Spring Booknotes 2017

 

Handpicked new releases, lovingly presented to you by the staff of Elliott Bay.

Audiobooks available for select titles through our friends at Libro.fm.

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Lincoln in the Bardo Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812995343
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Published: Random House - February 14th, 2017

It is said that on the night Lincoln’s son died, the president returned to the crypt to hold his boy’s body once more. Saunders has taken this image and constructed an intensely detailed and technically impressive depiction of purgatory and Civil War America using a chorus of ghosts and a collage of historical documents. Weaving together history and fiction, Saunders’ first novel is like no other work I’ve read. He has managed to sustain his strange skill with short fiction in a much longer form. Whether you enjoyed his previous collections or this is your first foray into Saunders’ work, Lincoln in the Bardo will not disappoint. -Emma


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Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781524733131
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 7th, 2017

Some time ago, a friend of the Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie asked for her advice on how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Lucky for us, Adichie has shared a version of her fifteen suggestions in this book. Tender, funny, and hopeful, this manifesto made me laugh out loud, cry, and linger on each page. Adichie offers a fresh take on parenting advice and direct examples of how to teach feminism. Revolutionary and charming, Dear Ijeawele is a short, yet powerful statement on creating a fairer world that parents, teachers, and those with a stake in the growth of young people will want to keep on hand. -Katie


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Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush's Incredible Journey Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524715472
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - January 31st, 2017

One of the great paradoxes of caring for children is simultaneously wanting to educate them to be citizens of the world while also protecting them from the pain that the world contains. By focusing on the story of Kunkush, a beloved cat separated from (and eventually reunited with) his family as they flee from a war-torn region of Iraq, the authors artfully represent aspects of the emotional toll of refugeeism while staying far astray of the terrifying material reality of war and exile. A timely tale of loss and the enduring power of love, Lost and Found Cat is a book that will resonate with children without disturbing them. -Sam


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American War Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780451493583
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 4th, 2017

This is a novel about the future, which in El Akkad’s vision is one long slog of war and plague. It explores the distortions of transcription: everything you learn about the pivotal events in America’s Second Civil War comes from the diaries of a combatant, interrupted by excerpts from interviews, hearings, and think pieces and retold by the combatant’s nephew who idolized her. It is also a fable about the present. Despite its setting in the future, it is a novel of unflinching reflection. The weight of American War lands when you stop reading it as science fiction, when you can no longer set aside the horror of its familiarity. -Lauren


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The Animators Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812989281
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Published: Random House - January 31st, 2017

Beginning when they first cross paths in college, Sharon Kisses and Mel Vaught are inseparable. Together they spur each other on to be insatiable animators, churning out raw, groundbreaking work. Whitaker has created characters who are rough around the edges in a way that feels real. This book is filled to bursting with their friendship, conflicts, sexuality, creativity, and trauma. It is fiction true to the lives of modern young women, artists, and city slickers sprung from rural America. It is a testament to the enrapturing force of women's intimate, internal lives and the power of their relationships with one another. -Amy


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The Book of Joan Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062383273
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Published: Harper - April 18th, 2017

When a media-celebrity-turned-tyrant ascends to prominence, he brings about the apocalyptic destruction of our world. Only an elite class of the human race is able to escape the catastrophic effects on our planet, fleeing to a pseudo-life on a space-station, where their individuality and sexuality are strictly regulated by the fascist regime. Within this societal pressure, a movement is born in which heroes burn and bodies become the ultimate artistic canvas. Lidia Yuknavitch depicts a world that is both uniquely alien and terrifyingly close to home in this phenomenal re-imagining of the Joan of Arc story. -Kim


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Borne Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374115241
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Published: MCD - April 25th, 2017

VanderMeer brings us another creepy, apocalyptic novel with a twist. The whole world is beat, stricken, and frail, overrun by monsters created by a biotech firm called the Company. Rachel and Wick, human survivors, must scratch out a life as the human race has been depleted and some people have morphed into inhuman creatures. While scavenging, Rachel finds a baby monster named Borne, who she decides to raise. When a rift forms over Wick’s distrust of the quickly-growing Borne, Rachel must choose who she will trust. Who can she trust?! -Allen


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Compass Cover Image
By Mathias Enard, Charlotte Mandell (Translator)
$26.95
ISBN: 9780811226622
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - March 28th, 2017

