying activity like mounted archery, scuba, skydiving, or creating delicious new recipes to try out on willing coworkers

 

Justus's Recommendations...

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The Outside Circle Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781770899377
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Published: House of Anansi Press - June 9th, 2015

Patti LaBoucane-Benson’s The Outside Circle explores the transmission and expression of intergenerational trauma as experienced by Pete, a First Nations youth whose association with gangs lands him in prison after he kills his mother’s boyfriend. Once in prison, he is invited to join a rehabilitation program that aims to reconnect him with his true culture and self. 
 
This book is so, so important. The genocide of indigenous peoples and the ongoing structural violence of systemic racism ensures indigenous peoples today continue to experience sociocultural disadvantages that feed intergenerational trauma. Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully and compassionately written, readers witness the courage, strength, and work involved in healing and rehabilitation. The Outside Circle is more than a graphic novel; it has a voice to teach and inspire necessary change.


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How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780385538657
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Published: Doubleday Books - September 2nd, 2014

Cheeky. Sassy. Smart. I read this book when I want to feel stronger, sexier... and sillier. It will boost your confidence, make you laugh, and give you the space you need to flirt with all the dazzling possibilities of you.


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Men Explain Things to Me Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9781608463862
Availability: Special Order
Published: Haymarket Books - September 4th, 2014

This book makes me laugh aloud even as it makes me terribly sad. Solnit tackles what so often goes awry in conversations between women and men and expands to explore the greater problem of silencing women. This book should be read by everyone. I cannot recommend this book enough!


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The Orenda Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385350730
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 13th, 2014

In his newest novel, Joseph Boyden shapes a mosaic of culture, identity, and self in the mid-1600s as the aboriginal people and Europeans first come into contact. Through the tripartite narrative of the Wendat warrior Bird, the Jesuit missionary Christophe, and Bird’s adopted daughter, Snow Falls, Boyden skillfully negotiates a complicated and violent history. To read a book like The Orenda takes a relationship of trust between author and reader, and Boyden is able to take readers to the darkest, most hurtful places in our history, our societies, ourselves, carrying them safely to the other side. This story will change you.


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Stilwater: Finding Wild Mercy in the Outback Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571313140
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Published: Milkweed Editions - June 10th, 2014

At twenty-five, in search of a dream wild and remote, Rafael de Grenade finds her way to work as a ranch hand at Stilwater Station, an enormous and isolated cattle ranching operation in the Australian Outback. Hoping to find herself in the borderless and dangerous land, she ultimately discovers she can’t fully belong to this rugged world. This memoir gives an intimate account of a world where civility neither blunts nor erases the effects of survival and exposure. There is no sweetness or mercy in the wild, only that which you make yourself


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Begin with the End in Mind Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781894037624
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Published: Arbeiter Ring - July 2012

I keep this book in my bag in case of emergencies. In case I need to remember who I am, or who you are, of what the world is like in a blend of poetry and prose.


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Tea Rex Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780670014309
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Published: Viking Children's Books - April 9th, 2013

Etiquette. Manners. Courtesy. This picture book provides a hilarious overview of proper tea party behavior...even when a T(ea)Rex is your guest.


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Little Bird Cover Image
By Germano Zullo, Albertine (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781592701186
Availability: Special Order
Published: Enchanted Lion Books - March 20th, 2012

This book is for every reader who find magic in the quiet moments of life. Illustrated with understated elegance, Little Bird explores the beauty present in everyday events and leaves you filled with a sense of wonder.


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Olivia and the Fairy Princesses Cover Image
By Ian Falconer, Ian Falconer (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442450271
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 28th, 2012

This book is fabulous! Olivia declares she is having an identity crisis after being subjected to one too many fairy princesses...so begins her struggle of self-discovery. This book is for anyone who has ever felt like they had to figure themselves out and didn't like the idea of having to choose a mold.


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The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781616200466
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - March 19th, 2013

This book takes a rather “spirited” look at the plants behind some of the best known alcohols. Starting with the idea that liquor stores are “the world’s most exotic botanical garden[s],” Stewart systematically discusses the botany of select plants and details the drink-related history. With recipes scattered throughout and gardening advice towards the end, this book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in alcohol, botany, gardening, or a great read.


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Gender & Sexuality for Beginners Cover Image
By Jaimee Garbacik, Jeffrey Lewis (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781934389690
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Published: For Beginners - June 11th, 2013

A documentary resource guide meets comic book in this fantastic, engaging primer on gender and sexuality. Whether you are new to the topics or already well-versed, you’ll find yourself engrossed in this book as it takes you through history, current culture, theory, biology, neuroscience, and other elements of the sex-gender system. Challenging and thought-provoking, this is a book we’ve needed for a while!


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Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult to Tell Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374280406
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - June 4th, 2013

I struggle to explain why I can’t put this book down. I read it three times the first time I picked it up. It seems a book of frustration, passion, balance -- how do women reconcile desire (hunger) with the need to be good, to be what women are told to be: passive, pleasing? Complicated, intense, playful, and erotic, this book is both personal exploration and social commentary. It leaves your mind (and body) toying with the ideas and words expressed, leaves you questioning your own desires and constraints. It leaves you hungry...


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The Bear's Song Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452114248
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Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - September 17th, 2013

The illustrations were enough to steal my breath…then the story stole my heart. A tale that lets you rediscover the meaning of sweet.


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Roses and Rot Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781481451161
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Published: Saga Press - May 17th, 2016

Driven apart by their mother, sisters Imogen and Marin have not seen each other for years when Marin reaches out and asks her sister to apply to an exclusive arts program. They are both accepted and take up residence while pursuing their individual dreams. But the program is not as safe or straightforward as it seems, and as Imogen begins to understand what her sister intends to sacrifice in order to achieve her dreams, she becomes determined to see her fail. Reminiscent of the ballad “Tam Lin,” Roses and Rotexplores themes of ambition and family ties and asks what is worth sacrificing in the name of creative genius.

-Booknotes Summer 2016


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Summerlong Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616962449
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Published: Tachyon Publications - September 6th, 2016

Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn, gives readers a unique twist on the myth of Persephone in his much-anticipated novel Summerlong. Based in and around the Seattle area,Summerlong follows a family of three trying to stay connected while growth seems to be pushing them apart. Joanna and Abe have been lovers for years, yet what previously existed between them seems worn thin. Joanna’s daughter Lily tries to be independent but gives the people in her life power over her decisions. When Lioness Lazos, a charismatic and mysterious young woman, appears in their lives, everything they understand about themselves and each other is profoundly challenged.

-Booknotes Fall 2016


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Only the Dead Know Burbank Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062428752
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 18th, 2016

Maddy is neither dead nor alive. Having survived a pandemic that killed millions, Maddy emerges from her grave not quite living, possibly due to her mother’s occult interventions. Trapped in a child’s body that does not age, she begins a journey that takes her from the desolation of post-war Europe to the promise of glamor in Hollywood. While her circumstances make her uniquely suited to take on challenging monster roles in the silent black-and-white films of the time, she finds her true calling behind the camera. Reminiscent of classic Hollywood monster movies, Only the Dead Know Burbank blends horror with a bizarre coming-of-age tale that delights and disturbs. 

-Booknotes Fall 2016