Mathias Énard, winner of the 2015 Prix Goncourt, writes propulsive, far-ranging prose. His long, snaking sentences are nuanced history lessons disguised as fiction. Erudite and melancholic Viennese musicologist Franz Ritter, in the throes of yet another sleepless night, surrenders to the merciless fun house mirrors of memory. Memories, specifically, of the elusive, intoxicating Sarah, but in a larger sense, memories of the fraught and multivalent tensions between Europe and the Middle East. Fans of W.G. Sebald or Anne Carson should not miss Énard's opium dreamscape. -John


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Exit West Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735212176
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

When Nadia and Saeed meet, their country is on the brink of civil war—and their city is at the center of the conflict. Their relationship develops as violence looms and death enters their lives, and they are soon faced with the option to pass through a door that will take them away from their troubled home. What they find on the other side is not simple refuge, but a new and perilous journey through an uncertain world. This is a novel about people building new lives while the ground shifts beneath them, about hope and loss and creating a tolerable future in unstable times. Beautiful and tragic, hopeful and unsettling, it is a novel for today. -Justin


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Homesick for Another World: Stories Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399562884
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Published: Penguin Press - January 17th, 2017

This highly anticipated short story collection by Ottessa Moshfegh is a treat. And by “treat” I mean getting the chance to read multiple descriptions of puking, pimple popping, and cleaning colonoscopy bags. Don’t be deterred—Moshfegh is a technical genius. Her stories are compact and sharp. Her characters are dismayed by and obsessed with their own physicality and a world which seems to offer them no peace or respite. Weeks after reading it, I cannot stop thinking about these stories and characters. Homesick for Another World is unlike anything else I’ve ever read. -Mary


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My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9781606999592
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Published: Fantagraphics Books - February 14th, 2017

Karen Reyes is a precocious ten year-old growing up in 1960s Chicago. Her mother is sick, her brother is dodging the draft, and their upstairs neighbor—an enigmatic Holocaust survivor named Anka—was just murdered. As Karen steeps herself in the past and tries to solve Anka’s murder (think Harriet the Spy meets Maus) the life she’s been avoiding continues to unravel. Using B-movie horror and monster pulp magazine imagery, Karen records everything in her spiral-bound notebook, weaving an unnerving and engrossing tale with illustrations both gorgeous and grotesque. You’ll want to pore over these pages to ensure you don’t miss a thing. -Emma


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Next Year, for Sure Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781501145858
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Published: Scribner Book Company - March 7th, 2017

This is not your average love story. After nine years of monogamy, Kathryn and Chris decide to open up their relationship. So, it’s not boy meets girl, it’s more: having met girl, boy meets another girl, girl befriends girl, girl meets another boy… and if I go further, we get into spoiler territory. With complex, vulnerable characters and a surprisingly addictive story in which nothing much happens, Next Year, for Sure is an honest look at polyamory not often found in the world of literary fiction. Peterson demands we question the societal norms of love and friendship; she shows us the many different people we can be, depending on our audience. -Emma


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The Refugees Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780802126399
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Published: Grove Press - February 7th, 2017

The Refugees is a stunning collection of stories written by Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer and once a refugee himself. He fled Vietnam as a young child with his family in 1975 in the wake of the Vietnam War and they settled in California, as do many of the refugees that come to life in this book. They awake daily to memories of violence and the complex reality of reckoning their hopes and dreams with the past. At times haunting, deeply moving, and surprisingly intimate, this timely collection of stories is framed with Nguyen's dedication: "For all refugees, everywhere." -Katie


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Shadowbahn Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735212015
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Published: Blue Rider Press - February 14th, 2017

Once or twice a year I encounter an author who seems to be using the familiar elements of word and page in an entirely new way, enlarging my concept of what the medium can do. Steve Erickson’s novel Shadowbahn integrates music in just such a boundary-pushing manner. Erickson sketches dense ideas with an electric, wiry brush that makes for a fast-paced read. His zeitgeist prescience is reminiscent of DeLillo but ultimately warmer. I will not spoil the plot except to share the opening image: a man in a pickup truck crests a hill in South Dakota to suddenly stare down the unmistakable visage of the Twin Towers looming on the horizon. -John


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Startup Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316360388
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Published: Little Brown and Company - April 25th, 2017

Buzzfeed senior culture writer Doree Shafrir moves from screen to page with a deeply empowering and funny debut novel with characters and a setting that will be familiar to those acquainted with startup culture and the growing tech industry. I found echoes of my friends’ experiences in these pages, and my own too. If you’re looking for a story in which strong, smart, everyday women combat misogyny, this is it. More than that though, this novel moves beyond merely highlighting women’s perseverance and ultimately testifies to the importance of creating a world in which women don’t have to combat misogyny in the first place. -Alex


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The Schooldays of Jesus Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735222663
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Published: Viking - February 21st, 2017

Reading Coetzee's novel, The Schooldays of Jesus, and its predecessor, The Childhood of Jesus, one cannot help making comparisons with the narratives of the Jesus' life contained in the Synoptic Gospels. Coetzee's novels are not works of fictional biography, however, and are not intended to be read that way. Rather, they are purely works of fiction. Their success as fiction depends on the role Coetzee creates for his readers who hear the faint echoes of these other narratives at the edge of intelligibility and then refocus their attention on the works before them. -Graham


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This Is How It Always Is Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250088550
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 24th, 2017

Fans of Maria Semple will love Laurie Frankel's novel, This Is How It Always Is, about a Wisconsin family coming to terms with their youngest child's gender dysphoria. When they move to Seattle to make a safer life for Poppy, her origin becomes a secret that hangs over the head of each family member, affecting everyone's life differently. I particularly enjoy how Frankel uses movement between places to reflect advances in the family's growth. Frankel never seems preachy; the story never feels overtly political. It is instead a witty, thoughtful novel reminding us of the importance of family and being one's authentic self. -Liz


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Universal Harvester Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780374282103
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 7th, 2017

Forget whatever you may have learned reading think pieces about Millennials, there are really only two kinds of us in this world: those who love John Darnielle and those who have dated someone who loves John Darnielle. So, in that sense, his second book Universal Harvester is kind of universal. Telling the strange and haunting story of a video store clerk who discovers that disturbing, mysterious scenes are appearing on some of the VHS tapes from his store, it is a novel about grief, full of 90s nostalgia and what could only be described as a rural loneliness. You are going to make it through this book if it kills you. -Eric


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300 Arguments: Essays Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781555977641
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 7th, 2017

300 Arguments isn't the chorus but it is part of the hook from your favorite song, the one you sing during your walks home at night, the one you sing to keep the dark away with your head down and a fire in your belly. Sarah Manguso's aphorisms are that same melody, one which at first seems fragmented and unclear, but continues to build upon itself, steadily alluding to a braver, brighter symphonic whole—sort of like someone finally gave Emil Cioran a cookie. Worth reading if you've ever felt bold for merely enduring or if you wake up each morning with some sort of dark optimism on your lips. You know how it is. -Eric


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An Avocado a Day: More Than 70 Recipes for Enjoying Nature's Most Delicious Superfood Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781632170811
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Published: Sasquatch Books - March 14th, 2017

Self-described "Avocadork" Lara Ferroni amply demonstrates there is more to the avocado than guacamole. The avocado fruit can be used in a wide variety of dishes ranging from desserts to main courses and drinks. The endlessly delicious possibilities for the avocado are on display with Ferroni's recipes that include Green Power Oatmeal, Avocado Mac, Avocado Green Curry Noodles, and what about a Cado-rita! You will never look at this marvelous fruit the same way again. -Greg


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Bad Choices: How Algorithms Can Help You Think Smarter and Live Happier Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780735222120
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Published: Viking - April 4th, 2017

Algorithms sound scary, I know. The word conjures images of chalkboards, room-sized computers, and people talking over each other in hopeless jargon. But if you’ve ever prioritized tasks at work, set out to do errands, or put your socks away, then you’ve already created and followed simple algorithms. In Bad Choices, Ali Almossawi explores how thinking about algorithms can make life easier for everyone. With straightforward explanations and real-world examples, this book gives us laypeople access to insights from a field that can seem impenetrably complex—and it entertains along the way. -Justin


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Becoming Leonardo: An Exploded View of the Life of Leonardo Da Vinci Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781612195957
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Published: Melville House Publishing - March 28th, 2017

Mark Lankford has written a marvelously frenetic and compulsively readable speculative biography of the great Leonardo Da Vinci. The biographical details of Da Vinci’s life leave many gaps, which Lankford explores in an idiosyncratic, yet wholly credible way. Becoming Leonardo explores a variety of intriguing aspects of the life of this left-handed "Renaissance" man, ranging from the possible reasons for his perplexing amount of unfinished works to the inspirational fact that he did not begin to achieve real notoriety until he reached his mid-forties. -Greg


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Blind Spot Cover Image
By Teju Cole, Siri Hustvedt (Foreword by)
$40.00
ISBN: 9780399591075
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Published: Random House - June 13th, 2017

Part photography study, part personal essay and memoir, Teju Cole’s latest work captures brief snapshots of life in text and photo and examines how people see and unsee (through either willfulness or true ignorance) the world. His stories are alluring and jarring, highlighting how different seeing is from understanding. His vignettes ask readers to hold the text that precedes the images in their mind and he plays with words and phrases in a way that illuminates our own blind spots. Readers wanting a book to shake them from complacency would do well to grab this one. -Justus


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Ghosts of Seattle Past Cover Image
By Jaimee Garbacik, Joshua Powell (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781634059640
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Published: Chin Music - May 9th, 2017

This is a rad anthology based on the website of the same name, a vibrant collection of submissions by Seattleites past and present about the places, things, and vibes that defined them and the city outside of the mainstream, which are slowly vanishing. Told perfectly in a DIY/zine style with nostalgic and poignant text, drawings, photos, and cartoons, it details the physical, emotional, and spiritual institutions that have represented much of the soul of weird Seattle over the past several decades. This anthology pays tribute to and preserves the eccentric, funky, and ever-resistant spirit of Seattle. -Andy


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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385534246
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Published: Doubleday Books - April 18th, 2017

In the 1920s, the richest people in the world per capita were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. Then they started dying. I think of this book as Racism 201: not racism as mustache-twirling evil, but racism as an exhausting, degrading anthill, teeming with the mindless greed of white people en masse. To be sure, there are plenty of white people working to find the mastermind of the Osage murders and bring them to justice. But, as Grann finds out, that obsession with finding a diabolical mastermind distracts from the deeper truth: that in America, racist violence for personal profit is not the exception, it is the norm. -Lauren


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The Mother of All Questions Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781608467402
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Published: Haymarket Books - March 7th, 2017

In this dynamic collection of essays, Rebecca Solnit deftly weaves commentary on current events, the lives of women authors and historians, and her personal experience as a writer to condemn misogyny and explore resistance to violence in all its forms. It’s a companion book to her bestseller, Men Explain Things to Me, but also stands alone as a commanding selection of ideas about gender, agency, and power in our times. With audacity, intelligence, and grace, Rebecca Solnit expertly suggests the answer to The Mother of All Questions lies in the asking. -Katie


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Norse Mythology Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780393609097
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 7th, 2017

To read master storyteller Neil Gaiman’s retelling of the myths that have influenced so much of his work is a special treat. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman spans the creation of the nine worlds to Ragnarok and beyond, setting myths in a novelistic arc filled with daring exploits, adventure, and more than a little treachery. Well-known Odin, Thor, and Loki accompany lesser known gods and goddesses, giants and dwarves as they feast, play tricks, and use fantastic magical objects. Gaiman is in his element here, and his thoughtful, clever prose will surely help these myths continue to endure for future generations to enjoy and share themselves. -Alex


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Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America's Origins to the Twenty-First Century Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780871404695
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - March 21st, 2017

Sex and the Constitution is an enthralling history of the legal and political impact of sexual social values. It explores obscenity, religion, and the introduction of Christianity, the development and legality of abortion and contraception, and changing legislation and views on sexuality from ancient Rome to the formation of modern America. Stone dissects the false history of America as a Christian nation with Puritan sexual values and the various waves of evangelism that have lodged this myth in our collective cultural consciousness, as well as its effect on our sense of morality generally, historically, and in civil rights contexts. -Amy


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Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250135995
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 17th, 2017

Although written as a sermon, Michael Eric Dyson’s Tears We Cannot Stop evokes no images of a man standing behind the pulpit or even of a professor at the front of a lecture hall. No such guise of authority is needed; his deeply personal accounts of him and his family living while black in America tied closely with his take on many recent, public outcries of black Americans speaks for itself. Dyson is not asking for sympathy, nor even an admission of guilt from white America; he simply asks America to stop looking at history through rose-colored glasses, to listen, and to join in forging a new path. Challenging, direct, and hard to forget. -Tony


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The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir Cover Image
By Thi Bui
$24.95
ISBN: 9781419718779
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Published: Abrams Comicarts - March 7th, 2017

Thi Bui's The Best We Could Do is a beautiful, painful, and ultimately hopeful memoir of her family's struggles to connect with each other after they fled Vietnam in the 1970s. Growing up in the US, Bui felt a growing chasm between herself and her parents that only worsened as she moved towards adulthood. Not until she faced becoming a parent herself did she seek to better understand her parents as people and ask about their past. Reticent at first, her parents slowly tell her pieces of their history, and Bui begins to understand how incredible their journey to the US really was. -Justus


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The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812996937
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Published: Random House - March 14th, 2017

Ariel Levy’s memoir is brutal, devastating, and absolutely compelling. From the enormous ego of youth to the saddened perspective of age, Levy chronicles her story of rising in the ranks as a magazine staff writer, of meeting and falling desperately in love with the woman of her dreams, and of her much hoped-for pregnancy. But the glaze of fulfillment begins to crack as her marriage molders from infidelity, addiction, and unthinkable pain when her pregnancy ends in the death of her son. Read it not to feel pity or sorrow; read it to know how much we can bear. -Holly


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Whereas: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977672
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 7th, 2017

Whereas is the debut collection of Layli Long Soldier, but “debut” seems far too simplistic a word to describe the masterful, revelatory work she has created. As a response to the official U.S. apology to Native Americans signed by President Obama in 2009, this collection is rare in its experimental excellence and its exploration of the possibilities of language in responding to institutional racism and injustice. Long Soldier writes verses that don't rest, that are restricted and break free. This book is one to read immediately. As Long Soldier instructs, “Now / make room in the mouth / for grassesgrassesgrasses." -Mary


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You Are Here: An Owner's Manual for Dangerous Minds Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250119889
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Published: Flatiron Books - March 7th, 2017

She’s done it again—Jenny Lawson, a.k.a. The Bloggess, delivers another imaginative work about her weird, wacky way of getting by in the world. Departing from the traditional memoir narrative of her previous bestsellers, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy, Lawson brings us the ultimate creative survival guide. Part coloring book, part therapy book, and part journal, You Are Here is peppered with unique wisdom born of surviving the otherness of physical and mental illness. This book is for all of us who have felt like outsiders. Grab your colored pencils… -Seth


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Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616205867
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - January 24th, 2017

This is the intersectional feminism guide we've been waiting for! Jensen has assembled a fabulous array of diverse voices, from Roxane Gay to Laverne Cox, and of diverse forms, from essays and poems to comics and illustrations. This scrapbook-style book is thorough and easily accessible to any age group, with clear-cut definitions and FAQs scattered throughout the text. The variety of perspectives will encourage readers to examine their own views on what feminism is, what it is not, and what it could be. There is truly something here for everyone, even those who don't consider themselves feminists. Read this one ASAP! -Liz


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Mary Poppins Up, Up and Away Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780500651049
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Published: Thames & Hudson - January 31st, 2017

This is a sweet addition to the world of Mary Poppins, gorgeously illustrated in silhouette and laser cut paper by Hélène Druvert. The Banks children are playing in the park when Mary Poppins floats into their lives for a brief visit—to Buckingham Palace, underwater, and to outer space! Not much of a plot there, but the laser cut inserts are absolutely enchanting—delicate, precise, and cleverly designed in concert with their facing pages. Perfect for any devotee of that most magical nanny, you’ll find yourself swept away before you know it. -Lauren


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One Trick Pony Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781419721281
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Published: Amulet Books - March 14th, 2017

Illustrator Nathan Hale steps into the world of fiction writing with this graphic novel, One Trick Pony. It's a fast-paced ride through the apocalypse, in which alien invaders feed on electronic devices and caravans of digital rescuers scour the land in search of any remaining technology, hoping to save the historical records of old Earth. When a spunky girl stumbles onto a hidden cache of robots, including a marvelous metal pony, she and her friends must outrun the invaders pursuing them—and hopefully defeat them for good! With expressive characters and detailed worldbuilding, this graphic novel is a great choice for any sci-fi lover. -Liz


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The Hate U Give Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 28th, 2017

When an unarmed black teenager, Kahlil, is shot and killed by police during a traffic stop, his childhood best friend, Starr, is the only witness to his death, aside from the cop who killed him. After Khalil’s death, Angie is thrown into a world in which hashtags bring recognition but not justice. She is forced to confront the reactions and inactions of white society and the reality of the injustice that plagues black life in this country. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this fictional story is a poignant and necessary exploration of police brutality and racism in today’s America. -Kim


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The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors Cover Image
By Drew Daywalt, Adam Rex (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062438898
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - April 4th, 2017

Wonder no more at the origins of the epic battle as Drew Daywalt (of The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home fame) at last explains from whence these fearless warriors came. Rock can find no foe that can best him in the Kingdom of Backyard, nor can Paper in the Empire of Mom’s Home Office and the same goes for Scissors in the Kitchen Realm. It isn’t until the three meet by chance in the great cavern, Two Car Garage, that they find there is a worthy foe for each of them to combat. Be prepared to laugh at this extreme comic picture book! -Holly